Family reunion photos...

audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
edited December 2011 in Vintage Speakers
It's been a long time since I've really been on the forum, but thought I'd come back and show you some "family reunion" photos. Hope you like them as much as I do... :cheesygrin:

I hope all of my forum friends are doing well!
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  • falconcry72falconcry72 Posts: 3,579
    edited December 2011
    You have a beautiful family, sir!:biggrin:

    Looks like you got about 1.5k worth of RD0's to install...
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo
    DAC: McIntosh D-100
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-26
    Power Amp: Pass Labs X-250.5
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV-8801
    Power Amp: Bryston 9B-ST
    Fronts: Sonus Faber Liuto Towers
    Center: Sonus Faber Liuto Smart Center
    Surrounds: Sonus Faber Liuto Bookshelves
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-Pluses
  • decaldecal Posts: 3,150
    edited December 2011
    I can recommend a therapist if you're interested !!!!! :cheesygrin:
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,790
    edited December 2011
    Beautiful children lol!
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 14,135
    edited December 2011
    I have met his family before, as a matter of fact he adopted one of his children from me..LOL!!
  • Mr. BubblesMr. Bubbles Posts: 736
    edited December 2011
    That is a very nice collection. How do the CRS's sound inside those coves?

    A while back i found a post on this site dedicated to audio pictures from memebers. can someone point me back to it, please. i have been unable to find it since.
    If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of Progress?!


    Monitor 5Jr, Monitor 5, RTA12, RTA 15TL, SDA 2A, 1c, SRS 2, 1.2TL, CRS, Atrium.
  • disneyjoe7disneyjoe7 Posts: 11,520
    edited December 2011
    Very nice looking family you have, but I'm sure they can be mouthy. :wink:

    Speakers
    Carver Amazing Fronts
    CS400i Center
    RT800i's Rears
    Sub Paradigm Servo 15

    Electronics
    Conrad Johnson PV-5 pre-amp
    Parasound Halo A23
    Pioneer 84TXSi AVR
    Pioneer 79Avi DVD
    Sony CX400 CD changer
    Panasonic 42-PX60U Plasma
    WMC Win7 32bit HD DVR


  • drumminmandrumminman Posts: 3,366
    edited December 2011
    I'm guessing those are not all connected - how do you decide which ones to listen to? :surprised:

    What kind of source - pre - power amp do you use?
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  • Joe08867Joe08867 Posts: 3,935
    edited December 2011
    WOW!!!!

    I have to admit I am quite jealous. I have owned most of those at one point or another but never all together.
    WOW!

    That's like working your way through Katie Perry in order to get to Rosie O'Donnell.
  • evhudsonsevhudsons Posts: 1,172
    edited December 2011
    +1 with questions about how you run these. HOLY COWABUNGA!

    That's awesome! I've become sportly jealous of my friend's 1c's so I've been wondering if they could be matched up somehow with my crs+.

    Yeah, post those in the audio pictures section please.

    Wow

    Polk Audio SDA CRS+ (4.1TL by Trey, Larry's Rings)-
    SDA SRS2-Parasound HCA1500ax2/1000
    Yamaha xa1000-Celestion SL6S presence,- sl9 surround back
    NHTsuper1's surround
    Nad2700-sub, AdcomGFA-555 -Magnepan SMG
    Parasound 1500pre- Sofia "Baby" tube amp - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
    Marantz 2230/B&Kst140- outdoor B&W/Bose/Parasound/KefC75/c40/Polksub
    Technics 1200mk2
    Gamertag: IslandBerserker
    I am but a infinitesimally small point meeting the line of infinity in the SDA universe
  • squeebsqueeb Posts: 428
    edited December 2011
    Couldn't help but notice the "**** child" on the fireplace. They look like Bose cubes.
    7.3 HT: Sunfire TGR-3, Sunfire Series II, Mirage OMD-28, OMD-5 (x4), REL T1 (2), T2, Oppo 103D, Optoma HD8200PRO, 106" screen, SB Touch
    Family Room: Yamaha RX-V2700, RT25i, 42" Samsung, SB Duet
    Pool: Yamaha V2700, SQ Duet, Atrium 60 (2), Atrium 45 (3), Atrium 65sdi
  • cnhcnh Posts: 13,310
    edited December 2011
    That's a very nice collection of vintage Polks, mostly SDAs but I've actually seen a lot more in one room. The member shall remain nameless. But imagine a room about 20 x 30 filled with almost every vintage Polk you can imagine and duplicates in some cases, perhaps three or four dozen speakers (at least)? Then imagine that this guy is married and his wife allows him to occupy a room that size as a warehouse for Polk speakers! It's impressive, but perhaps over the "edge", or not?

