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David McGown's Main System (Dave's Own) System
IP Address: Last Update: April 09, 2021 at 17:51:42
Amplifier: DIY PP KT-88 Ultralinear Monoblocks based on Eico HF-89 (Mullard but with 12AX7/5751 instead of EF86)
DIY GM70 SET Monoblocks, Tamura output, Slagle interstage, EF280 driver, fixed bias (20W).

DIY PP 2A3 (JJ 2A3-40 run at 300B plate disp), interstage phase splitter with D3A driver.

DIY 2A3/300B SET monoblocks

DIY G. Rankin Bugle 45 stereo amp

DIY "MOSikdo" Aikido tube front end (6N1P+6N6P), MOSFET output (25W) using PASS BA-3 output stage
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): DIY Penny & Giles fader passive.

DIY passive with Silk TVA.
Speakers: DIY Elsinore Speakers (designed by Joe Rasmussen, Custom Analogue Audio, JLTi)
DIY Basszilla Platinum Edition Mk 2

DIY subwoofers w/ Adire Shiva III and RCM Acoutik DT300 plate amps.
CD Player/DAC: Marantz SA8005 SACD
Audiolab 6000CDT Transport
Chord Qutest
Chord Hugo M Scaler
DIY Fanless Intel Atom board Computer Music Endpoint w/JCAT USB + Ethernet cards, Linear power supplies, Roon ROCK,Synology NAS.
Turntable/Phono Stage: TERES Model 340 turntable
Jelco TK-850L Tonearm
iFi iPhono3 Black Label

DIY Aikido phonostage,
DIY PASS Pearl 2
Benz Ruby 3,
Grado Reference Reference,
Goldring 1042,
Grace F9E,
Shure V15V (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: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Early Music (recorder)
Mechanical Engineer (Marine industry)

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