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Wayne Donnelly

Listening room: Ceiling is 9 feet. Length is 33 feet from the outside wall to the opposite wall that separates the kitchen. That wall is broken up by an open doorway and a large pass-through window, so the sound when I'm cooking in the kitchen is excellent! The side walls in the half of the room where the speakers are located are 21 feet apart. Those inside walls extend only 18 feet; after that, a large dining room opens on the left side, and a large foyer and hallway open to the right. That means that the system loads into a voluminous extended space, which helps in avoiding room mode peaks and suckouts that can severely affect accurate system response. The solid oak floor laid over a foot of concrete helps solidify bass response, and those concrete layers between floors let me play at any volume any time with no complaints from the neighbors. Two huge (25 sq. ft. each) windows on the wall behind the speakers do cause some loss of bass output, but also, I suspect, help to avoid room mode peaks. The loudspeakers are toed in 5 degrees with inside edges 8 feet apart, and five feet out from the back wall. My main listening couch is 15 feet from the plane of the speakers.

Analog sources: VPI Aries 3 turntable with VPI single-motor rim drive, JMW 10.5i arm, Super Platter upgrade, TNT feet, SDS speed controller, VPI periphery clamp and Millenium Silentor LP center clamp & carbon fiber M-LP-Mat ; Dynavector XV-1s cartridge; Jolida JD-402 tube tuner

Digital source: Denon/Modwright 3910 all-format player with tube output stage, NOS RCA low-noise tubes; iMac computer

Core electronics: VTL TL 7.5 Series II line preamplifier with NOS RCA low-noise 12AU7 tubes; Ray Samuels "Emmeline" XR-10B phono preamplifier; Spectron Musician III Mk II amplifiers, upgraded with Bybee SE Internal Bullets and V-Caps, configured as monoblocks

Loudspeakers: Analysis Audio Amphitryon planar/ribbons with custom outboard passive crossovers upgraded with Bybee SE Internal Bullets

Interconnects: JPS Labs Aluminata

Speaker Cables: JPS monoblock remote semse; JPS Aluminata jumpers from crossovers to speakers

Power cables: Bybee (various), TG Audio Slver

Accessories: 2 ExactPower EP-15A voltage-regulating power conditioners; Bybee/Curl Pro power conditioner, upgraded with Bybee SE Internal Bullets; Arcici Suspense Rack; Sanus A/V rack; Ginkgo Audio isolation platforms & turntable dust cover; Bybee Golden Goddess Speaker, RCA Interconnect & XLR Interconnect Bullet plug-ins; Bybee Magic Bullet II RCA plug-ins; VPI HW-27 Typhoon record washing machine; Auto Desk CD lathe; AudioTop Digital, Vinyl & Connect cleaning products; Millenium carbon fiber M-CD damping disc, M-LP platter mat & Silentor center weight; Shakti Stones & On-Lines; Furutech DeStat & DeMag; Synergistic Research Acoustic ART room treatment.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

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