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Music first! System evolved from 2-channel to 5.1 and now 7.1 channels with multiple subs. Using dedicated 20A powerline. Questions or comments welcome.
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    • Forte Model 4 (Modded)
    Pair(off Audiogon)w/Jon Soderburg Mods. Combines the glorious mid/treble & soundstage of tubed gear with solid-state dynamics + control.
    • Fosgate FAP-T1+ (Modded)
    (<$1k/Woot.com) 2-7.1 channels. Great DAC's & circuitry inside. Very nice for Multi-channel,with mods it rivals the best!
    • Forte FT-1
    Multi-Channel. Used for center and surround channels. Sonic properties are good match for F4's.
    • Denon DVD-2900(Modded)
    Best sounding stock multiplayer I found. SACD & DVD-Audio transcend Redbook CD. SACDmods modified player, which now has a level of detail and musicality that I've only heard from top-notch analogue systems.
    • DIY MTM 2-way L,C,R,S
    Evolved from pair of Ariel/ME2's to 7 satellites; mains are 30lbs w/contoured resin baffle,deadened panels, pair-matched drivers & biwired external crossovers.Flat response >100Hz & fine imaging.
    • Energy Veritas V2.0i
    Solid stands (beatifully made). Damped with mixture of dry sand & cat litter;Using Blu-Tack.
    • N H T SW-3p
    I use 3 equivalent(DIY)NHT1259 for smoothest response in my room. Pipe organ can shake floor!
    http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/
    volume_5_3/nhtsw3psubwoofer.html
    • RCA/Proscan 38F310
    Older 38" HDTV(1920x1080i)still resists replacement(superior contrast/black level). Off-air HD is amazing.
    • DVDO iScanHD(SDI)
    Using this to upsample my DVD's @1080i; Very impressive picture. Won't be going to HDVD/BluRay yet!
    • DIY Asylum power cord
    Bob Crump's shielded 14-3 DIY cords surpass most commercial cords
    • DIY Silver
    Fine Silver Wire inside Teflon tubing, twisted & covered with shield braid and Teflex cover. Eichmann RCA Plugs.
    • DIY Silver/Copper Braid
    Cat-5 Teflon and DH Labs Teflon/Silver wire, braided & covered in Teflex. Audioquest Silver/Copper Spades.

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222222&text=jo
Nice system. I especially like the rear pic of the Forte FT-1 Multichannel amp - since its my picture. No harm, no foul.

You should try building a Krell KSA clone. Bias it up till the sinks are 140F and you will be in heaven.

john65b

222222&text=ch
Owner
Still finding the time to finish bulding them!

chasmo

222222&text=jt
So, how do you like the Leach amps so far?

jtsaudio

222222&text=ch
Owner
System edited: Currently building a pair of Leach Amp Mono-Blocks to drive the mid-woofers.

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
Picked up a spare Denon 2900(exc cond) for <$100 on eBay!
(This is less than the cost of a replacement laser assembly from Denon).
Now I have one for my second (bedroom) system...

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
Replacement Hovland tweeter caps finally arrived; Now treble detail is noticeably improved yet not exaggerated. Cymbals shimmer and no longer sound like white noise. Bells sound like they have a "halo" of harmonics that decays after the initial attack- very pleasing. Not bad just for a cap change!

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
One small problem-
Two of the assembled capacitors are not measuring properly, so I've contacted the the manufacturer for return authorization to get replacements, and will report on the results once the crossovers are reassembled.

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
I am in the process of upgrading the crossovers with Clarity Caps and Hovland Film/Foil caps to see if its possible to increase the resolution of this already revealing system. Current caps used are Solen MKP and Axon True Caps, in a cluster for the tweeter. I detect a very slight bit of "tizz" and I suspect a loss of fine details, compared to a friend's crossover using film & foil caps.
I will report on my findings once I complete the upgrade.

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
Parts upgrades were done on Fosgate Pre-Pro, and the sound quality through its DSP is now comparable to the analog bypass mode, which is quite nice. More open and airy with improved soundstage and dynamics. Overall a good investment.

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
System edited: Finally did listening comparisons with SACDMODS DVD2900, versus stock Denon unit. The modded player has a more relaxed yet detailed sound with a very engaging presentation (better P.R.A.T.). The picture is even improved!

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
Just sent the DVD2900 to SACD Mods for upgrades to analog stages. Will comment on sound quality when it returns.

chasmo

222222&text=ch
Owner
The Forte amps (4 & 5) have a refined, airy quality with increased depth and dimension to the soundstage. They just reproduce musical timbres in a more believable way. While the Parasound is superior to my Denon receiver, and does a nice job on center and surround channels the Forte's take the right and left channels to another level. I was truly surprised by the differences I heard in stereo listening.

The side panels (cheeks) on the speakers are .75" solid oak and act to further damp the panel resonance by adding mass and stiffness. They make the large mdf side panels of the speaker enclosures more inert and look nice too.

chasmo

222222&text=ph
Nice system and a really good looking job on your DIY speakers. They look very professionally crafted. What wood did you use for the beveled panels?

photon46

222222&text=gl
Very nice, have always thought a lot of the Forte line of amps. How does it compare to your Parasound amps?

glenfihi

222222&text=ch
Owner
Thanks for the compliment. It was alot of work to make the enclosures (contouring and beveling), but well worth it as we think they look like a million.

The front two subwoofers use 12" sealed woofers with 300w "plate" amps, operating below 100Hz and are connected from the L&R speaker terminals (high level input). The two rear subs (which double as speaker stands for the rear surrounds)are daisy chained and are fed from the controller's subwoofer/LFE out(low level input)at 80Hz.The Pre/Pro has selectable high/low pass filters from 40-120Hz. Bass is clean and tight (same response as NHT 3.3).

Positioning was trial and error, but due to the number of woofers we get pretty smooth bass in our listening seats. When playing sources with low bass(U571or Hotel Calif.from the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over DVD),you can really feel it.

chasmo

222222&text=jt
Good looking speakers. How are you integrating the four subwoofers, and what crossover are you using?

jtsaudio

222222&text=ch
Owner
The rack is a Vantage Point Euro EAW506B. See link:
http://www.audioreview.com/mfr/vantage-point/racks-and-stands/PRD_118525_1592crx.aspx
I bought it around 2001 and I don't know who carries these anymore.

chasmo

222222&text=di
Hi!

Nice system!!!!!

What is the equipment rack?

Dave

diofan56

222222&text=ch
Owner
it's 4 Ohms nominal, 2.9 minimum

chasmo

222222&text=mu
Very nice setup! What impedence do your DIY speakers have?

muinarco

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