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  1. I wasn't too sure I'd ever get around to doing this, putting up a few pics of my current listening room slash ex-home theatre, but now that I have some time on my hands I took a few pics that appear to be less blurry than usual so I figure I might as well put them up on show. It is not so much pictures of a system, more pictures of all sorts of gear in the same room that I watch TV and listen to music in. This is the inside of my cold room of audio, as seen from my listening position. The Halcro takes pride of place but it isn't in use ATM. The Exposure 2010S is sitting on top of a Krell KAV300i, next to those are a Burson PRE-160, a Consonance cd120 on top of it and a NuForce DDA-100 on top of it. Next to those sits my cd filing system (otherwise known as the floor), where I keep my favourites for handy access. The Osborn Eclipses with little JMax bookshelfs on top (I use the JMaxs to run in my integrated amps on), one LG 56 inch DLP rear projection TV (yes these things do still exist) minus my listening doona and a few Halcro components underneath (an EC800 disc player and a Halcro SSP100 for those who may wish to know) and consonance power boards. Behind the DM38 there sits my blue ray player, 2 integrated amps (it was a spare shelf and they had to go somewhere) and my 3 channel power amp for the centre and rears. The accoustic foam is stuck to the wall with magnetic strips so it is all adjustable and there are a few old posters on display. One of the reasons I've taken a long while to do this is that the HT room is where I keep my inner 17 year old, I found all my old posters a few years ago and decided to use them instead of chucking them out. You can also see the cold room fans, they probably do still work but it has been so long since they have been used I think even the on/off switch would need to be oiled prior to use. My interconnect storage zone. And moving further back The Stig and two healthy young lasses watch over my spare speaker wire and digital interconnect storage zone while Bridgette keeps an eye on the power and video cable hanging area. Also my off duty listening doona. This one did not turn out too well. My spare gear piles. From top to bottom on the left, bag of cables, wrapped up NAD 3120, Exposure 1010, Myryad MXI 2080, Dussun V6i and two little Perreaux SM60 monoblocks. On the right we have the Sonneteer Campion, burson PI-160 and a Halcro DM8. You can just make out a few items on the 'spare' shelves to the right as well. And to the left of the listening position Jessica takes care of all of my power requirements and air conditioning needs. And there is the listening position and surrounds. It is a bit strange to see the chair empty, it usually contains myself or one of two cats (who rather generously sacrifice a great deal of their free time to keep the place rodent and lizard free). You can see the insides of the shed through the door there. And that is the room that the members of my family refer to as "The Den". The coldroom construction has a few things going for it, one it is cool in summer and warm in winter but it reacts quickly to any changes from within (being an insulator room it contains heat rather well, hence the absolute NEED for air con). It does cut out alot of noise from outside but nowhere near as much as most people seem to think, it does sit at an ambient sound level below the reading on my cheapo SPL meter though, provided the air con is off. Also, since all of my gear is surrounded by a double layered faraday cage I just don't seem to get any background noise of note, mind you, I almost always hear a pop through the amp when turning the flouro light on and off. If anyone else out there is considering converting a cold room into a HT room I can recommend it, it works really well. Cheers!!
  2. Hi, I have a dilemma: I purchased some Q Acoustic speakers from their 2000i series as a 3.1 system with the intent of turning it into a 5.1 system later down the track. I always bought the two 2020i bookshelf fronts with the intent of using these as rear surrounds later down the track when I would buy two floorstanding 2050i's which I have heard and love. This way the system would be matched. When listening to music I usually listen in 2.1 and (would) only use 5.1 for movies. Now that I have saved for the 2050i floor speakers, their price has gone up as they have been superseded by the newer and better performing 3050 series. I'm not sure whether to buy the 3050 fronts and use them with my system knowing that the system isn't matched. I could always buy the 3050 floor standers to use on their one and just finish my 5.1 system by buying the smallest rear surrounds of 2010i. This way I would switch to 3050 for music but still have a matching 5.1 system. My wife won't appreciate the extra speakers in the room though. My query for you, is how important is it that the system be matched for 5.1 movies/music etc? I don't want to blow money on un-necessary speakers if I'll never hear the difference in real life watching movies. Thanks.
