I have been interesed
in good sound ( and jazz music) since being introduced to both by an Austrian
Jazz drummer friend of mine when I was in my late teens. With just about
my first pay packet after leaving Universtiy I bought an Armstong amp.
Jordon Watts speakers and an ERA t/t with an Empire cartridge.
Over more than 25 years, this has progressed
to the system I have now. I was one of the founding members of the Melbourne
Audio Club 25 years ago, but after getting married and a job that demanded
more time and travel, Audio became less of an interest. About 5 years ago,
that interest got rekindled, and I rejoined the club, firstly taking up
where I left off many years before, becomeing Jazz Group convenor, then
President for two years. Now, for my sins I have the job of editing the
Audio News our monthly magazine.
CD's used for monitoring the system changes
Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue
Raincoat Cypress 32XB-123.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Flight of the Cosmic Hippo Warner Bros 926562-2.
Holly Cole Temptation Metro
Badi Assad Rhythms Chesky CD137
John Kaizan Neptune TokyoSphere
||NEC CD 903. This virtually hand built player from NEC in the late
1980's has seperate power transformers for analog and digital circuits,
optical transfer between analog and digital sections and four D/A converters.
Although 10 years old, this CD player has outperformed many current players
including the latest Sony 7 ES (not sure of model name).
||Audio Electronics AE1 (Cary kit preamp). Class A Triode dual mono
using 6SN7 tubes. Currently using Sylvania and Phillips NOS vintage 60's.
||Cary CAD845. Single ended class A using 6SN7 Input Tubes,
6BL7 Driver Tubes, CV378 Rectifier Tubes and 845 Output tubes. Currently
using a mix of Phillips, RCA's and Mullards with RCA 845's. All vintage
||ProAc Studio Towers using ScanSpeak tweeter
and ATC mid and bass units. Corssovers have been taken out of the box,
and redone by hand using better quality components, and tri wired.
||Goertz Silver Sapphire, Discovery Plus Fours.
about his System:
AA: "Peter, how would you describe
your system's sound?"
PH: "The system is very musical,
with incredible detail and absolutely no listener fatigue."
AA: "What are the system's
PH: "Well, firstly it's tube
and I love tubes - they glow in the dark! It is powerful enough to
drive my 88dB/watt ProAc, and it allows me to tweak, the blissful pastime
of all tube lovers. I have tried most tubes, but keep coming back
to NOS Philips, RCA and Sylvania tubes. And they are expensive!"
AA: "Do you think there is room
PH: "Yes. Sometimes the power
is not quite enough for big band and rock music."
AA: "Have you got plans for upgrading?"
PH: "Yes. I am still looking
at isolation and vibration absorption tweaks. I use bicycle tubes,
focal pods, and the power and preamps are now filled with plumber's lead
glued to the base. This seems to prevent microphonics and cleans
up the sound. The preamp kit could be improved with some superior
components/resistors, capacitors and this is an area I hope to explore