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Tony Martello

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  1. Hey Gambit. I haven’t heard those DACs but I’m sure they’re quality. I’ve played with a few different Dacs over the years and I think they are probably the hardest piece of the puzzle to get right. As you would know it’s quite hard to match different gear together. There are some on here who are very experienced and have solid knowledge in this area. I suppose you just have to list what you have (amps, components, speakers) and hope one of the gurus comes to your aid with a tip or two. Personally, for convenience I use my phone to play music so I transfer the data throu
  2. The classic Golden Ratio is 1 x 1.6 x 2.56 (Height, Width, Length). I built my room to these specs and my music sounds amazing
  3. I’ve only heard these once, a guy had them in an overcrowded room that you could hardly move around in. He played them with pride but I can’t remember being overly impressed, in fact I remember the situation being one of those moments when you’re hearing a system that is inferior to your own so you nod politely and act impressed when you’re not. To hear them being compared to (and exceeding) ATC speakers is a bit of a shock, now I really want to hear them in a properly set up room.
  4. Hey Mike. Im not capable of talking tech about how components filter out noise to create a blank background, I don’t even understand how caps work. All I know is the better the gear, the blanker the background. It’s as if you pay up to eliminate unnecessary sound. it’s what you don’t hear that makes music beautiful. I have a Belcanto Dac2.5 going into a Michi RHB-10 that feeds my ATC scm40 speakers. I’ve never heard the music I like presented better. Tony
  5. I am Mr Generalisation. While I’m here I’d like to say what I think are the ‘important things’. Pretty simple really, good filtering. Eliminating the noise in between vocals, instruments etc. Generally speaking the better the gear the less you hear.
  6. I love music and have owned many different configurations of stereo equipment over the years. Ive spent many hours in hifi shops listening to the latest gear and of course hifi shows. I was considering downsizing to two way and auditioned all of the prize winning, big reputation two way speakers on the current market ($1000-$4000). None of them come close to a well made three way or 4 way. Most have a unique, nice sound but don’t kid yourself, they are inferior (when comparing apples to apples). I’d put my three ways up against any two way speaker out there and it wouldn’t eve
  7. They are the same woofers. I had to redo the rubbers because they were starting to fray and while I was at it the repairer said the cones could do with changing so he did them as well. It was an improvement in sound so I was happy with the job done. I had them on spikes at one stage and they were tight. I did a timber floor and put them on rubbers so they don't sound as tight anymore but that's an easy fix. They're bloody good speakers, they'll go forever.
  8. Further information: 24/192 Works perfectly fine, nice simple quality DAC. (Happy to give a money straight back 'working guarantee') . Switches between digital and coaxial inputs. Sold in Australian so it operates 240V no problem (it says 115V but ignore that) Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of
  9. Further information: Bespoke super tweeters Dual concentric ring radiators Frequency response 16kHz - 40kHz 6 Ohm 100W Sensitivity 92db Hand built in England I bought these new about 8 years ago 3 settings Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each item If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approved If you don't include photographs of the actual item being sold, your ad will
  10. Further information: Bought these new in 1995, I think they retailed for $2950 back then? Woofers upgraded and new rubbers about 8 years ago. Made in Denmark. Very powerful and great sounding. These are better than the models that came after them. 2x 10inch drivers! 4ohm Suit a party house or someone who likes a warm quality sound. Yes they have the covers and they're not broken. Regretful sale but I just don't need them. Photos: Yes they have the dust covers PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post on
  11. Was going to say the ATC 40 speakers (the model with the 8 inch drivers). Best speakers I’ve heard.
  12. Price Range: $100 to $1000 1. Q Acoustics Concept 20 $699 2. Dynaudio Emit M10 $999 3. Audioengine HD6 active stand-mount $960 incl power amps 4. Monitor Audio Bronze 2 $699 5. Krix Equinox Mk4 stand-mount $900 6. Pioneer SP-FS52 $700 7. JBL LSR305P Mk2 stand-mount $400 incl power amps 8. Elac Debut B5.2 $444 Price Range: $1000 to $2000 1. VAF i90 $1,998 2. Dynaudio Emit M20 (Stand mount) $1250; Emit M30 (Floor standing) $1990 3. Krix Phoenix Mk2 $2,000 4. Monitor Audio Bronze 6. (Floor Standing) $1700 5. Kef LS50 passive stand-mount $1500-$2000; L
  13. I’ve heard (and read) that the BelCanto 2.5DAC sounds better balanced than the 3.5 which Is newer and cost more. Can’t verify.
