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carbonman's New Sound By The Pound System
IP Address: Last Update: August 11, 2011 at 20:42:43
Amplifier: McIntosh MC252 - 250 watts/channel power amp (94.5 lbs.)
Maxed-out PPA headphone amplifier
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): McIntosh C45 preamp (21 lbs.)
Speakers: Joseph Audio RM33si Mk.II, floor standing, 84dB/1W/1M (85 lbs. each)
CD Player/DAC: McIntosh MCD205 CD changer (21 lbs.)
McIntosh MDA700 DAC (17 lbs.)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD126 Mk.III turntable, stock TP16 arm with two TP63 plug-in arm wands, Ortofon Super OM-30 cartridge, OM-40 stylus, Stanton 681EEE-S cartridge, 78 stylus (35 lbs.)
Other Source(s): Sony HD tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: 2x12' runs of TDK PCOCC speaker cable
Harmonic Technology Truth-Link interconnects between DAC, pre- and power amp
Neotech NEI-3002 interconnect with Bullet Plugs for turntable
custom (1') Ultralink Discovery interconnects between Carver H9-AV processor and preamp
Blue Jeans Cable 75 Ohm digital IC between CDP & DAC
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): RGPC 400 Pro power conditioner
Two Tripplite Isobar 8 Ultra surge arrestors
Carver H9-AV Sonic Holography Processor
Beyerdynamic DT831 and DT880 headphones
Tweaks: ATS acoustic panels to smooth bass response and improve imaging.
Room Size (LxWxH): 16.5' x 14.5' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Room is very well shaped to reduce standing waves. Thick wool rug on livingroom floor also helps in this regard.
The room has a window wall behind the sofa and a fireplace with irregular stone surfaces at the right side. A large angled opening allows the flow of sound from the living room to the dining room. I don't find any slap echo or other acoustical reflection problems anywhere in the listening space. The room is a good size for serious listening.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock - Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Blue Rodeo, Dave Matthews Band, Pink
Pop - Amanda Marshall, Sarah McLaughlan, Mark Knopfler, Sade, KT Tunstall
Jazz - Miles Davis, Mark Isham, Metalwood, Spirogyra, Joshua Redman
World - Geoffrey Oryema, Afro Celt Sound System, Ali Farka Toure
System Goals/Comments: I'm looking for clean sound, something that I almost never hear live. My biggest drawback used to be the width and volume of the room. Now that we've moved to a larger home with better acoustics and enough space between the speakers and my preferred listening location, I think I've got off the upgrade merry-go-round.
System Strengths: Dynamics, imaging, tonal balance, excellent detail
System Weaknesses: My aging ears...
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sony 40" LCD
Sources (DVD/VCR): JVC VCR
Sony DVR
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: bicycling, writing, reading, Iaido

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