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  1. Thank you for the offer, I prefer the older SF’s personally, will pass on the Olympica’s. with thanks, ‘Ray
  2. Item: Bookshelf Speaker. Price Range: Up to $5000 Item Condition: New or Used, must be mint. Extra Info: After a bookshelf speaker for near field listening. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  3. Yep, I have beyer T5p2 and Astell & Kern version of the same which come with a nice balanced cable. When they run in the t5p2 has a really good sound stage for a closed back, they also have a really balanced sound, ie no overblown bass or treble. Build quality is fantastic too. They react well to a cable upgrade. good luck with the search.
  4. Good review on these here on SNA; https://www.stereo.net.au/reviews/review-pioneer-se-monitor-5-headphones/ interestingly a couple of Aus sellers are selling them for $850 on EBay, which is around half the original RRP. They look really well made. i have the Beyerdynamic T5p closed which I absolutely love. These can be had for $1099 currently and would be a decent comparison to the Pioneer. Another prospect to save some dollars would be the Fostex th series on mass drop (drop). I have owned the originals and they have really good bass amongst other attributes.
  5. @audiohippo Beautiful room ! Any chance of a picture with the projector running ? And how wide is your screen ? Would like to set up a projector myself in the future and interested in screen sizes.
  6. Thanks @Snrub just grabbed an Aurender Music server and a couple of other pieces. Some of the bargains are way too hard to resist.
  7. Good morning fellow Kii owners; Just a short post to recommend upgrading the stock Kii Ethernet cables. From the Ethernet cables topic posted by dbastin, and the length of the stock cables, I decided to upgrade to a 2 metre and 5 metre HD labs cable. The effect on the sound is astonishing to my ears given the reasonably low upgrade cost. My observations were; New Cable: DH Labs Reunion Cat 8 Connected upstream to: Kii three/BXT system and Sony HAP-Z1ES. Upgraded from: Stock Kii cables. Switch: N/A Other downstream: Curious USB evolved. Other cables you considered: Nordstrom Heimdall 2- but probably too expensive for an initial shot over the bow. Reason for your choice: recommendation above. Good feedback/comments online. Price. Links to info about the new cable: Your comments/observations: Build quality is very nice compared to stock CAT cables. They are a bit physically stiff, which is a bit of a negative, but very minor. Sound quality increase; frankly a bit shocking how much better this is in the context of the Kii system. Initial thoughts are that I am very impressed considering the relatively low cost, even for a 2 and 5 metre cable together, ie around one 5th of the cost of the Nordost Heimdall 2 equivelant. sound quality difference includes, bigger soundstage, much better bass, smoother sound without loss of detail, more organic less digital. In short I recommend an upgrade of the Ethernet cables in the Kii system, as a sound quality improvement at little extra cost.
  8. New Cable: DH Labs Reunion Cat 8 Connected upstream to: Kii three/BXT system and Sony HAP-Z1ES. Upgraded from: Stock Kii cables. Switch: N/A Other downstream: Curious USB evolved. Other cables you considered: Nordstrom Heimdall 2- but probably too expensive for an initial shot over the bow. Reason for your choice: @PMAAMP ‘s recommendation above. Good feedback/comments online. Price. Links to info about the new cable: Your comments/observations: Build quality is very nice compared to stock CAT cables. They are a bit physically stiff, which is a bit of a negative, but very minor. Sound quality increase; frankly a bit shocking how much better this is in the context of the Kii system. Initial thoughts are that I am very impressed considering the relatively low cost, even for a 2 and 5 metre cable together, ie around one 5th of the cost of the Nordost Heimdall 2 equivelant. sound quality difference includes, bigger soundstage, much better bass, smoother sound without loss of detail, more organic less digital. Thanks @dbastin and @PMAAMP for this thread and recommendation which spurred me to upgrade the cables, which I assumed would make a very negligible difference.
  9. Thanks David for the explanation. The 2 x stacks of three would probably be fantastic, and quite cost effective compared to the BXT’s. I don’t get a chance to listen much since we have moved, but today I had a listen to the Kii three’s/ BXT’s. and it was one of those “burn in “ moments, were all of a sudden the room was being bass locked, ie like the drivers and amps had freed up and were producing noticeably more bass power. When the deep bass hits and the room is bass locked it is one of those audible things that makes the hairs on your neck stand up. So pretty happy where the sound of the combo is going, even bearing the cost in mind.
