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Welcome to my Lounge room :)

 

This is the front stage - where the Divas sing :D

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Incorporating *Focal CC1000be centre* *Focal Utopia Divas main speakers* *Twin Velodyne DD15 subwoofers* *Musical Fidelity A5cr 2ch Pwr amplifier* *Cambridge 751BD* *Sony 5400ES SACD player* *Denon AVP-A1HD3D* *Elektra TheatreHD* *Pioneer KRP-50M 9th gen Kuro Plasma* *TivoHD* *AppleTV 160GB* *DuneHD*
 
Close up of one of the lovely Focal Utopia Divas
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and of the AV equipment rack
 
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For 2ch this is where it begins !
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Comprising *Rega p9 Turn Table with Ortofon Jubilee MC stylus* *Audio Research PH5 Tube phono pre* *Luxman D-06 SACD player* *Musical Fidelity A5CD player* *Musical Fidelity A5cr Pre* Cambridge 650T FM/AM/DAB+ tuner*
 
Close up of the Rega p9. This is my 9th life, there is nothing that can replace it ...
 
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My Rega p9 Turn Table with Ortofon Jubilee MC stylus ....THE REGA TOTAL ANALOG GROOVE "THANG" as it says inside the p9 psu box... THERE WILL BE NO JITTER OR UP-SAMPLING HERE **** WITH THE REGA TOTAL ANALOG GROOVE THANG...
 
Close up of the lovely Ortofon Jubilee moving coil stylus, truly a celebration of vinyl ! also shows a hint of the Thorens cork/natural rubber split platter mat that I am using.
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At the cosy end is where you want to kick back :) ------------------- Projector *JVC DLA-X35 using peerless PRG UNV-A mount* The 4 Surrounds... *Focal SR1000be bi-pole side surrounds* *Subsonic XR1 rears*
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Close up of the JVC DLA-X35 projector for feeding the 2D and 3D visual experience
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This is from the sweet spot, with screen down ready for some movie action :)
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Using a Screen Technics electricinema premium motorised 92" 16:9 screen, placed at viewing distance to fully resolve 1080p HDTV and to THX spec for full immersion !

 

And then theres Headfi

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Including the Earmax Pro OTL valve amp* *Musical Fidelity X-CanV8 & PSU* *Grado RS1 headphones* Out of shot, *Sennheiser HD580* *Sennheiser HD700* *B&W P5 & P7*
 
Close up of the lovely little Earmax pro
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and its match made in heaven in the Grado reference RS1's
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The most recent editions have been the lovely Luxman D-06 CD/SACD player which have been quite impressed with, and the Headfi which seem to have gone a bit nuts with, but very much enjoying again :)
 
So there you have it, my wife I have much to thank for being most patient to let me play in this space. And it is a family room/lounge room after all, so serves multi purpose. And seems to work pretty well in this form. with one of the daughters watching play school or home movies, to some TV on the plasma in the day time or the projector screen down and curtains drawn for the big screen movie experience. Or often just myself with wife kids sometimes joining in, kicking back to enjoy some tunes...definitely a space we very much enjoy :)

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Welcome to my Lounge room   This is the front stage - where the Divas sing   Incorporating *Focal CC1000be centre* *Focal Utopia Divas main speakers* *Twin Velodyne DD15 subw

Really pleased today with this turn up       Yes the sub amp is finally back for the VeloDD and all refurbed and good as new ! couldn't wait to hook it up !    and

a few more holes await...so when found I was up early this morning before anyone else...thought to get right into things !    didnt take long to prep the next hole with another dynamat, dynabox. s

A plasma with a projector that drops in front of it - now I've seen it all! 

 

 

Those twin Velodyne's would shake the room, no doubt!  Very impressive, good work Al.

 

 

Is the centre channel up to the task?

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A plasma with a projector that drops in front of it - now I've seen it all! 

 

 

Those twin Velodyne's would shake the room, no doubt!  Very impressive, good work Al.

 

 

Is the centre channel up to the task?

 

thanks Kaynin, its a system thats been slowly morphing into its current form over the last 10 years or so :)

 

yeah one of the velodynes is blended in to extend my mains so they are full range for 2ch duties, the other velodyne is purely LFE for ht, but way I have them configured both come in play for movies. yep no prob shaking the room hehe

 

yes the centre is a 3 way running similar drivers to my Divas and seems to be a pretty good match for movies :)

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Well, the work has paid off, it looks sensational. 

 

I've heard you mention running 2 subs in another thread.  There's only 2 problems.  One, you're giving me ideas.  The other problem is that I have the room for 2 subbies.....

 

I'm a big fan of Focals, they not only make speakers that sound full and lush to me, but they are beautiful to look at as well.

 

Your balance between 2 channel and HT has clearly given you the best of both worlds.

