We moved back to Manchester / Stockport about 6 months ago and I was fortunate enough to be able to have a small but dedicated music room. I did some painting in it over the Easter weekend and finished a small project this weekend, so it is now ready for public display!
This is my kit, housed in HiFi Racks Podium rack:
The Primare CD31 is a great CD player, although I increasingly find myself streaming spotify through the Sonos ZP90, and I have no doubt this is the last CDP I will buy. I have (most of) my CDs stored in the room:
but I find I don't really miss the tactility of CDs, and I love the convenience of playing music with the computer or iPhone.
Close up of the Primare Pre30, above the A33.2:
When we moved to the new house I upgraded from ATC SCM11s (which are now in my living room AV setup) to SCM40s:
I love these speakers, great scale and dynamics when required, allied with phenomenal detail and delicacy if that's what the music demands. Bass is accurate, taut and with good depth, allowing the superb mid range driver to thrive.
So this is the view from the listening position:
The L shaped sofa is good for lots of people to enjoy the music when we have people over, but provides an almost ideal central position when I'm listening alone.
I picked this poster up second hand on eBay and then got it framed. It's limited edition signed by Billy Woodman, and lists ATC's 'Friends around the World', including Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and the Pope
This weekend's project was to make some acoustic panels:
Which I have sited at the first reflection points on the right hand wall:
And behind the listening position:
I've not had a chance to do much listening since putting these up and, having received some advice, I'm likely to experiment further with positioning and possibly other acoustic treatment. But my early impressions are that this has been a very worthwhile improvement for a modest outlay (under £150 total for all 3 panels), soundstaging in particular is much sharper.
So that's it for now: