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I'm just an apartment dweller who's trying to make best of it with my limited budget. Started out with a JVC 5.1 receiver and Paradigm speakers about 10 years ago, and now I've settled into my current 2 ch system....... for now.

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    • Salk Custom Series
    RAAL 140 and SEAS drivers
    • Hawthorne Solo
    15" Coaxial Drivers. They sounds terrible with my Rawson monoblocks but incredibly involving with my ol' $300 chinese tube integrated amp. Edit: The Hawthornes have settled in nicely with my Rawson Aleph5s. Also, I have replaced the stock Jantzen Cross-Caps with the Mundorf Supreme caps (both 6.8uf & 10uf). The mod has completely removed harsh sound.
    • Tyler Acoustics Tyler Acoustics Linbrook II
    Dark Cherry finish
    • Sonic Euphoria PLC
    Autoformer Design
    • Von Gaylord Audio PL-1?
    Simple 12AU7 based preamp with External PS.
    • Tim Rawson Aleph5 Monoblocks
    Single Ended Class A 70/8 ohm, 100/4 ohm.
    • Hagerman Cornet2
    Picked up this pre-built phono pre with heavy mods
    • VTL TP-2.5
    Phono Pre with Mullard and 12AX7M with tube dampers. I've had this unit for more than 4 years. That's saying alot. It sits on Isokinetik B1 Platform.
    • Bob's Devices 4722 SUT
    Very good match with LOMC with low impedance.
    • K&K Audio Premium Step-Up-Transformer
    Lundahl LL1931, wound with Cardas wire. I have it set at 1:16 ratio and it's a perfect match with low impedance cartridges. Just incredible.
    • VPI Industries HW-19 mkIV
    The original Mk4 with SME 309.
    • SME 309
    Fitted to SL-1200mk2 with SoundSupports mount.
    • Technics SL-1210 MK5G
    Unmodified at this time.
    • Technics SL-1200 MkII Silver
    Stock SL-1200 mk2. Origin Live Rega mount and VTA adjuster. I have planned to mount an OL arm, but decided to go with SME 309. Sorbethane Feet: http://www.edmundoptics.com/onlinecatalog/displayproduct.cfm?productID=1618
    • Composite Products CF-2010 Platform
    Anti-Vibration Platform
    • TTWeights Audio Periphery 600g
    Instant upgrade. Not just tighter, but significantly tighter bass.
    • TTWeights Classic 454g
    I've never been a huge fan of LP Weight/Clamp by itself, but it's a must have with a Periphery Ring.
    • Transfiguration Temper Supreme
    precisely balanced sound with a bit of warmth. Plenty of detail.
    • Transfiguration Temper Supreme
    precisely balanced sound with a bit of warmth. Plenty of detail. Since then, I've had it retipped by Soundsmith. I have yet to give it a spin..
    • Audio-Technica USA AT-440ML
    Very good.
    • Denon DL-110
    DL-110 is just too much fun. This cartridge is loved by incredible albums in less than VG+ condition. Music lovers' cart.
    • Shure M97eX
    On a dark side, but mates better with higher mass tonearms.
    • Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm
    Very comfortable and wells extremely well with OTL headphone amp.
    • Logitech Squeezebox Duet
    Wifi based music server. Connected to Audio gd NFB-12.
    • Audio gd NBF-12
    USB/Coax/Optical DAC with Dual WM8741 chip. Very very nice.
    • Audio Technica ATH-AD1000
    Can we stop talking about Grado and Senns, and start listening to some ATH cans? Huge sound stage with smooth and extended top. Reminds me so much of my Tyler Reference. This pair deserves a decent headamp.
    • Phenix G3 Headphone Amp
    6922(3) based EarMax clone.
    • Aune Mini USB DAC + Headphone Amp Mk2
    Nice USB DAC/Headphone Amp at a nice price.
    • Digital Stylus Force Gauge Jennings Mini 300
    a little DIY Digital Stylus Force Gauge. Works with great and repeatable accuracy.
    • Versalab Wood Block
    Duplex Power Conditioner. Bought for $50 on Agon with suspicion, but it really cleans up sound. Black is Blacker for the first time.
    • **************** PREVIOUS GEAR *******************
    Previous Equipments below
    • Wright Sound Mono-7
    7 Watts of glory. Obbligato, Vishay, and O'Netics transformers.
    • Marantz SA8001
    I press a button and it creates music. Digital technology is great for an idiot like me.
    It sits on IsoKinetik B1 Platform.
    • EAR 834I Integrated Amp
    NOS GE and SIEMEN tubes.
    • Tyler Acoustics Taylo Ref Monitor
    Great Monitors
    • Brines Acoustics FB20
    Solidly built
    • Project Audio Xpression
    Pro-Ject Xpression
    • Pioneer PL-L1000
    Linear Tracking
    • Shelter 501mk2
    Shelter 501mk2
    • Denon DL-301mk2
    Denon DL-301mk2
    • B&W Signature 805
    Birds Eye Red
    • Magnepan MG-1.6qr
    MG-1.6QR
    • REL Acoustics T1
    REL T1
    • Pinnacle Babyboomer
    Piano Black
    • Balanced Audio VK-3i
    Great Preamp
    • PS Audio HCA-2
    Black Faceplate
    • Rega RB-250 Modded
    Incognito and Expressimo Weight
    • KAB SL1210mk2 Fully modded
    Full mods with Clearaudio Stability and Yamamoto HS.
    • Musical Fidelity X-CAN V8
    JFET/TUBE Headphone DAC
    • Audio Zone PRE-T1
    S&B 102 TX
    • Burson Audio AB-160
    RCA model
    • DECWARE ZMC-2
    Sowter SUT
    • Pro-Ject Tube Box
    Phono preamp
    • Triangle Comete ES
    Cognac Finish
    • Paradigm CC-170
    One of my best friends has it now.
    • Rotel RSX-972
    It was 1999 I think...
    • Paradigm Atom
    My first real speakers.
    • Paradigm Monitor 5
    I thought I had it all.
    • Paradigm Titan
    They were the best speakers in the world for 3 months.
    • Paradigm PDR-10
    Ah the memories.
    • Paradigm PDR-12
    KRS One had the dopest flow back when I had this
    • Paradigm PS-1000
    Though it was muddy, I never knew Sling Blade had that much bass until I had this subwoofer.
    • Paradigm PW-2200
    1 Eviction...
    • Magnepan MMG
    Modded Crossover with Cross Caps and Jantzen Inductors.

