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Post photos of your media room!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. Dmax

    Dmax Well-Known Member

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    Twisting cables actually makes the signal they carry more resistant to interference. That's why modern ethernet cables use twisted pair topology as well. Why not get these nice Nordost Valhalla speaker cables? They claim to transmit signals at 88% speed of light. They only retail for $10,700 a pair (3.5M) and besides you get this awesome wood carrying case for free. [​IMG]
     
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    T4phage Well-Known Member

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    Unless there is a scientific way to prove that its better (i.e. signal degradation), then its just a tinfoil hat argument.

    Jon.


    [​IMG] Exactly.
     
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    [​IMG] Exactly.

    Upon further review, maybe I should have called it a "˜mid-stream argument'. [​IMG]

    Jon.
     
  4. A Y

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    Audio cables are pretty susceptible to environmental factors like RFI and EMI and the cups also help avoid the AC cabling I run under some of the rugs.

    Some audio cables, but not speaker cables of that length. You have bigger problems in that room to worry about than imaginary EM coupling between your power cords and speaker cables.

    --Andre
     
  5. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    You have bigger problems in that room to worry about than imaginary EM coupling between your power cords and speaker cables.
    O RLY? Like what? [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  6. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    O RLY? Like what? [​IMG][​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  7. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]
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    No cable attached to the TV...just DVDs played off a PS2. [​IMG]
     
  8. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    RJ,

    Quit being a pussy. There is a big difference between audio tweaks that I can try and judge for myself (remember I practice professional audio engineering so I have some idea what to listen for) and global warming. I do think the Earth is getting warmer but there is no way to determine reliably if humans are the biggest factor.

    Socal, that is a beautiful design for a media room. [​IMG] What gear are you using? That one piece looks like B&O design.
     
  9. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    RJ,

    Quit being a pussy.

    Again with the ad hominems... Really, if you're going to dish it out you should either take it or at least quit interpreting any comment as a personal attack.
    But you've just been told that the styrofoam cup trick is completely useless. In fact, isn't that something that someone with a basic knowledge of engineering would know?
     
  10. SoCal2NYC

    SoCal2NYC Well-Known Member

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    Haha that's just my apartment.
    The speaker/CD player/AM-FM unit is from Bang & Olufsen.

    The flat screen is just some random brand from Best Buy. The PS2 is left over from HS. [​IMG]
    It's pictured with a cable box; but, when I moved from my old apartment and found out it would be more than a phone call and I'd have to wait for a cable guy to come and install it I just decided that I'd forego cable TV all together.
     
  11. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Well-Known Member

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    The speaker/CD player/AM-FM unit is from Bang & Olufsen.
    What do you think of this unit? I like the looks and portability, but was not too impressed by the soundstaging when I tried it out in the store.
     
  12. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    Well I thought it was quite funny. [​IMG]
     
  13. kronik

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    What do you think of this unit? I like the looks and portability, but was not too impressed by the soundstaging when I tried it out in the store.

    Isn't that to be anticipated with B&O gear, generally speaking? Sonic quality is impressive but better can be had at the same price point for the true audiophile. This, of course, is just what I've heard as I can't substantiate it myself.

    How is the SQ on the Magnepans? I was going to go audition some locally, just to check out planar speakers as I've never heard any.
     
  14. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Well-Known Member

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    It offers some of the best bang for the buck of any speaker. Their speakers have won most speaker awards at most price points. The 1.6s are a terrific bargain at $1,800 but you can also do well at $550 for MMG or $1,000 for MG12.

    I record mostly small acoustic ensembles and do live to 2 track recording which creates a lot of resolution on the disc. I chose the Maggies since they resolve all of this detail. I need to know if the microphone placement is perfect as well and that is a matter of listening to overall balance and dynamics. The Maggies do that well also. But perhaps the best feature is something audiophile's call "presence" which gets to how realistic and present the performers are. In my experience nobody does that better than Magnepan. They also create a wonderfully wide and deep soundstage.

    I would audition a pair at your local dealer. I've had two of their speakers since 1990, the IIIa and then later the 1.6QR and I have been very happy. [​IMG]

    Dipole speakers do a lot of great things like the above and also image height. The only negative is that some don't like the look of big panels in a room. Having a dedicated media room helps but Magnepan has some smaller less intrusive models like the MMG MG12.
     
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    The B&O Beolab 5s are world class. There are very few better speakers at any price.

    Maggies are nice, but limited in bass and dynamics (loudness mostly).

    --Andre
     
  16. RJman

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    What do you think of this unit? I like the looks and portability, but was not too impressed by the soundstaging when I tried it out in the store.
    I gave one as a gift to a family member when they first came out. B&O sort of imagined it as a boom box, so it's fine for casual purposes but probably not if you expect a whole lot out of an audio system. Of course, you know better than most whether to consider me biased on this subject.

    I dunno. I read in recent years -- after B&O shot out of anything I would want to afford or aspire to -- that they had really improved their higher-end speakers in order to provide much better performance for demanding listeners, but I don't know how much of it is simply marketing for the gullible (see infra).

    Well I thought it was quite funny. [​IMG]
    Yes, but you find my posts funny too.
     
  17. Ambulance Chaser

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    I gave one as a gift to a family member when they first came out. B&O sort of imagined it as a boom box, so it's fine for casual purposes but probably not if you expect a whole lot out of an audio system. Of course, you know better than most whether to consider me biased on this subject.

    I dunno. I read in recent years -- after B&O shot out of anything I would want to afford or aspire to -- that they had really improved their higher-end speakers in order to provide much better performance for demanding listeners, but I don't know how much of it is simply marketing for the gullible (see infra).

    I think B&O may be the audio equivalent of Franck Muller: The high end is very high end, but the stuff that normal folk can afford can be had for much better much cheaper elsewhere. But it looks really cool.

    And yes, I have seriously thought about acquiring an FM Casablanca. [​IMG] Fortunately, reality usually sets in before I do any damage to my bank account.
     
  18. RJman

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    I think B&O may be the audio equivalent of Franck Muller: The high end is very high end, but the stuff that normal folk can afford can be had for much better much cheaper elsewhere. But it looks really cool.
    Not going to argue with you there. But when a design of theirs really succeeds, it can be a thing of beauty which -- to the smitten -- justifies the price. But I think I've written about this elsewhere.
     
  19. SoCal2NYC

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    I'm not an "audiophile" and I barely use it...looks nice and does the job to play filler or background music when I have friends over.
     
  20. Artisan Fan

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    Not going to argue with you there. But when a design of theirs really succeeds, it can be a thing of beauty which -- to the smitten -- justifies the price. But I think I've written about this elsewhere.

    I think this is true to an extent but also true is that one can get better sound quality for the same money by going with other high end brands. It does look damn good however and I applaud their design prowess.

    Perhaps B&O is the Kiton of consumer electronics. [​IMG]
     

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