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rico's Home Theater for Music and Movies System
IP Address: Last Update: September 23, 2007 at 11:37:39
Amplifier: Sherbourn 5/5210A 5-Channel Amplifier (using only four channels, phantom center and phantom rear center). 300 wpc into 4 ohms.
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Adcom 565 (for phono/tuner/tape) then along with video into an NAD T163 pre/pro.
Speakers: All Magnepan. Four 1.6's are on sand filled MYE stands. All Maggies are 4 ohm speakers and demand tons of power and current.
CD Player/DAC: I use the Panasonic DVD playyer listed below to play CDs. I use 88.2 sampling set to the second option ("Jazz")and the DVD's "Audio Only" option.
Turntable/Phono Stage: AR TT, Linn Ekos Tonearm, Clearaudio Aurum Beta S. For 78's, a Thorens TD-160 w/ Grado cart. All into the 565 pre-amp.
Other Source(s): Nakamichi cassette tape deck. Pioneer CLD-95 Laserdisc player. Panasonic XP-50 progressive scan DVD player. SONY Hi Def RPTV ISF calibrated by the top ISF guru for both 6500K and 5400K gray scale (the latter for black and white material)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster Cable (the 1.6's are bi-wired).
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Custom shelving for tuner/pre-amp/tape deck.
Tweaks: TT is Blue Taked to a Tranquility Base which sits on three tennis balls. Records clamped to a laserdisc for a platter.
Room Size (LxWxH): 18' x 13' x 8'
Room Comments/Treatments: I use a variety of large silk plants for both asthetics and to diffuse the sound. Also a large oriental carpet over wall to wall berber. The 800 Laserdiscs and the 5000
lps serve as further dampers.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 100 years of jazz (4000 records/tapes/CDs).
400 years of classical (1000 of each). Plus etc.I listen to all stereo sources (LP, tape, LD, FM, cable TV, and those DVDs in plain stereo) in Dolby Pro Logic II Movie for films and Musics for music.
System Goals/Comments: Musical timbre most important. Understandable dialogue next in line.
System Strengths: Goals largely achieved.
System Weaknesses: Would like the larger Maggie 3.6 for more resolution but can't afford them. Maggie speakers are large.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: 51' Hi Def SONY RPTV.
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: As above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): As above.
Sources (DVD/VCR): DVD As above. A Hitachi VCR is available if ever needed.
Other HT Gear: 800 films on laserdisc. 800 films on DVD.
Comments on HT System: Because it is set up for musical timbre the movies also sound great.
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Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Reading, walking, jazz, movies, fine dining, cooking, and my cat, Coltrane. I am retired. I( volunteer as a jazz DJ at WOMR-FM, 92.1 on Cape Cod or www.womr.org anywhere else"Jazz with Rico").

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