JBL Synthesis 1400 Array BG loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Linn Sondek turntable with Lingo power supply, Linn Ittok tonearm, Spectral cartridge; Day-Sequerra Reference Signature FM tuner.
Digital Sources: Bryston BCD-1 CD player & BDA-1 DAC, Sony SCD-C555ES SACD/CD player, Bel Canto USB Link 24/96 USB-to-S/PDIF converter, Thinkpad X-61 laptop computer.
Preamplifier: Bryston BP26.
Power Amplifiers: Mark Levinson No.334, Bryston 3B-SST2 & 7B-SST2.
Loudspeakers: Quad ESL-989, Revel Ultima Salon2.
Cables: Digital: Wireworld Starlight Coaxial. Interconnect: Mark Levinson Silver, Red Rose Silver One, Totem Acoustic Sinew single-ended, Pure Silver, Bryston balanced. Speaker: QED X-Tube 400, Pure Silver R50 biwire double ribbon, Ultralink Excelsior 6N OFHC, Coincident Speaker Technology CST 1. AC: manufacturer's own.
Accessories: Torus RM-20 Power Isolation Unit, ATI SLM-100 analog sound-level meter. Listening room: 26' L by 13' W by 12' H with semi-cathedral ceiling, sound-absorbing rugs and furniture. Left wall has large bay window covered by Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb fabric shades. Rear of room opens through 8' by 4' doorway into 25' L by 15' W kitchen.—Larry Greenhill

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Elkhart, IN 46517
(516) 594-0300
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Jimmy_G's picture
Trickled down?

It would be interesting to compare how much of Project Array's magic that Mr. Timbers was able to distil into his curious Studio 5 series as both designs feature large bi-radial horns and trapezoidal cabinets.  

Full disclosure, my own curiosity got the better of me last January and I purchased the 530s for my smaller 2 channel system and I haven't found reason to take them out yet. I figured that anyone implementing a compression driver mated to a horn, and sensitivity isn't the goal, has a design that certainly warrants a listen.  

I haven't had the opportunity to listen to any of the Synthesis Project systems yet so I've always been left wondering.  

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