San Jose CA - GTG - 7/14/07

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  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    Give us the date and maybe we can have two?
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    F1...dates please...love to meet up.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • fredv
    fredv Posts: 923
    edited July 2007
    Ditto to the last 2 replies. I will treat you enough pie that you don't want to hear PIE for 3 months :-)

    -fredv-
  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    Yes, if you are in my area I will try to get you some pie also.

    I think we can make you sick of pie in Cali.
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 47,227
    edited July 2007
    The schedule is pretty tight during the day, but perhaps something one evening. I'm hanging with Beardog in San Jose and staying in Fremont. Somebody PM me a phone number.

    Looking forward to some PIE :)
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • fredv
    fredv Posts: 923
    edited July 2007
    Will PM you my phone number.

    -fredv-
  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    PM sent
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    looking forward to meeting everyone...see you tomorrow.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    I am running late, probably see you around 12:30
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • fredv
    fredv Posts: 923
    edited July 2007
    Thank you for your hospitality, Ron.
    You HT set up really rocks. My chest was pounded so badly that I may need to see a cardiologist!! Steve, Sky, it was a great pleasure to meet and chat with you 2 great guys. It was a really fun meeting. Not only that we spent time on music and movies, we also talked with our mouth full :D One more time, thank you for organizing the gathering. It was superb!!

    -fredv-
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    I've got a few I'll post later...after I tried to take one of myself the camera froze...:eek: .

    I had a great time...only 3 Polkies and a wannabe made it, since Luc had a family trajedy...hope everything works out..., but you've got to love the dedication of Fred, Sky and Steve...they loaded and I mean loaded up their vehicles with more stuff than we could cover. Fred played EE like a mad scientist. If you followed the list of stuff, here's what we had.

    Sources:
    DVD player
    Denon player
    Pioneer Laserdisk

    Dacs:
    3 of them...Entech and I can't recall the other 2

    Pres: (all Fred's)
    Adcom
    A tube pre (can't recall the brand)
    A Fred special tube pre

    Amps:
    Carver TFM35 (worked like a charm)
    2 Adcom GFA555s (only used one)
    Onkyo Mxxx
    modded Fred special RS amp
    very heavy and nice tube amp

    Speakers:
    RT35i
    RT55i
    CS400( I wanted to try this in my HT, just too big to mess with now on my rack...might fit, might not
    GR Reseach AV-2
    SDA-CRS+
    RTA 8
    CA AL-III
    Sky's special Rock speakers

    All run through 2 power conditioners. That was the listening room. In the HT room, it was my normal rig with the M-S902s in surround duty.

    We had enough food for 12, so the 4 of us only ate half and took some home. Steve brought and cooked some excellent wild salmon on a plank, Fred brought about 10 bags of salad :D and Sky brought...ummm PIE (Bonnie's not happy about you leaving that cuz she'll now have to eat it). It would have been great to have a few more hungry Polkies over, but I think we all had a great time.

    Due to all the gear, we didn't spend much time with any one combo, but due to Fred's and Sky's source contributions, the front end would make any speaker sound great, and frankly, until we got to the tube amp, it was tough to quantify the differences with each amp swapout, Carver to Adcom to Onkyo...then tube. The speakers all impressed me starting with the 35is. First time I've had a chance to listen to the older RT series...wow these guys really put out the bass for a midsized book...extremely clean and satisfying. Also, I was very impressed with the RTA8s...great with jazz and female vocals, well balanced, pinpoint imaging and deep though not especially wide soundstage. I understand why Cathy loves them. We put them up after the CRS+ and though they are different, it's a pick'em on which is superior. The CAs are amazing, especially on tubes. I'd like to have some more time with them...we were winding down.

    There was still gear I haven't mentioned that didn't get in. I apologize if anyone wanted to hear something, but we didn't get to it. That's Fred's fault ;) .

    Pics to follow...

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    I would like to thank Ron for being host, I had a fun time.
    Fred and Steve it was nice to meet you both also.

    It was fun to see and hear all the different speakers and gear.
    I think the Carver Amazings may have ruined me, I think I may need to get a pair of those.

    After I unloaded my truck I put my RT35i's to work in the garage with a Pioneer amp and they sound great. It's funny I didn't do that before.

    The B.B.Q. was great, I loved the chicken and salmon, good salad too.

    I had a good time and made it home before 11pm not bad.

    Thanks everyone for the gear and food they brought.
    It was a lot of fun to just hang out and switch up gear.
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    Here are some really bad pics...forgive me guys...someone else should have taken pictures.

