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A childhood best friend's father was an electrical engineer and very, very into speakers. He had speakers everywhere made out of everything with wires running all over the place. Some speakers that literally looked like Doc Brown's in Back to the Future that Marty blows up at the beginning. His mother was crazy so she seemed not to notice. It was awesome though. Fucking vacuum tubes everywhere.
post #1922 of 2370

YS Audio tube preamp

McCormack DNA 0.5 amp

XA turntable with either a Denon DL-103 moving coil cartridge or a Shure M91ED with JICO SAS stylus

homebrew phono preamp for MM; DB Systems moving coil phono preamp

Magneplanar MMGs

Squeezebox Touch with several different DACs

Signal (brand) interconnects

 

Most important: the music, mostly classical, but with all sorts of other stuff.  For example my last haul included Destroyer and Wild Flag.  But classical is what floats my boat highest.

post #1923 of 2370

I also use an old Magnavox tube amp pulled from a stereo console to power a pair of Klipsch Heresy's in the bedroom.  Tuner is a Kenwood KT-7300 that's been fully aligned and has had its panel bulbs replaced.  Preamp is an Accuphase C-200.  Sounds good to me.

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Generally albums made by *ahem* real musicians, even new music (mostly jazz, indie, blues etc.) sound ok. I still think nothing compares to old rock records from the 50's-70's.


 

Ahem.  You mean classical music recordings.

 

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post #1925 of 2370

I've had a pair of Grado SR-60s for years.  I hate hate hate that thin metal headband with the minimal vinyl covering.  And I prefer hearing my music out in open space.  Not much of a headphone freak, I guess.  They are high fidelity . . .


 

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Just got these in today:



Incredible.


 

post #1926 of 2370
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In my experience, women do NOT want big honkin' loudspeakers in their living room ;-)

True audiophiles who are married,buy stuff based on the WAF (wife approval factor). Based on WAF, I suspect women prefer Bang and Olufsen + Bose
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True audiophiles who are married,buy stuff based on the WAF (wife approval factor). Based on WAF, I suspect women prefer Bang and Olufsen + Bose

Naaa my hi fi passed the WAF test :

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Key requirements were 'no spaceship-looking speakers,' (which BTW excluded B&O stuff), shelving that fit with our mid-century Danish decor, and, ahem, no exposed tubes.

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^^^...you are lucky your wife doesn't mind the wires nod[1].gif
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^^^...you are lucky your wife doesn't mind the wires nod[1].gif

Yeah the wires are a bit of a mess but she doesn't complain about them.

A 'real audiophile' would employ "cable dressing" to maximize sound quality, but I've not gotten there yet. Although neatening the appearance would still be a quantifiable benefit.
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Yeah the wires are a bit of a mess but she doesn't complain about them.
A 'real audiophile' would employ "cable dressing" to maximize sound quality, but I've not gotten there yet. Although neatening the appearance would still be a quantifiable benefit.

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True audiophiles who are married,buy stuff based on the WAF (wife approval factor). Based on WAF, I suspect women prefer Bang and Olufsen + Bose

WAF is for the very weakest of males. I suggest you take some control.
post #1932 of 2370
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Naaa my hi fi passed the WAF test :
Key requirements were 'no spaceship-looking speakers,' (which BTW excluded B&O stuff), shelving that fit with our mid-century Danish decor, and, ahem, no exposed tubes.
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Anyone recognize who makes this loudspeaker? It's a scene from the What Women Want (Andy Lau)

Looks kind of like a Devore Fidelity Orangutan.
post #1934 of 2370
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Yeah my Naim Nait XS integrated amp seems to be missing tone controls!!!

Reminds me of a dumbass friend that passed on a high end component and bought some POS Yamaha or something because it had 'so many more buttons to do stuff with'.

Tone controls are worthless. Oh, 'loudness', that's my favorite button ever.

Loudness controls are actually a necessity if you listen at low volumes, as they compensate for the human ear being more sensitive to middle frequencies than low and hIgh frequencies. If you listen at low volumes without some sort of compensatory eq, you aren't getting an accurate representation of the signal.

Some of those POS Yamahas of which you speak have sophisticated variable loudness controls that allow the listener to vary the midrange loudness relative to the bass and higher frequencies depending on how loud you're playing your music.

Google "Fletcher Munson curve" if you're interested in the science behind it.
post #1935 of 2370
The solution to it all is not listen to music at low levels. Or, get a good pair of headphones.
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