  10. Good choice with the rythmik. Glad the results are positive. Is it an option to add a second sub ? Ie are there enough connections with the miniDSP ?
  11. Beautiful system. Good luck with the sale, good price for an amazing piece.
  12. I haven’t heard the A35 yet, I have owned the i32, the pre 32 and a32 power. I hope the 35 is a better amp than the I32, which was very dry and mechanical sounding IME.
  13. I expect the Ayre combination he has would be significantly better than the Primare. But......I’m going to go against the grain and say the Ayre amp combo is as much to blame for the lack of rock suitability as the speakers, perhaps more. I would bet if you heard your speakers with a Gryphon Diablo for example, you would love the sound with rock. In other words, there are amps that are better suited to rock than the Ayre’s. Dont get me wrong, the Ayre amps are superb, I would love to own them, in my experience they just aren’t that suited to rock. Sticking to the original question though, you. could do worse than the Vienna Acoustics the music. Or if you purchased an amp like the Gryphon, you could then upgrade to the Dyn C4’s that are going cheap at the moment. I do agree with the JBL speakers recommendation, say the 3900 or 4700 amongst others, would suit the genre well. In a completely different direction, Avantgarde sound fantastic with rock also, the dynamics are spectacular and you don’t need big amps either. Another alternative is to go Active, which has definite advantages from an amp to speaker matching perspective, try the Dutch &Dutch or Kii 3’s, which you could easily purchase if you sold your amps, even the Dyn x600’s. Sorry if my post branches away from what the OP asked, but I felt it would be remiss to not consider all options including amp change.
  14. Hey cazzesman, With regards the crossover point, great question, I couldn’t find it on the Kii website. And the BXT’s dont come with any significant literature containing specs, I will have a play in the menu of the Control to see if I can find it. Today I “spiked” the speakers, which also made a noticeable improvement. Themidrange does seem significantly better, clearer, bigger and less constrained as I mentioned before. If the vocals are big in the recording they sound notably fuller and scale bigger, in short more realistic to me than the Kii three alone. Yes I agree wrt the Kii three bass, it was one of the key points that followed purchase, the punch and cleanliness for a “stand mount” is frankly mind boggling. But I think the addition of quality subs would certainly help, but I would stress the word “quality” the Kii three bass is so clean that anything not of the same quality would likely detract from the Kii 3 bass IMO.
  15. Ok, so I finally set up the BXT modules. Some initial thoughts; The BXT is heavy but conveniently has carry handles built into both ends, which is very thoughtful given the 49 kg weight. The connecting plates are very easy to install and allow a good physical connection. The cables that connect the Kii 3 to the BXT, particularly the rj45 style connectors seem a little short to me, they almost feel like they may break when clicked home, maybe it’s just me, there is no issue with the sound so they are clearly ok. The base plinths slide home in exactly the same way as the Kii three to BXT which is nice. When they were set up after around 45 minutes I was initially shocked at how big they physically look. Even without spikes they are much taller than the pictures led me to believe. I am in a weird shaped medium sized room and they look quite imposing to be honest, discreet they are not. Sound wise, after a quick 20 minute listen the initial thoughts on the sound changes (in order of magnitude IMO) are; Soundstage - they conjure up a significantly larger soundstage than the Kii three alone, height, width and depth are all much larger. Dynamics - The Kii three alone is very good in this respect for its size, but after hearing the combo, it starts to sound a tiny bit dynamically constrained. Together you realise the dynamics become unfettered, almost limitless when the BXT is installed. Bass - much like the dynamics is increased in power. The depth is increased, but more significantly the power and ease in the bass domain is improved markedly as you would expect given the quantity of extra drivers thrown at the low end performance. As I am a person that likes to allocate a number to things. I would say the performance is improved by around 30+ percent, so obviously considering the cost, the law of diminishing returns is at play here as always. I expect after run-in the improvement could be as much as 40 percent. i will report again after I have logged a hundred hours or so. sorry about the camera orientation on the shots, I always forget to hold the iPad the right way up... regards, Ray
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