What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,649
    @motorstereo How much and what has been your observations with respect to how your system sounds? I haven't done any power cords or outlets even in my system. Not sure if its the lowest hanging fruit in my system yet.

    I think it sounds good but I'm always looking for ways to improve. I'd have to say one of the biggest bang for the buck upgrades is using dedicated lines on the quietest of the 2 120 legs.
  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,422
    Mike,
    Does the Audiolab have AES/EBU digital out?
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,558
    Listening to Bonham's drum solo this morning from LZ's How the West was won I'd have to say it's given extra depth to the recording. I don't remember his drums being quite that far back before.

    I absolutely LOVE it when things like this happen. That's awesome!

    Tom

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    ~ I have found excellence ~

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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,101
    steveinaz wrote: »
    Mike,
    Does the Audiolab have AES/EBU digital out?

    Unfortunately, no. Toslink and Digital RCA Coax. My DAC only has RCA Coax and USB inputs, so it's not a issue for me.


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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,101
    Added another one of these Furutech flux 50's. Now I have one on each amp :)
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    This is new to me, I'm assuming the Filter cleans up your power? Seems like you a have Dedicated Circuit for your setup.

    Care to elaborate?

    Yes the filter cleans up emi and does a good job of it for a passive device according to my emi alpha meter. They're not cheap (like me :) ) and I had been running just a single on my front end for the past year. Being that I already have a good pc with decent emi reduction for the front end I bit the bullet and bought another so now the amps have cleaner power to. Listening to Bonham's drum solo this morning from LZ's How the West was won I'd have to say it's given extra depth to the recording. I don't remember his drums being quite that far back before. More time and more listening is certainly needed.

    Thanks for the insight, always good to know the tweaks that improve existing gear.

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  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,649
    [quote="Mike Reeter
    Thanks for the insight, always good to know the tweaks that improve existing gear.

    I was constantly amazed at how much it reduced emi as I would check it quite often. It was always as much and sometimes more reduction than my Furman pc at 1/4 the price. It's also recommended to use them on amps as they normally don't have any filtering.

  • I made another pair of Frankenspeakers.
    This time, I mated my walnut 1962 Creative speaker cabs to a pair of 2.5" Bose Wave Radio drivers that I pirated out of a non working unit.
    I traced the old CTS drivers onto some MDF and cut a smaller mounting hole in the center of my plugs for the Bose drivers.
    Some Mortite gaskets and a little black india ink and they looked almost stock.
    They sound great !
    I have to put the sub's x-over up to about 130 Hz to meet them, but it sounds just like the bass is eminating from the speakers.
    This is what I do in the winter while my bike is mothballed.......
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    I listened to mine.

    I'm away from home at our condo in Florida for the winter. The "Presidential" system that I brought with me consists of a Franklin Audio IA150 power amp, a Grant Fidelity TubeDAC-09, a pair of Polk RT55i speakers and a Squeezebox Touch playing lossless files from my laptop. I have almost 900 CDs ripped to the laptop. Everything but the speakers will come home with me in the spring.

    Sounds like a nice Winter Home Setup, I still have my RT55i's, they are doing duty as the Mains in our modest HT Setup.

    btw, we have our eyes set on Florida Winters in a few years when my wife retires. I hope to live long enough :)

    Ah, snowbirds! I hope to become one too someday! :smile:
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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    Polkaguy58 wrote: »
    I made another pair of Frankenspeakers.
    This time, I mated my walnut 1962 Creative speaker cabs to a pair of 2.5" Bose Wave Radio drivers that I pirated out of a non working unit.
    I traced the old CTS drivers onto some MDF and cut a smaller mounting hole in the center of my plugs for the Bose drivers.
    Some Mortite gaskets and a little black india ink and they looked almost stock.
    They sound great !
    I have to put the sub's x-over up to about 130 Hz to meet them, but it sounds just like the bass is eminating from the speakers.
    This is what I do in the winter while my bike is mothballed.......

    Pics my brother! Please! :smile:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,558
    Funny, I curse at all the Florida drivers that travel through my state doing the same exact thing.....10 F'n miles BELOW the posted speed limit.

    You honk and they throw up both hands and arms like there isn't a damned thing they can do.