    I certainly have more speakers than I need, but the majority are much smaller than SDA-2Bs!

    cnh
    Currently orbiting Bowie's Blackstar.!

    Polk Lsi-7s, Def Tech 8" sub, HK 3490, HK HD 990 (CDP/DAC), AKG Q701s
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  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited December 2011
    Haha, thanks for all the kind words about my "family". :cheesygrin:

    Since I'm working on my basement right now, I had to bring them all upstairs. I figured it was a great photo opportunity! To answer the questions about how I have/had them setup, they used to be all hooked up as follows:

    7.1 in my basement theater - 2.3 fronts, 11t side surrounds, and 2B rear surrounds. Pioneer Elite SC-27, plus an Adcom 555II for the fronts.

    5.1 in livingroom - SDA-SRS fronts, Monitor 5 rear surrounds (not pictured - they were out sick with the flu that day), another Pioneer Elite receiver, a yaqin tube buffer, plus an Adcom 545 for the SRS's.

    Dedicated 2 channel livingroom rig - SDA-SRS's, Dared SL-2000a Tube preamp, Emotiva XPA-2 (yeah, I know, the horror!, but I really like it...maybe I got a "good one"). MIT cables.

    Bedroom setup - 1C's as my computer speakers, with a receiver. I've thought about upgrading this to a tube-pre and amp setup as well, but I do my serious music listening in the livingroom, so it's not a high priority right now...

    I do normally have the 2 sets of SDA-SRS' in the livingroom (for the 5.1 and dedicated 2 channel setup), plus the CRS+'s recessed in the holes that I can switch to via an Adcom switch box if I don't want it too loud. The CRS+'s sound fine in the holes. Probably not the best for music, but when doing L/R duty in a 5.1 setup for casual movie/tv watching, it's fine.

    Falconcry72 - I can see it now - "Hi Polk, I need to order 28 RDO-194's." :eek: That's gonna hurt!

    Decal - No need for a therapist. I'm quite happy with my speaker psychosis. haha

    Larry - Don't worry, I'm taking good care of your kid. Although the CRS+'s feel a bit like a red-headed step child next to the two sets of SDA-SRS's though. LOL

    My weak links are the center channels. In the theater I was using a Yamaha (can't think of the model number off the top of my head), and a lower end model Polk center for the upstairs. It worked, but I really want something more beefy and better voice-matched for both setups. Perhaps a CS1000P or a CS400i.

    Here's the funny thing - Out of all the sets that I have, the only ones that have RDO-194's so far are the Monitor 5's... my smallest set (but they do sound good!). Go figure! I might have to break down and buy 8 RDO's as a Christmas gift to myself for the 2-channel SDA-SRS's...
  • OldfatdogsOldfatdogs Posts: 1,885
    edited December 2011
    Very nice family.
  • evhudsonsevhudsons Posts: 1,172
    edited December 2011
    There's a guy that goes to the South Florida car show that owns one Mustang from each year it was made. My wife remarked that might be over the top.

    Your collection is not over the top, it is excellent. Thanks for sharing your family photos!

    Polk Audio SDA CRS+ (4.1TL by Trey, Larry's Rings)-
    SDA SRS2-Parasound HCA1500ax2/1000
    Yamaha xa1000-Celestion SL6S presence,- sl9 surround back
    NHTsuper1's surround
    Nad2700-sub, AdcomGFA-555 -Magnepan SMG
    Parasound 1500pre- Sofia "Baby" tube amp - Monitor Audio Silver RX2
    Marantz 2230/B&Kst140- outdoor B&W/Bose/Parasound/KefC75/c40/Polksub
    Technics 1200mk2
    Gamertag: IslandBerserker
    I am but a infinitesimally small point meeting the line of infinity in the SDA universe
  • falconcry72falconcry72 Posts: 3,579
    edited December 2011
    audio_alan wrote: »
    Falconcry72 - I can see it now - "Hi Polk, I need to order 28 RDO-194's." :eek: That's gonna hurt!

