Musical Fidelity X-24K D/A processor Associated Equipment
Digital sources: Mark Levinson No.31.5 and Wadia No.270 CD transports (the No.31.5 connected via a Meridian 518 reclocking unit), California Audio Labs CL-20 and Denon 5000 DVD-V/CD players, Nagra-D open-reel digital recorder, Panasonic SV-3700 DAT recorder. Illuminations Orchid, Madrigal, and Canare 110 ohm AES/EBU cables, AudioQuest and Mod Squad 75 ohm S/PDIF cables. A dCS 972 was also used to upsample CDs to 96kHz and convert the Nagra's 96kHz dual-AES/EBU data output to single, double-speed AES/EBU format.
Comparison digital equipment: Mark Levinson No.30.5, Wadia 27i, Entech 205.2, and Assemblage DAC-2 digital processors; Arcam Alpha 9 CD player.
Line preamplifier: Mark Levinson No.380S.
Power amplifiers: Mark Levinson No.33H monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Revel Ultima Gems, with Ultima Sub-15 subwoofer driven by its LE-1 amplifier/crossover.
Cables & Interconnects: Madrigal balanced CZ Gel-1 interconnects from No.30.5 to preamp and from pre- to power amp, with AudioTruth Lapis x3 from LE-1 crossover/amplifier to satellite power amplifiers; Canare cable from single-ended sources to preamplifier; AudioTruth Sterling speaker cables; Cardas Cross speaker cable from LE-1 to Sub-15.
Accessories: Audio Power Industries Power Wedge 116 Mk.II and PE-1 AC line conditioners (except for power amps), ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusors.—John Atkinson