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May 31st, 2003, 7:23 PM
Just wondering what kind of speakers Dr. Hsu has at home? Which subwoofer? What about you Sasha?

Anybodyelse want to list your gear?

I will go first:

Ascend Acoustics CBM-170's, CMT-340c, and HTM-200's
Harman/Kardon AVR525
Panasonic CP72

May 31st, 2003, 11:13 PM
Here is my gear in the HT setup:

Magnepan MG-IIIa front w/Hsu 1220/500w crossed @ 51hz
Magnepan MGCC1 center w/Hsu 10V/250w crossed @ 155/131hz
Magnepan MG10.1 surround

Krell KSA-80 80wpc 2ch amp
McCormack HT-1 100/150/100 w 3ch amp
B&K ST-202 140wpc amp

Meridian 565/562v pre/proc & A/V switcher

Toshiba SD9200 DVD-A player
Tandberg 3031A FM tuner
Nakamichi BX-150 casette deck
Focus Enhancements Quadscan Elite scaler
Mitsubishi X100 XGA projector
Da-lite model B rear-tensioned 100" screen
Ezio 18" LCD monitor

Harman Kardon TC1000 remote control

Noisetrapper isolation transformer
Panamax Max 1000+ line conditioner

MIT MI-330 SII/Terminator 2/Terminator 3, Van DeHul interconnects
Canare Digiflex Gold/LV-77S/L-5CFB digital cable
MIT Res-LinQ S-Video cable
Monster cable M1000CV/3CV, Tributaries DCV, Canare V3-5CFB component cables
Monster cable, Audioquest GR-8/F-18 speaker cables
TG-Lab, Ultralink, Cardas, Custom house, Straightwire Blue Thunder power cords
Sun 13W3 RGBHV cables.

June 3rd, 2003, 8:38 PM
Currently I primarily use:

Ascend CMB-170s and a VTF-2. I am waiting to get some carpet on the hardwood floors to minimize the slap echo, so I can really appreciate these speakers. I had to sell my Mackie HR824s since I can't really appreciate them in the living room with slap echo.

Dr. Hsu uses the Ascend HTMs primarily, with a receiver he got at Costco and a $100 DVD player.

October 18th, 2004, 3:07 PM
Well this thread sure died on the vine didn't it? Let's see if we can give it new life...

My stuff...

Axiom M60ti mains
Axiom VP150 center
Axiom QS8 surrounds
Hsu VTF-2 subwoofer
Axiom M2i game room
Rotel RSP-1066 processor
Rotel RMB-1075 5-channel amp
Pioneer 563a universal player
JVC 32" old school tube tv (hoping to jump into a 61" DLP in 2005!)

October 18th, 2004, 3:22 PM
Interesting choice, Dr. Hsu. I don't feel too bad about listing my equipment now. I find the same thing with a lot of people who make careers in the a/v industry. People always assume I have an amazing system at home when in reality, I just don't have the time or focus to improve on my system.

PSB Stratus Mini
PSB Stratus C5
PSB Alpha LR Surrounds

Marantz SR6300 Receiver
Panasonic DVD-A Player
Sony Minidisc
Sony 34" Direct View
Yamaha Cassette Deck
Sony VCR
Scientific Atlantic Digital Cable Box
Philips Pronto TSU 2000

Nothing really top end in my system Except for the HSU but sounds great. I'm all for sensible audio/video gear.

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October 19th, 2004, 2:58 AM
Heres mine.

Stereo set up
Axiom M80's
Dual Hsu Vtf-2s
Rotel RB1080 amp
Rotel RC1070 pre
Outlaw Icbm
Sony C222es cd player
Msb link dac-3 d/a converter
Sony St-s211 tuner
Monsterpower Hts 2500

HT set up
Hsu Ventrioquist system
Warfedale Powercube 12A
Panisonic SA-HE70 Reciever
Panisonic PV-V4523S VCR
JVC XV-N55SL Dvd player
Toshiba 36" TV

October 19th, 2004, 4:49 AM
I've got Definitive Technology speakers:
SM350 fronts, CLR2002 center, BP2X surrounds, and BP1.2X back surrounds.

2x HSU Research TN1220HO subs (with Hsu Bass Optimizer)
Pioneer Elite VSX-45TX
Sunfire Cinema Grand (powers front 3 speakers and both subs)
Hitachi 65s500 HDTV
Pioneer Elite DV-45A
Harmony SST-659 remote (awesome!)

