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  1. I don't like the excess cable lengths either - it serves no purpose and can only create issues. Some slack helps when rearranging the gear without having to disconnect, but that's about it. When buying off-the-shelf cables, the options are somewhat limited as itis not practical to manufacture variety of cables in say 10 cm increments. But some vendors offer custom lenghts when ordering. I also tend to make the interconnects myself.
  2. @motorsportmatt: from your description it sounds as if for some reason one of the speakers was connected in reverse phase. Before splashing out your hard earned, make sure this is not the case.
  3. Price Range: $0 to $1000 1. Q Acoustics Concept 20 $699 2. Dynaudio Emit M10 $999 3. Audioengine HD6 active $960 4. 5. 6. Price Range: $1000 to $2000 1. VAF i90 $1,998 2. Dynaudio Emit M20 ( Stand mount ) $1250 3. Dynaudio Emit M30 ( Floor standing ) $1990 4. Monitor Audio Bronze 6. ( Floor Standing) $1700 5. Kef LS50 passive $1500 6. Kef LSX active $1890 7. Klitschko RP 160m $1399 Price Range: $2000 to $5000 1. Lenehan Audio ML-1 2. Kef LS50 Wireless $3,495 3. Paradigm Prestige 75F $3,999 4. B&W 603 $2,699 5. Magnepan MG1.7i - $3,790.00 6. Spatial Hologram M3 Turbo S $4290 7. Focal Aria 926 $4500 8. B and W 703 $4600 Price Range: $5000 to $10000 1. PMC Twenty5.23 $6,490 2. Dynaudio Focus 20 XD $7,999 3. B&W 805d3 $7900 4. Dynaudio Contour 20 $ $8000 5. ATC SCM19 AT $8099 6. VAF I66 $8500 7. Magnepan MG3.7IR - $9999 8. Audio Physic Classic 30 $8000 Price Range: $10000 to $20000 1. Dynaudio Confidence C1 Platinum $11,999 2. Dynaudio Focus 60 XD $15,499 3. Martin Logan ESL 11A $16,999 4. Yamaha NS5000 $19999 5. VAF I93 $12500 6. Legacy Audio Focus SE - $18000 7. Magnepan MG20.7R - $19,999.00 8. Duntech DSM- 15 - $12000 9. Dutch & Dutch 8c $16999 Price Range: $20000 to $30000 1. Focal Sopra 2 $22,300 2. SGR CX3B Mk II active speakers $22,000 3. Kii THREE $22,700 4. Meridian DSP5200 $25,000 5. SGR CX4F-2 (if you can afford a bit more, or negotiate a discount, or discover a used pair) 6. Duntech Senator- $20000 (just tidied up the 20-30k category)
  4. Just the combo I would pick out of your list, even though I'm not familiar with the Burson Play. On paper it looks quite impressive for the money, especially the claimed 2x2W class A output. With the 8 Ohm output impedance it should be just fine for the 80 Ohm Elears. My concern would be that the only input appears to be the USB, so you won't be able to use it with an external DAC or feed any analog sources into it. For computer use though it won't be an issue.
  5. AKG K702 have very spacious sound, but with a wrong amp will not perform up to their capabilities. I had the best results with a powerful SS balanced amp, and the xDuoo TA-03 looks to me like not very well suited for these. The other two are in comparison much easier to drive and should work fine with either amp. Which one is for you is a matter of taste. Personally I would pick the headphone first, as it will have the biggest impact on the sound you hear, and get the remaining components to fine tune the sound. Putting too much emphasis on the cost may be a false economy: if you don't enjoy the sound you will be looking for upgrades much sooner.
  6. Audio systems are very personal creations: hard to find two similar ones. They reflect the balance between our desired sound quality, how much we are prepared to pay for it, what is available when we're suffering acute upgradeitis, what the significant other is willing to accept and perhaps more. The common result is complexity that pretty much only it's creator can comfortably manage. I think what's lacking is some sort of standards, which once grasped would allow us more confidently operate any AV system - similar to the way we can drive an unfamiliar car without training. This may also be one of the reason why audio is such an elitist hobby: most people are not willing to put so much commitment into it.
  7. I just finished listening to Roger Waters' Amused to Death (1992 CD) for the first time on my current setup, and the stereo imaging on this recording is just sublime. Not only pinpoint placement accuracy of every instrument, voice and effect, but also sound coming from nearly everywhere, as if I was listening to a very good surround sound recording, not a humble stereo. This prompted me to reach out to the collective wisdom and with your help try to find more recordings where the sound seems to defy the laws of physics, in particular ones with the stereo image clearly exceeding the width of the speakers placement, precise sound location, great sensation of depth and possibly also height. All genres are welcome.
  8. I've used this one on a 65" TV: https://www.jbhifi.com.au/vogels/vogels-efw-8305-fixed-tv-wall-mount-tv-size-40-80/26122/ The gap is about 20-25mm
  9. Try to direct the flash towards the ceiling if your cameras can do that.
  10. Another possible consideration is the speakers placement. Sometimes a couple of inches difference makes or breaks the imaging. Maybe the MS10 are in a "good" spot, while the Maggies' placement is less than optimal?
  11. Joe Bonamassa - Walk In My Shadows
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