Born and raised in Philly - lifetime Eagles/Sixers/Phillies/Flyers/Wildcats fan no matter where I live. Villanova BA/Princeton MPA. Living in DC since 1992. Married - no children. No training or experience with electronics nor any affiliation with a manufacturer or retailer of audio gear. Not a DIYer! Made a concerted effort over more than four decades to learn about high end gear and educate my ears. My audiophile journey started when I used to ride my bike from West Philly to Villanova every day. There was a high end store on Lancaster Ave. that I had to pass and I stopped in whenever I could. I had no money to spend but the staff not only let me listen but helped educate me as to what to listen for. They featured IMF speakers, Audio Research electronics, and Thorens turntables. The big Magnaplanars were set up in their own room. I spent many hours listening while they were demoed for potential customers. I also found The Absolute Sound (first two issues) in the Villanova library. The damage was down - fast forward to today. In terms of listening biases I favor the musical (timbre, PRAT, tone color and tonal density, etc.) over the sonic (imaging, soundstaging, etc.) but I have endeavored to build a system that provides both.
Apr 16, 1953 (Age: 68)
Washington, DC
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Modified Pathos Acoustics TT RR (Dueland Cast PIO Tinned Copper & Mundorf silver/gold/oil caps), Vishay Z-foil resistors; vintage Alps "Black Beauty" volume pot; Stage III Concepts and Dueland tinned copper hookup wire, Bybee Music Rails, Yamamoto teflon tube sockets, etc. Upgraded (Eton woofers, Fostex FT96-EX2 tweeters, rewiring with Stage III Concepts and Dueland tinned copper wire) Bache Audio Metro 001 speakers with optional 3/4" bamboo cabinet and upgraded crossover; Isoacoustics Gaia footers. Modwright Marantz SA8005 SACD/CD player with 1950's Tungsol long black plate 5687 tubes on Dalby Lignum Vitae isolation feet; GEC U52 5U4G rectifier in the Modwright PS 9.0 power supply; Verastarr Grand Illusion speaker cables; Townshend Fractal F1 interconnects; Verastarr Grand Illusion, Hemingway Z-Core Beta, and Echole Omnia and Signature AC cables. Bybee Stealth AC conditioner, dedicated (JPS Labs in wall wire) 20A line and breaker box, Oyaide R-1 outlet, and EP-2050 on main panel.
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Soular Energy - Ray Brown, Nordic Noir - Mari Samuelson, Kind of Blue - Miles Davis, Spiritual Nature - Donald Vega, Poetic Champions Compose - Van Morrison, Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie - Ella Fitzgerald, Japanese Melodies-Yo-Yo Ma, Anthology - War
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