Speaker Advice (Yes, another one of those…)

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by CatManDude, Nov 24, 2022.

  1. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant Thread Starter

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    I just asked him. He says that he prefers the taste of good broken-in shielded cables much more than bare copper. He said that the bare copper wire makes his tongue tingle.

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  2. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant Thread Starter

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    They are beautiful and I love the fact that Watkins is a local TN company!
     
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  3. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Cornwall-er

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    Me too!
     
  4. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant Thread Starter

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    Here's a better picture of my setup with the B&W bookshelves.

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    I had to put the Heresy's on pedestals to get them over the couch. The filled up the bay window and blocked a lot of the beautiful incoming light. Besides, they were a bit overpowering for the room. Horns are meant to be driven and at low volume you end up losing a lot of the subtleties that make them so great.

    My old place was a large loft style apartment in an old converted factory. Huge room with high ceilings, exposed beams and brick. The perfect home for the Heresy's.
     
  5. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Cornwall-er

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    Difficult room.
     
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  6. molinari

    molinari Forum Resident

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    Personally I'd get a pair of Genelec G3's and lose the Mac Stack in the window...
     
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  7. NoBody99

    NoBody99 Forum Resident

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    All you guys saying ditch or train the girlfriend are likely avoided like the plague by women of substance. ;)

    If you are using a tube amp eff must be high on your search list. Don't rush, the B&W's will serve you well.

    Looked at your amp specs, pretty stout, 40 W. Sensitivity in a small room may not be as critical as I first thought.

    I like how detailed the specs are, phase angle, output voltage, etc.
    https://www.thetubestore.com/lib/thetubestore/schematics/McIntosh/McIntosh-MC240-Owner-Manual.pdf
     
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  8. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Cornwall-er

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    CatManDude (Greg) not to be negative, defeatist or dismissive (you know I like you) you might look into options: store the Mac stack and Klipsch, get a decent integrated to run the B&Ws and invest in a killer headphone rig for critical listening. Situations change and a future dedicated listening space may be achievable. Or wall mount the B&Ws on the long wall...
     
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  9. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    can you take more shots of the other 3 walls of the room? also point out where your listening spot is.
     
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  10. AP1

    AP1 Forum Resident

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    Room is too congested. You either have to move some furniture out, or find another spot in the house for your listening space.
     
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  11. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant Thread Starter

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    Definitely looking at options to rearrange the room. Also considering wall-mounting the speakers in the outer corners of the room.
     
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  12. bgiliberti

    bgiliberti Will You Be My Neighbor?

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    If all she's objecting to in that room is the speakers, you've found yourself a real gem there.
     
  13. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    I kinda like the speakers where they are actually, although I agree the stack of equipment in the middle is ugh. As for the corner mounting...like @avanti1960 said, need pictures of the room, and which corners. I'd want the speakers symmetric to that window if they were on that wall, the window is just too huge of a visual cue. I'd be thinking about mounting something up high on the wall on decorative shelves, but maybe I'm odd, I dislike sound coming from down by my knees but don't mind it coming from above my head. That in-the--pit feeling or something.
     
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  14. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant Thread Starter

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    I had put the stack there temporarily before I had a chance to move in the walnut stereo cabinet. I'll probably relocate the C28 pre and the power filter to the cabinet and leave the MC240 in the center of the bay window. It's too beautiful to hide away.
     
  15. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    ...and she agrees with that?!? And what does the cat think?!? :p
     
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  16. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant Thread Starter

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    She's cool that way. Cat's thoughts? Pretty much the same as mine. "Mmmmmm. Warm tubes...."

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  17. Frank Bisby

    Frank Bisby Forum Resident

    That is a tough space but it looks like the bay window or whatever it is has some good space behind the speakers. That would work well for a Devore gibbon 3x. It would be a delightful combination with that amp.

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  18. Frank Bisby

    Frank Bisby Forum Resident

    Or….take it easy in your budget and get a pair of RP-600m

    RP-600M II Bookshelf Speakers | Klipsch

    they really do sound very good and are just about (if not the) most efficient stand mount speakers you can buy. I’ve been in your spot before, you can’t just move in with a chick and drop a massive stereo in her living room. You will get there in time, look at these replacement speakers as temporary and a transition step to get her into the idea of having a nice music in a common area.
     
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  19. Fletcher Munson

    Fletcher Munson Forum Resident

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    Glendale, Ca.
    You can pick up a used pair of Dynaudio Special 40s for about $2k. Great speakers and work in my difficult space,
     
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  20. Tim 2

    Tim 2 MORE MUSIC PLEASE

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    Some cats just aren't tube fans.
     
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  21. head_unit

    head_unit Senior Member

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    No, no, that's totally wrong! The black face of the speakers matches the black cat...OP needs speakers with a tawny colored face for best synergy...
     
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  22. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

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    Given your new home and room, have you thought about replacing the amp and speakers with a turntable-supporting music system like the Sonus Fabre Omnia (£1600 over here) ? Seriously stylish, Sonus speakers, 490w amplifier, space-saving. Built in streaming, supports a TV too, and according to 5* reviews sounds like stand-mounted speakers, single 65cm wide unit, and allows you to keep your deck if that’s important. No need for speaker stands.
     
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  23. CKDC

    CKDC Well-Known Member

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    Washington, DC

    Huh.

    I like my Special 40s but feel like they are not ideal for my room. (Good enough mind you… just not perfect. ) I think I would be much happier with them if I could pull them a full three feet from the front and side walls.
     
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  24. HIRES_FAN

    HIRES_FAN Forum Resident

    He moved into her house and lost his negotiating power. Her house = Her rules
     
  25. Tim 2

    Tim 2 MORE MUSIC PLEASE

    Location:
    Alberta Canada
    Thats my favourite uncle.
     
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