Systems Showcase

Breaking Bread

New house, new system. Took the time to build room treatments and buy some others. Zu Union Cubes are working very well in this space. It's not perfect, no room is, but I'm satisfied. Digital side is fed from a an i7 connected to Auralic Vega via Adnaco S3b usb-over-fibre system; 328k files a mixture of mp3, flac, ape, and dsf/dff. I think it's about 32K files at 44kHz+. So boring hifi stuff ;) is balanced by a lot of deep era stuff. My vinyl is about 900 albums, a lot of classical I could not resist picking up in Tampa in pristine condition, but also a lot of new releases. Spending time dialing in the Solid9 and Audiomods now. Check out where I'll be blogging and collecting experiment results, some reviews, just for fun.


  • Decware Rachel 34.1 w/ VCAPS - no attenuators. Quiet amp with no tube hiss at all albeit a small about of 60hz hum.
  • Decware Mini-Torii v1 top plate but with Jupiter Caps and upgraded attenuators + planar headphone output.


  • Auralic Vega PCM/DSD DAC


  • 47" LG 1080P display

Music Client/HTPC

  • iPad with JRemote - ultimate remote for J. River
  • Windows 7 x64 + J. River Media Center 19
  • SilverStone FT03 Fortress Case
  • Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
  • ASRock X79 EXTREME4-M LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL
  • SeaSonic Platinum SS-860XP2 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
  • Adnaco S3B USB-over-Fibre (isolation from PC)
  • CORSAIR Hydro Series H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Intel EXPI9402PTBLK Two Gigabit Copper Server Connections 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 2 x RJ45 - OEM
  • (2) SilenX Effizio Thermistor EFX-12-15T 120mm Case Fan
  • Sony Optiarc Black 4.8X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 24X CD-ROM SATA Slim Internal 12.7mm Slot Blu-ray Combo Model BC-5650H-01 - OEM

Power Supply

  • Dedicated 20A line
  • Cullen Cable Perfect Plug (AC outlet)
  • PS Audio P3 AC regenerator
  • Emotiva CMX-2 (DC blocker)
  • Anker 20,000mAh battery (powers LDR and Adnaco)


  • Tortuga Audio LDR passive preamp

Record Player

  • PTP Audio Solid9 Lenco
  • Audiomods Series 5 Micrometer tonearm
  • Audio Technica AT33PTG/II moving coil
  • Allnic H-1201 vacuum tube phono stage (E180CC x 4)
  • Audio-Technica AT607 stylus cleaner
  • Gem Dandy record cleaner
  • MSFL Master record sleeves
  • OYAIDE STB-MS record weight
  • Oswald Mill Audio Lenco graphite mat


  • Zu Audio Union Cubes w/ Clarity Cap and birch construction
  • Omega Deep Hemp subwoofer
  • HiFiman HE-500 planar headphones
  • Grado SR-80i headphones
  • Etymotic Research ER23-HF3-COBALT-I-A HF3 In-Ear Headset with 3-Button Remote Control
  • AKG K601 headphones


  • RCA 6V6GT grey glass VT107
  • Visseaux 6V6GT
  • Mullard 8136 halo
  • RCA 5963 black-plate D-getter
  • Amperex Holland Dario 12AU7


  • BlackCat Lectraline 2.5m speaker wire
  • Antipodes Komako 1.25m RCA
  • Black Cat Lectraline RCA (LDR>AMPs)

Tweaks & Tools

  • Room EQ Wizard
  • Vibrapod Cones, Herbies Neutralizers, Feet of Silence, Bamboo cutting boards from IKEA, Timernation maple platforms
  • Mapleshade Phonophile Static Draining Record Brush
  • Room treatments: rockwool-based 2' x '4 on ceiling and doubled up on back wall. Side absorbers and rear wall/ceiling interface diffusion pending.
  • Calibrated Dayton EMM-6