audioquattr system, from A to Z

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My first big high-end system (2001) was around Amati (SF) speakers and today the Zeta (Cessaro). So from A to Z ;-).

I got several people asking me about more details of the system so i like to share these in this thread. Here is my main system in a dedicated room of our house.

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The room is part of our monumental house (1879) which we totally renovated in 2012/2013.

Before we started that project we decided to create a dedicated music room. So from start of the house renovation i could take into account all what's needed for the room.

That is a very solid floor, big isolated walls with sandwhich of 22cm stone than 6cm foam than 5cm rockwool and finally 12mm fermacel. We also made (40cm deep) spaces in the walls (behind the 2 left and 2 right screens) which are used for SMT diffusors 60%, a little bit absorbtion (10%) and woofer sytems. In the backwall are spaces used for bassabsorbers. Also the space above the speakers is partly used for bassabsorbers. Under that, behind the acoustical transparent videoscreen there is a big wooden diffusor.

Offcourse powerlines are separated and straight from the first fusebox in the house. Just one for audio and another for power turntablemotors etc separated also different lines for video etc.



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The room is mostly used for listening and sometimes for watching films or sport in the weekend.
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I also can do some work there but it is certainly not my main office .
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The room is mostly used for listening and sometimes for watching films or sport in the weekend.
I also can do some work there but it is certainly not my main office .
It for sure is the room where i spend many hours during the week :).

The size of the room is: 4.8m x 10.2m x 3.8m(height) , about 16ft x 33.5ft x 12.5ft (height)

The speakers/tweeters are about 6.5 ft (1.95m) from frontwall, listening position 11 ft (3.30m) from backwall. Listening distance is 16 ft (4.90m).
 
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Equipment list:

turntable: Techdas AF3 premium, Kronos Pro ; Tonearm: AS Axiom, SME 3012r, Ikeda 407. Cartridge: Grado Epoch, MSL Signature Platinum, Shelter Harmony, Ortofon Mc Anna. Phonostage: Pass XS Phono . Linestage: Alieno pre on order, TAD C600 . Amplifier: Alieno 250 LTD. Loudspeaker: Cessaro Zeta. Cables: AudioQuest Wel

Power: PS Audio P10. Powercables: Shunyata. Musicserver: Aurender W20. Dac: Lampizator Pacific. Room: 4.8m x 10.2m x 3.8m(height) , about 16ft x 33.5ft x 12.5ft (height)

acoustics: SMT S-wings 60%, absorbers 10% behind the left and right screens, Bass absorbers at the backwall


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Some more pictures of the room, aswell from behind the "screens" ... :)

women talk; "Wow what an awesome experience is this". At earlier days with another system; "yes those speakers sounds good".
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Because size matters; to give an idea about the size of the Cessaro Zeta, this woman is about 6ft (1.8m) tall.
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Diffusor at frontwall behind acoustical transparent screen.
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View from behind the screen.
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Ron Resnick

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Thank you for commencing this thread, audioquattr! I am sure many members and guests will enjoy immensely learning about your system and its development!

From my travels over the last several years listening to systems at friends’ homes dealer demos and audio shows your system is one of the very best I have ever heard!

The photos are GREAT!
 
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Audiophile Bill

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Some more pictures of the room, aswell from behind the "screens" ... :)

women talk; "Wow what an awesome experience is this". At earlier days with another system; "yes those speakers sounds good".
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Because size matters; to give an idea about the size of the Cessaro Zeta, this woman is about 8ft (1.8m) tall.
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Diffusor at frontwall behind acoustical transparent screen.
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View from behind the screen.
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Hey - what a fantastic system. Amazing room.

I think the “woman” is ~6feet not 8feet unlesss I misunderstand you :)
 

bonzo75

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Hey - what a fantastic system. Amazing room.

I think the “woman” is ~6feet not 8feet unlesss I misunderstand you :)
8 feet should attract attention of the hyperbole police
 
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Congratulations on an amazing system......one of my favorite installations I've seen. Curious, where are the woofers located?
 

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I see you have the Grid Protectors. Have you tried the Piccolo. Did Ron realize you had the the Scherzinger devices on when he was there.

Tang
 
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I see you have the Grid Protectors. Have you tried the Piccolo. Did Ron realize you had the the Scherzinger devices on when he was there.

Tang
Yes i have tried the piccolo’s but i didn’t like them after 2 days. First few hours i liked them but after a few days they became to intense.
But the grid protectors i like, only behind the set. Not behind my listening position, than it confuses the soundstage. I have them on the least intense position/config.
No when Ron visited me i didn’t have the Schnerzingers in the room. I just had the speakers running for a few weeks and i was still learning the system.
 
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I see you have the Grid Protectors. Have you tried the Piccolo. Did Ron realize you had the the Scherzinger devices on when he was there.

Tang
One more note, please be kind to Ron, he might be sensitive to highs and Sibilance but he easily pics the differents from all the carts and adjustments i was doing behind his back.
He instantly heard when the adjustments were in the optimal position, without knowing what i was doing.

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spiritofmusic

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Oh, didn't you see the eyes in the back of his head?
 
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