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dadeo7432's Dadeo's all purpose semi antique stereo/home theater System
Last Update: November 29, 2000 at 19:20:03 IP Address:
Amplifier: Sony STR-d515 Dolby Pro-logic Receiver 75 watts per ch Lots of good basic power.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: An mix resulting from experimenting with take it home trials and a limited budget: Boston Acoustic CR-8s front, Yamaha NS-4 center, Realistic rears;

Other rooms fed with speaker switchbox: Altec Lansing (in kitchen and outside above deck), Sony somethings in living room for background music etc...

CD Player/DAC: CD: Yamaha CDC-605 5 disk changer(1990)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Dual 1226 with Empire c150 (1975) Best changer features I could find...
Other Source(s): TEAC cassette deck with Dolby B. (1980) One of first models that had bias for metal tapes and still sounds great. No frills though (like auto reverse).

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Heavy 12 gauge wire. Experimented a bit, this seems to work well for this setup. I've got speakers in three rooms and on deck using add on speaker switch box. Makes for good party setup, turntable and CDs are protected in basement.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): "Better" surge protector. Solid wood rack with three shelves converted from a bureau. Its ugly, but solid.
Tweaks: Osawa cartridge wired for mono for older mono records (lots of them). This cartridge gets excellent sound from records which only a Shure will play. Higher grade connecting RCA wires and plugs makes turntable sound quieter. Very high current capacity speaker wires for long runs upstairs and outside.
Room Size (LxWxH): 20 x 18 x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Walkout basement room with overstuffed furniture, wall to wall carpet, book case on left, windows covered with drapes on right, lots of toys, plus my PC and other stuff in rear. Mostly its Dadeo's room, but he has to share ;-)
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock, classic. I've got about 1,000 records from 1950 - 2000. Never really made the investment in CDs. Have only about 50 CDs, they simply cost too much.
System Goals/Comments: Sound system that has to do a lot: make music in basement; drive tunes to various rooms; handle home theater; entertain kids who like listening to Go-Gos on records and tapes; making tapes from records.
System Strengths: Home entertainment center does better for music
System Weaknesses: Lack of sub-woofer and DVD player makes home theater a little weak
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: RCA 50 inch TV (6 yrs old) Stereo, S-video inputs.

Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Same Sony as above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): same as above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba S-VHS VCR bought at same time as TV.
Other HT Gear: toshiba S-8 camcorder
Comments on HT System: RCA rear projection TV has good color and picture, has been repaired once though.

Want to improve home theater with DVD and HT sound with subwoofer. Not really impressed with Dolby Digital technology, Dolby Pro-logic was supposed be latest thing when I got mine and still sounds good with music and movies. I am really skeptical about making the investment in a new receiver when I have one thats barely 6 years old!

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