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thoriated_tiger's Apollo System
Last Update: May 07, 2007 at 17:44:14 IP Address:
Amplifier: Audio Research D-70 Mk II, bone ass stock. This puppy needs no mods. Sovtek 6922s, telefunken 12AX7, SED 6550s, GE 6FQ7s.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Research SP6A 12AX7 preamp. Since the original coupling caps were gone, I replaced 'em all with Illinois Capacitor PHC. Telefunken 12AX7s. Otherwise it's stock.
Speakers: 1987 Klipsch Forté. They're my Little Bullshit Filters. If it don't pass the horn test, it's gar-bage.
CD Player/DAC: Sony DVP-NS755V
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD-145 with TP16 arm, AudioTechnica AT440ML moving magnet cart. Phono stage is the phono section of my Audio Research SP6A preamp. One of the finest built, imo. Telefunken 12AX7 ribbed plates.
Other Source(s): Rockwell soundcard / mp3 through the tape loop, Nikko NT-790 AM/FM tuner.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster XP100 speaker cables, custom terminated by yours truly, Audioquest Sidewinders for patch cords.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster Power HTS5000 line conditioner.
Tweaks: Tweaks? I spend money that could go to shatki stones and m'pingo disks on music, weed and vino & champagne. Okkay, okkay -- I do use a bit of Sorbothane here and there, allright? Oh, and spiked my HT speakers into the floor. Doesn't mean I've drank the Kool Aid yet.
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 12 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: Decor is ink and paint. Cartoons have souls too. It's just very inky. Place is half 60's lounge half 80's geek trash.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Anything which comes from the heart.
System Goals/Comments: To reveal as closely as possible what was put into the recording. By the sounds of it, some studios need better gear.
System Strengths: Close your eyes, and you're in the hall with the English Concert, or jamming with Jimi, or.... the thing puts out music, man. It'll take you places, it'll bend timespace, it's a warp engine.
System Weaknesses: Could use better sources. In time. The two humble pieces actually do well enough.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Panasonic AE700 16:9 3-chip LCD front projector, 8' wide picture on a 96' diag 16:9 Carada Cinema Classic White screen.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Panasonic SA-XR55 digital (full digital, not hybrid) 7.1 receiver. This thing actually rivals some entry-level tube systems!
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Klipsch SF2 mains, Klipsch SC1 center, Klipsch SB2 surrounds on 4' stands. Acoustic Research 8' sub.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony SLV-R1000 S-VHS deck, Sony DVP-NS770V DVD player with progressive scan, box-equis.
Other HT Gear: Comfy couch, RatShack SPL meter (The analog one.)
Comments on HT System: Eh, delivers better sound than most theaters in town. Shocking, ain't it. The picture is focused, which is more than can be said for most megaplexes and their pimply-faced-youth projectionists.. truly a lost art.

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