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Kye's almost completely homemade System
Last Update: July 28, 2004 at 23:06:01 IP Address:
Amplifier: six 50W modules - one for each of the drivers in the three-way speakers.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Home brew passive. four inputs, three outputs with two that are further attenuated to match levels on the three drivers.
it also has a headphone jack!
Speakers: Home brew.

Fronts: three-way with peeless tweeter, dipole vifa 5' papercone, and sealed JL 12'. run active from 3x50W per side, with passive line-level crossovers

Rears: two-ways with vifa metal-dome tweeters, and focal 8' papercones which are ported. passive crossovers.

Center: currently a 8' fullrange driver with rear horn loading in a carboard enclosure! but plans are to test some of the SEAS co-axial drivers and have one in a sealed box.

CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD 67 SE MkII ... nice, and has a remote volume control!
Turntable/Phono Stage: Alas, no.
Other Source(s): I picked up a nice tuner for cheap (the faceplate was broken), the system is also connected to the computer... :)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: speaker cables are the homebrew cat5 braids by chris VH, which are quite clear and 'clean' although may not be as warm as others I have around..

Interconnects: I have a mixture of no name brand OFC, homebrew (with twisted pair) and tandy :)

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Power conditioner: the jon risch design, which was a marked improvement on the overall sound. I will be building more of these.
Tweaks: oh boy:
- inner tube isolation platform under cd player, and preamp.
- cd player is spiked to isolation platform.
- use of sand bags all round.
- speaker enclosures have sand built into the walls so don't need sand bags, but are isolated from the floor via bicycle inner tubes.
There are wooden blocks around the base of the speakers for vibration treatment.
Room Size (LxWxH): 4.5m x 3.5m x 3m
Room Comments/Treatments: room contains various furniture which breaks up the sound a bit, and a couch which acts as a bass trap.
Acoustic wadding is placed near walls at first reflection points (which are also opposite the computer sitting position) and opposite the listening position as well to reduce standing waves across the room at the listening positions. the pads have an air gap of approx 15cm behind them to extend lower absorbtion. There are also pads on the rear wall and side walls behind the speaker to control the tone of the backwave reflection from the midrange dipole.
The top half of the room is above all the furniture, and so it has panels of carpet foam underlay hanging across the corners of the room hanging from rods which sit on the picture rails. there are also some multiply folded sheets hanging along the side walls.
I have two unopened (sealed actually) bags of fibreglass insulation in the front corners behind the main speakers.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Electronic (trance, dance, ambient, drum'n'bass), creative mainstream (more cranberries and kylie), jazz, a bit of classical, some touches of acoustic country as well.. (michelle shocked is good :)
System Goals/Comments: Warmth/tone/texture, musicality, pace/rhythm/dynamics.. and wonderfully accurate midrange reproduction.
System Strengths: Warmth, detail, texture, ambience and a sense of the music being comletely detached from the speakers. wonderful midrange clarity and overall consistency of presentation.
System Weaknesses: None that my ears are aware of, until they get significant exposure to something better that is.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: 19' philips monitor
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: mains are as above, rears are run by a stereo 10W/chan amp built from a kit (and lovingly built into a tupperware lunchbox) and the center will be run bi-amped from a 10W/chan amp I got from a friend (who I believe got the circuit from a TV)
the computer decodes the surround signals, and gives it to a SB Audigy II soundcard which is hooked up through a behringer mixing desk to the amps and main hifi setup.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): as above..
Sources (DVD/VCR): computer plays DVDs, MPEGs, Divxs, and Xvids, and is also a digital editing suite with firewire capturing capability.
high speed internet connection supplies with with amusing and random low quality videos - amateur movie making and short films are great!
Other HT Gear: I have a TV card, but it's not currently installed, and I don't tend to watch TV that much. well, I don't watch it at all really.
Comments on HT System: apart from being bloody complicated, it's very effective!
URL Link: http://www.kyelight.net
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: movies (making and watching), art, photography, people, philosophy, and I write music. I work with computers and am about to go back to uni to do a post grad course.

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