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    In November 2015, with the kids grown and out of the big house, we moved to a smaller home situated on nearly two acres in north-west Goshen, IN. My new music room occupies the north end of the west half of my basement, in a room that is 44' 7" X 13' x 7' 4". This large space also houses my small theater at the south end, by the fireplace.

    The front face of my Von Schweikert Audio VR-55 Aktive's are 78" from the front walls, with the back outside corner 19" from the side wall, and the front outside corner 24" from the side wall, positioning them some 8' 2" apart, tweeter center to tweeter center. The prime listening area is centered roughly 10' back from the plane of the tweeters. And, I'm currently using the massive, and drop-dead gorgeous GamuT Zodiac's in a show-stopping "Ruby," 28-layer laminated, all-wood finish.

    Room taming is achieved with the use RoomTunes Corner Tunes, and the stunningly effective Shakti Innovations Hallographs. I am using a set Cascade Audio Engineering Whisper Wedge diffraction panels at the first side-wall reflection point, and RoomTunes EchoTunes at the first ceiling reflection point for the tweeters.

    All equipment rests on the Monaco Isolation system from Alvin Lloyd, of Grand Prix Audio. As I grew into the Monaco system, I added a pair of Monaco amp stands, and some of the optional accessories, including several Formula Shelves and several sets of Apex footers with the ceramic silicon nitrate balls.

    Groove demodulation is provided by the ground-breaking Kronos Sparta, a suspended design that uses contra-rotating platters. This unique process removes the load of torsional forces from the suspension, allowing for much richer tonal color, greatly improved clarity, focus, and detail. Musical resolution, inner detail, and microdynamic expression are taken to new heights with this table. After 7 years with the Redpoint Model D, the Kronos was the first 'table to so clearly best it -- in every way -- that I traded the faithful, remarkable Model D in and bought the Kronos.

    The arm is the Kronos Helena, co-designed by Louis Desjardins and André Thériault. My current reference cart is the Air-Tight PC-1, but my cartridge stable includes a Transfiguration Temper V, a Denon DL-103D which has been reworked by A. J. van den Hul (with a Boron cantilever and the new vdH type 1 tip), and even a Clearaudio Virtuoso moving magnet cart. My analog tool box includes an AcousTech SF-1 digital stylus gauge.

    I recently moved to the Audio Desk System Vinyl Cleaner Pro, the fully automated Ultrasonic LP cleaning station. It is SO effective that I have abandoned my VPI HW-16.5, using the Audio Intelligent three-step cleaning system, and the very cool Nitty Gritty Mini Pro, which handled the application and removal of Ultra-Pure Water as the final third step in the Audio Intelligent process. I also used a host of other fine products, including Duane Goldman's Disc Doctor Miracle Record Cleaner, Kevin Blair's Vinyl-Zyme, Record Research Lab's Vinyl Wash, numerous Last products, as well as several various varieties of my own home brew fluids.

    Linestages include the superlative Audionet PRE G2, the Dynamic Sounds Associates Pre I, the 2 chassis Pass Labs XP-20, and one of my favorite tube based preamplifiers, Dan Wright's ModWright LS-100, rolled out with an f32 Mullard GZ34 and matched pair of 6SN7GT CBS/Hytron dual triodes.

    My current reference phono preamp is the remarkable Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono II. I also bought Dan Wright's over-achieving, two-chassis PH-150 Reference, after reviewing it for TAS; it was simply too good to pass on.

    As my day gig has been in IT for over 20 years, I built my own Music Server using Windows 10 on a Dell Latitude small-form -factor chassis using an i5 Processor and 8GB of RAM. The OS runs from a 256GB SSD, with all the music files (16/44, 24/96, 24/192, DSD64 or DSD128) stored externally, and automatically backed up nightly. I'm using JRiver Media Center 23 64-Bit, tweaked out with Fidelizer Pro v7, all easily controlled from any Android or iOS device using the JRiver remote tool. My DAC is the Hegel HD30, however I still have the Hegel HD12 too.

