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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,412
    Do you notice any drum hits/strikes that are more noticeable in stereo?

    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.

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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,412
    Also, when listening, do you pull them out from the wall? The ports are choked when they are up against the wall like that.

    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 ~

    ~ Accountability can feel like victimization to someone who is used to entitlement ~
  • GlennDog
    GlennDog Posts: 2,390
    edited March 2020
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I bought this simple and unassuming looking Lumin U1 Mini from AudioThesis, and I'm amazed at how much difference a high quality streaming transport can make.

    I've never heard Tidal sound this good on my system. Worth every penny.

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    We need a Polk Audio Forum "Excusive Drew Review"
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I have it connected to my Ruby DAC via an Audioquest Forest USB cable. Would like to try a higher end USB cable with it to hear any differences.

    Tidal SQ thru the Mini is very good. I’m impressed.
    Before you finalize that review, try the Mini with a “higher quality” cable. I’ve not heard the AQ Forest, it may be a very fine usb for a sub hundie. I’m currently running a WW Platinum and all I can say is wow.
    That said, I wonder what a Final Touch Audio usb could do for me? I’ve only heard great things about it ...
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  • maxward
    maxward Posts: 869
    It’s all about the symmetry, isn’t it?
  • OldmanSRS
    OldmanSRS Posts: 416
    treitz3 wrote: »
    Do you notice any drum hits/strikes that are more noticeable in stereo?

    Tom

    I'm not running stereo on the subs since the Adcom amp is driven from combining both channels in the left sub's preamp and feeding that mono signal to both channels of the Adcom which in turn feeds the driver in each sub speaker.

    Downstairs in the garage I do run one stereo channel to each sub. I can't say I notice much separation. Sometimes the bass content below 40 hz contains some out of phase info that when running stereo subs mixes in your head instead of being cancelled out by making it mono first, and I can hear the results like a ghost bass image behind me but it's rare.
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  • OldmanSRS
    OldmanSRS Posts: 416
    treitz3 wrote: »
    Also, when listening, do you pull them out from the wall? The ports are choked when they are up against the wall like that.

    Tom

    Not thus far. I listen pretty loud and the cones are not moving all that much. I ran a continuous 25 hz test tone through them and cranked it up until I could hear some port noise but I have yet to get them that loud with material. I will play around with distance from the wall and see if it changes their response.
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    '05 HSU VTF-3 Sub (Original OEM)
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    '93 Carver TFM-35
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  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,412
    OldmanSRS wrote: »
    I'm not running stereo on the subs since the Adcom amp is driven from combining both channels in the left sub's preamp and feeding that mono signal to both channels of the Adcom which in turn feeds the driver in each sub speaker.

    Downstairs in the garage I do run one stereo channel to each sub. I can't say I notice much separation. Sometimes the bass content below 40 hz contains some out of phase info that when running stereo subs mixes in your head instead of being cancelled out by making it mono first, and I can hear the results like a ghost bass image behind me but it's rare.
    Hmmm, thanks for your observations. I have my subs up on stands and at the same height with the tweeters. The signal is in stereo on a full range system. If you ever have a chance to do this? I would highly recommend it sir.

    Great looking system!

    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 ~

    ~ Accountability can feel like victimization to someone who is used to entitlement ~
  • OldmanSRS
    OldmanSRS Posts: 416
    edited March 2020
    I was looking at your setup and did not know those were subs on the stands. I'm sure having them inline with the tweeters helps with sound continuity. What subs are they and how much do they weigh? I was planning on running stereo subs in the main room but since I could no longer buy the HSU plate amp for the second sub, I went with dual channel mono. T he main thing my 1.2s lack is tight bass when the listening position is midway between the speakers and a rear wall. I fought this and lost in several homes. My last home had a 26 long by 14 wide room and I listened from near the rear wall. The bass was great but if I moved to midway, the bass and the punch disappears. These subs restored that and then some in my current setup.

