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jrb15's ATC/YBA/LINN/CHORD System
IP Address: Last Update: November 03, 2008 at 20:38:39
Amplifier: YBA Passion Integrated for upstairs system
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): 1. YBA Passion 400
2. Electrocompaniet 4.6

Speakers: ATC Active Anniversary 50s downstairs

(ATC passive 20s and 10s, and Heybrook Classic HB2s for upstairs and possible future surround downstairs.)
CD Player/DAC: Chord Blu/DAC64
Turntable/Phono Stage: LINN LP-12: EAR 834P
Other Source(s): LINN Classik in bedroom
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: LINN Silver; YBA Diamond; and Apogee Electronics pro balanced WYDE EYE cable from preamps/processors to balanced active speakers
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Sound Anchor stands for all smaller speakers
Tweaks: Custom steel/wood/plexi/granite stand for LP-12; custom plexi/granite/silicone isolation for electronics
Room Size (LxWxH): 25 x 14 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: Well, none really
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): All over the map
System Goals/Comments: Musically convincing and satisfying (as opposed to sonically impressive), rhythmically vivid, agile, midrange body and soundstage depth
System Strengths: Downstairs: Natural colors, effortless presentation with lifelike dynamics, clean in the room all the way to 25hz, rhythmically alive, and depth without exaggeration.

Upstairs: YBA/ATC 10s and 20s musically convincing, rhythmically vivid, tonally neutral.
System Weaknesses: Downstairs: None, musically, from the equipment to my taste--though those who prefer wall to wall sound will find the stage width narrow; the Active Anniversary 50s do limit the input to balanced preamps with low output impedance; and the sound could be improved some at higher volumes by more attention to room treatment than I'm willing to give.

Upstairs: just missing low bass--very satisfying sound for me.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Samsung pro PPM50M5H (50'' plasma)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Bryston SP-2 processor/preamp
Bryston PowerPac 60 monoblocs for rears
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): front: three active ATC 10s;
rear: passive ATC 7s;
sub: 2 Velodyne DD-12s
Sources (DVD/VCR): Denon (temporary: waiting for a bit to see if next gen--BluRay, etc.--arrives soon)
Comments on HT System: All a pleasant surprise:

Samsung pro screen a huge surprise. Excellent definition and natural color without saturation.

Sound is as clear, natural and dynamic as I could have imagined in a small room (15'x14'x8'.)

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