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rockymttn's Almost There System
Last Update: April 14, 2003 at 08:34:15 IP Address:
Amplifier: Thor Audio TPA-30, 30 watt tube monoblocks
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Thor Audio TA-1000 tube w/nos tubes
Speakers: Kharma Ceramique 1.0 90 dB/W/m
CD Player/DAC: Oracle CD-2000 transport/ Wadia 25 DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Oracle Delphi II w/upgraded suspension towers and springs, DIY battery power supply, Rega RB-1000 tonearm, Clearaudio Virtuoso Wood cartridge, EAR 834p phono stage with upgraded caps and nos tubes
Other Source(s): Adcom tuner
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Acoustic Zen Hologram
Acoustic Zen Matrix Ref/Pure Note Epsilon
Ultra Resolution Tech. Translite AT&T glass fiber optic cable
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Panamax 5300, Bell'oggette audio rack(Has high wife appeal)
Tweaks: BDR Cones,Rock maple blocks for amp stands
Audiodyne Powertrap AC cords,Audio Magic Spellcaster AC cord
Room Size (LxWxH): 14 ft. x 21 ft. x 9 ft.
Room Comments/Treatments: Have rugs hanging on wall behind speakers
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Hard to pick a genre. Example of artists: Laurie Anderson, Leonard Cohen, Dead Can Dance, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovette, Diana Krall, Patricia Barber, J.T.,Dire Straits, E. Clapton, Rickie Lee Jones, Art of Noise , listen to some classical and still listen to 70's rock.
System Goals/Comments: To produce a sound that makes me listen to the music and not the details.
System Strengths: Very deep soundstage with analog and deep soundstage with cd. Exceptional imaging on digital and analog. For relatively large speakers, they simply dissappear. Smooth transition from low bass to high end. No harshness when listening to most redbook cd's.
System Weaknesses: Phono preamp isn't as quiet as I would like.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: NEC VT-440 LCD projector/100" fixed screen
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Pioneer SP-99D processor
Rotel 976 Three channel amp
NYAL Moscode 300
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Monsoon FPF-1600 main speakers
Magnepan MGCC center channel
Infinity ceiling mount rear channel
Mirage BPS 150i sub
Sources (DVD/VCR): Sony DVP-S7000
Direct TV
Other HT Gear: Panamax 1000 Surge Supressor
Comments on HT System: Not the ultimate, but very good for movies and sports, etc. Very dynamic.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Mountain Biking, Snowboarding

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