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  • Re: Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

    cfrizz wrote: »
    I like having lots of power because it doesn't matter where the volume knob is, I am able to hear all the details of the music. ESPECIALLY at lower volume. That was the biggest surprise I got when I got the Parasound 1500A. I want my speakers to have all the power they need to operate to their full potential at all times, lots of power ensures this.
    Forgive me Cathy but that statement doesn't make a whole lot of sense. No matter where the volume knob is you can hear all the details? lol. Well, ok, but, if it's all the way down, you're not going to hear much of anything, no matter how many watts the amp puts out! Even at low volumes, really low volumes, you're not hearing all the details. IMO, there's a certain point where everything "clicks." It doesn't have to be LOUD for that to happen with every setup Cathy, but it does have to be audible. I can hear all the details, at modest listening levels, just fine with only 125 wpc in my setup. I guess I'm just lucky?
    cfrizz wrote: »
    I personally don't assume that everyone wants to experiment with every piece of gear that exists, that way could possibly lead to hoarder syndrome, bankruptcy or divorce court.
    Well, Cathy, variety is the spice of life! I wouldn't be where I am now if I had stayed where I was. The point is, I'm very happy that I experimented with a lot of different gear over the years. Through trial & error, I found the sound I love and enjoy.
    cfrizz wrote: »
    There is no guarantee, that you will be able to recoup what you paid out on the gear, hell there isn't any guarantee that you will be able to sell it at all! Just look at that nice pair of Dynaudio's that have been sitting in the FM!
    There are no guarantees with anything in life Cathy. Everything is a chance. All of those Dynaudio speakers I had sold. The initial listing was placed in the summer and that's a tough time to sell audio gear. Just because they didn't sell here doesn't mean they didn't move elsewhere. I just like to give the Polk family first shot at the gear before I list it elsewhere.
    cfrizz wrote: »
    I believe in doing it once with extensive research, doing it right the first time around, even if it cost a bit more up front, then sitting back and enjoying it for years to come.
    That's what a lot of people on other audio forums like to do as well Cathy. They look at the specifications, read reviews, ask other people that own the gear they're interested in and sometimes that works out but sometimes it doesn't. Heck, I was all jazzed about the ELAC UB5, UC5, & UF5 speakers when they first came out. I sold off a set of speakers that I was pretty happy with based on the promise of the ELAC speakers superiority thanks to the magic introduced to this "budget" line by the legendary designer Andrew Jones. I even went to the AXPONA 2016 exposition in Rosemont Illinois to hear them for myself. I met and spoke with Mr. Jones extensively about these speakers and, after hearing them, I was convinced I was on the right path so I preordered the ELAC UF5 floor standing speakers & the UC5 center channel.

    When the speakers arrived, I could not have been more disappointed. The ELAC speakers simply did not work in my room. I could not replicate the sound I heard at the exhibition and all the reviews online were RAVING about these speakers.

    I got lucky and I was able to purchase another set of the speakers I sold off to buy the ELAC speakers locally so I made out. The point here is that I learned how important a factor the listening environment is in the sound you hear. Previously, nothing had this big of an impact on my setup before. I know I'm not alone in this as @Clipdat just went through the same thing with the Monitor Audio Bronze bookshelf speakers. Rave reviews online with a lot of people backing them up on the forums. They simply didn't work in Clipdat's room. No amount of research is going to tell you exactly how some piece of gear or pair of speakers is going to sound in your room, on your gear/with your gear until it actually gets placed into that setup.
    cfrizz wrote: »
    But that's just me, I like interjecting a bit of practicality into this crazy hobby.
    Maybe you see it as practicality Cathy but I don't agree with you nor do I see experimentation as impractical. If you take no risks, you get no rewards. Playing it safe is fine for some people and it seems to work well for you. I'm not going to try and tell you how to approach this hobby. That's your decision. However, playing it safe isn't for everybody Cathy. I don't assume that everyone wants to experiment with different gear but I'm not going to discourage it. I also don't assume that experimenting with gear will lead to hoarding/hoarder syndrome (is that actually in the DSM Cathy?). I don't assume that experimenting with different gear will lead to bankruptcy, do you? One can live within one's means and still experiment Cathy. It is possible to budget for the things you enjoy doing, is it not? Finally, I would not assume that experimenting with different gear would lead to divorce Cathy. I would think that other issues in a relationship exist to go that route as I've never heard of someone getting divorced solely due to a spouse experimenting with different....gear. Experimenting with drugs, alcohol, or experimenting with other partners, yes. IF you are referring to the financial burdens placed on a couple's finances because of secret spending by one partner without disclosing it to their partner, I would say that is a trust issue between the people involved in the relationship and not specifically tied to the audio hobby.

