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Dr.Jazz's Dr. Jazz's Mags System
IP Address: Last Update: April 30, 2011 at 09:35:47
Amplifier: Two Ayre V1xe -- in Black (200W/8; 400/4)

California Audio Labs 2500 MCA (500w x 5; 3 large power supplies; run in 2 & 3 channel mode (others off) 500w/8ohm, 1000w/4) and 4 & 5 channel mode, 500w/8, 750w/4 ohm. 148lb in it's crate)

Playing with ACTIVE BIAMPING. Currently using one Ayre on top and Cal on bottom. Initially tried Behringer - great way to start as it is digital and easy to plug in ANY crossover combos. But sound though improved in many ways, imparted a digital sound to some instruments. Upgraded to PASS LABS XVR1 -- What a difference !!
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Ayre K1xe with Phono - in Black
Speakers: Magnepan 20.1s fronts
Magnepan 1.6qr rears
Velodyne HSG-15 (only for HT)
CD Player/DAC: Ayre C5-xeMP
Arcam FMJ DV27A - DVD, DVD-A, CD
Turntable/Phono Stage: Audio-Technica AT-PL120 Professional Direct-Drive Turntable with Shure M97xE High-Performance Magnetic Phono Cartridge
Other Source(s): Pioneer DVL 700 -- DVD/ LASER DISC (96hz/20bit DAC)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: SCs: Synergistic Research Alpha Quad X2 Active (speakon neutrix to bi-wire bananna)
ICs: Full Balanced Nordost, Red Dawn & Blue Heaven
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): PS Audio Power Director 3.5 (3 isolated High Current Ultimate Outlets in one); PowerPort wall outlets; 2 Dedicated 20 Amp lines, 1 for amp, 1 for PD
Tweaks: Mye Stands for 20.1s on spikes; Cardas Maggie connectors from speakers to Crossovers; 55lb custom 11" x 26" marble slab on top of back of mye stands;
Room Size (LxWxH): 20'4' x 18'6' x 7'8' to 11'6' peaked center
Room Comments/Treatments: Removed all between 20.1s on long wall, except a retractable 80'x60' Draper screen; Front wall blanket over brick wall; 20.1s from center of the speaker are 5'4' from front wall, 4'4' from side walls, tweeters IN, ~ 10'6' from ceneter to center and from speaker to my head. Slight 1' toe in.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz - acoustic small group - esp Trumpet/Guitar/Bass combo's (Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard)
System Goals/Comments: Setup for 2ch listening, occasionally used for HT.
Reproduction of acoustic 'live small group jazz' with depth and instrument separation - like a front row seat
System Strengths: Great soundstage width with improved depth since adding 20.1s, great imaging, good dynamics - Base that will thump your chest !!
System Weaknesses: Central Imaging depth could be better at times
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Ceiling mounted Sony Cineza HS20
Retractable 92' Diagonal (80'x60') Draper Screen
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Same above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Same above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Cox Cable HDTV / DVD Recorder (Unplugged during 2 Ch / MC use) + Same above
Comments on HT System: Awesome Soundstage and Audio !!
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Physician; ND 93'; exTrumpet Player from family of professional musicians

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