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David McGown's Main System (Dave's Own) System
IP Address: Last Update: August 06, 2011 at 19:23:58
Amplifier: DIY "Full Monkey" 300B SETs, D3A driver, direct coupled.

DIY SV811-10 Stereo SET, Class A2, Tamura output iron.

DIY EL84 PP Class A monoblocks, choke phase splitter.

DIY 2A3/300B SET monoblocks

DIY G. Rankin Bugle 45 stereo amp

DIY Push-Pull 2A3 Monoblocks w/transformer phase splitter.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): DIY Penny & Giles fader passive.

DIY passive with Silk TVA.
Speakers: DIY Basszilla Platinum Edition Mk 2

DIY horns, with 80Hz straight exponential basshorn (EVM12L), 275Hz tractrix mid horn (JBL LE5-2), Fostex FT66 tweeter. DIY subwoofers w/ Adire Shiva III and RCM Acoutik DT300 plate amps.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA8260 SACD
Buffalo 2 DAC
Computer Music Server
Turntable/Phono Stage: TERES DIY turntable, JMW-10.5 tonearm.

DIY Aikido phonostage

Hagerman inspired Octal Cornet w/shunt regulation.

Homebuilt Phonostage (Steve Bench RIAA #5 circuit with tube regulated power supply),
Benz Ruby 3,
Grado Reference Reference,
Goldring 1042,
Grace F9E,
Shure V15V (soon w/ JICO stylus),
Benz Glider 2.2mV
Other Source(s): McIntosh MR71 Tuner, modified by Bill Thallman of Music Technologies.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas SE11 speaker cable
JPS Labs Ultraconductor speaker cable
Various Cardas IC's
Harmonic Technologies Truth Link I/C

Various Audioquest and Monster Cable interconnects

Max Rochlin Memorial Digital Interconnect (Belden 1506a)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Tice

(2) Monster Cable HTS-2000 PowerCenters
Tweaks: Well, the whole system is a tweak

Homemade Turntable isolation platform (sandbox)

Homemade Amp stands for 300B monoblocks

Homemake roller bearings under CD Transport
Room Size (LxWxH): 27ft x 13ft x 8ft
Room Comments/Treatments: 48"x32" panels on side walls ahead and behind speakers using Markertek 4" blade tiles. 6'x4' oriental rugs on back wall behind speakers, w/ 2" homemade fiberglass panels between rug and wall. Speaker placement is about 1/3 out from front wall, sofa is about 1/3 out from rear wall.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, from 11th century through 20th, especially good "authentic" baroque, English 20th century, and Romantic piano. Having great fun with NAXOS catalog.

System Goals/Comments: Musicality. Continue to refine homebuilt equipment.
System Strengths: Great soundstage, BIG spacious sound and smooth overall tonal balance. Fast but clean top end.
System Weaknesses: Less than there used to be
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Toshiba Cinema Series 32in
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Outlaw Audio Receiver
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Homemade TQWP Fostex FE168 fronts, Reflex loaded FE168 center, Cambridge Audio satellite surrounds, homemade powered sub.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVP-7000 DVD Player

Philips CDP-487 Laserdisc

Toshiba SVHS VCR
Other HT Gear: Sony TIVO recorder
Comments on HT System: OK, hate television, rather listen to music
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Computers (Linux)

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