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An Oppo BDP-95 with SOTA DACs connected via analog XLR stereo and RCA 7.1 to a Cary Cinema 11a processor in bypass mode is the main audio source. A DirecTV HD-DVR is connected via HDMI. The system has two Velodyne HGS-15 subs controlled by an SMS-1 bass manager. A 3-channel and two 2-channel Proceed amps feed KEF Reference speakers via XLR lines. The LR mains are a pair of 107/2s.

Most of the equipment was bought used from sellers on Audiogon at a fraction of MSRP. We use the system for both music and HT. It does both well.


Niiiiiice. And you’ve proven you don’t have to sell one of the grandkids to build it.

We’re of the same approach: good picture, sure, but equally as good sound. Having ten-fifteen speakers may be, to some, over the top yet with that many the sound envelops and is clear without excessive volume.

My hearing is as good as it ever was but for a slight diminishment at 21KHz but I am still in the range of the system (15Hz to 20KHz). My speakers are Velodyne, Infinity Reference, Mirage 360s, and PSB. For me it means I can balance all to where the ‘wall of sound’ blends across the sound spectrum.

One last. The electrical supply to our house is poor: so much junk added to the supply and it showed both in video and sound. I put in a Monster Constant Voltage leveler unit and a Monster Line smoother and the system became clearer and cleaner. Colors popped out and the Yamaha Z-11 seemed to process sound that much better.

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