Systems

Living Room HiFi, a Two-channel Audio System by PSB Guy

September 2014
Room Size
10' by 19'
System Overview
A simple, budget-friendly but high quality system that is an elegant answer to my lack of space. No tuning or tweaks, it's a living room I have to share. All sources are digital, I don't have the patience to do analog properly. Music Player Daemon on the Salk Streamplayer does digital properly.
Music Preferences
Jazz, classic rock, blues, old punk, old country, folk, reggae, classical, lots of stuff...
Room Description
Small, carpeted living room. About 10' by 19' including the front foyer, 10' by 14' for the actual living room space.
Acoustic Treatment
5 "C"s: Couches, chairs, carpet, curtains, cats.
Listening Impressions
Sounds great to me.
Media Storage
I love the convenience of a music server, but I also love having physical media around. 1200+ CDs are stored prominently on shelves in the upstairs office. They are ripped (using dBpoweramp) to FLAC format to the Salk Streamplayer and backed up to two 1TB hard drives. Some Hi-Res FLAC downloads in there for good measure.
Other Comments
I like that the majority of my system, namely the amp, DAC, music server, speakers, headphones, power conditioning, racking and all signal cabling, is North American made.
Components
Digital Source
Salksound Generation II Streamplayer (with S/PDIF outputs) feeding an Audio by Van Alstine Vision EC DAC. MPD is controlled by RompR on a Samsung S7 smartphone. Info: http://www.salkstream.com/
Analog Source
Sometimes my wife plays the piano...
Other Sources
Cisco Explorer 9865HD PVR and Google Chromecast Ultra, so this really is a two-channel HT system if you wanted to get technical about it. S/PDIF audio from the Salk Streamplayer, TV and PVR is routed through the AVA Vision EC DAC.
Power Amp
Audio by Van Alstine Synergy Control Amplifier
Speakers
Salk SongBird QWT in Black Oak (red oak veneer, open grain, dyed black)
Subwoofer
No.
Speaker Cable
BJC Canare 4S11 with ultrasonically welded locking bananas.
Interconnects
Blue Jeans LC-1, 1694A Coax S/PDIF, TOSlink, HDMI, Cat 6a
Power Cables
Stock.
Headphones
Grado SR225i, plugged directly into the AVA amp. Rarely used, I prefer speaker listening.
Racking
Canadian-made solid pine TV cabinet
Power Cond
SurgeX SA-966
Tuning and Tweaks
No.
Other Components
Samsung PN43D450 43" Plasma TV, Cisco Explorer 9865HD PVR. Blue Jeans HDMI, 1694A Coax, Cat 6a cabling for the TV, PVR and Salkstream Player. D-Link DHP-701AV powerline networking for Salk Streamplayer. Samsung S7 smartphone for remote control of Salk Streamplayer, Chromecast Ultra and PVR.