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

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  1. pinchi22

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    Sonus Faber Concertino Speakers

    Ditto.

    Plus Naim red book CD player, power supplies, pre-amp and amp.
     


  2. Artisan Fan

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    Yamaha amp from 90s
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    Denon semi auto turn table.
    Queen "News of the World" currently playing, next up Sharl Aznavour.


    Sonus Faber is one of my favorite speaker lines. [​IMG]
     


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    I have two Jolida systems one with Magnapans and one with B+W Pods. I love the sound of tubes.

    Jolida is hands down the best value and sound for the money in a tube amp. I love them.

    Then, there is my little iPod shuffle that I take when I travel.
     


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    Girardian Senior member

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    High end audio set up in my listening room:
    - YBA monoblocks & pre-amp
    - Modified Eastsound and Marantz (tube output) CD players
    - Green Mountain Audio Calypso speakers
    - Virtual Dynamics wiring

    Verdict: Music nirvana!


    Bedroom set up:
    - Marantz separates (amp/pre, tuner, CDP)
    - Green Mountain Audio Callisto speakers (monitors)
    - Atlantis stands
    - Signal Cable Silver Resolution cables

    Verdict: Very spacious sound that spills into the rest of the house and still sounds great several rooms away.

    Commentary:
    - For those of you looking into high end speakers, check out GMA. They are truly amazing. No affiliation, just a very happy customer.
     


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    Onkyo receiver from late 80s, newish Sony DVD player, decent Cerwin Vega speakers.

    I'm planning to buy a 5.1 or 7.1 surround receiver in a year or two but I care more about music than DVDs. Does stereo (2 chan) music sound weird on a surround system if all the speakers are turned on? Or is it best to use only the front speakers?

    I'm wondering whether to spend big money on the front speakers and get cheap stuff for surrounds/center chan/sub or spend equally on all the speakers?
     


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    A Y Senior member

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    Does stereo (2 chan) music sound weird on a surround system if all the speakers are turned on?

    If you're using good matrixing algorithms (eg. DPLIIx or Logic 7), and your speakers match in timbre and are set up correctly, matrixed 2-5 or 2-7 can sound significantly better than just 2-channel.

    Spend the most money on your front 3 speakers and a good sub. You can cheat a bit on the surrounds.

    --Andre
     


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    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Usually just my imac hooked up to HK soundsticks II. At home in the UK, I have a modest set up with NAD amp, NAD tuner, Denon tape deck. And a modest collection of vinyl, mostly blues/jazz and opera. All this talk has me thinking about shipping the stuff to me in HK [​IMG]
     


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    Quad 12L in Birdeye's finish with center channel
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    Pioneer ELITE VSX-84TXSi receiver and the accompaning CD player and some Klipsch reference speakers and , most of the time though, we listen to music on a mini Philips CD player we got at Costco [​IMG]
     


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    Audio Room:
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    - Vintage Denon CD player
    - Vintage JBL Studio Monitors

    Headphones:
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    I have the AKG K518DJ, which I think is the same as the K81's except that they're black. They sound pretty good for the money, but being closed phones they make your ears sore after awhile.

    I also have the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1's for my computer. They are awesome.

    After I'm done school, I'm going to save my pennies for some Wilson's
     


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    Onkyo receiver from late 80s, newish Sony DVD player, decent Cerwin Vega speakers.

    I'm planning to buy a 5.1 or 7.1 surround receiver in a year or two but I care more about music than DVDs. Does stereo (2 chan) music sound weird on a surround system if all the speakers are turned on? Or is it best to use only the front speakers?

    I'm wondering whether to spend big money on the front speakers and get cheap stuff for surrounds/center chan/sub or spend equally on all the speakers?




    I prefer to listen to 2-channell recorded music in 2.1 mode (left, right and sub) which is easily switchable on the receiver.

    If you're using good matrixing algorithms (eg. DPLIIx or Logic 7), and your speakers match in timbre and are set up correctly, matrixed 2-5 or 2-7 can sound significantly better than just 2-channel.

    Spend the most money on your front 3 speakers and a good sub. You can cheat a bit on the surrounds.

    --Andre


    I agree with Andre. You generally do not want to skimp on the center channel or you may have difficulty understanding spoken dialogue in movies. Timbre matching is important to get a seamless transition when a sound moves across the front soundstage.
     


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