Systems

Main system, a Two-channel Audio System by Mike in NC

Mike's listening room
Room Size
approx. 20.5 x 12.5 x 7 feet
System Overview
Networked, 2.2, digital system in a dedicated room. Goals: accurate timbre on acoustic music, low distortion, even frequency response.
Music Preferences
Classical, jazz, bluegrass, other
Room Description
Basement room, heavily soundproofed with QuietRock and mineral wool insulation. Double gasketed doors with drop seals.
Acoustic Treatment
Panels, diffusers, and bass traps from GIK, RPG, Vicoustic, and ASC.
Listening Impressions
The very quiet room and controlled acoustics let one hear the unique character of each recording.
Media Storage
Music library (~3500 albums) is stored as FLAC files on a NAS with MinimServer. Qobuz subscription.
Other Comments
The speakers' controlled directivity provides mostly direct sound. Thus one hears the ambiance on the recording, not the sound of the listening room.
Components
Digital Source
Auralic Aries G1 streamer; Simaudio 260D CD transport.
Analog Source
Gave up my TT in 2003.
Signal Processors
The Anthem STR Preamp has (1) digital crossover for the subs; (2) ARC automatic EQ, used in the bass; and (3) tone controls, used occasionally to fix harsh or muddy recordings.
Preamp
Anthem STR (DAC/Preamp)
Power Amp
Bryston 4B3
Speakers
Janszen Valentina P8 hybrid electrostatics
Subwoofer
2 x JL Audio F112
Speaker Cable
Mogami 3103
Interconnects
Mogami W2549 balanced interconnects; Neo by Oyaide Class S Rev. 2 USB cable; Mogami Gold AES3 cable.
Headphones
Sennheiser HD650; Auralic Taurus Mk II hp amp
Racking
Billy Bags
Power Cond
Furman IT-Reference 15i (source components); Torus RM 20 (power amp)
Tuning and Tweaks
Dedicated 25A line for audio. Separate line for lighting, etc.
Other Components
Android tablet running BubbleUPnP (DLNA control point)