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post #2071 of 2135 Old 06-24-2016, 12:07 PM
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Leaving the grills off speakers because they look "better" that way reminds me of tacking a spoiler onto the rear of an otherwise nice looking car. To each his own, of course but, seems to me a strange thing to do.
Agree. My Paradigm Studio 100's are far more attractive with the grills installed. They look like robots with them off as there are 3 identical looking drivers housed in some sort of plastic surround. It's a very technical look but IMO not attractive.
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I've made a few changes since my last post:




DALI Epicon 2 speakers; SVS SB 13 Ultra subwoofer; PrimaLuna HP integrated amp; Esoteric K-03 SACD player; Oppo BDP 105 SACD/Blu-ray player; VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Black; Audeze LCD-XC headphones
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Can I request some grill off pics?
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Still lovin' the corner-loaded arrangement...

Got my Bell'O audio tower set up the same way.

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Vintage high end

More details HERE. Sounds great!
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OK so bedroom setup is done and I decided to go from 2.1 to 5.1. For music I do 2.1, 5.1 only for TV and occasional movies. Here some pictures:

HTM62 S2 Center above the TV with IsoAcoustics stand on a shelf





B&W 685 S2 and HTM62 S2, Marantz NR1606 receiver, Emotiva XPA-200 Gen 2 and Rythmik Audio LVX12 subwoofer







Polk Audio TL3 surround speakers attached to the bed's headboard with VideoSecu wall mounts






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Nice job Enrico!
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Back to no speaker stands so there 😝


kef q100


monitor audio bronze 2


Emp Tek r55ti

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Nice pics- Guys!
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I forgot, did you ever compare the KEFs to the Monitor Audio bookshelves? Which did you prefer?

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did you ever compare the KEFs to the Monitor Audio bookshelves? Which did you prefer?
I never had a chance to do a side by side. I bought all three blindly after doing some research regarding my sound preference. I can honestly say is that they where all detailed and open sounding. Biggest difference was that the bass increased with each upgrade. I would recommend any of them.

BTW, it's powered by that little audioengine n22 amp.

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What are the towers?
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1st - Kef q100
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3rd - Emp Tek R55Ti Tower
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1st - Kef q100
2nd - Monitor Audio Bronze 2
3rd - Emp Tek R55Ti Tower

You sure have been doing lots of upgrades in such as short amount of time. LOL

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1st - Kef q100
2nd - Monitor Audio Bronze 2
3rd - Emp Tek R55Ti Tower

That's what i thought, how do you like the R55Ti?
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That's what i thought, how do you like the R55Ti?
It's only been a few hours of light break-in. They aren't going to be worse than the MA so that's a relief. Nice and open, clear with great punch so far.

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my current setup, lots of upgrades comming soon

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System move complete!

The PMC Fact.8s are only in temporarily until I get some help to muscle the KEF Reference 5s into place, then they go back to the bedroom system. Here are quick snaps of the maiden voyage.
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My newly reconstituted two-channel set up:


Stereo: Audiolab 8200CD >>Simaudio Moon Nēo 340i >>Dynaudio Confidence C1 II's + SVS SB12-NSD
Headphones: Audiolab 8200CD (balanced XLR) >>Balanced Cross-feed X6B >>Audio-gd NFB-6 (balanced XLR) >>Norse Skuld 2 Litz UPOCC >>HiFiMan HE-500
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That left height speaker looks interesting
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Not sure what you're refering to?

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I think that would be:
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I think that would be:
Oh...you mean the wall-mounted Soap Box Derby car wheels? Yes, well that's my wife's idea of a fun and funky decor enhancement/conversation piece along similar lines to the industrial latex glove molds on the table. She has weird stuff like that all over our house...go figure...

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Made a few upgrades since I posted last.
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Made a few upgrades since I posted last.
Very clean and sleek, i almost had that same pre-amp but lost it on ebay
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OK, found the pic of what you had before now tell us your impressions of the changes!

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OK, found the pic of what you had before now tell us your impressions of the changes!

I'll break it down by the changes, because...from that picture, there's a lot more than I remember! haha

1) Speakers

Old - Mirage OM-5
New - Meadowlark Nighthawks

The Nighthawks are much better speakers, and they should be...they retailed for nearly 3x as much. Much more precision and control. Not saying the Mirages were bad, they were excellent. They did many things right for their price point. The Meadowlarks lack that slam the Mirages had, but the Meadowlarks' bass is also a lot more tune-full. I picked up the Meadowlarks off of Craigslist for $200, they were in really rough shape. I put new parts in and restored the cabinets. The build quality of the Meadowlarks is something special, and they made less than 100 pairs of Nighthawks before they shuttered the business.

2) Amplifier

Old: Audio Research D-120
New: Audio Research VS-55

The VS-55 just oozes smooth sound from top to bottom. The D-120 sounded like it accentuated the midrange, and tended to sound more clinical and harsh. Not one big drastic difference in any way, but a bunch of small differences everywhere that makes music "flow" more.

3) Pre-amp

Old: Mapletree Audio HD++ (I think)
New: Audio Research LS-2

Ease of use. That's the big one...the Audio Research is easy to use and is much more a pre-amp, while the Mapletree is really a headphone amp that can sub as a preamp. They actually sound VERY similar.

4) Dac

Old: California Audio Labs Sigma
New: Sonic Frontiers SFD1 Mk2

More of the same. The CAL was pretty heavily modified in the output stage, so it was no slouch. Overall, little more precision out of the SFD. The CAL sounded slightly uncontrolled during loud or dynamic...losing a little coherence, while the SFD stays more "locked in" so to speak. It also boots up much faster...haha.

5) Sources

I ditched the Comcast box and the Pioneer bluray player, and built a HTPC that does it all. I use JRiver Media Center for everything. All music, movies, shows, dvr, live tv...all done right there in one box. No more spinning discs...etc. Its wonderful. I still have my CAL Delta CD transport there, but I dont use it very much. The ease of use of the HTPC somewhat trumps that.

6) Subwoofer

Acoustic Energy Aesprit. Its a nice sub, nothing spectacular. I think that is my next upgrade, I may do a build based off of some plans from Rythmik. The Meadowlarks don't really need that much help, but a little from 25hz on down wouldn't hurt. To match them, needs something very quick since they are transmission line bass. The Aesprit lacks some of that speed and integration, so its mostly just there for movies.

7) TV
The circa 2006 Sharp blew some smoke a few months ago, and Vizio had these on sale, so I grabbed a 55" version. Its nothing special...its simply works.
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