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
Networked, 2.2, digital system in a dedicated room. Goals: accurate timbre on acoustic music, low distortion, even frequency response.
Classical, jazz, bluegrass, other
Basement room, heavily soundproofed with QuietRock and mineral wool insulation. Double gasketed doors with drop seals.
Panels, diffusers, and bass traps from GIK, RPG, Vicoustic, and ASC.
The very quiet room and controlled acoustics let one hear the unique character of each recording.
Music library (~3500 albums) is stored as FLAC files on a NAS with MinimServer. Qobuz subscription.
The speakers' controlled directivity provides mostly direct sound. Thus one hears the ambiance on the recording, not the sound of the listening room.
Auralic Aries G1 streamer.
Gave up my TT in 2003.
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.
Anthem STR (DAC/Preamp)
Apollon monblocks based on PuriFi 1ET400A modules
Janszen Valentina P8 hybrid electrostatics
2 x JL Audio F112
Mogami W2549 balanced interconnects; Neo by Oyaide Class S Rev. 2 USB cable
Sennheiser HD650; Auralic Taurus Mk II hp amp
Billy Bags equipment rack; Butcher Block Audio amp stands
Furman IT-Reference 15i (source components); Torus RM 20 (power amp)
Tuning and Tweaks
Dedicated 25A line for audio. Separate line for lighting, etc.
Android tablet running BubbleUPnP (DLNA/OpenHome control point)
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