Audio Asylum Inmate John LeVasseur's A Modest System System

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John LeVasseur's A Modest System System
Last Update: July 05, 2000 at 08:46:50 IP Address:
Amplifier: Bryston 4B
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Bryston BP-4
Speakers: Theil CS2
CD Player/DAC: California Audio Labs CL-10
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD-166mkII (User Modified), Grado Reference Platinum cartridge.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: AudioQuest Python Interconnects, Proprietary DIY Speaker Cables (7ga., 200 Strand)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Furman AR-1230, AR-1220
Tweaks: DIY Turnatable Shelf (concrete-wall mounted, shelf system is a composite of granite, MDF, & various sorbothane components)
Room Size (LxWxH): 32' x 20' x 10'
Room Comments/Treatments: Asymetrical shaped room has cement floor (carpeted), unpainted course concrete walled structure, interior surfaces are hardbord panel 1/4" thick with roofing felt backing, mounted over a 2" air gap. Surfaces strategically treated with 4" Sonex and Tube Traps. Room treatment tuned using TEF analysis. Not a completely dead room, but instead early reflections at listening positions reduced to minimum at full bandwidth.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Nearly anything except Country. It's just not my cup of tea.
System Goals/Comments: Room considered part of system. Designed to accomodate a modest priced system, and reap the maximum from it. Room also will accomodate upgrades of any level in the future. A work in progress.
System Strengths: Overal good balance in most parameters. Wide and deep soundstage. Excellent noise floor (low levels, both from external sources and system noise)
System Weaknesses: Imaging could be more focused. More power needed(due to room size). Some standing waves present at lower frequencies.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Sound Reinforcement system designing, Web Site Development, Marketing, Chess, Amateur Radio

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