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IP Address: Last Update: September 10, 2016 at 18:44:35
Amplifier: Musical Fidelity Nu-Vista M3 integrated amp. Tube-solid state hybrid with separate power supply. 250 watts per channel into 8 ohms
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Harbeth Compact 7ES-2, sensitivity = 87 db 1W/1m; Frequency response: 46Hz to 20kHz plus or minus 3db
CD Player/DAC: Bricasti M1 DAC through a Wyred 4 Sound Recovery USB reclocker
Turntable/Phono Stage: Nottingham Ace Space Deck with Ace Space Tone arm and Shelter 501 MkII moving coil cartridge and PS Audio GCPH Phono pre-amp modified by Cullen
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Audience AU-24 speaker cables and interconnects, with some interconnects in the "e" version of the AU-24. Generic USB cable (being replaced)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Audience aR6 power conditioner with Audience PowerChord power cords, PS Audio JuiceBar II, Lovan rack, Sanus speaker stands
Tweaks: Vibrapods and vibrapod Cones (including vibrapods under my speakers) Boston Audio MAT-1 turntable mat, ISO Feet from Sound Dead Steel, HiFi-Tuning fuses in my amp.
Room Size (LxWxH): 24' x 14' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Dry-wall and padded carpet over concrete (in a finished basement)
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Mostly classical music, from all periods, both instrumental and vocal. Also a little jazz and musical theater.
System Goals/Comments: I am aiming for a natural, involving sound that recreates both chamber ensembles and full symphony orchestras equally well. I want it to be realistic and resolving without being hyped or overly analytical.
System Strengths: Computer-based digital music reproduction is excellent, with great clarity, dynamics, presence, soundstaging and harmonic rightness of tone quality.
System Weaknesses: I am planning to upgrade my USB cable to a Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7. I have Vapor Audio Joule Black speakers being built.

The analog portion is decent but could be greatly improved. However, there is limited selection of classical music available on vinyl, so this is not my emphasis.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Samsung TV
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Touslink audio out from the TV goes into my DAC. Stereo only.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Same as above.
Sources (DVD/VCR): ClearPlay Blu-Ray player
Comments on HT System: Home Theater is not a high priority. I would rather put my resources into excellent stereo sound than to dilute my resources on a surround sound system.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Classical music. I play the recorder and used to play the French Horn. I began voice training (baritone) after retiring. I used to be a compensation specialist and am trained in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Ph.D.), with a strong background in math and statistics. I do investment management, family history research and gardening.

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