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|Last Update: September 30, 2006 at 02:44:12||IP Address: 22.214.171.124|
|Amplifier:||Cambridge Audio Azur 640A integrated amp. Measured at 78w rms/ch into 8 ohms. Phono stage fitted.|
|Preamplifier (or None if Integrated):||Behringer T1951 tube equalizer|
|Speakers:||Tannoy HPD385 15 inch dual concentrics in rectangular GRF enclosures 92db sensitivity. |
Fostex FT7 ribbon supertweeters fitted with Sonicap 1.33uf capacitor as 1st order crossover, 93db sensitivity with L-Pad to reduce to match speakers, biwired back to amp
Mirage BPS-150i subwoofer - 2 x 8 inch bipolar, with active 150 watt rms amp.
|CD Player/DAC:||Cambridge Audio D500SE|
|Turntable/Phono Stage:||Thorens TD320 with Ortofon VMS5E cartridge|
|Other Source(s):||Marantz 115B AM/FM tuner|
|Speaker Cables/Interconnects:||Origin Live Laminar Flow speaker cable|
Van der Hul The Bay C5 Hybrid interconnect CD to amp
Cambridge Audio Studio Reference 2 interconnects tuner and T/T to amp
|Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.):||Amp and tuner sit on CD player on cones directly on brick hearth.|
|Tweaks:||Tannoys have had internal bracing and second rear panel of 19mm pine plywood.|
3mm felt glued to compression chamber etc
All crossover capacitors changed - critical HF caps to Mundorf Silver/Oil; others to Sonicaps.
Rotary HF energy and rolloff swiches hardwired with silver-coated OFC 14awg wire.
Spring-mounted cable connectors replaced by binding posts
|Room Size (LxWxH):||6 metres x 5 metres x 4 metres|
|Room Comments/Treatments:||Sunken 1970s 'conversation pit', concrete floor with carpet, high sloping roof, raised wooden floor dining area, plasterboard/rendered brick walls/limited curtains on windows. Good balance of hard/soft; good 'non-box' shape. Speakers sit up on raised brick fireplace hearth. Overall, quite a 'live' sound.|
|Music Preferences and Comments:|
|Music Used (Genre/Selections):||Varied! Beatles/Stones, britpop, rock, country, jazz, classical, female voice, world, chill|
|System Goals/Comments:||Very listenable and non-fatiguing. Upgrading of Tannoys and addition of supertweeters made a big difference, as did earlier upgrading of CD player, addition of sub and VDH and Cambridge interconnects. Behringer tube equaliser has made a big difference with mid-bass hump from horn-loaded enclosures, Tannoy 3K peak and sibilence|
|System Strengths:||see above|
|System Weaknesses:||Tannoys would welcome more power. |
Needs a better FM aerial.
|Video/HT System: Separate|
|Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers:||Cambridge Audio A500 integrated amp - 65 wpc into 8 ohms|
|Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub):||Monitor Audio MA-202. 8 inch 2-way floor standers. Rated 15 - 100w, 90 db sensitivity. New kevlar double magnet 93db tweeters from Total Recoil and attenuated to match MA driver with Mills Resistors L-pad.|
Original Bennic HF caps changed to Sonicaps.
; re-wired internally with 14awg silver-coated OFC
Dream Acoustics 12' downward-firing 250W sub
|Sources (DVD/VCR):||Toshiba DVD/CD 24 bit|
|Comments on HT System:||Not surround sound, but very much better than the TV speakers! Plays CDs|
|URL Link: http://paulsaudio.tripod.com/|
|Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation:||Gardening, home maintenance, reading, listening to music, Meccano, home brewing, local junior football|