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Hi, maybe im late, but how would you compare a raal twiter vs a dome on paradigm, i have by now a paradigm studio 20 v5, thinkg to move to ascend sierra 2 or vapor audio, I am loking, to imporve realism, more 3d image, and more speaker disaperaing effect. I hope you understand me.
thanks any way

alfau7

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Received some toys made by Jim Salk and Bob...

ainkfek

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The Hawthornes have settled in nicely with my Rawson Aleph5s, but the sound remained a bit harsh.
So, I have replaced the stock Jantzen Cross-Caps with Mundorf Supreme caps (both 6.8uF and 10uF).

Now the sound is everything I wanted Magnepan to be.

ainkfek

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System edited: Audio gd NFB-12 Dual WM8741 chips. This USB/Coax/Optical DAC is simply amazing. It's hard to believe it only cost well under $300 new. Conforting and resolving sound. Not muddy.

ainkfek

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I'm still in Cincy. Definitely consider me a candidate for the Tylers! I wouldn't mind heading down south to pick them up over a weekend. I recently switched to the B&W CM1 bookshelves, and they lack some of the presence I got used to with the Thiels.

heyitsmedusty

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Hey Dusty,

Are you still in Cincy?
I'm still rocking the Tylers, but I'm interested in tweaking the Hawthorne to find out how far they can go.
If they sound any better, I'll probably put the Tyler's up for cheap.

Have Fun,

ainkfek

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Are you still rockin the Tylers anymore these days?

heyitsmedusty

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System edited: Hawthornes Solo with 15" Silver Iris coaxial drivers. They sounds terrible with my Rawson monoblocks but incredibly musical with my ol' $300 chinese tube integrated amp.

ainkfek

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System edited: Added Beyerdynamic DT880 @ 600ohm. Very comfortable and it's a great match with G3 OTL headphone amp. A bit on a warm side compared to AD-1000. Have Fun,

ainkfek

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System edited: Added the VPI HW-19Mk4. I still love the Technics, but the VPI sounds very real on acoustics music.