  3. Item: QUAD L-ITE 5.1 SYSTEM IN ROSEWOOD Location: PRESTON Price: $1500 WAS $3499 Item Condition: NEW Payment Method: CASH / CREDIT CARD / EFT Extra Info: WHAT HIFI 5 STARS http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/quad-lite-51-channel-speaker-system/?page=2 Pictures:
  4. I know sometimes it sounds like a bit of a cliché when people say "the picture does not do it justice" but in this case it is true. The system looks pretty good in the picture but the gloss and colour of the timber just does not come across. The Redgum stack looks 5 times better IRL. I wanted to start this review with a little background info since there isn't that much info out there regarding Redgum components (and I did a lot of googling!). For instance, I am willing to bet that while you can get a fair amount of info from the Redgum website about their choice of volume control (individual channel knobs or single knob) but did you know that you can adjust balance from the remote, and then reset the balance to 50/50 at the touch of a button? What about the fact that there is an info sheet stuck to the base of each piece of Redgum gear that includes not only the model number and year but also the name of the buyer and the details of any personal modifications they requested? So if you're buying second hand each piece of gear tells a story. My RGCD5ENR for instance was initially purchased by Tony Wright of Sydney and there is a note that he planned to remove the front panel prior to use. Now I don't know Tony, and I guess I'm not likely to, but having a name to assign to the player makes things a bit more personal. (I can deduce one or two things about Tony though, the first is that he obviously likes his music and doesn't mind paying for good gear, the second is that he is no fool, he has vibration dampened the case with two rows of blutak stuck to the underside of the top panel, cheap and effective, very nice!) I have said in the past that the design of the Redgum cd players is a little odd, using a cd rom as a spinner is pretty interesting cosmetically, philosophically and practically. I have to admit cosmetically it does make the player look a bit commonplace, it is a definite let down after that gorgeous timber faceplate. Philosophically it makes me wonder just how seriously I should take all the talk of other manufacturers regarding mechanism stability, cd clamps and custom error correction techniques when this player sounds damn good without any of the above. Practically I love the idea of a cheap and easily replaced mechanism, but the lack of a screen telling you what is happening is a bit of a bugger which is why I use my Consonance cd120 as a transport and the RGCD5ENR as a DAC. Another thing I wanted to mention, the RG175 mono-blocks have their AC power socket very close to their external heat sink so there is not enough room to use certain types of power cords. If your power cord has a thick, round plastic end just behind the three pin plug (as many expensive power cords do) then the heat sink renders it unusable. It isn't a big thing but it was certainly something I noticed as I couldn't use my custom power cords. I believe the newer model (since mine are 2007 vintage) has the heat sink mounted underneath so this is unlikely to be a concern. And last but not least, Redgum uses Philips remote codes, (as do Consonance and Myryad and many others) so I only need one remote even if I switch cd players. Yeah, I know it means nothing to most people out there but for me it leaves more room on the armrest for cd cases and chocolate wrappers and I really appreciate that. I'll get into the Pre and monoblock functionality next, and I'll put up a pic of that info sheet I mentioned. Edit: And here it is.
  5. Howdy here's a quick round up of the evolution of my system. In 1996 it consisted of: Meridian 508 Krell KAV300i Duntech Viceroy As of joining Stereonet my system had been reasonably stable for over a decade & looked something like this On the left are some of my CDs & taking pride of place were my Duntech Viceroys which I owned from 1996 until 2010. Corner front left is an REL Strata III doing incognito bass duties disguised as a lamp table. Inside the cabinet on the right is my Krell KAV300i, A Denon AVR underneath. On the left looks like my Oppo 93 on top of the old Panasonic DVDRecorder. Bottom left is the kids PS3. The Centre channel is a Duntech Onyx and the rears would have been Sonique SAV1s (out of picture). Also out of the picture is my Benchmark DAC1 USB which is nearer my chair where the laptop is. I still have a Meridian 508 CD Player which is now hiding in my wardrobe - I can't bear to sell it. Sometime after this picture I ripped up the carpet. In 2010 I sold my Duntech Viceroys because of the bass problem in my room & replaced them with Vaf i91 which I had originally bought for rear channels. Much else was the same. Can't seem to find any photos & even though it was documented on Stereonet the photos no longer show up for some reason. There were a few more minor changes some good, some terrible. eg: I had a Emotiva UMC1 in my system longer than I would have liked. An Emotiva XPA3 handles the center (unchanged) and rears (Vaf i90s) I now run the Oppo straight into the power amps. The Oppo has an ESata and USB HDD attached to it. There is a Marantz SA8003 for two channel SACD listening. I still have the Krell 300i which is going strong since 1995 and is now powering its 4th pair of speakers (the ones before the Duntechs were Sonique 6.5) Then we get to the current incarnation which came about in December 2013 when I received my new VAF i66s. Apart from this the main change is that because of over flowing CDs I have around 700 of them stored out of their cases in folders. When listening to music I put a blanket over the TV. If I'm in a hypercritical mood I set up some impromptu absorption at the first reflection points as well. (blankets on microphone stands). This seems to make less difference than the blanket over the TV but it is noticeable, So it seems the main thing I change about my system is the front speakers. The last four pairs have all been South Australian and all had first order crossovers. Hmmm .. .....
