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TReestman's Main System
Last Update: August 18, 2002 at 21:40:01 IP Address:
Amplifier: NAD C350 Integrated Amp
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None
Speakers: Magnepan MMG's; Energy e:XL-S8 Subwoofer
CD Player/DAC: Cambridge Audio D500 Special Edition
Turntable/Phono Stage: NAD PP-1 Phono Preamp
Revolver Rebel TT and Arm w/ Grado cartridge
Other Source(s): CD-Recorder: Pioneer PDR-555RW
"Tuner": NAD 7020E receiver w/ Terk FM antenna
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speaker cable: AudioQuest Type 4 to the MMG's, Monster XP to the Subwoofer.
Interconnects: Kimber PBJ and Strait Wire.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Studio Tech PA-04 Rack
Monster HTS1000 power conditioner
Tweaks: - Replaced steel jumpers on back of the NAD with half-meter Kimber PBJs.
- Cut "feet" from a thick mouse pad for placement under the Revolver and CDP.
Room Size (LxWxH): 21 x 16 x 8-10
Room Comments/Treatments: Was in a 10 x 10 room and struggled for a long time to get the Maggies right. In this room all that's changed! The speakers are about 5 feet from the back wall, in front of a window with drapes and fabric-covered blinds. Because this room is also my bedroom/office, they are just six feet apart. I am seated about 10 feet from them. They are toed in very slightly and tipped up. I have a king size bed, books and magazines, and numerous pillows to absorb the highs. Also, the ceiling of this room is 8 feet along the walls with the Maggies, and rises to 10 feet above the listening position. There is an opening in this room leading to a bathroom.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I like a lot of genres, and am always willing to try more. Strait Pop/Rock, Alternative (Adult or otherwise), Folk, some Country, Jazz (fairly new interest), Classical (most of my FM listening), R&B, some Rap/Hip Hop, some Dance/Techno, etc.
System Goals/Comments: The difference between this room and my smaller one is amazing. For one thing, the resisters required in the smaller room (and there was still too much brightness) came off, and the Maggies just seem to "breathe" better in here. No more harshness and sibilants on some of my CD's. The previous room had a large bass "bump" that I never could really tame. That's gone now as well.
System Strengths: Incredible detail. Accoustic and light rock/pop can sound like I'm actually in the club. Full-on rock/pop or rap sounds great, too (this is where the subwoofer really comes in).
System Weaknesses: I'd like the speakers farther apart, but am not sure if I can pull that off, given the other requirements of the room. My seating position is a bit too far back and close to the back wall.
Video/HT System: None

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