From the bottom up:
- SD/A-360...I owned since new.
- TX-8...I may replace it with a CT-23 tuner/sonic holography preamp I picked up for cheap, but it needs some work. Is the TX-8 is more sensitive? Research required.
- Peachtree Nova digital to analog (tube) converter. With the TX-8, it replaced my MXR130 receiver. A more robust version is due out from Peachtree in December, the GranPre, but I need music now.
- Out of sight are the Sonos ZP90, which provides the digital signal to the Peachtree and controlled from wireless devices all over the house (docked or not) and the Sonos BR100 which is connected to my modem/router and passes data from all over the world.
- Linex speaker switch
- Sonos dock, which really wasn't necessary
- Apple iPod 4th gen 32 gigabyte as the main controller and storehouse for digital music
- down below and not yet installed, Carver's Sunfire TS-SJ8 subwoofer should just fit underneath the desk
On the other side of the room are a pair of new PSB Image T5 tower speakers on trial. I was impressed with their shallow depth of just over a foot, a real plus because of the shape and layout of the room. But the sound doesn't convince me, and I will be looking/listening around for alternatives. Perhaps the TS-Sj8 will resolve it. In the adjoining room, my old pair of KEF C10 shelf speakers sound good again, now that they're actually on a shelf and off the floor.
This system can be accessed and controlled from the iPod, but also from other stuff: two iPhones, an Android phone, the iPad2, my wife's iMac with a terabyte of unused memory for big lossless files, my office Dell notebook, and on and on, all by way of Sonos apps and programs. And it runs Pandora and many other similar online music, streaming radio stations, digital music files, and more.
But the stack of equipment in the photo makes it sound "human."
P.S. In the foreground is a genuine 1980s Carver patch cord. Offers?