Audio Asylum Inmate anth0456's Used/Ebay Mish-Mash HT System System

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anth0456 's Used/Ebay Mish-Mash HT System System
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Amplifier: Hafler Transnova 9505/Acurus 200X3
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Sony TA E9000ES (ver 2.01)
Speakers: Magnepan 1.6QR and Vandersteen 2W (X2)
CD Player/DAC: Sony CDP CX333ES
Turntable/Phono Stage: N/A
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Nordost Red Dawn rev II biwire, Transparent Music Wave biwire.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Bell'O AVS 4201
Room Size (LxWxH): 18' x 12' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: Carpeted basement, wood paneling.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Older Jazz (Miles, Mingus, Bird); Singer/Songwriters (Tom Waits, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt); the various Yo-yo Ma collaborations of American vernacular music (e.g., Short Trip Home, Appalachian Waltz, etc.)
System Goals/Comments: I suspect that this will be a constantly evolving system as I continue to come across components I want. My original goal was to assemble a kick-a** system at a bargain price. The process of finding and acquiring the various components has been almost as fun as listening to the final product.
System Strengths: Solid performer for the money. Beautifully renders female voices, jazz instrumentation.
System Weaknesses: Not well suited for real rock n roll. Highs get harsh when it plays loud, can't seem to get the bass right.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: SONY WEGA 32"
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Sony SA E9000ES (ver. 2.01)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Paradigm Reference CC; Vandersteen 2W (X2) subs.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony 5-Disc DVD Changer/Sony VCR (can't recall models)
Comments on HT System: It sounds awesome with some discs (e.g., Saving Private Ryan, The Fifth Element), and not so awesome with others (Thin Red Line). Haven't been able to figure out why yet (the SaE9000's many features are a bit confusing, and the manual is not very helpful/informative).

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