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What speakers are you using on your 'good' stereo system ?
Blaster
post May 17 2003, 07:19
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I use Meadowlark Shearwater speakers downstairs and Vienna Acoustic Mozarts upstairs. These are paired with Adcom and Naim electronics. I also have a home theater using RBH inwalls with a HSU sub and Denon 3802.

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post May 17 2003, 08:11
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A couple of very old (early 70's!) Philips speakers (01RH427/00 , 10W , 8 Ohms), connected to the Philips amp that came with them.Highest frequency response is about 14KHz I think tongue.gif.

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post May 17 2003, 21:23
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Hmmm, big wooden speakes. My father built them in the 70s. My Marantz amp is very old, too. Good quality is all I can say, no idea of the technical aspects...
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post May 18 2003, 00:21
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We have mostly "old but good" equipment about 15 years old.

Yamaha CA-810 amp
Onkyo T-4090 quartz locked AM-FM receiver
Sony NC615 DVD-CD player (got in 2002)
Technics M224 tape deck
ADS 710 22" speakers
Signal Audio Analog Two interconnects (new)
Signal Audio speaker cables (new)

For phones: JMT-built META 42 headphone amp; Senn HD580 and Alessandro-Grado MS-1 phones; DiMarzio interconnects to the Yamaha amp.

We like the sound generally, although the speakers aren't very revealing. Wonderful sound through the META42amp and the phones. Thinking of getting new speakers, but my wife isn't very interested, will take some negotiating.
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post May 18 2003, 01:31
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I've been using Dunlavy SC-III's ($4000US) for the past few years and they are superb. Here's a listing of the associated equipment:

Analog - VPI HW-19jr TT > McCormack Micro Phono Drive
Digital - Pioneer DV-525
Pre/Pro - Angstrom 100
Amp - McCormack DNA 0.5
Sub - Genesis Servo 12M

I've been very pleased with this system's performance. I'll most likely update/upgrade some components at some point, but the Dunlavy's are keepers.
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post Jun 14 2003, 20:42
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I have a full klipsch system, epic CF2's as mains and 1.5 klipsch bookshelf speakers as 4 surrounds, running through a yamaha DSP-A3090 amp. Sub is a sunfire true sub, sound card is a dmx 6fire 24/96 connected to the yamaha on a digital transport. it sounds awesome. That is in my main entertainment room downstairs. Upstairs, I have a Turtle Beach santa cruiz hooked into the Klipsh computer promedia system. It sounds pretty darn good also.


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post Jun 21 2003, 02:34
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QUOTE (STSinNYC @ May 17 2003 - 03:21 PM)
We have mostly "old but good" equipment about 15 years old.

Yamaha CA-810 amp

Great "old" amp! biggrin.gif

Currently using a Turtle Beach Montego SC,
through an old Sony V-FET TA-5650 Int. Amp,
through Yamaha NS-1000 Studio Monitors.

Can't remember if these speakers actually
sound good, or if I think they sound
good. But then again, I'm the guy who can
hear the difference between pink and green
speaker wires! biggrin.gif

(Inside joke: http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....hl=wire&st=50&)

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post Jun 21 2003, 03:00
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And old, but very good and reliable setup:
A Pioneer receiver model SX850(all analogic), a pair of Technics speakers(3 way, 12" woofer), one CD Player TEAC, a Realistic equalizer, a TEAC tape deck, a Realistic direct drive turntable and a DVD Player Samsung(for mp3 discs).


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post Jun 21 2003, 06:10
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Reciever - Kenwood VR-505 5.1 with 500w
Speakers - KLH L853B Bookshelf Speakers w/ 8in woofers, 3in mid & 1in tweeter ($20 for the pair biggrin.gif )
Center / Surround Speakers - Kenwood KS-205HT's (3in single speaker units, ported)
Subwoofer - Kenwood 8in (Front firing, ported, non-powered)
Subwoofer Amp - Marantz PM325 2-Channel Stereo Reciever
Sound Card - SB-Live Value 1024 w/ Foobar resampling
Speaker Wire - Bulk 16ga
Interconnects - Cheap........

This system is by NO means high end, but sounds surprisingly good for it's total price of under $300. The Kenwood receiver, surround speakers and subwoofer were part of a home theater in a box system dry.gif . The base system lacks treble and bass of any type (you need tweeters and a powered subwoofer for that.) By adding the Marantz amp to power the subwoofer, the bass is more than sufficient to fill the 12*12 room the system is located in. As for the KLH speakers, I am impressed with their quality. Originally, they had an MSRP of $100 to $200, but when they were at Best Buy for $10 each, I couldn't resist tongue.gif . They have a very strong bass (they are not ported) and pretty good overall frequency response, although the midrange is lacking slightly. I have heard my neighbors system, which cost him around $3000 wholesale two years ago (he sells and sets up professional audio equipment for studios and the like, gets his equipment wholesale, and has a killer setup at his house), and I can assure you that there is not $2700 difference between his setup and my own B) . And he knows what he is doing wink.gif . In the future, I hope to upgrade my center channel speaker and get a 12in powered sub for the system.
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post Jun 22 2003, 10:58
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amp: Sony TA-VA777ES
speakers: Canton Karat M50DC + biwiring (and some crappy Sony 5.1 speakers but I just use the center and the rear for DVDs)
soundcard: Creative Audigy 2 Platinum via optical 96kHz to amp
headphones: Sennheiser HD600

A friend of mine just bought a pair of HD580 headphones so we made a listening test: I and he can't tell a difference between those headphones... The HD600 appears more solid smile.gif.


