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post #2251 of 2370
A while back someone mentioned a vintage Sansui amp, I picked one up the other day. Pairing them with a paid of KEF 104.2's.

The amp sounds better than I had anticipated. Looks beautiful too. I am going to burn it in for a few days and see if I want to keep it. If anyone is interested PM me.


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post #2252 of 2370
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Originally Posted by woodywoodford View Post

Would kill for this, but $12,000 is a bit steep... Thorens TD 550



Fancy looking certainly, but that S-tonearm is crap. Yet would look great next to Leben components with Sonus Faber speakers. (who cares about sound it is all about wood and leatherette)icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #2253 of 2370
Glad to see this thread is still alive and kickin, I just made some changes to my secondary system. I was running Zu Omens previously, after a few years I came to the conclusion that I prefer panels. A bit shocked to find out that the 9 watt single ended tube amp that was running my high efficiency Zus was more than capable of driving the Martin Logans. This room is relatively small and pretty lively so that could have something to do with it. These are the electromotion model, got a great deal on the 'bay.

post #2254 of 2370
I'm in the process of remodeling and want to add in-wall speakers to a couple of rooms. The kitchen will have stereo speakers and will be used primarily for music, while the living room will be set up for 5.1 and will be used for movies and tv, mostly. I have a good pair of Tannoy towers that I may continue to use in the living room.Anybody have experience with in-wall and can point me towards the best brands to consider?

We've checked out Martin Logan and Sonance but aren't sure if we need to look further. Polk Audio speakers seem to be well reviewed.
post #2255 of 2370
I know this has been discussed in the past in this thread, but I am in the market for a new set of earbuds to keep in my brief for music listening. I am concerned with sound quality more than the average boob, and listen to most music ripped at 320 (VBR) on my phone, but I don't want to spend over about $300. I have heard good things about Grado? But I am not sure of what model and such. Any help would be appreciated.
post #2256 of 2370
I have not heard the Grado IEMs, but Grados in general are overrated and appeal to a very specific audience. Check out the lower to midrange Shures and Sennheisers. They're good and easily available. I use a pair of Apple IEMs with Comply foam tips that I'm very happy with for traveling. My Etymotics 4s are gathering dust because of those.
post #2257 of 2370
Hmm, my main concern is that most earbuds sound very glassy. Then again listening to music on the iPhone in general has this very "digitally" sound to it. I guess it probably has to do with the DAC.
post #2258 of 2370
The iPhone actually sounds pretty good for what it is. Most people using IEMs don't use foam tips that properly seal the ear canal, so there is a big loss of bass which leads to an overemphasis on the upper frequencies. The everpresent low frequency rumble in a city doesn't help any either. It's worth it to get properly-fitting tips, and that's a mostly personal thing as people have different ear shapes and thresholds of comfort.

The Apple IEMs sound awful with their included tips for my ears. Using either the Etymotics silicone flange tips or the Comply tips improves them dramatically.
post #2259 of 2370
A lot of people seem to like the new apple earphones. The non-rubber tip ones. Mine still are sitting in the case from a year ago. Haven't tried them.
post #2260 of 2370
If anyone here is interested in *incredible* sounding vintage gear, drop me a PM. I have an ultra-rare amp and preamp that sound and look amazing. They are beasts, though, so if space is an issue these are not for you.

Pictured: Onkyo M5090 Amp and matching P-3090 preamp. Additional details available via PM. These are *not* inexpensive.



post #2261 of 2370
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I know this has been discussed in the past in this thread, but I am in the market for a new set of earbuds to keep in my brief for music listening. I am concerned with sound quality more than the average boob, and listen to most music ripped at 320 (VBR) on my phone, but I don't want to spend over about $300. I have heard good things about Grado? But I am not sure of what model and such. Any help would be appreciated.


Don't even know if Grado makes IEM's, but are known for their on-ear headphones. I had a pair of SR-80's and hated them. Terrible sound, terrible comfort, terrible construction.

 

I used Etymotic HF's in the past with Comply tips and loved them... until I lost them in China somewhere; have been meaning to pick up another pair. They sounded great to me @$100, and I see no reason to spend $200 MORE for the ER-4's. I used them coming out of a Sansa Clip+ and on my, at the time, Blackberry. Having a mic to use with the phone is always nice. Foam tips feel great - you forget they're there, other than after awhile they'd make my ears itch. Very good isolation.

 

I use Beyer DT-880/600 headphones at home straight out of my DAC/HFA. Very good sound. Very good build and comfort.

post #2262 of 2370
Thanks for the info!
post #2263 of 2370
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I know this has been discussed in the past in this thread, but I am in the market for a new set of earbuds to keep in my brief for music listening. I am concerned with sound quality more than the average boob, and listen to most music ripped at 320 (VBR) on my phone, but I don't want to spend over about $300. I have heard good things about Grado? But I am not sure of what model and such. Any help would be appreciated.

 

This is probably the best source for reviews of IEMs: http://www.avguide.com/buyers-guide/playback-guide-earphones-custom-fit-ear-monitors-2012

 

And you may want to check out this site as well: http://www.head-fi.org

 

I don't know the options between $100-$400 very well (I have an inexpensive pair for the gym, and pairs of Monster Turbine Pro Coppers and Westone 4 for isolation and serious listening), but I would definitely look into the Westone 3 as an option, depending on your musical tastes/priorities.

post #2264 of 2370
This is great, thank you!
post #2265 of 2370
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Originally Posted by bwp View Post

Glad to see this thread is still alive and kickin, I just made some changes to my secondary system. I was running Zu Omens previously, after a few years I came to the conclusion that I prefer panels. A bit shocked to find out that the 9 watt single ended tube amp that was running my high efficiency Zus was more than capable of driving the Martin Logans. This room is relatively small and pretty lively so that could have something to do with it. These are the electromotion model, got a great deal on the 'bay.


See them for 1300 plus free powered sub on Ebay. I always been curious about electrostats. What is your impression in comparison to Zu?

P.S. Purchased Rega RP6 not long ago, no improvement in sound over old Planar 3, waste of money basically. Tried to upgrade from Denon Dl103R to Denon 304 MC cart and again disappointment rolled-off highs, bassy and lifeless sounding, smoothly-voiced cart. Running back to DL103R
Using Graham Slee Reflex phono into Ayre amp into Devore speaks.
Edited by Medwed - 12/6/13 at 7:44am
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