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16' 3.5" L x 11' 8" W x 7' 7.5" H
budget minded system: Energy RC-10 speakers with ports plugged - Panasonic SA-XR55 class D receiver & DAC - Sony DVP-NC 875V DVD changer - Monster Cable 10 gauge speaker cables
instrumentals, hip-hop (positive REAL hip hop and not gangsta hip-opposite), bachelor pad, world beat, dub, ska, swing, big band, new wave, new romantic, funk, disco, oldies, surf instrumentals, classical (especially overtures & ballet) hawaiian, calypso, percussion & novelty with a little bit of blues & electronic & whatever gets my toe tappin' i can't go for heavy metal, industrial, country, pop sludge, opera, most jazz, showtunes, folk or Celtic much at all
The room size and dimensions were one of the main reasons I moved here from a maybe 9 feet square room with cement floors, low carpet, a big picture window behind my system and a big wooden divider behind me. That room had terrible acoustics, this one is much warmer sounding, but will get bass traps eventually.
In the future, i plan on putting 4 sheets of rockwool on the side walls and and in back of the system with possible 2-3 sheets of mattress liner for HF diffusion too LEDE style. 16' 3.5" L x 11' 8" W x 7' 7.5" H (because this system keeps deleting the dimensions every time I update something else, for my own records)
Right now, the system is a little bit too analytical. It has awesome detail and very fast and punchy bass, but the RC10 speakers I just upgraded to are much more revealing than my previous NHT superzeros, Mission M71s & Celestion Ditton 100s. I can now clearly hear differences between my razor sharp imaging Panasonic receiver's DAC and my more forgiving and warm sony that I couldn't hear in a similar sized room with the NHTs. I'm planning to upgrade to a Schiit Gungnir DAC & TBI Millenia MG3 amp for higher resolution and hopefully a more liquid sound. I want to keep the level of detail I'm getting with the Panasonic's onboard DAC I prefer now.
I use compilation CDs of WAVs for critical listening and storage as I don't ike loading a CD for 1 or 2 songs, but also have made several 320kbs mp3 compilations for long play, even if the 3+ second pauses in between tracks is annoying. The original motivation for getting a DAC was so that I could use room EQ software, but I don't want to use a noisy PC, so I'll process all of my WAVs in my PC and save them, and the originals, on a Western Digital WD TV Live Hub Media Center eventually replacing my entire system.
I'm going to upgrade to a Schiit Gungnir DAC soon as well as a TBI Millenia MG3 class D amp as well as room correction in the future to get a more liquid high end sound as well as the most I can from my speakers for a true giant killing semi-high end system. I'm stretching my budget for the Gungnir so I'll never feel the need to upgrade my digital sound again unless I win the lottery or something.
Sony DVP-NC 875V DVD changer & Panasonic SA-XR55 DAC
I have a vintage belt drive turntable and 100s of records, but no phono pre-amp at the moment
Cube C30 media player Sandisk Clip+ media player Sony TC5-DM portable cassette recorder
Paradigm electronic crossover I no longer use
Panasonic SA-XR 55 receiver
Energy RC10 5 1/4" kevlar woofers with aluminum phase plugs and 1" aluminum dome tweeters that I got on closeout for under $250! My best hifi purchase ever.
I have 4x Hifonics subs in sealed boxes and a 500w class D plate I'll never use at home. I just listen to my minis as/is. I also have a 10" Goldwood sub in a sealed wedge collecting dust.
Monster Cable 10 gauge with gold plated banas soldered on the receiver end and bare wire or what's left of the gold pins into the RC-10s which don't accept bananas until I get 4x spade lugs.
AKG K44s vintage JVC semi-open Cowon earbuds
generic TV stand someone tossed out I traded up to from a similar one I bought for the coaster wheels.
a cheap multi-outlet power cord with surge protection and filtration
Tuning and Tweaks
for now, 4 cinder blocks at 24" high is a nice enough set of speaker stands that cost me less than $8
Shure PZM mics on a binaural dummy head, Samson large diaphragm condenser mic, Art DualPre AD/DA preamp for PC use, Art 9v phantom power supply for portable recording, Behringer Mackie clone mini-mixer with one channel's phantom power shot, Gemini 2x CD & mixer rig, Panasonic VCR with my other sony VCR just biting the dust last week, a USELESS Creative Labs Audigy Gold soundcard that those bastids broke the drivers for so it no longer works and sued the hacker who offered replacements. I DESPISE creative! They also were lying bastids regarding 2 different media players in the past!
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