Audio Asylum Inmate Charles Houston's Home Theater #1 System

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Charles Houston's Home Theater #1 System
Last Update: October 31, 2000 at 17:10:54 IP Address:
Amplifier: Pathos Twin Towers integrated for front L+R.
Krell KAV500/5 for center, sides and surrounds
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Lexicon MC-1
Speakers: Kharma Ceramique 2.0 front L+R. EgglestonAndra center channel. Four Triad In-Wall Golds for side and rear surrounds, mounted in ceiling. Two Carver Sunfire Signature subs.
CD Player/DAC:
NAD 515 CD changer
Turntable/Phono Stage: Denon DP-47F with Grado cartridge
Other Source(s): Rotel tuner
Pioneer cassette player
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Various, including Straightline Black Silk
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Power Wedge. MIT Z-cords. Custom cabinetry.
Tweaks: They may come later.
Room Size (LxWxH): 45 x 30 x 11.5
Room Comments/Treatments: BIG room. Tons of glass. Yet acoustics in seating area may be satisfactory due to oriental rugs, lots of art, larger sofas, etc. Ceiling is finishe with patterns of moldings to reduce standing waves.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): This is a multi-purpose room (living room, parties, theater) so the preferred music is usually something in the background or somewthing danceable.
System Goals/Comments: After the cabinetry arrived, the sound finally snapped into place. I have not yet spent a lot of time critically listening, but it's good in two-channel. It also sounds great when I used the oft-praised Lexicon Logic 7 circuit.
System Strengths: Good quality gear. Flexible. Great front spakers.
System Weaknesses: I need a better CD source than the NAD changer or the Toshiba DVD set.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Pioneer Elite PRO 710HD
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: see above
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): see above
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba SD 5109 DVD player
DishNetwork DBS
Other HT Gear: Using DISH Network box for HD sources.
Comments on HT System: Lots of ambient light ruled out front projectors. The Pioneer Elite is superb. The smartest purchase was a pair of very comfortable sofas with relatively low arms. That way my wife and I can each sprawl while we watch.

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