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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 5,467
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    You know how the ol' lady gets PO'd because there are too many remotes? Try this. :D
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  • gudnoyez
    gudnoyez Posts: 8,078
    edited December 2021
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    The 2.0 meter 3.5mm interconnect arrived today to add to the livingroom rig to listen to Tidal from an extra laptop to Dragon fly to Denon able to listen to Tidal in every location now.
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  • Navy_Goat
    Navy_Goat Posts: 375
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    Swapped amps in the living room rig. Tge Crown is out, replaced by and Adcom 555 on loan from a buddy. To early to tell for sure, but I suspect I will not want to put tgat Crown back into the system so I will likely be looking for a permenent solution soon.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,477
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    Hi, Caleb! Can you pull your speakers out about 8 inches? You are getting some helatious reflections off of that mantle that I am quite sure is messing with the sound stage/imaging.

    TOM
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Navy_Goat
    Navy_Goat Posts: 375
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    That does look great.
    treitz3 wrote: »
    Hi, Caleb! Can you pull your speakers out about 8 inches? You are getting some helatious reflections off of that mantle that I am quite sure is messing with the sound stage/imaging.

    TOM
    Tom, I could and I have in the past. Having them out a bit helped imaging and soundstage as you say, but it hurt the bass a bit. Their position is a compromise that I have worked out with my wife. When I was experimenting with position I recall having them out past the mantle didn't make that much difference. I remember being surprised how little I lost pushing them back.

    Hope your new years celebrations were great!

    Caleb
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,477
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    Ah, you had me at wife. Say no more. ;) Happy wife, happy life.

    Thanks. we had a very relaxing and safe New Year's celebration at the house with our son. I actually fell asleep on the couch while watching TV with them and got woken up at midnight with a kiss from my wife. That's a damned fine way to start out a new years to me!

    Tom
    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • Navy_Goat
    Navy_Goat Posts: 375
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    Ah, you had me at wife. Say no more. ;) Happy wife, happy life.

    Thanks. we had a very relaxing and safe New Year's celebration at the house with our son. I actually fell asleep on the couch while watching TV with them and got woken up at midnight with a kiss from my wife. That's a damned fine way to start out a new years to me!

    Tom

    That sounds like a great way to do it. We spent the eve at Randy's place. Good times, nice drinks and a mellow night.
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  • vader540is
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    Gonna work on the NAD 2200

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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,640
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    vader540is wrote: »
    Gonna work on the NAD 2200

    I like to work on my NADs too.
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  • ohskigod
    ohskigod Posts: 6,502
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    Last week, I found my Nordost Blue heaven interconnects buried in one of my closets and threw them in my rig between the source and the Pre (and put my unity cables between the pre and amp. combo seems to work best.

    Today I swapped out my old Fatman integrated in my office rig to an Ayima a07, along with a FX Audio Dac X6 I use with my Iphone so I can use Tidal at the office. Running on RT35i's
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  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 6,321
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    They are doing better than expected. I have them on a 60 day trial.
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  • rburgess714
    rburgess714 Posts: 616
    edited January 2022
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    erniejade wrote: »
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    They are doing better than expected. I have them on a 60 day trial.

    I am a week in a pair as well, and still unsure. Some sessions I love them and others not so much. Curious about your thoughts after some time on them. I think the break in period is real with this one. I do like the tight bass and the retro vibe.
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  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 6,321
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    Toght bass. Clean mids but can get a little hot sounding when pushed, but I only have 5 hours on them. They do sound bigger than they are. I only played with dialing them in for about 10 minutes and could probably use more tweaking as they break in. The Eagles Hotel California from Hell Freezes over was really nice on them, as well as America sacd. They are sensitive to the rest of the chain. More revealing, then I thought they would be.

    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,477
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    erniejade wrote:
    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.
    How old are these things again? I wouldn't hold your breath.

    ....but I digress....

    Maybe they haven't been played with in a while.

