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  1. IEASTI;140705 wrote: Don't laugh guys, we have people on this forum that swears by it! :cool::cool: I "swears" by nothing. Please show me where I swear by these cables. If something better came along and I felt in the mood to upgrade I would. What I do swears by is that I would never pay full retail for any cable. Only to say that in my system the K2's were better than the Nordost SPM. Some interesting reviews there;)
  2. All reasonable advice. Get a copy of "Master Handbook of Acoustics" by Alton F Everest. There is a ton of practical advice re room dimensions, materials, diffusors, absorbers, resonators etc. Best acoustic architects in Auckland are Marshall Day. Very expensive but worth it if you want to get it right. Good luck - have fun.
  3. King Size;135136 wrote: Linn, like most brands tend to have a 'house sound' (for want of a better phrase) that fans of the brand indentify with. Personally I find this sound lacking in emotion and musicality, however if you like it, it might just be the ticket for you. I could not have put it better. I recently had a quick listen at the Demo Room to a Linn DAC (not exactly sure which name or model). To me the sound was lifeless and quite flat. I was told that it was the recording but it seemed to be like that on all tracks I listened to. I was not interested in the product at all - just popped in to kill some time and was shown the system concerned. Linn speakers too. I'm not sure how much of it was due to me being so used to my own system or whether it was really as dull as it sounded.
  4. I am interested in both. In fact photography has taken over as my main focus (excuse pun) lately. Same upgrade principles apply. I started with a 50D and recently upgraded to a 5d MarkII. I also keep on buying all sorts of odds and ends. Now its a new laptop and photoshop cs5. Both hobbies cost me heaps, although hi fi is in the lead by a long way. Photography's main advantage is that at the high end there are more punters so economies of scale mean that a top end camera might cost between 4 and 10K for the body. Try buying a really high end amp for that. Maybe we should compare speakers to lenses. Some professional lenses can set you back 15K. Both are great hobbies. I wonder if the same sort of personality types are attracted to both. More women in photography though.
  5. Do you ever give your wife the silent treatment about the $ she spends on hair or makeup or the time she spends yakking on the phone? I can't get over the shit guys take from their partners. She should be happy you don't spend all the money and time at the races or in the pub (.. or maybe you do). Blokes of the world unite - the whole bloody world is feminised. I've got my missus well trained. Last Saturday when Aaron came around to pick up his speaker cables, my missus was out mowing the lawn while we listened to music!! I've heard all the pc crap and my wife and I are beyond it all. It's give and take (I give and she takes ....). I never ask her about the cost of clothes and she doesn't worry about my hi fi stuff. As long as you aren't spending the mortgage money and the kids aren't going hungry then WTF!
  6. I haven't done much with my system for a few years now, other than moving my subs around. A few weeks ago I got a real bad case of upgraditis and I decided that speaker cable was the way to go. I've had my trusty SPM refs for about 6 years and I was always really happy with them. I occasionally wondered what the Valhallas would be like and often wonder what the Odins would be like. I still can't get my head around the price of the Odins (and for that matter the new Audioquest WEL signature cables). I did a bit of homework and decided to buy a pair of Audioquest K2's. They go for a little less than the Valhallas and according to my info are at least as good. Anyway the K2's duly arrived and in they went. There was an immediate difference. A noticeably more extended top end and a definite sense of space around instruments. I've heard people talk about focus and that probably sums it up best. Slightly deeper soundstage too. The whole ensemble now definitely comes from beyond the front wall. Overall I'm really happy. I'm also chuffed that Aaron has taken the SPM's and they seemed to have helped his system along too. I did have a nasty incident late last year when the rectifier valve on my preamp's power suppy failed. Blew the power supply of the preamp and the fuses on my power amps. Luckily my speakers were ok - but some horrible sounds to really scare the shite out of me. The real pain came when I sent the amps to Perreaux in Dunedin. Over $400 to ship them there and back - but they did a full check and are 100% now. Clarrie Schollum got the preamp going again and I was back in business. The quest continues!
  7. aarond;123680 wrote: Thanks, Mark - great to meet you and lay eyes and ears upon what is truly a magnificent stereo system. The SPM cables are superb, better than the Heimdall I'd previously tried and was so tempted by. I can highly recommend dealing with Mark, it was a real pleasure. Thanks for the kind words. I'm really glad you are happy with the cables and I'm happy to see them go to somene who will enjoy and appreciate them. Likewise a pleasure to do a nice easy deal with you .
