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yamaha29 's Big Rig System
IP Address: Last Update: July 06, 2014 at 23:01:19
Amplifier: Yamaha MX-D1 (500w/ch)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Audio-gd Master 1
Speakers: Yamaha NS-1000m (90db/1w)
Mirage SS-1500 (subwoofers)(1500w ea.)
Yamaha YH-100 (headphones)
Audeze LCD-2 vr2
Yamaha HP-1
CD Player/DAC: Yamaha CDX-5000 (as transport)
Audio-gd Master 7
Turntable/Phono Stage: Yamaha YP-D8 tt (w Stanton 881s cartridge)
Other Source(s): Oppo BDP-105 (SACD/DVDA/Blu-ray player)
Yamaha T-2 (tuner)
Yamaha K-960 (cass)
Apple IPod Classic 160GB
Onkyo ND-S1
Custom DIY passive cooling Music Media computer (Intel 3770S Quad core, Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 16GB RAM, OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD,8TB hardrives,SOtM tX USB PCIe card,JRiver and JPlay software, Core Audio Technology Kaia linear dual rail power supply)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Antipodes Audio Reference 2.5M pr (banana)(amp to speakers)
DHC Spore 1M pr (XLR)(p.amp to Yamaha DEQ-5E)
DHC Complement 2M pr (xlr) (x-over to subs)
Double Helix Spore .5M pr (xlr) (x-over to Yamaha MX-D1)
Monster Sigma Retro Gold 1M pr (XLR)(SACD/DVDA to p.amp)
Monster Sigma Retro Gold .5M pr (rca) (tuner to p.amp)
Monster M1000V F-pin (antenna to tuner)
Double Helix Yamaha Y2 digital cable (8pin DIN)(DEQ-5 to D-2040)
Double Helix Primer OCC silver 1.5M (rca)(SPDIF co-ax digital CD to DAC)
tt's orig. wires (but I am looking to upgrade these)
DHC Metagenome 1M USB a to USB b cble (Music 'puter to DAC)
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Tice Power Block Elite IIIA 4 HP (amp, xover)
Tice Power Block III HP (front end)
Tripplite LC2400 line conditioner (x3)(one for the front end equipment and 2 to feed through the Tice to amp(s) and subs
Blue Circle 6X Sillycone filters (for front end components)
Blue Circle PLC FX-2 (custom upgraded at factory x2 for subs)
Yamaha DT-2 (clock/timer for cass.)
TAOC AS4 equipment racks (x2) and a TAOC AS2
Target AS-1 for Wadia 170i
Target T40 speaker stands
Yamaha D-2040 X-over
Yamaha DEQ5E Digital Equalizer
Rane BB22 RCA to XLR conversion transformer
Magnum Dynalab ST-2 antenna
3 separate balanced 20 amp dedicated lines
carpet with acoustic underlay
Furutech power cable with Oyaide plugs for Amp and SACD player, Pre-amp, DAC upgrades
Tweaks: Mod Squad Tip Toes, BDR Cones, Symposium Roller Blocks, TAOC Tite 35S Insulators, Oyaide INS insulators,rubber cable risers (I use keel supports and keel stops! heavy rubber and cheap like borscht!), granite slabs for subs, various cleaning accesories
Room Size (LxWxH): 15.5' x 17.5' x 8.5'
Room Comments/Treatments: Speakers set up on long wall, I am to date using an 8 pack set of ASC Room Panels for 1st reflection control and am very happy with the sound. Floor is concrete with acoustic underlay and Shaw Mills 5 star carpet. Room has 3 walls and ceiling of drywall over concrete or concrete block. 4th wall is partially drywall and concrete. Left wall has double door into walk in closet where I keep most of my music storage. Back wall has walk in space under stairway which is on a concrete base supported with concrete block.
ASC Matrix panels, Cool Traps, Fractional 1/4 round 24" Tube Traps.
