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High priority on tone, soundstage and overall balance of sound.
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    • Tekton Design Impact Monitors (upgraded) and Rythmik F8 Servo Subwoofers
    A great high-value monitor that has truly high-end sound! The crossovers in my pair have been extensively upgraded by fellow Audiogoner @Grannyring. He used the excellent Jupiter VT caps and Duelund wire. I've added DIY HFTs.I also use Rythmik F8 Servo Subwoofers which I crossover at 50hz. It opens-up and adds a solidity to the sound. They are an ideal match in both looks and sound.
    • Yamaha R-N803 Receiver
    I've tricked-out this Yamaha R-N803 receiver with Total Contact, Synergistic Research Blue fuse, GCTs/ECTs a double stack of E-Cards on top and a 10 layer bundle of magnetic sheets underneath it. I'm getting phenomenal sound. The Yamaha has a built-in streamer (Tidal support), decent phono stage, room correction, sub output, and IPad control. Great all-in-one unit!
    • Pro-Ject Xtension 10 (upgraded), Sumiko Blackbird and Mpingo Ebony LP Stabilizer
    The tonearm is made of carbon fibre. It has an extra heavy platter with mass loaded magnetic floating subchassis and inverted ceramic ball bearing. I'm impressed with the performance of this table/arm. I'm currently using a Sumiko Blackbird which is an excellent match. The tonearm has been upgraded with Cardas wire and a Cardas phono box has been added. I use a Mpingo Ebony LP Stabilizer which is similar to a Shun Mook stabilizer. I also use PHTs on the cartridge.
    • APL Denon 3910
    Highly modified Denon 3910 by APL - a classic CD player that is still one of the best on the market.
    • Dueland and Western Electric Cables
    My speaker cables and power cables use Western Electric wire. My interconnects use Dueland wire even the phono cable which I run without a ground wire which is taken care of by the Grounding Box.
    • ElectraClear EAU-1

    "The ELECTRACLEAR features an advanced super-conductive, electromotive, coherent technology, UT CodeTM, which utilizes complex principles of resonance to change the quality of electromagnetic fields. By establishing resonance of an extremely high degree of order and stability, the turbulent electromagnetic fields surrounding all the equipment assume a positive or balanced vertical energy flow. Ordinarily, there is unwanted interference or stress in electricity created by the chaotic electron motion in the electromagnetic field. Stress in any system creates a form of entropy called rigidity, which decreases the operating capacity of electricity. When the interference in the electric current enters your stereo system, it inhibits the optimal performance of your equipment. When the ELECTRACLEAR EAU-1 is plugged into the electricity powering your system, sustained coherent resonance produces smooth, frictionless functioning of the current enabling all your electronic components to deliver their peak performance."


    • Synergistic Research Atmosphere, UEF Dots, UEF Panels, Black Box, HFTs (DIY) and FEQ
    The UEF Panels, UEF Dots, Black Box and HFTs (DIY) are types of sound resonators and the Atmosphere (green ATM) and FEQ generate various types of RF/Schumann Resonances.  Bottom line they work: create a huge/realistic soundstage!
    • Synergistic Research Black Box

    The Black Box is a Low Frequency Resonator Array that works in conjunction with the Atmosphere/FEQ to solve bass node issues.  

    • Synergistic Research Tranquility Bases and MIGs
    I use MIGs under all the Tranquility Bases.
    • Timbernation Solid Maple Rack
    Solid maple rack stained cherry
    • Tice Audio Power Block Signature III C
    This a legendary power conditioner. Tice Audio was one of the first to realize treating cables and components on the quantum level can change the sound of an audio system.
    • Grounding Box (DIY) with Kemp Quantum Approach, Akiko Audio Tuning Stick & E-Tuning Gold
    I made my own grounding box out of solid cherry. Kind of amazing what individually  grounding each component in your system can do to the sound quality especially when used with the Akiko Audio and Kemp products.
    • DIY Shakti Stones, Magnetic sheets treated w/ Graphene Oxide, Synergistic Research Blue fuses, ECTs, GCTs, XOTs Carbon, HT Carbon and Perpetual Technologies Total Contact & E-Cards
    These products work to achieve a uniform and consistent RF/EMI and Electron treatment around my components which greatly helps the sonics. Read my system page blog for more discussion of this.
    • Akiko Audio Corelli and ZeroZone Shuman Resonance Generator
    These products are excellent at making your system sound more "natural". The Corelli is really, really good!
    • Agora Acoustics MagicHexa
    I'm always messing with isolation products. I have the MagicHexa under the subs, Impact Monitors and the Yamaha. Very effective and reasonably priced!
    • "Tube Light" and Denon AH-D7200 Headphones
    I don't know much about headphones but this Denon pair sound very nice. I traded them for an amp. The "Tube Light" with meter just adds a little "stereo art" to the system :-)

