What did you do to your stereo rig today?

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  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 571
    treitz3 wrote: »
    It's akin to changing out a cartridge on an LP player.

    That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

    Tom
    I totally agree with this concept and the result being aligned with @Mike Reeter's feedback.
    There is also a factor of electrical noise, vibrations, etc. All things that you don't really hear, but as you eliminate those noise factors, you increase dynamics, space, etc.

    I personally do not like the Xs and Os argument. A very rudimentary analogy would be reading. Imagine a 5 year old, a 10 year old, and a well read adult all trying to read Green Eggs and Ham aloud. They'll all get through it. They are all working with the same Xs and Os. But the 5 year old is going to have more pauses (jitter). The 10 year old is going to be faster, but likely with less vocal inflection and proper pausing (PRAT and dynamics), and the adult will read the story with the appropriate speed and inflections.
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  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,714
    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?

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • 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 :)

    The RT55i pair were in my HT system, but I replaced them with the Paradigm towers in my signature. They were the largest pair I was able to fit in the SUV for the trip down here.
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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,396
    Added another one of these Furutech flux 50's. Now I have one on each amp :)
    sg5epin591pa.png

    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.
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,396
    @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.
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,174
    Mike,
    Does the Audiolab have AES/EBU digital out?
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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,902
    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

    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.

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

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,714
    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.


    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,714
    Added another one of these Furutech flux 50's. Now I have one on each amp :)
    sg5epin591pa.png

    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.

    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,396
    [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.

  • Polkaguy58Polkaguy58 Posts: 331
    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.......
  • verbverb Posts: 9,032
    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:
    Basement: Polk SDA SRS,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,MIT Shotgun S3 IC's,MIT Shotgun S1 Bi-Wire speaker cables
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    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,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
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  • verbverb Posts: 9,032
    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,Cary SLP-05 Pre,Enlightened Audio Designs CD Transport,Northstar Designs Excelsio DAC,Cambridge 851N streamer,Marantz SA-14 SACD,McIntosh MC300 Amp,Silnote Morpheus Ref2 Digital Cable,Furman 15PFi Power Conditioner,Pangea Power Cables,Wireworld Oasis 8 RCA IC's,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,PASS ACA 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: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,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
    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
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,902
    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.

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

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 24,519
    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...)
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,174
    CH46E wrote: »
    PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STAY THE **** OUT OF THE LEFT LANE! :#:#

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,871
    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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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,762
    edited January 22
    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.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,108
    I hang out in the left lane. But I’m usually passing everyone.
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  • verbverb Posts: 9,032
    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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  • verbverb Posts: 9,032
    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.
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    Spare Room: Antique Sound Labs Wave AV-8 Monoblocks,Tisbury Mini Passive Pre,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
    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
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,651
    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.
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,902
    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.

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

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 15,555
    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...
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 4,108
    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.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 8,651
    edited January 22
    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.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,762
    edited January 23
    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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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,956
    The C5 z06 is quite a bargain these days.
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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,762
    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.
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