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Dimensions: 12’ × 13’  Small
Ceiling: 10’

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    • Apple MacMini
    Mac OS High Sierra v10.13.6 (Mid  2010)
    Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo
    Memory: 16 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256mb
    250 GB SSD for OS
    500 GB SSD for music files
    • Audio Quest Coffee USB
    0.75M A to B


    SOLID 10% SILVER CONDUCTORS: Solid conductors eliminate strand-interaction distortion and reduce jitter. Solid silver-plated conductors are excellent for very high-frequency applications, like USB audio. These signals, being such a high frequency, travel almost exclusively on the surface of the conductor. As the surface is made of high-purity silver, the performance is very close to that of a solid silver cable, but priced much closer to solid copper cable. This is an incredibly cost effective way of manufacturing very high-quality USB cables.

    FOAMED-POLYETHYLENE INSULATION: Any solid material adjacent to a conductor is actually part of an imperfect circuit. Wire insulation and circuit board materials all absorb energy (loss). Some of this energy is stored and then later released as distortion. Foamed-Polyethylene Insulation ensures critical signal-pair geometry while minimizing insulation-induced phase distortion.

    CARBON-BASED 3-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS): 100% shield coverage is easy. Preventing captured RF Interference from modulating the equipment’s ground reference requires AQ’s Noise-Dissipation System. Metal and Carbon-Loaded synthetics prevent most RFI from reaching the equipment’s ground plane.

    DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #s 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1): All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This minimizes both energy storage in the insulation and the multiple nonlinear time-delays that occur. Sound appears from a surprisingly black background with unexpected detail and dynamic contrast. The DBS battery packs will last for years. A test button and LED allow for the occasional battery check. 

    TERMINATIONS: Precision direct-silver plated pins are carefully attached with the very best solder. Through choice of flux and metallurgy, AQ solder has been optimized to make a low-distortion connection. The difference you hear between solders is a result of connection quality. AQ Solder does not have a high silver content because the more silver there is in solder, the more difficult it is to make a good connection.

    UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS DEVICE CLASS DEFINITION FOR AUDIO DEVICES: USB (Universal Serial BUS) was established by a stalwart group of companies such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft (just to name a few) in order to give the personal computing world a truly universal standard and means to connect devices such as hard drives, printers, cameras, and, more importantly to us, audio components. Included in the original description are protocols for the pristine transfer of audio over USB. Great care and sensitivity went into this. Consequently, a computer connected to a USB-enabled digital-to-analog converter can outperform the best compact disc players available today. AudioQuest is committed to contributing products that honor USB's ability to deliver state-of-the-art performance on this new and wonderful frontier.

    • Custom Cables by Mark Tunis Black Shadow XLR 9” & 24”
    Fully balanced XLR interconnects featuring individually Teflon insulated, Silver Plated conductors. 
    Shielded with a silver-plated-copper braid shield for extremely low noise. 
    The outer jacket is Teflon. The connections are Neutrik with plated silver contacts. 
    Solder is 5% silver solder.

    Wire:Silver plated Coaxial Cable

    Constructed with stranded silver plated copper conductors insulated with an extruded PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) dielectric. 

    The outstanding electrical and mechanical properties of silver and PTFE over a broad 
    range of frequencies makes this cable outstanding for audio applications.

    Connector Specifications:

    NEUNC3FXXB AND NEUNC3MXXB- Neutrik XX Series 3-Pin XLR Female and Male cable connectors. 
    Neutrik's "next generation" XLR connector, improves on Neutrik's industry standard "X" series connectors. 
    Similar in style to the NP*X series, this new series is simple to use and will be available in 3 pin configuration. 
    The compact unique styled die cast shell has internal threads that mate with the external threads on the boot to eliminate damage sometimes found on exposed threads. 
    This series also incorporates Neutrik's unique chuck-type strain relief.Unique female and male cage type contact for increased conductivity and reduced wear of the male contacts 
    A new ground contact that provides better integrity between the chassis and cable connectors. NC**XX series black metal housing with silver contacts. 
    The new unified shell is stronger, and mates with all current Neutrik X series connectors.

    • Custom Cables by Mark Tunis Black Shadow LYRE 2 Meter Convertible Speaker Cable System

    Superb Lyre bird, (Menura novaehollandiae) 
    Famous for its extraordinary ability render with great fidelity any sound, 
    unmatched in vocal repertoire and mimicry.

