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This is my obsession. Over 40 years of assembling systems. I have finally achieved what I’ve desired since the start. This system is amazing at what it can do, the energy that it produces, the soundstage is wide, deep and tall, from the smallest detail to the tight solid bass, every note is detailed with texture. The silence within the music is mind blowing, never imagined how black the background could be to reveal every little nuance in the recording. It’s been a fun ride to this point and now I can listen to the music as well as the system. 
The room was built for such a system. The walls are over one foot thick with heavy insulation in between them. Double 2”x6” walls on the interior and exterior of the room. I doubled up two sheets of 5/8” drywall that is screwed and glued to the wall studs. The subfloor is raised off of the main floor 1 1/2” and has a dense foam padding between the riser boards and the 3/4” plywood. I left a one inch gap between the floor and the walls so the floor does not make any contact with the walls. There is one window in the room but I have two windows in place, one in the interior wall and one in the exterior wall, this helps keep out outside noise. The walls are treated with rugs and curtains. I installed a sub panel in which I have four dedicated circuits but I’m only using two at the moment. The Powercell SX and the Powercell 10 se mkll are plugged into their own Synergistic Research purple duplex that are on their own circuits. All fed by 10 gauge wiring with one of the four circuits being fed by an 8 gauge wire, just in case I decide to get a little crazy with the power requirements. 
A little about the system setup. I tried taking advantage of the Synergistic Research SRX and Galileo Discovery power cables so that every piece would benefit from them. The Powercell SX(w/the SRX power cable) feeds the cd player, preamp and dvd player and the Powercell 10 se mkll(has the Galileo Discovery power cable feeding it) feeds the amps. This setup yields the best performance I’ve heard from the system. I am a firm believer of Synergistic Research products and have always had great success with every product of theirs that I’ve installed. I credit the SR products for giving me the blackest background noise. 
It’s a dream system that I love to listen to. I feel there are no weaknesses to this system and I can easily see myself listening to this system for a long time to come. 
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Room Details

Dimensions: 19’ × 12’  Medium
Ceiling: 8’


Components Toggle details

    • Jammin Monkey band Rockin the Jams
    • Esoteric K-03Xs
    • Audio Research Reference 6 SE
    • Mcintosh Mc1.2kw
    • Focal Maestro Utopia III
    • Synergistic Research SRX power cable
    Feeds the Powercell sx
    • Synergistic Research (2) Galileo Discovery power cables
    Feeds the esoteric cd player
    Feeds the Powercell 10 se mkii
    • Synergistic Research Atmosphere Euphoria sx XLR interconnects
    Cd to preamp
    Preamp to amps
    • Synergistic Research Atmosphere Euphoria sx speaker cables
    • Synergistic Research Atmosphere Euphoria sx power cables
    Feeds the Reference 6se
    Feeds the mc1.2kw’s
    Feeds the lexicon rt-10
    • Synergistic Research Powercell 10 SE Mk II
    Supplies the power amps
    • Isoacoustic Titan Theis/Orea indigo/Oreo Bordeaux/ Zazen
    Everything is on isoacoustic footers
    • Synergistic Research PowerCell SX
    Supplies:
    Cd player
    Preamp
    Dvd
    • Synergistic Research Purple duplex
    Everything is plugged into purple outlets
    • Synergistic Research Carbon fiber cable risers
    • Synergistic Research Purple fuses
    • REL Acoustics S812 (2)
    I have them but not using them at the moment
    • Adona Audio rack

Comments 10

Grandma Woody:
All we are, basically, are monkeys with car keys…(and nice audio gear…[me, sic]). 

akguitarman

Owner
I want to thank everyone for their kind comments and I’ll try to respond each of them. 
-Ghdprentice: thanks for your kind words. It is a great feeling when all the time and investment pays off. I’d gladly swap my amps for your amps from your main system tho. ; )

-Sunshdw: your comment has me thinking maybe I just need bigger speakers ; )

-Cohicks4: Thanks for your kind words. Each component was carefully considered and sought out when I was in the market for each piece. Sorry to disappoint any TT fans out there but this just isn’t the proper setup for a TT. I’m thinking of building a second system in the bedroom that I might build an analog system to entertain vinyl. I spend a considerable amount of time in this room with no regrets. The outside world is a lil crazy and this is my escape from it all. 

-tak1: thanks for your enthusiastic comment. It’s an awesome room even when I’m not listening to music the room is dead silent and it’s a great escape from the outside world. 

-baylinor: the monkeys are absolutely cool and keep things rocking, thanks. 

-vinylgroove: the jammin monkey band absolutely helps with the soundstage but not quite so much with the detail. They’re not too concerned about the tuning of their instruments ; ) 

-gaylelee60: thanks for your comment. I’ve never really had any noticeable issues with the ceiling. The ceiling has a textured surface and a few coats of a dull flat white paint. If anything I notice the soundstage opens up about 6 foot to the left of the left channel and only about 3 feet to the right of the right channel. I sit slightly off axes to correct for this but it doesn’t help that the room opens up to 14’ wide on the left just in front of the left speaker, I feel this assist the soundstage more to the left side.  The Focal maestro’s also help since the midrange driver is pointed downward towards the listening position and not straight out into the room causing reflection off of the ceiling. The speakers are tipped 3 degrees forward to help aim the tweeters slightly downward towards the listening position as well, more so just due to the size of the maestro’s. 

scott8667

Really beautiful set-up but one question , how do you address the slope of your ceiling ? Perhaps it makes no difference in your room but I pretty much have always had to address ceiling reflections with " clouds " and I would expect this to be far more difficult with a sloped ceiling .

gaylelee60

Did positioning the jamming monkey band help with the detail or sound stage? You’ve assembled an impressive system!

vinylgroove

@cohicks4 Ha ha .... ain't that the damn truth~!! :)

tak1

Cool monkeys!

baylinor

Utterly awesome as well as the treated/dedicated room. Good for you~!

tak1

What an outstanding choice of components, was hoping to see a TT choice in there, but if I had a system like this, I'd waste away in that room!

cohicks4

I think your speaker could use a little more power :-)
Great set up!

sunshdw

Beautiful system and venue. It is great when decades of work and investment come into fruition.

ghdprentice

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