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Relaxation Central, a Two-channel Audio System by Mijknarf
Exactly as the name describes... my room to unwind and relax. I try to maintain as simple a system as I can and also try not to overthink every last detail. It brings great joy and stays relevant for me over the long haul.
Current rotation is instrumental jazz from the 60's all the up to today. Monty Alexander, Tommy Flanagan, Kirk Lightsey, Oscar Peterson, Bill Charlap. Also in rotation are bass masters like Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Ray Brown. Jazz of today like Dan Siegel, David Benoit, Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub. I also like acoustic music which is both relaxing, uncomplicated and sounds particularly fine on the system... Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovette.
Bonus room over garage. Nothing special, but its all mine.
Large sound stage with air between the instruments and plenty of decay is what I like. It may not be the most accurate playback, but I enjoy it.
I have about 700 CDs ripped in FLAC to a 750 Gig USB hard drive. I use Windows 10 with an output mode in WASAPI. I use J.River Media Center as my software.
Schiit Bifrost with USB Gen. 2 and Uber analog upgrade. Without getting nuts, not sure how I can do better?
Currently rotating between a very transparent Placette Audio Remote Volume Control. It has a 125 step attenuator that uses only Vishay resistors and the classic deHavilland Mercury 3 preamp.
Dynaco ST70 amp rebuilt by Will Vincent (class act). Genelex Golden Lion KT66 re-issues. The output transformers are original matched pairs.
I use Lowther PM5A 15 ohm drivers and Tone Tubby Red AlNiCo 16 ohm bass drivers. The Lowthers run full range direct wired, the TT bass drivers use a single Jantzen Audio 12mH 14 AWG C-Coil Toroidal Inductor to low pass around 100Hz. They work super well
SVS SB12-NSD sealed 12" sub low passed around 80Hz.
Belden 9497 2.5 meter twisted speaker cables
Blue Jeans Cable LC-1. 3 sets.
USA made Volex power cords I've owned for 8 years
1.5" thick maple shelf
Nothing really besides Porter ports
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