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Old 07-15-2011, 06:03 AM
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The Violins in my place



The Meridian in another place

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Old 07-16-2011, 10:00 AM
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Thanks Howie, Dan, and Jerry for posting the pictures. Those pictures posted by Dan look like the Violons were being driven by Rowland Class D monoblock amplifiers? I have heard my speakers driven with a pair of Rowland 150W Class A/B amps, before they went Class D. Loved the sound!

Here are a few more pictures of my system:





And this is my music collection:



It is almost all classical. First 4 shelves are all Bach. Next 2 shelves are Beethoven. Schubert takes 1 1/2 shelves, Mahler takes 1 shelf. There is also 3/4 shelf of Prokofiev, and 1/2 shelf each of Wagner and Shostakovich. As you can tell, I like angst filled music (well, apart from Bach) - so frivolous composers like Mozart - 1/4 of a shelf

Here is a short clip from Youtube.

[ame="http://youtu.be/8zOSf7-6kVk"]Keith System[/ame]
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:08 PM
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Hmm, just happened on this thread. Keith, u are one persistent dude . Lovely pics of your setup.

A little interesting trivia for everyone here, Keith & myself went to the same high school & University in the same years. Only realised this very recenlty. Now, we live on different continents .

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Old 07-17-2011, 12:28 AM
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Hi Joe, we weren't in the same high school. My parents could not afford to send me to that expensive private school you went to! I went to a public school. And same university, yes - but different courses. Despite sharing the same circle of friends, and hanging out at the same hifi shop, somehow we never met!
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:50 AM
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Oh ya, details seemed to have been lost after so many years...
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Thanks Howie, Dan, and Jerry for posting the pictures. Those pictures posted by Dan look like the Violons were being driven by Rowland Class D monoblock amplifiers? I have heard my speakers driven with a pair of Rowland 150W Class A/B amps, before they went Class D. Loved the sound!

Here are a few more pictures of my system:





And this is my music collection:



It is almost all classical. First 4 shelves are all Bach. Next 2 shelves are Beethoven. Schubert takes 1 1/2 shelves, Mahler takes 1 shelf. There is also 3/4 shelf of Prokofiev, and 1/2 shelf each of Wagner and Shostakovich. As you can tell, I like angst filled music (well, apart from Bach) - so frivolous composers like Mozart - 1/4 of a shelf

Here is a short clip from Youtube.

Keith System
Nice video Keith. Somehow the ion tweeter effect is lost on my 2$ computer speakers!

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:25 AM
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Keith
I just picked up on this thread this morning and enjoyed following your efforts to improve the sound of your Acapella's. A fun read to start the day.

Thanks for following up on the Playback Design question. It is a unit that seems to get good reviews on a regular basis.

I owned a Cary 303-300 player and awhile back and liked the options of changing selectable sample rates on the fly and HDCD decoding. Different discs sounded better at different rates. I replaced that with a Esoteric X03-se which not only played SACD's but generally sounded better all around to me.

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Keith......I really like the CD/record shelving. Very functional, and attractive.
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Thanks Dan, the shelves are from Ikea They come unfinished and look pretty horrible, but they take on a nice honey colour if you sand it, then use the right stain and varnish.

Still-One, the PBD MPS-5 is by far the best CD player I have ever owned. I have to admit that when I was evaluating it, it was sitting on a wooden shelf and was using my Transparent interconnects. The Cary was on my glass shelf and I was using Acrolink interconnects. I must say I have never been a big believer that shelves and interconnects made THAT much of a difference. I believed that longer I/C's benefited more, and these short run I/C's couldn't make much of a difference.

Anyway, after I sold the Cary, I moved the MPS-5 to pride of place on my shelf. Since the Acrolink was already wired up to my preamp, I plugged it in. Holy Moly ... my jaw dropped. Suddenly the MPS-5 sounded like the Cary! Had I just wasted $15,000 when it was the interconnect all along?

I swapped the I/C's back over and the magic came back. Yes, it is better than the Cary.

The second conclusion: Transparent I/C's are way superior to Acrolink.
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I swapped the I/C's back over and the magic came back. Yes, it is better than the Cary.

The second conclusion: Transparent I/C's are way superior to Acrolink.
I definitely agree with you on the benefits of Transparent cabling. :Yes:
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