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jasonwells@hotmail.com's 2 Channel/Home Theater System System
Last Update: May 13, 2004 at 10:21:35 IP Address:
Amplifier: Belles 150a Reference Stereo Amp

Krell KAV-500 Three Channel Amp (For HT only)

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Joule LA-100 MkIII tube preamp for 2 Channel

CAL-2500 Pre/Pro for HT

Speakers: Merlin VSM-MM with Single ended B-BAM(UNREAL!); For HT, I also use a PSB Stratus C6i Center, Velodyne HGS-18, and AR bookshelf speakers for the back channels of sound.
CD Player/DAC: Sony SCD-777ES; for CDs, I use this as a transport and have an audiomeca Enkianthus DAC.
Other Source(s): Toshiba SD-9200 DVD/DVD-audio player, a Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVR/DVD recorder, and a JVC D-theater D-vhs player (D-theater is incredible!); I also have a 36" sony flatscreen HDTV Wega TV
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Golden Cross interconnects, Cardas Lightning Digital interconnect, Cardas SE-9 speaker cables, Better Cables Silver Serpent Component video cables
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 15 x 8
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Metal/Rock/Hard Rock, Acoustic Rock, Classical, and Opera(!)
System Goals/Comments: 2Ch: Tonality, warmth, bass response, IMAGING, Smooth treble, soundstaging (In short, the Merlin VSM-MM's do EVERYTHING I could want right)

HT: Cohesive surround sound, Thunderous bass, Main CHannel, speaker quality, Beautiful film like sources and reproduction.

System Strengths: 2Ch- EVERYTHING (see my review of my merlins at http://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/m.pl?forum=speakers&n=159702&review=1 )

HT- Soundstaging, Imaging, Bass, Cohesive sound

System Weaknesses: 2Ch- I can't think of anything I am not happy with in my 2Ch system.

HT- Rear speakers, having a different center speaker brand than my mains. As good as the C6i is, the merlins completely outclass it. Lately, I have been running a phantom center just using the Merlins, and it actually improves sound. The imaging of the merlins produces a center channel sound and much more cavernous, cohesive soundstage.

Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: A 36" flatscreen HDTV Sony Wega
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: CAL CL-2500 pre/pro, Belles 150a Refrence amp, Krell KAV-500 3 channel amp.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Merlin VSM-MM's with B-BAM, PSB Stratus C6i center, Velodyne HGS-18 Mk II sub, AR bookshelf surround speakers
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba SD-9200 Dvd, JVC D-Theater DVHS player (dtheater picture is BETTER than cable HDTV, offering 50% more bandwith), Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVR/DVD-Recorder
Comments on HT System: The velodyne sub provides thunderous bass for all but the deepest, loudest of scenes. It rarely shows any sign of strain. The Merlins provide an unbelievable sense of realism, imaging, soundstage, and an uncanny ability to reproduce realistic sounding music or sound.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: I'm Currently in medical school and am about to start my 3rd year.

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