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bstan's Music and HT System
Last Update: September 26, 2002 at 22:33:32 IP Address:
Amplifier: Parasound 1205A 5 Channel amp (200wpc @4 Ohms)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Parasound 1100-D Direct Stereo Pre-amp

Marchand XM9L Deluxe 2way electronic xover

with 24dB slope Linkwitz-Riley symmetrical crossover at 60Hz.

-This is inserted between the L&R analog out of the Parasound 1100D pre-amp and the L&R main analog input of the Parasound 1205A amp.

-The L&R low pass out from the xover is summed (with a sum switch) and sent to a BFD 1100P Parametric EQ.

-Output from the BFD is sent to the subwoofer's analog mono input.

Speakers: Main L&R are Dynaudio Contour 2.8 towers. These are 2-way systems with the Confidence series tweeter and a 20cm (7.8 in) passive radiator to go with a 20cm (7.8 in) mid-bass driver. These are rated at -3dB to 32Hz, so I tested the Marchand xover and found the best match with the sub at 60Hz, about an octave above 32Hz.

Subwoofer is an M&K MX-700 powered sub.

CD Player/DAC: Parasound 1500-C 5 Disc CD player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Technics SL-D2 with Grado Blue

Radio Shack phono preamp

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber Cable 4TC speaker cable for Mains and Radio Shack Gold for interconnects
Tweaks: Marchand XM9-L electronic crossover (mains-sub)

Behringer BFD 1100P Parametric EQ (sub only)

Room Size (LxWxH): 13 x 19 x 8-12 cathedral ceiling
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz (FourPlay, David Benoit, Boney James), Female vocals, instrumentals
System Goals/Comments: This integration of 2-channel music and HT is pretty good, but 2-channel soundstage does suffer some because of TV cabinet.
System Strengths: Dynaudio main speakers present that vocal realism from female vocalists that really stirs my emotions. Also on many of my favorite jazz pieces my foot can't stop moving to the beat.
System Weaknesses: At this time I am very happy with my setup, only soundstaging is a bit less than optimal.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Toshiba TN36 36" Direct view 4x3
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Technics SH500D DD/DTS processor

Main L&R analog out --> Aux L&R analog in on Parasound 1100D stereo pre-amp

Center analog out --> Parasound 1205A amp

L&R surr. analog out --> Parasound 1205A amp

Subwoofer out --> nothing

Subwoofer output turned off in software and re-routed to L&R mains

Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Center is the Dynaudio Contour center.

Surrounds are Dynaudio Contour 1.1 mini-monitors.

Subwoofer is an M&K MX-700 powered sub.

Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba 3108 DVD player with digital optical in to the Technics SH500D

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