    Mordaunts012-1.jpg

    Mordaunts013.jpg

    Mordaunts014.jpg

    Mordaunts016.jpg

    Mordaunts017.jpg

    Mordaunts018.jpg

    Really awful pics...though Steve's wasn't too bad.

    RT

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 47,227
    edited July 2007
    I know Steve, so who else is whom?
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • fredv
    fredv Posts: 923
    edited July 2007
    Me and Sky are in the same picture, I am on the right of the picture. The single frozen smile pic is Ron :-)

    -fredv-
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    I was going to say the blurry guys were S & F, the good looking guy was Steve and the wasted looking guy was a guest, but Fred ratted me out...A***ole...:p

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 47,227
    edited July 2007
    Cool, always nice to put a face to the name.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • RuSsMaN
    RuSsMaN Posts: 17,988
    edited July 2007
    There's a motley crew if I ever saw one.
    Check your lips at the door woman. Shake your hips like battleships. Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service.
  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    This was so much fun.

    I really think I am going to look for a good deal on Carver Amazings for my main system, they look as good as they sound.

    I am glad I went, I learned a few things and got to hear real equipment in a real setting as opposed to in a store.

    If any of you ever get a chance to do this you should go, it was just plain fun.
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    Sky,

    You should do an in depth review of the famous "Rock" speakers...

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • Skynut
    Skynut Posts: 2,967
    edited July 2007
    They rock, what more could be said.

    They were real impressive until we realized you still had the sub running. :D

    They are basically rock shaped speakers for the yard, built out of some type of resin they are supposed to be weather resistant.
    Built by KLH they sounded ok for yard speakers, I will be putting them by the pool once I figure out how they will be powered.
    I think they were under $100.00 at Costco with around 100ft of speaker cable, probably around 16 guage.
    They will blend in real nice with my landscaping someday.
    Skynut
    SOPA® Founder
    The system Almost there
    DVD Onkyo DV-SP802
    Sunfire Theater Grand II
    Sherbourn 7/2100
    Panamax 5510 power conditioner (for electronics)
    2 PSAudio UPC-200 power conditioners (for amps)
    Front L/R RT3000p (Bi-Wired)
    Center CS1000p (Bi-Wired) (under the television)
    Center RT2000p's (Bi-Wired) (on each side of the television)
    Sur FX1000
    SVS ultra plus 2

    www.ShadetreesMachineShop.com
    Thanks for looking
  • Polk65
    Polk65 Posts: 1,405
    edited July 2007
    Thanks to all of you for making this a fun gathering. Fred & Sky, it was nice finally meeting you. Ron what can I say, you need a shave. The true star of this event was Bonnie for putting up with us and in the end she got some PIE! This was a great mixture of people and gear. The food was plentiful and I'm sorry for how the salmon turned out. 20-25 minutes is all it should have been on those planks but they got double that and came out with a smoked flavor. What else can you say about folks that will load up their cars with gear, speakers and a full size weber grill? :eek:

    Memorable quote of the day "the landscaper can't hear the music, he asked to turn it up".

    Most memorable quote of the day "I don't know about you guys but I'm sweating like a pig. I'm going for a swim".
  • Fireman32
    Fireman32 Posts: 4,845
    edited July 2007
    Glad to see that it was a good time had by all. Makes me wish PF was here already.
  • reeltrouble1
    reeltrouble1 Posts: 9,312
    edited July 2007
    The pics were a little better when I removed my glasses, my out of focus eyes with the out of focus pics are a match................

    Cool Beans on the Gathering, getting to together makes this place the Polk Nation, now You'all come down Georgia,,,,,,ya hear.....

    yee haw..........

    RT1
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    While I would have liked to have some more attendance...just the 4 or 5 of us really made it easier to get to know one another, **** and have some fun. I'm sure the other PFs and GTGs will be just as rewarding.

    Things we've learned...

    Sky's got big rocks...
    Fred's afraid of his wife...
    Steve needs a wife...
    I need a shave...

    :p

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE
  • fredv
    fredv Posts: 923
    edited July 2007
    Next time when we meet, we will certainly review our digital cameras as well;)

    -fredv-
  • Ron Temple
    Ron Temple Posts: 3,212
    edited July 2007
    fredv wrote: »
    Next time when we meet, we will certainly review our digital cameras as well;)
    Ya think??? I could claim inherent gear flaws, but it's probably operator error.

    Combo rig:

    Onkyo NR1007 pre-pro, Carver TFM 45(fronts), Carver TFM 35 (surrounds)
    SDA 1C, CS400i, SDA 2B
    PB13Ultra RO
    BW Silvers
    Oppo BDP-83SE