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Christine Tham's Main living room System
Last Update: January 18, 2007 at 18:42:11 IP Address:
Amplifier: Musical Fidelity A5cr power amp (front left bi-amped)
Musical Fidelity A5cr power amp (front centre bi-amped)
Musical Fidelity A5cr power amp (front right bi-amped)
Musical Fidelity A5cr power amp (surround left/right)
Behringer A500 (surround back left/right)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Musical Fidelity A3.2cr for stereo analog sources
Sony TA-P9000ES for multi-channel analog sources (SA-CD, DVD-Audio)
Speakers: 2 B&W CDM7NT front left/right
1 B&W CDMCNT front centre
2 B&W CDM7NT surround left/right
2 B&W DM601 Series 2 surround back left/right
1 B&W ASW2500 subwoofer
CD Player/DAC: Sony SCD-XA777ES SACD player (for CD and SA-CD)
Panasonic DVD-S97 (DVD-Audio)
Custom (self designed and built) CD/media player
Custom HTPC with E-mu 1820m (music server)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega P3 turntable
Rega RB300 arm with 4mm spacer/extender nut
Dynavector DV-20xL low output moving coil cartridge
Audioquest Sorbogel mat
Dynavector P-75 phono amplifier
VPI HW16.5 record cleaner
Avanti bamboo wooden support with Sorbothane feet
Other Source(s): Nakamichi 680ZX cassette deck
Edirol SD-90 StudioCanvas
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Neo-tech KS1426 four core 'flat' speaker cables
Cardas neutral reference interconnects between pre-amp and power amp (2 channel only)
Other cables are Wiretek shielded 5mm OFC co-axial RCA terminated, all of identical length (2m)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): 3 x Belkin PureAV Series 8-Way Isolator + TEL + AV + F-TYPE + $UNLIMITED Warranty (F9G823au3M)
Tweaks: Dedicated 20amp power circuit from mains switchboard to system

Centre speaker angled slightly upwards to compensate for reduced height

Thick curtains behind listening position to absorb/diffuse sound waves coming from front

Rug used to diffuse ceiling to floor hard reflections

As a result, room has relatively flat frequency response from about 30Hz to 20kHz apart from a notch at 120Hz.

Projector is gamma- and colour temperature-calibrated using SMART III.

Room Size (LxWxH): 4m x 6.7m/2 x 2.6m
Room Comments/Treatments: Only half the room used for system, the other half is used as living space.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): all kinds ('from Palestrina to Pet Shop Boys') - baroque/classical/modern, contemporary jazz, some pop
System Goals/Comments: I like music to be reproduced as accurately to the source as possible
System Strengths: This is actually three separate and independent systems integrated into a single cabinet. Each 'system' is controlled by a separate pre-amp, and can be operable even with other two pre-amps completely switched off. The three systems are:
Musical Fidelity A3.2cr - Analog two channel 'purist' sytem (no video, no digital connections)
Sony TA-P9000ES - Analog 5.1 channel system (again, no video, no digital) for SA-CD and DVD-Audio only
Cary Cinema 6 - Digital 7.1 surround for DVD-Video, DVB-T and HTPC (no analog connections except for HTPC 7.1 analog out)
System Weaknesses: room too small
surround back speakers are too small and too close to listening position compared to other speakers
Not enough room to place two subwoofers
Centre channel not at same height as other speakers, but angled slight upwards to compensate
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Mitsubishi LVP-HC5000 1920x1080p LCD projector
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Cary Cinema 6 driving 4 x Musical Fidelity A5cr power amps via 5.1 bypass circuit on Sony TA-P9000ES
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): as above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Oppo DV-970HD universal player
Panasonic DVD-S97 DVD-V/DVD-A player

Custom built HTPC:
- Silverstone LC14M case
- SilenX iXtrema 92mm, 2x60mm fans
- Antec NeoHE 500W power supply
- Abit AW8-Max motherboard (Intel 955X based)
- Intel Pentium D 830 LGA775 (Dual Core 3.0GHz)
- Thermalright XP-120 CPU cooler with SilenX iXtrema 120mm fan
- 1GB (2x512MB) Corsair Value Select PC2-5300 RAM
- Gigabyte GV-NX66256DP video card (nVidia GeForce 6600, passive cooling)
- LG GSA-4163B DVD writer
- Samsung SpinPoint P120 SP2504C 250GB SATA2 hard disk
- DVICO FusionHDTV DVB-T Plus digital TV/analog video card
- E-MU 1820M sound card
- Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Update Rollup 2)
- nVidia DVD Decoder 1.02.223
- Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, and MCE2005 remote control

Other HT Gear: Teac DV-B800 High Definition Digital Terrestrial Receiver
Comments on HT System: Used to review DVDs at www.michaeldvd.com.au
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