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Al 's Twnety Five Years and Counting System
Last Update: February 15, 2003 at 18:04:18 IP Address:
Amplifier: Mark Levinson No 333
Anthem MCA 30
Haman Kardon AVR 210 For 6 Channel SACD
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): ML No 380s
Speakers: JBL 250ti modified to allow biwire.
B&W CM-C and CM-2 for Centre and Surround
CD Player/DAC: ML 31.5 transport and 36 Dac For CD and DTS (CD)
Sony SCD-C555ES for SACD and DTS CD. Also use as a transport to 36 or as a player to 38 preamp
Turntable/Phono Stage: Sony PL600 Servo arm can adjust VTF while playing record. Accuphase C200 pre for phono preamp. AT 155 MM Cartridge.
Other Source(s): Akai GX747 10" R to R With custom DIY compander for very wide dymnamic range and low noise.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Belden 89259 spaced biwire 2M. Made with the cotton and PVC tape method (Excellent).

DIY DH lab 110 Ohm AES/EBU connection to DAC from ML No31.5.

Sony SCD-C555ES Monster M550i to preamp.

Cardas 5c Dac to preamp balanced.

DIY star quad Canare Pre to Amp. Lots of DIY for other sources tape, compander, phono.

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): DIY 20 Amp 60/120 V dedicated balanced power going to a distribution box so that all my equipment is connected on the same line.
Tweaks: Cones under speakers. Granite slab under Amp with cones, to keep amp off carpet.
Room Size (LxWxH): 17 x 13.8 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Reduced resonance of object with foam tape. Placement of book and Record selfs to defuse reflections.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): My collection is 55% Jazz, 35% rock, and 10% classic and country.
System Goals/Comments: A system that is dynamic with great sounstage.

I use Balanced connections throughout on main source.

System Strengths: Voice and Piano is what I tend to focus on, I hate any hint of compression this is where the sytem is excellent. Singers are between the speakers at a realistic height with great recordings.
System Weaknesses: Speakers need more resolution, hard to find without tradeoffs.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sony Wega 32XBR250
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Sony STRDA-30ES Receiver
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): B&W CC3 + 4 B&W 302

Paradigm PDR12

Sources (DVD/VCR): Panasonic RP62 / Sanyo HI-FI
Comments on HT System: Great for movies and TV.

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