Systems by Mike in NC
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Main system, a Two-channel Audio System by Mike in NC
approx. 20.5 x 12.5 x 7 feet (A bit narrow and too low, but long enough.)
A two-channel, networked, music-only system in a dedicated listening room. My priorities are true musical timbres on acoustic music, achieved through low distortion and even frequency response.
Classical, jazz, bluegrass, other
The room was purpose-built in our basement, heavily soundproofed with QuietRock and mineral wool insulation. Double gasketed doors with drop seals. The tight seal of the room necessitates bass smoothing with bass traps, subwoofers, and EQ in the bass.
Panels, diffusers, and bass traps from GIK, RPG, Vicoustic, and ASC. The most recent addition was ceiling panels behind the listening position, where the Janszens' beaminess tends to cause some reflections.
The low distortion of the JansZen main speakers and the very quiet background level in the room make it possible to hear the unique character of each recording.
My music library (about 3500 albums) is stored as FLAC files on a Synology NAS. MinimServer is running on the NAS. I recently subscribed to Qobuz and enjoy that, too.
The JansZen speakers provide mostly direct (rather than reflected) sound, which suits me, but doesn't give much ambiance other than what's on the recording. There is, however, a strong sense of the recording space. The speakers are extremely low in distortion.
Auralic Aries G1, connected by Ethernet to my home LAN. Also, Simaudio 260D transport for playing CDs (rarely).
Gave up my TT about 15 years ago.
The Anthem STR Preamp's digital crossovers are used to low-pass the subs and high-pass the mains; the STR's ARC automatic EQ, to reduce bass peaks; the tone controls, occasionally, to tame harsh recordings.
Anthem STR (DAC/Preamp)
Janszen zA2.1 hybrid electrostatic
2 x JL Audio F112
Mogami W2549 balanced interconnects; Neo by Oyaide Class S Rev. 2 USB cable; Mogami Gold AES3 cable
Furman IT-Reference 15i (source components only)
Tuning and Tweaks
Dedicated 25A line for audio and separate 20A line for lighting, etc.
Android tablet running BubbleUPnP DLNA control point.
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