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Reference systems - Reference system 3
REFERENCE SYSTEM 3


By "Reference system", we mean a system used as a reference point or comparison point. It does not change from a listening session to another, and is perfectly known (by us). We use such a system to evaluate the devices we review on this site. We do not mean at all that it is the best system in the world...

Here is the description of the Reference system #3 used for the listening sessions and reviews. It is installed in a large and dedicated room, its size is 83m2 (an acoustic treatement is planned in the future):
  • Drive COUNTERPOINT DA-11, direct BNC output
  • Digital cable KIMBER illuminati D-60 with BNC connectors
  • DAC COUNTERPOINT DA-10 new version 24 bits / 192 kHz, upgraded by Mike ELLIOTT in 2006, recently upgraded with 2 PLITRON transformers, dedicated CANARE BNC & RCA 75 ohms for the imputs, and AUDIONOTE silver for the output.
DA10_front.jpg

  • the preamplifier is a THRESHOLD Fet/Ten He (instead of the Upgraded THRESHOLD T2 used in the reference system #1)
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and its separated power supply:
G5_2000_Fet-10He_power-supply.jpg

 
  • The amplifiers are the THRESHOLD SA/6e monoblocks 125W Class A
5D_2235_SA6e_front_small.jpg
 
  • the loudspeakers are the PROAC Response 3.8 instead of the THIEL CS-2.0

3.8_front_site.jpg

  • Specific subwoofer based on an AUDAX 33cm, PR330M0
  • Silver modulation cable SIGNAL CABLE SILVER RESOLUTION with EICHMAN Silver Bullet RCA connectors, or NEUTRIK for the XLR version
  • Speaker cable ELEMENT CABLE
Element_cable_small.jpg

  • Power cord DIY made with BELDEN 83802, Teflon insulated bulk cable:
cable_global-1.jpg
 
  • The wonderful EUPHONIA cones are used under most of the devices:
Euphonia_cone.jpg
All the other devices (including cables and accessories) remained unchanged, so I invite you to have a look at the Reference system 1 to see the photos.

Creation date : 23/07/2008 @ 19:28
Last update : 08/11/2014 @ 21:58
Category : Reference systems
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