ainkfek

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System edited: Added: Audio Zone Pre-T1 Preamp. This passive preamp is based on TX102 transformers. A brief comparison to the Sonic Euphoria PLC 1. High freq - Pre-T1 sparkles with less grain. 2. Mid freq - PLC has a bit more body, but Pre-T1 is more transparent with better balance. 3. Low freq - PLC has more emphasis on bass but a bit bloated at times. 4. Volume Control - PLC has finer volume settings, but the Pre-T1 has +6dB switch. 5. Connectibility - PLC has 4(inputs)/2(outputs) pairs with Tape Out. Pre-T1 is factory set to 3/1 or 2/2 option. My unit came with 2/2, but I have the Burson AB160, so that makes it 3/2. The Manley Skipjack or other switchers may be required for some. PLC came with 1 pair of WTB RCA for both In/Output. Pre-T1 is equipped with regular generic RCA connectors. The WTB connectors sound cool, but I think the cost difference should be allocated to other part of audio where it actually makes obvious difference. But the WBT connectors seem to make better physical connection to all interconnects. 6. Ground - Pre-T1 has Ground Float with a switch, PLC comes with a ground wire. Pre-T1's ground float works, while PLC didn't make a difference in MY environment, but was never an issue. Pre-T1's ground float is only noticable when turned all the way up so it should not be beneficial during normal playback. 7. Design Base - PLC is Autoformer wound and entirely wired with Cardas. Pre-T1 is S&B TX102 ver.1 transformers based. 8 Problem - I now have 3 preamps, and have to decide which one to sell...

ainkfek

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Just when I was starting to give up on the Technics, the SME 309 really makes the TT strut its stuff. Now, I'm going to have to upgrade my digital source... But ever since I'd acquired Versalabs Wood Block for $50, my CDP acts like a different unit. I've never experienced much improvement from power related products until this one. As always, benefits from power conditioners are system/environment dependent. I guess I just found a right combination. For now, I'm happy but Ever-Evolving...

ainkfek

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System edited: Added SME 309 to the SL-1200mk2. Mounting plate is made by SoundSupports.com

ainkfek

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That is one 'hot looking' SL-1200. Love your mods to it. I'm waiting to find a used 1200 for a good price that has not seen DJ use.

mjcmt

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System edited: Added a Von Gaylord Preamp and Burson AB160. Burson really cleans sound stage when placed between preamp & amplifiers. Have Fun,

ainkfek

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Nice system Ainkfek full range speakers are a great way to go

velocityofhue

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System edited: Upgraded to Linbrook II. Music sounds correct now that I don't have to rely on my subwoofer. Simply good.

ainkfek

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Sorry for my late reply.
It isolates my TT very nicely from low frequency.
It allow my cartridge to resolve more information, but the problem is that it makes me wonder if I can do much better with a different tonearm. Pehaps something like Origin Live Encounter? I have a pair of Tyler Acoustics Linbrook II on the way so I hope they keep me away from upgrading again anytime soon.

I'll post some pics once available.

ainkfek

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Sweet system!

How does the acrylic platform affect the sound of your Technics TT? I'm considering acrylic shelves for my rack.

mjcmt

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Thanks for your kind comment Dusty.

I would say this "Wounded" beast is back being a true contender.
Its battle scars still remain, so I was thinking about getting a faceplate for a quick fix. Functionally, there are no issues. I hope your SL is working nicely.

ainkfek

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Hiro,

You've done quite a job on my old SL-1200! You sure made a beauty out of that beast. I'm a huge fan of all your DIY stuff. I haven't had the pleasure to hear your system, but I have a feeling it would prove that you don't need to spend $20k+ to get top class music.

Classy system!

-Dusty

heyitsmedusty

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Hey Dogmcd,

Since I'd acquired passive pre by the Sonic Euphoria, I've been using the amps with shorting plugs. This combination offers plenty of gain, and they resolve like nothing I've ever heard. It's really hard to find major faults in these amps. I can listen to music for hours without a hint of fatigue. I think I will swap internal wires to see if I could improve these any further. I will be keeping these as long as I can.

ainkfek

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Hey Albert, I have no idea how I got the name Bruce...

ainkfek

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Ainkfek... How are you liking your Rawson Aleph 5 clones? Just updated the notes on mine. Wondered how your experience has been with them? Your system is looking really nice!

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Hey Bruce,

TT Weights clamp works as it should with the periphery ring on warped LP. To my ears they work effectively, but I prefer to take them off on flat LP. It don't find clamping universally beneficial.

ainkfek

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