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post Jun 22 2003, 11:49
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turntable: rega planar 2 / shure m104 e 18 years old
amplifier: Dual PA 5030, audiophile concept, high current. 13 years old
loudspeakers : Celestion Ditton 2 , bookshield, reflex, 2 way , 17 cm woofer, 10 years old.
cassette deck sansui 3 heads dolby c, 14 years old
cd player CEC 540 12 years old
soundcard Terratec dmx 6fire 6 months old


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post Jun 23 2003, 05:30
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Correcting my earlier post: Our ADS 710 speakers sound amazing! Got new good- quality interconnects and new good-quality speaker cables. Also discovered the midrange cone in one of the speakers wasn't working, had it repaired, just a rewiring. Sound is great!!!
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post Jun 23 2003, 05:33
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My two postings might confuse. The new interconnects and speakers cables are the Signal Cables mentioned in the first post. Sound great after "break-in".
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post Jun 23 2003, 18:55
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QUOTE (STSinNYC @ Jun 23 2003 - 05:33 AM)
Sound great after "break-in".

Sigh... sad.gif
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post Jun 23 2003, 20:03
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Polk RT-800i (two mains), Polk PSW350 subwoofer (might be 450, I actually cannot remember right now), Polk CS400i center channel, Polk RT-35i or -25i (really don't remember) for the two rear effect channels.


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post Jun 23 2003, 20:06
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QUOTE (floyd @ Jul 25 2002 - 12:40 AM)
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Originally posted by fewtch

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


Well, you get what you pay for I guess smile.gif Often I leave my subwoofer off for my family's benefit at night, but during the day its a different story ...

One of the reasons why I am looking into good headphones with low SNR. I have even been plugging in my headphones into my receiver for movies and TV so as not to disturb my upstairs and across the hall neighbors if I am watching movies late at night.


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post Jun 23 2003, 20:53
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QUOTE (KikeG @ Jun 23 2003 - 12:55 PM)
QUOTE (STSinNYC @ Jun 23 2003 - 05:33 AM)
Sound great after "break-in".

Sigh... sad.gif

yep... Cables are kind of like CD's that way...
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post Jul 2 2003, 23:04
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NHT SB-3, NHT SW-10 connected to H/K 3300.
With cheap 14 gauge interconnect!
My father bought me some monster cable a few years ago, but I cannot hear any difference whatsoever, and neither could anyone else who tried.
I have many more feet of the cheap 14WAG stuff meaning I can route it more effectively.
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post Jul 2 2003, 23:33
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Dunlavy Cantatas. $6000/pr.

Want accuracy? Get Dunlavys. Objectively the most accurate speakers in the world. Nothing measures better.
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Dunlavy Cantatas.  $6000/pr.

Want accuracy?  Get Dunlavys.  Objectively the most accurate speakers in the world.  Nothing measures better.

Huh . . . Dunlavy has ceased operation???

Dunlavy

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Huh . . . Dunlavy has ceased operation???

Yeah, I know... Depressing. No one makes speakers quite like them. There are still Dunlavys on the used market from time to time.

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post Dec 4 2003, 07:12
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QUOTE (smg @ Jul 18 2002, 03:49 PM)
I do notice though you are working dilligently towards one.  Keep the 70's analog system going.  You won't be dissapointed.

Wow! Someone who likes the 'old' stuff! Refreshing to find someone that doesn't look down their nose at us oldie freaks.

Marantz Imperial 9
Phase Linear 400 Series 1
Pioneer Spec 1
Pioneer TX9500
Technics SL-1100 w/ Empire 1000ZEX
Teac A-5500 (don't use it but it looks neat)
Koss ESP 9
Some new style black front POS CD player

People ask me what it cost and I tell them three years of my life. (Army, S.E. Asia in the early '70's)

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QUOTE (ChristianHJW @ Feb 24 2002, 05:00 AM)
i'd like you to post a short reply with some comments also,

For PC, I'm using an old model Altec which my friend gave me, sounds ok but for gaming or easy listening MP3 only. Some of the frequency was "enhanced", I didn't like that.

I've another serious listening setup with EL34 vacuum tube amplifier which sounds much more fidelity but I don't think I'll connect it to PC. The EMI and RFI will colorize it's sound nature.


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Since this a poll that's been drudged up from the past that I haven't voted on, here goes.

The total sum cost of my "good" speaker setup will be in the neighborhood of $1200 (not counting receiver). However, the keyword here is Stereo speakers. I use Ascend Acoustic CBM-170s on the main stereo set, which cost about $330 or so. I've posted on this in other threads, so this should be no big surprise.

The $500 question is whether Christian wanted to know about my subwoofer, which is always in use with these speakers (Hsu VTF-2). I would not consider my speakers to be complete without it, but you get the picture.

Other speakers in the setup are Ascend Acoustics CMT-340 for center and two no-name speakers for surround. One day I may replace them with another set of Ascends (yeah, I'm a fan), but it's not as important to me as my other wishlist items.

P.S. - I have another set of speakers hooked up to my computer made by a company called Design Acoustics (an Audio-Technica company), but I can't find any other information about it. Does anyone know anything about it? Thanks.
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Nice to see some B&W owners in the house. smile.gif

I have the DM602S2s as well. It goes something like this:

PC -> Ethernet -> Xbox Media Player -> Optical out -> Marantz SR5000

I have a B&W ASW500 subwoofer as well...it's 5.1, but I can't remember off the top of my head what model the center/satellites are. One of these days I'd like to use something better than my Xbox to play my music (LAME -aps), but I haven't found anything to throw in my home theater that'll support APE.
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