My hifi-gear (non-DIY)

If I only had DIY gear, I would probably never listen to any music because it is either in the process of being assembled or being disassembled again to be improved 😉 Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of the main non-DIY gear I use in my various systems.

 

Sources: 

  • MacMini with Apple Lossless files and iTunes/Amarra Hi-Fi software (only used as Audio/Video source).
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable with Ortofon OM30 cartridge and Mitchell low-mass record clamp (seldom used)
  • iPod classics (several) with Apple Lossless files and Cambridge ID100/Pure i20 docks
  • iMac 21.5″ (desktop)

Surround:

  • Audiolab 8000AP processor (connected to MacMini via optical connection)

Stereo:

Speakers:

Headphones:

  • Grado SR325 (the original version)
  • AKG K501
  • AKG K701
  • AKG K550
  • Sennheiser HD330 (computer)
  • B&W P5 (travel)
  • Beyerdynamic T50p (travel)

Misc:

“Behringer stack” made up of the SRC2496 ADC/DAC, the DEQ2496 digital equalizer and the DCX2496 crossover modified with a built-in volume control. This setup  is used (sparingly) for various speaker-related experiments where the powerful DSP equalizer and the electronic crossover makes it easy to experiment with different configurations. Unfortunately I don’t often have the time (or the available space) to build speakers.
The SRC2496 DAC is also very handy to have around since will work as a sample-rate converter, a DAC and an ADC depending on how you configure it. It also accepts more or less all input formats and will output analog audio as well as digital audio in both TOSLINK and AES/EBU formats.

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