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 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 3000 albums) is stored as FLAC files on a Synology NAS. I prefer buying music in download form, both for better resolution and to avoid storing more physical media.
The JansZens provide mostly direct (rather than reflected) sound, which suits me, but doesn't give the billowing ambiance popular with some audiophiles. There is, however, a strong sense of the recording space. The speakers are extremely low in distortion.
Auralic Aries, connected by Ethernet to my home LAN.
Gave up my TT about 15 years ago.
The CP-800's internal crossover is used to low-pass the subs and high-pass the mains; the CP-800's parametric EQ, to reduce bass peaks; the CP-800's tone controls, occasionally, to tame harsh recordings. A Mutec MC-3+USB reclocker is used at all times.
Classé CP-800 (DAC/Preamp)
2 x JL Audio F112
Belden 5T00UP from Blue Jeans Cable
Mogami W2549 balanced interconnects; Oyaide d+ Class A 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 for controlling the system with BubbleUPnP control-point app. Dayton OmniMic2 for room measurements.
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