    4 Separate Runs of 8 AWG Silver Plated Copper Aero-Space Wire 
    Sliding Cable Clips: 
    Keeps Cables Separated, Organized and Prevents Interference

    Convertible Termination: 
    Interchangeable spades and bananas in Silver plated OFC, makes it easy to change connectors to suit your evolving needs. 
    Convenient, fast and well-constructed with premium materials. 
    16 Interchangeable Connectors included: 
    8 Spades 
    8 Bananas

    The wire is MIL spec aerospace stranded silver plated copper wire, silver being the best conductor of electricity. Teflon insulation is very close to air resulting in very low capacitance which makes the cable suitable for any audio component as it will not contribute to instability, or absorb the signal. Teflon insulation is very thin resulting in a cable that is lightweight and flexible. This cable will not stress the jacks on your components, but is very large gauge. 
    This configuration provides incredible imaging and detail across the entire audio spectrum, deep, tight, powerful bass, sweet transparent midrange smooth and linear high frequency response.This cable provides incredibly low resistance and is extremely flexible considering the AWG.  
    4 Runs of 8 AWG Silver Plated pure copper American Mil-spec AEROSPACE wire 
    Silver-plated copper with 40 micro inches minimum coating thickness. 
    Stranding 133/29

    Insulation Material: 
    Teflon (PTFE) as a dielectric is very close to air. 
    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE This heavy-wall wire, rated at 1,000 volts rms or 3,000 volts DC, saves both size and weight compared with many other insulated wires of the same rating. Suitable for Broad frequency use at elevated temperatures in high-reliability programs where electrical and thermal stability are important.

    • Schiit Audio Vidar
    Running 4 ohm mono @ 800watts each
    No-Excuses Amp, No-Brainer Price
    Vidar is nothing less than a no-excuses, exotic-topology, Class-AB, linear-supply, microprocessor-controlled, power-doubling, dual-mono-ish, intelligently-managed, drives-almost-anything power amp. No Class D, no switching supplies, no fans, no compromises, nothing in the signal path but music—for a three-figure price tag.
    Small Size, Big Power 
    Don’t let the compact size fool you—pick up the Vidar to get a real feeling for the beefy 600VA transformer inside. Vidar may be small, but it’s also a powerhouse, delivering 100W per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 200W per channel into 4 ohms.
    Stereo or Mono Flexibility
    Combine Vidar with a single-ended preamp like Saga for a complete system with insane, no-compromise performance—for just a little over a grand. Or, run two Vidars from a preamp with balanced outputs (like our Freya) for true monoblock performance and 400 watts per channel into 8 ohms.
    Intelligent Oversight and Protection
    In Vidar, a microprocessor oversees important aspects of amplifier operation, from DC offset to over-current and over-temperature faults. This provides stable, safe operation without invasive current-limiting, fuses, or active devices in the power supply path. In English, Vidar makes sure it’s operating optimally at all times—and protects itself when it needs to, so you can be assured of excellent performance for a long, long time. 
    • Dynaudio Focus 260


    Combining excellent speed, an expansive soundstage and incredible musicality.

    Cohesively balanced like a compact monitor, but exhibiting the power and substance of a floor-standing loudspeaker. 

    The Focus 260 features a dual mid/bass driver complement, comprised of two MSP woofers equipped with the advanced new black Kapton® voice coil formers and die-cast aluminum driver baskets, built into a relatively large cabinet volume.

    A perfect sonic integration with the Dynaudio soft dome tweeter, which features the new Precision Coating, is achieved via the high-grade high-performance, phase corrected crossover. Due to the relatively slim cabinet, which stands less than 1 meter tall, an ideal sound radiation is ensured – even at short listening distances.

    The Focus 260 thus combines the same excellent speed, expansive soundstage, incredibly natural musicality and extremely accurate and homogenous balance of the compact Focus 160 with added low-bass dynamics and presence, and is perfectly suited for medium to larger sized rooms.

    The Focus 260 is available in a choice of four real-wood veneer finishes: Maple, Walnut, Rosewood and Black Ash, as well as in White piano and Black piano gloss lacquer finishes. 

