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Current Audio Visual
and Stereo Systems

My current audio visual and stereo systems comprise the following strange assortment of kit from a few different eras.

Home Music Library Server

Located in the Study/Office is my Roon Labs based music library server setup.

Digital Music Sources
Synology DS218plus 2-bay NAS (2018)
Houses two mirrored Western Digital 8TB hard disk drives with a copy of my collection of music files in FLAC, Apple lossless and MP3 formats.

 
Intel Mini PC Kit - NUC7i7BNH (2018)
Houses an Intel Core i7-7567U Processor, with 16GB of Crucial DDR4-2133 RAM, and a Samsung 250GB 960 EVO M.2 (PCIE) SSD, plus an Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB. This unit is running as a Roon Optimised Core Kit (ROCK) using the custom Linux based Roon OS from Roon Labs.

 

Lounge / Home Theatre Room

Television
Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX508A, 50 inch, Full HD,
Plasma Television (2008)

 
Digital Video Recorder
Foxtel iQ2 set-top unit (2012)

 
Blu-ray Player
Samsung BD-H6500 3D Blu-ray Disc Player (2016)

 
Streaming Pre-Amplifier
Yamaha MusicCast WXC-50 Wireless Streaming Pre-Amplifier (2018)
Supports DSD 5.6 MHz and FLAC / WAV / AIFF 192 kHz / 24-bit for high resolution reproduction
 
Surround Sound Receiver
Yamaha Natural Sound AV Receiver RX-V733 (2013)
7.1 Channel, 7 x 160 watts, Network, full HD audio decoding, Burr-Brown 192/24 bit DACs and support for two zones of music.

 
Front Speakers
Vifa JV60 Speakers (2013)
Woofers: 2 x 6.5" Vifa P17WJ cast magnesium basket, mineral filled polycone woofer
Tweeters: Vifa D25AG aluminium alloy diaphragm, Ferro fluid cooled tweeter


 
Centre Speaker
B&W LCR60 S3 (2009)
2.5-way vented-box centre system, 120W, twin 130mm (5.5") drivers
 
Rear Speakers
B&W VM1 (2009)
Pair of 2-way vented box, 100W into 8 Ohms

 
Subwoofer
Yamaha NS-SW300 Subwoofer System (2018)
250W, 20160 Hz, 25 cm (10") cone woofer
 
Headphones
nuraphone (2018)

 
HDMI Cables
Kordz PRO series (2018)
 

System setup and fine tuning by Steve Funke of Funkesound. The TV, AV receiver, centre speaker, Blu-ray player and Foxtel iQ2 are housed in an Ikea Besta TV Bench (180 x 40 x 32 cm).

Main Bedroom

Stereo Power Amplifier
Denon Precision Audio Component / Stereo Power Amplifier POA-2800 (2018)
200W per channel, Vintage 1992-95.

 
Stereo Pre-Amplifier
Denon Precision Audio Component / Digital Audio Pre-Amplifier DAP-2500 (2018)
Vintage 1989-94.

 
Stereo CD Player
Denon PCM Audio Technology / Compact Disc Player DCD-1290 (2018)
Vintage 1992-94.

 
AM/FM Stereo Tuner
Denon Precision Audio Component / AM-FM Stereo Tuner TU-260L (2018)
Digital Tuner. Vintage 1990-91.

 
Antenna
PK's Travellers AM Radio Loop Antenna (2017)

 
Stereo Speakers
Yamaha Speaker System Model NS-1000M (2018)
100W RMS, 3-way system with a Beryllium Dome High Frequency JA0513 30mm (1.2") tweeter and a Medium Frequency JA0801 88mm (3.5") Mid, plus a Low Frequency JA3055A 300mm (12") Paper Diaphragm cone-type woofer. Crossover Frequencies: 500Hz and 6,000Hz. Closed Enclosure. Dimensions: 675 x 375 x 326mm (26.5 x 14.75 x 12.75"). Weight: 31 kg (each speaker). Serial numbers: 60161 R, 60161 L. Impedance: 8 Ohmn. Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. Hamamatsu Japan.
In the late 1970s Yamaha NS-1000M speakers were the ones I regular used and came to love the sound of while freelancing as an audio recording engineer and producer. I'd always wanted to have a pair of these speakers on my main stereo system, but it took until 2018 for it to eventuate.
The cabinets have been restored and repainted in satin black. Crossovers have been fully checked, and all capacitors measured. Input terminals and tweeter capacitors upgraded, along with the wiring between the terminals and crossover.


 
Network Digital Media Player
Audiophonics RaspTouch I-Sabre ES9028Q2M (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B with Audiophonics I-Sabre ES9028Q2M DAC, 7" OLED Touch Screen, Volume control, Steel case, and 8 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
Digital Media Player
Apple iPod Classic 160 Gb Portable Media Player (2009)

 
iPod Dock
Pure i-20 Hi-Fi Quality Dock for iPod/iPhone (2012)

 

Vintage Stereo System

Stereo Amplifier
NAD Model 200 Dolby Stereo Amplifier
100W per channel with Dolby NR system. Vintage 1975. Repaired and serviced by Dallas Clarke in March 2018.

