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audioNeil's Revel Ultima Studio music and HT System
IP Address: Last Update: April 03, 2012 at 22:24:56
Amplifier: Linar 250i stereo amp (Mosfet version). 150W into 8 Ohms, 300W into 4 ohms.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Placette Passive Linestage. 2 stereo inputs with volume control, and 1 Home-Theatre bypass.
Speakers: Revel Ultima Studio.
CD Player/DAC: Onkyo HD805 HD-DVD player as transport to a Bryston BDA-1 DAC.
Turntable/Phono Stage: VPI scoutmaster (upgraded from scout, but still with scout plinth. Black version of platter), Benz L2 cartridge. VPI JMW-9 Signature armtube with nordost wiring. Also use VPI ring clamp and center weight, and the SDS power supply/speed control. Phone preamp is Graham Slee Reflex, and Elevator EXP. Phono cable is currently Harmonic Technology Magic-Link One.

A homebuilt sandbox, with squash-ball isolation feet, sits under the turntable, improving soundstange, detail, and transient decay.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber Bifocal XL (4m) speaker cable. Harmonic Technology Cyber-Link Platinum digital interconnect (1m). Harmonic Tech Pro-Silway MkII, mkIII, and Magic-One RCA interconnects.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): API Powerwedge 116 MkII power conditioner, has outlets for sources and amps. Also use API Power Enhancer I, a parallel filter.
Tweaks: VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machine.
Room Size (LxWxH): 18 x 22 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: Foam noodle diffuser covered in fabric to outside of one speaker, to stop echo off a fireplace.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical (baroque preferred). Folk. New-age. Choral. Some Jazz. Occasional pop (Alan Parsons Project, Boston, Andrea Bocelli, Aselin Debison).
System Goals/Comments: I want a clear window into the music. Good soundstage is a must, as is good transient reproduction. I can't stand hashy highs -- so the highs have to be crystal clear and smooth. I listen to vinyl mostly right now, but am going to get into hard-drive music.
System Strengths: Very clear and dynamic sound, even at low volumes.
System Weaknesses: Lowest bass octave is slightly weak.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Pioneer Elite Pro-150FD 1920x1080 60" HDTV (the best consumer tv you can buy as of the beginning of 2008!)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Anthem Statement D1 pre/pro (routes through Placette Passive Pre's HT bypass). Linar 5x150 Amplifier. Together with stereo mains, make a 7.1 system.
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Revel Ultima Voice center, Nautilus SCM-1 sides, and 2 B&W CDM-SNT rears. Rears use Monster HPXP speaker cable, sides and center use Audioquest Slate cable. Paradigm PW2200 sub for HT, but not used for stereo.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Onkyo HD805 HD-DVD player, running analog 5.1 outputs to the pre/pro. This way I get the Dolby TrueHD.
Other HT Gear: Sony BluRay for movies.
Comments on HT System: Sound is excellent!
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Astronomy, golf

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