Sony ES SS-M9ED loudspeaker Associated Equipment
Digital sources: Mark Levinson No.31.5 CD transport and No.30.6 D/A processor connected with Illuminations Orchid AES/EBU datalink; Sony SCD-777ES SACD player, Accuphase DP100/DC101 SACD transport and processor; Technics DVD-A10 DVD-Audio player; Dell 866MHz Pentium III computer fitted with Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe and RME Digi96/8 Pro soundcards connected to dCS 972 upsampler via 75 ohm S/PDIF and Canare 110 ohm AES/EBU datalinks, running Windows Me, WinAmp 2.5, Acid 2.0, and CoolEdit 2000; Apple Macintosh 8100 80MHz fitted with two Sonic Solutions SSP3 digital audio workstation NuBus cards, connected to dCS 972 via four 15' TosLink optical links.
Preamplification: Mark Levinson No.380S, Z-Systems rdp-1 digital control center (updated to handle 96kHz sources).
Power amplifiers: Mark Levinson No.33H monoblocks, Krell KSA-50.
Cables: Interconnect: Madrigal CZ Gel-1 and AudioQuest Python balanced, Canare unbalanced. Speaker: AudioQuest Sterling and Gibraltar.
Accessories: PS Audio Power Plant 300 at 90Hz (preamps and SACD players only), Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II and PE-1 AC line conditioners (not power amps), ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusors.—John Atkinson