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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Detroit, Michigan USA
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The $250,000 was obviously a reference to a large RELATIVE investment which you are about to make. That's all.
I understand your constraints.
My point is this. In one sentence you say you have no room in your budgets for wall treatments (or room design, I assume). However, you talk of purchasing very expensive, quality equipment.
If you have read the Herschelmann articles, you would have learned that the guy bought very nice equipment, like you getting the Sharp PJ and Casablanca you dream of. After he got all this great stuff, it sounded bad and the buyer was dissappointed. This is what I mean by you traveling down a similar road.
The point of the series and my point as well, is that if you do not address this challenging room set-up first, your future $8000 Casablanca will sound no better than a mediochre surround processor. You won't be getting the absolute best out of your investment.
Do what you will, but if you attend to the foundation for good sound (room design, sound absorption, etc.), you can be confident that your future, expensive audio upgrades will be their very best and not hampered by a poorly designed room. Your room has a multitude of challenges that perhaps you aren't even aware of (ergonomics aside).
In short, expensive equipment won't correct a bad room. It is similar to the democratic philosophy that throwing money at social issues corrects them. Money only positively reinforces the bad behaviors. You must correct the behaviors first, then money can be earned.
Yeah, there is no immediate gratification in forking out dough for a non-tangible such as room design fees and materials, but good things come to those who wait!
There are more than a handful of [op amps] that sound so good that most designers want to be using them as opposed to discreet transistors. Dave Reich, Theta 2009