    Big Daddy T

    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 6,321
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    treitz3 wrote: »
    erniejade wrote:
    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.
    How old are these things again? I wouldn't hold your breath.

    ....but I digress....

    Maybe they haven't been played with in a while.

    Big Daddy T

    Brand new klh model 5. They only have about 5 hours on them. Bass is fast and clean. Vocals are nice and so is the top end, but when having something like Santana pushed a bit hard, they seem to get a little edgy or shouty. I am being told or read that around 100 hours, they settle in. We shall see, or they will go back.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,477
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    Wow. Okay, I really digress. They look like 40 year old speakers. (TBT)

    I think I'll slip out for bit...

    Tom

    ~ In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence. ~
  • rburgess714
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    erniejade wrote: »
    treitz3 wrote: »
    erniejade wrote:
    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.
    How old are these things again? I wouldn't hold your breath.

    ....but I digress....

    Maybe they haven't been played with in a while.

    Big Daddy T

    Brand new klh model 5. They only have about 5 hours on them. Bass is fast and clean. Vocals are nice and so is the top end, but when having something like Santana pushed a bit hard, they seem to get a little edgy or shouty. I am being told or read that around 100 hours, they settle in. We shall see, or they will go back.

    Yeah the mids are sweet, I am 30 hours in or so and I have struggled a little with imaging , there are moments that I am super impressed. As far as the highs have you tried the attenuator on the back. Should be interesting to see how these break in. I have high hopes.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 18,477
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    Tom
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 12,659
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    erniejade wrote: »
    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.

    What do you have the rear tweeter dial set to?
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    erniejade wrote: »
    treitz3 wrote: »
    erniejade wrote:
    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.
    How old are these things again? I wouldn't hold your breath.

    ....but I digress....

    Maybe they haven't been played with in a while.

    Big Daddy T

    Brand new klh model 5. They only have about 5 hours on them. Bass is fast and clean. Vocals are nice and so is the top end, but when having something like Santana pushed a bit hard, they seem to get a little edgy or shouty. I am being told or read that around 100 hours, they settle in. We shall see, or they will go back.

    My first thought is diffraction
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 6,321
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    Clipdat wrote: »
    erniejade wrote: »
    I am hoping some of the hot when pushed sound will mellow out as they break in.

    What do you have the rear tweeter dial set to?

    I have it on mid right now. For the first 2 hours I had it on high, then listed to the same stuff on mid. Supposedly the high = o and mid is -1.5 DB. As they break in more, I will try setting them lower to the -3 DB.

    Tom they do have a nice vintage look but, they are 2021-2022 model.

    @rburgess714 I started them out 6" from the back wall about 7 feet apart, right now I have them 12" from the back wall and 6.5 feet apart and I sit about 9 feet back from them with a good amount of tow in to get a good center image. I am not done playing around with the position of them yet. I am getting close but, not there quite yet. They are better then I thought they would be and they still need more break in time and I still want to mess around with positioning them. This weekend I will be able to leave them on all night for a couple of days to help get some time on them faster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYi4mptKrfo Sean assessment review is very close. He liked them with the grill on but, I liked them more with the grill off but again, it could be because this set are not fully broken in yet.
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  • muncybob
    muncybob Posts: 2,982
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    Something I did to the 2 channel rig that I wish I had done long ago, added a sub to the mix. I am happily surprised at how much more I'm enjoying tunes lately.
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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,314
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    muncybob wrote: »
    Something I did to the 2 channel rig that I wish I had done long ago, added a sub to the mix. I am happily surprised at how much more I'm enjoying tunes lately.

    Install another one some day and enjoy the mix even more so ;)

  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    I believe the current recommendation is 4, one per corner.

    Congrats on the sub!
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,214
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    That's one way to eliminate the nodes from standing waves :D
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 28,164
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    also, need to make sure you have 200 wpc minimum per channel
    - Not Tom ::::::: Any system can play Diana Krall. Only the best can play Limp Bizkit.