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briggs's Briggs (In honour of G. A. Briggs) System
IP Address: Last Update: September 15, 2018 at 12:17:38
Amplifier: Proton AA120 dual mono power amp
Madisound subwoofer amp
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Proton 550 integrated amp used as preamp
Speakers: DIY two-way: Seas paper cone woofers, alloy dome tweeters, first order series crossovers with quality components. Time- and phase aligned.
NHT 1259 subwoofer
CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD63
Turntable/Phono Stage: AR-XA, Shure V15Vx/ Jico SAS
Other Source(s): Proton 450 tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Generic cables.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Dedicated 20 amp AC circuit with P&S outlets.
Tweaks: AR TT tweaks: platter mat, SRA adjustment, cables and grounding.
Hockey puck feet on speakers and turntable.
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 ft x 14 x 7-1/2
Room Comments/Treatments: Our living/listening room is a 1950s addition to our 200+ year old post-and-beam New England farmhouse. This room has a pine planked floor, a 14x10 oriental rug and jute pad, plywood sub floor, dry walls and moderate window area with lightly lined curtains. After some experimenting, we have declined to compromise our traditional decor with specific acoustic treatment. I added floor bracing, and have learned to pay careful attention to speaker positioning.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, some jazz, traditional pop -- e.g. Gershwin, Mercer, etc. Most of the music we enjoy is small scale and simply mic'ed.
System Goals/Comments: My system goal is enjoyable reproduction of chamber music. I think this is a realistic goal for an "average" room.
System Strengths: Micro-dynamics, phrasing, attack, timbre, inner voices and ambiance of the recording venue. No congestion. Clean sibilants. Enjoyable.
System Weaknesses: Mid bass is light.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Vizio 32" HD plasma in separate room.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Sherwood stereo receiver
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): DIY two-way columns, first order series crossovers, Focal bass-mids, Dayton tweeters.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Cable, Internet, DVD/cassette.
Other HT Gear: None
Comments on HT System: HDTV with two-channel stereo in separate room from record player.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Cooking, history, vintage shaving gear,
light tackle fishing, small wooden boats. Retired senior systems analyst, one time audio professional, double bass- and bass drum player.

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