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stickwork's Monster Quad System
IP Address: 67.190.58.106 Last Update: May 24, 2007 at 18:38:40
Amplifier: Sansui Quadraphonic QX 4500
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Phase Linear Autocorrelator 4000
Dynaco Pat 4
Nikko TRM-50
Speakers: Bose 301's, Audio Pulse 1500's,
Dynaco A 10's, wall mounted w/sub
Fisher ST-832's (15" Woofers),
Polk Audio Subwoofer PSW 150
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Tascam CD RW5000 (player recorder)
Harmon Kardon CDR 26 (player, recorder)
Kyocera DA 510, Fisher DAC-503
Turntable/Phono Stage: Luxman PD-284
Kenwood KD-500
MIXERS: Main: Behringer VMX 1000
Secondary: Tascam M-1B
Other Source(s): CASSETTE TAPE DECKS: Tandberg 3014, Luxman RX-102, Kyocera D-611, Tandberg TCD 310mkII (upright), Nakamichi 600 wedge deck, Nakamichi LX-5
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster 18 gauge
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Furman Merit M-8L,
B.S.R. EQ 3000 (spectrum analyzer),
Fosgate Audionics 360' Digital Space Matrix
Tweaks: S.A.E. 5000 Noise and Tick remover,
Burwen Research 1201 A Dynamic Noise Filter,
Aphex 104 Aural Excitor Type C
Room Size (LxWxH): 40' x 40' x 7'
Room Comments/Treatments: Basement set-up, special attention to surround sound for movies. Easy room adjustments with the Sansui Quad and the toggle switch on the Phase Linear preamp.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Alternative, Rock, Punk, New Age, New music in general
I grew up on the classics, big band and classical music and eventually growing into into funk, hard rock and punk. 30 years a pro drummer. I like lots of different stuff, jazz, african, reggae, cultural sounds, drums, tempos and island flavors.
System Goals/Comments: My system works with pretty much any genre. It's very flexible - can play it very loud, but it doesn't sound as loud as it really is. Details are at times VERY directional depending on where you sit and bottom is felt in the room, thumping with that Polk Sub. The Aural Excitor makes subtle additions, punches out the sub definition. I'm not trying to get achieve true Quad, just want to use the "decoders" in the big Sansui to separate the sound and go through some spacial processing. Analog sounds unbelievable, big, warm, embraceable. I love vinyl.
System Strengths: Very adjustable system
Can be played loud enough to be felt but not damage the ears
Tremendous platform and wide detail when tweaked just right.
The surround processing pushes analog and digital modes with subtle brush strokes.
Sounds very deep and directional, which is what I was really going for.
System Weaknesses: With so much hooked up, noise can be a problem.
It has so many wires, it is a real exercise to get back there and switch things around. I have to use a passive filter to balance signal between AV and Audio sides of my system. Will soon upgrade to QRX 6500 quad that allows a FIFTH pair of speakers and the QRX (as opposed to the QR) is supposed to be the best of all the assorted decoders out there including the oldschool JVC's, Sanyos, Pioneers, etc...
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: J√ 36"
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: AV= Onkyo TX-SV454 AV receiver,

Fosgate Audionics Model 4
Digital Servo Logic Surround Processor
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Polk Audio PSW 150
Dynaco A-10
Sources (DVD/VCR): Integra DPS 5.4 DVD/CD player
Other HT Gear: Phillips VCR,
ADA Alpha Power Select
Comments on HT System: Sound makes all the difference when watching movies. My wife loves it, she doesn't "get" all the gear, but she really appreciates it. So do all my hockey buddies when we watch hockey in surround. THe boards never sounded better!
URL Link: http://thrillridedesign.com
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Designer
College Instructor

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