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Beethoven's Main System
IP Address: 173.73.151.3 Last Update: March 22, 2019 at 04:54:55
Amplifier: Odyssey Kismet Reference Monoblocks
180w/ch x 2 in 8 ohms
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Ayre Acoustics K-5XE MP
Sonic Frontiers Line 1 SE
Speakers: Symphonic Line Legato speakers. 6 ohms/88db
FR - 32-22,000hz
Scanspeak 7' 8545 midbass driver & Scanspeak 1' Revelator tweeter
B&W XT4 for surround
B&O Beosound 3 for surround backs
REL T2 subwoofer
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: PS Audio DirectStream DAC w/ Snowmass
PS Audio Directstream DAC
Hegel HD-20 DAC
Oppo BDP-105D
Cary 303 CD
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI Prime w/ JMW 3D and Nordost Reference wiring. Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge
Ayre Acoustics P-5XE phono
VPI ADS
VPI ADS
Other Source(s): SonicTransporter i5 connecting to the DSD Dac using Audioquest Vodka Ethernet
Matrix Audio X-SPDIF 2 connecting via JCAT Reference USB cable and Audioquest Mocha HDMI/i2s
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Synergistic Research Tricon Analogue phono interconnects
Audience AU24-SE interconnects(amp to preamp)
Cardas Clear Sky XLR ( Directstream DAC to Ayre pre)
Synergistic Research Tesla T3 power cords x3
Audience speakercables
Audioquest Coffee digital coax
Shunyata Venom USB cable
Audioquest Cinnamon optical cable to Sonos
Wireworld Stratus powercord
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Synergistic Research Powercell 10 SE MKII
Salamander Chameleon Berlin and Oslo cabinets
Tweaks: Isoacoustics Orea Indigo under the DSD
Isoacoustics Gaia II
Synergistic Research HFT
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 20 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: Basement that is open on the left side. Speakers are 7' apart, 4' from the front wall and 8' from listening chair. A big bookshelf and surround speakers 3' behind listening position.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Mainly classical and opera, but some jazz as well. Have 3500 classical CD's and close to 2000 LPs.
System Goals/Comments: The Symphonic Legato speakers provide much needed tonal neutrality I was seeking. These speakers also have impressive sound dispersion and great soundstaging.
System Strengths: Good detail and soundstage. On classical music, the instrument layering and depth is good. The Ayre preamp and phono provides a neutral black background and lets the music shine without much coloration. The Hegel DAC is connected via coax to Oppo and USB to computer for high res music streamer.
System Weaknesses: Room. Open on one end.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Samsung 55" LED
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Marantz SR5010
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): B&W XT4 and REL T2 subwoofer
REL T3 sub
Synergistic Research subwoofer cable
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo BDP-105D
Other HT Gear: Verizon FiOS
Comments on HT System: The Marantz is hooked up to the Ayre via the AV Bypass. The Marantz will have to do for now, until I move to a new place and re-do the whole HT.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Travel, street photography, and Liverpool Football Club. You'll never walk alone!!! A little bit of a wine collector as well.

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