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Shinto's 2 channel/HT hybrid System
IP Address: Last Update: March 07, 2023 at 05:09:45
Amplifier: Pass Labs X5
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Proceed avp2
Speakers: Dynaudio Contour T2.5
CD Player/DAC: California Audio Labs CLD-10 Transport for redbook

Theta Generation VA DAC (Balanced)

Oppo Digital BDP-93 for SACD / DVD-A (stereo outputs only)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Oracle Delphi Mk.III+
- Mk.V bearing
- Mk.V acrylic mat
- Delrin armboard
- Rega RB-700 w/ JA Michell Tecnoweight
- Dynavector 10x4 mk II cart

Table sits on spikes and an isolation shelf

Pass Labs DIY Pearl phono stage w/ custom machined XONO style faceplate
Other Source(s): Nakamichi CR-4A Cassette deck

Nakamichi RX-505 Cassette deck

Magnum Dynalab FT-101A Tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Speakers:
Transparent MusicWave Plus (mains)
Kimber 4PR (center)
UltraLink 16-2 inwall with Transparent networks (surround & rears)

Transparent MusicLink Plus (Phono stage to avp2)
Zu Crux Balanced XLR (DAC to avp2, avp2 to amp)
Transparent The Link 200(SVHS to avp2)
Transparent Premium 75 Ohm Digital(DVD to avp2)
Madrigal AES/EBU (CD Transport to DAC)
Transparent Premium 75 Ohm Link (CD Transport to avp2)
UltraLink Subsonix to sub
DIY Belden 89259 w/ Canare F10 all other IC's

Transparent PowerLink Plus on DAC & CD transport
Transparent PowerLink Super XL on avp2 & phono stage
Tranparent PowerLink Reference on amp
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Transparent Powerbank Ultra for primary sources

Transparent Powerbank 2 for secondary sources

Hooker Solstice 78" Entertainment console

Philips Pronto TSU1000 remotes seamlessly control everything through macros

Magnum Dynalab ST-2 Antenna in attic
Tweaks: Custom Mark Levinson style RED multi-segment display on the avp2

PS Audio Power Port Outlets on dedicated 20 amp circuit

Custom JL Acoustic isolation platforms (like Symposium) for turntable and CD/DVD transports

CD transport and DVD player on JL Acoustic Rollerblocks (stainless cup and tungsten ball) and have blu-tack around oscillator cans

Whole house surge suppressor at meter
Room Size (LxWxH): 19' x 20' x 10'
Room Comments/Treatments: Mains pulled forward from AV equipment and image really well.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Very eclectic -- everything except rap/hip hop. Jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, 80's pop, country... I mostly prefer female vocals: Jewel, Norah Jones, Adele, Diana Krall, Grace Potter, ZZ Ward, etc.
System Goals/Comments: Primarily a HT setup, but had to sound good for music as well. Actually ended up being a much better 2 channel system...
System Strengths: Great soundstage, very neutral, holographic imaging.
System Weaknesses: I think I've hit the point of diminishing returns.

No HDMI switching in the AVP2 complicates things immensely but worth it for the sound quality.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: LG 75Nano85 75" LED 4K, wall mounted
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: (see above)+ separate 4k HDMI switch seamlessly controlled by Pronto remote macros. Cables are generic 8K HDMI from video sources to switch and to TV.

Toslink digital out from TV to Processor for sound processing
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Dynaudio Contour T2.1 Center

Dynaudio Audience 42W surrounds

B&W ASW1000 Sub
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo Digital BDP-93 BluRay Player

TiVo Premiere XL

Netgear Digital Entertainer Express EVA9100 fed via gigabit ethernet from 9 TB NAS

Mitsubishi SVHS (via HDMI upconverter)
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Electronics engineer and avid audiophile.

When not listening or watching movies, I enjoy politically incorrect activities including competitive pistol shooting and restoring muscle cars...

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