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  1. 3 points
    If bass wasn't important to the track the artist/band/composer wouldn't put it in. If it is in the track and the system fails to reproduce it, well you know what I'm going to say. If there is no bass or little bass and someone wants to artificially boost it , I think thats also a bit of a problem. As it seems some will try to over power the mids by drowning it in bass. Bass done right is pure magic! IMO of course.
  2. 2 points
    Today I took delivery of my new speakers - WLM La Scalas. With this, my system has finally reached the place I've been working towards for the past couple of years. It's taken a lot of work to get here. All money for this project has come/is coming from my second job. I delivered a lot of pizzas to get this... Turntable - Exclusive P10 Cartridge - Benz Micro Glider H2, Soundsmith Ruby OCL retip Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH Amplification - Weston Acoustics 'New' Topaz KT120 Speakers - WLM La Scala Speaker cables and interconnects - pretty much random bunch of stuff. Ixos, QED, Chord etc. Am still playing around with the speaker positioning (haven't got the soundstage dialled in quite right yet), but am already very pleased with the way things are headed. Spent the afternoon alternately playing fairly delicate stuff and being a hooligan (my first press RATM LP was a great way to enjoy the dynamics this setup is cabable of). Aside from that, there are a few remaining things to do. Firstly and most importantly, I need a rug and some (visually subtle) acoustic treatment. Things are definitely way too live at the moment. I knew about this from the word go, but previously I could ignore it as I was listening to my Magnepan MMGs nearfield, so all the room issues could be ignored. After that, I'll be looking for a LOMC and probably change the phono stage at some point. All in good time though, once I've sorted the acoustics (which sadly I won't be able to do for a couple of months) I won't be in any hurry with the rest of it. Will be spending money on music and hoarding the remains to go towards said changes, rather than what I've been doing lately, which was save all the money for the gear and neglect the music buying. Thanks are due: Mark (Lebowski), for selling me his La Scalas. They are beautiful, and in stone mint condition. Love your work, Mark! Tony from Audio Addiction, for going above and beyond, organising the freight for the speakers from Mark's place to his work, and then delivering them to me in his lunch break. Thank you very much for your kindness, Tony. Earle for building a beautiful amp, and for putting up with me bugging him with stupid questions repeatedly, and for generally being great to deal with. Shane (Turntable), for selling me his P10, and for very graciously putting me up for the night after the long drive from Brisbane to Sydney to pick said turntable up (also for letting me listen to his awesome system). Ray (Ozrayyau), for selling me the GCPH. Brian (Guru), for showing me the way when he came to set up my old turntable at my old, tiny unit, several years ago, and lastly, to my wife Amy, for putting up with me generally, and my annoying, room-stealing Magnepans in particular, and for letting me raid our savings account when Mark put his La Scalas up for sale before I had enough pizza money stored up.
  3. 2 points
    I'm with Jv on this one, probably the speakers, though my experience with rotel is that they are a bit bright with metal tweeters so that would probably rule out the Osborns from his list. Which Xindac ICs are you using? If you can find out a little about their construction you may be able to tweek the sound by replacing them with an IC of a slightly different construction (ie replace multi stranded copper with thick core copper) fairly cheaply. Any effect will be fairly small (certainly nothing like changing the speakers) but you should be able to do it for a much smaller outlay as well. Just a thought.
  4. 1 point
    This is the official VAF DC-X35 thread. The DC-X35 will be shown at the Australian Audio & AV Show in Sydney 19-21 October (Next Week), and you'll see an offer for the first 50 in a seperate VAF Show thread. We won't reveal all here just yet, but the new DC-X35 builds on the previous platform with smoother response again, better dynamics again, 10% deeper bass (as if its predecessor didn't go deep enough), and 10% higher bass power handling too Prices will start at $2,999 in Black European Oak. Other finishes will be available. A DC-X35cc centre speaker will also be available for $1,799. Every set will be individually serial numbered for each owner, and a gold plate on each speaker will identify these limited edition speakers. Questions welcome...
  5. 1 point
    Here's a bargain. RATM box set. 2 x CD's, 2 x DVD's, 1 x book....and most importantly 1 x LP. £16 on amazon UK v's US$136 on amazon US. I think someone's stuffed up so I suggest you order quick smart. http://www.amazon.co...9G7ZYUO/ozba-21 http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B009G7ZYUO/ some info on the contents. http://www.nme.com/news/rage-against-the-machine--2/66551
  6. 1 point
    I take my bass seriously. The SGR tower of power....... Integrating bass is not easy, and there are many ways to approach it. I'm utilising the active crossovers in my L/R subs to integrate in with the active SGR mains. It took a fair amount of time/playing around to get them dialled in well. Despite the appearances, I dont like in your face, over the top bass. I like it to be there when it should be, and to be fast and musical. This is my AV system, but I'm also taking bass just as seriously on my 2ch system at the moment.
