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Pi 's Audio/Home Theater System
IP Address: Last Update: November 09, 2008 at 06:01:20
Amplifier: Pioneer Elite VSX-03TXH (7.1) / NHT SA1(Sub Amp)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): same as amp
Speakers: Swans Diva 5.1-front mains
Swans Diva C3
Swans Diva R3
Jamo Cornet 40 - for 7.1 movies (looking for Diva 2.1 or 3.1)
Design Acoustic PS-SW
CD Player/DAC: OPPO DV-980H (feeding DSD direct via HDMI)
Turntable/Phono Stage: Thorens TD 280 MKIV / NAD PP-1 / Audio Tecnica AT 440 ML
Other Source(s): Scientific Atlanta 8300HD
Computer (entire library [lossless], other than SACD sent via optical)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Bluejean cable HDMI and optical
Vampire Wire from TT to PP-1
Canare Star cable for front 3 channels, and Bluejean (Beldon) to the rears
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Power conditioner: Monster Cable HTS-2000; Audio rack: VTI BL404 (each shelf isolated from each frame by spikes)
Room Size (LxWxH): 23' x 11' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: I have material on order to construct acoustic panels (an update will follow)
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): As far as genre goes it's very simple, all except pop and country(although SOME older country was OK). To show that variety, here are some examples: Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Happy Rhodes, Duke Ellington, Faith No More, Syravinsky, Tom Waits, Andreas Vollenweider, Tool, Allman Bros. Band, Doug MacLeod, Dire Straits/ Mark Knoffler, Fishbone, Jimmy Rogers, Keb Mo, and, well, I'm leaving out SO much that I enjoy just as much as everything listed above, but I think you get the point.
System Goals/Comments: My only goal is to make the system musical. The system means nothing if it doesn't draw you deeper into the music. Set-up! The gear means nothing, if it's not set up correctly.
System Strengths: Excellent clarity and imaging for this price.
System Weaknesses: The sub. But it is only used for movies.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: sony KP51WS510 wide screen hi-def
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Stated above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): All home theatre speakers are listed in the speaker section above.
Sources (DVD/VCR): OPPO DV-980H; VCR: Philips VR988/50(S-VHS)
Other HT Gear: Listed above
Comments on HT System: I enjoy my current system as much for movies as I do for music (although I listen to far more music).
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: In addition to my love of audio, I am a two-time champion in the Solo II division of the SCCA(Sports Car Club of America). My most recent interest is dabling in photography.

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