My System

* My System - Current Build

Hi Fi Stand - by Lovan
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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
    • The two Orange coloured boards under the turntable and the amp are designed to eliminate all induced vibrations in the shelf.
    • The Phono Stage and DAC sit on granite tiles with drawer liner underneath to eliminate all induced vibrations in the shelf.

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

Micrometer VTA Adjuster


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

Turntable Mod's for details

Source Components (the top half)...
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iMac Computer

My iMac is connected to my Schiit Bifrost DAC via a V-Link192 USB-S/PDIF converter that transfers digital stream via a DIY CAT6 S/PDIF cable

I use this to stream music from my own library and Internet radio at up to 24 bit - 192kHz

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

Schiit Bifrost DAC
With the latest USB Gen 2 and Uber upgrades

V-Link192 USB-S/PDIF Convertor
This piece is a significantly better USB port implementation than even the USB Gen 2 upgrade from Schiit

With the right IC’s it brings 16/44 recording to life, with more of everything

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

Power Distribution Box (bottom)

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



KLE Innovations gZero20

Clearly these are the most detailed performer in this lineup, providing pinpoint placement of instruments and artists, while allowing the acoustics of the recording venue to prevail for a truly 3 dimensional experience. My new reference cables.

My own DIY Analogue Interconnect Cables

These are exceptional performers that I use on the digital side of my system. They do not quite match the performance of the gZero20’s but are worthy of a place in 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 from a CAT6 network cable wound in a spiral
  • One pair has the KLE Innovations Absolute harmony RCA Plugs attached
  • A second pair has the KLE Innovations Pure harmony RCA Plugs attached
  • See RCA Interconnect Construction Techniques

My own DIY S/PDIF Interconnect Cables

These to are exceptional performers that utilize CAT6 cables, allowing extremely fine details to be conveyed

Power Cables...
  • My own DIY custom built 10 gauge spiral wrapped power cables to the amplifier.
  • My own DIY custom built 14 gauge spiral wrapped power cables to source components.
  • The Sonar Quest Silver Plated on copper connectors on all cables

The Cheering Section!

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 square port located at the bottom rear which runs the width of the enclosure.

Speaker Cables: KLE Innovations gZero6

These cables provide crystal clear reproduction, with an extremely deep low end performance, exceptional dynamics and spacious image.

The listening Room...

Audio Room
The room is 11' 6" wide, 15' long with an 8' ceiling
- An open double doorway in on the left
- a large bow window is at the opposite end of the hi-fi

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