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Daily Audiophile Reference System

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Here’s the system used for music and gear reviews. It’s dedicated to vinyl, but can play hi-rez digital from computer by swapping in a DAC/preamp–something that happens only occasionally these days.

Cartridges

  • Ortofon 2M Black MM cartridge
  • Denon DL-103 (stock) MC cartridge
  • Signet TK7E MM cartridge

Tonearm and Turntable

  • Technics EPA-100 tonearm with Applied Fidelity rewire (copper)
  • Technics SP-10MK2 turntable with obsidian base

SUT and Phono Preamp

  • Cinemag CMQEE-3440AH step up transformer made by Ned Clayton
  • PS Audio GCPH Phono Preamp


Preamp and DAC

  • PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC / Preamp (occasional)

Speakers

  • Avantgarde Acoustic SOLO active, coaxial 2-way horns
  • REL Strata III subwoofer (occasional)

Cables and Power

  • Audio Technica phono cable (RCA)
  • AudioQuest G-Snake interconnect cable (RCA)
  • AudioQuest VSD-1 75ohm coaxial digital cable (2 meter)
  • Blue Jeans Belden 1800F with Neutrik NC3-B series XLR interconnects (25 ft)
  • Mogami 3173 with Neutrik NC3-B series XLR interconnects (1 meter)
  • Monoprice power cables (1 meter)
  • PS Audio UPC-200 power center

Record Cleaning

  • Loricraft PRC-3 record cleaning machine
  • Audio Intelligent Formula No. 15 cleaning fluid

Room

  • 21′ x 14′ with 8′ ceiling
  • Carpet with heavy pad over concrete floor
  • LP shelves provide some diffraction
  • No dedicated room treatments

Setup

  • Speakers 7′ apart
  • Listening spot 8′ from each speaker

MarkB December 5, 2016 at 6:48 am

Hey, nice setup but you did not mention one real important piece of equipment – the Ikea Poang listening chair. I like sitting in mine even when the music’s not playing.

Mark Wieman December 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

Ha! Yes, it’s surprisingly comfortable. It’s no Eames Lounge, but it does the trick. Looks kind of out of shape (and pink?) in this photo. I have put in some hours on it!

NathanF December 5, 2016 at 8:08 am

Please describe the record shelving. Is an off the shelf or custom product? TIA

Mark Wieman December 5, 2016 at 10:07 am

Those are IKEA bookshelves. Used to be called Expedit, now called Kallax. Cheap, strong and look decent. Also nice because they come in different configurations (1×2, 2×2, 4×2). Be careful with the 4×4 and 5×5 versions: http://i.imgur.com/YHbTm.jpg