BBB Emmebonacina "Smile' chair
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Worked in music business for 33 years (last 6 years until I retired in 2005 as Music Store Manager and Merchandising Manager for Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall in Toronto) and have accumulated 5000+ CD's, 300+ LP's, 1200+ 12" singles (DJ'ed on the side for over 16 years)during that time.
This collection covers the complete gamut of styles of music and its a rare moment when I hear a piece of music that I can't find something to like about!.
System Goals/Comments: When the recording allows, it should sound beautiful, when it's lousy I want to hear all the warts too! I have a pair of Yamaha BX-1 monoblocs being restored so am looking forward to hearing what that addition will bring to the system!
System Strengths: Recent addition of Duble Helix cables has improved an already high level of clarity, soundstage etc.!
Also the new amp is quite amazing! It takes things to levels [not volume! ;)] that are quite breathtaking!
When it's right with the recording the performer(s) are right there in the room with me. When the recording is great I am in the recording venue with the performer(s)! It allows my love of music to be a major enjoyment in my life anytime of the day or night!Latest iteration has improved on all the existing strengths of the system and has greatly diminished or removed most of the things that were not strong points.
System Weaknesses: Blue Circle products have helped a great deal but I think my TICE power conditioners are still a weak spot.
Video/HT System: Separate
TV/Projector: As the room is not ready I haven't gotten a TV set chosen yet. With only 8' to play with a projector is out (I don't really care for them anyway). By the time I'm ready I hope they will have big LED backlight set's available. To feed my habit until then I have a 37" Sharp LCD with the 4 wavelength backlight and I like it a lot!
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Yamaha DSP-3000 (x2)
Yamaha DSR-70PRO (x2)
Yamaha RX-V4600 (as a pre/processor only, by the time I get the theatre ready though this will be due for an upgrade)
Yamaha M-4 (x4) 120w/ch
(I going to use the B-2 as the main L-R amp when the BX-1's come "on line".
Yamaha MX-55 (x6),(4 @ 106w/2ch = 8ch's),(2 @ 52w/4ch = 8ch's)
Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Realistic Minimus 11 cabinets (x5 pr.) with new drivers & x-over (my own home brew so to speak)
Realistic Minimus 7 with modded x-over's (x8 pr.)
At present I have 6 Energy ES-10 (10" 400w peak)subs. To complete the setup I want 4 more and then also a sub(s) for the ".1" channel. I will decide that later.
Sources (DVD/VCR): Yamaha DVD-S2500 DVD (best 1080p up conversion I have seen to date!)
Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu ray
Pioneer LD-V8000 Laser Disc (heavy duty industrial model)
Toshiba HD-A20 hddvd
Yamaha CDX-5000 cd (modified with top line 20bit Burr Brown DAC's and beefier power supply caps)
Yamaha DVD-S2700 sacd/dvda (for multi- channel SACD & DVDA recordings)
Sony PS3
Other HT Gear: Yamaha D-2040 x-over (x2)(= 8 channels)
Sundholm 2ch x-over
Misc. Canare and Monster cables to hook it all up!
Comments on HT System: Starting in the new year I want to get going on the HT! I have a space put aside for this that is 21' x 30' x8'
My set up has 26 channels of surround. 7 discrete (with a dual centre derived by using the DSR-70Pro which gets us to 8 ch's) plus 16 more derived channels from the 2 DSP-3000's plus a dual rear centre using the other DSR-70PRO.
With all these channels and the identical speakers (the main 10 that is) I get an amazing bubble of sound that goes around and overhead as well!
The upgraded speakers make a huge difference in the intelligibility and seamlessness of the sound.
The new (basement)room will be a dedicated HT with a proper build for acoustics and sound control to prevent disrupting the rest of the house.
Other Interests/Hobbies/Occupation: Reading, movies. My much loved guitars (I'm not great but I like to plink away. Photography.
I am restoring a 28 year old motorcycle.
Currently I am doing some consulting for sound and HT systems.

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