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QuinnInSydney

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  1. I've just dropped the asking price on these, as it turns out our renovation is happening sooner than I expected and I'd like to clear as much space as possible in our living room. I'm also open to offers, and as mentioned above also open to selling them separately. Please PM me (but please keep the offers reasonable). If these don't sell soon here, I may resort to putting them up on that nasty red / blue / yellow / green auction site....
  2. Further information: I bought these Yamaha MusicCast NS-NSW100 subs in November last year, so they're only 5 months old and in as-new condition. There's also the majority of the 2 year warranty left on them. (I'll even include the original boxes and they're in great shape too!) With their small size, they physically fit into my living room setup perfectly. And using my KEF LSX's built-in subwoofer controls they integrated into my listening experience really well. At my moderate listening levels, bottom-end on all genres of music was filled in, giving feeling to kick drums, jaz
  3. FYI All, I've been approached by a couple of prospective buyers. I'll keep this post up just in case the transaction falls through, but will mark the Audioengines sold as soon as they're, uhm... sold Thanks for the interest!
  4. Further information: I rescued these from a gentlemen using them in his semi-outdoor space a couple years ago. They've been pampered, and worked and sounded great, in my setup since then. Despite that, they definitely show signs of a hard former life... THE GOOD - Sound fantastic, just as long as you leave the volume knob alone - Look great from afar, as the high gloss bamboo finish is pretty unique and in great shape THE BAD - Turning the volume knob emits a static-y hiss noise from the speakers (that stops immediately once the knob stops being turn
  5. How goes the search, Tom? If you haven't made any progress, I recommend going to a place like Store DJ (depends on where you're located) and getting their friendly staff to demo some active studio monitors for you. In my own experience I've found active desktop speakers used by pro musicians and engineers to be a good step up from the "all in one" systems you've been listening to. Some examples that I've enjoyed listening to, and in your general price range: ADAM Audio T series, JBL LSR series, and Eve Audio SC series. I mention "series" because they all come in various
  6. Our first Christmas in the new place, and the decorations are just like the Hi Fi unit: humble, discreet, and just the beginning... I'd love to see the Christmas decorations of everybody here, and how their AV equipment gets incorporated (if at all). I'll show you mine if you show me yours! 🙂 Yes, that's Rudolph hogging up the primary listening position. That selfish b$@#! What you're looking at: Windows PC music / video streamer > KEF LSX > Yamaha Musiccast 100 woofers (Yamaha calls them "subwoofers" but nope, they're more suited for bass,
  7. Summary, and statement of the expectedly obvious: The KEF LSXs, which are more than double the cost, are a much better pair of self-powered speakers than the Audioengines A5s... And ultimately I'm keeping the KEFs as my main listening partners. What I didn't expect was how my listening context - my listening intentions, positioning, and habits - get in the way. Yes the KEFs are more capable, but they require more attention and effort from me to really appreciate their technical advantages. Being older (not the '+' version) and a second-hand purchase with some visi
  8. Great story, @akjono It inspired me to run a little test... I filtered out (-30db) all frequencies below 1000Hz, and set Spotify to shuffle play from a random playlist. Then for the heck of it I tried the same but filtered out all the results _above_ 1000Hz. My completely non-scientific experiment yielded the following learning: - Songs that were bass- and mids-only were easier (quicker) for me to recognise, when compared to mids- and treble-only songs - Listening to the mids- and treble-only songs felt like an intellectual exercise (I was straining to recogni
  9. Interested! I'll try PM'ing you now... Patience please. I'm a first time buyer on these forums
  10. That's my takeaway from the study. It seems that our brains are wired to pick up differences in bass tones (eg drums) more easily than differences in other, higher frequencies. I most definitely am not proposing other tones are less important. It just seems we have to work harder to appreciate them... which might actually mean they're MORE important. Because those of us listening to the higher-pitched frequencies are paying more attention and there to appreciate the quality
  11. Red Square, I completely agree. I am huge proponent of GOOD bass over MORE bass. Accurate, well-paced, nuanced bass always wins over 'boom' for me. Forgive my cheeky title to this thread - I'm fascinated there seems to be a physiological reason why most people (including myself) seem to have a more instantaneous, primal reaction to bass before they start to pay attention to all other frequencies in the spectrum.
