Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Gary, Jan 15, 2010.
Mmm, there's nothing like the clean smell of freshly laundered thread.
I just went from actives to passives in my desktop system, which now looks like this. And sounds like this.
My college setup, for now:
In the future I'm working towards acoustics and a larger SS or hybrid amplifier. I will also be adding a Squeezebox Touch once they become available.
Very, very creditable college rig! I like the way the Ikea chair and cushion perfectly match the Maggie frames and cloths.
Before and after shots of the basement. There is a door at the left of the screen that leads to the electronics room. Note the bass traps attached to the side walls.
I'd love to see a bigger picture. So far I've only shared my office where I do most of my music listening. I should take some photos of the home theater and the bedroom system.
Ooooh, an EAR HP4.
Love the gorgeous woodgrain on the Harbeths.
Plan to do any studying?
Your neighbors must be green with envy.
what the fudge have you got those beautiful speakers on?
They look like the Headroom monitor stands.
To me they look like what you have left over after building an Ikea wardrobe.
I've always believed light rigid open frame stands, like the original Linn Kans and
Rega stand were the best for BBC speakers, but I'd love to know more about how they
perform, especially the bass, and on a table.
My roomates, AKA my parents, certainly don't mind.
Plus, they're usually 2 floors up!
It was an unintended consequence, but definitely a good one!
Are you happy with how the Onix amp drives your Magneplanars? I have the same amp and was thinking about getting a pair of Maggies to go with it (although my Quad monitors make a beautiful match with the amp too.)
I've had the speakers for quite literally 24 hours so it's impossible to say. My main concern was clipping and that seems to be a non issue thus far. A lot of people claim the SP3 isn't powerful enough yet everyone I've talked to that has actually TRIED the setup loves it, myself included. I've only ever listened to the Maggies through high end McIntosh gear and a low end NAD stereo receiver. Not surprisingly my setup sounds somewhere in the middle. It's definitely up there with the McIntosh setup, but for obvious reasons not quite up to par Oh well, I'll wait until after college to experience the higher end of things
You're right. I found some used a while ago and they did well with the Quad actives I had before.
With the sealed Harbeths, they're not decoupling from the desk quite as nicely. I might try putting some recoil stabilizers under the stands.
David and 6L6X4:
Have you done any tube rolling with your SP-3 yet? From what I'm told, the 5881's are only average for volume, and maybe you can step up to more power for less efficient speakers. A friend recommended 6L6GCs or 6550s. My stock Melodys are fine for now for my efficient Triangles, but I might buy some Tung-Sols or SEDs down the road.
I just switched my stock 12au7s to Sylvania NOS 5963s, and my 6922s to EH tubes. Tomorrow I replace the stock 12ax7s with Mullards. Woo-hoo!
I'm running new issue Tung-Sol 6L6GC STRs in my SP3 with Tung-Sol 12AX7s and EHs in the other low level positions. Beats the crap out of the stock tubes.
I'm leaning towards the same power tubes you have.
Just replacing the 12au7s and 6922s made a nice difference. Not huge, but audible. The Mullards should make a bigger improvement in the 12ax7 slot.
A view from my chair:
Jolida 502BRC and Vandies!
I run Mullard 12AX7s and SED 6L6GCs. Much better sound than stock! I'm very satisfied with the upgrades.
I drive the MMGs with an Onix SP3. While the wattage appears a bit light, that amp can really supply current. There is no problem achieving loud volumes (without breakup or compression) with the volume pot near 1pm.
And I love the way the Onix makes everything sound so real. It is one of the lost bargains in recent audio history. (I have two.)
I've never heard Snell speakers. How are they?
DUDE that's the BOMB!!!!!! if I had had that in college I'd have stayed LOL
David, very nice. If you are in an apartment with roommates, especially roommates who have a lot of people over, I hope you can lock the door to your room. When I was in college, students weren't always respective of other students' stereos.
EDIT: Actually, seeing as there is a fireplace, it looks like your system is not in a bedroom.
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