Classical chamber and orchestral music from the baroque through the twentieth century (with a special interest in chromatic, atonal, and serial music of the early-to-mid 20th century), some folk music of the late 50s and early 60s, some acoustic and electric blues, some rock of the 60s/70s/80s, some small combo jazz (particularly piano trios), some pop/jazz vocalists (e.g., Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn), some film music, some Broadway cast recordings, some contemporary pop/country (e.g., Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin), some bluegrass, some world music, some techno.
1. Realism triggers: Whatever makes me feel less like I’m listening to recorded music on a stereo system in a small room and more like I’m listening to real musicians at a recital or a concert in an actual hall or club.
2. Realism inhibitors: Whatever makes me feel more like I’m listening to recorded music on a stereo system in a small room and less like I’m listening to real musicians at a recital or a concert in an actual hall or club.
Long-time concertgoer (orchestral, chamber, opera, recital, choral, pop, rock, folk, jazz, Broadway); avid reader; love music.
17’ x 16’ x 10.5’ plaster-and-lath room on third floor of very old house, with hardwood floors and thick brick outer walls. Room selectively treated with RPG Abfusors and Skylines, Shakti Hallographs, Synergistic Research ART system, A/V Room Services Metus, other tweaks. Electricity via 20-amp dedicated lines with new service.
Current reference equipment:
Loudspeakers: Magico Q5, MartinLogan CLX, Raidho C1.1, Magnepan 1.7 and 3.7 and 20.7
Linestage preamps: Constellation Audio Virgo, Audio Research Reference 5SE, c-j GAT
Phonostage preamps: Constellation Audio Perseus, Audio Research Reference Phono 2SE
Power amplifiers: Constellation Audio Centaur, Audio Research Reference 250 and Reference 750, conrad-johnson ART, Lamm ML-2, Odyssey Khartago
Analog source: Walker Audio Proscenium Black Diamond Mk III record player, AAS Gabriel/Da Vinci MkII turntable with DaVinci Grandezza MkII tonearm, Acoustic Signature Ascona with Kuzma 4P tonearm
Phono cartridges: Ortofon MC A90, Benz LP S-MR, Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement
Digital source: TBD
Cable and interconnect: Synergistic Research Galileo speakers cables and interconnects, Synergistic Research Tesla power cords
Power conditioner: Synergistic Research Tesla II
Accessories: Synergistic Research ART system, Shakti Hallographs (6), A/V Room Services Metu acoustic panels and corner traps, ASC Tube Traps, Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM amp stands (2), Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM equipments stands (2), Symposium Isis equipment stand, Symposium Ultra equipment platforms, Symposium Rollerblocks, Symposium Fat Padz, Walker Prologue Reference equipment stand, Walker Prologue amp stands, Shunyata Research Hydra V-Ray power distributor and Anaconda Helix Alpha/VX power cables, Tara Labs PM 2 AC Power Screens, Shunyata Research Dark Field Cable Elevators, Walker Valid Points and Resonance Control discs, Clearaudio Double Matrix record cleaner, HiFi-Tuning silver/gold fuses