  14. Don’t they have a nominated number of ohms on the plate? The lower the number usually indicates ‘the harder to drive’ so you need more power feeding into low ohms speakers to drive them properly. As I understand it 4ohms Speakers are ‘less efficient‘ than 8ohms by a fair margin. Nominating a wattage limit for a passive speaker is a bit strange to me as wattage is generally a unit of electricity. Definition: The watt is a unit of power. In the International System of Units it is defined as a derived unit of 1 joule per second, and is used to quantify the rate of energy transfer
  15. I remember looking forward to seeing and listening to them at the HiFi show at the Meridian in Melbourne (about ten years ago) and was a bit disappointed with them at normal (low) listening level. Up loud, yep, no worries. Down low, no thanks. They look fantastic in the flesh though.
  16. I added a quality sub to my ATC smc40’s because I love bass. There’s plenty of adjusting required to get the balance right but when you do that’s it, you’ll never buy another set of speakers In your life.
  17. In 1981 I discovered music (I was only 9yrs old). My mum had an original ghetto blaster (Aiwa?) with a bigass woofer in the middle. AC/DC, Stones and all the latest hits of 1981 got played regularly. I used to grab a chair put my head right up to the thing and crank my favourites. The funny thing is I immediately adjusted the music to my taste even though I was just a kid. I knew what made me feel good so the bass was at about 2.30 o’clock and the treble at about 1.30. It’s hilarious that too this day I need that bass, music feels too tiny And light without it. I run a pair of
  18. I didn’t suggest people don’t do it, in fact I know many people with a lot of experience and knowledge do it regularly and quite successfully. But of course I’m not posting to that rare 5% am I, I’m talking to the 95% with less experience. Also, as for your suggestion that hifi shows are pretty much a useless learning environment because of the room environments, that’s pretty much BS Luc. Sure the sound is going to alter a bit from the ‘listening position’ in different rooms but most of us can hear the difference In quality and style out of the speakers in those carpeted rooms. I’m not
  19. I’m always surprised that anyone would buy something important blind, purely off the back of what others have written. Sound is so subjective. I get that sometimes you’re forced to, I have bought blind twice, I bought a subwoofer off the back of reviews (but that’s a pretty safe bet) and I bought a bel canto 2.5DAC which luckily turned out to be a very successful buy. Main speakers however are the most important part of a stereo system’s sound and should never be bought blind. I’ve heard plenty of expensive speakers with great reputations that I think sound ****. I couldn’t imagi
  20. I bought a brand new SVS SB 2000pro about a month ago and it came with a cloth grill, I think they may have got too much negative feedback regarding the look of the steel grill. Great ballsy sub for my mid/large size room and I love the Controller on my phone. I still can’t stop playing with the controls, it’s addictive. For music I’m happiest with low pass at 70Hz and volume at -25db. Let’s your speakers do their thing and the subby do it’s thing. Great blend, for me. I highly recommend SVS subs (never owned a Rel).
  21. I have a pair of Dali 109’s that I bought new back in 1995. I had the foams and cones fixed/upgraded a few years back and added a bespoke tweeter on top. They still sound fantastic and go VERY loud with a quality powerful amplifier. I recently bought a pair of ATC SCM40 speakers because the size is far more civilised. I’ll be reluctantly selling the 109’s when the restrictions are over. If anyone out there prefers pure, clean sound over ‘looks’, and if you can live with the huge size, they are a great bargain buy. They out perform more expensive speakers for sheer power. T
  22. Hey old man. Hifi is such a funny game. The problem with getting addicted to clarity and trying to buy perfection is that most recordings (of great songs) are not super high quality. I also think some personalities would have benefitted greatly in life by never hearing a great recording on a high end stereo. Hifi equipment can be like heroin to some. Most of us get into hifi because we love music, but that can get lost when you start listening to your stereo rather than the song. I reckon you don't have to spend over $6000 to achieve an amazing, beautiful and powerful sound tha
  23. Very good point. To add to this I've heard an amazing amp that some call a good anchor. Subjective
  24. Great essay and good points. I've been around music systems since 1981, I've owned plenty of gear, good and bad and had my eyes opened plenty of times. My only 'strong' understandings are 'you can't change physics' and 'people prefer what is applicable'. Just to add a little stoking to the fire I'd like to share my views regarding the stand mounts vs floor standers debate. I've listened to so many high end speakers and I'd like to declare that a two way speaker cannot compete with a similar grade three way speaker. Yes, that means no book shelve speaker comes close to the
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