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Mike's System

 

 

Updated System Configuration - Oct 2006

Turntable

TW Acustic Raven AC turntable - one-motor version

Tonearms

Schroder Model DPS tonearm - 9.5" version, bocate finish, with fine adjustment weight, Schroder tonearm cable

 

SME V

Phono Cartridges

Jan Allaerts MC1B cartridge

 

Denon DL-103R

Phono Stage/Preamplifier Manley Steelhead as preamplifier and phono stage
CD player Marantz SA-11S1
Loudspeakers Avantgarde Acoustics Uno
Amplifier Wavac MD-850 monoblocks
Cables

Shunyata Lyra speaker cables
Kondo KSL-SPz speaker cables as jumpers on Unos

Kondo KSL-LPz
Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval 1m RCA (Phono/Pre to amp)

HiFi Rack and Accessories

Hutter Racktime rack (with Finite Elemente Cerabase as footers)
Golden Sound DH cones under Steelhead & Powersupply
Stillpoints under Wavac
Black Diamond Racing The Pits MK 3

Nordost Pulsar Points

Mains PS AUDIO AC Power Ports
Shunyata Hydra 4 and 2
Power cords from Acrolink, Shunyata, Audience
Vinyl Accessories KAB speedstrobe
Shure Stylus Force Gauge SFG-2
ONZOW zerodust
LYRA SPT stylus cleaner
Decca 2+2 LP brush
Nitty Gritty 1.5Fi cleaner
Music Genre Jazz, vocals

 

Earlier Notes:

 

With the introduction of the TW Acustic Raven AC turntable into the system, it is another leap up the sonic ladder .  In his own words - "The Raven AC is fantastic !   The music and sound opened up into another dimension."

 

Well, after our listening session, there is absolutely no doubt on the synergy of the TW Acustic Raven AC turntable in this system, heard right from the first notes.  The system was not even set up properly in the beginning, where one speaker was not completely turned on.  Indeed, the sonic improvement was already clear and unmistakable.

 

Some photos below can be clicked on to enlarge if desired

 

* Best viewed on a calibrated monitor.  We recommend Gretagmacbeth display calibrator, or you can try this free one (although not the same quality).

 

The system

Mike System
    
0006
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:15:06.8
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm F/2.8 D, B+W 77mm MRC UV-Haze filter
Focal Length: 17mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

From another angle

Mike System
    
0008
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:15:53.8
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm F/2.8 D, B+W 77mm MRC UV-Haze filter
Focal Length: 22mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

The rack

Mike System
    
0010
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:16:46
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm F/2.8 D, B+W 77mm MRC UV-Haze filter
Focal Length: 35mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

From another angle

Mike System
    
0025
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:23:00.7
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm F/2.8 D, B+W 77mm MRC UV-Haze filter
Focal Length: 28mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Speakers

Mike System
    
0029
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:27:53.7
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

Mike System
    
0031
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:28:31.7
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Wavac monoblocks

Mike System

0079
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:50:13.8
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

TW Acustic Raven AC turntable with SME V and Schroder Model DPS tonearms,

and a Jan Allaerts MC1B cartridge

Mike System
    
0034
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:30:41.3
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

A closer view

Mike System
    
0039
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:32:22
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/4
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
View from another angle

Mike System

0044
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:33:55.1
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Yet another angle

Mike System

0042
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:33:21.4
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/4
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
A closer view of the composite platter

Mike System

0047
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:34:50.4
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Two tonearms

Mike System

0051
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:35:55.6
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

Jan Allaerts MC1B cartridge mounted on a Schroder Model DPS tonearm

Mike System

0053
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:38:01.6
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/2.8
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Denon cartridge

Mike System

0055
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:38:47.6
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/2.8
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Schroder Model DPS tonearm from behind

Mike System

0065
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:43:46.4
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

Mike System

0084
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:51:30.2
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 

TW Acustic Raven AC  microprocessor-controlled 3-phase power supply

Mike System

0076
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:49:28.1
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Manley Steelhead Preamp and Phono Stage

Mike System

0074
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:48:51.5
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Steelhead power supply

Mike System

0080
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:50:33.4
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
Marantz SACD player

Mike System

0082
Nikon, handheld with Metz 54 MZ-4i  speedlight
2006/10/07 13:51:01.4
RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D, Hoya 52mm UV filter
Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
1/125 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset d-0, with 77mm Expodisc
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: i-TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0•
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Image Comment: (c) Soundscape HiFi                 
Long Exposure NR: Off
Bounce
High ISO NR: Off

 
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