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  • Optimizing Your System

    Couple of years old but still relevant.

    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.

  • #2
    I had forgotten about that one. I would actually reverse the list in terms of what I would do in my system. I am at the beginning stages of an equipment/room reorganization. When I have settled on a physical layout of the room I plan to settle on cables, organize a rack then see what the system sounds like after settling in. May reverse the rack/cables.

    After that hat it's all gravy. Inserting the other tweaks should be a matter of making things better not changing the essence or tone of your system. I realize this may go out the window if you are fortunate enough to be able to build a dedicated audio room but even then I would want an idea of the system's character before I build a custom room around it.
    Turntable: - 1. Fairchild 750/OMA slate plinth
    2. Analog Engineering AE-2008 MinusK support.
    Tonearm: 1. Schroder Custom
    2. Schick 12"
    3. Abis SA-1
    Cartridge: Miyajima Kansui and Premium BE Mono
    PhonoPre: AprilSound LR, EMIA Strain Gauge, EMIA silver SUT
    CD: Wadia 860x
    Server: Innuos Zen Mini Mk3
    DAC: Computer Audio Design 1543 Mk2
    Preamp: Bent Audio TAP-X w silver autoformers
    Amplifier: AprilSound SET50 monoblocks
    Speaker: Pioneer PAX-30C


    • #3
      Just a thought, in setting up my system, I tried to use the shortest lengths of interconnect, speaker wire and power cords that I could get by with. This was honestly partially a result of trying to optimize sound but equally an attempt on my part to minimize the cost of the pricey cables which I would be using. In retrospect, I definitely lost flexibility by doing this and occasionally wish that I had spent the money to get longer cables for at least some applications.
      Rockport Sirius turntable, Lyra Atlas SL cartridge, Audio Note M9 SE Phono stage, Audio Note M10 (Signature) linestage, EMM Labs TX2/DA2 digital, Audio Note Balanced Kegon amps, EMM Labs MTRX amps, Acapella Triolons, Jorma Prime and Odin 2 cables, Stage 3 Kraken power cords, HB Marble Powerslave, Finite Elemente Pagode Reference stands and Cerabases, Halcyonics active isolation bases, HRS Equipment stand, Stillpoints Ultra 6 footers, Furitech cable isolators and plugs, Loricraft and Audiodesk vinyl cleaners, Yamaha CT7000 Tuner.


      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        In my system, it just happened by accident. Nothing is over 2 meters except for the speaker cables (because minimum length TA will make) andrun from my tape deck to preamp that is four meters. Just no getting around last length. But have to think that the shorter the length, the better the sound.

    • #4
      When I made my DIY silver IC cables for my system about a dozen years ago, I made each cable a custom length for each application. Nothing is standard. So far so good,
      Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mono) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects


      • #5
        I could have got away with a ½-metre length for my phono cable, but decided against it and ordered the more standard 1-metre length. I did this for several reasons, none the least of which is my opinion that I wouldn't be able to discern any difference in sound quality anyway.The second reason was simply a matter of price as there was no difference between the two. My third reason was that it would be simpler to sell a 1-metre length as opposed to a ½-metre one.
        Dynavector DV20x2L MC cartridge - Genesis G7.1f speakers - Marantz Reference PM-KI-Pearl Int. Amp. - Oracle Audio Paris MkV turntable - Various Morrow & Valab/King cables


        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          plus if you ever have to move your TT a little further away from the phono stage, you have some extra length to expand....

        • Johnny Vinyl
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