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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Hi, Derek. Great looking getaway. I have a humble basement retreat, with a Paradigm theater system consisting of Studio 100 v2's and Studio 60 v4's, all in rosenut. I built the room myself some years ago and unfortunately did not take the room acoustics in to consideration. How much have you found, and in what ways, that your DIY 2x4 panels have helped the acoustics? I believe that my room is definately the current weak link in my system.
Regards, Steve B.