Steve Plaskin's Listening Room
This is our family room that opens up into the kitchen with an alcove in the rear of the room for an eating area. I listen in the near field with the speakers 9 feet from the listening couch. The room is somewhat asymmetrical in design with large windows accounting for minimal bass emphasis. The floor is a concrete slab. The Wilson Sasha speakers are run full range with the Wilson sub brought in at 35 HZ . Again, I listen on a large couch that is not shown in the pictures. For whatever reason, this room has resulted in the best sound of all my rooms that I have tried. It supports a full, wide soundstage with pretty even bass down to 30 HZ. Given the carpeting on the floor and stuffed furniture, the room does not need additional damping. I have tried different wall panels, but most of these over damped the sound.
Computer: Asus G501JW running Windows 10 Pro 64 bit The Asus G501 JW possesses an Intel Core i7 4720HQ 2.6 GHz processor with 16 GB RAM and a very fast PCE Express X4 SSD. Sonore MicroRendu
External Hard Drives: Promise Pegasus Thunderbolt Drive with 8 TB, 2 G-RAID Thunderbolt 8TB dives
DACs: Wavelength Crimson HS / Quotient / Silver, MSB Technology The Analog DAC with Analog Power Base
Music Programs: JRiver Media 22, Roon, Fidelizer Pro
Computer Cables: AudioQuest Diamond USB, Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2,0, Kubala-Sosna Realization USB cable, Synergistic Research Galileo LE USB Cable AudioQuest Coffee Thunderbolt Cables
Turntable: Basis Debut Vacuum V; Graham Phantom tonearm, Koestsu Jade Platinum cartridge
Preamplifier: Ayre KX-R Twenty preamp
Amplifiers: Ayre MX-R Twenty monoblock amps
Speakers: Wilson Sasha WP and Wilson Watch Dog II Subwoofer
Cables:Synergistic Research Atmosphere Level 4 interconnects and speaker cables; Synergistic Research Element Tungsten Subwoofer cables, AudioQuest Wild Blue Yonder XLR 1 meter interconnect
Power Conditioners: Shunyata Research Hydra Triton ver 2, Typhon, DPC-6 ver 2, Denali 6000T and 2000T
AC Cords: Shunyata Research Sigma, Alpha. Synergistic Research Element
Ethernet Cables: AudioQuest Diamond and Vodka
Linear Power Supplies: HDPlex 100, Sonore Signature Power Supply
Headphones: Stax Omega II / Stax SRM-007TII Amp
Vibration Control: Symposium Ultra stands, Symposium Rollerblocks 2+ G3; Black Diamond Racing Source Shelves with BDR Cones. Synergistic Research MIG2.0
Computer / DAC Treatment: Synergistic Research Tranquility Base and Tranquility Base UEF
Room Treatment: Synergistic Research HFT and FEQ. Synergistic Research Atmosphere
Rack: Mapleshade Samson
I have been a dedicated, or shall we say an obsessed audiophile since my early college days in 1970. After graduating from the State University at Buffalo, I worked in the audio retail business. I was a salesman and latter manager of Tech Hi Fi Stores in Buffalo and Syracuse, NY. I latter worked in Highland Park, Ill, a suburb of Chicago, for Columbia Audio and Video.
I returned to school to get my Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree and did a surgical residency in San Diego. I have been in private practice in Southern California for 34 years and presently live in San Diego County with my wife Leslie and dog Lucy.
In 2006, I became attracted to computer server audio. Since then, it has been one wonderful ride!