  8. The first and best advice I can give you is avoid Bose like the plague. Slick marketing and stylish looking widgets but generally shite sound due to the physical limitations of the speakers. HT is a box is also generally low budget crap. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for. Good AVRs (all the latest ones will take a DTS feed from the ps3, but you might want to get an avr that does HD sound or feed an HD PCM into the avr for better sound than straight DTS) are readily available for less than 1K. Sounds like you have the PS3 for BD playback. Check TM for some good speakers. There are always some Wharfdale, B@W etc for sale. Tiens Hattingh on the shore does end of line Jamo and Paradigm stuff which is good value for money.
  9. I have for sale a pair of SPM Reference speaker cables. 8ft Biwire with shotgun termination. Z plugs on the amp end and a pair of Z plugs and spades on the speaker end. Condition is excellent. These were right up the Nordost chain and only a level below the legendary Valhallas (still in production). They would suit any reasonably high end system. From the Nordost website http://static.nordost.com/Cables/speaker-reference-spm.htm There are plenty of reviews on the net http://www.audio-ideas.com/reviews/nordost.html I'm looking for $1800 from site members. New price for these cables was US$2000 per metre plus $450 per additional 0.5m. pm me for more info - auditions welcome.
  10. bluedog;121962 wrote: ummm well after a month or so of the new speakers i have concluded that i should just be happy. Until the recording industries as a hole starts getting a machine to do all the mixing and not individual recording engineers with different monitor speakers we are all wasting our hard earned cash IMHO.I just hate it when one track sounds heaven sent and the next wobbly shabby muddy bright all the things we hate and whats more it can sometime be on the same album :confused:.They should be trying to get a standard together a bit like ISO 9001 in the recording industries something that if it has this at least you would know it is about right not going to happen though But at least if you have set your system up properly, when you do get a good recording it sounds fantastic. Always worth the effort.
  11. Jim Smith;121921 wrote: Sorry - I do not agree - at least about which comes first. This is about priorities. Moving the speakers around is a fruitless task until you determine where the best seating area is. The standing waves in a room will always be far more noticeable with a slight change in listening position than with a slight change in speaker position. It's not even close. Once the best seating area (for the smoothest bass) is discovered, then the speaker adjustments are next in importance. Jim you are 100% correct. My post is based on the assumption that the listening position is correct. Obviously sitting in a null or a node makes a huge difference to the bass. Thanks for the observation. Cheers Mark
  12. aarond;121806 wrote: Where does the Rives EQ come in again? The Rives is a throwback from my previous room which was almost impossible to correct. It allows fine tuning of frequencies below 350Hz and is really a luxury for me now. I could get away without it, but it gives me the benefit of having the bass almost 100% right rather than 95% right.
  13. To me this has always been a no brainer. I lived with a terrible room for a while and this motivated me to get things right after we moved to a new house 5 yrs ago. Firstly, you need a room that serves mainly as a music room. No point trying to properly correct the kids play room or a family room that doubles as your music room when the kids are finished on the ps3. The second problem you encounter here in NZ is that nobody sells diffusers or bass traps over the counter. So you have to make your own or order them over the net from the USA, which is ok but they are often bulky and cost tons to ship. The third problem is that you need to accurately measure the room to work out the resonant bass frequencies. I even went so far as to get Marshall Day (acoustic architects and designers) to measure the decay time in my room. This all costs money. It is hard to convince anyone that they should spend 2K on measuring the room especially when the system might only cost 5K. The next step is to implement the recommendations, while keeping the other half happy. Most women just don't seem to like big bulky bass traps in their lounges. One of the recommendations made for my system was to lower the whole ceiling from 4.5m to about 3m. But one of the main reasons we bought the house was because we liked the vaulted ceiling. The point I am making is that in most cases, unless you have a dedicated listening room and professional acoustic consultants helping you, whatever you do is a compromise. your speakers are invariably in a less than ideal position. Often there is too much glass in the room. We often have open plan rooms. My recommendations are to do your best to get the speaker position right. I have a test CD with tones in descending frequencies imaged exactly in the middle if the speakers are in the right position. This makes a tedious and time consuming job quite easy. A popular misconception is that moving the speakers further or closer apart will focus the image centrally. In fact you have to move one speaker backwards or forwards relative to the other to get the image in the middle. This often results in asymmetric speaker positions which might upset the partner even more than she already is. Once the speakers are more or less correct then toeing in might help. I had some B&W 802's which sounded best just pointing straight ahead while my Amatis are best toed in. Always damp the first reflection points and treat the front wall behind the speakers. Forman insulation sell some pretty good foam based products which both diffuse and absorb. I can't over stress how much better any system will sound in a properly treated room. IMO its the most neglected area, but probably the most important.
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