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Amplifier: Speakers are active (internally bi-amped). Preamplifier: Audio Research LS-7 tube line stage. Speakers: MTM 2-way Meridian M20's with weighted after market stands to raise their centers to ear level; Pioneer 8" subwoofer. Sources: CD Player/DAC: Samsung DVD transport/Bel Canto DAC. Turntable/Phono Stage: Micro Seiki belt-drive BL91 turntable/Jelco SA-750EB 10" tonearm/1st generation Koetsu Black MC phono cartridge/Hagerman Bugle 2 phono pre amp. Other Source(s): Hitachi FM tuner. Other Accessories/Room/Misc.: GIK acoustic panels. Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Morrow MA4 solid core copper IC's; Pangea 7 gauge power cords PC to speakers and wall outlet. Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PI Audio UberBUSS. Tweaks: Custom made wool felt tweeter surrounds to remedy diffraction effects. Room Size (LxWxH): 15' x 12' x 8'. Room Comments/Treatments: Dedicated partially damped-end (GIK 242 acoustic panels) diffused-end (IKEA open back record cabinets) room with speaker placement and seat in an equilateral triangle well away from room boundaries. I can and do move my chair to and fro to get the best sense of a realistic stage and hall or club that I can from recordings made on location. Music Preferences and Comments: Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical and jazz; r&b; rock & avant pop; international folk. System Goals/Comments: To be immersed in the musical event. System Strengths: Tonality is Koetsu lush on vinyl playback with lightly depressed highs yielding midrange imagery with physical palpability. Digital is more neutral. Three dimensionality and spaciousness are evident at first listen.
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