Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Halloween Jack, Mar 28, 2015.
All sources get summed before the integrated. I used to use amplifiers with built in mono switches but when using only one speaker, one quickly learns these switches are less than perfect.
I agree that these look like a killer bang for the buck. But you'd better bring a big boy amp to pair with them. The new line is mostly mid 80db's for sensitivity and have below 4ohm dips. I won't be shocked if these speakers are routinely shown with amps that cost more than the speakers.
Congrats to you.
Just over a year ago we moved into a house with a large basement. It wasn't my original plan, but after a month I moved my equipment in to the basement. It took me the better part of a year to come to grips with a space 4 times as large as my previous room. I wish you luck.
I have a feeling that it would be the case later down the road since I've been wanting actual speakers for my stereo system. In the meantime, I do have my parents' old Hitachi floor-standing speakers from the early 80s (made in Canada!) that I could use. Otherwise, I may look into getting a pair of brand new or used speakers in the future.
I may also decorate my listening area with some cool stuff like my posters and framed pictures as well.
In the early 90s my girlfriend's brother who lived at home with mom & dad, got his first 'good job' and the first thing he bought was a pair of those 18(?)driver Polk's in the in the ad there. Amusing part of this is that his bedroom was about the size of a small college dorm, maybe 8' x 8' or maybe 8' x 10'. Those things were monsters but I still thought it was cool as hell that he had them. Poor parents; All he played were the first three Metallica records.
Didn't they like Metallica?
Which still are... The only Metallica records worth playing !
Added a small screen, connected to my Cocktailaudio x40. Makes it a lot easier to browse my flac library from my sweetspot and this way I don't have to have the big screen on all the time.
How do you like that Cocktail? Been looking at implementing some sort of network streamer/player.
Took me a second to find it.
Change sides, grab a refill. Not a bad arrangement at all.
I would share the noise concerns others have raised, but maybe it’s not as bad as some of us are imagining?
Me too, and once I did see it, I immediately knew he had better eyesight than I do to be able to read that from a listening distance.
Nice looking set up, though.
yea luckily no noise issues at all now.
Short story, long, I knew I was taking a bit of a gamble with this design/setup but with so little space to work with, my options were limited. I’ve had the bar itself with built-in fridge for a good 15 years or so, but the cabinets that house the speakers(and records) were only added a couple years back. Initially had some acoustic feedback with old turntable sitting directly on bar top.
Placing vibrapod Isolator feet under speakers, and platform under turntable cured that.
Ran into footfall issues when I added the Thorens, which knew I would going into it, so finally mounted to wall. Luckily fridge has never been an issue, super quiet, so it’s all good.
Got my beer, got my records. I’m on a gravy train with biscuit wheels.
I take that as a compliment as the whole point was to have it as unobtrusive as can be. It is our living room after all. At first I wanted to install it just above the left TT, on the wall. But that just looked awfull.
@Galactus2 : Thanks! it's a 12,5" screen, big enough for me (I'm at 9ft, 3mtr). I could control everything from my mobile through the app, but I just prefer to use the remote.
I've had it for 2.5 years now, apart from a few software glitches in the beginning, no problems. My advice, once you have a working machine, don't go messing with sw updates. That goes as well for any other sw operated machine imo.
I don't know of any other product that does everything the Cocktail does. It truly does everything you can think of.
In those 2 years I got a better external dac and a better preamp so I don't use those functions anymore.
Tidal,Qobuz, Spotify, whatever...all possible but I don't use them.
I only 'stream' my own cd/flac library.
All I need it to do it is rip my new cd's every month. It has wifi, is connected to a database so I just feed it some albums (tags are automatically added, I change them if I want to from my seat with a wireless keyboard connected to it) and let it rip while I listen to some other albums. It has a 5tb hd and I let it back up now and then. It can also record anything connected to it so it is extremely usefull to do some vinylrips from time to time. Or if I want to record a concert on the television, no problem.
It takes a bit of a learning curve in the beginning though because of all it's capabilities.
Thanks for the details. I have an NAS, so I'd only need to stream from that. Not really interested in any of those streaming services. Still researching options!
My spouse won't tolerate a dedicated listening room even though I own the place. WAF is for the 'lucky guys' who at least get some leeway.
Not a lot of changes in the system - all interconnects are now Blue Jeans Cable LC-1, I bi-wired the speakers using Belden 5000UE, a retipped Denon 103R is on the 'table.
Still need to rewire the SUT and am hoping for new speaker stands in the next few weeks.
In the room, we added the recessed lights above the fire place and got some art on the wall.
This video made me pull up that album on Tidal for a sing-along. Been a really long time. What a great record. Ironically the song isn't even on the LP.
Great taste in music too!
Murder By Numbers is a great song, it it too bad it isn't on the album. It is included on the Message In A Box release.
Where are your speakers?
Just outside the picture . Allthough the big black box (housing 4 front firing woofers) in the middle is part of it.
Great piece of art on the wall (the painting) ! And the album matches those colours perfect .
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