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harrygrimes's Main System
IP Address: Last Update: February 15, 2010 at 09:32:49
Amplifier: Cary 211 AE monoblocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Cary SLP-05 with a 1958 Mullard rectifier
Speakers: Vandersteen Model 5A
CD Player/DAC: Cary CAD 306 SACD
Turntable/Phono Stage: Basis Audio 2200 Sig, Vector 4 arm, Dynavector XV-1s, Benz L2 MC. Cary PH-302 phono stage with a Mullard rectifier. Dynavector DV20H, Dynavector 10x4 MkII.
Other Source(s): Magnum Dynalab MD-108 FM tuner w/external remote. Alesis ML-9600. Slim Devices Squeezebox running into the Cary's DAC. Unix-based music server, 1 TB of storage. An old Denon cassette deck gets pressed into service from time to time
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber 8TC bi-wire (speaker), Kimber KCAG silver (preamp->amps, phono->preamp), Audioquest Python CD->preamp), JPS Labs Superconductor FX (MD108-preamp), (all XLR); VPI interconnects on the table; Kimber Silver D60 digital from Squeezebox to Cary DAC. Audioquest Coral (Alesis->preamp)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Equi Tech 2Q. Richard Gray power cords all over except Signal Cable power cords into speakers. Two dedicated 20A circuits. Racks are custom w/cherry veneer.
Tweaks: Table is wall mounted. Vibrapods under the Alesis. Lots of Q-Tips :-)
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 x 25 x 16
Room Comments/Treatments: Drapes, bookshelves, LP storage. Room is open ended and sounds good despite the boxy dimensions. The high ceiling doesn't hurt.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock, blues, roots rock, prog rock, Americana, Hank Williams (any old-timey country), classical, esp early 20th century. A smattering of jazz but not much to write home about. But I'm learning about jazz thanks to dean man jim.
System Goals/Comments: The best I can get so far/more money than sense you may think but you ought to hear it first
System Strengths: I really love listening to music on it.
System Weaknesses: A lot of coin.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Samsung 30' HD CRT
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: NAD L-53 receiver/DVD player
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Acoustic Energy w/sub
Comments on HT System: Serviceable.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Meteorologist/photography/reading/diy audio believe it or not

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