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Old 01-30-2009, 10:53 PM
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It seems to me that most drummers care more about good stereo's than other musicians. I saw some Magnepans in the basement in a recent thread.
Let's see some pics and details of your Hi-Fi systems:
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:42 AM
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I don't have one. I use my computer and my ipod.
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I have a Sony 7.1 Surround sound system with 6 speakers, no middle rear yet. But for playing I use either my iPod, my iPhone, or my XM radio and wireless headphones.
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I have a nice stereo but I think the home stereo is going the way of CD and will be obsolete in a few years. Kids nowadays are used to hearing all music on their computer or mp3 players, or maybe a clock radio.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:51 AM
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I have 2 stereo's and a sound reinforcement system

1: Classic klipsch forte II, 15" dayton titanic sub and surrounds (5.1) blue-ray
2: Klipsch KG 4, 12 dayton titanic sub

I don't do the "high end" hifi snob stuff, been there and done that. zzzzz.

The klipsch sound more like real drums than some 20K speakers I have listened to.

I prefer many classic speakers.

Magnepan, ribbon infinity, some JBL, Vandersteen and a host of others, none of which need be $20K a pair.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:52 AM
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OK here's mine

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Old 01-31-2009, 01:55 AM
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OK here's mine

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Wilson. Markup from dealer to consumer: $10,000. Ouch. I can't tell by looking, are they newer than version 5.1?

Nice stuff if you have money to burn.

Get that stuff at "house of music?" or in Berkeley?
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Wilson. Markup from dealer to consumer: $10,000. Ouch.

Nice stuff if you have money to burn.

Get that stuff at "house of music?" or in Berkeley?
Got most of it used, incuding the speakers and amps., no dealer markup. These speakers, with a sub crossed over at 40Hz sound more like real drums to me than any other practically sized speaker that I've heard.

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Old 01-31-2009, 02:06 AM
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Got it all used, no dealer markup. These speakers, with a sub crossed over at 40Hz sound more like real drums to me than any other practically sized speaker that I've heard.

Wayne
For those that have not heard them:
The 5.1 and older used a focal tioxid tweeter that resonated within it's own FR. (right about 21-22khz) Always sounded brittle and bright to me. That hard, tioxid sound. Too painful for me to listen to. The newer use beryllium, which smooths that out. I prefer VMPS ribbons to Wilson, the neo version like the RM40.

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Magnepan, ribbon infinity, some JBL, Vandersteen and a host of others, none of which need be $20K a pair.


Love Vandersteens, Had a pair of 2ce's for many years.

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Love Vandersteens, Had a pair of 2ce's for many years.

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The 2ce sigs and 3a signs are sweet... but don't have the impact of wilson.
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:28 AM
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for me right now it is nadc320 integrated amp and a pair of transmission line speakers from nibbana audio. 6" midbase driver and a 1" aluminium dome tweeter. quite frankly, the base goes so deep and sweet and for now i am happy with it all.
i custom made these speakers. box calculations for the transmission line, the crossover, everything. i kinda own nibbana audio. will post pics of it all on another thread.
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I have a nice stereo but I think the home stereo is going the way of CD and will be obsolete in a few years. Kids nowadays are used to hearing all music on their computer or mp3 players, or maybe a clock radio.
Just because you listen to stuff on your computer doesn't mean it can't sound good. I have my hifi plugged into my computer. My old drum teacher said that he had a hifi with some speakers built by druids or something.
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Most of what I have is what's left of my mid-80's stereo-cum-home studio:
B&W DM-14 speakers
Carver M-400 amp
Yamaha RM804 mixer

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You have a cube!!! I had a pair of those, bridged.
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It seems to me that most drummers care more about good stereo's than other musicians. I saw some Magnepans in the basement in a recent thread.
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Haha, that would be me.


MG II b's. LOVE 'em.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:01 AM
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Haha, that would be me.


