Convergent Audio Technology SL-1 preamplifier 1998 Associated Equipment
Analog source: Updated Linn LP12, Ittok, AudioQuest AQ-7000nsx.
Digital source: PS Audio Lambda II transport, Audio Alchemy DTI•Pro32 anti-jitter/resolution-enhancement device, Sonic Frontiers SFD-2 Mk.II and Processor 3 digital processors (the Processor 3 is a killer), Illuminati D-60/Orchid digital links.
Amplifiers: Sonic Frontiers Power 2, Carver Lightstar 2.0 (review to come).
Loudspeakers: Dunlavy SC-IV, Hales Design Group Revelation Three.
Interconnects, power cables, and speaker cables: mostly TARA Labs Decade. Late in the audition period, two sets of TARA Labs Isolated Shield Matrix "The Two" interconnects replaced the Decades, bringing major benefits in intertransient silence and freedom from EMI/RFI-induced hash.
Other accessories: Chang CLS-9600 ISO power-line conditioner, Shakti stones placed on the SFD-2 Mk.II and DTI•Pro32, Original Cable Jackets on the power cables, and a Bright Star Little Rock atop the CD transport.—Robert Deutsch