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Two-channel enthusiast.

Audio interests: high sensitivity coaxial/dual concentric drivers; high current MOSFET power amplifiers; vintage broadcast turntables (Technics SP-10MKII and SP-10MKIII); FM radio; pro audio gear for home hi-fi.

Musical tastes: classic rock 'n' roll; classical Indian and Persian music and their various "world music" incarnations and adaptations; dub reggae.

Some favorite artists/bands in no particular order: Vas, Niyaz, The Henrys, Bill Laswell, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bush Chemists, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Lucinda Williams, Roots Tonic, Sussan Deyhim, Frank Zappa, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Azam Ali, Rolling Stones, Traffic, Doors, Gong, Brand X...

Profession: editor, translator, writer; scholar of Sanskrit and Pali literature and classical Indian religions.

Living Room System: Torus RM20 power isolation unit (2006); Teac P70 CD transport (2003), Universal Audio 2192 DAC/ADC/master clock (2007); Luxman T-117 tuner (1988?), Sphinx Project 8 preamplifier (2005); Perreaux Model 750 monobocs (2005); Tannoy System 215 DMT II loudspeakers (custom build by Tannoy Professional 2008); custom 16-inch speaker stands (birch plywood, MDF, sand, casters); AC cables: off-the-rack, 14 AWG, shielded, generic; Interconnects, RCA and XLR: Mogami W3173 Neutrik and Vampire connectors; speaker cable: Mogami W3104; Target M5 stand with birch plywood and hard maple shelves replacing the stock glass ones.

Bedroom system: Furman P-2400T isolation transformer; Bryston BCD-1 CD player, Technics SL-1200MK5 turntable (heavily modified); modified TEAC VRDS-25X (as CD transport), Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2; Revox B160 tuner; Bryston BP-26 DA preamplifier; Tannoy System 15 DMT II loudspeakers; generic 14 AWG power cords, Mogami 2534 & 3173 interconnects; XLO Pro 1200 speaker cables; custom speaker stands (MDF, birch plywood, sand, casters).

TV system: Oppo BDP-95 BluRay player; Wyred 4 Sound STP Deluxe preamp; Luxman T-117 tuner; Tannoy AMS-12A active loudspeakers; Plitron 20 amp medical grade isolation transformer; Mogami 2534 interconnects; generic 14 AWG power cords.

Next steps: Construction drawings from noted studio designer George Augspurger for custom loudspeakers are now in the hands of cabinetmaker Don Corby; TAD components (1601Bs and 4002s) have been ordered from; amplifiers (Bryston 4B-SST2 and McCormack DNA-500), crossover (custom Bryston 10B) and equalizer (White Instruments 4700-2) acquired; should have everything installed sometime in June 2012, with acoustic treatment of main listening room following shortly thereafter.

My Components:

Record Player: Technics SP-10MKII, custom Panzerholz plinth with AmCan footers, Funk Firm FXR tonearm, Grace F9 cartridge with SoundSmith stylus assembly.
Tuner: Luxman T-117.
Disc Transport: MSB Signature Universal Media Transport V.
DAC: MSB Diamond DAC IV Plus.
Line-Stage Preamplifier: PBN Audio Olympia LXi
Phono Preamplifier: PBN Audio Olympia P.
Active Speakers: Meyer Sound Labs X-10T monitors and X-400C subwoofers.
Passive Speakers: Tannoy System 215 DMT II, System 15 DMT II, SGM-15B, VS 218DR.
Power amps: D-Sonic (2x 1500 Wpc, 4 x 800 Wpc), MC2 Audio S1400, Crown K2, Yamaha P7000S.

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