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mshan's "Getting there!" System
Last Update: May 28, 2003 at 18:42:09 IP Address:
Amplifier: Joule-Electra Stargate monoblocks with stock power cords / two 18 in. x 14 in. x 2 in. Mapleshade solid maple platforms resting on 4 Mapleshade Isoblock "footers" / two 16 in. x 16 in. x 1 in. patio tiles resting directly on a carpeted floor
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Joule-Electra LA-100 mk. 3 preamp with an Electraglide Tri-glide power cord / Walker Valid Points / 18 in. x 14 in. x 2 in. Mapleshade solid maple platform resting on 4 Mapleshade Isoblock "footers"
Speakers: Merlin VSM-SE with bBAM

CD Player/DAC: Meridian 508.24 CD player with it's stock power cord resting on a Neuance Audio isolation shelf via it's stock rubber footers
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Luminous Audio Synchestra Signature (CD to bBAM)

Luminous Audio Synchestra Signature (bBAM to preamp)

Luminous Audio Synchestra Signature (preamp to amp)

Luminous Audio Synchestra speaker cable with custom Merlin jumpers for the VSM-SE

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): ACME Audio 20 amp, cryogenically treated electrical outlet with the stock in-wall wiring (i.e. two ~14 gauge, copper, solid-core hook-up wire)

Shunyata Hydra resting on the middle shelf of the Vantage Point rack via stock rubber "footers"

Vantage Point Euro EVW309-B A/V combo rack

Tweaks: Kontak / Mapleshade Ionoclast
Room Size (LxWxH): 35 ft. x 13 ft. x 8 ft.
Room Comments/Treatments: Heavy drapes cover the entire wall behind the speakers (the whole back wall is actually a sliding glass door)

4 Roomtune Cornertunes / 1 Roomtune Echotunes / Roomtunes tuning strips in the left and right corners behind the speakers and in left and right "corners" behind listening position.

RPG Profoam at left and right side wall first reflection points

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): rock (especially the blues)

classical (especially opera)

some jazz

System Goals/Comments: Enjoy the music!
System Strengths: My hi-fi rig is slowly evolving into a very resolving and musically satisfying audio system, even while playing CDs that were not recorded to audiophile standards, but which I enjoy listening to for their musical content!
System Weaknesses: 1) The room!!! (especially the baseline noisefloor)

2) Lack of a dedicated 20 amp A/C line to complement the superb ACME Audio electrical outlet.

Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Panasonic 31 inch TV
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Outlaw Audio 1050 A/V receiver
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Acoustic Research HC-6 satellite / subwoofer system

Left, center, and front speakers are mounted on Standesign BB-75 (adjustable) speaker stands with Blu-tak

Left and right surrounds are wall-mounted with Vantage Point SATS-5 wall-mount speaker mounts

Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVP-9000ES DVD player with Electraglide Tri-glide power cord

Panasonic Hi-Fi VCR

Other HT Gear: FIM 880 outlet with the stock in-wall wiring (~14 gauge, copper, solid-core hookup wire)powering TV and subwoofer

Everything else is plugged into a standard electrical outlet via a Wireworld Electrifier power strip with a TG Audio HSR-A gen. 2 power cord

An excellent Target 4 shelf equipment rack with its generic MDF shelves

Comments on HT System: Acoustic Zen Reference S-video cable

DIY digital cable with the extra shielding and capacitor (superbly hand-crafted by Audioasylum member Cousin_Dupree!)

Outlaw Audio and Rhino Cables interconnects / Rhino Cables subwoofer cable (Rhino cables are equivalent to Belden 89259 with crimped on Canare RCA connectors)

Home Depot (i.e. "Carol-6") 14/2 stranded copper speaker wire

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