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p59teitel's Sunroom System System
IP Address: Last Update: September 30, 2012 at 15:43:04
Amplifier: Symphonic Line Kraft 250 Monos
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Symphonic Line Die Erleuchtung
Speakers: Revel Ultima Salon 2
CD Player/DAC: Ayre C-5xeMP
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker Cables: Furutech Custom Alpha S14 cable w/ FP-203 spades by Scot Markwell of Elite AV. Single spades on amp end, bi-spaded on speaker end.

Interconnects: Custom Furutech FA-220 PCOCC-alpha copper audio cable with FP120F(R) rhodium-plated screw-down RCA pins by Scot Markwell of Elite AV

Custom Furutech FP3TS20 Power Cable with FI-11(G) IEC connectors and FI-E 11(G) SCHUKO connectors power cables by Scot Markwell of Elite AV. Used with Symphonic Line Kraft 250 monos.

Furutech Absolute Power-18 power cable with alpha OCC power cables and rhodium-plated plugs. Used with Symphonic Line Die Erleuchtung pre-amp and Ayre C-5xeMP disc player.

Tweaks: Coming soon: custom myrtlewood blocks (I have the raw Oregon Myrtlewood blanks, just haven't gotten them down cellar to the chop saw yet).
Room Size (LxWxH): 28' x 16' x 17'
Room Comments/Treatments: None. It's a sunroom with a water view and WAF precludes much by way of room treatment, so listening is done in nearfield.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classic rock and occasional folk, jazz and classical
System Goals/Comments: I want to close my eyes, hear music and forget I'm listening to a stereo. The Symphonic Line gear has brought me far closer to this ideal than I had thought possible.
System Strengths: The Salon 2s are very neutral with excellent frequency extension on both ends. They provide superb dispersion leading to a large sweet spot with superior imaging and soundstage dimensions, and can be used by those seeking either a warm sound or an analytical one.

Mated with their tube stablemate, the Kraft 250s provide utterly grain-free high current Class A power that drives the Salon 2s to concert levels effortlessly, while maintaining excellent an excellent grip on the Salon 2 woofers. Ignore the putative 250 watts into 8 ohms stat: these amps are incredibly powerful. Looking into them with the top off is like looking under the hood of a '70 Chevelle with a 396 c.i. V8: massive transformer and caps, but not at all crowded.

The Ayre C-5xeMP is a fine player. With the MP filter set to the "Listen" position, unnatural digital glare is greatly diminished and, on the better CD transfers, essentially eliminated.
System Weaknesses: The Salon 2s are inefficient, precluding most tube power amp options. The Kraft 250s take a while to warm up and leaving them on 24/7 adds a bit to the electric bill.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Pioneer KRP-600M 60" flat-panel plasma monitor
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Pioneer VSX-919AH HT receiver
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Cerwin-Vega CVHD 5.1
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo BDP-83
Other HT Gear: Above system is in the den.

Pioneer KRP-500M 50" flat-panel plasma monitor + Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-Ray player in office.

Pioneer 5080 50" flat-panel television + PS3 Blu-Ray player and Toshiba HD-A3 HD-DVD player in family room extension off kitchen. 5080 is on Sanus 26" extension swivel mount that can be turned toward kitchen so I can prepare dinners without interrupting my TV viewing.
Comments on HT System: Four years after they stopped making 'em, and still no one has topped the last generation of Pioneer plasma displays. Pretty amazing when you think about it!

One drawback is the Pioneer KRP-600M plays hot in the summer. But in the winter you can turn the heat down in the rest of the house and save money.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Snorkeling

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