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JDN 's Luxman mid 80's Seperates System
Last Update: April 24, 2005 at 21:17:50 IP Address:
Amplifier: Indoors: 1 Luxman M-02 Amp 150 watts ea channel @ 8 ohms for Stereo Listening

1 Additional Luxman M-02 for rear channels when in Theater surround sound mode.

Outdoors Sansui AU-9500 (70's vintage) 85 Watts per channel wired from the rec out from the Luxman Pre-amp.

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Luxman C-02 With adjustable phono inputs and phono straight bypass
Speakers: Indoor Speakers: 2 Merlin 4B 5 drivers ea @ 4 ohms 92 db, 30hz-32khz 2db, Min 50 watts, Max 200 watts continous, 800 watts peak Dimensions 65' h, 13' W, 16' D, Weight 170 lbs Ea., 2 X Pearless 8" polycone Woofers, 2 X 4" 10MD39 mid range, 1 X MDT28 Tweeter, ea speaker.

Outdoor Speakers: 2 Bose 251 100 Watts Continous @ 6 ohms, 2 X 2/12' Twiddler Drivers, 1 X 5 1/2' Woofer per speaker 13 1/2' H 5 3/4' W 8' D

CD Player/DAC: Pioneer Elite 919 Combo Laser Disc, DVD, CD Player

Dac In The Box

Dac In the Box Digital Transmisiion Interface

Turntable/Phono Stage: Music Hall MMF-5 w/ Audio Technica 0C9ML/II Cart

Use Luxman C-02 Pre-amps Built in Phono Stage set for MC Med position

Extreme Phono Donut none felt platter pad

Other Source(s): Soundblaster Audigy 2 Computer connected for replay and archiving of vinyl at 9600 24 bit when casual listening.
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Kimber Cable 8TC Speaker Cables, Audioquest Diamond Back 1 meter between Pre-amp and amps, Original cut to fit 80's Clear Orange thick Monster Cable between CD and Pre-amp
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Custom built Stereo wall with walk in closet behind same for easy wiring of interconnects and speaker wiring. (See WEB Site)
Tweaks: Tip Toes for Merlin Speakers, Extreme phono Donut None Felt pad

Disk Doctor Record Cleaner, and brushes

Home modifed Genie small Vaccuum for cleaning of records

Room Size (LxWxH): 25 x 15 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: No treatment, except for Carpeted floor, Acoustic Ceiling, and old unplayable vinyl displayed on walls, and old covers. (Its our new look)

Found bass response cleanest w/ speakers 1/5 of the way in to room. 1/3 of the way in to the room did not meet WAF specifications. Speakers on the 25' wall Couch up against back wall. Not ideal but WAF (Wife Approved Format)

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classic Rock, Mofi Steely Dan Asia, MoFi Eric Clapton Slowhand used as references
System Goals/Comments: Would like to enter the SCACD, DVD Audio world, but not sure I am in to surround for music, as the cost of Speakers to work with the Merlins are way out of my price range at the current time. And as I have already experienced affordable speakers do not intermix well, and my expectations are too high.
System Strengths: Plenty of head room, Great imaging, Speakers love vinyl, Can listen to vinyl for long periods with out fatigue.
System Weaknesses: Very revealing on low quality recordings. Speakers love vinyl, Reveals the difficiency in CD recordings especially accurate symbols representation etc.

Subwoofer really cannot go much lower than merlins already go, So is used very sparingly just to add a little room feel to the room, and not actually loud enough to interfere. Sub is placed in a corner on same wall as listener as Is not powerful enough to be across the room with the Merlins. Therefore its important not to allow the sub to go to loud as to bring attention to itself.

Rear Projection TV between Speakers. (Effects sound reflections slightly) and believed if TV was not between speakers imaging would be incredible, as its already great.

Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: Pioneer SDP-501 rear projection 50'
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Fosgate Audionics DSL2 Pro logic

Rear Channels Additional Luxman M-02 amp

Center Channel Sansui 7070 45 Watt per channel at 8 ohms (80's Vintage).

Exotix S90 sub woofer amplifier with 125 / 75 crosover switch.

Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Signet Center Channel VLC266B

Exotix 10' Sub Woofer down firing table style

Fosgate 6 1/2' 2 way in Wall Rear Surruonds

None of the surround or center channel speakers can compete with the Merlins however. This is blessing and a curse, as none of these speakers will interact with the Merlins properly. The Merlins are light years ahead in terms of imaging and detailed sound quality.

Sources (DVD/VCR): DVD, Laserdisc, VCR
Other HT Gear: Direct TV
Comments on HT System: Was good in its day, but prefer to spend my time in the 2 channel Stereo World. Not willing to spend the money again just to keep up. It seems the Merlins can image a center channel better than the Signet can produce one.

They also produce amazing out of phase surround results, maybe better than my rear channels can at times. When by myself use 2 channel for video watching, When others are around I switch on the surround sound set up, as not everyone can be in the correct imaging sitting area.

URL Link: http://home.earthlink.net/~jnhvac/myaudiophotoalbum/
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Listening, Electronics, Computers, Riding Quads in the desert, Boating and Wave Runners

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