What no Austin Texas Audio Club? Austin calls itself the "Live Music Capital Of the World"
I'm surprised and ashamed that we don't have one. I'm hoping this will be the impetus
to start it. I know there are enthusiastic audiophiles in this town.
I would start it myself except I work nights from 6:00 PM to 2:30 AM and only Wednesday
and Thursdays off. I also work overtime many days. I hate it, but it pays the bills.
I'm also not the tidiest person (understatement). I would be willing to take some
equipment to listen to although I'm a cheap and cheerful guy.
As you can see I'm not the tidiest. I'm on quest to eliminate vibration to my turntable.
Items I've used: Silicone baking sheets( cut to size), Silicone earplugs for swimmers,
PVC feet, sandstone coasters, moon gel (gel window stickers also), Play Doh and other
assorted doo dads.
I have a Apt Holman pre to my Dayton Audio DTA t-amp with Furez speaker cables
to JBL Studio 530 speakers. Turntable is Technics SL1200 MK5 with KAB sonic domes
None of the mods have been able to come close to my nirvana system of many years ago.
In a pier and beam house I attached a shelf on load bearing wall for my Rega Planar 2
TT with an AT 95e modified by the Linn dealer in town. It was attached to Hafler DH 101
preamp and DH220 power amp. Speaker cables were AudioQuest ? and speakers were
Cerwin Vega HED speakers on Dalquist DQ10 Stands. The Dalquists were in the shop.
What I heard I new I hit nirvana. It sounded live and it could be played loud w/o distortion
and ear fatigue. I could listen to it outside and as Thomas Turner from Stereo Times
describes Listen In Another Room and believe a band was playing.
I've been living in nothing but cement slab houses and have not wanted to deal with my wife's
displeasure at seeing a turntable mounted on the wall. I've suspected the secret to my
previous nirvana was the elimination of destructive vibration by mounting TT on load bearing
wall and just recently thinking the MDF in the Dalquist stands did wonders for the Cervin
Vega speakers. I know it sounds crazy, but it did sound very realistic (not most detailed).
The soundstage developed to a believable stage. What I enjoyed the most was the bass.
I was not able to distinguish the bass (pedal) drum thwacks and the plucks from the bass
guitar and hear all the notes. It's amazing to me how much music there is at the lower
registers and I don't hear that in most systems.
Time to end the story and hopefully someone will step up and start our own Austin Audio