    Technical specifications

    Wilfried Ehrenholz, Founder, Dynaudio

    Specification sheet for Focus part 2Sensitivity:87 dBIEC Power Handling:> 250 WImpedance:4 ΩFrequency Response:32 Hz – 23 kHz (± 3 dB)Box Principle:Bass Reflex Rear PortedCrossover:2 waySpecification sheet for Focus part 1Crossover Frequencies:2000 HzCrossover Slope:Woofer 6 dB/Octave, Tweeter Phase Adjusted 12 dB/OctaveWoofer:17 cm MSPTweeter:28 mm soft domeWeight:19.1 kg / 42 lbsDimensions (W x H x D):202 x 995 x 294 mm 7.9 x 39.1 x 11.6"
    • Schiit Audio Yggdrasil-Multibit with Unison USB

    Forget everything you know about DACs. Yggdrasil's unique True Multibit architecture delivers 21 bits of resolution with no approximations or guessing. True Multibit eschews delta-sigma D/As and their embedded digital filters, combining medical-grade multibit D/A converters with a unique time- and frequency-domain optimized digital filter that preserves the original samples. 

    Unique Digital Filter Preserves Original Samples
    Most DACs simply use the stock digital filters embedded in their D/A converters. But even the most sophisticated ones, using their own digital filter algorithms, don’t have what Yggdrasil has—a time- and frequency-domain optimized digital filter with a true closed-form solution. This means it retains the original samples, performing a true interpolation. This digital filter gives you the best of both NOS (all original samples retained) and upsampling (easier filtering of out-of-band noise) designs.

    Mission-Critical D/A Tech, Discrete Class A Analog 2 Output
    For MRI diagnoses, doctors don’t rely on the guesswork of “24 bit” or “32 bit” delta-sigma D/A converters. Instead, they choose the bit-perfect imaging of precision multibit D/A converters, like the blindingly expensive Analog Devices AD5791. We chose this same critical technology for Yggdrasil. Now in Analog 2 form (shipping since late 2017), we’ve combined the output of four of these DACs with DC-coupled, low-noise, Class A JFET buffers and summers with high current output capability to drive long cable runs and low-impedance line inputs, such as 600 ohm professional gear.

    USB, Elevated: Unison USB™, Plus Adapticlock Advanced Input Optimization
    Yggdrasil now includes Unison USB, our own USB input based on a general-purpose PIC32 microprocessor, using precision local clocks and complete electromagnetic and electrostatic isolation. No more off-the-shelf USB for us—this unique, UAC2-compliant input provides the highest performance and lowest power draw of any USB input we’ve offered to date. Yggdrasil accepts up to 5 digital inputs and carefully manages them with our Adapticlock™ clock regeneration system. Adapticlock is the most sophisticated clock management system in the world. It assesses the quality of all inputs, measures their incoming center frequency and jitter, and automatically routes the input to the best clock regeneration system. 

    • Schiit Audio Freya S

    Freya S is, quite simply, a solid-state Freya+. Like Freya+, it’s a true no-excuses, balanced, remote-control preamp! Switch between passive mode and Nexus™ differential gain stage, enjoy the fine control of a 128-step relay-switched stepped attenuator volume control with perfect channel matching, and control it all from the comfort of your favorite chair.

    Nexus™—The Seamless Discrete, Differential Gain Stage
    Freya S brings our unique Nexus™ gain stage to a preamp—meaning you get seamless handling of all of your sources, whether balanced or single-ended. Nexus seamlessly converts single-ended to balanced and balanced to single-ended, in a single, discrete, current-feedback gain stage. In Freya, the Nexus gain stage offers two different gain levels—a gain of 1, so it behaves like a differential buffer, and a gain of 4, for systems that need more volume.
    Easiest 128-Step Relay-Switched Volume, Ever
    The benefits of a relay-switched stepped attenuator for volume are clear. Compared to a potentiometer, they give you essentially perfect channel matching and near-unmeasurable distortion. However, some preamps with relay-stepped attenuators confuse you with buttons and screens. Not Freya S. Freya S has a volume knob that works just like a volume knob—just grab and turn. And if you use the remote control, the motorized potentiometer changes to match the remote setting. 
    Yes, Remote Control Included
    When you’re talking about gear that doesn’t sit on your desktop (like our headphone amps), you need the convenience of remote control for volume, input switching, output switching, and muting. Freya S includes a custom remote control, standard.

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Nice computer based system. How's a full Schiits system sound? Is Dynadio a good match?