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Arcticwolf's Solid State Serendipidy System
Last Update: October 03, 2006 at 18:37:23 IP Address:
Amplifier: Adcom GFA-5802 'gold badge' 300w./ch. @ 8ohms + 450w./ch. @ 4ohms (Nelson Pass design)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Adcom GFP-750 'gold badge' Pre-amp (Stereophile Class A)
Speakers: Front: Magnepan MG2.5R 6' planar spkrs w. true ribbon tweeters

Rear: Celestion DL-8 w. metal dome tweeters

Sub: Mirage FRX-S15 15' 18Hz powered floor-firing, twin rear ported

CD Player/DAC: Adcom GCD-750 'gold badge' HDCD w. quad differential Burr Brown 20-bit internal DACs
Turntable/Phono Stage: Rega Planar 3 with Sumiko Black Pearl cartridge, connected to Bellari VP129 tube phono stage via Audioquest Coral RCAs.
Other Source(s): Tape 1: Sony TD-K611S 'ES' Dolby S Hx Pro

Tape 2: Harmon Kardon TD-212 Dolby C

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber 8TC speaker cable

Audiotruth Emerald X3 Air Hyperlitz XLR ICs (from CDP to pre-amp & from pre-amp to amp)

Mirage FRX-S15 active 15" floor-firing LFE/sub

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster HTS-1000 Line Conditioner (amp is hooked straight into Hubbel outlet)

Home-Built double-layered Flexy rack

Topaz Line2 (will try this soon, used on PC)

Tweaks: N/A thus far
Room Comments/Treatments: I am currently in a small 2 bedroom apartment with a long, shallow living room. Less-than-ideal listening conditions but I make do. I can always move and someday will so I won't let that deprive me from having a big, bad audio system ;)
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classic and modern rock, classic R&B, blues, jazz, some classical
System Goals/Comments: Good audio on a budget along with home theatre. My goals were clean sound while still having 'punch' when desired: soft classical and quiet jazz should sound refined while still having enough power for movies like 'Das Boot' and for hard rock at concert-like levels when desired.
System Strengths: Plenty of power on tap in spite of watt-guzzling planar/ribbon speakers. Deep, broad sound stage places the band 10-15 feet from the listener. There is no replacement for displacement yet this setup still sounds quite good at tame volume levels.
System Weaknesses: Huge! Really big ribbon panel speakers requiring heavy amplification. This is one big setup - good thing I'm not married yet! Highs are detailed but could be a bit more crisp (the 'Maggies'are 80's vintage) - I'd rather this than too much brightness. AC Power in apt. is very dirty - amp chassis (not output) humming intermittently - will try isolation transformer soon. Non-optimal listening room in rented apartment.

Heavy amp puts out a lot of heat.

Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: 32" Samsung HDTV
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: HK AVR65 Receiver as rear amp + DTS proc. (with the 5802 in front I'll need more rear power)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Rear: Polk Audio mini speakers (can't remember model)

Sub: Mirage FRX-S15 15' 18Hz powered floor-firing, twin rear ported

Sources (DVD/VCR): DVD: Malata region-free 'RCE/REA OK' (note I've hooked its digital out to my Adcom GCD-750's digital in)

VCR: RCA 4 head Hi-Fi (mundane)

Comments on HT System: The sub is a full-time unit also used for audio. Its bass is fast enough to keep up with the magneplanars.

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