Greg Weaver, Senior Editor
Greg Weaver entered the audio electronics industry in the late 1960's, originally as a hobbyist, but rapidly moved into retail sales shortly thereafter. Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, he grew to supervise a variety of audio shops and small chains, eventually moving on to manage a number of fine audio salons. Also in the 1980's, after receiving his digital electronics certificate, he partnered a consumer electronics repair shop where he did everything from designing and installing winning custom competition IASCA 12-volt systems to repairing computers to designing circuits for coin-operated video arcade games. He has been an industry journalist and product reviewer since the late 1980's, both writing for and editing numerous print and internet journals. He has been an industry consultant since the late 1990's, working with companies such as Harmonic Technology (Greg lead the team that developed the original Magic line of products), Quantum, and NSR Sonic Research. Greg currently resides in north central Indiana with his wife, children, and four large-breed dogs. For 15 years, Greg was the senior IT Engineer and Analyst at the University of Notre Dame (supporting the Department of Athletics). In the spring of 2014, he took his early retirement option from the University of Notre Dame and now provides IT Services for Patrick Industries, the 4th fastest growing company in the nation, as well as serving as a Senior Writer for The Absolute Sound, and Senior Editor at Positive-Feedback Online.
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Greg Weaver's System
Vinyl Cleaning/Care: VPI HQ-16.5, Nitty Gritty Mini-Pro, Audio Intelligent Vinyl Solutions, Buggtussel Vinyl-Zime, the full gamut of LAST record care products, Disc Dr. Miracle Record Cleaner and Quick Wash. Furutech RD-2 demagnetizer (now branded Acoustic-Revive), Digital Systems and Solutions UltraBit Platinum-Plus, Digital Systems and Solutions TruVoice Dampers, Audience Auric Illuminator. OnzowZeroDust, AudioQuest DM-100 demagnetizer, KAB Channel Balancer, KAB Speed Strobe.
The front face of my Von Schweikert Audio VR-55 Aktive's are 78" from the front walls, with the back outside corner 19" from the side wall, and the front outside corner 24" from the side wall, positioning them some 8' 2" apart, tweeter center to tweeter center. The prime listening area is centered roughly 10' back from the plane of the tweeters.
Room taming is achieved with the use RoomTunes Corner Tunes, and the stunningly effective Shakti Innovations Hallographs. I am using a set of 6.5' tall Cascade Audio Engineering Corner Traps behind the Hallographs, in the two front corners, and Whisper Wedge diffraction panels at the first reflection point for the tweeters.
I also have employed two very large plants behind the speakers to afford a very effective diffraction/diffusion field in those rear corners. Further, the floor-to-ceiling shelving situated along the left side wall of the room (housing LPs and optical media) provides a diffraction/diffusion field along that wall to balance the openness afforded by several doorways as well as my desk, printer, and laptop stations.
Power to components in the listening room is fully dedicated, with two separate, dedicated electrical runs, a 20-amp service for amplification, a second 15-amp service for all sources. All other devices in that room (lights, printers, computers, etc.) are on an entirely separate, isolated circuit. All circuits in the room were set up for proper ground and polarity.
Those who know me (or have read my work over the years) know that my system MUST be tonally accurate, strikingly neutral, stunningly transparent, and jubilantly musical. However, open, detailed, and layered soundstaging, combined with realistically sized and spatially accurate images, are every bit as important to me as truthful timbre and musical bloom. With the right recording, this system whisks you back to the venue or hall of the original performance for a spooky-real recreation of that event in the here and now.
I have had any number of audiophile and musician visitors' remark on the power of the listening experience as witnessed from my chair. Musicians from any number of genres of music, from Salsa to Rock ‘n' Roll to Classical, have actually wept after or during a listening session. Audiophiles of many years have remarked things like, "What more could you ask for," and "I've never heard a rig sound any better than this."
While those are encouraging words, and seems to indicate that I'm doing the right things with component and cable selection and room set up, my system (every system? ;-D) must be seen as an continuous work-in-progress. Every once in a while, the addition of some new piece, be it a source, a cable, or an accessory, allows me to move just a little closer to that actual musical event. The journey continues...
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