    I also still use my McCormack UDP-1 for optical playback (Redbook, DVD-A, SACD, etc.). While it was initially sent back on a round trip to Virginia for the original Deluxe upgrade, it has since gone through another series up upgrades, effected by yours truly and prescribed by its creator, Steve McCormack.

    Amplification is provided by the stunning Audionet MAX monos, though I do have a pair of the Pass Labs XA160.8 pure Class A mono blocks. And I just can’t part with my excellent Channel Islands Audio D•500 MKII Class D Monoblocks, built on the UcD Technology designed by Bruno Putzeys. I also have a pair of Channel Islands Audio VMB-1 monoblocks on hand driving my Audience The ONE monitors on my desk.

    Interconnects and speaker cables are almost exclusively from Stealth Audio, with the Śakra V12 (phono stage to preamp), the Śakra (Hegal DAC to Preamp), the Nanofibres (Optical player to preamp), the Helios (Kronos to phono stage), and the new Dream V14 cables (amps to M/T speaker input).

    Exceptions include the new outstanding Audience Au24-SX Balanced interconnects (linestage to mono’s), the class-leading Audience Au24-SE USB cable (Music Server to Hegel HD30 DAC), and the Audience Au24-SX loudspeaker cables (amps to Woofer input). I was the first person to hear this new Audience Au24-SX cable in December 2015, designed by the late Roger Sheker.

    Power cables are all Audience, with the Au24-SE high powers on the Pass monoblocks, the Au24-SE low power's on all the source components, and the new über Au24-SX powering the new Audience adeptResponse 12-TSSOX power conditioner. I also have a dedicated 20-amp service for powering all amplifiers (including the 525 watt monos in the VSA VR-55 Aktives), as well as a second dedicated 15-amp service for the low power components.
    Last edited by theaudioanalyst; 10-21-2017, 08:15 AM. Reason: I've made some changes since this first posted, so... ;-)
    Greg Weaver - Senior Writer, The Absolute Sound - Kronos Sparta/Helena tonearm/Air Tight PC-1 cartridge, Hegel HD30 DAC, VAC Statement 450i iQ, Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Linestage/Inspiration 1.0 Stereo's biamped, DSA Pre 1, DSA Phono II or ModWright PH-150 Reference, VSA ULTRA 9's, VSA VR-55 Aktives, Stealth Śakra and Audience Au24 SX signal cables, Stealth Dream V14 speaker cables, Audience Au24 USB, Audience Au24 powerChords. Audience aR12 Conditioner, Grand Prix Audio Monaco stands

  • #2
    Very nice setup!
    SOURCE: VINYL - EAT C-Sharp with, EAT LPS power supply, My Sonic Lab Signature Gold
    DIGITAL - Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC. Roon Nucleus w/EAT Lps power supply. Auralic Aires G1
    PHONOSTAGE: AudioNet PAM G2 with AudioNet EPX power supply.
    PREAMP: Audionet PRE G2.
    AMPLIFIER: Audionet MAX monoblocks.
    SPEAKERS: YG Acoustics Anat III Signatures (upgraded to Sonja 1.2) JL Audio F112 V2 (x2)
    CABLES: Kubala-Sosna, Kubala Sosna Xpander.....Audio Desk Systeme RCM, Adona Rack, GIK & Acoustimac room treatment, Isoacoustics

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    • theaudioanalyst
      theaudioanalyst commented
      Editing a comment
      Thank you... I have to say that I LOVE the Audionet gear I've heard. And, of all the parings I've heard in the near 15 years Yoav has been making speakers, Audionet is the most synergistic! Hearing his new Sonja XV with all Audionet was a total revelation.