    Looks more like 32 to me. Plus the Monitor 5's you mentioned would make 34. With your Polkie discount, plus little off the top for the quantity (I would hope), I think my 1.5k estimate is pretty close.:wink:
    2-Channel:

    Source 1: PC
    Source 2: Rega Apollo
    DAC: McIntosh D-100
    Preamp: Audio Research LS-26
    Power Amp: Pass Labs X-250.5
    Speakers: Magnepan 3.7's

    HT:

    Source 1: HTPC
    Source 2: Oppo 103
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV-8801
    Power Amp: Bryston 9B-ST
    Fronts: Sonus Faber Liuto Towers
    Center: Sonus Faber Liuto Smart Center
    Surrounds: Sonus Faber Liuto Bookshelves
    Subs: Dual SVS PC12-Pluses
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,633
    edited December 2011
    Hey alan, you should stack them all on top of each other and then play Legion of Boom by Crystal Method lol.......

    I think that qualifies as a "wall" of sound....
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  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited December 2011
    Looks more like 32 to me. Plus the Monitor 5's you mentioned would make 34. With your Polkie discount, plus little off the top for the quantity (I would hope), I think my 1.5k estimate is pretty close.:wink:

    I was just guessing, but yeah, you're right. I need 32! I already have a set of RDO's in the Monitor 5's that I bought from geppy1 a while back... So 2 RDO's down, 32 to go! LOL

    About stacking them, I probably could because of my vaulted ceiling. Hahaha But then people would really think I'm insane! :wink:
  • audiocr381veaudiocr381ve Posts: 2,583
    edited December 2011
    OMG :eek:

    Alright, I know this is probably obvious but what's your fave and why?
    || Polk SDA-CRS+ with all the goodies
    || Totem Hawk
    || Pass Labs Aleph 30
    || Rogue Perseus Magnum Tube Preamp
    || Dodd Reference Level Preamp
    || Chord Hugo
    || Wyred 4 Sound Remedy
    || Tidal
    || Squeezebox Touch
  • bluecometbluecomet Posts: 1,103
    edited December 2011
    CNH, the guy you are referring to must have a real speaker and electronic component problem. Could you believe I heard that he just completed upgrading all of the tweets to RDO's in those SDA's. I bet at this point the collection has even spilled into another home that he owns.:wink:
    Polk HT system 1: LSIC, LSI25 mains, LSI F/X rears, Lsi F/X rear centers,
    Yamaha RX-V2500 System, Carver A753 3 channel amp.

    Polk HT system 2: , SRT system with f/x 1,000's rear speakers on 7.1 system currently using Denon 3310 receiver, powered by Sunfire Grand Theater amp

    Polk Speaker collection: SDA SRS 1.2tl x 2, SRT system, SDA SRS 2 P/B, SDA 2A, SDA 1C Studio, SDA CRS+, RT800, 55 and C400, 7B & 4, SRS 3.1tl, RTA 15tl, LS90
  • DrenisDrenis Posts: 2,870
    edited December 2011
    That is AWESOME! Would love to hear those monster towers someday...
  • OldmanSRSOldmanSRS Posts: 442
    edited December 2011
    VERY NICE collection. I'm jealous.
    '65 427 Shelby AC Cobra
    '72 Triumph TR-6
    __________________
    '88 Polk SDA SRS 1.2, with upgraded XO caps and Erse SDA inductors
    '86 Polk SDA CRS+
    '84 Polk Monitor 10A (Peerless tweeters)
    '05 HSU VTF-3 Sub
    '93 Carver TFM-35 (just because)
    '88 Carver M-1.0t (just because)
    '14 PGA2310 based custom remote volume control
    '88 Adcom GFP-555
    '88 Adcom GFA-555 (upgraded/restored)
    '05 Onkyo DV-555 media
    '89 Pioneer Laser Disc media
    '89 Sony SuperBeta HiFi media
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited December 2011
    OMG :eek:

    Alright, I know this is probably obvious but what's your fave and why?

    As you probably guessed, I'd have to say my favorites are the big boys - the SDA-SRS's. They look awesome, and they sound incredible (and only to get better with upgrades, I'm sure!). They dig just a little deeper than the other model SDA's too, really removing the need for a sub when listening to music (movies are a different story, imo). Especially with the addition of the Dared tube-pre, I feel like I'm listening to the band, not just to a pair of speakers.

