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CarlEber's Musical Resolution, downstairs System
IP Address: Last Update: June 01, 2012 at 14:20:36
Amplifier: Onkyo surround receiver downstairs, Rogue Model 88 and Bel Canto linestage upstairs.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Bel Canto SEP2
Speakers: Paragon Acoustics Radiant, a compact floorstanding "mtm" with Dynaudio drivers, cherry finish. Two Velodyne HGS10 subwoofers.
CD Player/DAC: Resolution Audio CD50; CD player drives power amplifier directly w/volume control in the analog domain.
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI HW19 with Mk 3 plinth and clamp, AQ Arm with AQ Amazon cable, Benz Micro Ruby 2 cartridge.
Other Source(s): none
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Solid silver 7AWG w/WBT connectors; MIT 330 Shotgun Proline XLR, or MIT Terminator 2 and 3 speaker cable (both single wire cables, but used in parallel with each other), with Wireworld Equinox XLR interconnect.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): No rack downstairs (I use a cherry Slamander rack upstairs); PS 300; PS Audio Lab Cable AC cords (love them lots!); Purist Audio Design Colossus power cord.
Tweaks: Tweeter felt lenses, bubble wrap between CD player and floor, Bedini Dual Beam Ultra Clarifier, green pen, isopropyl alcohol, Audioquest "Laserguide"
Room Size (LxWxH): 28 x 18 x 8.5
Room Comments/Treatments: This downstairs room is a concrete basement, with wall to wall carpeting, and an "L" floorplan, making bass modes difficult to control, though I conquered them. Its volume is roughly 4200 cubic feet.

Acoustic treatments are: 4 ASC "Fresco"; 2 ASC 16 inch full rounds; two 18 inch x 6 foot Echobuster panels; one kit of RPG Profoam partially cut up into smaller pieces.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock from late 60's to present; some pop; classical (especially from the "golden age" of stereo); jazz
System Goals/Comments: An affordable system (bought mostly used) with a healthy dynamic range and spl output capability, possessing maximum imaging transparency, due to acoustic treatment and the listening time invested with placement.
System Strengths: A sheer musical weight and solidity of imaging, through the whole frequency range, that defies the subjective appearance, i.e., the size of the speakers.

Forgive my presumptive pomposity, but both of my systems surpass ALL other systems I have heard in most areas of performance, be they dealers' or individuals' systems, SPECIFICALLY WITH REGARD TO IMAGING ACCURACY/TRANSPARENCY. Nothing else has come close...and I'm talking systems that cost 5x as much, or even more than that.
System Weaknesses: The power cord for the Sunfire sub isn't long enough to reach from the wall outlet, to allow placement to the room's corner any closer than 5 feet, so absolute bass extension does suffer somewhat. Perhaps minus 3 at 34 Hz when seated in the sweet spot. I plan to make a small extension cord of heavy gauge at some point.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Panasonic 720P projector, considering going 1080P (yes I'm late to this, but the 720P looks great with blu ray)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Onkyo
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): various combinations of the Paragon and Magneplanar MMG, Athena Tech surrounds.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony, Satellite
Comments on HT System: It's fine, but I'm considering new upgrades. Film in a good public theater still beats any "home theater" I've experienced, though I admit not having experienced Runco/Faroudja etc. I have doubts about the absolute picture quality of ANY of the 19 HDTV standards, when compared to the absolute best in 35mm film projection. Trouble is, hardly any theaters even try to do this anymore.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Photography

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