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Last night, I removed a couple of the E-Cards from on top of the Yamaha and placed them directly on the transformer inside. I also applied Total Contact to the ends of the Ethernet cable feeding the Yamaha. Heard an immediate improvement so I'm looking forward to once they settle-in.  Tweaks like this continue to amaze me!

sbayne

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I've done a massive update of MY Place system page with current pictures and explanations. (Frankly, I wish more people would have a system page and keep it current. Many times I see people discussing equipment they supposedly own but they don't have a system page or, if they do, it shows different equipment from what they are talking about)

sbayne

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I got home fairly late last night but still got about 45 minutes of listening in (with an aged tequila in hand!) The sound is even more warm with lots of texture. Not sure if its the magnets I added back or the E-Cards/Total Contact settling-in even more. I used a stack of 5 magnet mats folded over to make a 10 layer bundle. I'm leaving the magnets in for now since I'm liking the sound.

sbayne

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My current thinking is you want to get the electrons spinning as uniformly as possible in the signal passing through your components, cables and speakers.  This is explained through quantum physics which is way above me but many audio companies are now using it to improve sound.  Going to a receiver really simplifies the process because the amp, DAC, preamp, streamer and control functions are all “treated” at the same time and you eliminate the various cables which you normally have to get spinning uniformly as well.  At some point, I’ll probably get more E-Cards and put them along my speaker cables and crossovers just to keep that spintronic effect uniform all the way to the drivers.  For now, I want to see if the magnets help or hurt the signal passing through the Yamaha.  (By the way I’ve heard some great Klipsch setups over the years!)

sbayne

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Very nice. I just picked up some klipsch speakers and have heard guys liking Yamaha amps with them. Something for me to keep in mind. Safe travels!

t_ramey

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Sorry Tom, that was definitely a stream of consciousness post. I've moved to a Yamaha R-N803 receiver that I've tricked-out with Total Contact, Synergistic Research Blue fuse, GCTs/ECTs and a double stack of E-Cards on top. I'm getting phenomenal sound. The Yamaha has a built-in streamer (Tidal support), decent phono stage, room correction, sub output, IPad control, etc. I'm back to traveling this weekend but before I leave I'm going to put a stack of magnets underneath the Yamaha and see how it sounds when I get back next week. I'll update pics at some point.

sbayne

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Well that’s quite the tease. Please share when you get the time.

t_ramey

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I'm doing some major rethinking and reworking of my system. The holiday break was really refreshing (audio wise).

sbayne

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Hi Tom - yeah I took all the magnet sheets w/ graphene oxide, Tweek Geek Sonic Tonics, High Fidelity MC-0.5s and some DIY Shakti Stones out a couple of days before I started listening with the E Cards and Total Contact. I left all my Synergistic Research stuff in. I tried taking the ECTs and GCTs out but put them back in because the sound was definitely better with them in. I also put some of the DIY Shakti Stones back in. As mentioned below, I've added a Kemp Quantum Approach to the system and I moved the Akiko E-Tuning Gold MKII to a different location. I'm doing this all by ear so its a lot of trial and error.

sbayne

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Hey Scott, have you left the magnet sheets w/GO in place while introducing the e-cards to the system or did you take them out?

t_ramey

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I've now doubled-up the E-Cards and heard a nice improvement immediately. Relocated some ECTs and added a Kemp Quantum Approach that I had in another system. Things are really coming together.