  7. 1 point
    About 30000 people marched down Sydney Rd in suburban Melbourne to protest about the shocking rape and murder of a young woman a couple of weeks ago.Many politicians supported the cause and expressed solidarity with the marchers and supported their views about stopping violence towards women. Well today they showed their true colours by allowing a convicted rapist who has never shown any remorse into the country. Everyone deserves a second chance but in this instance he does not because he continues to denigrate the victim.Mike Tyson and those who allow him into the country are a Disgrace!
  8. 1 point
    Decided to pick up the 40th anniversary lp release of David Bowie. aka Space Oddity, from a coupe of years ago, while it was still available and only $20. Brilliant packaging. I knew this was a digital master - done from the master tapes at least. I have US 1980 copy and the Ryko release from a few years back, both of which are less than desirable. Overall sounds good and happy with it. Nicely clear and clean sounding. Can't wait for the Ziggy all analog reissue done by Ken Scott to arrive
  9. 1 point
    My Nova battery powered SS phono stage is quieter than my Minimax tube phono stage. But I prefer the sound of the latter.
  10. 1 point
    The problem with these kinds of discussions is that most have not really experienced exceptional bass. So a lot of audiophiles settle for "good enough" and actually have no idea how good it can be and what it actually does for the musical experience. Bass is only 10% of the music, we live in the midrange right? Do a poor job with 10% of the music, and 100% of it is diminished dramatically. The hole that sinks a boat is less than 1% of the hull. Who cares if 99.9% of the hull is sound, the boat will still sink! Likewise you need good bass to fully appreciate music. You can buy great midrange, but to really get good bass it takes a lot more work and skill. How loud should the bass be? That is a very system dependant thing. You can measure the "house curve" in the listening position, but once you get it right in one system, for one person, for most of their music, it applies nowhere else. The relative level may vary by as much as 20 dB from one system to another. What so many do, when the bass isn't right, is compensate by turning down the bass using whatever means they have. It's never a real solution. When you experience bass done right without band-aids, you'll find going back is underwhelming. Like eating a meal of lettuce leaves. There are no words that can show people what they are missing, it's something you have to experience. I'll say this. To hear a system that really has this area sorted, that reveals all that is on the recording ... that's a rare system.
  11. 1 point
    Ooh. Cool. So what has been changed compared to the Gen 4 MKIIs, in terms of drivers, crossover, cabinets? Will this eventually replace the MKIIs? That power pack looks like a pretty great deal.
  12. 1 point
    Ooops, please disregard the last flyer. it listed the price on the "Power Pack" incorrectly. Attached is the correct pricing :-) VAF www.vaf.com.au VAF News Oct2012 EMAIL.pdf
  13. 1 point
    Link to the StereoNet VAF Forum here: http://www.stereo.ne...-dc-x35-thread/ VAF is aproaching its 35th Anniversary, and the DC-X has been an important model for VAF. Now in its 6th incarnation, the DC-X continues to evolve. The new limited edition VAF DC-X35 will be shown to the public for the first time at the Australian Audio & AV Show in Sydney October 19-21. Check out the flyer in the VAF forum for details. Comments and questions welcome. VAF www.vaf.com.au
  14. 1 point
    Bass is just as important as everything else in music, like every good system, nothing should stand out, it should be balanced. There's nothing worse than hearing something overpowering in a hifi system, typical example being the doof doof cars.
  15. 1 point
    Honestly I think this might effect the value of the Mobile fidelity sets. I know that there was a fellow who was ripping the MOFI sets and providing his own mixes.... up until the 2009 re-releases which I believe he indicated there was no need to release his own versions as these were far superior. EMI have spent the last 4 years on this release. Seems like these could be damn awesome to be honest and the box set shipped works out to $25 an LP Hmmmmm
  16. 1 point
    But it might just be worth improving it rather than updating your gear. Depth, soundstage and imaging are more often that not limited by the room.
  17. 1 point
    I would just add, while the speakers are what they are. Be carefull in presuming its the weakest link. The thing with speakers like any bit of Hifi is very much caught up in laws of diminishing returns Ie spending twice as much on speakers may not bring as much gains as what you might think and just might end up being a side ways move. The performance of speakers are primarily determined by room and setup too and ancillary equipment feeding. I tend to look at the whole chain. Just seen speakers punching way above their weight in several situations. Would like to see pics of the room, layout how have system setup.