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Well, the work has paid off, it looks sensational.

I've heard you mention running 2 subs in another thread. There's only 2 problems. One, you're giving me ideas. The other problem is that I have the room for 2 subbies.....

I'm a big fan of Focals, they not only make speakers that sound full and lush to me, but they are beautiful to look at as well.

Your balance between 2 channel and HT has clearly given you the best of both worlds.

hehe thanks, with the subs you could do what I did, get one, and then sneak another one in down the track without any reasonable explanation and ask for forgiveness... :D

yes a big fan of focals, their warmth of vocals, delicate top end, their fruity bass :love

Pretty pleased with the balance between my two loves of 2ch and ht. Prior to this place I always had two separate 2ch and ht setups, so to combine them initially had some big concerns but really glad how things have worked out. Its definitely possible a system to enjoy both :thumb:

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"yeah one of the velodynes is blended in to extend my mains so they are full range for 2ch duties, the other velodyne is purely LFE for ht, but way I have them configured both come in play for movies"

Can u please elaborate on how u achieve this? BTW u have a lovely setup. Those Focals must sound terrific.

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Thanks Mr G, the velodyne on the right feeds off the pre out on my 2ch power amp, and I utilise the SMS-1 system built in the velodyne to to integrate and blend in with my mains to give a smooth and flat eq'd response 200-15hz back at the main listening position for 2ch duties. The velodyne on the left is hooked upto the Denon av processor and configured for HT LFE duties only. Audyssey xt32 on the Denon, sees my Divas and the integrated velodyne as a full range mains and utilised that way for movies. Audyssey xt32 configures and eqs the other velodyne purely for ht duties. A combination been running a few years now and very happy with for both 2ch and ht duties :)

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Great setup you've got there Al :thumb:

 

Some awesome components you've collected over the years!

 

I especially love your P9 running the Jubilee! ...

 

I've just treated myself to a Cadenza Black to replace my SPU sometime in the new year.

 

But I'm a bit concerned about your statement "This is my 9th life, after this there are no more turntables" ... what exactly does that mean ... you can't be foresaking vinyl?

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Great setup you've got there Al :thumb:

 

Some awesome components you've collected over the years!

 

I especially love your P9 running the Jubilee! ...

 

I've just treated myself to a Cadenza Black to replace my SPU sometime in the new year.

 

But I'm a bit concerned about your statement "This is my 9th life, after this there are no more turntables" ... what exactly does that mean ... you can't be foresaking vinyl?

 

thankyou sierra, the cadenza would be a beauty. look forward to reading how you find it.

 

Love my p9.  Will never give up vinyl, but used up my 9th life buying the rega, its my turntable for life....there will be nothing to replace it :)

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Lovely setup Al.  Thanks for sharing. 

 

 

great job!

very nicely balanced/ packaged room.

 

thank you guys :)

 

Nice setup and great photos.

If it were mine, there's no way I could resist NOT using both subs for music with the crossover set as high as possible.

thanks, hehe when I got the 2nd DD15, I did try in various configurations, and settled in the config I have as best suits my needs and hits the spot for depth and output. If I had a larger room I would certainly consider utilising both DD15s for music :)

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ps I reckon Focal make some of the most interesting drivers on the planet ! and secret behind their lovely rendition of vocals is their massive "power flower" mid range driver that lurks within each Diva...check it out here, courtesy of photo from "hifi shock" focal definitely don't do things by halves  :o

 

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Never thought of running my sub's like that al. My sub's don't have any fancy options apart from phase, gain xover.

I think I would miss the 2 sub's working in unison for HT. In my case the one sub is not powerful enough for my HT needs so the 2 together work much better.

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Never thought of running my sub's like that al. My sub's don't have any fancy options apart from phase, gain xover.

I think I would miss the 2 sub's working in unison for HT. In my case the one sub is not powerful enough for my HT needs so the 2 together work much better.

 

hi Mr G, velodyne do sell the sms-1 system separately for those wanting  to use with other brand subs, about $350 usually second hand and show up now and then, even if not for sub integration and eq, find it really is a handy thing for measurement using its inbuilt RTA which helps a bit in positioning, checking response of sub, speakers and combined system back to main listening position.

 

yes in my case even when had the one DD15, its sufficient enough to shake the couch, room, whole house ! :D even move the front door on its hinges :lol: but yeah as I mentioned the 2nd DD15 does infact come in play for HT, as it works in unison with my mains extending them which is handy for concerts and the like and there is a bit of stuff in movies too where there plenty of sub bass sent through to the fronts. For me its best arrangement have found that works for me for 2ch and ht, but agree there'll be other better setups to suit other equipment, settings and needs :)

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Lookin very nice Al, have you moved or is this the same space that you had from when I visited many years ago?

