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Last Update: June 28, 2001 at 23:53:49 IP Address:
Amplifier: see ht
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): see ht
Speakers: see ht
CD Player/DAC: see ht
Turntable/Phono Stage: see ht
Other Source(s): see ht
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: the cheapest cable that won't oxidize, and no reason to change it any time soon
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): see ht
Tweaks: minor placement and room acoustic tweaks
Room Comments/Treatments: small room, horrible bass, lots of resonances
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): I have eclectic taste and appreciate a lot, but find myself mostly buying electronica, especially trip hop and drum'n'bass. Try Massive Attack, you'll love them.
System Goals/Comments: see ht
System Strengths: see ht
System Weaknesses: see ht
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Had a toshiba TW40H80 till it broke. Bought a 32" toshiba direct view to tide me over till I can buy a quality projector.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Dennon
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): rebuilt Aurasound 2-ways with 6.5" or 8" peerless csx clones with aura magnetic system, lineaum ribbon tweaters, crossover still the original geoffery dillon design.

Subwoofer is a original shiva in 65L sealed alignment.

All are (hopefully) soon to be replaced by a system with better dynamics and dispersion control.

Sources (DVD/VCR): using toshiba 3109 for DVD and HDCD decoding
Other HT Gear: radioshack SPL meter, if you don't have one, get one to level match. I found my ears were not good enough to resolve the last 1 or 2 decibles of level matching, but that it did make a huge difference in the imaging once it was done.
Comments on HT System: I wanted to build a cheap HT. Speakers were procured for $25 each. Subwoofer for $75. Dennon for a couple $100 (don't remember). Was intended to be temporary, has ended up lasting me a lot longer.

The system has relatively precise sound. The monopole lineaum ribbons really are amazing at the $$ I paid, the peerless csx clone clone drivers are also very detailed. Again, for spending just a few hundred $$, I don't believe it would be possible to put together anything close to this performance.

Downsides are: The lineaum tweats do not deal with high output levels or very large dynamic peaks well. My room is absolutely horrible, and needs a lot of work. A single shiva is not up to the task of providing the kind of dynamic bass I like. At the moment, integration between the speakers and the sub is not good at all.

Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: programming

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