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BOK 's Audio/HT system System
Last Update: October 03, 2006 at 22:55:35 IP Address:
Amplifier: Two Classe CA-150's amps for mains and center, two IRD MB-100 monoblocks for surrounds.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): EAD Ovation + (modded 10/05 by Greg Palma of Noble Electronics: soft recovery diode mod, Black Gate caps,low pass filter mod,WBT Nextgen RCA upgrade for Digital input)
Speakers: Three Von Schweikert LCR-15's and a pair of Von Schweikert VR-1's for surrounds
CD Player/DAC: Denon 2910
Turntable/Phono Stage: None
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Analysis Plus Oval 9's for mains. Oval 9 for center. Rear speakers use Ixos 6003 brade configuration.

Audio interconnect: The Denon 2910 uses Audience Conductor interconnects,1.5m ; a 2M VH Audio Pulsar digital coax with WBT Nextgen RCA's and 2 Bybee purifiers at each end.

Three VH Audio Pulsar IC's, one w/ Eichman and two w/WBT Nextgen; for surrounds- a single 89259 with Cardas RCA's and an Audience Conductor

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): audioexcellenceaz cryod 5362 duplex outlets.

EAD Ovation+, Denon 2910,RPTV, and STB,are connected to a Equi=Tech Son of Q jr Balanced power conditioner.

5 Bybee purifiers (two of which are for the digital outlet isolation).

Monster HTS 2000 for CATV connection.

Power cords:

HT Fantacy AC10, HT AC11, Two Zu Birth, Four VH Audio cryo DIY cords with Hubbell, Marinco, and P&S connectors. VH Audio cryo'd 7' DIY PC.

Lovan PRO-4 rack

Salamander Archetype 3

Tweaks: Premier sand filled speaker stands for LCR-15's. Two Highwire Power Wrap RF/EMI filters one for Denon 2910 DVD, other for RPTV fixed cord.

Shelves for Lovan rack have all been treated with Dynamat. Lovan rack is also sand filled.

Eight AudioPrism Quiet-Lines (around the house for 'offending devices'). Two Leviton #6288 plug in AC Noise Filters ( for 2 home computers)

Numerous Cardas Caps(i.e EVERY input in EAD, DVD, and RPTV). EAD also has 2 XLR caps. Use (six)6 Z-sleeve ERS cable cylinders in system, as well as numerous ERS sheets in DVD, Risch filter, UO, and elswhere. Use 3 Bybee Purifiers between EAD pre and IRD monoblocks.


Mapleshade Ultimate Triplepoints(3) brass footers under Ovation+

Room Size (LxWxH): 21'3 x 12'9 x 7'1
Room Comments/Treatments: Equipment is in a dedicated basement room built with double 1/2 drywall for walls(using 2x6 framing), lots of caulk, and insulation up to R30 in the walls. Ceiling is 5/8 drywall, with 1/4' neoprene rubber spacers (every 12', with dual 'fat' beads of 1/4' caulk run as connecting spacers) in between the joist and drywall. Ceiling insulation is R30 between the 2x10 joists. Floor is carpeted, with pad, and a sofa sits in the listening position. This is my HT room.

Room treatment consists of two Jon Risch first reflection DIY panels and two JR Quick & Dirty DIY bass traps in the front corners(stacked 4 rolls high,i.e.60' high). The bass traps follow the JR recipe with a polyester batting wrap and covered with muslin wrap. The front wall also contains two JR wall panels following the wall panel recipe (except the contents are 12+' of compressed poly batting/fiberglass batts/Auralex 2' foam with the speaker fabric covering and positioned vertically adjacent to the front main speakers).

Three JR DIY 'corner tune' ceiling trap(7' of high-loft polyester batting with speaker fabric cover) are positioned at the tri-corners of three junctions (affixed with long-point brass tacks

Two ASC Tube traps in rear corner

Nine Auralex diffusors (expanding foam filled) are used in the room. Added four Auralex T-Fusors (also foam filled) diffusor panels (2'W x 2'L x 6'D): 3 of which are installed 4' behind listening position, and the fourth on the left wall, have greatly enhanced the stage.

Two dedicated 12AWG, 20AMP circuits (on own sub panel) power the equipment. Use two audioexcellence.az cryo'd Hubbell 5362BK duplex outlets.

Result is a fine listening room. No ambient light also make for an excellent 24/7 viewing room.

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): soft rock, Contemporary Irish music; Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Lennox, Krall, Norah Jones,etc.
System Goals/Comments: Still working on room bass response. Sub is near left front center (about 5') from front wall and long wall.

This bass response issue is a never-ending tweak ;^) With this current placement, the bass response responds very well into the given layout.

System Strengths: Excellent home theater system, based upon mid-fi equipment. The room is very tight and the soundstage is expansive, and has some air and depth to the stage. Despite a somewhat dampened room,it is lively, tight, and fast.
System Weaknesses: Room dimensions (esp. 7'1' celing) are a trade off sonically but no other choice based upon basement layout.

The room does well for the size constraints.

Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Samsung 5674W DPL HDTV. ISF calibrated by Gregg Loewen - Jan 06 (second time)

Motorola DCT5100 HD STB w/ DVI

Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Sub: Hsu VTF-2, on an 18'x18' x 3' custom cut Granite platform.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba XA1 HD DVD player
Other HT Gear: RAM 2M HDMI and 3M DVI cables. Ideal-Lume backlight

Analysis Plus Oval One, 5M, is my sub cable.

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Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Golf, travel. Northeastearn US/Eastern Canada sales mgr. for a manufacturer.

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