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Dalancroft's Music x2 System
IP Address: Last Update: February 25, 2008 at 12:41:04
Amplifier: NAD C370
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Speakers: Magnepan MGMC-1
Pinnacle Baby Boomer sealed dipole sub
CD Player/DAC: California Audio Labs Icon Mk II
Turntable/Phono Stage: none
Other Source(s): DISH Network satellite receiver for Sirius digital radio
Panasonic RP-91 DVD player
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: -Biwired with Kimber 4TC to bass, teflon-coated pure silver wire to tweeter
-Silver Audio Silver Bullet 4.0s from CDP to amp
-Cableplex Signature 1 silver-plated OFC/Teflon insulated ICs elsewhere

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster HTR-1000 power conditioner (both systems)
Tweaks: -Vibrapods under CDP
-Digital out capped with 75-ohm terminator
-All terminations, connectors, etc. treated with Caig ProGold (PowerBoost on power plugs)
-Leviton 5252 wall outlet
-CDP has a sheet of Dynamat affixed to underside of top case to further dampen vibration
Room Size (LxWxH): 17 x 17 x 25
Room Comments/Treatments: Room is currently quite bright -- hardwood floors, lots of windows, no real room treatments to speak of due to WAF
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, jazz, “quality” pop —
-Russian Romantics including Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Rachmaninoff; also Bach, Mozart, Mahler, Mussorgsky, Chopin, DeBussy, and most of the giants of classical music
-Quartets, quintets, and soloists including Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Joe Henderson, the Marsalis brothers, Holly Cole, Cassandra Wilson and others
-The Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Edwin McCain, Sting, Radiohead, Sublime, U-2, old standards such as Pink Floyd and the Who (when feeling retrospective), fun dance music for parties
System Goals/Comments: Dynamics, PRAT, just disappear and let the music flow
System Strengths: That Maggie sound! Very transparent and lifelike, music just breathes. The little corner-loaded, sealed Pinnacle is fast, mates well with the Maggies, and goes very deep for its size (-0 db @ 30 Hz)
System Weaknesses: See room treatments above. Also, placement of speakers dictated by room shape, stairs, etc. leaves them only about 7' apart, restricting the sweet spot
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Panasonic 50PZ700U 50" plasma
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Marantz 8002 AVR
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Mirage Omnisat v.2 FS and center, in-wall rears, and Orb Audio Super 8 sub
Sources (DVD/VCR): Samsung BD-UP5000 dual-format Blu-Ray/HD-DVD player
Other HT Gear: DISH Network hi-def satellite receiver/DVR
Comments on HT System: Very enjoyable HT set-up for a fairly small room. 1080p BABY!
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: I'm a professional writer specializing in the financial arena, and write fiction in my "spare" (hah!) time. Hiking, cycling, food & wine, water sports/beach, stealing the wife's S4 cabriolet on occasion, chasing young children

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