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marantzman's Budget pride and joy System
Last Update: September 04, 2002 at 21:24:20 IP Address:
Amplifier: Restored Fisher X100-B tube integrated amp. Wonderful!
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: Tannoy Mx3 floorstanders. Also have my beloved Grado SR-60 'phones.
CD Player/DAC: NAD C-521
Turntable/Phono Stage: AR ES-1
Shure V15 type VxMR
Other Source(s): Marantz 115B tuner
Nakamichi BX-125 tape deck
RCA brand dual CD burner/player
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: All Monster
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): QS&D four shelf rack.
Tweaks: Disc Doctor, Gruve Glide, Hunt brush, LP#9 stylus cleaner
Room Comments/Treatments: Small apartment in mid 20's era building. Charming. My futon kills rear wall reflections, I think. A few old wood consoles for fun, Magnavox, RCA, Zenith. They work and they kill reflections too. They put new carpet in my place early this year. Have many records in shelves and in boxes around the place.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Most kinds. Acoustic jazz, almost all classical, classic and modern rock like Dylan, The Beatles, REM, Los Lobos, Squeeze, Crowded House, etc., alt-country like The Jayhawks and Son Volt. Some classic country. A touch of Sinatra.
System Goals/Comments: Would like an SACD player perhaps, but happy with things for now.
System Strengths: It's warm and cozy, makes me feel at home. The new Tannoys brought it close to modern standards. The "Tannoy Sound" is smooth and sweet, natural mids and highs. Tannoy's and vintage Fisher tube amp play together very well. It brings me much joy indeed.
System Weaknesses: Bass is good for speaker's size but doesn't go super low. Speed and dynamics could be improved. My eyes are on Tannoy's Saturn line, but my wallet says 'no!'.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sharp 19" TV.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Humble early 90's Radio Shack Optimus brand stereo reciever. Found at thrift store for 10 bucks, works swimmingly!
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Budget KLH bookshelf speakers.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Wards brand Hi-Fi VCR, probably Hitachi sourced. Has been very reliable and good performer. Apex DVD player. Not too shabby either for the basement price.
Other HT Gear: An RF modulator from Rat Shack to make the DVD work on my older TV.
Comments on HT System: My limited funds go into my stereo, so the HT suffers. I'd really like a bigger TV, 25" at least, but I really don't have the space anyway. I'm actually quite happy with the stereo sound for movies. No real room in my apartment for surround.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Photojournalism (my job), looking for cheap antiques, good Belgian beer, hanging with my wonderful kids! Learning to fly fish.

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