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  1. What 30 year old speaker do you have? Speaker driver technology from 1990s and until now have not really got much better. Instead what’s happened is there is a lot of glitz with drivers and speaker external appearance commanding stupid prices. In the 90s there were tweeters like Dynaudio Esotar tweeters and Scanspeak paper cone midrange units, lots of good Scanspeak and Seas Driver, ATC dome midrange units, designs that are still used and as good as modern equivalents using the bespoke materials and like price tags.
  2. Sony XM3 for audiophiles https://au.pcmag.com/headphones/3341/the-best-noise-cancelling-headphones-for-2020
  3. If you had read enough of those posts you should have seen the final same conclusions that would assist you in turn eventually. Many newbies post repetitive questions without seeing if the question has been asked before and is often normal forum etiquette or rules.
  4. The S100 is older model and renowned for beautiful midrange voicing, musicality, and imaging with good enough bass. It uses a bottom of range Scanspeak tweeter that is well liked and used in many other speakers of the time. Assuming the newer SP100R model has carried over the same attributes and the different apparently better performing and more detailed Seas tweeter is a good match then it should be even better. Google for wider owner reviews on both models.
  5. There are lots of previous posts on avr vs stereo amp choices and issues.
  6. That might be the case, but it might also have been that what you were hearing was other issues that gave the impression such as brighter high freq response in the 5-14khz range where perceived high freq detail can also exist. At what ever age you are normal age related hearing loss at 40-50 years plus can be limited to around 12-14khz. There have been many similar discussions on this forum for high freq above 20khz vs human hearing limits with weigh in from some audio equipment makers here, audio engineers and generally the current body of world science and audio knowledge, articles etc have failed to consistently prove that human hearing is capable above 20khz for most people at age 5-20 years, much less so for older people. It’s one thing to quote sporadic science articles proving it vs getting the wider range of experts to confirm it (see here who they are, it’s not just audio geeks https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychoacoustics). The jury is still very much out - not proven. From my own audio experience it seems to be true but I could not prove anything because it is too random.
  7. If you google it there are lots of similar tables and charts.
  8. Agree and that’s basically what I was suggesting earlier to maximise things with normal amounts of furniture and see what that does before resorting to acoustic panels, though it does look like the room will need a lot more than just more and different placement of furniture diffraction.
  9. Yes and the MF gear seems to generally attract a UK higher reputation pricing over other brands so both pricing vs Parasound is probably affected in different way. The M6 500 sells for £4K and in AUD$7k. Agreed Aust made and other power amps should also be considered for price performance.
  10. Sorry to mislead and wasted your comments I meant the Parasound A21 not the A23 but as you jumped on that so quickly I hadn’t time to edit my post above, now done.
  11. As someone above said looking at the internals of the Musical Fidelity M6 500i it’s not so incredible subjectively (top pic below). Edit: Compared to say getting something like a $6k Parasound A21 power amp (lower pic below) where the bulk of the spend is towards amp quality and used with a good DAC preamp or cheaper but excellent preamps like a tube Schiit Freya at $800 is another way to put your money where it matters in terms of sound quality.
  12. In addition to all the good points said about tube amps, good ones can also sound incredibly 3D imaged, tone suits female voices, jazz, cymbals and triangles decay well, brush strokes very real, trumpets and wind instruments/flutes/panpipes very lifelike and vivid, bongo drums and midrange very palpable, incredibly real, sweet, musical. Electronica music works also, metal grunge not so.
  13. I did say “in addition to what’s been said” which means consider both and some of the additional room furnishing could help but both suggestions are merely guessing without professional room measurements to prove which might be correct or sufficient. So definitely install curtains over windows, then subjectively gauge if that’s enough to take the edge of the echoing, if not then proceed to furnishings especially if that was the future plan anyway and gauge it subjectively again, then if all that ain’t enough go try blindly installing acoustic wall panels or seek professional help if one is really that serious to make significant modifications and cost investment. In past similar post discussions I linked a YouTube of a room acoustics expert who said that one will often need about 10 times more room treatment than you originally thought to make a difference.
  14. Tempted to take the short cut drive from Perth on the Gun Barrel Hwy to Uluru, past Simpson Desert to Qld, grab them but they might be in several pieces on the gravel road corrugations return 😫🤭
  15. In addition to what’s been said try maximising the absorption and reflection echo affect by using normal but larger amounts of absorbent and reflecting furniture, like the leather suit has seen its day so get a three seat fabric sofa and another single to absorb and breakup reflections at ground level, put more or larger rugs in the bare spaces, other larger cabinets, absorbent wall features like hanging tapestries, assuming it meets our style guide. This way you achieve or attempt more comfort, aesthetic and functionality that may help enough or part way, and leaves less need for aggressive amounts of acoustic treatment. After doing this then gauge what the effect is before resorting to acoustic panelling. The room is not a complete cuboid as the kitchen area helps with irregularity.
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