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DougX's Mid-Fi Mess System
Last Update: July 24, 2000 at 19:20:14 IP Address:
Amplifier: Carver AVR 100 receiver (c. 1990, 150 wpc, matrix surround, not HT)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): McCormack "Mod Squad" (passive)(for digital path out to Carver "main in")
Speakers: Silverline Sonatina (3-way: dome tweeter and midrange, (2) 6" woofers; 8 ohm, 93 dB sensitivity, 38h x 8w x 12d). Surrounds (not activated for digital): EPI "50"s - from my first system, in 1973!
CD Player/DAC: Sony CDP-CE505 changer, optical out to Adcom GDA 600 DAC
Turntable/Phono Stage: Dual CS 5000, Ortofon X3 MC
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Silverline Audio Technology, Inc. speaker cable (tri-strand); Apature interconnects
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Panamax Max 1000+
Tweaks: Electro-Voice Interface: A, Series III speaker system active equalizer (in main-in path). This is probably temporary, as it's an experiment to augment bass on the Sonatinas, which are just a tad thin in my room (but that's better than many other "tubby" speakers!). It sounds pretty good, but I plan to compare it with Silverline Sonatas, which have a 10" woofer. The equalizer provides a mild contour from 100 hz down, with peak boost of 6dB at 39 hz.
Room Size (LxWxH): 24 x 16 x 8
Room Comments/Treatments: House is 1915 frame/stucco Craftsman cottage, with hardwood floors over crawlspace. Unusual extension of LR was done by enclosing old front porch and opening into LR - there is one step down, with archway overhead. Speakers are placed in this opening, approx. 11' from main listening position.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz (esp. hard bop, soul jazz/Hammond B3, and modern creative), Blues, Rock, Roots, Alternative/Indy Rock, Folk, Pop, Classical (symphonies, esp. Nielsen, Bruckner, Shostakovich, Prokofiev)
System Goals/Comments: Play loud, not fatigue or be boomy; make big and transparent soundstage. Also ability to delete tracks from CDs, incl. in random mode, which is why I have the Sony changer. Oh, and the most important thing: Impress women, with as little money and effort as possible - I have a life!

Just about every electronic component I have ever had has failed, starting with my first amp, a little integrated model from Nikko. Many had to be sent back to the manufacturer for service. I wish this stuff was built a little better!

System Strengths: Speakers, passive preamp
System Weaknesses: Not sure - amp and CD/DAC probably next to upgrade
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Panasonic CT-20G30T-1 stereo TV
Sources (DVD/VCR): RCA VR674HF stereo VCR
Comments on HT System: Like having sound play through my stereo (see above), but don't seek HT "experience"
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Music (play tenor sax in local blues/rock/jazz bands), bicycling, esp. vintage bikes (3 touring; 1 road: Motobecane Grand Record all 531; 5 town/roadster; 2 mtn.; 1 folding: Bike Friday, 1 treadle drive: Alenax. 4 are Raleighs, and 5 have internal hub gears.)

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