    • tom_hankins
      tom_hankins commented
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      Thanks, saving for the Pre G2 preamp to go with the amps. I agree on the YG XV and Audionet, I've heard it at YG and at Bill's (GTT)

  • #3
    well done
    Chris
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    Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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    • #4
      Wow! Kevin Blair is still around making his Vinylzyme? I remember reviewing his product back in the '90s and it worked. Even if people snickered at the idea back then. (He also at one time was trying to bring some speakers to market.) Vinylzyme was the first to my knowledge enzyme based record cleaner (that is if you don't count the initial Discwasher fluid by Bruce Maeier).

      Nice rig Greg! Only missing one thing! 😎Thanks for sharing with everyone!
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
      -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
      -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, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies 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 2.1+ platforms.

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      • theaudioanalyst
        theaudioanalyst commented
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        Thank you, Myles... Yes, I know that open reel playback is conspicuous in its absence. Know that it is NOT because I wouldn't love to have it... After all, it was my preferred method of archiving by the early-mid 1970's, shortly after I got into this hobby. But, with such a heavy investment in LP playback, in hardware and mostly software, and with the cost and availability of titles I'd want to own on tape, I just am not ready to take that financial leap... Maybe someday; just not today. ;-)
        Last edited by theaudioanalyst; 12-20-2016, 05:12 AM.

      • theaudioanalyst
        theaudioanalyst commented
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        PS - I should have mentioned that I have a HOST of Vinyl-Zyme still lying about. I got a bunch of it before Kevin (and Doug Knudsen) put the company (Buggtussel) on hold in the fall of 2004; they were planning to reboot it at some point, but it did not happen. And, it was still effective on last use, though I've no idea what the shelf life is on an enzymatic fluid formula!

        I also had a chance to hear and review a bunch of their speakers, including their smaller Acephalic models (the Circa and Somu), and one of the bigger, very impressive models, the Lemniscus. Kevin was designing a big amp at the time they went dormant as well. Nice guys, but this is a tough business...and takes its toll.

      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        Ahhh....

    • #5
      Very nice Greg!

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      • #6
        As you are a an it guy if ok I may Recomend a new caps for you to build
        I can post a list for you of supplies
        The simple gist is an I5 is fine for pcm and some feel a slower CPU has less fecths and sounds better.
        But if you play dsd this logic is not best anymore
        also there is two ways to use win 10 one is to use AO FOR win 10 it will trim down the working services and this may be enough for dsd at current rates. The second is AO and fid pro.
        analog stuff.
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
        Dacs lampi various

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        • theaudioanalyst
          theaudioanalyst commented
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          Thanks for this...though I'm not clear on what you are saying... Did you see that I use Fidelizer (currently v7.5) which optimizes all core and managed processes on the computer to play audio...

      • #7
        The Beard is in the house! Welcome Greg!

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        • theaudioanalyst
          theaudioanalyst commented
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          Thank you -- I think! ;-) I'm not sure what you mean by "The Beard is in the house!" Can you explain?

        • JackD201
          JackD201 commented
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          It sort of means "everybody's here now the party can get started".

        • theaudioanalyst
          theaudioanalyst commented
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          Ah, ok then... Let's get this one rockin'! ;-)

      • #8
        I own fid as well it's a cool add on that does help.
        But AO goes further and works with fid
        an all in is win 2012 and AO with fid in core mode
        according to AO win 10 while good is not as good as core mode in win 2012
        analog stuff.
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
        Dacs lampi various

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        • theaudioanalyst
          theaudioanalyst commented
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          So, you must be talking about Server 2012? Sever 2016 was available in October of this year. Thanks, but I'll not be going back to that older OS.. Quite honestly, every new iteration since Win 7 Pro, sonic performance with my server had gotten clearly better overall, with Windows 10 Pro being remarkable. And, since Win 7, when I started head to head comparisons, I haven't heard ANY native Mac installation that sounds even close to as good.