 
FM Tuner
Yamaha CT-7000 FM Stereo Tuner
I believe this is one of the 7 units purchased by the ABC when they were intoducing FM to Australia. Vintage 1974-78.

 
AM Tuner
Wright Audio Developments AM Tuner
(Vintage circa Aug 1972)

 
Turntable
Rega Planar 3 Turntable
Base: 1 inch thick particle board with hard laminate.
Turntable: 12 mm plate glass with 3 mm natural felt cover.
Dust cover: Acrylic.
Motor: 24 pole synchronous.


 
Audio Dynamics Corporation ADC LMF-2 Tone Arm
ADC LMF-2 is a removable headshell carbon fibre tonearm.
Effective length: 237 mm
Overhang: 15 mm
Mounting distance: 222 mm
Effective mass: 6 g
Headshell: removable
Bias compensation: spring applied


 
Amber Io Phono Cartridge (2003)
Output: 4mV @ 3.54 CMV (45 degrees)
Frequency Response: 10-55kHz
Separation: Average 25dB @ 10-30kHz
Stylus: Diamond - Elliptical
Input Load: 47,000 ohm
Induction: 45 millihenries
DC Resistance: 475 ohm
Pickup weight: 6 grams
Tracking Force: 1.5 grams
Replacement Stylus: IO5

 
Audio-Technica Safety Raiser AT-6006a
Automatically lifts the tone arm at the end of the record.

 
Audio-Technica AT-618 Disc Stabilizer
The AT618 stabilizer sits on top of the record over the turntable spindle and applies 600 grams of weight, holding the record firmly in place.
Top cylinder: 66.3 mm diameter
Height from top to bottom: 30.6 mm
Bottom cylinder: 80 mm diameter
Weight: 600 g


 
Phono Preamplifier
Amber Phonostage MM (2003)
A dual high quality moving magnet gain stage.

 
Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder
Revox B77 Stereo Tape Recorder
3 motor, 2 speed (3.75 and 7.5 ips).
(made 1984, purchased 2003)


 
Cassette Recorder
Nakamichi ZX-7 Discrete Head Cassette Deck
3-Head, Dolby B, C
(made 1981, purchased 2018)


 
Network Digital Media Player
HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B+ with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
Stereo Speakers
Audiosphere 2 (2018)
Full range Coral driver in concrete enclosure, complete with concrete stands. Made by Michael Brown (www.sophera.com.au) in the 1970s.

 
Headphones
Stax SR-5 Electrostatic Ear Speaker with SRD-6 Amplifier

 
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headphones (2017)

 
Accessories
Discwasher DiscKit

 
Decca Record Brush

 
Shure SFG-2 Precision Stylus Force Gauge
 
EEI Model 200 Cartridge Alignment Gauge
 
TEAC TX-10 Maintenance Kit (1981)
 
Techcessories Sound Level Meter
 
Jaycar AV6501 Video Enhancer
 
Teac Model TO-8 Test Tone Oscillator (1981)

 

Study / Office

For sound while I work at home, this combination of vintage and modern does the job.

Stereo Amplifier
NAD Stereo Amplifier 3020 (2018)
Classic 20W per channel stereo amplifier. Vintage circa 1980.

 
AM/FM Tuner
NAD AM/FM Stereo Tuner 4020A (2018)
Great sounding tuner. Mostly sits on one AM station. Vintage 1980.

 
Cassette Deck
NAD Stereo Cassette Tape Deck 6050C (2018)
2-head compact cassette deck. Vintage 1981.

 
Network Digital Media Player
HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B+ with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
Stereo Speakers
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 (2018)
Award winning bookshelf speakers with Blackwood trim. 5" Kevlar cone Bass Driver and a Soft Dome Tweeter.

 
Headphones
Sennheiser HD 424 Headphones

 

Spare Bedroom

Stereo Receiver
NAD 7020 AM/FM Stereo Receiver (2018)
20W per channel. (Circa 1988.)

 
Stereo Front Speakers
Jennings Research Contrara Rectangle Mk-1
2-way acoustic suspension speaker system with 8" main plus dome tweeter. Impedance 6 Ohms, Min power 15W continuous, Max power 75W continuous. 8 inch drivers replaced by Response 8 Paper Cone Woofers from Jaycar in March 2018.

 
Network Digital Media Player
HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B+ with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 8 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
iPod Dock
Pure i-20 Hi-Fi Quality Dock for iPod/iPhone (2012)

 
Digital Media Player
Apple iPod Classic 160 Gb Portable Media Player (2007)

 

Dining Room

Stereo Receiver
Sansui Seven AM/FM Stereo Receiver (2018)
36W per channel, Vintage 1972-73.

