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Telynau's Primary system System
IP Address: Last Update: July 11, 2014 at 23:46:17
Amplifier: Depends on speakers being used. Amps include J.C. Verdier 300B, McIntosh 225, McIntosh 275, Pass XA160.8 and, when Quad 57s are being used, restored Quad IIs.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Research LS 27; Copland DRC205 24 bit digital room correction device
Speakers: Magneplanar 3.7, Bozak Concert Grands; Quad 57s; Quad 63s; Alon Lotus SE. Hsu subs used to supplement bass response below 50Hz.
CD Player/DAC: Wavelength Audio Cosecant V3; Benchmark Audio DAC1 USB; Maxed out MacBook Pro with 16GB memory and solid state hard drive. Amarra (memory play); LaCie 3TB Thunderbolt hard drive
Turntable/Phono Stage: Nottingham Analogue Hyper Space with 12" NA arm and Soundsmith strain gauge cartridge/phono preamp.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Blue Jeans RCA and XLR cables and speaker wire
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Equi=Tech 1.5Q for amplifiers; separate Equi=Tech 1.5Q for preamp, Copland room correction, DAC and tuner; Equi=Tech Son of Q for McIntosh laptop and hard drive.
Tweaks: Arcici suspension stand for turntable and phono preamp
Room Comments/Treatments: ASC Tube Traps; Pottery Barn velvet curtains for windows; oriental rug on tile floor. QRD Diffusers from GIK Acoustics.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): In order of preference: classical; rock; jazz
System Goals/Comments: More emphasis on beauty than ruthless accuracy. Pass XA160.8 amps have brought a whole new perspective to listening.
System Strengths: System is quite revealing of low level detail (it has a low noise floor) but is non-fatiguing -- I often listen to it for 5-6 hours at a time. Very clean, clear, undistorted bass response. I usually read or use a laptop while I am listening, which makes me a Philistine, I guess.
System Weaknesses:
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Sony VPL-VW60 front projector; 122" Da-Lite High Power screen in close to "bat cave." Calibrated by Jason Turk at AVS
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Onkyo 876 (3 front channels) with Onkyo M282 2 channel 100W amp for L/R surround channels. I tried back surround but thought it added nothing to the presentation in my theater. Carefully set up with Audyssey MultEQ XT.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Identical NHT Classic 3 speakers used on low floor stands for 3 front channels; Magnepan MMG W speakers suspended from ceiling for surrounds. (Dipoles make a huge difference in avoiding localization for surrounds.) Epik Conquest 18" subwoofer. Conquest is supplemented by Velodyne MiniVee in primary seating area. Separate Buttkicker LFE tactile systems for each seating position. All seating is on platforms for correct operation of tactile devices.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony PS3
Other HT Gear: PS Audio Premier used for receiver, projector and PS3. APC AV 1.5Kw power conditioner used for subwoofers and surround amp. SVS EQ-1 subwoofer equalizer for balancing subs in room.
Comments on HT System: Theater room is relatively small (13' x 24') and has floor to ceiling book and record shelves on three sides. Projector is lined up dead center on High Power screen for maximum gain. Theater delivers knock your socks off performance; highly immersive.

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