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Lookin very nice Al, have you moved or is this the same space that you had from when I visited many years ago?

 

thanks Joz, same place...same space from when you and joe visited all those years ago when I first got the Divas :) ... just morphed a bit since those times... :D

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thankyou sierra, the cadenza would be a beauty. look forward to reading how you find it.

 

Love my p9.  Will never give up vinyl, but used up my 9th life buying the rega, its my turntable for life....there will be nothing to replace it :)

 

Ah ... glad you clarified that al ... had me worried for a moment   :P

 

That's really cool that the P9 is your turntable for life ... very few can say things like that about their components  :)

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Now I know why your kitty avatar looks so smug and is captioned "purr...".

 

Best Regards,

Brad

 

thankyou AB :D

 

Big fat gobs of kit and not a cable in sight

 

Beautiful.... 

 

thanks iano, something have put bit of effort in the cables, being a lounge room setup with visitors and family use, to maintain waf and marital bliss ! plus with little kids growing up around the system, last thing wanted cables around they can yank at hehe. so yeah theyre there, just tucked away discretely. the back of the 2ch hifi gear very pleased with but the back of the ht rack/gear does need a bit of work with the birds nest that seems to have accumulated over the years :D ... one day when have some time hehe

Ah ... glad you clarified that al ... had me worried for a moment    :P

 

That's really cool that the P9 is your turntable for life ... very few can say things like that about their components  :)

 

thankyou sierra, with something like a turntable its something possibly doable...its a beautiful and just thinking what lovely thing to have well into retirement, will be quite a retro throwback by that stage and being likely the last Rega woodgrain style tables and their flagship should be quite a collectable piece by then. Anyways had it 5 years now, looking forward to the 9th year anniversary and then the 18th...and the 27th and so on :D

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Great looking system and excellent work to combine the Stereo and HT functions so well.

What are the room dimensions?

 

thank you TC, its 5.5m in length and about 6m in width, but am fortunate that the system is offset using the left 2/3rds of the room and hence getting around the usual disparaging square room effects you have acoustics wise. Am also utilising the rule of 1/3rds in the setup with sitting at 2/3rd depth and 1/3rd behind me which have found works really well audio wise as well. One other benefit of the system setup offset to the room is my velodyne sub I use for 2ch sits firing right down the middle of the room which is spot on harman recommendation for subs and remarkably is very smooth in response there needing little to no eq for its response and blend in beautifully with the Divas.

 

I've also utilised focals recommendations with regard room treatment utilising normal room furnishings and hence keeping a good balance between absorbing and reflective, hard vs soft surfaces plus leaving the wall behind the speakers untreated as they recommend :) so given a domestic setting possibly gone as far as I can with regards setup and treatment and how use the room...well within bounds of maintaining waf and maintaing as much a look feel of a normal lounge room as posslbe  ...happy wife...happy life as they say :D 

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thanks iano, something have put bit of effort in the cables, being a lounge room setup with visitors and family use, to maintain waf and marital bliss ! plus with little kids growing up around the system, last thing wanted cables around they can yank at hehe. so yeah theyre there, just tucked away discretely. the back of the 2ch hifi gear very pleased with but the back of the ht rack/gear does need a bit of work with the birds nest that seems to have accumulated over the years :D ... one day when have some time hehe

 

 

My close-enough-to 2yo would make a meal out of cables & components if allowed to, it's become quite a battle :(

 

As fond as I am of my 4 tier Belloggetti rack I think it's time for it to go.  But I can't seem to find anything that's a) stylish, b. practical, c) functional, d) - keeps both cable and gear safe and out of reach

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On 28/12/2013 at 6:17 PM, Iano said:

My close-enough-to 2yo would make a meal out of cables & components if allowed to, it's become quite a battle :(

 

As fond as I am of my 4 tier Belloggetti rack I think it's time for it to go.  But I can't seem to find anything that's a) stylish, b. practical, c) functional, d) - keeps both cable and gear safe and out of reach

 

the bello would be nice. hey iano, I use an ikea unit for the 2ch gear, you'll see some remnants of the child proofing on that. on the main av rack I used to use a ikea thing myself, but out grew that, and looking high and low for a rack ended up actually making my own. the one I have there is made from modular Qubelok which can get from local aluminium centre or even bunnings. the aluminium centre will cut to length for you, and sell you the plugs to join them. the shelves I got from bunnings, they cut to length and I jarrah stained to match in with my other gear. cost would be under $100 all up from memory. 

