Music First Audio: A Smooth Operator
The Music First Audio system, which included the Music First Audio Step-up and Music First Audio Baby Reference preamplifier (in front, in red), helped create a midrange-strong system that, on a recording by Eva Cassidy, sounded very smooth indeed. Favoring the midrange over brilliance in orchestral fare, the system transmitted the natural resonance of horns, and credibly communicated the full and meaty sounds of violins.
Analog first. The turntable was a Triangle Arts Symphony, tonearm a Rega RB-300 with Audio Origami mods, and cartridge a Denon DL103D. The phono preamp, a Conrad Johnson Motif, was set to 10k input impedance, which together with the Music First step-up resulted in a net load on the cartridge of 267 ohms.
Other goodies: AMR CD-77.1 CD player, Audionote AN-E Lexus HE silver wired speakers, Zu Audio Event silver cabling, PS Audio P10 Power Plant, and GIK Acoustics 244 bass traps with Scatter Plates. Oh, and Otari MX5050 Mk. III-2 tape deck and, talk about detail, RMG International Studio Master 911 tape.