sbayne

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It’s nice to be on vacation and spend some time with my system.  I haven’t moved the E-Cards around but I have been tinkering with everything else.  It really is amazing how we can tailor sound with various tweaks.  No definite conclusions at this point but this week over Christmas is going to be awesome!

sbayne

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I’m sure moving them around can show differences in sound quality initially and leaving it where you think it sounds best sounds like a plan. Already ordering another set of e-cards? Nice!

t_ramey

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I know you aren't supposed to move the E-Cards around but they definitely sound better in certain areas than in others. Also, they interact with the ECTs I use. I can already tell I need more E-Cards over the transformers because when I stack them up there the sound improves so I ordered another set. The ECTs sound best over circuits than the E-Cards do. Everyone says the E-Cards improve the sound the longer they are left undisturbed so I'm going to TRY to not touch them this weekend! ha,ha

sbayne

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Yep, I got the E-cards and the Total Contact about a week ago. Probably do some serious listening this weekend. I put them on my amp and over my circuit breaker to my listening room.

sbayne

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Did you get the e-cards? If so, where’d you put them?

t_ramey

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I listened to just one very familiar cut last night. Things are sounding really good...........

sbayne

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Yeah it should be fun! I have a pretty good handle on what my system sounds like with the magnets. I took the magnets out last night so the system can settle before I put the Total Contact and E Cards in. I talked to Tim this morning and he agreed I should place an E Card over my listening room's breaker circuit using some double-sided tape. I'll try to refrain from any serious listening for at least a week, but that may not be possible!

sbayne

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Looks like it finally worked. That was weird.

Anyway, look forward to what you think of the TC and e-cards. I bought more TC from a friend who didn’t use all of his and pasted it to my speaker driver connections as well as the crossover connections. I really like what it does and my speakers and system has never sounded better. Might be a while still before I get some e-cards so I’d like to hear what you think about them especially compared to the magnet sheets we’ve been using. 

t_ramey

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Trying to post on your page

t_ramey

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Things have finally calmed down at work and I should have time over the holidays to evaluate the PerfectPath Tech products. So, I ordered a set of Alpha E Cards from PerfectPath and bought some Total Contact from another audiophile. I'm looking forward to finally checking these out!

sbayne

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I’ve been tinkering with my system lately.  I started to get a little less transparency in the bass and lower mids and the highs didn’t seem as warm. So I put everything back to where I knew I liked it, but it still didn’t sound right.  Finally, I realized the sub for the right channel wasn’t making any sound! The power cord looked like it was in place but was out just enough to lose power.  I pushed it all the way in and the sound snapped into place! Definitely reconfirmed the Impact Monitors sound better with stereo subs!

sbayne

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Listened to Daft Punk's RAM on vinyl last night with my son. That last cut is nuts! Literally thought I was going to blow a speaker!

sbayne

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I ended-up taking the MC-0.5, that has Total Contact all-over it, out of my system. Even when used with the SR Tranquility bases it seemed to add a slight haze to the sound. Really weird. I tried non-treated MC-0.5s in different positions and finally left them as they were before - all together in the same power strip. Since its claimed to be very conductive, I thought maybe the Total Contact was passing some type of noise over the surface of that MC-0.5. So I got out my multi-meter and it isn't conductive as far as I can tell (I readily admit maybe I was measuring it wrong). Whatever. The next logical step is to wipe the Total Contact off and try it all again. So spent a lot of time screwing around and didn't get very far. Argh!

sbayne

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I've been busy with work and family matters lately so not much time spent with my system. I did buy a MC-0.5 from another Audiogoner. He had completely covered it with Total Contact.  Its a strange beast. Definitely does not play well with the other MC-0.5s I have in my system. When pared with other MC-0.5s on the same power strip it added a really weird fazy sibilance to the sound. I moved it to a power strip that powers my SR Tranquility bases and liked what it did. I finally have some time this weekend to mess around with my system so I'll keep experimenting. Again, placement and time with "tweaks" make all the difference.

sbayne

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