      • #9
        That is true but server 2016 is not cool
        for AO so far but 2012 is a charm to use and if you here improvements with various win OS this would be a leap
        anyway you sound happy maybe better off in staying that way. Your setup looks great and must sound so as well.
        analog stuff.
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
        Dacs lampi various

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      • #10
        We all learn and help each other in this maddening hobby
        anything I can do is always there for all. I just had an really odd thing happen to me on speaker wires my hope is an answer lol.
        analog stuff.
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
        otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
        sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
        new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
        thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
        thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
        kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
        phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
        speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
        mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
        digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
        Dacs lampi various

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        • #11
          As we might have expected from a TAS reviewer, you've put together an amazing system. Job well done! Would you care to elaborate on comparison between the DSA and ModWright PH-150 phono stages? I've got a new PH-150 that sounds great to me, but I'd be interested in any additional phono stage listening impressions/comparisons you might have (beyond the very helpful TAS review you did on the ModWright).
          Lyra Kleos SL, Dynavector XX-2MKII, VPI JMW 10.5i, VPI Aries, VPI SDS, ModWright PH-150 Reference Phono, Sony HAP-Z1ES server, McIntosh MR80, McIntosh C2300, McIntosh MC352, Vandersteen 5A, PS Audio P10, Bright Star Audio Rack of Gibraltar. Cables: Shunyata Cobra Ztron IC, PS Audio Statement AC, Synergistic Research AC, Harmonic Tech Silver Phono, Cable Research Labs Silver IC, Audioquest Gibraltar bi-wire.

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          • theaudioanalyst
            theaudioanalyst commented
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            Hello Goheelz, and thank you for your kind words... As to comparing Doug's Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono II and Dan's PH-150 Ref, you have to keep in mind that the DSA Phono II is half again as much, at $12,000. Keeping in mind that it is sold directly, with no dealers or other mark ups, that would put it in competition with phono stages at nearly double the price of the PH-150 Ref. As such, it is amazingly accomplished. Most notable is how utterly clean, detailed, and quite it is, its ability to render dynamics and dynamic scaling, and its über resolving transparency, with no hint of grain, edginess, or glare. Of course, it is tonally neutral, with exquisite bloom and body; so much so that a number of listeners have mistaken it for a valve design, though it is purely solid-state. Finally, I've not heard any phonostage that renders soundstaging and imaging any more realistically in size or scale. It is an amazing accomplishment...period. Michael reviewed it at his AnalogPlanet site a while back. I'm sure that his take would give you more insight than I have been able to provide here. Thanks again!

        • #12
          Originally posted by theaudioanalyst View Post
          In November 2015, with the kids grown and out of the big house, we moved to a smaller home situated on nearly two acres in north-west Goshen, IN. My new music room occupies the north end of the west half of my basement, in a room that is 44' 7" X 13' x 7' 4". This large space also houses my small theater at the south end, by the fireplace.

          The front face of my Von Schweikert Audio VR-55 Aktive's are 78" from the front walls, with the back outside corner 19" from the side wall, and the front outside corner 24" from the side wall, positioning them some 8' 2" apart, tweeter center to tweeter center. The prime listening area is centered roughly 10' back from the plane of the tweeters.

          Room taming is achieved with the use RoomTunes Corner Tunes, and the stunningly effective Shakti Innovations Hallographs. I am using a set Cascade Audio Engineering Whisper Wedge diffraction panels at the first side-wall reflection point, and RoomTunes EchoTunes at the first ceiling reflection point for the tweeters.

          All equipment rests on the Monaco Isolation system from Alvin Lloyd, of Grand Prix Audio. As I grew into the Monaco system, I added a pair of Monaco amp stands, and some of the optional accessories, including several Formula Shelves and several sets of Apex footers with the ceramic silicon nitrate balls.

          Groove demodulation is provided by the ground-breaking Kronos Sparta, a suspended design that uses contra-rotating platters. This unique process removes the load of torsional forces from the suspension, allowing for much richer tonal color, greatly improved clarity, focus, and detail. Musical resolution, inner detail, and microdynamic expression are taken to new heights with this table. After 7 years with the Redpoint Model D, the Kronos was the first 'table to so clearly best it -- in every way -- that I traded the faithful, remarkable Model D in and bought the Kronos.