 
Stereo Front Speakers
Goodmans TwinAxiom 10
Twin concentric speakers in custom made tuned enclosures.

 
Network Digital Media Player
HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B+ with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 

Three Rooms At Work

Music Library Server

Digital Music Source
Intel Mini PC Kit - NUC7i7BNH (2018)
Houses an Intel Core i7-7567U Processor, with 16GB of Kingston DDR4-2133 RAM, and a Samsung 250GB 960 EVO M.2 (PCIE) SSD. This unit is running as a Roon Optimised Core Kit (ROCK) using the custom Linux based Roon OS from Roon Labs.

 
Western Digital WD Elements 4TB USB 3.0 external hard drive (2017)
Holds a copy of my collection of FLAC, Apple Lossless and MP3 music files. Connects to the Intel Mini PC.

 

Room 1 - Dive Shop

AV Receiver
Yamaha Natural Sound AV Receiver RX-V795A (2018)
5.1 Channel, 5 x 85 watts, and support for two zones of music.

 
Network Digital Media Player
HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B+ with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
Stereo Speakers
Coral X-III (2018)
3-way bass-reflex bookshelf speaker system. (Circa 1982.)
21 cm Bass driver, 6 cm Midrange driver, 1.6 cm Tweeter.

 

Room 2 - Front Office

Stereo Amplifier
NAD Stereo Amplifier 3020e (2018)
Classic 20W per channel stereo amplifier. Vintage circa 1985.

 
AM/FM Tuner
NAD AM/FM Stereo Tuner 4020A (2018)
Great sounding tuner. Mostly sits on one AM station. Vintage 1980.

 
Network Digital Media Player
Audiophonics RaspTouch I-Sabre ES9028Q2M (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B with Audiophonics I-Sabre ES9028Q2M DAC, 7" OLED Touch Screen, Volume control, Steel case, and 8 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
Stereo Speakers
Coral X-III (2018)
3-way bass-reflex bookshelf speaker system. (Circa 1982.)
21 cm Bass driver, 6 cm Midrange driver, 1.6 cm Tweeter.

 

Room 3 - Back Office

AV Receiver
Yamaha Natural Sound AV Receiver RX-V992 (1997)
5.1 Channel, 5 x 80 watts, and support for two zones of music.

 
Network Digital Media Player
HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro (2018)
Raspberry Pi 3B+ with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge.

 
Stereo Speakers
Yamaha Natural Sound NS-50T (2018)
2-way speaker system. (Circa 1982-85.)

 

In The Car

AV Receiver
Kenwood DDX9018DABS (2018)
6.8 inch HD Capacitive Touch Screen AV Receiver, with AM/FM tuner, DVD player and Hi-Res Audio.

 
Digital Music Source
Western Digital WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive (2017)
Holds a copy of my collection of FLAC music files.

 

On The Move

For music while I travel I use the following items.

Speakers
Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2

 
Digital Media Player
Apple iPod Classic 160 Gb Portable Media Player (2009)

 
Headphones
Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headphones (2017)

 

Bathroom

AM/FM Radio
Sangean PR-D7 AM / FM Digital Tuning Radio Receiver (2017)

 
Antenna
PK's Travellers AM Radio Loop Antenna (2017)

 

Other Stuff

Of course, I also have some old AV kit that's not currently in use.

Centre Speaker
Vifa CS-200 2-way (built from a kit 1998)

 
Blu-ray Player
Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray Disc Player (2008)

 
DVD Players
Panasonic DVD-RP82 DVD/CD Player (2003)

 
Sony DVP-S715 DVD/CD/Video CD

 
CD Player
Sony CDP-CE405 5 CD Changer

 
Video Recorders
Sony SLV-EZ2000S Video Cassette Recorder (2002)
6 Head Hi-Fi Stereo VCR with jog

 
NEC N895EA Video Cassette Recorder (1985)

 
Stereo Speakers
Sony SS-D301
3-way speaker system.

 
Cassette Recorder
Teac Model C-2X Stereo Cassette Deck (1981)
2-Motor 2-Speed 3-Head, Dolby HX

 
Teac CX-8 BIAS/EQ Card (1981)
Allows Teac C-2X bias and EQ to be optimised for specific tapes

 
Yamaha Stereo System
Yamaha Natural Sound AM Stereo / FM Stereo Tuner T-420A
Yamaha Natural Sound Stereo Cassette Deck KX-500
Yamaha Natural Sound Compact Disc Player CDC-585 (5 Disc)
Yamaha Natural Sound Digital Sound Field Processor DSP-E200
Yamaha Natural Sound Stereo Control Amplifier C-50
Yamaha Natural Sound Stereo Power Amplifier M-45 (125 W)
Playmaster 300W Subwoofer Amplifier

 
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