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Sal1950

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A look behind the curtain at Sal's crib.
System was build combining some old school sensibilities and lunacy, guided
by my limited funds and restricted listening room size.

Video System:
Sony 75" XBR75 X940D
Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player
XFinity X1 DVR

Music Server(s):
Clementine

Music Server Operating System:
Linux (PCLinuxOS) in Custom Built Tower

Preferred Digital Interface(s):
USB, S/PDIF TosLink

Digital to Analog Converter(s):
Emotiva Stealth DC-1

Preamplifier:
Marantz AV7703 Pre/Pro

Amplifier(s):
Adcom's, (2) GFA-545II, (1) GFA-5400, (2) GFA-535II

Loudspeakers:
HSU Research (4)HB-1 MK 2, (1)HC-1 MK 2, (2) STF-2 Subs
(4) Klipsch HT 500 satellites ceiling mounted for ATMOS/DTS-X

Interconnects:
Monoprice Premium
Monster THX
SVS Soundpath

Digital Cables:
BlueJean's Toslink
Monoprice Certified Premium HDMI
Monoprice USB

Loudspeaker Cables:
Sky High 12g OFC

Power Cables:
Stock

Remote Control(s):
Stock

Remote Control Apps:
Clementine Android

Headphones:
Senn HD 650
Grado SR80e

Headphone Amplifier(s):
Emotiva Stealth DC-1
 
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Thread updated with new photos as promised. All new gear is up and running and new AV furniture is built. Kinda figured out how to pack 10 lbs of crap in a 5 lb bag. LOL Not perfect but doing the best with what I have to work with.
New rug and under-padding coming for area in front of speakers to tame reflections.
Currently working on fine tuning of Audyessy and making some confirmation measurements with REW.
After learning curve is passed and I have some detail, I'll return to post my thoughts and measurements.
 

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nice system Sal; my SR80's are so beat-up, but still used.

rock concert ... :p
 

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How's that printer sound? A Shunyata power cord will fix you right up!
I have one but am very dissatisfied with it. I found the detail and dynamic contrast on text wanting. Also photos lacked 3D depth and colors were cold, missing the warmth found in good outdoor prints.
I talked to Joe Reynolds at Nordost and he assured me that his new Odin 2 Supreme would cure all my objections. Still trying to decide on the length as I'd like to move the printer out of view into the closet. But with the price of the power cord and a Heimdall 2 USB to length I may have to wait till next months Social Security check. The Odin 2 retail price alone is $16,999.99 for a1.25 meter length; additional 1.25 meter increments are $4,999.99. :eek:
(Are you friekin kiddin me LOL)
 
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A look behind the curtain at Sal's crib.
System was build combining some old school sensibilities and lunacy, guided
by my limited funds and restricted listening room size.
System runs in three configurations.
1. Full 5.2 using multi channel processing on stereo sources w/ Audyessy correction.
2. Stereo 2.2 with the AV pre/pro set to Pure Direct w/Audyessy correction.
3. Pure Stereo 2.0, DC-1 DAC as preamp directly into one Adcom 545 for L&R channels

Video System:
Sony 55" LCD
XFinity X1 DVR
Cheap Samsung BDP

Music Server(s):
Clementine

Music Server Operating System:
Linux (PCLinuxOS) in Custom Built Tower

Preferred Digital Interface(s):
USB, S/PDIF TosLink

Digital to Analog Converter(s):
Emotiva Stealth DC-1

Preamplifier:
Marantz AV7701

Amplifier(s):
Adcom's, (2) GFA-545II, GFA-5400, GFA-535II

Loudspeakers:
Hsu Research (4)HB-1, (1)HC-1, (2) STF-2 Subs

Interconnects:
KabelDirekt Pro
Monster THX
SVS Soundpath
Blue Jean Digital Cables

Loudspeaker Cables:
Sky High 12g OFC

Power Cables:
Stock

Remote Control(s):
Stock

Remote Control Apps:
Clementine Android

Headphones:
Senn HD 650
Senn Momentum OE V1
Grado SR80e

Headphone Amplifier(s):
Emotiva Stealth DC-1
you great system
 

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Updated photo and spec sheet to include new,
Sony XBR75 X940D TV
Samsung UBD-K8500 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player
I'm diggin it all. :D
 

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Congrats. I am way behind watching all the movies I have bought....
I bought 5 4K UHD blu rays to see what they looked like, only seen Deadpool so far. LOL
Nice one mate, great to have some quality entertainment at home to keep you occupied in between visits to the swimming pool.
It's a hard life, but somebodys ---------------------------------
 

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Man, the Adcom GFA-535 II was the first power amp I ever owned.
I had a original 535 in my old mch rig for many years, great little amps. Nelson Pass designed, true dual mono config up to the power switch, and reliable as bricks. Great sound too boot. ;)

My 535 II is sitting in relief right now in case one of the 25 yo GFA-545s lets the smoke out. In time it may go back into active duty powering some Atmos/etc immersive overheads. Next update will probably be looking at some Pre/Pro options with better DRC software than my current Audyessy and will include the newer Atmos style stuff.
 

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I had a original 535 in my old mch rig for many years, great little amps. Nelson Pass designed, true dual mono config up to the power switch, and reliable as bricks. Great sound too boot. ;)

My 535 II is sitting in relief right now in case one of the 25 yo GFA-545s lets the smoke out. In time it may go back into active duty powering some Atmos/etc immersive overheads. Next update will probably be looking at some Pre/Pro options with better DRC software than my current Audyessy and will include the newer Atmos style stuff.
I remember impressing my friends by unplugging my Adcom power amps from the AC and it would continue playing for a 5-10 seconds as the power supply drained...
 

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I remember impressing my friends by unplugging my Adcom power amps from the AC and it would continue playing for a 5-10 seconds as the power supply drained...
Pass High Current amp design. ;)
 

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I don't know where to begin! So I have a AVR and a 70" and Klipsch RF's. I feel naked, bare, skinny, empty, missing out, lol.

Do you still have the AV7703? Why not marry the Marantz with Marantz power amps?
 

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Got ya. I haven't read up on these amps yet but do see them in a lot of folks set ups.
 

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Great setup. I'm a big believer in the Adcom's as well. My 545 ll is slated to join the Krell and Bryston in the main theater by doing Atmos duty, when I figure out how I want to add it in...

Really hard to beat the Adcom amps. For $200-500, I'm not sure what you could get now that would compete.

Nicely done all around.
 

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