  18. 1 point
    oohh.. big call - I'll leave that one alone! To the OP - I'd suggest having a look at the following brands for speakers which I have found to partner well with Rotel: B&W, Spendor, PMC and Harbeth. Cheers, Chris
  19. 1 point
    Great Question, the room is a component of the audio system, more often than not the room is the weakest link in system setups, though it is also the most oven overlooked. Room dimensions, layout and constriction materials WILL contribute to the sound result, from any system in the same room, room acoustic treatments, (the right ones) should be the next upgrade.
  20. 1 point
    All things being equal the Euro pressings will have closer to the master mother stampers so should sound better.. EMI don't use GZ, however god knows what Universal will do in the future. Good news
  21. 1 point
    What is it about your current speakers that you would like to improve?
  22. 1 point
    Let me start by saying I have not heard your equipment, either individually or in combination. From personal experience and from what I have read there may not be a correct answer to your question. Only your ears and your opinion at the end of the day is the correct answer for you. In my humble opinion your speakers are the weakest link. As the Jade is a more expensive model than your current speakers they will most likely sound better than your current speakers. The question then is whether the extra costs will be worth it and also if there are better speakers out there? I would suggest that either new or even better used you will be able to find speakers that are better than your current speakers or the Jade's. My personal preference would be Osborn, Lenehan or Paradigm, but I would still try to listen to a similar system or a home demo and let my ears decide.
  23. 1 point
    First go to the page of the for sale item you want to link to. Copy the URL. Then when you're amending your signature, you just type the name, e.g. Brand X Model Y for sale, then highlight that text you want to have a link on. Then you hit the linked chain icon and hit "paste", then you're done.
  24. 1 point
    Thanks Mick. I should add I am a bit of a Leonard Cohen fan too!
  25. 1 point
    Hi vmhf A nicely eclectic mix! For me, it's been one of the great joys of SNAhood to discover and appreciate new artists and musical forms -It'd also be great to have a system that reproduces music as well as yours. Cheers Mick
  26. 1 point
    Or just take out the non-working parts and send in an envelope.....
  27. 1 point
    I would say that clean, balanced and extended bass will provide a better listening experience in most genres. I agree that an SPL meter and appropriate test tones are a great starting point to get your system nicely balanced. (The SPL meter must have a "flat" mode. Some only have A and C weighting options for measuring things like industrial noise, etc.) Then tweak the system for the room and your personal preferences by listening to lots of well recorded music that you like. Two of the CD's I took to the Melbourne Audio Show last year were JJ Cale's "Shades" and Died Pretty's "Doughboy Hollow". One of the reasons is that they both have tracks that provide good melodic bass lines and interesting drum tracks that cover a wide range of bass frequencies and are also balanced nicely with the rest of the material. i.e. Not overwhelming, but not buried in the mix either. Recordings like these help to check for lack of extension, one-note bass, doubling and resonances. "Mama Don't Allow", on Shades is a fun track for demos & tests. The first four verses have one of the instruments dominate the mix - Guitar, Bass, Drums and Piano, then there's a few different combinations in the 4th verse and solos before the final verse has them "all playin' at the same time". Of course some good Pipe Organ music is also handy to have on hand for checking how your system handles bass.
  28. 1 point
    Typos thanks to auto correct. Gibbon monkey nipples.
  29. 1 point
    I'm at the noodling stage of putting together a system that wil fit into a reasonably small Pelican case. I was thinking about the Topping TP32 since it has remote control & headphone amp. Speakers would be uFonkenWK. Same size as the older uFonken. I've never put one on a scale, but small and made of 12mm ply, can't be that heavy. dave
  30. 1 point
    It's also important to distinguish bass detail from bass volume. I've heard a lot more systems with bass volume than I've heard systems with bass detail. At first listen, more detail can sound like less bass (as in less bass volume).
  31. 1 point
    I would describe it for you, but the amp I paid for on the classifeds here 2 weeks ago still hasn't shown up
  32. 1 point
    I have the Ref 5.2 (the "non-musical" version of this DAC). First 1704 DAC I've had in my system. Very early impressions are it's a good step up on some other AudioGD DACs I've had here, especially in PRAT. ... but I'm a bit disappointed so far with the USB ... probably got my hopes up a bit high :-/
  33. 1 point
    Items relocated to Ebay--thanks to all W
  34. 1 point
    The PS3 is a fantastic Bluray player - oh, and it also plays games.
  35. 1 point
    Nice ontopic discussion.... go get a room you two George - polyserena .... one of the best aussie albums of recent times
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