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JD3's Martin Logan SL3 - NHT Sub Two Stereo System
Last Update: September 08, 2006 at 07:35:17 IP Address:
Amplifier: 2 Aragon Palladium
mono blocks rated at 400 watts into 8 ohms (5Hz-20kHz)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio Research LS16
vacuum tube stereo line
Speakers: 2 Martin Logan SL3
2 way 1 x 4 ft electrostatic panel hybrid with 10 inch woofer at 89 dB

2 NHT Sub Two / Controller
dual 10 inch subwoofers with Sunfire 500 watt amp, down to 21 Hz
CD Player/DAC: Sony XA7ES
balance/RCA/coaxial/toslink CD player
Turntable/Phono Stage: Grado Sonata
nude elliptical diamond cartridge

Rega Planar 3
turntable with Cardas wire upgrade & RCA termial

Aragon 47K
phono pre-amp
Other Source(s): Pioneer Elite PDR-19RW
CD recorder

Yamaha TX-400U
AM/FM tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: 2 Synergistic Research Resolution Reference .5 Active Shield speaker cable 6 ft for upper 1 x 4 electrostatic panels
2 Synergistic Research Signature 10 Active Shield speaker cable 6 ft for bottom 10 inch woofers
Synergistic Research Resolution Reference Digital Active Shield Coaxial 1 meter
Sony XA7ES CD player to current DAC experiment
Tributaries Toslink 1 meter
Sony XA7ES CD player to Pioneer Elite PDR-19RW CD recorder
2 Harmonic Technology Crystal Silver phono cable 1 meter
Rega Planar 3 turntable to Aragon 47K phono pre-amp
2 Harmonic Technology Pro-Silway MK II balance 1 meter
Sony XA7ES CD player to Audio Research LS16 pre-amp
2 Harmonic Technology Pro-Silway MK II balance 2 meters
Audio Research LS16 pre-amp to 2 Aragon Palladium mono blocks
2 Harmonic Technology Precision-Link RCA 1 meter
Yamaha TX-400U AM/FM tuner to Audio Research LS16 pre-amp
8 Harmonic Technology Truth-Link RCA 1 meter
all remaining analog inputs & outputs
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Richard Gray RGPC400
line enhancement

PS Audio Juice Bar
6 socket power strip

Synergistic Research Reference Master Coupler
from Richard Gray RGPC400 to Audio Research LS16 pre-amp

6 Synergistic Research Master Couplers
from 3 wall sockets to 2 Aragon Palladium mono blocks, 2 NHT Sub Two Subs, & to Richard Gray Gray RGPC400 to PS Audio Juice Bar

Sennheiser HD-600
Tweaks: Rega Planar 3 turntable is upgaded with Cardas wires from cartridge to a RCA out box

& has a Extreme Phono None Felt Mat

2 Martin Logan SL3 rear spikes are adjusted to make electrostatic panels perpendicular to floor

Clear tape in back of electrostatic panels, on top of woofer enclosure for cat protection. Yes, it works :)

8 MMF Music Hall Cable Elevators Plus to uplift the Synergistic Research speaker cables off the floor & away from the power cords

2 NHT Sub Two's are set at opposite corners of the listening room to fill in the 'Presence' of the music

AudioPrism Waveguides on the speaker power cords

Room Size (LxWxH): 18.2 ft x 16 ft x (8 to 20 ft)
Room Comments/Treatments: Full View of Stereo

Main speakers placed 4 ft away from south standard 8 ft tall wall facing north to 20 ft tall stairway

Concrete floor with full carpet

Wall Carpet in the middle of the south back wall behind the stereo (need to hang)

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Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Broadway, Classical, Film Scores, Folk, Jazz, Rock, Opera, & World. In other words: almost everything but bubble gum, extreme pop, ultra negative, or rap
Last count: 1800 CD's, 2 CD-Circle Surround's, 5 24/96 DAD's, 10 DTS-CD's, 100 DVD's, 700 LP's, & 70 SACD's
System Goals/Comments: Full range detail with good transparency, sweet mid/highs due to the 2 electrostatic panels, & a tight clear bottom end due to the 6 ten inch woofers
System Strengths: Same as above
System Weaknesses: The Martin Logan SL3 speakers are an electrostatic panel hybrid which can limit the musical soundstage to either a small to mid-size sweet spot depending on the room acoustics. I have opened up the soundstage by placing 2 subs at the corner postions of the listening room. During listening sections, I toe-in the speakers a few inches to focus on the detail of the music, but if I walk around the house or out in the yard, I turn the speakers parallel with the back south wall to fill the house with music
Video/HT System: Separate
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Sony 42 Flat Plasma HDTV

Sony SAT-HD100
SAT/antenna HD processor
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Placette Audio Remote Control Volume
125 step attenuator with audio by-pass

Aragon 8008BB
dual mono amp rated at 200 watts into 8 ohms (5Hz-20kHz)

Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): NHT VS-2a
center/rear speakers with Two 5.25' woofers, 1' fluid cooled dome tweeter (video shielded) 75Hz to 21KHz +/-3dB at 88dB

NHT Sub Two
from stereo (Yes, I move sub from the other room)
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVP-9000ES
progressive-scan DVD/CD/SACD player

Pioneer DVL-919
CD/DVD/LD player

Sony SLV-998HF
VCR player (I never use it)
Comments on HT System: Good sound for the money but I rather fine-tune the stereo
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Theology, Philosophy, History, Music, & Art
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