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    Greeting from cold (it's February now) if not snowy Vermont. A little background history. I have had a love for music for as long as my (now fading) memory can recall. Starting with an old transistor radio and moving on to a home made system my father handed down, to my own complete system with completely modified Fisher bookshelf speakers, through my gig writing for SoundStage to my current position as writer/reviewer for, music has always been the soundtrack to my life. I measure life periods by what I was listening to at the time. I was a rock and vinyl man from the beginning - first album I remember owning was Something New by The Beatles. My father was a classical lover, and usually had it playing is his shop on tube gear, so I grew up around music. But in the early to mid 1980's I picked up a copy of Miles Davis album Kind Of Blue, and that started me down the jazz path that I have since fully embraced. Oh, I still listen to rock, blues, classical, and most everything except rap and hardcore country, but jazz is and will stay my first love musically now.

    AS far as my system goes, I am an analog man. My VPI HW19 Mk.IV turntable, SME 309 arm and Lyra Argo i cartridge make beautiful music through my Audio Research PH6 phono stage into my Audio Research LS17SE linestage. I have a Parasound Halo A23 power amp sending the signal along to my Paradigm Studio 100 V.3 loudspeakers. Digital is handled thusly - a Pioneer DV-79AVi universal player handles all SACD and DVD-A playback beautifully (fully as well - or better - than some Esoteric gear I had). CD goes from the Pioneer to a Genesis Digital Lens and then to a Parasound Zdac V.2 DAC. Blue Ray Audio (and movies) are being taken good care of by a Marantz BD5400. It's a system I have spent many years putting together and am very pleased with the synergy it displays.

    For headphone listening I use mostly the new AudioQuest NightHawk or AKG K701 headphones into a Original Electronics Master headphone amp in the main system and an AudioQuest DragonFly DAC and JitterBug for computer listening. Any questions, feel free to ask.

    Oh, and you can read things musical and audio related that I can't get into The Audio Beat at my Facebook page: John Crossett - Audio Writer. So check that out as well......

  • #2
    Welcome John. We have similar tastes in music.
    Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, Parasound JC5 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.


    • #3
      Glad to have you aboard John. Strap up and enjoy the ride!
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor,

      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
      -Goldmund Telos 440 mono amps
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, Phasemation PP-500 cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Kubala-Sosna, Audience FrontRow; Audience FrontRow, Genesis Advanced Technologies , Goldmund and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.3+ platforms.