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Mar 16, 2006
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    Aylesbury, Bucks
    Chasing the audio dream for 40 years. From vintage Sansui reel-to-reel to mainly digital in many steps.


    • Basement audio and home-theatre room. Room 8.4m x 3.8m x 2.4m set to reduce overlapping room modes
    • Sound-proofed room-within-a-room
    • Bass tubetraps all corners and absorbers at first reflection points
    • Dedicated power distribution board with single spur per 15A (round-pin) socket
    Audio sources:
    • SOTM SMS200ultra trifecta media server using MPD player
    • Pink Triangle LPT + Origin Live RB250 arm + Origin Live DC motor + Goldring 1042 MM cartridge + Graham Slee Gram Amp 2
    • Bryston SP3 processor
    • Brston 4B3 front stereo pair
    • Bryston 9BST rear and sides
    • Dynaudio Special 40 front pair
    • Dynaudio Focus 110 rear and sides
    • No centre speaker
    • Rythmik 12" sealed active subwoofers front and rear walls
    • 80Hz crossover in pre-processor
    Video chain:
    • Apple TV4k
    • Sky Q
    • HDFury Vertex 2
    • JVC X7000 DILA projector
    • Stewart 130 92" motorised screen
    • Isocoustic ISO pucks below all speakers
    • USB cables Ghent audio and Furutech ADL formula 2
    • Home-made power cables with IEGO IEC and 15A round pin plug - braided twin earth and live+neutral
    • Home-made copper foil speaker cables
    • Home-made balanced XLR mogami 2549 + neutrik to amps
    • Home-made RCA mogami 2549 + neutrik to subs
    • Hdmi ruipro fibre and Audioquest Cinammon
    • Mains A/C filter DeZorel (used for projector)
    • Windows server hosting 12Tb media
    • Dedicated Cisco ethernet switch
    • Audio Elevation fuses used all 3 amps
    Setup notes:
    • Stereo listening spot set as near-field - chair just inside the equilateral triangle, stereo speakers well clear of walls
    • Subs phase adjusted relative to mains at crossover frequency for best transition according to REW
    • Cross-over set to 80Hz managed by Bryston SP3
    • Subs adjusted relative to each other for phase and volume to achieve flattest response at listening chair
    • Minimal use of PEQ on both subs to reduce main room mode
    • Volumes on sub boosted slightly to achieve effect similar to a house curve


    • Panasonic 40" TV
    • Bluesound Node 2021 edition
    • Acoustic Energy AE1a (active) speakers on home-made wooden stands
    • Sky Q


    • Astell & Kern SR25 DAP
    • HiFiMan Edition XS headphones (OK maybe not so portable after all!)

    The graveyard, latest demise on top...
    Brston 4BSST
    OSMC Vero 4K+ media player powered by Baldwin LPSU
    HTPC various iterations
    HDMI Wireworld Silver 6
    Monitor audio studio 20se surround x6
    JVC HD750 projector
    Monitor audio gold GR10
    Barco 808 CRT projector
    Ada suite 7.1 processor
    Emotiva xmc1 processor
    Bryston sp1.7 processor
    Naim CDS + CDPS cd
    Monitor audio asw210 sub
    Rotel rsp8xx processor
    Naim cd3.5 cd
    Krell kav300i amp
    Rotel rp830 turntable
    Yamaha kx500 cassette
    Creek cas4040 amp
    Yamaha ns500? Speakers
    Various Sansui amps, turntables, tuners, reel to reel, cassette, speakers (where it all started)


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