Welcome to the second installment of our Meet the Audiophile Style Community series. All installments can be found here, in the series index.
Please send me a message or email if you'd like to participate. The response so far has been wonderful. It ranges from hardcore audiophiles to those who are more interested in numbers and graphs. None of that matters much because this is all about getting to know everyone and sharing a bit about yourself that others will find interesting.
Thanks for participating. I look forward to publishing more of these in the coming weeks.
Thanks to Audiophile Style community member @calloway for participating in volume two of this series.
1. General area of the world in which you live?
I live in Danville, Va. I have been married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. Danville is a great small rural community of ~ 70,000 population. It is within an hour of Durham, NC and Greensboro, NC, both of which my wife and i frequent for great food and entertainment.
2. General description of what you do or did for a living?
I am a Physician Assistant and have been for 45 years. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and went to junior college there and then transferred to U of Florida. I was drafted after my junior year and enlisted in the Air Force where i spent 4 years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan working in the ER / operating room. After my d/c i enrolled in Duke University’s PA Program where I graduated,Magna Cum Laude,1976, with my BS in Health Science with a grad degree as a PA.
I currently work in a Pulmonary Clinic with 3 MDs and 2 NPs, but have worked in orthopedics and Primary Care previously.
I also started a home health agency/ medicaid personal care business that i ran for 20 years and gave both businesses to my director about 11 years ago.
3. What are your hobbies?
Besides music, I love shade perennial gardening and have thousands of hellebores, hostas, ferns and other plants. I am also an avid golfer having grown up playing in Ft.Lauderdale.
4. When did you start this wonderful journey into music listening?
I have always loved music. My mom got me started with Peter, Paul, and Mary albums. I had every one of their records. I liked folk music primarily but mom played a lot of classical music which probably sparked my love for the genre.
5. What was your first “album?”
Peter, Paul, and Mary albums.
6. What does your music collection look like, number of physical records, CDs, etc… and number of “favorited” albums streamed?
My music collection is all on my computer and external hard drive in the form of downloaded CDs, SACD and HD discs purchased off the internet from various HiRes sites. I have about 500 SACDs and about 1500 cds downloaded and about 100 or so HiRez discs bought from various internet sites. I have hundreds of added streamed albums from Tidal and Qobuz.
7. What was your first audio component / stereo?
My first audio set up was a cheap Westinghouse 2 speaker and radio turntable combo. I thought it special at the time.
8. Is there one component that you no longer have that you wish you wouldn’t have sold or that you wish you still had?
I do not wish to have any of my previous audio equipment back.
9. Is there one current component that you wish you had in your system?
The only component i will possibly be adding in the future would be a Lumin X1. I recently upgraded from A1 to S1 and love the new player. If i won the lottery i would upgrade my Tidal Contriva Diacera SE to the Akira model but that probably won’t be happening.
10. How much time do you spend listening to music each week and on which systems does this listening take place (main system, car system, mobile system, office system, etc…)
I listen to music most every night for about 1-2 hours and about 2-3 hours both days on the weekend. My wife loves to read but loves the music too.
11. What’s the first concert you ever attended, best concert you’ve ever attended, most interesting concert venue you’ve ever attended?
My first concert was Iron Butterfly’s first concert in Miami. One of my U of F classmates and I went. It was great.
12. What components are in your current audio systems and can you provide a photo?
My system is composed of, back to front, TIDAL Contriva Diacera SE loudspeakers, REL 212-SE subs x 2, Lumin S1 Network Player, Chalice Audio ‘Grail’ SET monoblocks, Silent Source ‘Music Reference’ power cords/speaker cables /interconnects. AV RoomService isolation devices under all components. I also have a digital filter for my ethernet cable from router to Lumin PSU. My SET amps are absolutely superb. I have had many audiophiles journey from around the country to hear them. The original prototypes were taken to an AudioNote Japan dealer who thought they were possibly ‘the best amps i have ever heard’. There is one other pair in existence in Vermont. That gentleman, who also has Tidal speakers, T1 Sunrays, thinks they ‘are the best’. They have been reviewed in the Positive Feedback Magazine, by Adam Goldfine. Long sad story with regard to the company however.
Anyway, I would not trade my system for any other system. Anywhere.
13. Anything else you’d like to say?