  12. I came across this article and study today: Here's Why People Love Deep Bass Sounds In Music. I normally don't cite Huffington Post as a reliable source of information, but theirs is a much more readable summary of this original study from McMaster Institute. TL;DR rhythm in music is typically carried by bass instruments, and we love it, because it's easier for our brains to process and follow low-pitched tones. I'm comparing two pairs of speakers at home (to choose which ones get stay long term), and I'll post about it in these forums soon. The first thing I kept on n
  13. Looking good, Chris! Nonsense. I think being honest about your listening situation and habits, and not 'wasting' your gears' abilities when you're not going to pay attention to them, makes you just as much an 'audiophile' as anyone else. At least it does in my books. Admittedly I'm in the same compromise-filled situation, so my book is a little biased 🙃 I owned a pair of Audioengine A2's, first generation (same as yours I think), for over a decade, and I turned them on/off at the wall almost every day. I never experienced a problem. I also bought a pair of A5's (a
  14. Thanks for the tip @deafenears The Rythmiks' dimensions and performance specs look good... but I'm having trouble finding a dealer here in Aus. Is there a place at which I can have an in-person look and audition? Visual order is important. Symmetry less so. All the stuff you see in that photo is temporary - we're still moving in / painting / renovating. I have an occasional desire to wear that giant clock around my neck and relive my Flavor Flav fandom days... 🙃
  15. No More Tears, by The KLF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqN0_1rrK2U I like this song for tuning / integrating my subs. The challenge is to get the extension and levels right so that: 1) You can hear the full range of oscillation between low- and ultra low-bass in the reggae bassline... 2) ... Without making anything else in the song (like the kick drum layered on top of the bassline) sound too boom-y 3) With the right amount of SPL's the laid back waves of bass induce motion sickness in your wife (true story!) 😜
  16. Thanks for the tip @Irek. At a quick glance, the overall dimensions of their cabinets don't work for my space. I'll try giving them a ring to see if they do custom enclosures. If not I'll definitely keep them in mind for future applications. Regardless, the fact that companies like this exist at all makes me happy 😁
  17. Is that an enclosure made out of lightweight composite, and a driver cone made of reinforced, inert wood?!? Are you mindh#cking with me?!? 🤪
  18. Yes, this thread has gone down some rabbit holes and I'm getting waaay more (valuable!) advice then I bargained for. Like listening to Keith Urban, I kinda hate it but I kinda love it 🙃 I really appreciate you, along with everybody else here, taking the time and sharing your experience and expertise. That's why my reply is going to end up being more epic (epicer?) - not because I'm trying to defend my decisions, but because I figure the more you know about my situation the more applicable your advice can be. So are you ready for a long one...? Strap yourself in, Gladys!
  19. On my PC switching between music and movies is done purely through software: Video LAN player and streaming services like Disney+ for movies, and Winamp, WMP (old school!) and Spotify Premium streaming for music. All audio is currently output via USB to an Audioengine DAC. In my reading, I may have an issue with running DSP on my computer, as the USB audio may bypass any sound adjusting software. At which point I may switch to audio being output via Toslink optical. (But that may very well bypass DSP software too!) I won't really know until I try... And yes, agreed I ca
  20. I understand how this can be confusing (as I confuse myself plenty often!) as I do spend more time listening to music. But when it comes to reproducing low bass, I place a higher priority on doing it well for movie watching. Here's my attempt at a quasi-quantified explanation... ...Why I feel I need low bass output for only 20 minutes of music listening a week: - Take the system pictured in my original post, in happier days past when it was set up and positioned properly. In one given week I'd have music playing on it for a total of 10 hours - Of the 10 hours of music lis
  21. @spottie Thanks for the tip. But for me WestCoast HiFi comes up as $1999 for the SB-2000 Pro's. Maybe I missed the sale, or they adjust prices according to location 🤔 Not a huge problem as I feel it may be a bit premature to commit to a pair of subs anyway - everything I'm learning on this thread has me diving back into researching my options and I foresee the need for an audition or two before I buy. Congrats on your purchase though! I eagerly await your report on how well going dual has gone for you 💪
  22. One of the main features for which I'm looking in an upgrade is DSP and adjustable EQ built into the powered bookshelf speakers, and the same built into the subs. Hopefully my system will look like this... (In fact, the KEF LSX bookshelves I have coming in supposedly have a high quality, onboard DAC. I'll do the requisite listening comparison, but that means I may even get rid of the separate DAC in the below diagram)... But am I missing something here? @Snoopy8 Is there some advantage to be gained by having a separate DSP unit feeding the subwoofer(s) that I'm not getting wi
  23. @davewantsmoore Thank you for your understanding the importance I place on practicality and aesthetics. I wish I had the luxury of sound quality above all else but I don't (sigh) and I have to keep my living space, you know... livable. Visual symmetry then becomes a big bonus! And also thank you for linking me to the article on the equal loudness contour! Super interesting, even though it's a bit over my head and I only understood 25% of what I read The upshot is that I now feel less 'guilty' having occasionally boosted lower octaves when listening, especially at low overall volum
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