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bhoward's My Upstairs Reference and Downstairs Home Theater System
IP Address: Last Update: September 06, 2009 at 22:58:53
Amplifier: art audio px-25
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): hovland hp-100 with built-in mc phono stage
Speakers: avantgarde uno series two with sub225 ctrl pro integrated, active subwoofers
CD Player/DAC: Cary 306/200
Turntable/Phono Stage: vpi aries; jmw memorial 10' arm; koetsu urushi cart; hovland hp-100 preamplifier's mc phono stage w/ 66db gain.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: synergistic research resolution reference .5 speaker cables and jumpers; hovland music groove 2 phono cable; nordost spm interconnect between cd player and preamp
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): ps audio 300 power plant; ps audio ultimate outlets; synergistic master couplers with grounds defeated; zoethecus amp and component stands; vpi turntable power line conditioner
Tweaks: vibrapod isolators under the cd player
Room Size (LxWxH): 24' x 20' x 9'
Room Comments/Treatments: asc acoustical products. listening room is l-shaped and opens up onto another 15'x 15' room and a hallway. lots of glass in bay windows, hardwood floors, sheetrocked walls.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): acoustic jazz; many different forms of rock; some techno, trance, house, ambient; some classical; scottish and irish traditional; even a little hip hop. whatever strikes my fancy.
System Goals/Comments: high energy, high emotion. good for all forms of music at any listening level.
System Strengths: wonderful on vocals and all acoustic music as might be expected with SET amplification mated to the wonderful avantgarde horn speakers. highly emotional impact.
System Weaknesses: odd room configuration is ultimately limiting.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: runco reflection CL-710 HD DLP projector, 80' stewart firehawk motorized screen. system calibrated by certified runco and ISF technician. also samsung LN8405 42"hdtv in guest bedroom, with zvox 325 single cabinet surround sound speaker.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: integra DTC-9.8 controller; parasound hca-2205a 5-channel amplifier (220w per channel)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): paradigm reference studio 100 v.2 mains; paradigm reference studio cc; paradigm reference adp surrounds; paradigm servo-15a subwoofer
Sources (DVD/VCR): directv high definition dvr/receiver; home theater master mx-500 remote; panasonic dmp-bd30 blu ray player; toshiba hd-a35 hd dvd player; panasonic dvl-700 laser disc player
Other HT Gear: synergistic research signature #2 biwired speaker cable; synergistic research and monster m-1000 video interconnects; tice solo power conditioner
Comments on HT System: fabulous picture and sound, especially from the high definition sources. There is nothing like a Runco picture on a big screen.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: rare comic books and comic art; vintage jazz albums and other vinyl; presentation, custom art knives; swiss watches. a former senior vp of sales and marketing for a worldwide publishing company, I am now retired.

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