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|Last Update: October 13, 2005 at 08:23:47||IP Address: 126.96.36.199|
|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|
|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. |