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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,966
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    63$ and two wads of bellybutton lint. Seller pays shipping.

    Russ that's all your offering on these authentic Alabaster speaker enhancers or are you making an offer on Mikey's black discus resses enhancers?

    Surprised he didn't offer his rectal thermometer :#
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,565
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    I have 2 antique Asian carved alabaster lamps in my listening room, call me nuts but they do make a difference

    OK... you're nuts!
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,966
    edited April 2017
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    I have 2 antique Asian carved alabaster lamps in my listening room, call me nuts but they do make a difference

    OK... you're nuts!

    :/ ...and quit blaming your [email protected]$ on the baby
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,417
    What is the placement of those there Asian Alabaster lamps, and are they plugged in for maximum enhancement, and what's a rectal thermometer worth?
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  • mikeyb128mikeyb128 Posts: 2,752
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    I have 2 antique Asian carved alabaster lamps in my listening room, call me nuts but they do make a difference

    OK... you're nuts!

    :/ ...and quit blaming your [email protected]$ on the baby

    I've been blaming mine on the dog for years with great success.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,966
    gudnoyez wrote: »
    What is the placement of those there Asian Alabaster lamps, and are they plugged in for maximum enhancement, and what's a rectal thermometer worth?

    Now you are getting personal

    They are cornered for the best ambiance and are plugged into their own PS Audio Dectet AC Power Conditioner, with upgraded Cardas wire power cords
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  • arekonarekon Posts: 77
    pretty sure SHE is supposed to be the **** blamer and we are the fallen innocent...
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    lightman1 wrote: »
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    I have 2 antique Asian carved alabaster lamps in my listening room, call me nuts but they do make a difference

    But the placement of said lamps is crucial to maximize mid range impact. I know for a FACT that they sound exquisite when place 45 degrees forward of the planar orientation of any tweeter.
    You rubes will never understand my superior audio intelligence.
    Egg shaped marble nuggets will also make your IC resist bloated low end.

    Huh?! Learn something new every day. ... and here I've always used Beano for that.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    Before using the Black Discus, I tried using regular old Discus for system dampening.

    gold_and_red_discus_150609a1_w0640.jpg

    Worked pretty well, but after a few days the hifi lair started to smell kind of funky.
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,279
    lightman1 wrote: »
    63$ and two wads of bellybutton lint. Seller pays shipping.
    Dayng. Jealous I don't have any speaker idols to sell.
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Surprised he didn't offer his rectal thermometer :#
    I didn't know that was on the table.
    Not eatin' there anymore.
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Worked pretty well, but after a few days the hifi lair started to smell kind of funky.
    ah, the sacrifices we make...
    I disabled signatures.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,133
    Yep2 wrote: »
    I would keep the alabaster gods away from the corners or they will melt.
    Corners are usually 90 degrees. :)

    You are so right you are almost acute.
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  • warrenwarren Posts: 632
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    At the risk of pulling this thread off topic, I would like to opine that, if any of you happens to own (or might someday acquire) any Setton components (from the late 1970s), you will have to get one of these little Setton statues to go with it "for best results".

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    Setton RS660 RS440 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
  • mrbigbluelightmrbigbluelight Posts: 7,566
    Those Setton receivers kind of have a Yamaha look to them which is pretty nice.

    Unfortunately, Yamaha cheaped out and didn't have the comfortably curved knobs of the Settons which completely ruined the Yammy sound !
    Tragic ...... but true ! :o

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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,863
    edited April 2017
    When I first saw those Settons, I thought they looked a lot like vintage Rotel receivers.

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    edited April 2017
    Rick88 wrote: »
    When I first saw those Settons, I thought they looked a lot like vintage Rotel receivers.

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    There is certainly cosmetic similarity; I suspect, though, that it's a case of 'convergent evolution'. I don't think Rotel (or their OEM) was the OEM for Setton. That said...

    Amusingly, the Setton receivers were also sold, with only slightly different cosmetics (and some small internal variations), under the Lafayette (Lafayette Radio Electronics) brand. I am not sure who actually made the receivers; Luxman is often bandied about as the possible OEM.

    The Settons are rare and crazy expensive on the eBAY market; the Lafayettes aren't common but are more reasonably priced.

    LR5555 = RS440
    LR9090(a) = RS660

    http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/lafayette-receiver.598942/

    I've never tried using either as room treatments, FWIW (and to stay on topic, y'all know that's very important to me!).



  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    edited April 2017
    So, just to finish the Setton/LRE thought :) -- in case anyone's interested -- here are the two above mentioned Setton receivers & their Lafayette morphs.

    RS440 & RS660
    14428053854_6517a4c8ae_b.jpgSetton RS660 RS440 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    LR-5555
    14242580250_8b07a54878_b.jpgLR5555A by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    LR-9090
    15128722558_0e9f7f64a2_b.jpglr9090 by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    Eaton of Canada also sold an Setton/Lafayette variant under their "Viking" brand.
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    source: http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php?threads/lafayette-lr-5555a.184040/page-2#post-9232532
  • wait, so putting something on top of your speakers can change the sound. or putting something on your cables can change the sound. this does not seem right but hell anything is possible.. when looking up Alabaster Slabs all i find is counter tops and what not.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    wait, so putting something on top of your speakers can change the sound. or putting something on your cables can change the sound. this does not seem right but hell anything is possible.. when looking up Alabaster Slabs all i find is counter tops and what not.

    Folks do -- interesting -- things in their quest(s) to make their hifi hi-er.
    Who am I to judge? ;)

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    source: https://db.audioasylum.com/mhtml/m.html?forum=hug&n=175100&highlight=mass&search_url=/default.mpl?searchtext=mass&b=AND&topic=&topics_only=N&author=&date1=2016-01-01&date2=&slowmessage=&ip=&sort=score&sortOrder=DESC&sortRank=Forum&forum=hug

    PS I just noticed in the photos in that thread that the Emilar EH-500-2 horn sitting astride the Altec VOT cabinet has no driver attached to it. Not quite sure what is up with that. :pensive:

    FWIW; Here's a more typical application of an EH-500-2 ;)


    32368861594_12cb40a849_b.jpgDSC_7249 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    (note the sophisticated, computer-algorithm-designed cotton flannel decoupling medium applied between horn and bass cabinet ;))
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    Actually, I think Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and a few other states (more all of the time) have a magic formula for improving audio system performance (or at least the perception of audio system performance). :)
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,292
    The receivers kind of look like JC Penny m0bsh4l4ivv2.jpg
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,292
    Although I have kind of like the looks of the upper line JC penny 50tg99we1040.jpg

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 19,582
    edited May 2017
    Now, I'll grant you -- de gustibus non est disputandum...

    but...

    those MCS receivers in your post just above...
    just...
    eww.
  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 12,863
    edited May 2017
    Those MCS receivers remind me of Soundesign from the same period.

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    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

    “I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.”
    ~ Johnny Cash





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