System #31 (Quest Z, Theatre, Aerius i)

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System #31 (Ascent i, Theatre, Aerius i)

Member Name: Eric E
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada

Martin Logan Ascent i (front L/R)
Martin Logan Theatre (center channel)
Martin Logan Aerius i (surround L/R)
Mirage M90 (surround back L/R)
Paradigm Reference Servo 15 (subwoofer)

2channel audio:
BAT VK-3i pre-amp
Classe CA300 (300x2 power amp)
Sony 9000ES CD/SACD player
Chang 6400iso power conditioner

HT equipment:
Sharp XVZ9000 DLP projector
Yamaha RX-V2400 receiver (pre outs only)
2 x HK Citation 5.1 (100x4 power amp)
Panasonic XP-30 DVD player (DCDi equipped)
ScientificAtlanta 8300 HDTV/PVR
Chang 3200 power conditioner
Sharp 14” LCD monitor
Parts Express bass shakers under each seat

Canare L-4E6S Star Quad Balanced XLR (front channels)
Canare 4S11 spkr (front channels)
Tara Labs Prime 1000 (rear channels)
Canare video cables
Canare audio cables for HT


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Rear view shot. Sorry with the bad pics....


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Nice, clean and sober setting, Eric! :)

The ML aesthetics are very well served by this simple and beautiful decoration...

Juste one question - for the listeners at the back of the room, how do they perceive the Aerius i ? It seems that they are positionned in a somewhat higher location than the speakers?

And another question in the end... You are mentionning the HK Citations and HT amplifiers. Is it an old model?
Hi Pat,

Thanks for the kind words. :)

The rear Aerius i's have quite a lot of rear sound radation and reflect off of the side and rear walls. The back seats actually get a lot of rear surround sound from the two surround back speakers beside the LCD monitor.

The HK Citations were an amazing used find. One of them is dual bridged with power going to one of the rear logans and power going to the center channel. The other amp powers the other rear logan and then the remaining channel powering the bass shakers in the seats. 100x4 or 200x2 or 200x1+100x2 power outputs are available from the HK amp. Very heavy units and almost overkill for surround channel duties.

Nice setup there! I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person using Sonex in my room. ;)
The front wall is also covered in sonex but covered in black fabric. Sort of the live end/dead end setup but diffusion in the rear. The side walls are 2"thick and the front 1"thick.

I'm thinking of front and rear corner tubes to lessen some thickness in the midbass.

Nice looking system! I bet it sounds as good as it looks! I wish I had a room to set up a dedicated theatre like yours.

I will post my system in a few weeks when I have more time ... I am retiring in 7 weeks!

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Sweet system and design!!!! Very Nice!!

Thank You.

It has been a dream of mine (and the wife too) to finally go through with the project. I'm glad that she supports me and actually loves watching movies and shows down there. 24 is on quite a bit now. :D
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Well... Sold the Quest Z's and placed an order for new Ascent i's :D

Can't sleep now but they should be here by Friday !


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where is your equipment cabinet located? Very nice system hope you enjoy the ascent's.
The 2ch equipment is up front under the theatre center channel. Ideal for short cable runs.

The rest of the HT equipment is at the back spread around the bookshelves. Close to the projector but 1 long run of LR signals to the front and 1 long run of speaker cable to the Theatre.


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Just got them last night and had them on for 10h straight :D

I wasn't expecting much straight out of the box but the first few seconds of the first song that I put on and WOW :eek: :eek:

Depth, detail, soundstaging, all the audiophile traits were there magnified to the n'th degree. I could actually tell the difference between CD's and SACD's now! The whole front wall and even to the sides had amazing placement of instruments and sounds in 3D space. Sounds were not hanging on the front plane of the electrostats but as a whole envelope of sound around you. My wife even mentioned that she was hearing sounds to the extreme left wall and even up towards the ceiling :D

Bass was very tight and controlled but not to the same level of room shaking bass as from the 12" drivers in the Quest Z. I know that it will take a while for the Ascent i's bass drivers to break in but I'll be all smiles till then.

BTW. This is with one of my HK amps in place of the Classe because it is in service.... Should get the Classe back soon I hope.
I had a similar reaction the first time that I heard Ascents about 1.5 years ago. I've heard speakers before that that made me go "Wow!", but the Ascents were the first that gave me actual goosebumps. Mind you, this was in a local high-end store and they had the room set up well, with better electronics than I'm likely to get, but still...

It reminded me of a time about 25 years ago when I auditioned some KEF monitors at a local place. A buddy of mine (a former high-end audio sales guy) and I were listening to a Dixie Dregs album. At some point in the middle of the cut, the ambience just dramatically opened up. If you've ever heard someone describe sound as having washed into the room, that's what it sounded like. (I wish I could remember which album/track it was...).
I must have about 25+ hours of use now on the new Ascents and the bass is changing dramatically. Much more fuller and shall we say rounded. My wife is amazed too at the changes. She was disappointed too with the bass response compared to the Quest Z's but I told her give it time.... :)

What are the dimensions of your room (approximately)? What ceiling height do you need for this setup? You might have inspired me to take my Sawzall out of the box and start in on the basement.
Hi Jon,

The room is approx. 14'-6"W x 25'L x 8"H. Standard 2x4 construction with drywall and insulation all around. Doors are solid core with foam gaskets around the openings. Ceiling height was the max I could get with the drywall directly screwed to the floor joists.

I wish the room could have been wider to accomodate CLS IIz's but there was a post and beam on one side that I just didn't want to spend the $$$$ on moving. I did move the water heater to a different location.
Nise setup Eric. you are one lucky man to have all that gear AND and understanding wife....

Take Care fellow GTA'er
New pics with the Ascent i's and revised speaker placement. I relocated the Servo 15 sub to the front left corner and pushed out the Ascent's futher into the room.


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