    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 ~

  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,941
    CH46E wrote: »
    Eyes rolling in my head. We welcome you all to FL BUT PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STAY THE **** OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! :#:#

    Enjoy!

    and, of course, mind the iguanas.

    https://www.wtxl.com/news/florida-news/chilly-with-a-chance-of-falling-iguanas-national-weather-service-issues-alert

    (they've probably thawed out by now...)
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,431
    CH46E wrote: »
    PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STAY THE **** OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! :#:#

    Nutt’n steams my beans more. Loitering in the passing ln
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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,628
    Everyone says that about out-of-staters. The most irritating thing is when someone is driving drafting a tractor trailer in the left lane and when you get behind them they tap on their brakes to say " I'm here to piss people off... You're next". Then when you finally pass them on the right they get right on your **** and at whatever speed you're doing for miles but remain in the left lane even when no one else is on the road. Not saying I drive fast, just faster than 99% of the rest of them. Except when I was in Tennessee. Them MF'ers drive like there's hot molten lava approaching from the rear at the speed of sound.
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  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,339
    edited January 2020
    So I listened to my stereo today and discoved that when I went to a 2 amp fuse in in the speakers it was not enough. They call for 2.5 amp. I went through 3 fuses in 15 min. I need to order the correct 2.5 amp fuses. The Hafler on the other hand has been flawless with the 7.5 amp fuses.

    But yes, my blood boils when someone sits in the left lane and wont pass.

    I did see a person in the left lane while texting at 5 mph under the speed limit and it pissed me off, so I rolled down my window and threw my beer at her.

    JK!! I did not have a beer and I did not throw anything.
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    I hang out in the left lane. But I’m usually passing everyone.
  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    CH46E wrote: »
    So I listened to my stereo today and discoved that when I went to a 2 amp fuse in in the speakers it was not enough. They call for 2.5 amp. I went through 3 fuses in 15 min. I need to order the correct 2.5 amp fuses. The Hafler on the other hand has been flawless with the 7.5 amp fuses.

    But yes, my blood boils when someone sits in the left lane and wont pass.

    I did see a person in the left lane while texting at 5 mph under the speed limit and it pissed me off, so I rolled down my window and threw my beer at her.

    JK!! I did not have a beer and I did not throw anything.

    Lol! Was gonna hit the "agree" until I read the last of the post! :smile:
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    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
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  • verb
    verb Posts: 9,925
    So, gotta love the Florida retirees. They certainly deserve to live a happy life in a wonderful climate. A lot of em, IMO, are simply not aware. Gotta have patience with Grandma and Grandpa! I'll eventually make a passing move, look over and see Grandma at the wheel, both hands clenched, eyes forward, and well, just gotta smile.

    Now the folks that purposely prevent others from passing, well that is another issue. Insidious as they are, well they deserve what they get! :smile:

    In Michigan they recently passed a law requiring the left lane to be used for passing only. Signs are even posted in the rural areas as you travel across the state. Not everybody abides by that.
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS 1.2tl's, Cary SLP-05 Pre with ultimate upgrade,McIntosh MCD301 CD/SACD player, Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC, Cambridge 851N streamer, McIntosh MC300 Amp, Silnote Morpheus Ref2, Series2 Digital Cables, Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Series2 XLR's, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Pangea Power Cables, MIT Shotgun S3 IC's, MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
    Office: PC, EAR Acute CD Player, EAR 834L Pre, Northstar Designs Intenso DAC, Antique Sound Labs AV8 Monoblocks, Denon UDR-F10 Cassette, Acoustic Technologies Classic FR Speakers, SVS SB12 Plus sub, MIT AVt2 speaker cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable, Groneberg Quatro Reference IC's
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated Amp, Tjoeb 99 tube CD player (modified Marantz CD-38), Analysis Plus Oval 9's, Zu Jumpers, AudioEngine B1 Streamer, Klipsch RB-61 v2, SVS PB1000 sub, Blue Jeans RCA IC's, Shunyata Hydra 8 Power Conditioner
    Living Room: Peachtree Nova Integrated, Cambridge CXN v2 Streamer, Rotel RCD-1072 CD player, Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner, Polk RT265 In Wall Speakers, Polk DSW Pro 660wi sub
    Garage #1: Cambridge Audio 640A Integrated Amp, Project Box-E BT Streamer, Polk Tsi200 Bookies, Douglas Speaker Cables, Shunyata Power Conditioner
    Garage #2: Cambridge Audio EVO150 Integrated Amplifier, Polk L200's, Analysis Plus Silver Oval 2 Speaker Cables, IC's TBD.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,865
    Try driving around Atlanta on their highways.

