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BobM's Basement Listening Room System
IP Address: Last Update: August 08, 2012 at 10:33:31
Amplifier: McCormack DNA 500
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Prism Mantissa - teflon caps & re-tubed w/ NOS (1996 production model Mantissa upgraded to 1999 model spec)
Speakers: Apogee Duetta Signature
REL Strata III subwoofer
CD Player/DAC: Ayre CX7e-MP
Turntable/Phono Stage: customized VPI Aries (1' Corian plinth, MKIII platter & bearing, Moerch DP6 chrome arm, Transfiguration Temper cartridge, Mark Kelly speed controller)
Hagerman Trumpet (tubed phono stage)
Other Source(s): Nakamichi DR3 cassette
Teac 2340SX 4 track reel-to-reel
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Analysis Plus Solid Crystal Oval
Belden 89259 cross connect speaker cable (bi-wired)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): DIY Seismic Sink racks, JRPC (DIY design by Jon Risch) w/ incorporated Lukasz mods and separate JR digital filters for DAC outlet, Triode Wire Labs and Kaplan Cables power cords
Tweaks: Ayre wood blocks under CD player, dampening inside components, DIY Ginko Cloud under TT, some NOS tube swapping, some internal speaker upgrades (internal wire, gaskets, crossover parts, etc.), cable lifters, different isolation under components, teflon bypasses on most coupling caps
Room Size (LxWxH): 23' x 23' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: GIK panels at 1st reflection points and on front and back wall corners
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): acoustic jazz, soft jazz, prog rock, soft rock, assorted classical
System Goals/Comments: to get decent sound in a room that has its bad points in terms of furniture placement and the wife factor
System Strengths: natural timbre, musical, transparent with great soundstaging, dynamic, good PRAT, no fatigue from CD or vinyl, the speakers truly disappear
System Weaknesses: The Apogees are probably the most dynamic panel I have heard, but it still doesn;t have quite the kick of a great full-range cone speaker.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Panasonic plasma monitor
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Kenwood VR6060
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): 3 pair of AR 215PS (5.1)
Parts Express 10' sub
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVD/CD carousel
Other HT Gear: variety of IC's (all my failed experiments from the main system)
Comments on HT System: In the living room, exclusively for movies, but the sound is rather excellent for the cost (@ $700 total)
URL Link: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v226/ptmconsulting/Audio/0518b45a.jpg
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: golf when I can, raising kids, pacifying my wife when being a mother gets to be too much, staying sane, convincing myself that I can still play the piano without significant practice, good wine & good beer to soothe the savage beastie

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