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Frank_F9's Home Theater/Vinyl Setup System
Last Update: May 14, 2003 at 14:36:00 IP Address:
Amplifier: Denon AVR-2800 [desperately need to upgrade]
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Counterpoint SA 3.1 used as phono-amp.
Speakers: Klipsch RB-5 bookshelves on Sanus Steel foundations stands (filled with sand) fronts with a Paradigm PW-2200 subwoofer. Matching RB-5s for rear speakers, and a big RC-7 as the center.
CD Player/DAC: Panasonic DVD player using DAC in receiver [need upgrade]. Lately I have been thinking about a Sony SACD player, but there is so little software. This is by far the weakest part of my system.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Music Hall MMF-5, upgraded with 1042 stylus, on a homemade platform/Counterpoint SA 3.1 preamp upgraded with Auricaps and better tubes [excellent].

Recently replaced the Goldring 1042 with a new SHURE v15. I like its exceptional tracking ability, and lack of inner groove distortion. It doesn't seem as warm as the Goldring, but seems just as detailed, and it rides much higher. The Goldring would sometimes bottom out on me and I was always playing with the VTA. The Shure is still breaking-in. I think they are both very good sounding cartridges.

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Audioquest Type 6, biwired. JPS Labs UltraConductor interconnects.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster HTS 2100 power strip/surge protector/power conditioner, Sanus European Steel Foundations audiorack
Tweaks: Philips Pronto TSU2000 remote
Room Size (LxWxH): 32 x [16 / 12] x 7'8"
Room Comments/Treatments: Room dimensions are not ideal, but the layout is good. Seating distance is about 12 feet from the front wall.

Built Jon Risch style accoustical panels, and placed them behind the front speakers, but they were too effective. I now realized that my room was already well damped. I'm still using one to correct the rooms slight L-shape.

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Indie/Alternative:

The Flaming Lips! Pavement! Billy Bragg, Elliot Smith, Wilco, Stereolab, Mercury Rev, Bjork, Luna, Komeda, Air, Tahiti 80, Built To Spill, Yo La Tango, Radiohead, Cat Power, Silver Jews

Reggae: Bob Marley! Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer

Classic Soul:

Sam Cooke! Otis Redding.

Classic Rock:

Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Police, Peter Gabriel


John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Art Blakely

System Goals/Comments: I was very HT obsessed until April 2002, when I bought my first and only TT. I never anticipated just how slippery the slippery slope of vinyl is or how much I would enjoy it. I, my wife, and my friends are very amused by my vinyl rituals.

My goal in life is to find the perfect turntable mat material.

System Strengths: The system is well matched and offers very good performance for the price. My vinyl playback is very satisfying.
System Weaknesses: CD playback is nearly intolerable, my CDs go unplayed. The receiver needs to be replaced, but I haven't decided what's next. The Klipsch RB-5s are 94db efficient, and I have been thinking about using a lower wattage (25 or more) tube amp to drive them (like a quicksilver or rogue unit), and an external DAC, but... a used B & K receiver would offer the best performance for the dollar and would reduce complexities involved with running two systems off of the same front speakers, since I would still need to be able to do HT. HT makes the entire system wife-acceptible.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Toshiba 36 inch
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): above
Sources (DVD/VCR): above
Comments on HT System: HT performance is very good. While I will always have the desire to upgrade my stereo components, the sound of my HT rocks.

I want to replace the TV with a DLP hi-def front projector when they come down in price.

A large rear projection TV, might hurt the sound.

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