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matt67bianco's eBay/Circuit City/Best Buy/Ultimate Electronics Budget Audio/Video System
Last Update: September 29, 2006 at 13:08:01 IP Address:
Amplifier: Pioneer VSX3800 Dolby Surround 100 w/ch

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): No preamp, but an Optimus 10 Band EQ w/IMX enhanced stereo image expander
Speakers: Axiom M3ti (pair),Velodyne CHT-8 Sub.
CD Player/DAC: Sony RCD W50C CD 6-disc Changer/Recorder-burner single transport

Technics SL PD987 5 Disc Rotary/Carousel changer(w/pitch adjust control)

Turntable/Phono Stage:

Denon DP 59L w/Denon DL 110 MC cart.

Denon DP 47F w/AT 440ML cart.

JVC QL Y66F w/Shure V15VxMR cart.

JVC QL Y55F w/Grado Prestige Blue series cart.

Technics SL1600 MK2-Customized mods and refurbished by VA inmate Scottrt:Cardas tonearm wiring,special wrap dampening tonearm material,customized automotive high gloss black paint finish,1200 MK2 new dustcover,aftermarket audiophile RCA cables.

Technics SL 5300 w/Audio Technica 440ML

(2)Technics SL Q3 w/AT 440ML

Technics SL Q303 (no cart,in storage)

Other Source(s): To play my 'vast' collection of 20-25 pre-recorded cassettes, Sony TC WE835S Cassette Deck (handheld remote control,full logic,Dolby S,favorite track pogramability,pitch adj.,superfast rewind/ff mode).Yeah, I'm a bells and whistles /gadgets kinda guy---only if the bells & whistles really work !...

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Monster XP speaker cables,Monster cable from Kenwood digital receiver to sub.,Monster Fibre Opt. cable for Dolby Digital and DTS from dvd player to Kenwood receiver
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): (2) Lucent Technologies Surge Protector power boxes/strips
Tweaks: (minimal tweaks)Adding Optimus EQ, placing sub in corner of room for increased bass output.Other than that, nothing really technical or any DIY turntable projects. Maybe in the near future!
Room Comments/Treatments: Placing area rug, mats, strategically to dampen any unwanted resonances and for better acoustics (but not too much, don't want to completely 'deaden' the music or room !).
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Rock,70's Classic Rock,50's Rock & Roll,60's Motown sound, Doo Wop and more Rock also from 60's,R&B,Soul,Funk,Disco,some Pop,New Age,Classical,Big Band,Jazz,Acoustical,Soundtracks, Latin, Spanish,World Beat, Reggae,Ska,some 80's New Wave,European Pop imports,Country ( I think I covered everything)...
System Goals/Comments: Get back into the 3-way tower speaker arena !!, Denon DP 59L TT,get a black Technics SL 1200MK2 or MK5 OR a customized full auto 1600 MK2,get a dedicated speaker surround setup for the Kenwood DD/DTS/THX receiver,VPI Record Cleaning Machine
System Strengths: Axiom speakers (for their size anyways),Velodyne sub,Technics SL5300 'table,JVC QL Y66F with Shure cart.Out of ALL turntables I have ever owned,including Technics 1200 M3D, the Technics SL 5300 D.D. Quartz is the most musical and involving 'table ( who'd think a 1979 funky looking molded plastic top plinth with die-cast metal botton TT would sound so damn good!).Even the JVC tables play just a little too soft for my musical tastes...Clean and great low end bass from the Velodyne sub.Axioms sound pretty accurate to these ears. Shure cartridge on the JVC 'table is a phenomenal sounding and tracing cart! Technics SL Q3 sounds pretty good,clean tight sound (almost digital sounding) and is a very well damped.anti-vibration table, BUT not as 'vinylly musical or open' as the older SL 5300.

Recently acquired a Denon DP 59L-The high quality and anti-resonant plinth offers a refined sound previously a bit lacking in my 2 JVC turntables.The Denon has a very quiet motor/bearing/platter system w/dead accurate Quartz speed lock...The refurbed-modded Technics 1600 MK2 offers wonderful and ultra smooth full automation arm features and the Cardas tonearm wiring offers a clean soundstage with focused and deep bass,punchy mids, and crisp and clear high freqs.It is basically a modded,fully automated brother of the manual operated DJ 1200 'table.IMHO, in a more attractive plinth as well.1600 has dual suspension/anti-resonant plinth! Truly, a remarkable and a blast to use and LISTEN to!!

System Weaknesses: None that are glaringly obvious or that would impede or disturb my overall listening pleasure !! The JVC servo arm/simulated rosewood tables are not as well damped as the Technics w/ regards to vibrations from speakers.Those I will definitely tweak for better isolation!
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: RCA 27' Color Track XS Stereo surround
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Kenwood VR6070 6.1 Dolby Digital/DTS THX Certified
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Optimus Ctr.Channel w/Linaeum 180 Dispersion Ribbon Tweeter 160 Watts, Velodyne CHT-8 @350 watts, Axioms get switched over from the Pioneer to Kenwood when watching DVDs.
Sources (DVD/VCR): JVC XV-SA75GD DVD Audio/Video Player

Philips S-VHS-Hi-Fi VCR

Other HT Gear: not really HT gear but the second Technics SL Q3 turntable is connected to the Kenwood receiver's Phono input section
Comments on HT System: Currently lacks rear surround speakers, third rear speaker for the full out 6.1 surround effects,will also need to buy dedicated L&R front speakers!Would like to upgrade the center channel...However vinyl is my primary joy.Not very fascinated with DVD Audio surround and I hardly ever watch DVD's---therefore, an urgent immediacy for complete surround is not a priority. Had the complete surround setup before, but blew out pair of Cerwin Vegas RE-30's and pair of Infinity IL-10's.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Writing reviews/critiques for music, movies for a certain online shopping website(can\\\\'t any of you tell by now I like to WRITE/type)! Portrait and caricature artist, hanging out w/family and w/friends(sharing some brewskies,clean and filthy jokes and good times and great convos), gardening & landscaping,a little home maintenance,upkeep,installing light fixtures and ceiling fans,spackling,painting.Plumbing I will not do ! Don\\\\'t ask.

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