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John C. - Aussie's Surround Sound 7.1 all electrostatic HT/music System
IP Address: 123.3.223.2 Last Update: November 09, 2016 at 19:28:08
Amplifier: * Total of 12 channels (6 powered by Plinius) in the 7.1 system
* Halcro DM-68 for main L/R
* Plinius SA250 amp for the centre channel
* Plinius SA50/100 for the front side surround
* Custom 100W amp for the rear channels
* Rotel RB 980-BX amp for the 2 KEF subs
* Chinese 400W amp for the other two subs
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): * Anthem 50V
Speakers: * NOT A SPEAKER BUT THE MAIN LISTENING SOURCE FOR MUSIC ONLY: Sennheiser HD800S headphones. In the main surround system:
* Majestic Sound Labs 945 full range electrostatic speaker system for the main stereo L/R channels
* Sound Labs 845 centre speaker & E/S elsewhere
* 4 of 0.1 sub channel speakers, 3 with KEF B139 drivers, 4th has a dual coil Alpine driver
Sources:
CD Player/DAC: * Meridian Sooloos System with Control 10, MS600 & 2 twinstores (twin 2 TB HDDs in RAID 1 setup) for 15000+ albums.
Sooloos -> M2Tech Vaughan DAC -> HeadRoom Balanced Head Amp -> Sennheiser HD800 headphones
Turntable/Phono Stage: * Dual 1019 with Shure 91 using phono stage of Onkyo (not connected & not used) All remaining LPs of interest now in the server.
Other Source(s): * Nakamichi 582 cassette deck (very very rarely used)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: * Very short Furutech speaker cable to both the main & centre channel Sound Labs electrostats with long Furutech interconnects to the Halcro & Plinius SA250 amps involved.
* van den Hul speaker cable to the 0.1 B139 surround subs in transmission lines
* Siltech & Kimber interconnects to front end components on shelves 18 ft away from the nearest left channel speaker.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Belkin 600 watt USP
Tweaks: OPPO 105 modded
Room Size (LxWxH): 36 ft x 36 ft x 8.5-14 ft
Room Comments/Treatments: No special treatment required for this pentagonally shaped room (see the gallery).
* Carpeted concrete slab floor
* Plastered double brick walls
* Special tiles on cathedral ceiling
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): * LPs (only a very few left), Nearly all CDs, SACDs & DVD-As sold, DVDs & Blu-Rays of instrumental, chamber, orchestral, opera & other choral, some jazz & blues, no rock
* CDs, SACDs, DVD-As, LDs & DVDs of opera, ballet, choral, jazz & other musical works
ALL CDs & SACDs + 50 LPs burned into FLAC files into the Meridian Sooloos system.
System Goals/Comments: Surely I've come to the end of this audio-video madness? [I keep saying that!!!]
System Strengths: * Resolution & articulation, soundstage, dynamics both with small scale & large scale works. Superb bass foundation for all audio now particularly cohesive with the Sound Labs units.
* Digital sound now the equal of or superior to analog quality on good software.
* Speaker position optimised so music at the listening position tests within 5 db from 20 hz to beyond audibility with no beaming
System Weaknesses: Nothing glaring (in all senses of that word).
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: * JFC DLA-X900R Projector
* Stewart EMH 110 Screen (96" wide)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: * Anthem 50V preamp/processor
* All amps as per audio system above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): As for the audio above
Sources (DVD/VCR): * OPPO 105 Blu Ray player, modded By Joe Rassmussen
* Pioneer HLD-X9 (modified) laserdisc NTSC player (very good)
* Pioneer CLD-D925 (modified) laserdisc PAL/NTSC player
* JVC s-VHS recorder (now rarely used)
* MAGIC HD PVR with 1 TB HDD
* UltraPlus 900 satellite PVR with 1 TB HDD
* HUMAX VAST Satellite PVR
Satking satellite STB with external HDD
* Pioneer DVR-LX60D DVD-R recorder (250 GB HDD)
Other HT Gear: * Harmony One programmable remote
* 12 CH relay board for switching between items & power on/off for other items
Comments on HT System: * Best pictures from Blu Ray but not far behind from the HD video recorders
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Cars (BMW 540i), travel (53 countries), photography (Nikon D7000)
Audio obsession has now extended to video.

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