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What speakers are you using on your 'good' stereo system ?
kennedyb4
post Mar 9 2002, 02:23
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The S2's are the best 0 I've ever spent


Good to hear. I have a Yamaha surround amp as well. I look forward to an audition soon.
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post Mar 9 2002, 05:27
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Main Stereo:
CD: Sony CDP-CX300
Receiver: Denon AVR2801
Fronts: Boston VR950
Center: None Yet (will be Boston VR910 or VR920)
Surrounds: Boston VRS
Sub: Boston PV600

I love the Denon's 5-channel surround mode!

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Charles
post Jun 21 2002, 08:17
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Rauna Leira II speakers (they're made out of concrete)
Monster Cable
Rotel 840 BX II

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post Jun 21 2002, 10:20
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Rauna Leira II speakers (they're made out of concrete)

???

OK, I found the swedish site searching in Altavista:
http://www.rauna.com/leira.html

Unfortunately I cant read in swedish:
Rauna högtalarna har ett kabinett gjutet av en speciellt utvecklad betong bestående av en speciell lättfiller, cement
och polymerer.


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post Jun 21 2002, 10:25
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They're Swedish. Don't bother trying to find them on the web, couldn't find them either. I found them in one of those high-end stores here in Holland. They're not high-end (like electrostats driven by Beard amps), but more top midrange. If you can find them in Argentina, give them a listen. Well worth your trouble.
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post Jun 21 2002, 11:50
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Marantz Imperial 9 1976 models
Tweeter Drivers two
Midrange Drivers four
Woofer Drivers two 10-inch
Power Handling Capacity 100 watts RMS, 150 watts program
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 KHz, +/- 3 dB
Tweeter Controls Yes
Midrange Controls Yes
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Distortion under 0.5%
Sound Pressure Level (SPL) 100 dB @ .5 meter
Impedance 8 ohms
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post Jun 21 2002, 11:59
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Dynaudio Gemini kit, bookshelf, 1500 €

See http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/showth...=&threadid=2342 for the rest of the gear.

The filter has a resistance in option that tunes the treble level.
Default is +1.5 db, and adding the resistance, it is possible to get 0 or -1.5 db.

As the sound wasn't very good with a resistance added to the filter, I equalize with Shibatch' super equalizer : param. -1.5 db from 2000 to 20000 Hz.

I also use the plugin to kill a resonance around 50 Hz in the room :
-10 db to the left from 42 to 58 Hz
-30 db to the right from 40 to 62 Hz.

The speciality of these speakers is to play low frequencies without distortion, unlike most bookshelf speakers. I played a 16 Hz sine at a normal level without the speakers making any noise. Their response must be about 40 Hz. Lower frequencies are played, but attenuated until about 33 Hz, where there's nearly nothing left.

It is possible to get a 23 Hz, at high level, but I think it's a semi-resonance in my room : the 6 meters 50 Hz resonance must resonate at 25 Hz when the window is open at the other end (speaker near the wall, window open near the opposite wall).

The computer (Marian Marc 2 soundcard, rough ancestor of the audiophile2496 and Terratec EWX) is connected with an external DAC (Sony DTC 55ES), through an Arcam Diva A85 ampli (1200 €).
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post Jun 21 2002, 12:44
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B&W 602 S2. Just got them. I cannot say enough about how happy I am with these.

I use a Paradigm PS 1200 subwoofer to fill in below 45Hz.
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post Jun 21 2002, 13:19
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OK, I found the swedish site searching in Altavista:
http://www.rauna.com/leira.html

Unfortunately I cant read in swedish:
Rauna högtalarna har ett kabinett gjutet av en speciellt utvecklad betong bestående av en speciell lättfiller, cement
och polymerer.


Cool, didn't know they had one! But too bad the language-use isn't consistent...

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post Jun 21 2002, 16:32
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Ha-ha, I have no "good" stereo system currently smile.gif . I listen either on my PC (with Altec Lansing ACS45.1's), or AVC Soul portable MP3 player.

Pumping music loudly through speakers is nice, but not convenient in the condominium i live in.


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post Jun 21 2002, 16:40
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What, do you think us poor graduate students can afford speakers that cost 2000 UKP? Actually, I own a pair of Energy towers (Acoustic Reseach Labs, Canada) that perform very well for being only 500 USD a pair. I also have Energy XL-20's compacts as my rears (about 350/pair). For the low end, I have a 12" 200W Infinity bottom-firing sub. I'm running them from an 8 year-old Yamaha natural sound 5-channel reciever that I got from some guy (used) for 200 bucks. Sound on a budget, gotta love it! I can't wait to finish my Doctorate and buy some real components (if the old lady lets me)!
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post Jul 18 2002, 22:54
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Mostly canadian stuff here smile.gif

PSB Image 2B Bookshelves front
PSB Image 1B Bookshelves rear
Paradigm PW-2200 Sub
And a Yamaha RX-V496 hooked to my sblive 5.1 /w digital coax

The PSB Image 2B's were the best I heard out of the under $800 cdn range (paradigm, energy, mission, b&w). Not only that, I got a major deal from the salesman at A&B sound and got them for $350!