    I'm not a real high end guy or an audiophile. I just like stuff that works well enough for my taste, and to impress friends occasionally and I like to build as much of it as I can.
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    '72 Triumph TR-6
    __________________
    '88 Polk SDA SRS 1.2, with upgraded XO caps and Erse SDA inductors
    '86 Polk SDA CRS+
    '84 Polk Monitor 10A (Peerless tweeters)
    '05 HSU VTF-3 Sub (Original OEM)
    '20 HSU VTF-3 Sub (three more, 100% cloned)
    '93 Carver TFM-35
    '88 Carver M-1.0t
    '14 PGA2310 based custom remote volume control
    '88 Adcom GFP-555
    '88 Adcom GFA-555 (upgraded/restored)
    '88 Adcom GFA-555 (a second one upgraded/restored)
    '88 Adcom GFT-555
    '05 Onkyo DV-555 media
    '89 Fosgate 360 Digital Space Matrix
    '89 Fosgate 360 Digital Space Matrix (a second one)
    '91 Kenwood Basic M1D Amp
    '89 Pioneer Laser Disc media
    '89 Sony SuperBeta HiFi media
  • OldmanSRS
    OldmanSRS Posts: 416
    Dang, I just typed a long response to you and then edited it but it went away! It's too late to keep going. Signing off til tomorrow.
    '65 427 Shelby AC Cobra
    '72 Triumph TR-6
    __________________
    '88 Polk SDA SRS 1.2, with upgraded XO caps and Erse SDA inductors
    '86 Polk SDA CRS+
    '84 Polk Monitor 10A (Peerless tweeters)
    '05 HSU VTF-3 Sub (Original OEM)
    '20 HSU VTF-3 Sub (three more, 100% cloned)
    '93 Carver TFM-35
    '88 Carver M-1.0t
    '14 PGA2310 based custom remote volume control
    '88 Adcom GFP-555
    '88 Adcom GFA-555 (upgraded/restored)
    '88 Adcom GFA-555 (a second one upgraded/restored)
    '88 Adcom GFT-555
    '05 Onkyo DV-555 media
    '89 Fosgate 360 Digital Space Matrix
    '89 Fosgate 360 Digital Space Matrix (a second one)
    '91 Kenwood Basic M1D Amp
    '89 Pioneer Laser Disc media
    '89 Sony SuperBeta HiFi media
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,412
    The subs are Rythmik F25's. As for the weight? Good question. They are heavy. Definitely a two person lift onto the stands. Once they are on? I simply twist them to make adjustments...although not easy given the space restraints.

    Even full range speakers could use subs IMO/IME.

    Although I am a KISS (Keep it simple stupid) kinda guy, the subs round out the system as a whole and offer yet another level of (in spades) listening enjoyment. When in stereo, the sound stage is at an even higher level of enjoyment/playback realism.

    It can offer you pinpoint reproductive efforts with so many things other than the drums. With the drums, it can offer you pinpoint locationality cues to where one can point a laser at each individual component within the drum set and/or sound stage.

    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 ~

    ~ Accountability can feel like victimization to someone who is used to entitlement ~
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,412
    OldmanSRS wrote: »
    Dang, I just typed a long response to you and then edited it but it went away! It's too late to keep going. Signing off til tomorrow.

    Trust me when I say that I have been there, done that. The guys on this forum have given me grief about it as well. It happens. TTY tomorrow.

    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 ~

    ~ Accountability can feel like victimization to someone who is used to entitlement ~
  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,338
    you need to get those bad boys set up now! :D
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  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,477
    marvda1 wrote: »
    you need to get those bad boys set up now! :D

    Between you and Skip, I swear!
    Sending my Nordost Heimdalls out to be re-terminated from bi-wire to shotguns on Monday. But I will use a set of Canare 4S11 or whatever they are...

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  • joecoulson
    joecoulson Posts: 4,944
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    What ever could these be...
    vy75b10s8f34.jpeg

    Maybe catnip?
  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,477
    You would think...
    But between those and our modular closet set, the dining room is loaded with boxes and the cats are going gaga
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • nooshinjohn
    nooshinjohn Posts: 22,945
    Wipe them down with antiseptic wipes and bleach first. You don't know where they've been. ;)
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  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,084
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    What ever could these be...
    vy75b10s8f34.jpeg

    New Elba 2's ?

