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What speakers are you using on your 'good' stereo system ?
Acid8000
post Aug 16 2006, 14:02
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My setup is as follows...

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 4

Integrated Amp: Pioneer SA-5300 Stereo Amplifer

Speakers: Pioneer SCS-12

It's a modest setup, but it's perfectly fine for my needs. Great thing is a few days ago I worked out how to safely get rid of a ground loop problem. No more buzzing/popping. biggrin.gif


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alvaro84
post Aug 16 2006, 15:09
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I use a good old Tesla with its speakers for the rear biggrin.gif and a Denon PMA-280 with a pair of (old) Heybrook HB1's for the front.
They're connected into an SB Live value (via analogue output), I think I'll replace it with an x-fi soon. Or something else. Dunno yet laugh.gif
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post Aug 17 2006, 01:27
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QUOTE (ERNiE-C @ Aug 16 2006, 07:57) *
i'm unable to tell the difference between MPC-Q8 and FLAC, but LAME as I said is more than easy, believe it or not wink.gif


It doesn't matter what you think or believe only what you can prove.
You would be the first, to my knowledge, to "easily" tell the difference between LAME@250kbps and the original on regular music even with multimillion dollar gear.
I'm eagerly waiting for your results. smile.gif

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post Aug 17 2006, 03:20
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My "system" is an evolution of what I decide to keep or trade off

Most all of it is second hand.

I use my soundstorm optical out (640 KBPS AC3) to an RCA RT2390 reciever. My center is a KLH 2410. Left and right are some 15" Kenwood 3-piece floor speakers, no model numbers but they are boomy. My rear channels are 8" Radio Shack Pro Series rebadged Pioneers. My sub is a 10" lightning audio, ported.

I think it provides a sort of epic imaging, like going to a theater...but I mainly play games and watch movies.
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ell-ess-dee
post Sep 3 2006, 17:03
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Some good setup's here.

B&W 605S2, recently moved house with neighbours and find I can't play them as much as I would like.
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CncrtSnd
post Apr 24 2007, 08:08
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Linn Espek, a floor-standing 3-way loudspeaker system with 8" rear-firing bass-reflex woofer and front-firing 6.5" bass-reflex midrange and 1" dome tweeter. Power comes from either a d&b audiotechnik D12 power amplifier via its AES/EBU inputs fed from MOTU Traveler AES/EBU output, or a d&b audiotechnik P1200A power amplifier from a Meridian 502 preamp / Meridian 508 CD player whenever I play something that hasn't been transcoded yet.
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Nick Jr III
post Apr 24 2007, 08:45
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I'm using a NAD C352 with Bose Acoustimass speakers.
It's not high-end equipment but it produces nice results.
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sketchy_c
post Apr 24 2007, 10:08
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m-audio Revolution 5.1 sound card
Yamaha RXV-359 receiver
Mourdaunt-Short Genie 5.1 set (4 402 satellites on 400P stands, one 404 center, one 409W sub-woofer)
Sennheiser HD-595 headphones
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Polouess
post Apr 24 2007, 11:18
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As my Kenwood surround setup sucks, my 'good' stereo system is my computer:

Terratec 512i digital
Behringer MS40 @ ~55 cm distance

I know it's a poor student setup, but not that bad for the price (soundcard + speakers less than 150 €)
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post Apr 24 2007, 12:50
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QUOTE (beto @ Aug 16 2006, 20:27) *
QUOTE (ERNiE-C @ Aug 16 2006, 07:57) *

i'm unable to tell the difference between MPC-Q8 and FLAC, but LAME as I said is more than easy, believe it or not wink.gif


It doesn't matter what you think or believe only what you can prove.
You would be the first, to my knowledge, to "easily" tell the difference between LAME@250kbps and the original on regular music even with multimillion dollar gear.
I'm eagerly waiting for your results. smile.gif


This reply is a bit late.. but the key may be in the settings. If the response is limited to 16 khz (typical) and you can hear to 20 khz, then you can abx the difference no matter how perfectly the under 16 khz part is coded.
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JohnHenryBonham
post Jul 14 2007, 12:21
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New pc has a X-FI Extreme Gamer souncard connected to a CL Inspire T7900 7.1 speaker system.

The one i am on now and use for the NET, has a SB Audigy soundcard, out through a Sony 70w+70w rms amp, driving two Jamo 360 floor standing speakers, which with the amp are more than 10 yrs old.

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MedO
post Jul 14 2007, 13:16
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My "good" system:
Visaton Alto II speakers, over a Technics SA-313 receiver, connected to my Notebook soundcard (Audigy 2 ZS Laptop) and my tapedeck (Pioneer CT-W604RS).

Building the speakers took me about two days (I'm a programmer, not a carpenter), but it was quite satisfying to work on something like this for a change.
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post Jul 14 2007, 16:38
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My good system is my main stereo system in the family room. I use Magneplanar MG 2.7's there (each driven with 300 watts.)

