|newdreams 's An economical stereo listening system System|
|IP Address: 188.8.131.52||Last Update: January 10, 2014 at 21:32:46|
|Amplifier:||Hitachi HMA-7500 power amp (used $100)|
now sidelined: Nikko Alpha 130, 100 wpc ($150 with the Beta 30 preamp)
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Onkyo P306RS preamp ($80 ebay purchase)|
|Speakers:||Paradigm 9SEs ($200, used)|
|CD Player/DAC:||Luxman DZ-121 and Denon DCD 815 ($20 each used)|
I was using a Toshiba SD-9100 DVD player (new around $2K, thrift store find $20) as a CD source, due to it's decent DACs. However, no easy visual interface for playing CDs.
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Rega Planar 3 with ADC XLM Mk III cartridge ($450 from local seller)|
I have a used Rega Exact cartridge I plan to set up and try out on the Planar 3.
|Other Source(s):||Denon DRM-700a and Sony TCK-71 3-head cassette decks (about $20 apiece at thrift stores)|
Teac 3440s 4-channel reel-to-reel with outboard DBX system ($125 from a friend).
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Home Depot 12 gauge speaker wire, plus reasonable interconnects. |
Monster and AR connects at a local discount/$1 store for under $10 each.
|Tweaks:||VPI 16.5 Record cleaning machine. A great investment!|
|Room Size (LxWxH):||12' x 20' x 7'|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||L-shaped room, and difficult to place things properly, given a path through the room. However, it's all underground with no windows, so loud late night playing is no problem.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Rock, especially 1955-1975|
Jazz - Blue Note, ECM, Swing Era and much more
Blues, Celtic, Folk, some classical
|System Goals/Comments:||I'm happy for now. Big improvement over Denon HT receiver system. I needed to get a decent separate stereo system on a budget, and I'm there for now.|
I have a separate Rega Planar 2 I want to set up for 45 rpm only.
|System Strengths:||Plays loud when I need it. Very good sound to my ears. Nice turntable/cartridge combo.|
Whole thing under $1K, given a lot of patience and homework...
|System Weaknesses:||Paradigms have nice detailed high end, maybe a little brash at times. They seem to handle loudness well. Hard to place speakers properly in a room that is traveled through.|
|Video/HT System: Integrated|
|TV/Projector:||Panasonic 42" Plasma TC-P42S2|
|Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers:||Denon AVR 1804 6.1|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||KEF Kalindas (Front L/R)|
Paradigm CC-370 center
Mission 700s (Rear L/R)
Paradigm PS-1200 v.3 subwoofer
Paradigm 3SE rear center
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Panasonic BMP-BD85 Blu-ray Player|
|Other HT Gear:||Yamaha DVD-S2700 DVD/SACD/DVD-A player|
|Comments on HT System:||Better than our local theatres, although now I have a 42", I'm thinking even bigger would be nice.|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Computer education as an occupation.|
Ex-pro and still playing/recording musician.
Still developing digital MIDI/audio home computer-based studio (Cubase/Firestudio Project/Mackie DAW). Lots of money going here now.