And I grabbed the PW-2200 off a friend who needed cash bad wink.gif Retails at $800 US, and I got it for $450 cdn. Its a damn nice sub, I'd recommend it even if you have to pay alot more than I did. I found paradigm's lower-model subs are pretty underpowered and boomy though, so avoid those if possible.
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Doh! Double post.
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Ha-ha, I have no "good" stereo system currently smile.gif .  I listen either on my PC (with Altec Lansing ACS45.1's), or AVC Soul portable MP3 player.

Pumping music loudly through speakers is nice, but not convenient in the condominium i live in.


I do notice though you are working dilligently towards one. Keep the 70's analog system going. You won't be dissapointed.
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post Jul 19 2002, 01:01
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Altec Lansing !!!!

Only very few people were in the lucky position to demount a pair of old Altec speakers from a closed down cinema ..... i envy them !!!
Put some tube amplifiers ( SRPP push-pull EL34 with ECC283 pre-amp ) and you have sound those nasty kids will never understand .. just the plain soul coming out of the speakers ....


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I know you'll all laugh, but I have an old pair of speakers built by a guy who used to work for Bose. The sound is incredible. Being pushed by an older (70's) Yamaha amp. Must thank my dad for not getting rid of this stuff years ago.
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I have a sound blaster Audigy connected to a 5.1 Creative Inspire sound system with a built in amplifier (made in china wink.gif ). The sound is quite good for my music and games, just the 85db SNR of these speakers sux
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post Jul 19 2002, 05:39
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Magnepan 1.6QR mains
Infinity RS2000.6 surrounds
Infinity CC-1 center channel
All driven by Yamaha DSP-A1

Looking for an amp that will do justice to the Maggies. Also looking at possibly replacing the Infinity surrounds and center channel with something from Magneplanar.
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My best speakers are in my Grado SR-60 headphones... biggrin.gif

Actually I'm a headphone junkie... I have no 'real' speakers, and 4 pair of headphones (not counting the crappy ones lying around that I'd never use).

* Grado SR-60
* Koss KTX-Pro
* Denon AH-D550
* Denon AH-D210

The only speakers I use are PC speakers (Altec Lansing ACS45.1 ca. 1999), and lately I rarely even hook those up anymore (headphones are always plugged in).

Edit -- why the hell do they make the cord on the Grado SR-60's so short? Every day I nearly strangle on the damn things. rolleyes.gif


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I do notice though you are working dilligently towards one.  Keep the 70's analog system going.  You won't be dissapointed.

Hate to disappoint you, but even if I end up with a "70's analog system" it's likely to be used only with a pair of headphones. I'm serious, not only do I keep strange hours (can't crank stuff at 3AM at least on a weekday), but when I first moved in here & played stuff at a *moderate* volume the neighbors called the police... TWICE! And they came to the door. sad.gif


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but when I first moved in here & played stuff at a *moderate* volume the neighbors called the police... TWICE!  And they came to the door.  sad.gif

Sorry to hear your predicament.
If volume was a problem, I'd be in prison by now.
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Dynaudio BM15A ?:B

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Hate to disappoint you, but even if I end up with a "70's analog system" it's likely to be used only with a pair of headphones.  I'm serious, not only do I keep strange hours (can't crank stuff at 3AM at least on a weekday), but when I first moved in here & played stuff at a *moderate* volume the neighbors called the police... TWICE!  And they came to the door.  sad.gif


I don't know about the US, but here in Canada the police only respond to noise complaints after 11 pm. Then they bring a decibel meter and if you are higher than x decibels you are issued a ticket (not sure the decibel limit). Seems a pretty civilized way to do it; I mean as long as you don't keep your neighbours awake all night, its just part of the inconveinience of apartment living.
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Speakers: Paradigm Active Reference 40
Subwoofer: Velodyne HGS18 (flat to 15 Hz for the mojo!)


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I don't know about the US, but here in Canada the police only respond to noise complaints after 11 pm.  Then they bring a decibel meter and if you are higher than x decibels you are issued a ticket (not sure the decibel limit).  Seems a pretty civilized way to do it; I mean as long as you don't keep your neighbours awake all night, its just part of the inconveinience of apartment living.

Both the times the police came by here were after 9PM (I think the problem was due to a subwoofer), but even playing music loudly during the day or early evening won't endear anyone to their neighbors around here. Most of the people living in this condo complex work a lot of hours & want peace and quiet when they get home, I guess. I'm actually rather out of place living here, but my parents own the condo & I get "extra primo good" monthly rent price from them... biggrin.gif


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