What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,855
    Spirit orbs. :p
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    The sum will be better I am sure.
  • tonyp063
    tonyp063 Posts: 887
    Those single wide-range driver towers are intriguing.
    Some details, if you would be so kind
  • TEAforONE
    TEAforONE Posts: 717
    Which Altec is that in the second to last pic? I was thinking Santana,but it looks too large.
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  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,911
    edited July 2020
    tonyp063 wrote: »
    Those single wide-range driver towers are intriguing.
    Some details, if you would be so kind

    Those are my much-loved Bob Brines designed mass loaded TQWTs fitted with Radio Shack 40-1354 5-1/4" twincones. The pair in there nowadays have had amateur ;) dustcapectomies, followed by the addition of Dave Dlugos' phase plugs (which, anecdotally/empirically smooth out and seem to extend the treble substantially).

    Cabinets were built by our friend -- contractor/cabinetmaker Mike Berg in Hudson MA.
    Mike also built my :"Billfort" cabinets for what became the Frankenaltecs.

    They R good "fullrangers"


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  • audioluvr
    audioluvr Posts: 3,620
    Lost one channel on my Belles 21A. Thought I'd swap left and right tubes to see if I could troubleshoot and Had a horrible screeching sound in the suspect tube. Replaced with a new "Baldwin Organ" Raytheon (I love these 12AU7 tubes!). AAAHHHH! much better. Anyone using a pre with the 12AU7, I highly recommend this tube. It's got that just smoked a fatty, soul lifting sound that makes tubes "special"
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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,099
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Lost one channel on my Belles 21A. Thought I'd swap left and right tubes to see if I could troubleshoot and Had a horrible screeching sound in the suspect tube. Replaced with a new "Baldwin Organ" Raytheon (I love these 12AU7 tubes!). AAAHHHH! much better. Anyone using a pre with the 12AU7, I highly recommend this tube. It's got that just smoked a fatty, soul lifting sound that makes tubes "special"

    I like your description, it fits that tube well :) A good tube at a very reasonable price.

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  • machone
    machone Posts: 1,296
    indyhawg wrote: »
    Introduced a Rythmik F12 to my 2 channel setup. B)


    AND?
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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,483
    indyhawg wrote: »
    machone wrote: »
    indyhawg wrote: »
    Introduced a Rythmik F12 to my 2 channel setup. B)


    AND?

    I guess I could have been a little more descriptive. :) Originally I had written more but went back and just left that one sentence because there is nothing else to say. The sub integrates perfectly into my set up. It adds the low bass the Silverlines are missing without being overpowering. It just sounds natural. If you did not actually see the sub, you would not know it is even there. I would have to say this is probably the biggest upgrade I have made since going to all separates 10 years ago or so.

    I feel the same way, Jeff.
    The subs in my office are basically only there for sub-50hz content and the gains are barely above 10%.
    They are completely integrated in that you never notice them until you turn them off. And then only on content that REALLY needs it.
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  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,115
    I hooked-up this older Klipsch sub today.
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    I was listening to some bass test tracks, and curiosity got the best of me.
    The JMLab Mezzo Utopias go low...but not ultra-low.
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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Always prefer a sub for music. Kudos Jody.
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,115
    Product literature for the Mezzo Utopia states it goes down to 30Hz. I don't believe it. I think Trey @VR3 would agree with me. But, being Trey, he did some crossover network upgrades, which I think will help in the lower end. I actually have the parts, but have yet to R&R them in my speakers :#
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
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  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,820
    What's the Klipsch sub rated down to?
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,115
    It's a KSW-10, and rated +/-3dB down to 29Hz.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
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  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,672
    The Mezzo utopia definitely hits 30hz with authority. No shortness of bass in my room.

    Bass can definitely be room dependent
    - Not Tom

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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 7,226
    jdjohn wrote: »
    It's a KSW-10, and rated +/-3dB down to 29Hz.

    of course ultimately let your ears decide in your room, and I have never owned that exact sub. But I have owned numerous mass market 10 inch ported subs from polk, klipsch, dayton audio, etc., and first they almost never come close to their rated extension, and second they are usually one note flab machines. As much as I love bass, I would rather have a little less but it be tight, accurate, fast, and textured, than more fat, bloated bass...
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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    VR3 wrote: »
    The Mezzo utopia definitely hits 30hz with authority. No shortness of bass in my room.

    Bass can definitely be room dependent

    As Trey can attest, there is a massive lack in my space and a sub is definitely needed. So yes, each room dependent.
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,672
    You can actually see in the stereophile response graph almost exactly what I experience in my room

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    - Not Tom

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  • What a cool turntable @Tony M !
    The new cover looks great...
    They dont make 'em like that anymore!
  • jdjohn
    jdjohn Posts: 2,115
    VR3 wrote: »
    You can actually see in the stereophile response graph almost exactly what I experience in my room

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    I hooked-up a frequency tone generator today, and actually could hear it down to 30Hz. I guess one of bass test songs yesterday was going even lower, which I could not hear. It was a Basstronics song.
    "This may not matter to you, but it does to me for various reasons, many of them illogical or irrational, but the vinyl hobby is not really logical or rational..." - member on Vinyl Engine
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator
    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    I actually listen to mostly electronic music, therefore sub 30hz is very common. Towers typically don’t do those tones any favors.
  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    Maybe I can dance on your carpet in my work boots?
  • VR3
    VR3 Posts: 24,672
    Dancing is allowed but we have no carpet 😜
    - Not Tom

    "No, that's silly talk. Dude, you can't possibly be this audio dumb so quit the act." - Doro
  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,418
    Swapped out my Signal cable XLR's for Kimber Hero XLR's between the DAC and amplifier. The Hero just does a better job flushing out midrange, and the bass control appears more accurate and articulate. I was pretty amazed with the differences, as my hearing hasn't been great for the last couple years.
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