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mrfixit's Hybrid Hell - Analog/Digital/H.T. System
IP Address: Last Update: January 26, 2013 at 21:10:15
Amplifier: A D.I.Y. 6C45/211 amp. Dyna MkIII on the center channel, highly modified SAE solid state on rears. Subs on Thommessen active crossover/plate amp. May swap 2 additional MK III's for the rears, but with no air conditioning.. ;-)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): D.I.Y. 'clone' of a Jadis JP-200 and a VTL Ultimate Phono pre; this replaced my trusty P.S. Audio 4.5 of many years!
Speakers: Open baffle design Bastani Prometheus for the front/subs, Celestion SL-600s rear, dual Celestion SL-6s center
CD Player/DAC: Toshiba 3950 fully modded (VR P.S. and Swenson outs, dampening/vibration control), and a Sony SCD-CE775 (no mods). Working on mods to a Pioneer 563a (transformer output and P.S.)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD 126B MkII fitted with a Infinity Black Widow graphite and a Denon DL-207 MC
Other Source(s): Nakamichi 680ZX cassette, Canon/Panasonic VHS HI FI, Sony SL-2710 Beta HiFi, Kenwood Laserdisc
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Varied mix of Monster Reference A (from the '80s), Audioquest, Museatex Crypton, MIT, D.I.Y. silver on copper etc.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Risch Isolation xformer, dedicated AC circuits from breaker panel. Homemade racks (not too bad). DIY record vacuum.
Tweaks: Electronically, a wide variety on the SAE's and Dyna's. Working with the usual cones, sorbo, rollers, etc.
Room Size (LxWxH): 16' x 16' x 8.5'
Room Comments/Treatments: All the speakers can image differently by moving them inches. Tinkering less these days as it all settles in.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Wide. 80's dance/electronic, Jazz-Rock fusion, Zappa, Steely Dan, Bach, Beck, The Killers, mash-up's, some vocalists.
System Goals/Comments: Trying to integrate 5.1 surround without compromising my analog set up, and on a fairly severe budget.
System Strengths: Imaging, depth, microdynamics, great sub/satellite blend, decent SPL when wanted.
System Weaknesses: Optimal surround sound vs. discreet 6 ch. SACD integration will take time. Getting much better though! The room will benefit from treatments.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Modded Marquis 8500 series CRT projector set up for around 80" diagonal on a drop down screen in front of the TV (Mits.40" standard def CRT).
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Emotiva UMC1
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): See above
Sources (DVD/VCR): DIY HTPC w/BluRay. Modded Pioneer DV-563a
Comments on HT System: Getting very good; Having the Marquis tweaked and then calibrated made a big difference.
URL Link: http://www.lunarnetbbs.org/audio/meetings/mar05.htm
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Computers, D.I.Y., Zymurgy (beer brewing), getting a good car cheap and fixing it up (current project is an 84 BMW 325e that I scored clean for $500!). System Admin during the day, grey hat at night...Single parent of 3 daughters (25/27/29) 24x7!

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