In case anyone cares, I've got a mish-mash of cables from radio shack, home depot and Monster. I've found no difference between Monster and the Radio Shack interconnect cables, aside from aesthetics and price; ditto with the Monster 12ga speaker wire and the Home Depot in-wall cable. Spend money where it matters: room treatments, better speakers, better electronics; not on snake-oil.


October 19th, 2004, 7:34 AM
Sherwood/Newcastle P-965 pre/pro
ATI AT1502 and AT1505 amps
Pioneer 563a universal disc player
Hughes GXCEBOT (DirecTiVo)
Ascend Acoustics CMT-340m(mains) and CMT-340c(center)
Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 surrounds
Hsu Research VTF-3
HTM MX-500 remote
Blue Jeans interconnects
Homemade speaker cables using Canare 4S11

October 19th, 2004, 8:46 AM
Dr. Hsu uses the Ascend HTMs primarily, with a receiver he got at Costco and a $100 DVD player.Hsu and Ascend scratching each other's back? How about using some real speakers that pertains to the music world? Or is Hsu slumming with this Costco/Soundesign setup in order to replicate his new clientel's bases? Don't forget to use the $99 KLH subwoofer as reference ;)

October 19th, 2004, 8:55 AM
Ooooh....harsh! :D

October 20th, 2004, 3:09 PM
Why does everyone start with the speakers (except Curtis)?

PSB Stratus Silvers
PSB Startus C6 Center
Ascend CBM-170's for surrounds

B&K 507AVR
Dennon 1600 DVD-A
Mitsubishi HD-DTV receiver
Pioneer Elite CLD 59 LD

Mitsubishi WS 55" HDTV


Kimber speaker wires
AudioQuest interconnects
Kimber interconnects
Audio Power Power wedges
EchoBusters room treatment

One comfortable overstuffed chair,
and some Star Wars movie posters.;)

October 20th, 2004, 3:14 PM
hey....in the very first post I started with speakers. :D

October 21st, 2004, 4:20 PM
hey....in the very first post I started with speakers. :D
This is a speaker related forum.

I was glad to see someone else with great taste in speakers here also;) !

October 21st, 2004, 7:10 PM
edit: hell, just read my sig.

Hans Gruber
October 23rd, 2004, 2:58 AM
Mitsubishi 65" HDTV (CRT projection)
Zenith HD420 terrestrial HDTV tuner
Zenith DVB318 DVD player with 1080i upconversion via Faroudja DCDi chip
Phillips (1994) old school DVD player with coaxial digital connection (yippie)

Denon AVR-3801 receiver (DD, DTS, Dolby Digital 6.1EX, DTS 6.1ES)
Energy Audigy 2+2 bipolar speakers (front 2)
BIC DV62CLR-S (Center Channel)
BIC MURO VI-38's (Surround Right and Left inwalls)
BIC MURO M-SR6 (Surround Back both right and left inwall)

Radio Shack Analog SPL to keep the sound balanced.
Mostly Acoustic Research cables, some monster cable and a couple Radio shack bananna plugs. 12 gauge acoustic research speaker wire.

XBOX, PS2, Gamecube, Dreamcast, PS1 for those that care.

October 23rd, 2004, 7:59 AM
Heres my setup in my family room:
Yamaha RXV-2400
Yamaha DVD-S1500
Dual Yamaha CDM-900 cd players
Toshiba 36" crt
Sony T-60 Tivo
Paradigm Monitor 3 v.3 fronts
Paradigm CC-370 v.3
Paradigm AMS-300 surround BL&BR walls
Paradigm AMS-150 surround BL&BR Ceiling
Monster Cables

I truly love this system it sounds so sweet. I listen to a wide variety of music including bass heavy music ie. Outkast. However, I have been on a Widespread Panic kick and I recently have been exploring sacds and dvd-audios. No matter what I listen to my VTF-3 compliments the Paradigms exceptionally well. It really is truly amazing.

In my screened in porch I have:

Onkyo 601
Onkyo DX-C390 cd changer
Ventriloquist V-12s
Monster Cables

My screened in porch is now my wifes and my favorite room in the house. Truly awesome and plenty loud for an 16'x14' room even with horrible acoustics.