Audio Asylum Inmate Andy Hung's Home Theater System

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Andy Hung's Home Theater System
Last Update: October 13, 2000 at 15:23:16 IP Address:
Amplifier: Thor TPA30: two 30W mono fronts; Tele ECC801S; RCA blk plt 12BH7; Mullard xf2 EL34.
ATI 1505: 150Wx5 center, rears.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Classe SSP25 THX home theater processor.
Speakers: Four Sonus Faber Concerto monitors.
Sonus Faber Solo center channel.
Velodyne F1800XR subwoofer.
CD Player/DAC: Sony CDP-CX300 cd player/changer.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Goertz MI-2 biwire (front center).
Tara Klara double run (rear).
Harmonic Technology Precision Links.
Harmonic Technology Crystal Video.
Monster M550i.
Monster 1000 Silver Video.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Stax Lambda Pro and Sigma headphones.
Stax SRM-1 amp.
Costco industrial steel rack.
Tweaks: Bedding foam on walls for reflection suppression.
Paradigm X-30 for subwoofer control.
Room Size (LxWxH): 15 x 12 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: First order reflections are damped by bedding foam on walls, removing orchestral congestion at higher volumes. Sound wave diffractions off of TV are minimized by pulling Concertos in front of the TV plane, significantly improving the audio image.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock (classical and alternative), Jazz, Classical.
System Goals/Comments:
System Strengths: Thors breathe wonderful music: intimate, holographic, transparent, rich with delicate decays of notes, very crisp and quick. Imaging is surprisingly good despite the TV rack in the center.
System Weaknesses: Did I mention the TV rack in the center :-)?
ATI acceptable for home theater, but still scratchy, veiled, and fuzzy.
Thor finesse lacks punch of solid state monozillas.
Classe DACs are not state of art, much below the resolution of Thor.
Cables might be silver.
Concerto tweeters thin and vague.
Velodyne awesome for home theater, muddy for serious stereo.
Do I need more tweaks: cable lifters, amp racks, etc. etc?
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Panasonic SF10 tv.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVP-CX850D dvd player/changer.
JVC HRS7200 vcr.
Mitsubishi 67U vcr.
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