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smeade02@mckenna.edu's Steve's Dorm Room Special System
Last Update: March 04, 2002 at 20:38:48 IP Address:
Amplifier: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks (bone stock)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Marantz SC-80 Preamp (currently not used)
Speakers: GR Reasearch Paradox 1
CD Player/DAC: Marantz CD67SE (bone stock)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: MIT Terminator 5 for speakers

Unlabeled Straight Wire for CD->Monoblocks

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Magro equipment rack

Lovan Affinity 24" stands

Tweaks: None Yet.
Room Size (LxWxH): 10 x 12 x 9
Room Comments/Treatments: Standard room, concrete floor, thin industrial type carpeting, acoustic "cottage cheese" ceiling treatment
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Brit Rock (from The La's to Radiohead to Coldplay to The Verve)

Mainstream Jazz (Stan Getz and Dave Bruebeck)

Female Vocalists (Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Eva Cassidy...the usuals)

System Goals/Comments: Musical Enjoyment --- I realize that at my price point overall music accuracy is a hopeless goal...so I'm much more interested in musicality...even at the expense of accuracy.
System Strengths: I really enjoy listening to it. It's the opposite of fatiguing...listening a little makes me want to listen more. Very above mid-fi coherency. Nothing ever glares and yet it has that "bite" of live music.
System Weaknesses: Bass that refuses to extend anywhere close to real levels (my roommate is a drummer). Fortunately, below a certain point it isn't really missed. Overall smoothness...no one would ever mistake my system for one containing Sonus Faber monitors. Everything sounds good but the upper trouble is a little less than natural. It has the right "bite" and never glares but sometimes it just doesn't have that "rightness" I'd like.
Video/HT System: None
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Cars. German ones in particular. Porsches even more specifically. I also love to take pictures and, every once in a while, create art.

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