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centurymantra's Sneaky Machines System
Last Update: January 03, 2005 at 11:37:49 IP Address:
Amplifier: Pass Labs X150.5
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Pass Labs X2.5
Speakers: ATC SCM20 SL(T); Rel Strata III subwoofer
CD Player/DAC: >Camelot Roundtable MKII
Turntable/Phono Stage: >Clearaudio Solution w/ Clearaudio Unify tonearm; >Grado Reference cartridge; >Monolithic Sound PS-1 w/ HC-1 power supply
Other Source(s): Sony TCK-717 ES cassette deck; Densen B-100 integrated amplifier powering upstairs speakers VIA 'tape out' of the pre-amp
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: >Acoustic Zen Satori speaker cables; >Wasatch Cable Works RCA-105; Audioquest Python
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): >Sound Application XE12-S power conditioner w/ Macwire Delta Power 2 power cord; >Studio Tech and Sanus audio racks - POWER CORDS: >TekLine PC12/PC5; >Wasatch Cable Works PC805; >TG Audio HSRi; Signal Cable PC's >homebrew 'asylum recipe' power cord
Tweaks: Homemade maple cutting board/spike platform for power conditioner; spec grade wall outlet (Pass & Seymour 5252-I); turntable and motor sit atop of Yamamura Art-Q Damper blocks; Walker High Definition Links; Symposium Super platform and Nordost Pulsar Points for amplifier
Room Size (LxWxH): 23' x 24' x 8' - 12'
Room Comments/Treatments: No treatments (yet), plants in corners, furniture placed as well as possible, carpet over concrete floors. Vaulted ceiling may be good or a problem (?).
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Eclectic (schizophrenic?) listening habits; jazz (classic, bebop & some avant/modern), some (early) jazz fusion, (electric Miles, Herbie Hancock, Soft Machine, etc.) blues (mostly older acoustic and Chess Records residents), folk/roots (Davey Graham, John Fahey, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Michael Hurley, Sandy Bull, etc.), Rock (old & new), some electronica (more organically styled; Pluramon, Mouse on Mars, Sad Rockets, Tarwater, Portishead, etc.), 60's garage/punk, '70's dub/roots reggae, krautrock, a variety of ethnic musics (gamelan, ethiopian groove & other vintage African rec., others), vintage electronic music and some modern experimental artists, etc. etc. etc.
System Goals/Comments: I'll know when it gets there...
System Strengths: The system provides a very clean and precise sound, yet is very musical with little to no harsh edges. Adapts pretty well to a wide range of music and recordings.
System Weaknesses: With the move into ATC speakers powered by Pass Labs amplification, the sound has really come into shape. Without hearing some of the nicer, optimized systems that are out there, it's hard for me to judge what the weaknesses of the system are. Room acoustics could, of course, always be addressed...if I only knew where to start.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Yamaha LPX-500 Projector; plugged into PS Audio Ultimate Outlet w/ Signal cable power cords
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Primare SP 31.7; L & R main output runs through the unity gain/HT pass-through on the Pass Labs pre-amp; Pass Labs X3 amplifier powers center channel and rear surround speakers
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): ATC SCM20 Center(center); ATC SCM 7(surrounds); Rel Strata III subwoofer (for music and HT)
Sources (DVD/VCR): JVC S-VHS video cassette deck, Camelot Roundtable MKII
Other HT Gear: Da-Lite 106' projection screen
Comments on HT System: The projector sits at the back of the room, connected to the video sources by long video cable runs. The screen is a pull down, mounted in the ceiling with a position that centers it between the main speakers. It has gone from a relatively humble beginning to it's current state. The combo of the (very) nice Primare processor with the ATC speakers and Pass Lab amplification is pretty darn special sounding IMHO.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Fine food & beverage, films, playing drums, Polish movie posters, outdoor activities.

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