          The arm is the Kronos Helena, co-designed by Louis Desjardins and André Thériault. My current reference cart is the Air-Tight PC-1, but my cartridge stable includes a Transfiguration Temper V, a Denon DL-103D which has been reworked by A. J. van den Hul (with a Boron cantilever and the new vdH type 1 tip), and even a Clearaudio Virtuoso moving magnet cart. My analog tool box includes an AcousTech SF-1 digital stylus gauge.

          A VPI HW-16.5 provides the cleaning duties using the Audio Intelligent three-step cleaning system while the very cool Nitty Gritty Mini Pro handles the application and removal of Ultra-Pure Water as the last step in my current record cleaning process. I have on hand a host of other fine products, including Duane Goldman's Disc Doctor Miracle Record Cleaner, Kevin Blair's Vinyl-Zyme, Record Research Lab's Vinyl Wash, numerous Last products, as well as several various varieties of my own home brew fluids.

          Linestages include the superlative Dynamic Sounds Associates Pre I, the 2 chassis Pass Labs XP-20, and one of my favorite tube based preamplifiers, Dan Wright's ModWright LS-100, rolled out with an f32 Mullard GZ34 and matched pair of 6SN7GT CBS/Hytron dual triodes.

          My current reference phono preamp is the remarkable Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono II. I also bought Dan Wright's over-achieving, two-chassis PH-150 Reference, after reviewing it for TAS; it was simply too good to pass on.

          As my day gig has been in IT for over 20 years, I built my own Music Server using Windows 10 on a Dell Latitude chassis using an i5 Processor and 8GB of RAM. The OS runs from a 256GB SSD, with all the music files (16/44, 24/96, 24/192, DSD64 or DSD128) stored externally, and automatically backed up nightly. I'm using JRiver Media Center 22, tweaked out with Fidelizer Pro, all easily controlled from any Android or iOS device using the JRiver remote tool. My DAC is the Hegel HD30, however I still have the Hegel HD12 too.

          I also still use my McCormack UDP-1 for optical playback (Redbook, DVD-A, SACD, etc.). While it was initially sent back on a round trip to Virginia for the original Deluxe upgrade, it has since gone through another series up upgrades, effected by yours truly and prescribed by its creator, Steve McCormack.

          Amplification is provided by the Pass Labs XA160.8 mono blocks. And I just can’t part with my excellent Channel Islands Audio D•500 MKII Class D Monoblocks, built on the UcD Technology designed by Bruno Putzeys. I also have a pair of Channel Islands Audio VMB-1 monoblocks on hand driving my Audience The ONE monitors on my desk.

          Interconnects and speaker cables are almost exclusively from Stealth Audio, with the Śakra V12 (phono stage to preamp), the Śakra (Hegal DAC to Preamp), the Nanofibres (Optical player to preamp), the Helios (Kronos to phono stage), and the new Dream V14 cables (amps to M/T speaker input).

          Exceptions include the new outstanding Audience Au24-SX Balanced interconnects (linestage to mono’s), the class-leading Audience Au24-SE USB cable (Music Server to Hegel HD30 DAC), and the Audience Au24-SX loudspeaker cables (amps to Woofer input). I was the first person to hear this new Audience Au24-SX cable in December 2015, designed by the late Roger Sheker.

          Power cables are all Audience, with the Au24-SE high powers on the Pass monoblocks, the Au24-SE low power's on all the source components, and the new über Au24-SX powering the new Audience adeptResponse 12-TSSOX power conditioner. I also have a dedicated 20-amp service for powering all amplifiers (including the 525 watt monos in the VSA VR-55 Aktives), as well as a second dedicated 15-amp service for the low power components.
          I see you are using 6sn7gt. Have you tried a VT99 and tube socket adaptor ?
          analog stuff.
          otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
          otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
          sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
          new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
          thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
          thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
          kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
          phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
          speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
          mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
          digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
          Dacs lampi various

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