 

Have a pic of the finished assembled rack here,

 

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I also use the same style for a floor rack for my 2ch power amp, so its tucked away next to the Divas :)
 
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ps fortunately they do tend to grow out of the touchy feely stage eventually :)

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thank you sierra, with something like a turntable its something possibly doable...its a beautiful and just thinking what lovely thing to have well into retirement, will be quite a retro throwback by that stage and being likely the last Rega woodgrain style tables and their flagship should be quite a collectable piece by then. Anyways had it 5 years now, looking forward to the 9th year anniversary and then the 18th...and the 27th and so on :D

 

The Rega P9 is a classy looking TT with the timber surround as well as a great sounding one so little wonder you want to hang onto it.  :)

Roll on it's 9th, 18th, 27th aniversary!!

 

I'm also a Rega fan boy ... I've had my Planar 3 / RB300 combination for over 30 years now ... and it's a keeper for me as well.

It owes me nothing after 30 years of service so instead of spending big dollars on something like an RP8 I've spent a much more moderate sum on a number Groove Tracer mods, 24v motor, TTPSU etc that should lift it's performance right up there once they're all fitted in the new year ... and I'll have it for another 20/30 years! :)

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The Rega P9 is a classy looking TT with the timber surround as well as a great sounding one so little wonder you want to hang onto it.  :)

Roll on it's 9th, 18th, 27th aniversary!!

 

I'm also a Rega fan boy ... I've had my Planar 3 / RB300 combination for over 30 years now ... and it's a keeper for me as well.

It owes me nothing after 30 years of service so instead of spending big dollars on something like an RP8 I've spent a much more moderate sum on a number Groove Tracer mods, 24v motor, TTPSU etc that should lift it's performance right up there once they're all fitted in the new year ... and I'll have it for another 20/30 years! :)

 

hehe wow, I've only owned regas for about half that time, but yeah theryre pretty robust things and not like av or digital gear where something is outdated just about soon as you buy it. see no reason couldnt hang onto your stuff another 20/30 years :)

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Al I know next to nothing about any of your kit but its not hard to see your systems have been well crafted.

 

I have never been a Rega fan (for no good reason) but your P9 is the closest thing to changing my mind - very nice looking TT and probably sounds even better.

 

One thing that stands out with the HT set-up is its all backed up squarely against the wall. Is this a compromise for practical reasons or are the Diva / subs happy like this.

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Thanks Adam, not surprised re your thoughts on rega, given they make a whole range of decks from budget to the p9. Even myself looking to upgrade from long term (10+ years) of my p25 checked out a bit of other stuff but found myself drawn back to the brand, all can say is the p25 is no slouch was amazed what it did with the jubilee and arc phono stage, punching no doubt way beyond its weight, and then blown away literally when my jubilee was taken off the p25 and transferred onto the p9. With the p9 literally has music emanating from an inky blackness, the extension on the top end, naturalness of way it articulates vocals, the drive of the bass and spaciousness of the sound still has me amazed the difference a deck, arm and psu can make in upgrading from the p25 to p9.

Re against the wall, that is a constraint to certain extent as being a lounge room and homely setting obviously can't have the speakers 1.5m out in the middle of the room or anything, but it's still prob a little deceptive in the pics, the divas are quite deep speakers and the velo dd15s though relatively compact for 15" subs are still not that small in Scheme of things, my divas are about 1m out in the room so not really up against the wall, and the subs are doing fine, you don't really want to put subs out in the room in mid space they tend to loose the plot. What am sacrificing is probably 0.5m of soundstage depth but that's about it, the speakers and subs measure pretty well where they are and sounding great to the point haven't bothered with anymore messing around with positioning since initial placement I did to get the best from them :) it's one of the compromises of the room and setting, but something have learned that there will always be some compromise or the other to contend with and pretty happy with the end result :)

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Fantastic setup Al. I have one of many questions but just starting with one:

How have you integrated the 2ch setup with your AV? Do you physically switch something over?

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thankyou guys that is a massive complement ! :)

 

Fantastic setup Al. I have one of many questions but just starting with one:


How have you integrated the 2ch setup with your AV? Do you physically switch something over?

 

Roh it all works seamlessly. the musical fidelity a5cr pre has a remote selectable htbypass. so yeah by default for ht/av use that is selected. for 2ch use just matter of selecting input required on the a5 pre and good to go. can program input selection on a universal remote. I use the harmony 1100i. easy as pie :D

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ok I updated my appletv in the main system from the older version 1 with the built in hard drive built in to the latest version 3. bonus is the 3 outputs high definition 1080p whereas the older one was always limited to 720p. quite a bit smaller the new one as well. I'll post a pick to compare ! 

 

but anyways that leaves me with the old appletv with built in harddrive spare. and am thinking I might locate that over on the 2ch side of things. the luxman has a digital input to its dac. so I can run digital out from the appletv straight to the luxman and use its internal dac :) now the only thing is I would need a display of sorts to feed off the atv so can select songs or put on shuffle and work through its menu.

 

I only need a small display so thinking something like this which is a 4" lcd

 

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only $30 from hongkong, anyways ordered it see what comes :D

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