    I like to drive 5 mph over or even more when the crowd is in a long pack, but the ones I drove with down there thought it was the Atlanta 500 freeway. 80 mph in the SLOW lane is what I found out was normal. :o

    It might have changed since back then. Man I was fearing for my life, seriously, and I've driven a million miles. I learned to drive in Northern Va. on 95 and 495 so I learned on the fast tracks but down there... :s

    Oh, I turned my stereo on to let a couple guys hear my old Pinnacle Classic Gold Towers. They liked them, but not as much as the RTA12b's though. Almost, but not quite. ;)B)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,558
    verb wrote: »
    So, gotta love the Florida retirees. They certainly deserve to live a happy life in a wonderful climate. A lot of em, IMO, are simply not aware. Gotta have patience with Grandma and Grandpa! I'll eventually make a passing move, look over and see Grandma at the wheel, both hands clenched, eyes forward, and well, just gotta smile.
    Until there is a hurricane and we have thousands and thousands of the ol' geezers all doing the same damned thing. It ain't "cute" then and honestly? There is no excuse. Slower Traffic, Keep Right has been on signs ever since I wasn't old enough to see over the dashboard. That was a half a century ago. All states have “Keep Right Laws”which require vehicles traveling slower than the normal speed of traffic (defined differently in each state) to travel in the furthest right lane.

    There is NO excuse in my book. None. GTF over!!! You too Granny!

    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 ~

  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 19,263
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Except when I was in Tennessee. Them MF'ers drive like there's hot molten lava approaching from the rear at the speed of sound.

    That state is just chocked full bootleggers...
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    It’s 80-85 avg here in the ATL around town.
    Sometimes 90 on outer highways. Posted 70 but I’ll do 84 all day with that and never get stopped.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,865
    edited January 2020
    A cop would have to be stupid to try and pull a car over on those highways I drove on down there. :#

    I guess it's still the same. I thought it would be. ;):)
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,339
    edited January 2020
    You guys might have an idea how hard it can be to drive to and from work with my H&K service pistol and get stuck behind some asshat in the left lane pacing a semi. Not only it is it inconsiderate but very unsafe. If that semi has a front left blow out, you are in for a world of hurt. I usually sit back about 20 feet from the semi trailer until I can get 100% past them.

    Oh and to stay on track here, I do listen to my car "Stereo rig" both ways, to and from work. I have some killer old school JBL amps and subs I'd really like to put in my Highlander, that are just sitting in boxes, but I have a feeling I wont have the Highlander for maybe more than 6 months. I'm really itching for something with 400hp or more.
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  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,979
    The C5 z06 is quite a bargain these days.
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  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,339
    The C5 z06 is quite a bargain these days.

    I wish. That's has always been one of my FAV vettes. But in really like 4 door sedans.
  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,649
    Working 3rd shift in a work zone on interstates you quickly learn to despise truck drivers. Gotta get that load there and it doesn't seem to matter to any of them if someone gets killed or not. Fed-ex with double trailers and Bob's furniture drivers stand out in particular as being the worst of the worst.
  • stevep
    stevep Posts: 209
    CH46E wrote: »
    Eyes rolling in my head. We welcome you all to FL BUT PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STAY THE **** OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! :#:#

    While your at it, stop sleeping in the middle lane too.
  • CH46E
    CH46E Posts: 3,339
    Polkaguy58 wrote: »
    verb wrote: »
    Polkaguy58 wrote: »
    I made another pair of Frankenspeakers.
    This time, I mated my walnut 1962 Creative speaker cabs to a pair of 2.5" Bose Wave Radio drivers that I pirated out of a non working unit.
    I traced the old CTS drivers onto some MDF and cut a smaller mounting hole in the center of my plugs for the Bose drivers.
    Some Mortite gaskets and a little black india ink and they looked almost stock.
    They sound great !
    I have to put the sub's x-over up to about 130 Hz to meet them, but it sounds just like the bass is eminating from the speakers.
    This is what I do in the winter while my bike is mothballed.......

    Pics my brother! Please! :smile:

    Here ya go......
    I think I'm getting closer to the sound that I want and though these 2.5" bose drivers sound great, I think I may go up another 1/2" and try the Tang Band 3" bamboo full range that Parts Express sells.
    That way the sub won't have to reach as far up to meet them.
    Also the Tang Bands have a really nice build quality.

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    Im pretty sure I saw the Tang bands you mentioned are out of stock until March IIRC.