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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,745
    edited March 2020
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I will use a set of Canare 4S11 or whatever they are...
    Not a dang thing wrong with Canare wire.
    I just happen to use a dual run to each speaker of 4S11. I can thank Frank at Signal cable for the idea. Is 8 gauge cable overkill???
    Nope!
    😁😁
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,084
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    Indeed. Walnut pair.

    Good for you! I'll have to plan a little road trip this Summer. I'd love to get ears on a pair.

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  • steveinaz
    steveinaz Posts: 19,397
    Very cool...get busy we want to see them!
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  • displayname
    displayname Posts: 964
    Very exciting! I'm jealous, but hopefully at some point I'll snag a pair. Walnut would be my color of choice as well :)
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  • indyhawg
    indyhawg Posts: 1,563
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    Indeed. Walnut pair.

    Congrats on the Elbas's.
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,673
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I will use a set of Canare 4S11 or whatever they are...
    Not a dang thing wrong with Canare wire.
    I just happen to use a dual run to each speaker of 4S11. I can thank Frank at Signal cable for the idea. Is 8 gauge* cable* overkill*???
    Nope*!
    😁😁
    go big* or go home*!

    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
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    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
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  • motorstereo
    motorstereo Posts: 1,622
    gp4jesus wrote: »
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    ZLTFUL wrote: »
    I will use a set of Canare 4S11 or whatever they are...
    Not a dang thing wrong with Canare wire.
    I just happen to use a dual run to each speaker of 4S11. I can thank Frank at Signal cable for the idea. Is 8 gauge* cable* overkill*???
    Nope*!
    😁😁
    go big* or go home*!

    I found there's a lot more to speaker cables than gauge when I tried a double run of Canare wire.
    I had to try it and see for myself though >:)

  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,673
    edited March 2020
    I found there's a lot more to speaker cables than gauge when I tried a double run of Canare wire.
    I had to try it and see for myself though >:)
    Is your Canare 4S11 10 gauge, too? That would make a double run equal to 7 ga? Specifically, what did you learn...? I’m gonna dodge a tomato or two before this is over.

    IME doing internal speaker mods, one channel’s speaker at a time; (more recently) bit by bit, progressing towards bi-amping*, size made an undeniable diff especially in the lower octaves. In the case of Polk speakers of ~12 years ago I’m certain that’s due to their wimpy internal wire. Jess says it’s 16 ga. I say 18.
    *and eventually tri-amping

    https://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/174880/tri-amped-rti-a7#latest

    Upgrading the internal wire to 12 ga of my CC made most male dialogue heavier* and/or thicker*. Further, after I removed the passive XO filtering I upgraded to Canare 4S11 inside and out. More so* than before, I felt forced to make light use of my CC’s EXO’s PEQ capability to rebalance its tone.

    I hope this helps you to understand why I must chime in anytime someone attempts to downplay the value of wire gauge. I realize gauge increases doesn’t always apply. If it didn’t make a diff, I’m sorry, but you won’t know till you try.

    Sorry for the long winded rant. Tony
    Samsung 60" UN60ES6100 LED
    Outlaw Audio 976 Pre/Pro
    Samsung BDP, Dish Rcvr, Phillips CD chgr, various game consoles

    Canare 14 ga - LCR tweeters inside* & CC outside
    BJC 10 ga - LCR mids, inside* & out
    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: Tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; Mids & Tweets- 981
    CC: Rotel RB981 -> Bi-amped CSi A6
    5 Subs: Sunfire True Sub Signature -> LFE & CC & 4 Audio Pro Evidence Subs
    Surrounds: Rotel 981 -> AR 12 ga -> RTi A3
    Power Conditioning & Distribution:
    3 dedicated 20A feeds; APC H15; 4 Furman Miniport 20s
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