The Story so far

It's taken over 30 years to get to this point in my Hi-Fi Journey

For most of it I have been
"in the dark" and had to rely on audio stores to educate me in the finer points.

With the advent of the internet and the many excellent manufacturers providing some incredible sources of information, thankfully this is no longer the case.

I have been able to acquire knowledge that would have otherwise required me to be in the industry.

Some of this knowledge I already possessed after completing an Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering

For many years I tinkered with various electronic circuits, like amps and guitar sound effects
On the digital side, considerable knowledge was gained when I completed a degree in Computer Science (with a bias towards hardware design)

I have been sharing my experiences with friends and a few forum members, who suggested it would be good to have it all in one place!

- My very own Blog! - So here it is...


THE GOAL OF THIS BLOG...


To document tweaks that have proven to extract every last ounce of performance from my existing components!!!


That's me in a nutshell - enjoy the blog

Steve...

Steve@image99.net


FOOTNOTE:
I take the promotion of products very seriously.
If a company's product is identified on this blog it is solely based on that products
exceptional performance.
I do not receive any payment for products mentioned on this blog



My System - Current Build

Hi Fi Stand - by Lovan
Stand
Three legs, black steel with MDF shelves.
- Each shelf can support up to 200 lbs (not gonna test that one)

I've added 2 - 3/4" MDF Shelves for the Turntable and the amp

    • There are granite tiles under each component with drawer liner underneath to eliminate all induced vibrations in the shelf.

Turntable: Rega Planar II - i.e. in a former life
NEF_0480

Micrometer VTA Adjuster

NEF_0837


I have made the following "upgrades"...
- A custom built plinth - 3 sheets of bonded MDF - with Sorbothane "earthquake suspension" feet.
- Audiomods “Classic” tonearm with silver litz continuous lead
- Isokinetik Sub platter
- Rega 2 motor upgrade
- Soundsmith modified Denon DL-103 Moving CoilCartridge
- SRM/TECH Deluxe Acrylic Platter
- MDF isolation deck - on the shelf under the turntable

See
Turntable Mod's for details


The Other Bits

Simaudio MOON LP5.3 RS Phono Stage
MM/MC Phono Stage

Moon


Blusound NODE 2
Ethernet connected music streamer

Blusound
With the right IC’s and power cables it even brings 16/44 recording to life, with more of everything

Naim Audio: NAIT 5i mkII - Integrated Amp
(bottom)
An integrated amp with a passive pre-amp section and a front panel mini-jack for Ipod type devices

Naim



Power Distribution Box

Dist Box
This is a very simple unit containing two switched Pass and Seymour MRI grade wall outlets and one non switched hospital grade wall outlet.

The box is protected with a 15 amp pushbutton breaker and for all the internal wiring I used Furutech mains cable conductors.

The power cable into this unit is my latest DIY power cord with cryo-treated silver plated copper connectors, which made a noticeable improvement in the performance of the attached source units


INTERCONNECT CABLES:

Analogue:

My own DIY Analogue Interconnect Cables

These are exceptional performers that I use throughout my system.

Their design is quite simple and they are quite affordable
  • a solid silver signal conductor is placed in a teflon tube
  • the tube is inside an expandable nylon sleeve to increase the distance between the neutral and signal conductors
  • around the tube and sleeve is a twisted pair of wires wound in a helix
  • One pair has the KLE Innovations Absolute harmony RCA Plugs attached
  • See DIY Interconnect Cables - The “Helix Mark V"

My own DIY Speaker Cables

These are exceptional performers that I use throughout my various systems.

Their design is quite simple and they are quite affordable
  • 16 gauge silver plated copper signal conductor in an expandable nylon sleeve
  • a twisted copper pair wound around the signal conductor
  • See The HELIX Speaker

Power Cables...
  • The Sonar Quest Silver Plated on copper connectors on all cables


The Cheering Section!
Speaker

Gershman Acoustics Sonogram
full range tower loudspeaker

Specifications are
- sensitivity 89 dB @ 1w/1m,
- Impedance 6 ohms,
- frequency response 28Hz-20kHz
- with recommended Power 40-250 watts.

The Sonograms are three-way ported designs with an eight-inch woofer made to Gershman specs, a three-inch Israeli-made Morel midrange driver and a one-inch Vifa soft-dome tweeter.

The speakers have a 2” x 8” rectangular port located at the bottom rear of the enclosure.




The listening Room...

Listening Room
The room is 15’ 6" wide, 40’ long with an 7.5’ ceiling
- The speakers have 8ft behind them
- There’s another 20ft of open section behind the 2 chairs

The two large screens behind the speakers either side of the system are acoustic baffles that eliminate echo at this end of the room

They also double as "mood lighting" - High on the WAF scale Happy