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AColin's tweaking audiophile's big old horns System
Last Update: February 04, 2002 at 16:53:10 IP Address:
Amplifier: My most important addition is a pair of custom Bottlehead 2A3 Paramour mono blocks with 3.5 watts at 5% THD. In my listening room, they provide musical magic up to 110 dB.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Over the last dozen years, I have settled on a classic Dynaco Pas3 Series II tube pre-amp.
Speakers: a pair of big old 1985 Klipsch Cornwall I and 1/3 horn speakers super-efficient at 100 dB/w/m,
CD Player/DAC: a politely British Rotel 951 CD player with CAL Gamma DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: not used
Other Source(s): ADC 300 Equalizer to boost bass at 20 Hz, treble at 16 Hz and cut out 6 to 12 dB at 5kHz (the famous Cornwall B-2 crossover harschness)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: mostly Monster Silver from CD player, Monster to subs, Radio Shack coax to DAC and video connections, doubled the speaker wire,
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): APCC UPS and new RFI/EMI surge protectors, wrapped the primary power cords
Tweaks: vibration isolation platforms, see http://www.enjoythemusic.com/tweaks/ dampened the cabinets with gray Yorkstone paving stones, see http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/1299/sandbagging.htm and wrapped the horns in soft gray putty at http://www.audioreview.com/reviews/Speaker/product_8797.shtml, wire ...
Room Size (LxWxH): 17' x 14' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: open back, CBS construction, curtains, leather couch
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): popular, smooth jazz, female vocalists and small bands,
System Goals/Comments: close your eyes and your almost there realism, especially in soundstage and holographic imaging
System Strengths: dynamic and powerful, can really rock and play loud, sometimes magical, especially for its low cost
System Weaknesses: uneven frequency response, upper bass not as solid as Krell powered B&Ws, lots of wires and fuzz
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: 36" Sony with matching stand, so the system not only sounds great, but looks even better (very important when showing off your system to guests - they judge the sound from the looks)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Klispch LF10 500 watt sub-bass woofer and Klispch KSW200 200 watt mid-bass woofer
Other HT Gear: cable TV wired through stereo pre-amp
Comments on HT System: TV speakers used as center channel on cable movies, set the volume on the TV and then bring the stereo up to match; makes very good three way HT sound; lots of bass impact, don't miss rear channels at all, except for the whizz-bang special effects, but those don't add to the action or the plot
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: writing, reading, movies, snorkeling, aquariums, current events, markets, sailing

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