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budget minded 's budget minded superzero AV system (want maggies) System
Last Update: October 13, 2005 at 08:23:47 IP Address:
Amplifier: Panasonic SA-XR55 100w X 7 channels CLASS-D reciever

Onkyo TX-DS 494: 55 w/ch DTS reciever driving subwoofer

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: NHT: 4 Superzeros & 1 Supercenter

12' acoustic suspension woofer built from parts

CD Player/DAC: Onkyo DV-C501: 5 disc DVD player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Technics SL-DD22: belt drive turntable

Audio Technica AT33LP: 'linear contact' cartridge

NOTE: i'm not using the turntable at the moment as the new reciever has no phono input and the old reciever with one is at the opposite end of the room doing subwoofer duty.

Other Source(s): Sony: TC-D5M professional stereo portable cassette deck
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster Cable mains and 1 interconnect pair (cassette REC. IN), 'heavy duty' interconnects for turntable, VCR out and dubbing, and generic A/V cables for everything else.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Paradigm X-30: electronic crossover & cable

Atlantis SB: 1 pair of 28' sandfilled steel stands

Tweaks: i lined the inside of the subwoofer cabinet and underneath it in the base with 3/4' MDF to improve rigidity and mass loading, and lined it with 3 inch foam wedges and 4 inch in back to reduce standing waves and lower volume to tighten the bass and roll it off a little. (i wanted an 8' sub, but couldn't find an enclosure)

amplified TV antenna

Room Size (LxWxH): 17.5' x 9.5' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: egg crate mattress foam on the front side walls
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): world beat, new wave, electronic, old school hip-hop, surf instrumentals (instrumentals in general), bachelor pad, dub, ska, drumming, new age, big band, classical, ragtime, funk, oldies, and off the wall stuff that isn't in any specific genre from harmonica trios and toy piano to home made instruments and noise samples.

i'll pretty much listen to anything except: opera, showtunes, anger music (metal, industrial, gangsta etc.), jazz and country.

System Goals/Comments: 1. maximium sound quality for minimum money

2. maximum imaging

3. maximum treble extension

4. no ported speakers allowed

my current goal is to get an Optoma H31 video projector to finally get higher definition and to say goodby to all leterboxing forever.

i also plan on getting a matching Panasonic DVD/SACD player for better picture and the ability to play mixed CD-Rs which my Onkyo won't do.

after that, i'd like to get a GW Labs DSP 24/96 upsampler/jitter reducer

some day... i might like to get the Magnepan MMGs that i originally bought the Panasonic reciever for.

System Strengths: it's very non fatiguing to listen to.

the bass is fairly fast and tight. there's no boom in it at all. now that my former mains reciever is driving my subs, bass has tightened up considerably and excessive infrasonic boom has been tamed. the bass is finally integrated.

the mains have great midrange and upper bass punch. the new panasonic reciever has greatly improved the midrange. vocals have a nearly planar palpability now.

it's very neutral and uncolored compared to larger and ported speakers. there is very little 'box sound'.

it sounds competitive with much more expensive speakers, especially in imaging. the new amplification has significantly spread the center image out and can extend beyond the speakers on some recordings.

the class-d reciever has elevated treble speed and detail significantly while at the same time making everything sound more relaxed. i no longer need to strain to hear at low volumes.

bass speed and detail is very nice. the minimoitors have dug deeper in the bass improving system jump factor.

it amazes non hi-fi friends and relatives who hear it.

System Weaknesses: the treble isn't quite as fast or extended as good metal domes (especially B&W) but the treble is ALOT better now that i have the panasonic in place of the onkyo

it doesn't have the speed that planars have

the subwoofer is no longer turned on with the main system and must be turned on seperately

the 20 year old 27' TV and RF modulator is anything BUT state of the art, but at least it still works

the turntable is now out of the loop

Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Sharp: 20 year old 27' television that needs an RF modulator
Other HT Gear: Sony SLV-N81: hi-fi VCR (main)

JVC HR-VP672U: hi-fi VCR (dubbing)

Comments on HT System: i'm not even using my center channel as my mains are 2 1/2' in front of my monitor. turning it on only muddies the sound. i will eventually move the center to the back when i get more cable now that i have amplified surround back channels.

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