  6. Hi, I am wanting to start setting up my own system and as this will be my first time doing so I have some questions. I have been really interested in high end audio for about six months and have been doing a fair amount of research (reading topics on this forum and articles as well as recommended components lists on sites such as stereophile and InnerFidelity), but as there are so many options it would be appreciated if people have suggestions.I have had first hand experience as to how amazing a very good system can sound with many thanks to John for that. I currently own the following components: Amp - Pioneer SA-708 Speakers - Yamaha NS-30X Headphones - Bose QC25 apple edition. CD player - Panasonic VCR/DVD player. Subwoofer - Yamaha YST-SW80 and a Jamo Sub300 i'm repairing. (will probably sell the Jamo) Cables - Belden 5000 series cable with bluejeancables locking banana terminals on one end. (I am considering replacing the terminal block in the pioneer to run bananas) For computers and related items: File Server running Freenas which I will be getting 3 WD red 2tb drives for. My main computer I built running Foobar2000 and spotify. Enough stuff lying around to build another computer if needed. Apple iPhone 5s. All of my music is either in CD or on my computer a flacs from ripping the CD's with eac or from iTunes. I plan on getting more music I like from HDtracks or similar sites in high quality formats. I am thinking about getting the following items, starting with a DAC. DAC - Schiit Bitfrost AK4490 Headphones - Sennheiser HD650 or HD600 Headphone amp - Bottle Head Crack or Schiit Valhalla 2. Speakers - Building Jim Holtz's "Finalists" from www,speakersdesignworks.com Room: it is currently set up in my bedroom but I may move the system into the lounge room. I will proved measurements in the morning. I would like the system to have a neutral or slightly warm sound, similar to what you would get from a very good neutral tube power amp. I would like it to have a very large and open sound stage and I prefer a slightly air open sound over a darker sound.The highs must not be peaky although let me know if something may be like that as I may hear things differently. I am a student so I cannot go over the budget as I need to save up for other things such as a car and therefor the system will be bought over time. I need something that is not tiring and a treat to listen to as this is what I will have until I go all out on upgrading later in my life. (think in about another 5 - 15 years before really upgrading). I don't like classical or jazz music. My favorite songs and artists include (my absolutes underlined): Billy Joel - Piano man, Leningrad, We didn't start the fire. Bryan Adams - summer of '69. Chris Jones - Long after you're gone. Coldplay - Clocks Carolina Lair - I'm not over. Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save tonight. Empire of the Sun - Walking on a dream. Enrique - Don't turn off the lights, Hero. Greenday. Jimmy Barnes - Working class man. Midnight oil. Moog. Nicholas Gunn - Bamboo. The police - every breath you take. Toto - Rosanna. Queen - Bohemia Rhapsody. Robbie Williams - Angles. Red hot chilli's - Scar Tissue, Other side, Californiacation. Silverchair - Strait Lines. Tears for fears - shout, everybody wants to rule the world. Temper trap - Sweet disposition. Limp Bizkit - Behind blue eyes. Now for the questions: With a total system budget of about $1500 and absolute max of $2000 if there is a significant improvement for the higher total cost, what would you recommend on me getting. I am all for purchasing used items. I am also okay with building DIY speakers, amps, etc if they provide better value. What do you recommend for how much I should spend for each components? What will provide the most return for extra spent on it? ie. would it be better if I kept my amp and built new speakers and got a bitfrost with the most being spent on the speakers. What sort of a budget gives the best value for money? I want to get the best sound possible for the money. I plan on testing the amp and speakers with a very good dac to see if the are good or not and will let you guys know but if you know how the amp and speakers sound let me know if I should replace them. Do headphones or speakers provide the best value for money? If speakers can provide similar value for money as the HD650's I would be okay with leaving the headphones and headphone amp out out for higher quality speakers but they would need to be able to go very deep and sound as good a HD650's. Full range, 3 way speakers would be preferred. (When listening to Chris Jones's "Long after you're gone" they need to be able to produce the base notes well and reach down to at least the second lowest note with the lowest still being loud enough to be heard. I like the sound of the system I heard which included Sonus Faber speakers driven by an Audio research reference 150 and a PS Audio direct stream dac. It was very open and nice and pleasantly airy sounding. The sound stage was huge and I could place where the singer was and the detail was absolutely incredible while being natural sounding and not fatiguing in any way. The singers and acoustic guitars can alive and it had a nice very slight warm sound to it. The bass didn't over power the system while being controlled and going plenty deep enough. And very importantly the highs did not stick out and blended with the sound. Chris Jones's "Long after you're gone" was beyond words amazing. You could hear every little detail of the guitar, the bass instruments were played very well without over bearing the rest of the song and went very deep with the very bottom note only slightly quieter than the rest but it was hard to tell if it was recorded that way or not because it did it in such a natural way. Thanks, Ted.