    But that's just me, I like to interject a bit of experimentation into this wonderful hobby.

  • Re: Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

    I would say the power requirements Cathy (@cfrizz) is referring to above requires you, the listener, to consider many variables.

    How loud do you listen? The louder you listen, the more power you may need.
    How big is the room in which you listen to music and/or movies? The bigger the space you have to fill with sound/pressurize the room, the more power you may need.

    I've had amps here of all different shapes and sizes, solid state amps and tube amps, and it really is a matter of synergy with your room, listening tastes/style, as well as how your setup overall integrates. People talk about adding a component and having it make a significant difference (in the best case scenario) and following that line of thought, it's all about experimentation to hear what sounds best to you in your environment.

    There's nothing wrong with the 200 wat-per-channel recommendation but, if a 125 wat-per-channel amp will more than adequately do the job and it has better overall sound quality, by all means, you should go with the better sounding amp!

    There are so many different types of equipment out there and so many different brands that it can be daunting but that is also part of the fun. Once you find what sounds best to you, then you're a happy camper who has the experience of trying many different pieces in order to craft what works best for you. :)
  • Re: CABLE TALK??

    I come across a video on YouTube titled, "Audiophiles or Audiofools?" and I immediately know which side of the debate the author is on.

    I guess it makes some people feel better about themselves to KNOW that all this hi-fidelity mumbo jumbo is just that & that their Beats headphones (while pricey) are actually worth the expenditure because EVERYONE wears them/uses them/ has them/ loves them/blah, blah, blah.

    If you're different and you think, say, the Sennheiser HD 650 is an amazing sounding pair of headphones but, Beats headphones sound like garbage, well my man (or woman, or whatever), you (yes, YOU) must be WRONG because EVERYONE ELSE is RIGHT about how GREAT Beats headphones sound.

    Maybe it's a herd mentality? Maybe it's more than one thing. Maybe it has to do with the fact that there's NO DIFFERENCE between the sound output by an Audio-VIdeo-Receiver and a dedicated amplifier, right? (I don't personally follow that train of thought but there are those that do). Or, ALL AMPS SOUND THE SAME, right? (again, not my personal belief here but there are people who don't believe there is a difference).

    There are many ways to separate an audiofool from his/her/whomever's money, right? It's the same old argument and it floats around from audio topic to audio topic and it covers the gambit from what I've seen and heard.

    I've been on both sides of the coin because, in the beginning of my audio journey, I didn't hear a difference between ratshack cables and monster cables. I saw how expensive the higher end monster cables were and I thought it was total snake oil. Well, I didn't have the level of gear that would allow me to hear the difference between high end cables (of whatever brand they may be) and basic cables. As my level of experience changed and the level of gear I encountered went from basic to better than basic (and further up the ladder ((or down the rabbit hole))) I got my learn on. Experience taught me a lot and the people on this forum who shared their home's and their equipment, and their knowledge allowed me to experience different gear for myself. As my budget allowed, I picked up different gear to allow me to experiment.

    Perhaps there are those with perfect pitch and golden ears but I'm just an average dude making my way in this hobby looking to find the sound that I'm after.

    I don't think there's any right or wrong answer as this is all very subjective. We all perceive things differently because we are all different. I think it should all boil down to you doing what makes you happy. I've heard expensive stuff that didn't seem worth it to me while some budget stuff seemed great. Conversely, some budget stuff sounded like garbage while some expen$ive gear sounded amazing. There's no universal rule that applies here, at least, not that I've seen/heard/experienced.

    That's my $0.02 on it. Love this forum. Love having discussions with folks here. Love to get my learn on. Love to help others when/if I can be of service.
  • Re: New (to me) amp: McCormack DNA-125

    Gorgeous amp Drew! Nice score!
  • Re: Polk Signature Series Official Discussion

    In my opinion, the nice thing about the Signature Series floor standing speakers is that the power port fires down toward the floor and makes placement easier; i,e,. you can place them closer to the wall as the port isn't firing from the rear of the speaker at the front wall. I think that an AVR can handle driving the S60's especially if set to small and the bass is being handled by the sub in the mix. I don't think you need to angle down any of the surround speakers, I would try them them without angling them first and see how it sounds. You can mess around with angling them later but the speakers should disappear and that's harder to do if they are pointed at your ears by angling them. Definitely look into room treatments from GIK acoustics. They'll give you an idea of what you need and will work within your current budget and make suggestions for upgrades in the future. The biggest impact on the sound quality is the way everything interacts with your room.

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