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P Bear's The best thing about modern technology System
Last Update: May 07, 2005 at 10:16:03 IP Address:
Amplifier: Innersound ESL- 600w into the 4 ohm Maggies- Original amp with no feedback
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Wright Sound Company WPL20 tubed(two 12SN7's(I use 12SX7's), three 12AU7's (I use E80CC's), four 6FH5's, 6X5, 6FY7) stunning performer regardless of price
Speakers: Magnepan 1.6's(4.5 ohms)with Aurum Cantus G3 ribbon tweeters mounted on side, XO at 5k Hz, DIY crossover with 12ga Alpha-Core copper foil coils and Hovland caps on quasi-ribbon mids and paper in oil caps on ribbon tweeters, DIY welded steel stands(6 struts per speaker)

SVS PB2-Plus sub(same as PB12-Plus/2, 900w, two 12 inch alum. cone woofers, 140 lbs., 18.5 X 28.5 X 26 inch)

CD Player/DAC: Panasonic DVD-S97 (upscaling video, upscaling audio)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Linn LP-12 1976 Afermosa(teak)/corner blocks/Cirkus/OL DC motor with Heavyweight transformer/Morch DP-6/Lyra Helikon or Audio-Technica OC9ML-II/Lundahl LL9206 step-up transformers wired at 1:20 (26dB)/Phono stage in Wright

Unwashed record player: AR-XA/stock arm/Grado Black or Audio Technica AT71ELC

Other Source(s): Motorola HDTV cable box with recorder
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Analysis Plus Oval 9 (do not bi-wire if you have Oval 9's and Maggie 1.6's)

AP copper IC's

DIY IC's from 30ga. Radio Shack magnet wire and masking tape ( I made the 1'st set with wood seperating the wires and cotton string, the 2nd set with cotton rope seperating the wires and cotton string, the 3rd set with masking tape seperating the wires, I recommend using masking tape, they sound the same and it is much faster and easier to make, plus they are more durable with masking tape.)

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio P600 runs everything except SVS sub, Origin Live transformer, RPTV and ESL amp.
Tweaks: DIY Maggie stands welded from 1 inch .062 inch wall steel tubing, sand filled, and 1/4 by 3/4 inch flat bar. Six vertical supports per speaker, top, middle and bottom sections. Worth the time to do. QR's on outside.

If you have Maggies and they have a 'in your face' blare at certain frequencies, you can reduce that blare with room treatments but you will not get rid of it until you get an amp that doesn't stress it's transistors. The Innersound ESL has 18 250w transistors per side. With a power supply capable of only 1000w per side it is not possible to stress the transistors on this amp. The result is no blare, nada, zip. I have had my Maggie 1.6's since Nov. '98 with an array of various amps, I know blare, the day I inserted the ESL into my system was the last day I had blare.

Ken Lyon's Greater Ranges Neuance shelfs (big improvement)

Remote volume control by small rope through copper tubing controlled by pully/rod/knob next to chair.

Speaker cables off carpet.

Room Size (LxWxH): 17.3 x 11.3 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: carpet on wood/couch/bookcase/albums

There is no plaster board in my listening room, walls and ceiling are 5/8's fiberboard. This might be one of the main reasons my room sounds so much better than the others I have heard. Raised hardwood floor with carpet.

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): SmoothJazz/Rock/Pop/Soul/R&B/BigBand/Celtic/Latin/Folk/Cajun/African/Bluegrass/Classical/(anything but Opera)

System Goals/Comments: I live in the country with one visible

neighbor, a 75 year old lady with bad hearing- after a summer of cranking it up with the windows open I asked if my music bothered her- she said she never heard it! So I can crank it up with no guilt,

plus little or no RFI.

The P600 Power Plant takes Music Choice digital cable to 75% of CD player

System Strengths: Love those Maggies(DIY crossover transforms the 1.6's, improves sound by 120% after caps break in)

The Aurum Cantus G3 true ribbons and Maggie 1.6's are a natural match. A 3rd order crossover at 5K keeps the G3's mostly out of the voice range. Let's face it, the quasi-ribbon is great at mid band but it just doesn't get it on the top end. True ribbons are the way to go. Can I get an A-men!

The Wright pre/phono is freaky good, with old 12SX7's and Euro E80CC's the sound is absolutely stunning. All things considered I prefer this current set-up to any I have heard so far.

The SVS sub kicks butt from hear to Tuesday. Subs aren't just for HT, unless your main speakers go flat to 20hz in the listening position without boom.

System Weaknesses: The Maggies are soft on the top end. I only realize this when I listen to other systems. I will be adding some real ribbon tweeters in the near future.

wish room was wider.

Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Mitsubishi 65 inch Diamond series RPTV, CRT with 9 inch guns, next to the last one they made(2004 model), still the best TV I have ever seen.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: I have 10\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' X 28\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' and 30\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' X 40\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' shops in my back yard where I work both wood and metal.

I have a track on my property where a rip around on a highly modified Honda Odyssey.

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