What stereo(s) do you listen to? What do you want?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    The Kef LS50 (not wireless) is the only recent speaker I would consider owning. Granted, I haven't heard a ton of new stuff.
     


  2. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

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    I prefer ELAC at the $2K range. Wait a month or two for the ELAC Adante monitor to come out. The designer Andrew Jones was trained at KEF by Laurie Fincham but has evolved past their designs imho.
     


  3. habitant

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    The new Totem Sky is also very nice
     


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    I had my first bi-amping epiphany today. I never believed it is useful to do with just two dumb power amps. I was bored today and connected two integrated amps with tone controls to my speakers. I let Ayre run my treble and then vintage Marantz to run my mids and bass. I adjusted tone controls for more bass, adjusted balance since LP was playing uneven in volume. I was shocked how much more decent bass I have extracted from my speakers that were always light in that department. The difference is HUGE. So if you want to play around with bi-amping try two integrated amps with at least VOLUME control, so that you can adjust the sound for the type of music you are playing. My speakers came alive after 8 years for the first time. I listened to some classic jazz and Leonard Cohen, it sounded so, so good.... I am going to do the same to Wilsons when my Luxman returns from recap service.
     


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    Medwed Senior member

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    Was flipping through Rolling Stones booklet that came with reissue and saw this product placement: Ha ha, Pioneer paid for all the boose and coke. I found CS700 for 160 Eur on local classified and bought them. Marketing works.
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    I had the opportunity to audition the Dynaudio Xeo 4 and it's quite good. I'm also considering the Kef LS50W but there's no way for me to hear it without buying it. The store with the Xeo 4 said that they used to carry the passive LS50 but found the tweeter too bright, too detailed and tiring. They don't carry the LS50W because they think the tweeter problem will persist.

    I'm trying to decide if I should buy the LS50W from a store with a good return policy or if I should go for the Xeo 4. Price for the two are similar. Thoughts?
     


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    The Xeo 2 is very good, and less money. The focus 200 is badass. The Xeo 4 is a little outdated
     


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    poorsod Senior member

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    I saw that you had a Focus 200 XD on sale a while back. Why did you sell it?
     


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    idfnl Senior member

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    Pair of McIntosh MC50's available for sale. Not sure of the serial numbers, haven't spoken to the owner yet, but hoping they are sequential. Untouched. Hard to pass these up, any detractors, please speak up.

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    A little late, but I just didn't need them where I had them set up. My dining room. That said, still regret selling. Such a nice little setup with a streamer.
     


  11. freshcutgrass

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    If you are mixing amps in a passive bi-amping situation as you are, dedicating the better amp to the more difficult load (the bass), then you will (probably) get a noticeable improvement in treble response, as the that amp is not straining to produce bass and more power on the bass will result in better bass response.

    Personally, I prefer monoblocks in a two-amp scenario.
     


  12. Girardian

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    I've bi-amped for years - but with monoblocks. Once you go there, it's hard to go back. I reached a serenity state with my set up, no more chasing dragons ... almost.

    I'm very happy with my two channel set up, for audio and for video. I can't imagine a multi-channel set up unless I did a dedicated home theater room some day. Personally, I find exceptional 2 channel sound with a good Blue-Ray player (I have the Oppo BDP-105 Darbee Edition) amazing. I don't miss the "surround" experience. The upside is I only have one primary set up - not one for movies and another for audio.
     


  13. Girardian

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    The one aspect of my system that's extraordinarily "old school" is the physical footprint. Monoblock amps. By-amped large speakers. Dual mono pre-amps. Sources. Power re-conditiner. Cables. It's "correct" as far as all of the fundamentals and design is concerned but it sure takes up space.
     


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    Ultimately, I want to have 4 monoblocks (Classe DR-3) and an active crossover for the Apogee Duettas.

    My dedicated 2-channel audio system has an honoured place in my living room, which has been curated along with all the art, ceramics, glass, design, etc. This is easier than you think without distractions such as spouses, children and pets.

    Apogee Duetta
    Classe DR-3
    Classe DR-7
    Esoteric 50s
    Revox B-215
    Tandberg TD 20 SE
    Beogram 8000 (MMC20CL)
    Tandberg 3001
    Aurel Symphonic Missing Link Bus
    and a Sony WM-D6C for portable playback and recording (currently with B&O H6)

    Basically I've managed to put together the 80's dream system I could never had afforded at the time.
     
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