  7. Hi All I'll introduce myself hear first post. I'm Mark and from Perth Western Australia I do like watching movies and youtube music videos. I am building a house and its at roof cover stage and I'm kicking myself hard because if i'd discovered this forum or the shop that sells the equipment I would of made the home theater bigger; enough for 2rows etc.... now I am dreaming. Anyway I have been reading this forum, visiting shops and reading product reviews. I'm lost and confused... .......but I've not given up I still want a kick-ass ground shaking theater room but I'm a n00b so I turn to you guys as you seem very enthusiastic, with heaps of experience and wise knowledge, which I would love to copy and paste from your brain to mine by a USB I have uploaded and image of my small room that's going to be my theater and the 2 quotes. Yes i know double doorssssss. at least I put 2 conduits in and extra power at the back but my wife wants to cover the hole room with curtains yes 360 degrees and I got thick carpets too. so I am young and don't own any furniture nor equipment so I went to west coast HIFI and got 2 quotes from them and I get the feeling of disappointment. Today I've taken a day off work to go window shopping, there isn't many places in Perth that do Home Theater, theirs only west coast HIFI, surround sounds and Douglas hifi, oh and Frank Prowse HiFI. I have not looked into online or international first I need to know what I need. My room is 4430 wide so nice 4 seat leather couch will go in. but 3890 long bit close to screen Bulkhead (wall to 700in all way round) 28c or 2400 high center of ceiling is 31c or 2700 high Bow i did use this website with the 2 different high i cant work out if i got a good room. Screen size I will be sitting about 3500 away I am counting about 400mm for the recliners space. Some say I could get away with 4K Hisense 75" UHD LED LCD 100Hz 3D Smart TV for $4500 others recommend a projector and 100'' size max Now i love B&W speakers especially the cm10 s2 one shop today said that's over kill I love bass,. in my car i have a nice 10'' that made me sick at the start now I feel its losing power or I'm getting deaf. In my opinion the two quote I got are; over my budget, I wonder if I could save somewhere on parts, and I did not like the Yamaha speaker did not cut it for me. The sales man has also added in the quote krix subwoofer because the psb subwoofer was not loud enough for me the krix did make the room shake i think the panasonic DMR-BWT945GL would be great if i went for projector that unit would be my smart hub. Therefore my question is, what would recommend for me. 5.1 or 5.2 ? TV or Projector ? speaker recommendation ( floor or bookshelf on stands ?) (subs I do like if I feel the sound or vibration or neighbors complaining ) ? ( rear in ceiling or ? ) Yamaha power and pre or normal av receiver ? bluray player do i need to be worried about them did i miss any questions ? feel free to add model numbers if you recommending I will appreciate everything I am give, as now I'm in a dilemma.
  8. Finally the Timekeepers have arrived. I don't know about anyone else but I've been waiting for them to see the light of day since I was first told about them back in November 2011, so it's been a long, long, wait. However, they are here and now we can finally hear just how good they are. I've only had them for about 30 hours now so I can't make any grand sweeping statements as yet. However I can say that even straight out of the box they are very, very good. The cymbal taps and slams on Dire Straits "On Every Street" are so clean and clear they may just the best I have ever heard. The sound is big but not forward or upfront, it is more "seriously delicate and accurate with excellent definition" than it is anything else. Bass is a little on the lean side but that should improve with run in. I'll follow up with pics and more of an opinion tomorrow (still don't have the lights set up in the new pad yet) but the full on write up will have to wait at least a week for things to run in. Cheers, Cafad.
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