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It's been a while since I have updated my system. I've jumped on the computer as source bandwagon and have never been happier. Next purchase will be a higher end dac. Some slightly smaller more exotic speakers will be after that.
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    • Paradigm Studio-100 v2
    Floor standing, full range loud speaker, in rose nut veneer.
    • Musical Fidelity A3.2CR
    Dual mono, choke regulated Pre-amplifier from famed British manufacturer.
    • PS Audio HCA-2
    Output wiring modded to DH Labs Silver Sonic. Caps in signal path changed to Nichicon Muse Bi-Polar.
    • Compaq Armada Laptop E500
    P3 laptop using external 1TB hardrive and Flac thru Foobar 2000. Operating system optimized using
    • TeraLink-X USB Audio Converter
    Chinese made. Does the job for now.
    • Citypulse 7.2x DAC with TCXO upgrade
    Chinese dac. With good transport, easily better than my former Rega Planet 2000.
    • Music Hall MMF 5.1
    Suits my purpose perfectly. Unless a huge collection of vinyl falls in my lap, it's not worth further expenditure.
    • Sony DVP S7700 ES
    Former referance player for Sony.Built like a brick outhouse. Makes a great transport.
    • Pioneer TX 7500
    My nostagia piece from 1975. I grew up with the SX series and this tuner makes me happy.
    • V.T.I. VTI BL Series Audio Rack
    Cherry wood finnish, black poles, stainless hardware.
    • D.I.Y. Absorption panels
    Basic 2’ X 4’ panels featuring 2” of compressed fiberglass covered in thick batting and an attractive fabric. Went 1 step further and framed the box with 3 5/8” crown molding and painted same color as walls. A very effective and decorative addition to room.
    • D.I.Y. Cotton Core Interconnect
    Cotton core, WBT type lockin connectors, Cat 5 teflon insulated conductors, teflon tape wrapped, cotton outer cover
    • D.I.Y. Power Cords
    Various power cords using different types of cables, featuring Morinco IEC and Hubbel plugs.
    • XLO Pro Type 125 RCA Interconnect
    Excellent quality, inexpensive interconnect
    • Harmony Remote 688
    Multi Function remote control.

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System edited: We had a so called 100 year storm this summer 2009. Basement flooded by sewer backup. What a mess. Figured it was a good time to update my system since the room rebuild. Kids nagged us to get some color in the room, here is the result.

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Hi Idiotec. Actually, the table you linked to is not the correct one. The Lack Sofa Tables I used had no lower level. I made the spikes out of some 10-32 bolts, I cut off the hex head and ground a point on the end of the bolts, then screwed them into the bottom of the legs.Thanks for your comments.

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Hey Guys, sorry about the delayed response, have not been very active in the Agon community lately, I'm busy with other obssesions.
Jderdock, as far as I can remember only the tables with the veneer finnish have the solid legs.
Mark02131, thank you very much.
Mrdude, I'm using a homemade power cable and have not tried any others.
Chadnilz, Thanks for the comments. I would imagine that the angled corner would have an impact but there is not much I can do about that, my electrical service and watermain are hiding behind that door. This maybe why I am having a hard time dialing in the speaker placement, just when I think I have it, .....I think again. LOL

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Thank you Nyrgrs60. The rack is made from 4 Ikea Lack sofa tables. I just cut the legs with a mitre saw to the desired length and piled them on top of each other.

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Hey guys, thanks for your comments. Linnie01, I honestly don't remember the last time I used the tape deck, probably more than a year ago. At one time, long ago, it was the pride of my system. I gave away the majority of my tapes a while back and just kept about 50 of my mixed tapes (Maxell of course). I'm kind of regretting it now because some of the stuff I had on tape I have yet to replace on vinyl or CD. I almost gave the deck away too but decided I just can't part with it yet.

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System edited: Added pictures of construction just for chuckles.

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Hey Ray, thanks again.
I listen to a wide variety of music, virtually everything except country and opera. My favorites are contemporary Blues (Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Robin Ford, Keb Mo, etc.)
I also like Peter Gabriel, Dave Mathews, Jesse Cook, Led Zepellin, Collective Soul, Gypsy Kings, Talking Heads,.. I'm all over the place. I also have a fair collection of soundtracks and Classical I like pull out.
By the way, the speakers are not toed in so much right now, I was experimenting when that pic was taken.

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Thanks for your comments guy's. I have not been active in the forums lately, sometimes life gets in the way. Nice to come back and find such nice compliments. Cheers!

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Hey there Senna74. As a matter of fact I've spent a great deal of time experimenting with positioning. If you look closely at the first picture, the right speaker is toed in to the extreme. I remember playing with speaker position the night I took those pictures. I still don't think I'm fully dialed in.

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Thank you Rob.
Glad to hear from a Studio 100 fan. I also think they are a great value. There is a lot of snobbery in the audiophile community and Paradigm takes it on the chin quite a bit. I don't claim to be an expert, but they out-classed a number of much higher priced speakers that I auditioned.

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Sorry for the delayed response. Thank you Perfectionist, thats very nice of you to say. I think I can safely say the same about your room. I'm some what of a perfectionist myself, staying within my budget of course.

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System edited: Purchased after market remote control, the Harmony 688. Although I think my components are decent, the supplied remote controls all pretty much suck, and juggling 3 remotes is a hassle. Some of you audio purists may not consider this an upgrade, but I feel this can only enhance the listening experience.

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Hello Peter,
thanks so much, you made my day. I'm extremely happy with the way the room turned out. The room is 26' Long, 14'6" Wide, 7'6" High. It is about 2' wider at the listening position and back. Unfortunately the cieling has an area that drops down almost a foot across the room over the listening position. This is where the HVAC, steel support beam and water mains are run for the rest of the house.
There is another boxed in area across the room for a support beam. I think these drops from the cieling may help to break up standing waves, but also give me some slap echos I have yet to deal with.
Thanks for your advice, I will take it to heart,
Derek.

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Hello Simplicitymusic, sure you can hide here, just bring a box-o-beer for us, you can stay at least until its gone.
Cheers!

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Doug, thankyou for your compliments. The absorption panels are just hung from the wall like a picture right now. If I decide to permanently install them I will screw them to the wall through the molding and caulk around the edges and paint.
They were constructed using 2 1/2" wide by 5/8" MDF strips found at home depot to construct a frame with a 2' X 4' opening to accept the rigid insulation. The crown molding was then glued and clamped to the sides, then painted.
I then stapled the fabric to the frame and nailed some molding over the staples to give it a clean finished look. I then flipped the assembly over, placed in the batting and rigid fibreglass covering the back with cardboard and used packing tape to hold it in place and keep fibres from escaping.
It was alot of work, but I am happy with the results

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Dlwask, thank you for your comments. It is good to hear from someone who has positive experience with some of the same equipment.

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