    Having said that, even the smaller models are special. I'm happy with all of my SDA purchases. Dollar for dollar, you aren't going to get new speakers that sound this good, imo...

    For anyone that hasn't heard a pair of SDA's yet, and you love music, you owe it to yourself to track down a pair.
    OldmanSRS wrote: »
    VERY NICE collection. I'm jealous.

    Thanks OldmanSRS (and everyone else for the compliments). I went a little crazy buying SDA's over the past 12 months or so, but at least I'm actually using them all. (Well, I was, until I had to dismantle my theater temporarily. They'll be setup again though...).

    2010-2011 will go down as the year I caught the SDA bug. Luckily it wasn't just a fad. I still enjoy them, pretty much on a daily basis.
  • leroyjr1leroyjr1 Posts: 8,799
    edited December 2011
    Wow!
  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,857
    edited December 2011
    That is fantastic.Not only a great collection but if my wife ever **** about how many i have i can show her those pics.
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  • codyc1arkcodyc1ark Posts: 2,539
    edited December 2011
    Hey alan, you should stack them all on top of each other and then play Legion of Boom by Crystal Method lol.......

    I think that qualifies as a "wall" of sound....

    Count me in, can we turn it up to '11'?
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited December 2011
    brgman wrote: »
    That is fantastic.Not only a great collection but if my wife ever **** about how many i have i can show her those pics.

    Hey, just doing my part to help out you married guys... :wink: haha
    codyc1ark wrote: »
    Count me in, can we turn it up to '11'?

    Dang, I knew I should have bought the special "Spinal Tap" edition of the Pioneer Elite.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuzpsO4ErOQ&feature=related
  • dorokusaidorokusai Posts: 25,397
    edited December 2011
    I'd sell most of that. No need to keep it all, its silly.
  • SDA1CSDA1C Posts: 2,054
    edited December 2011
    brgman wrote: »
    That is fantastic.Not only a great collection but if my wife ever **** about how many i have i can show her those pics.

    Concur! I used to have an "addiction" but all my wife has said in the last 5 minutes is "Holy ****"! Thanks man, I am officially off the hook!
    Sda2.3 (Tweets, Spikes)
    Sda1C (Tweets, Sonicaps, Mills, Boards, Spikes, Rings, Dynamat)
    Rta11T (Tweets, Sonicaps, Mills, Spikes, Rings, Dynamat)
    5jr+ (Tweets, Spikes)
    CS350ls (Sonicap, Spikes)
    12" DXi x 2 (Dayton Plate. Slot ported Custom boxes)


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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,777
    edited December 2011
    SDA1C wrote: »
    Concur! I used to have an "addiction" but all my wife has said in the last 5 minutes is "Holy ****"! Thanks man, I am officially off the hook!

    Yeah. Funny how that works. My wife thought I had a drinking problem til she met my friends. All of a sudden, that single mixed drink I'd have 2-3 times a week was no longer an issue...
  • newrivalnewrival Posts: 2,020
    edited December 2011
    audio_alan wrote: »
    Although the CRS+'s feel a bit like a red-headed step child next to the two sets of SDA-SRS's though.

    I wouldn't be too concerned. Left to their own devices, the CRS+'s slap the big boys around in coherence and resolve. Those are where the magic is at, IMO

    If I were you, I'd be putting the money into the little guys for a 2 channel rig. 4.1TL conversion and a REL (ARM platform) sub and you will have something truly special.

    Not that the big boys arent great, they are (I've owned all the speakers in your pic, most simultaneously), but the CRS+'s were Polk's best in the SDA line, IMO of course :)

    I'm glad to see someone else utilizing the SDA's in HT. I had a Similar setup with SRS fronts, 2b rears, and Monitor 10b front and rear centers (later replaced by CS1000p's). It was by far,the most enveloping HT experience I'd ever had. I don't have the space I did, otherwise I wouldn't have changed it, but the RT5000p system was a worthy replacement.

    At any rate, cool pics! Hope your back is OK after lugging them all into place! I know I had fun gettingmy SRS's up 2 flights of stairsby myself, can't imagine moving all of those!
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