MG II b's. LOVE 'em.
What are those giant subs?
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:33 AM
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Its a real shame that the cd is going downhill because of these digital, overly compressed formats. Once you learn to listen closely you can really notice how all these expensive instruments, fancy studio equipment and sound engineering is squished into a tiny format into tiny headphones... Quite sad..

Hopefully oneday these portable player will get to the size where .wav files can be put on en masse, giving a better sound.
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Its a real shame that the cd is going downhill because of these digital, overly compressed formats. Once you learn to listen closely you can really notice how all these expensive instruments, fancy studio equipment and sound engineering is squished into a tiny format into tiny headphones... Quite sad..

Hopefully oneday these portable player will get to the size where .wav files can be put on en masse, giving a better sound.
That's not really the problem. Because MP3 is intended as a download format it's really the internet that needs to shape up as well as capacities of both hard disks and portable music devices. There's this format called flac though which is supposed to be uncompressed and a small filesize. I don't know whether it's any good because i don't need a small filesize but i know that you can get flac compatible mp3 players nowadays as well as artists who are offering downloads in flac format.
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:41 PM
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nothing special..

B&W 603's in the front 602's for the rears and a cc6 center

Integra receiver and DVD player

and a 46" samsung lcd



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I have some slightly upscale stuff, but not the $10,000 mono tube amp kind of gear.

NHT bi-amp speakers, 4 Marantz mono amps (total 325w/side), Arcam stereo preamp, my beloved Technics SL1200mk2 truntable (from 1985) with a fairly ordinary Stanton cartridge, and this year's CD player, a $99 Sony.

It's the first system (of many in my life) where the sound was uncolored, and probably the first time I cleary understood what that meant. I run it flat, and rarely have a desire to add any low or high end, where that was always necessary on previous equipment.

The goal when I assembled this in 2000 was to be the last system I'd ever need. So far, so good.

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:03 PM
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...I still have the Luxman R-1050 reciever that I bought in 1980.

I have gone through a few different components and speakers over the years, but my reciever has not changed.

At work I have my I-pod hooked up to a pair of Bose computer speakers, and I am surprised at how BIG this simple set up sounds.

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I have some slightly upscale stuff, but not the $10,000 mono tube amp kind of gear.

NHT bi-amp speakers, 4 Marantz mono amps (total 325w/side), Arcam stereo preamp, my beloved Technics SL1200mk2 truntable (from 1985) with a fairly ordinary Stanton cartridge, and this year's CD player, a $99 Sony.

It's the first system (of many in my life) where the sound was uncolored, and probably the first time I cleary understood what that meant. I run it flat, and rarely have a desire to add any low or high end, where that was always necessary on previous equipment.

The goal when I assembled this in 2000 was to be the last system I'd ever need. So far, so good.

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I have a great affinity for NHT 1259 sub drivers and the 3.3 towers:

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Old 02-25-2009, 10:28 PM
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Lets see.....

home theater setup:
onkyo tx-sr800 processor
integra dps 5.5 dvd player
monster power center
paradigm monitor 11 front speakers
paradigm cc290 front
paradigm adp 390 surrounds
velodyne 15" sub 800 watts.

speakers i have but dont use:
mirage (dont remember the model) fronts
mirage center
acoustic research sub (blown amp)
some old pioneers
some cerwin vega bookshelf speakers

drum/p.a. system:
yamaha emx-5000 20 channel mixer
QSC 2400 amp
2 soundtech pa cabs
2 alto elvis 15" subs

when i play/practice, i run my ipod through the mixer with my kick miked and one condenser overhead mixed into my headphones.
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What are those giant subs?
Homebrew, dude. Computer tuned by yours truely.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:18 AM
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Homebrew, dude. Computer tuned by yours truely.
Your name isn't Tom Nousaine is it??? ;)
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I have a great affinity for NHT 1259 sub drivers and the 3.3 towers
Mine are the 2.9 in Rosewood. Just wonderful.

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Mine are the 2.9 in Rosewood. Just wonderful.

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Yep, they rock! They were a reasonable alternative to the $4k a pair 3.3. NHT is suppoedly closing it's doors for a couple months for either *ahem* restructuring or a sad economy.

