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Beluga's Maggie Statement System
IP Address: Last Update: September 10, 2015 at 03:50:34
Amplifier: Bi-amp setup:
Adyton Cordis 1.8 mid/high
Adyton Cordis 3B (Forsell The Statement) bass
Bryston 10B Std electronic crossover
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None - Wadia 830 cd player (with digital volume control) directly into amplifier (or electronic crossover).
Occasional use of a ModSquad Line Drive.
Speakers: NOW: Magnepan 3.7
Andyr-assisted bi-amp and modifications with electronic bass/mid crossover (Bryston). LP @ 300Hz 18dB/octave, HP @ 450Hz 12 dB/octave. DIY external passive mid/high crossover. Mid LP 4.300Hz @ 6dB/octave, tweeter HP @ 3.600Hz @ 6dB/octave. Crossover and speakers rewired with Nordost Red Dawn all the way from amp to panel.
PLUS: 2 x Audio Physic Rhea II powered subwoofer (std.) overlap Maggies from 100 / 80 Hz down.

BEFORE: Timbered Magnepan MG-IIIa (i.e. customized with hardwood (Merbau) frames replacing the original MDF frame). Bi-amped and modified with electronic bass/mid crossover (Bryston) and completely rebuilt passive mid/high crossover, following original crossover specs. Crossover and speakers rewired with Nordost Red Dawn all the way from amp to panel. Rigidized and reinforced aluminum stands with L-shaped and U-shaped struts for back support
CD Player/DAC: Wadia 830 CD-player and D/A converter and preamp,
MacBookPro streaming / harddisk via Musical Fidelity V-Link II to Wadia DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Micro Seiki DQX 500 w/ Shure V15-IV and Goldring 920 pick ups (presently not in use due to lack of RIAA/preamp).
Other Source(s): Sony transistor radio.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Nordost SPM Reference interconnects (balanced), Nordost Red Dawn (rev II / III) speaker cables (bi-amped/wired on MG-IIIa)) also for subwoofer.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Ladac power conditioners ISO 2000 (power amplifiers) and ISO 100 (cd and electronic crossover). Nordost El Dorado, Transparent EPLS, Burmester and A.R.T Basic power cords.
Tweaks: Maggies bi-amped using electronic bass/mid crossover and completely rebuilt mid/high passive crossover. Internal speaker wiring all Nordost Red Dawn. All posts WBT.

Nordost Pulsar Points under electronics. Spikes and A.R.T. Q dampers under speakers.

Stones/weights on electronics

MG-IIIas also timbered, i.e. original MDF frame replaced with Merbau hardwood frame, cut as an exact copy of the original. Original stands reinforced with aluminum plate on speaker feet in addition to trapez made rom L-/U-shaped struts from feet to 2/3s up behind the speaker.
Room Size (LxWxH): 18 feet x 11 feet x 7,6 feet
Room Comments/Treatments: Cardas basic setup for dipoles adjusted with CARA computer-aided setup (CARA room acoustics 2.2). DIY (Argent) Room lenses between / behind and outside speakers.
Closed corner (floor-to-ceiling) triangular bass traps. Book shelves and pillows for additional diffusion and damping in corners behind speakers.
Room-lenses on each side (wing) to diffuse first front reflections, and behind speakers to diffuse rear first reflections. Roomlens between/behind speakers and rack to eliminate reflection waves.
Speaker toe-in and close caption listening position to avoid other room-related problems.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Everything between (and including) Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin to Joan Armatrading to Mozart to Sjostakovitsj.
Female vocals (strong voices w/piano, guitar, etc.), rock (70's-00's), chamber music, solo instruments and small ensembles (piano, violin, cello, oboe), jazz-rock/fusion, colliery bands, arabian, armenian, standard singer-songwriters, blues, R&B, country-rock and ballads. And Heavy Fucking Metal. LOUD!
System Goals/Comments: Fewer connection points between amp, crossover and speaker.

FINALLY, tri-amping with a third Adyton. And upgrade to 3.8 or 20.8.
System Strengths: HUGE soundstage, very well focused. Accurate, precise, fast. Extremely detailed - voice/instrument timbre, depth/layers - excellent. Tight deep end slam, in addition to sub (63/80 Hz lowpass crossover frequency).
System Weaknesses: Mostly related to room size.
MG-3.7: We'l see.
MG-IIIa: Ability to control complex music at very high volumes - soundstage may collapse or sound packed and caothic. A little hard sounding and some bass slap.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Infocus IN82, Kingpin 80" screen
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Harman/Kardon
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Bose
Sources (DVD/VCR): PS3, AppleTV
Comments on HT System: Family and WAF friendly in common movie-/tv-/music-/radio-/reading-room
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Acoustics and psychology - separate and combined, music, history, Sportsters, horses and horsebackriding, my Land Rover and - of course - my family.

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