All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.
Von Schweikert Audio VR-35 Export Deluxe, REL Strata III Subwoofer
Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Stereo Amplifier, Bent Audio AVC-1 Passive Linestage (featuring Slagle Autoformers), "Fugly F4" DIY First Watt F4 Impedance Converting Amplifier (Thanks DIY Audio!), Homebrew Basic David Slagle AVC Autoformer passive volume control, First Watt F7 Power Amplifier
Analog: Music Hall MMF-9 Turntable with Project Carbon 9c Arm modified with with Cardas Litz phono wire and Expressimo Audio's Half Moon Heavyweight Counterweight, Lyra Delos MC Cartridge, Goldring Maestro MC Cartridge, George Wright WPP100C phono-stage and WP100 Sowter Step-up Transformer, Pass Labs XP-15
Digital: PS Audio DirectStream Junior, Sony DVP-S7700ES DVD player. Server: 2012 ASUS Laptop i5 Intel Core, 8 Megs of RAM running J River Media Center 22 or Roon Labs 1.2 music software, Synology DS216j NAS with 3 TB WD Red drives, Audioengine B1 Bluetooth DAC Streaming Music Player, Halide Bridge USB to S/PDIF interface
Stealth Hybrid MLT Speaker Cables, Von Schweikert Audio Purple Line Speaker Cables, Kimber 4TC speaker cables, Soundstring Interconnects, Kimber Silver Streak and Hero interconnects, Final Labs interconnects, and Shunyata Sidewinder and homebrew Belden/Hubbell/Marinco power cords. CAT5 Plenum homebrew speaker cables.
Nitty Gritty 1.0 Record Cleaning Machine, Expressimo Audio "The Lift", Audio Additives Digital Stylus Force Guage, Final Labs Daruma 3II isolation, Vibrapods, Lovan Classic equipment rack, DIY points, ceramic cable supports, and various homebrew isolation tweaks. Monster Power Strip.
Audioengine HD6 self-powered speaker system, Infinity SAT/SUB, PSB, Polk Audio, Mirage Omnisats, Phase Technology SAT/SUB.
Panasonic SA-XR50 Digital Receiver. Yamaha DSP-A1 receiver. Yamaha TX-950 Tuner.
Pioneer 578A UDP.
Acoustic Research IC's, West Penn commercial speaker cabling, Monster Toslink digital, Radio Shack IC's and Belden oxygen-free speaker cabling.
2015 has seen major changes in the setup of my room. The main system is, for the first time, located on the long wall of a 12' x16' sitting room. The equipment rack and speakers are against a 16' long outside wall with corners on both sides, which gives the VR-35 speakers the rear boundary reinforcement they need for their best performance in this room. There is a bank of windows on one short wall and the other has a three-quarter 8' high wall that separates the listening room from a 12' x 5' walk-in closet. This extends the volume of the listening area to 12' x 21'. At the centerline of the 21' dimension, the vaulted ceiling peaks at 11' high, sloping each direction to 8' at each end of the room.
The one downside to the new layout is the listening position. The chair is now within 3' of the rear wall, which is also partially open to the 11'x 14' bedroom area with an 8' flat ceiling directly behind it. While this is a compromise, the sound of the room is very good. Together the two areas form an L shape with a total of 406 square feet. Being relatively untreated, the completely carpeted space is real-world with the requisite bedroom furnishings and overstuffed chairs which damps the sound just enough to keep it lively and dynamic, with the overall volume allowing for excellent bass extension. Oh yes, the ever increasing collection of fine Kentucky Bourbons and Scotch Whiskeys enhance the sound of the room as well. (Wink.)
In mid 2016, I purchased the wonderful PS Audio DSJ. It has added the streaming capabilities that I have been excited to experience, and is a serious upgrade in the quality of my digital audio. I added a Synology NAS and Roon Labs music player software to my stable of computer music gizmo's too. I am still in audio-gear heaven with the Bent AVC-1, and Pass Labs XA30.8--both are amazing performers. I am still experimenting with DIY, as well as different bi-wiring and bi-amping options, which continues to be a fun and informative pastime.
I enjoy listening to vinyl and have spent the last two years acquiring a bit more experience. I've written a short series of articles on my turntable and arm upgrades, as well as accessory tweaks. The Lyra Delos I purchased in 2015 is an absolute star. While my writings for Positive Feedback will certainly emphasize digital playback, LP's are back baby! And now that the gear in my system is mostly set, and the system placed more optimally in my room, I've been doing a bit of high-fidelity decorating as well. I still need to delve into acoustic improvements. Perhaps that will be my DIY project for 2017. We shall see...
I have been collecting and listening to music since the mid-sixties and this has been my main impetus for becoming involved in fine audio. I enjoy the majority of musical genres, especially Bluegrass, Americana roots, Western Swing, Jazz, R&B, Classical, and Folk music—yet good old Rock and Roll stole my heart as a youth and will never let go. I like a somewhat relaxed, yet dynamic sound; wide staging and good imaging, more on the warm than cool side. I regularly listen at lower volumes and only crank it when the Bourbon kicks in and I get the air guitar out of its case. And while audio gear comes in a distant second place to listening, I do love writing about gear and sharing my experiences with others.
I appreciate your support. Cheers and rock on!
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