Here is the stereophile opinion of the 2.9's: http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/320/


"Conclusions:
Great loudspeakers are not easy to improve on, and in many respects the NHT 3.3 is a great loudspeaker. Too moderate in price compared with its clear sonic competition to generate a lot of high-end buzz, it nevertheless has remained a strong presence in the High End since its introduction, in 1993. The NHT 2.9 is not as much of a groundbreaker, but for a lot less money—and in a considerably smaller cabinet—you can get 80% of the performance of NHT's flagship. I call that a very good deal."

(This is what I mean by unwarranted audio snobbery... pathetic statements compared to the real-world. )
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Haha, that would be me.


MG II b's. LOVE 'em.
I have a set of those myself, the pic is a little dark but here it is.
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Sweet.

No, why?
Tom is the foremost bass guru in the audio industry. He likes designing and building huge subs like you do...
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Yep, they rock! They were a reasonable alternative to the $4k a pair 3.3.
I sorta recall that the big ones went down to 23hz and mine only went to 26hz, and that there was a serious enough difference in price to make me 'settle' (which I don't normally do.) But I did audition everything at control room volume (with our most recent CD, so I was fairly fresh on what it sounded like when we recorded and mixed) and would have liked to go all the way. I think it was an extra $2000 to do so, and I still hadn't assembled a whole system yet.

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Here's my father's old stereo system that I recently resurrected. McIntosh receiver and amplifier, Bang & Olufsen turntable, and KEF speakers. The Denon CD player was a later addition as the system predates CDs. It sounds really nice and warm, especially when playing records. However, most of the time, I just connect my iPod to it (with the cord at the lower left). I love the look of it all too, with the wooden cabinets and the dials. The CD player doesn't quite fit in though. Oh, and the amplifier is unbelievably heavy.
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Here's my father's old stereo system that I recently resurrected. McIntosh receiver and amplifier, Bang & Olufsen turntable, and KEF speakers. The Denon CD player was a later addition as the system predates CDs. It sounds really nice and warm, especially when playing records. However, most of the time, I just connect my iPod to it (with the cord at the lower left). I love the look of it all too, with the wooden cabinets and the dials. The CD player doesn't quite fit in though. Oh, and the amplifier is unbelievably heavy.
I love mac and kef. I used to have an SS mac preamp about 10 year ago. Very warm and sweet. "Luxman" was considered the Mac of Canada for a while.

My favorite KEF's are all 70's/80's models like the 103/2, 104/2, 105 and 107.
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These are the 103.2 model. Yeah, they do sound great.
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These are the 103.2 model. Yeah, they do sound great.
Way back when KEF engineered a bunch of speakers that were to recreate the polar response of a microphone, in reverse. Also, they were dynamic, measured very flat and had tight, low bass response. I liked the uncolored and transparent sound.

High end speakers used to use KEF drivers all the time. Even though Dynaudio brags that the brutally expensive esotar tweeters are matched within .5db, Kef were that accurate back in the 70's.
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Ok, I couldn't take it. I wanted a bedroom system that was transparent, revealing and most of all musical.

KG4 klipsch do a lot of things that sound great with the right gear. But they are not transparent, time coherent or "musical". They appeal for different and more simplistic reasons.

I found a set of lightly used Vandersteen 2ce signatures for under a grand shipped. I am also adding a Vandersteen 2wq sub.

Argument can and has been made for/against these speakers. They were stunning for the price back when they were just the 2c. The 2ce were a nice step up and now the 2ce signatures take components from the 3a signatures.

Of all the speakers I have listened to over the decades, Vandersteens are always at the top for musicality. Compared to most speakers, they are open, boxless and transparent with a very liquid quality, layering and depth.

I have been to many hi-fi shows, and regardless of cost, I found myself enjoying the 2ce sigs more than many of the other companies flagship speakers. For me, they have that capability of allowing you to get lost in the music and ignore the "gear."
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