Systems by JakeJ
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Retirement Bliss, a Two-channel Audio System by JakeJ
23' x 19' x 7'5
I came to the realization that I needed a system that requires very little maintenance. Retubing my VAC gear will be too expensive after retirement so I set about putting together a solid-state system that rivaled the VAC setup.
Classical, jazz, rock/prog rock, world beat, bluegrass, and country swing. Just about anything except gangsta rap.
My new place has a larger living room the has three walls that are more complete with a smaller opening to the dining area.
RealTraps Mondo & Mini traps, Acoustica Applicata DAADs. Need Diffusers.
Highly detailed but still relaxed and natural. The YBA preamp is the latest addition to my equipment harem and it blows the Audio Experience out of the water. Wide expansive soundstage. Not much in the way of depth even though center fill is good. Need those diffusers to get that depth.
Ikea Expedit shelving, sadly not available anymore.
I am primarily focused on collecting more music now and am much less concerned with the equipment. BWA HA HA HA, no I'm not, I'm a damn gear slut. Recently having come to the realization that I will not be able to afford retubing my VAC setup I focused on SS gear for my retirement (which is still ten years off but I'd rather be prepared well in advance).
Musical Paradise MP-D2 Mk2 with Modwright enhancements fed by one of two sources - CEC TL-51X transport via AES/EBU, Mac Mini Music server via USB.
SOTA Sapphire/SME M2-9/Dynavector 17D3. Sumiko Blackbird in the wings. LKV Research Phono 2-SB phono stage. Klyne SK-1 MC pre-preamp.
Naim NAT-05 tuner.
YBA Signature preamp with MM phono, or Audio Experience A2 fully balanced tube line stage, or VAC CPA 1 Mk3 w/ upgrades includes MM/MC phono.
Pass Labs X350.5, or Mivera Audio PowerStream SE, or VAC PA-160 tube monoblock amps also upgraded by VAC.
PMC EB1i, or PMC LB1 Signature, or PMC DB1 Gold, or Bamberg prototypes.
JL Audio Fathom 112
Jena Labs Twin 19, or Cardas Golden Cross, or Analysis Plus Silver Oval.
Jena Labs Symphony XLR, Jena Labs Fugue RCA, or Cardas Golden Cross, or Analysis Plus Silver Oval-In, or Transparent Audio Super and Ultra XLR MM2.
Audio Magic Sorcerer & Silver Matrix, LAT International AC-2, Take Five Audio Neotech NEP-3002 MK III Deep Cryo Treated, and 1 6' Furutech DPS-4 with FI-50 NCF plugs.
Audeze EL-8, iFi Micro DSD V1, iFi iLink USB to S/PDIF converter.
Contours and a pair of AV123 three shelf racks.
Audio Magic Stealth XXX.
Tuning and Tweaks
Herbie's Tenderfeet & Tube Dampers, Audio Magic Pulse Gen & Speaker Clarifiers, Tigernation Maple slab, Goldpoints, brass cones, etc.
Nakamichi 1000 wiating to be refurbed.
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