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Lee Metcalfe's System
Last Update: October 14, 1999 at 14:20:52 IP Address:
Amplifier: Sony STRDE925 5.1/DTS recvr, 110 wpc, all music played in straight stereo (no DSP).
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): n/a
Speakers: Klipsch Legend KLF-20 mains (bi-wired) 8 ohms, 100db, 34-20kHz, spiked through carpet to concrete floor.
CD Player/DAC: Critical listening = Toshiba SD3109 DVD/HDCD
Background = Pioneer PDF1009 300-disc changer.
Turntable/Phono Stage: Pioneer PL560 quartz-clocked phase-locked-loop direct drive TT, AT cart.
Other Source(s): Pioneer CT-1280WR dual cassette deck
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: All Monster mid-line.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): IR repeater for closed cabinet remote control, low noise cooling fan (all gear is in a furniture-type media center w/glass door).
Tweaks: I drape a down comforter over the front of the media center during critical listening sessions for better imaging and soundstage. Speakers are positioned by Cardas formula on either side of the media center.
Room Size (LxWxH): 19.5' x 16.5' x 9.5'
Room Comments/Treatments: Back wall (behind listening position) is an open stairwell up to main living area...BIG bass trap!
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): 50% "smooth" jazz, 20% small jazz and R&B, 20% classical, 10% mid-60s to mid-80s soft and pop rock.
System Goals/Comments: System was intended primarily for HT. Plan to assemble a separate music system in near future.
System Strengths: Great for HT, OK for most music.
System Weaknesses: Marginal for some music: system is bright, sometimes shouty, piano and female vocals sometimes harsh.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Toshiba CN36H97 Cinema Series 36 direct view TV
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Sony STRDE925 5.1/DTS recvr
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Klipsch Legend KLF-C7 center, KSP-S6 surrounds, KSW-200 sub
Sources (DVD/VCR): Toshiba SD-3109 DVD
Panasonic PV-S7680 S-VHS vcr
Other HT Gear: Custom-built multimedia computer for games & internet; video card feeds s-video to TV, sound card feeds digital audio to receiver, Sony PlayStation w/sound to recvr
Comments on HT System: Great system for action movies and computer/video games, lots of slam from speakers, sub kicks you in the chest, center provides crystal-clear dialogue

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