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Hi everyone,

 

we moved into our new house a few months ago and a few days before christmas I got the last piece in my AV setup (the stand) and it now looks ok enough for public display  Smile Members' photos is always my favourite bit of a forum, so hopefully a few people will enjoy.

 

The stand is custom made from reclaimed wood by a company called Stump Furniture in Leeds. A very good price compared to off the shelf units which would fit my kit and (IMHO) much better looking:

 

 

Given my speakers, I wanted to get the best amplification possible. As I have been gathering these components for many months I have been able to get some good deals on SH items. I am using the Onkyo PR-SC886 as a pre/pro which is not latest gen, but is pretty much up to date save for the latest incarnation of Audyssey. I picked up the S380 as blu ray source when Argos mistook it for the 370 and was selling very cheap:

 

 

My main source used to be the DMR-EX88, which is now used for its primary function. Power amplification is the A30.5. I love the synergy of Primare and ATC, and this thing is an absolute beast, a difficult job even for 2 people to carry. I find using Onkyo as a pre gives the right amount more 'bite' / 'attack', compared to all Primare electronics in my hifi, perfect for blu rays.

 

 

The centre is the ATC C3C (thanks to Rick @ Musicraft). I have moved my 11s out of my hifi and they are now my fronts. I feel the C3C offers a great compromise between the principle of having a strong centre given its high use and the sub/sat principle, as it has the same mid/bass drivers (x2) and the same tweeter as the 11s. It also looks (IMHO) very  Dirol :

 

 

TV is Pioneer 428-XD. If I'd held off another 6 months I'd have ended up with 9th gen, but this is a truly marvellous screen, blu rays are a significant upgrade over DVDs and I still enjoy the picture every day  Smile Shot of the full setup:

 

 

The sub is ATC's (now discontinued) C2:

 

 

This is the lowest in their line to use the SL driver, which I really wanted, but wasn't able to justify the size and expense of the C4. IMO this gives true 'studio grade' bass, super fast and responsive, yet massively textured and musical and (naturally) a perfect blend with the 11s and C3C. It's also very shiny Wink :

 

 

I have a few minor things to sort: hiding the aerial, sorting my BDP -> ethernet cable -> homeplug etc. When finances allow I also obviously need some rears, but I am in no rush. I would also like to upgrade the BDP (probably Oppo) and add a sonos zone down here. But for now, I am very, very happy with PQ and SQ is on another level  Smile :)

 

May you all have a very happy christmas and enjoy your films and music  Smile

 

Ben

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Very nice Ben.
I love the ATC's.A very sophisticated set up that will sound phenomenal.
What rears will you eventually go for?
If I had the room and £ I would love ATC's all round the same models you have.
Nice one.

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Ben, classy looking job.

Have a muscical New Year

Cno

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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Looks amazing! Stump Furniture in Leeds added to my wish list 

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The stand looks lovely but are you not even slightly concerned that you've got no ventilation space around your amps at all?

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ric71 wrote:
Very nice Ben. I love the ATC's.A very sophisticated set up that will sound phenomenal. What rears will you eventually go for? If I had the room and £ I would love ATC's all round the same models you have. Nice one.

 

Thanks a lot Ric Smile

Any rears I have are going to be pretty close on either side to my sofa, so it's something I have to think carefully about. The obvious choice is SCM7s, although these might be a bit dominating. ATC also do flat panel 'on wall' versions of the 7s and 11s, which is an option, but adds quite a lot to the price. The other possibility would be something like the MA Apex, which would be a bit more discreet and could go on wall, but obviously wouldn't have the same tonal consistency. Whatever it is will be a while off yet, so I can have fun pondering in the mean time Smile

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CnoEvil wrote:
Ben, classy looking job. Have a muscical New Year Cno

Thanks very much Cno, and the same to you Smile

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Looks amazing! Stump Furniture in Leeds added to my wish list 

 

Thanks Mark  Smile The Stump Furniture website is here:  http://www.stumpfurniture.co.uk/ I came across this via the 'other forum'. A company called Chunky Monkey use similar wood but it sounded like their lead times were getting longer with all the forum members placing orders! Stuart @ Stump also said he had 5 or 6 custom cabinets on the go at one time, but I was pleased with the timing and very happy with the product. Obviously it doesn't have spikes and cable management etc but if, like me, you think a flat, solid surface is all you really need for the electronics then this is a very reasonably priced option  Smile

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The stand looks lovely but are you not even slightly concerned that you've got no ventilation space around your amps at all?

Thanks. No, I'm not even slightly concerned. The design is made to my measurements, so if I'd wanted more space I could have had it, and indeed the four shelves are all adjustable, so I can give myself more space even now. There's about 1cm above the Onkyo and 2cm above the Primare, a cm on either side, and more on the left of the Onkyo, behind the front panel. The front (obviously) is entirely open, as is the back with about 7cm of cabinet at the back plus a bit more to the wall. Despite being a pre/pro the Onkyo actually gets realatively warm, but only to a similar level to the Primare. Both get about as warm as my A33.2, which I've had with similar ventilation in the HiFi Racks Podium for some time now. Basically, they have sufficent ventilation and don't overheat. I feel I've made the right choice (for me) between aesthetics and practicality  Smile

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Hi Ben..

          One word..Wow!

Main system: MF AMS 35i / Focal 1028be / Electrocompaniet EMC 1UP / MIT cables

Bedroom: Laptop(Qobuz) / Chord gem / Rega Brio-r / KEF ls50 / TQ black / Sennheiser momentum

 

 

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iceman16 wrote:

Hi Ben..

          One word..Wow!

 

Thanks mate!  Smile

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Hi,

 

I like the setup. Well put together and something I would consider owning myself especially the stand is very pleasing to the eye. Looks like you could fit a bigger TV in that space though..;-)

 

A Happy New Year to you!

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AndyWright wrote:

Hi,

 

I like the setup. Well put together and something I would consider owning myself especially the stand is very pleasing to the eye. Looks like you could fit a bigger TV in that space though..;-)

 

A Happy New Year to you!

 

Thanks Andy and a happy NY to you too  Smile You're definitely right about TV size, it was the biggest I could fit in my old house but I could now fit 50 or maybe even 60". I can't justify the expense tho, especially where the upgrade in PQ would be fairly small. More realistically, I think the long term plan would be to leave this for everyday watching and get a projector with a pull down screen for movies. Some way off tho....

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very nice setup Ben! Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

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I don't normally post on these threads, but this is a nice setup there.

I never used to like the look of the ATC's, but they're really growing on me.

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Yaya2 wrote:

very nice setup Ben! Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

 

Thanks a lot  Smile

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