Post photos of your systems/rooms here! (Part 15)

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Halloween Jack, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. Bert Oz

    Bert Oz New Member

    Location:
    London
    It does look quite similar to a Tiffany Lamp, an Art Nouveau design. Originals are expensive but there are plenty of good reproductions available from some reputable on-line sellers.
     
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  2. kdejonge

    kdejonge Member

    Location:
    the netherlands
    Upgraded my Wharfedales 10.1 to Focal Aria 936, sounds amazing !! still burning in as we speak.

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    Picked them from this extensive line up at the store:
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  3. George P

    George P Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango

    Location:
    NYC
    Did you compare to the B&W 704 S2s?
     
  4. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago metro, USA
    thanks for the invite!
     
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  5. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Forum Resident

    I understand that it is a cold winter up in your neck of the woods this winter season, makes it en even better time to visit us in sunny South Florida!

    We are having a lot of fun!
     
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  6. Oatp1b1

    Oatp1b1 Active Member

    Location:
    Sweden
    New speakers (and terrible picture compared to other posters)! :)

    Speakers: Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grand SE
    Amplifier: Marantz PM15S1
    CD player: Marantz SA15S1
    DAC: Hegel HD11

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  7. Have never heard the VA's, but I'm huge fan of the Marantz Reference series! Nice! :)
     
  8. OtisWms

    OtisWms Member

    Location:
    Oregon
  9. kdejonge

    kdejonge Member

    Location:
    the netherlands
    I did, i actually heard the 704 and the cm8, they are on both sides of the focal on the bottom picture. I actually went in expecting the 704s to be nr 1 but I was blown away by the Focals, it was able to handle all the types of music I threw at it, from Doors, Dire Straits to Amorphis and Miles Davis without missing a step and so much liveliness!
     
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  10. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    Location:
    SF Bay Area, USA
    Very nice looking system, would love to see some of your comments about it.
     
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  11. Mazzy

    Mazzy Forum Resident

    I bought the b&w 702s several months ago but I also fell in love with the new Focals that were around 10k. More than twice the B&Ws. But they sounded wonderful.
     
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  12. George P

    George P Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango

    Location:
    NYC
    Glad you found something that works for you. How was the Focal price?
     
  13. bajaed

    bajaed Well-Known Member

    How do the Walnut Aria's look in person?
     
  14. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

    Location:
    mill valley CA USA
    Upgrade for President’s Day!
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  15. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southeast PA
    Funny you mention this. When I visited my dealer a couple of weeks ago to listen to the B&W 702 to compare to my CM 10S2s, he also played a pair of Focal Sopra No.2s for me. The last time I heard any Focal speakers (probably over 10 years ago), I was not the least bit impressed but theses are very impressive. I was quite surprised at how much I liked them! Fortunately, I can’t afford them so I don’t have to agonize about having bought the B&Ws instead of these. :)
     
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  16. Mazzy

    Mazzy Forum Resident

    FYI the 702s really opened up nicely after 100 hours. In the showroom they were just ok as they were brand new, a couple of days in place. The Focals were well broken in but they were the very new series. Forgot which model.
     
  17. Eigenvector

    Eigenvector Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southeast PA
    Hmmm.... it’s possible that the 702s at the dealer weren’t completely broken in yet. They sounded very good, better than my CM10S2s but they didn’t make me want to spend the extra money to upgrade them. It sounds like I’d better not audition them again later after they get more time on them if I want to keep my money!

    Of course, it’s difficult to really get a handle on how they sound unless I have them in my home on my equipment. My dealer will let me bring them home for a couple of days but I’m afraid to do that. He also said I could take the Focals home too but that would just be torture!
     
  18. Mazzy

    Mazzy Forum Resident

    Yeah I have up to a year to swap towards an upgrade if I choose for full value .....
     
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  19. George P

    George P Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango

    Location:
    NYC
    At 225 hours, I'm still getting used to my B&W 704 S2s. My previous speakers, which I had for 14 years, were bookshelf Polk Monitor 40s. They were bright and light on bass. The 704 S2s seem the opposite, plenty of rock solid bass and neutral treble (and, of course, midrange.) I toed them in some more last night, so they are now facing me. This position, as expected, gives me more treble and tonal balance.
     
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  20. Mazzy

    Mazzy Forum Resident

    Have about 200 hours on them now.

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  21. George P

    George P Yes, I can hear you, Clem Fandango

    Location:
    NYC
    I see you have a good amount of toe-in on yours too.
     
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  22. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern US
    Really really nice!
     
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  23. Mazzy

    Mazzy Forum Resident

    I do. It’s a perfect triangle. Skewed in the wide photo. It is set for that center sweet spot chair.

    The tv pivots to the sofa for movies and tv and the sound is a compromise but still very enjoyable as the rears are behind the sofa.
     
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  24. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago metro, USA
    I enjoy seeing all those decorated green bushy bass traps!
     
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  25. OtisWms

    OtisWms Member

    Location:
    Oregon
    Put together over many years and on a limited budget, most pieces were "lucky finds". But to me it's perfect for the music I listen to (mostly 50's-60's Jazz, R&R, and Blues) and will go to the grave with me.

    I found the MC-240 literally in a barn when I was about 13 years old, and have been using it for 43 years now! It's been maintained by Bob Hovland (as all my tube stuff has been) since around 1980. Still very original inside with most (maybe all) of the original bumble bee caps in place. He just did a full service with all new NOS tubes last year. Went to 7027 outputs as I found a great deal on a NOS matched quad, which was way cheaper than an equivalent example of 6L6's.

    The C-22 was found off a camera store bulletin board ad from when we moved to Oregon in the early 90's. Listed for a couple of hundred bucks. I could not believe it as I had wanted one since I had found the 240. I was pretty broke at the time but bought that as fast as I could. It killed me to leave the other stuff he was selling, it was Aladdin's cave.....

    The 398 came from a Goodwill regular I used to trade records with in L.A in the early 80's. He would find an Empire TT every other week. I had 6 of them at one time. I did the re-work on this one a few years ago. Moving the 3009 on to it after my Thorens 125 died.

    I've always loved horn speakers and had Altec 820's, Valencia's, and JBL L200's. But was never completely happy until going to the Altec 604 duplex's. Here I splurged a little and bought a completely rebuilt pair of 16 ohm 604 E's from Bill at Great Plains along with his crossovers. They are incredible.

    To me a perfect system for hard bop, Chess blues, Buddy Holley, or anything drums!
     

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