What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 20,999
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Here you go. My Buchardt S400se in smoked oak.
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    Dang those are tall....
    😊
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 10,619
    I like. B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,405
    Clipdat wrote: »
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    Nice, Drew. Looks like Joe Coulson's old profile pic.
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  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 2,815
    Looks like a Black Hole...don't get too close !! :) I'm seeing more and more of these large waveguides on tweeters. Probably also has the advantage of time aligning the tweeter to the midrange.
    George / NJ

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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 20,999
    Looks like a Black Hole...don't get too close !! :) I'm seeing more and more of these large waveguides on tweeters. Probably also has the advantage of time aligning the tweeter to the midrange.

    Wouldn't the voice coils need to be in alignment for that? It appears that the tweeter voice coils is inches in front of the woofer.
  • xsmi
    xsmi Posts: 1,724
    They're gorgeous man. Thanks for sharing.
    2-channel
    Belles 22A Pre, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen 2, Marantz SA8005, Pro-Ject RPM-10 Turntable, Schiit Mani Phono Pre, Moon LP 3 Phono Pre, Polk Audio Legend L800's, AudioQuest Cable throughout.
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,188
    @Clipdat Is there a review forthcoming on the S400 SE?
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    edited April 11
    Probably not since I just bought these for fun to check out and it's not a current production model since the SE crossover is no longer available for sale. I should actually clarify, I don't actually have the "SE" model, just the regular S400 with the SE crossovers. Sorry for the confusion, my mistake.

    If anything, I would review the new S400 Mk2 but even those have been widely reviewed at this point, so it's unlikely to happen.

    All that being said I'm loving these so far, really enjoyable speaker. They just don't seem to do anything wrong.
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,188
    Thanks. I thought that might be the case. Those crossovers weren’t cheap! I understand that the mk2 has some additional changes besides the improved crossovers. Can you compare/contrast these with the Metas?
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    I could, but not on a Monday.
  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 1,188
    I’ll wait for a better day.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    Haha. Thank you for your understanding :sleepy:
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Probably not since I just bought these for fun to check out and it's not a current production model since the SE crossover is no longer available for sale. I should actually clarify, I don't actually have the "SE" model, just the regular S400 with the SE crossovers. Sorry for the confusion, my mistake.

    If anything, I would review the new S400 Mk2 but even those have been widely reviewed at this point, so it's unlikely to happen.

    All that being said I'm loving these so far, really enjoyable speaker. They just don't seem to do anything wrong.

    I'm stupid again, the SE crossover is actually still available for sale: https://buchardtaudio.com/collections/accessories/products/s400-crossover-upgrade-kit

    Der duh der. Sorry.
  • engie490
    engie490 Posts: 231
    Clipdat wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Looks like a Black Hole...don't get too close !! :) I'm seeing more and more of these large waveguides on tweeters. Probably also has the advantage of time aligning the tweeter to the midrange.

    Wouldn't the voice coils need to be in alignment for that? It appears that the tweeter voice coils is inches in front of the woofer.

    The tweeter is recessed and the cabinet is also tilted back, putting the woofer in closer time alignment:

    With the tweeter below the woofer, wouldn't you need to tilt the speaker forward to put the woofer (which is usually deeper) in physical alignment with the tweeter?

    It's hard to tell which is deeper, the tweeter or the woofer. Tilting the speaker back to achieve time alignment would imply the tweeter is deeper.
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 11,100
    edited April 13
    No need to tilt it, just drop and plop. The drivers are already time aligned and sound wonderful.
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  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,824
    I “foamed” one of my RTi A7 mids & painted the feet from silver to black…

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/190301/phase-plug-design-for-mw65xx#latest

    …on the way to phase “pluggin’” them.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,415
    Well, I just got back from vacationing in Florida and I turned the rig on last night when I got home. While I was gone, I rec'd the book, "Getting Better Sound" by Jim Smith. So, I am reading that as I am listening to 3 albums that also came in while I was away.

    I find it amazing that when I am on vacation, the one thing I wanted to do was get my butt back home to listen to the rig. Yesterday, it sounded good. Today, it sounds better. Tomorrow, it will be all warmed up and it will once again sound sublime.

    During the drive up and down, the family listened to CD after CD.....just enjoying the music.

    While I was down there, I had a little "accident", playing with my son at the resort. I was tickling him and somehow, he got loose. So, I chased him but when my foot hit the ground, the comforter was in between my foot and the floor. I didn't realize this and when I went to go take off? My footing slipped right out from under me.

    I landed rather hard on my left knee onto a thin layer of carpet and very solid concrete underneath that. I hit it so hard, in fact, that it bruised the skin where I hit it. I can tell that it is swollen (read, very "tender") all of the way back to the rear part of the knee on the inside of the leg. Needless to say, it smarted pretty doggone good and I am traveling around the house at a staggeringly slow rate of speed.

    Good day to relax and let the knee heal whilst listening to some new tunes. On the Hi-Fi.

    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. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 7,629
    I changed the tubing to the air bearing linear tone arm. It split, losing pressure so the arm drags. I guess I should have sprung for the audiophile grade tubing.....

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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 20,999
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    I changed the tubing to the air bearing linear tone arm. It split, losing pressure so the arm drags. I guess I should have sprung for the audiophile grade tubing.....

    Cheapskate!!

    🤪

  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 23,596
    edited April 17
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    I changed the tubing to the air bearing linear tone arm. It split, losing pressure so the arm drags. I guess I should have sprung for the audiophile grade tubing.....

    I find oxygen-free clear tubing that has been cryogenically treated to work the best, especially if it has the 72v Audioquest dielectric packs properly employed on the output side of the line.
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,415
    John, you may think that those are a joke....thing is? The AQ CV-8's had staying power before the Transparent's came along. Those battery units work to keep the nasty stuff out and AQ in and of itself aren't bad quality cables IME. Plus, the batteries last a long time and they are generic batteries....not specialized.

    😉

    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. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 23,596
    edited April 18
    treitz3 wrote: »
    John, you may think that those are a joke....thing is? The AQ CV-8's had staying power before the Transparent's came along. Those battery units work to keep the nasty stuff out and AQ in and of itself aren't bad quality cables IME. Plus, the batteries last a long time and they are generic batteries....not specialized.

    😉

    Tom

    I know they work... I have AQ Meteor/WEL/ and a Carbon HDMI with the 72v systems on them. They will never leave my rig.

    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, Arcam AVR21, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk Audio Legend L800 with height modules, L400 Center Channel Polk audio AB800 "in-wall" surrounds. Marantz MM7025 stereo amp. Yamaha CD-S2100 SACD Player.

    In retirement...TriangleArt Reference SE with Walker Precision Motor Drive,

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right” — George Orwell

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,415
    Ah, your satire flew right over my head like a 747. Carry on.

    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. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 7,629
    John had me all charged up for AQ air tubing....
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo IIISE Pro ES9038 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 2,840
    Built a jig and started the Morel/Dayton adapter plate prototypes....

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 15,415
    You do not get anywhere by staying with the status quo.

    Rock on brother!

    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. ~

    ~ I have found excellence ~

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 2,815
    edited April 28
    That black one is a plastic tweeter plate from the Dayton and the new aluminum billet ones will fit both the Dayton and the Morel and will also fit the tweeter cutouts on Polk speakers using the SL5xxx and SL6xxx?

    Let me know if you find the unobtanium status black oxide flat head torx screws I am still looking for :) Do you happen to remember what the thread was on the Peerless? Some were metric and some SAE?
    George / NJ

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    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
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    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform