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  Neil Underwood
  Audiophile/videophile; member of the SA-CD Professionals Group; editor contributing writer for Canada Hi Fi magazine; owner/operator of Off The Grid Audio, a retailer of high value top performance audio/video gear/accessories. First, and foremost, a music and movie lover!
  Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  Red Wine Audio 70.2 mono blocks, Conrad Johnson LS17II preamplifier ( incl. HTB for L/R 5.1 pass thru), Esoteric X-05 CD/SACD player, Marantz DV9600( all DVD based A/V sources via two ch analog & Cardas HDMI), OPPO BDP 103 for all video sources direct into front projector via Tributaries Series 9 HDMI & all MCH audio sources via Furutech 1.3a HDMI into a Marantz SR6001 AVR which handles multi ch HDMI audio only/no video utilizing Audyssey in "Flat" mode, IsoTek GII Mini Sub power conditioner( heavily mass dampened, used for transformer based power supplies only), Scientific Atlanta 8300 HD PVR with Cable Isolator ( no 60hz hum!), ELAC 208 Anniversary L/R speakers, ELAC Anniversary 201 center, Mirage 90i rears, Mirage FRX 8 subwoofer, Cardas Golden Reference IC's, power cables, Golden Cross bi wire speaker cable for L/R, Mitsubishi HC4900 1080P front projector and Screen Innovations retractable 80" screen. Cardas Myrtle cable support blocks ( no cable touches floor, shelf etc)Furutech eTP80 for all switch mode power supplies into Isotek Mira( specially designed for SMPS) and a Furutech FT D20A-R outlet with Furutech carbon fibre 103-D dampening plate. Main L/C/R speakers located midfield, in an acoustically neutral room position within a mid sized 10'W X 16'L room with 8.5' ceilings located at the rear of a 50' space. Back wall is 5' wide with a doorless opening that reduces standing wave issues as bass waves have 50' to travel. Room treatments consist of 18" X 36" foam diffusers at each first reflection point for LCR speakers on front, side and back walls.

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The Rock Thread
March 24, 2015
Thanks Mark! Enjoy Jamaica just don't fall out of a coconut tree like Keith Richards as the local laws have just been relaxed to allow for a less stressful environment to partake in the local indigenous vegetation:) You will really appreciate your music system when you get back! ... more
The Rock Thread
March 24, 2015
Thank you so much, Ralph, very nice of you to take the time to peruse my system description which is pretty detailed! At the end of the day it's all about getting the left/right main speakers optimally located relative to the room acoustics, same for the listening position. The other speakers are then located relative to the main pair and listening ... more
The Rock Thread
March 24, 2015
Hey Ralph, You may want to direct the unbelievers to George Cardas' various YouTube videos. The unbelievers may take the position that the videos are "self serving" but at the end of the day electrical theory is electrical theory and Mr. Cardas has been at the forefront of fundamental cable design and an OEM for several brand names for decades. A ... more
The Rock Thread
March 22, 2015
Hi Mark, You are more than welcome! Implementing Audyssey for the most part really adds significant resolution, detail and tonal balance but on some 5.1 discs I revert to Pure Direct on my AVR. Not sure if you have any of the original early 2000's Elton John 5.1 SACD's but as an example the vocals just don't sound right on the first 3 EJ discs ... more
The Rock Thread
March 20, 2015
Hi Mark, In order for Audyssey to be most effective all speakers need to be set to "small" after microphone calibration so if you have your AVR set accordingly the sub will be active on any and all HDMI sourced material, 2.0, 4.0, 5.1 etc. There is far more processing power allocated to bass management when all speakers are set to "small" and the ... more