Sony SCD-XA9000ES SACD player Associated Equipment
Digital sources: Mark Levinson No.31.5 CD transport & No.30.6 D/A processor; Classé CDP-10 CD player; Krell SACD Standard, Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista SACD players; Linn Unidisk 1.1 universal disc player; Technics DVD-A10 DVD-Audio player.
Preamplifier: Mark Levinson No.380S.
Power amplifiers: Mark Levinson No.33H, Musical Fidelity kW monoblocks.
Loudspeakers: Dynaudio Confidence C4, PSB Platinum T8, Revel Ultima Studio.
Cables: Datalinks: Kimber Illuminations Orchid AES/EBU, AudioQuest SVD-4 S/PDIF. Interconnect: Madrigal CZ Gel-1 (Levinson power amps, Linn, Krell, Classé sources, balanced), Ayre Signature Series (Levinson source, balanced), DiMarzio (Sony, Musical Fidelity sources, unbalanced), AudioQuest Lapis (Musical Fidelity amps, unbalanced). Speaker: AudioQuest Gibraltar. AC: Synergistic Research Designer's Reference2, PS Audio Lab Cable.
Accessories: Target TT-5 equipment racks, PS Audio Power Plant 300 at 90Hz (preamps, source components other than Levinsons), Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1 AC line conditioners (not power amps), ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusors. AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from the breaker box. A Mark Levinson No.33H or Musical Fidelity kW (the latter with dual power supplies) was plugged into each.—John Atkinson