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This is just a quick snapshot of the system as it currently stands. I'd estimate that I use it about 50% of the time for music — either stereo CD or SACD, or Multi-Channel DVD-Audio — 30% of the time for Home Theater and DVD, and 20% for video games. It was put together over the last 3 years and is essentially complete for now.  There are some tweaks here and there that I'd like to apply, but on the whole I am extraordinarily happy with the performance of this system for music and Home Theater.

I've listed the gear in a table below. I've also included a picture of the uncovered gear rack below as well.

The Gear in my Home Entertainment System:

Power Amplifier:   Parasound HCA-1500A 205w per channel Power Amplifier
Preamplifier:   Parasound PLD-1100 Stereo Pre-Amp (modded) This is used for Redbook CD Audio and SACD Playback.
Speakers:   4 x Paradigm Reference Studio40's v.2
Speaker Stands:   Osiris Metal Welded - Filled with sand and spiked.
CD Player/DAC: Main: Sony SCD-XA777ES Multi-Channel SACD player.

Secondary: Sony SCD-C333ES SACD 5-Disc Changer

Internal DAC for SACD

Perpetual P-3A (with Dan Wright Level II Mods) for Redbook CD.

Other Source(s): Perpetual Technologies P-1A DSP/Upsampler and Monolithic P3 Power supply (modded)
Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Better Cables Silver Serpent Interconnects and Better Cables Premier Bi-Wire Speaker Cables.
Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): Monster HTS-3500 Power Conditioner, PS Audio 20 AMP Ultimate Outlet, PS Audio Mini-Lab power cable for the UO and CablePlex Power 1 power cords for the SACD players and the Monolithic P3 Power Supply.
Tweaks: Vibration Isolation
Room Comments/Treatments: None.
Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Beatles, Blues, Classic Rock, Jazz Vocals, Classical (Beethoven)
System Goals/Comments: To Provide me with the best possible system for the money spent.
System Strengths: Imaging is spectacular. Soundstage depth and focus is superb, very pleased. Picture from the Toshiba 57HX83 is spectacular.
System Weaknesses: Low Bass could use slight improvement, but my room limits my choice of speakers and/or sub.
Video/HT System: Integrated
TV/Projector: Toshiba 57HX83 Cinema Series HDTV (ISF Calibrated)
Processor/Receiver/Amplifiers: Parasound HCA-1500A 205w per channel Power Amplifier (for front mains)

Pioneer Elite VSX-29TX Receiver as a digital pre/pro for HT and as amplification for the rear speakers

Speakers (Center, Surrounds, Sub): Paradigm Reference Studio/40 v.2 x 4, Phantom Center, Velodyne CHT-12 Subwoofer.
Sources: (DVD/VCR): Panasonic RP-91 DVD-Video/DVD-Audio Player,


Sony SVR-3000 Series 2 TiVo (228 Hours)

Other HT Gear:

Malata N996 Multi-Region DVD Player

Zenith DVD-318 1080i Upscaling DVD Player

Sony Playstation 2 Game Console

Equipment Rack Uncovered:

Uncovered Gear Rack

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