02 January 2001
As I approach my 50th birthday and 30 years into my favorite hobby, I am still in awe and humbled by the diversity of other audiophiles and music lovers showcased on this web site.
I started with my first college dorm system, an early 70s Sansui Quadrophonic receiver mated to a Dual turntable shod with a Shure cartridge. Then discovered hi-end audio in 1976 with my Luxman M2000 amp and C1000 pre-amp.
Having an engineering background, I first discovered bi-amplification before it became de-rigueur. In 1979, I was able to tool an adapter through my Infinity Quantum 3's fuse holder and feed a Phase Linear amplifier (A Bob Carver design) to the woofer with my Luxman driving the upper register. People around me thought I was strange... especially when I started rolling my own cables. But that's another story.
Then I really went stupid. Having more money than brains at the time, I started a "collection" of audio gear: multiple racks of enhancers, click and pop devices, the entire DBX collection, reverberation, synthesizers, multiple turntables, tri-amplification, cassette decks and reel to reel's with enough cables to hang me from the moon.
Now, being more mature (!) and having realized that my ears are no longer 20Hz-20KHz, I revel in my simple, albeit customized system. My main music interests are Jazz (60%), World (20%) and New Age (20%).
Having been married to a wonderful wife for the past 28 years, WAF was never a factor.
Room: Poured concrete floor. Berber carpet over 3/4 inch premium underlay . Cinder block walls. Corning in-wall sound insulation.
Dimensions: Best described as an equidistant fat L shape. The speakers located 8ft from the corner, see a 30ft wide soundstage. There are no parallel walls. Sweet spot located in a near field of 10ft.
Music collection: Over 1000 CD's
Favorite Jazz selections. The entire discography of:
1. Diana Krall
Favorite World selections. The entire discography of:
1. Susana Baca
Mike's comments about his System:
AA: "Mike, how would you describe your system's sound?"
MP: "Well, I would describe it as being in scale with my music taste. Since I cannot reproduce faithfully large orchestral movements or rock concerts levels due to simple room physics and the accompanying acoustic nightmares, I confine my listening to performances that can be enjoyed at more moderate levels. I prefer quality over quantity."
AA: "Do you think there is room for improvement?"
MP: "There is always room. However I don't loose sleep over it. This is only a hobby after all."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
MP: "I would like to change the 5in. Peerless midrange for the new ScanSpeak 15W."