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MaggiesAndCats's The Main Event/The Sideshow System
IP Address: Last Update: August 09, 2014 at 19:52:31
Amplifier: Main - (2) Audio Research D-200 power amps used for biamping, 200 WPC each into 4 ohms. Sideshow - Audio Research D-52B
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Main - Audio Research LS-12. Sideshow - Van Alstine Transcendence
Speakers: Main - Magnepan MGIII's, not "a", Purchased new ~ 1983, brought back to life by Magnepan in 2008, with Mye Stands. Sideshow - Magnepan MG-1's.
CD Player/DAC: Main - Jolida JD100a with Parts Connexion Level 1 Mod. Sideshow - Sony CDP-CE405.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Harman Kardon T-60 T/T, Jolida JD9a phono stage
Other Source(s): XM radio
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Main - Speaker cables - DH Labs T-14 speaker cables, in a shotgun configuration, with Cardas GRS-R connectors on the amp end and Cardas Maggie pins on the speaker end. IC's - Audio Metallurgy GA-0 with WBT Topline RCA connectors and Cardas XLR adaptors at the Behringer crossover. Sideshow - old Monster cables for speakers, Audio Metallury GA-2 and GA-3 for IC's.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Moon Audio Black Dragon power cable on CD player, PS Audio Power Port outlet, PS Audio Quintet Power Center, dedicated 20 amp power circuit
Tweaks: Tenderfeet under CD player, Herbie's Halos RX-9 on NOS GE 5751 (1963) tubes in CD player, Behringer DCX2496 active crossover modified by Endler Audio
Room Size (LxWxH): 20 x 16 x 7.5
Room Comments/Treatments: Room is completely open to similar size dining room & kitchen on left side. Even so, the sound is nicely focused at my sitting position equidistant from the left and right speakers.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Acoustic blues/folk/jazz, electric rock & blues rock, classic rock, jam bands, occasional classical
System Goals/Comments: Kaisan - contiuous improvement! I would like the most accurate, uncolored sound reproduction, but I'll settle for what I can afford. I prefer the best in midrange and high frequency presentation, along with accurate bass. The bass doesn't have to be deep, but I like it crisp and realistic. Live sounding soundstage depth and width.
System Strengths: Fast, smooth midrange and highs. Bass getting better with each tweak.
System Weaknesses: A little bright sometimes, instrument and vocal presentation lacking in depth.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Play electric bass with a singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist.

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