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K-Bob's K-Bob's main system System
IP Address: Last Update: December 21, 2021 at 11:34:52
Amplifier: Main Amp:
B&K ST-2020
w/ PS Audio Plasma power cord

power = 125wpc rms @ 8 ohms
dyn pwr = 185w @ 8 ohms
peak current = 36 amps
dynamic headroom = 1.5 dB
damping factor = 180
THD and TIM = .09%
S/N = 95dB
weight = 30 lbs

Subwoofer Amp:
Sonance Sonamp 260 MKII

power = 100wpc rms @ 4 ohms
dyn pwr = 125w @ 4 ohms
THD = .09%
TIM = .01%
S/N = 100dB
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Schiit Audio Saga+ passive preamp

Sabaj Audio PHA2 headphone amp

Behringer DSP 1124P
12 band digital parametric EQ

Harrison Labs PFMOD LP-1 passive low pass filters
Speakers: Mains:
Monitor Audio Bronze 2
on sand-filled Target stands

two (stereo) 8" Boston Acoustics Micro 90pv
converted to passive

Subs low-passed at 42Hz (18dB/octave slope),
then equalized by Behringer DSP 1124P

Mains running full-range, pure with no EQ

Approximate measured in-room freq response:
27-20 +- 10dB, w/totally flat bass down to 28Hz and great tonal balance.

BUT, the subwoofer EQ/processor is very noisy.
Also, the subs can't play above moderate listening levels.
CD Player/DAC: NAD C542 CD player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC

Ortofon 2M Red cartridge

Herbie's Way Excellent II platter mat

Darlington Labs MM-5 phono preamp
Other Source(s): Harmon Kardon TD302 cassette deck

Yamaha TX-492 tuner
w/ Radio Shack tri-drive yagi antenna
w/ RCA signal booster

Gateway laptop for digital and streaming
w/ Fiio E10K Olympus 2 USB DAC
bit-exact streaming using Foobar2000
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker Cable:

mains = bi-wired with AudioQuest Rocket-11, 16/4, 18' pair

subs = shotgunned Monster Cable Standard S16-4R-CL, 16/4, 17.7" pair


preamp to main pwr amp = WireWorld Solstice 7

preamp to headphone amp = Pine Tree Audio Classic (1')

headphone amp to sub xovers = SKW miniplug to RCA, w/ Radio Shack 90 degree 1/4" to 1/8" adapter

sub xovers to EQ = Livewire Advantage RCA to phono

EQ to sub amp = Mogami 2534 phono to RCA, w/ Neutrix connectors

CD to preamp = WireWorld Orbit III+

USB DAC to preamp = Audioquest Tower miniplug to RCA (.6m)

tuner to preamp = WireWorld Solstice II (.5m)

turntable to phono amp = Pro-ject Connect it E (1.23m)

phono amp to preamp = XLO/VDO ER-5 (.5m)

tapedeck to preamp = Mogami 2534 w/ Nakamichi connectors
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Tripp Lite Isobar 12

StudioTech HF Series 5 shelf rack
Tweaks: 1. Dedicated 20A circuit with 10ga wiring and hospital grade outlet.

2. Rubber band around turntable platter for damping.

2. Damping Tac on amplifier fins.

3. Flagstone isolation platform for turntable.

4. Speakers bungie-corded to stands.

5. Subwoofer amp being driven by headphone preamp (sub output is too low when using regular pre-outs).

Room Size (LxWxH): 16 x 15 x 10
Room Comments/Treatments: Old house with wood floors and high ceilings.
Entire end wall where speakers are is a bay window.
One side wall has large open thruway to foyer, with only a curtain to close off the room.
12' from speakers to main listening position.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): '80's rock (INXS, U2, Cure, etc.)

techno (Chemical Brothers, Infected Mushroom)


jazz (Bluesiana, kd lang)

chamber music
System Goals/Comments: This system sounds quite good and is just about perfect for the size room it is in.

Have achieved my tonal balance and fidelity goals.

But I really need to replace the sub EQ with a better one or get a "real" subwoofer.
System Strengths: 1) sounds very good, especially realistic on vocal, folk, and jazz music

2) Dead silent background and nice long fades (when not using subs)

2) Value. The complete system was around $3900.
System Weaknesses: 1) Hum and noise from subwoofer EQ

2) could be more convincing on full scale classical music

3) limited absolute maximum volume and impact.

3) imaging isn't the best--mostly due to speaker placement and seating position; I think.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: LG 32" 720p LCD (2011)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Radio Shack Accurian Integrated
25w rms at 8 ohms
freq resp = 50-20
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Mains:
Sony SS-MB100H mini monitors
5" woofer, 1" tweeter
8 ohms
87 dB
freq = 80-50
Sources (DVD/VCR): Roku 3 (2014)

Gateway laptop

Sony DVD/HiFi VCR combo
Comments on HT System: The main media computer in the stereo sends HDMI to the TV.
So the TV is the display for the main system when playing digital music files or streaming.

Otherwise, the TV system is completely separate from the main system and does not use main amps, speakers or subs.
URL Link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kparris1970/sets/72157601602884755/

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