I couldn't vote nor view the results of this poll. I got a bucket-full of:
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post Jul 14 2007, 16:50
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a pair of Paradigm mni monitor

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Roland Online
post Jul 17 2007, 12:37
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for listening:

SqueezeBox 3
Naim CD5
LFD Integrated 0
Epos ES11 on Epos frames

no DA yet, but next box upgrade likely to be some kinda A/V receiver, possibly from the Naim stable, or Anthem if available.

for working:

PC with cheapo onboard CMedia audio
M-Audio DX4 powered desktop speakers

what's playing:
FLAC thanks to EAC/REACT, parallel-ripped to AAC for portable

My philosophy is I spend on speakers: the ES11's I've had for ages and they're so sweet in my listening space.

Browsing the slimdevices forum, and seeing some of the "hi-fi" builds that people are pairing with their SqueezeBoxes, I find it insanely amusing how some people bark on about using the "right" codec and whether TOSLINK is good or bad, and focussing far too much on the digital end (easy: store it and send it lossless) when their analog end of the chain is total rubbish; putting [sometimes very good] speakers on breezeblocks or on the floor, or beside doorways, and in highly reactive rooms, and thinking that Monster Cable will somehow make it sound better.

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I think it's worth thinking about the space we actually listen to our music in when talking about "good" or "bad" setups. To reiterate my point above: the digital bit is by far the easiest bit.

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It's taken me about 4 years of waiting/reading/thinking before [finally!] going digital, not that I have a magic system by any means, but I started from being very pleased with the performance of my analog gear, and adding a digital head end makes my face hurt from all the grinning I'm doing!

The SqueezeBox is a fantastic gadget, and although its DA isn't the absolute best, it's ok for now and my sound can only improve when I choose to upgrade to an outboard DA.

I've still got a long way to go to get to the end of my 800 or something CD collection, but hey, that's just another part of the collector mindset I think.

Cheers
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ddrawley
post Jul 17 2007, 14:00
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Paradigm Atoms here. Very nice sound for the price. Very good reviews.
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mavromatis
post Jul 19 2007, 10:37
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Two ITT Box85. One at my lower left and the other on my lower right, both in front. A simple golden stereo jack and a homemade 5watt eq powered by a motorola base satation power supply. Totally scavanged and better than most middle class systems.
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krmathis
post Jul 21 2007, 14:37
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As you understand I am a headspeaker kind of guy. rolleyes.gif
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post Jul 24 2007, 01:45
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Soundcard: Terratec Universe 7.1 (Envy24)
Speakers: nubert nuBox 360/5 and nuBox AW-440 sub
(www.nubert.de is a German speaker manufacturer that produces great sounding speakers to a reasonable price. It can only be purchased online or directly at their two "headquarters".)
Amplifier: Yamaha RX-496RDS
Headphones: Sennheiser 570 symphony

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post Jul 31 2007, 02:02
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I love my Klipsch KG4's. They sound great, handle massive amounts of power and didn't break the bank.
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post Jul 31 2007, 21:26
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QUOTE (Roland Online @ Jul 17 2007, 12:37) *
Epos ES11 on Epos frames

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My philosophy is I spend on speakers: the ES11's I've had for ages and they're so sweet in my listening space.

I used ES11's for years -- they reproduce music so ... musically (yeah!), that I happily accepted their shortcomings for long. Hi-fi maniacs tend to climb the sonic skyscraper one floor at the time, generating quite some cashflow really, but I found myself staying with my ES11's until I took the elevator up to a pair of Meridian DSP-5500's.

Which are fully-digital active speakers: they take a SPDIF signal in, and do the rest. Crossovers are part of the DSP.


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post Oct 20 2007, 15:53
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I'm using Pioneer SX-205RDS as an amp for Wharfedale Diamond 9.2 pair of speakers.
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post Oct 20 2007, 18:39
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I use an Onkyo TX-SR500 to Klipsch RF-3s + matching center + surrounds with an Infinity PS10 sub. Got all 5 Klipsch speakers on craigslist from someone who was moving for $400. biggrin.gif He said he only used them to watch TV.

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post Oct 20 2007, 22:05
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QUOTE (weaker @ Jul 24 2007, 02:45) *
Soundcard: Terratec Universe 7.1 (Envy24)
Speakers: nubert nuBox 360/5 and nuBox AW-440 sub
(www.nubert.de is a German speaker manufacturer that produces great sounding speakers to a reasonable price. It can only be purchased online or directly at their two "headquarters".)
Amplifier: Yamaha RX-496RDS
Headphones: Sennheiser 570 symphony


I own exactly the same speakers.
+Pioneer VSX-416
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Frequency response for those who are interrested:
Nubox 360/5
(the top one)

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I'm here because I'm just starting to experiment with putting together an audio server that will outperform my CD player with lossless encoding. I had a chance to play with a new device by Linn called the Klimax DS (for Digital Server). It quite literally trounces their own $20,000 CD12, the top Meridian, and every other high end CD player I've heard. I think I'll try to do it for less than the $18,500 for the DS, though!

Speakers: B&W 802D, Transparent Audio Reference cable throughout.
Amplification: Musical Fidelity TriVista 300
CD: Musical Fidelity DM-25 DAC (Tube output connection), MuFi DM-25 Transport (Separate L&R balanced digital outs to DAC).

After 32 Years in High End Audio (and, more recently, Home Theater), the most musical and engaging system I've ever owned.

Pleased to see so much B&W, Paradigm and Magneplanar here!
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