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Glad to see you guys weathered the storm ok. Up here in MI we were thinking of the people of FL.
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crazy video...your pool looks awesome...my pool is uncovered..needless to say it took alot of debris...but glad u didnt have too much damage.
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Glad to see you guys weathered the storm ok. Up here in MI we were thinking of the people of FL.
Thanks - slowly taking down the hurricane shutters. Took down several and waited until it looked like Hurricane Jose was definitely not going to hit us.

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Glad to see you guys weathered the storm ok. Up here in MI we were thinking of the people of FL.
thanks for checking in with us..much appreciated....btw..Seen several of your posts on the DIY section..your theater is pretty awesome.

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Monday would be good. What time are you guys thinking? One of my Velodyne sub amp is out for repair in Oregon and won't be back for several weeks but I've never had it really connected as I picked it up knowing it needed work.

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dont think I can do anything today...wifey said she needed to go out and get some stuff tonight..and @rselby has some stuff going on this week...not sure about the others.

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Glad to see you guys weathered the storm ok. Up here in MI we were thinking of the people of FL.
thanks for checking in with us..much appreciated....btw..Seen several of your posts on the DIY section..your theater is pretty awesome.
Thanks man! It's been 5 years building and many changes along the way. Lots of fun for sure. I hope to share what I've learned along the way when I can.
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I am unable to get away today. One of these days.

I wanted to tell you all about a deal I got. I bought my first RCA-XLR cable from Monoprice for $18 and would have been $25 had I not ordered other cables. This time I looked at Amazon and typed in the part number for the cable I previously bought and got a hit and it was $6.95 with free shipping. It came in a little over a week ago and is identical to the one I have. Works like a champ.
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I am unable to get away today. One of these days.

I wanted to tell you all about a deal I got. I bought my first RCA-XLR cable from Monoprice for $18 and would have been $25 had I not ordered other cables. This time I looked at Amazon and typed in the part number for the cable I previously bought and got a hit and it was $6.95 with free shipping. It came in a little over a week ago and is identical to the one I have. Works like a champ.
awesome..dont u love it when you find great deals?
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@Mattcc22 ....are the MBM's almost done yet?

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@Mattcc22 ....are the MBM's almost done yet?
Yea, not quite....still not finished with the office after the storm set back and kid's soccer starting up...not a lot of free time for me
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Yea, not quite....still not finished with the office after the storm set back and kid's soccer starting up...not a lot of free time for me
that storm was weeks ago..lets get on it!!!

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taking off for Disney today....then going on the cruise on Monday...needless to say will be offline for a bit..

also send in my projector today back for service..this will be the second time..that squiggly line thing is back...hopefully they either fix it right or replace it this time. fingers crossed..

see how that works @biliam1982 ?? chad takes action!!! he doesnt wait 3 months to send his projector in for service..LOL
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looks like i didnt miss much while I was gone..LOL

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looks like i didnt miss much while I was gone..LOL
Me too - was away at RMAF

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Me too - was away at RMAF
whats RMAF?

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest -
https://www.audiofest.net/

Some normal priced things and some silly expensive things. I think they had something like 140 rooms at the show. I've been to a NY Home Entertainment Show about 15 years back and most of the Capital Audiofests (http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/) as I lived in the DC area and went back for some a couple of years back.

It tends to be 99% 2 channel but sometimes it has a surround demo (they did at RMAF).

I try to keep up. Particularly with computer audio as there were changes over the last several years in DACs and music servers. Probably many people more into HT have never really heard a music set-up that is super high end. There are just less stores around now and a show gives one the opportunity to sample some of those things. I always wanted to go to RMAF. Don't know if I'd do it again as there are closer shows like CAF and AXPONA (http://www.axpona.com/). Figured I'd give it a try for that Rocky Mountain High

It was in the low 70s for Saturday and Sunday during the day but when I left Octover 9 (Monday) - got to see this:
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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest -
https://www.audiofest.net/

Some normal priced things and some silly expensive things. I think they had something like 140 rooms at the show. I've been to a NY Home Entertainment Show about 15 years back and most of the Capital Audiofests (http://www.capitalaudiofest.com/) as I lived in the DC area and went back for some a couple of years back.

It tends to be 99% 2 channel but sometimes it has a surround demo (they did at RMAF).

I try to keep up. Particularly with computer audio as there were changes over the last several years in DACs and music servers. Probably many people more into HT have never really heard a music set-up that is super high end. There are just less stores around now and a show gives one the opportunity to sample some of those things. I always wanted to go to RMAF. Don't know if I'd do it again as there are closer shows like CAF and AXPONA (http://www.axpona.com/). Figured I'd give it a try for that Rocky Mountain High

It was in the low 70s for Saturday and Sunday during the day but when I left Octover 9 (Monday) - got to see this:
wow..snow...man i bet that was such a difference being in Florida....I lived in Wash DC for about 5 years when I was in the military..I dont miss the snow at all.

but the Festival sounds like alot of fun..that must of been quite the trip

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@todd1010 @filtor1 @biliam1982 @Mattcc22 @rselby we are gonna have to work out something soon to hear some speakers...not a real GTG but just something very informal..Ideally on one day after work, would like to hit Todds first, then we cruise over to my house for a few minutes, then we make a B line over to Shawns and i can bring my Fusions with so he can hear them in his set up....then after that maybe Biliam can one day send his projector out for repair so we can do a real GTG...

hoping my projector comes back soon...Benq received it on Oct 2nd..so hopefully will be soon.

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You guys set a day. I will do my best to coordinate with the wife. This time of the year is always balls out. Soccer and school take up much of the week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are more likely that any others, but definitely don't plan around that.
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You guys set a day. I will do my best to coordinate with the wife. This time of the year is always balls out. Soccer and school take up much of the week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are more likely that any others, but definitely don't plan around that.
yeah hopefully we can find a time that works for everyone..im generally flexible...not sure i would myself want to make that sort of drive you have for a small informal GTG....the main GTG that we are (of course waiting on William for) i would drive for that one...lol

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wow..snow...man i bet that was such a difference being in Florida....I lived in Wash DC for about 5 years when I was in the military..I dont miss the snow at all.

but the Festival sounds like alot of fun..that must of been quite the trip
I moved from Northern VA not too far outside of DC and have attended most of the Capital Audiofests. Went to the Capital Audiofest in 2015 (drove up from down here) so I thought I would give this one a try. May do Axpona next time (but not for more than a year - probably April 2019).

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I moved from Northern VA not too far outside of DC and have attended most of the Capital Audiofests. Went to the Capital Audiofest in 2015 (drove up from down here) so I thought I would give this one a try. May do Axpona next time (but not for more than a year - probably April 2019).
did you find alot of good stuff?

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did you find alot of good stuff?
There's always good stuff. The problem is the state of the industry. Dealers gone due to the economy and internet and lots of direct to consumer sales (some good and some not so good). Dealers that are left tend not to want to take up precious floor space with reasonable things (vs. very. expensive things). There are show reports out there such as - http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...e-and-digital/ If one scrolls down the page to the Best Sound CNO (cost no object) you'll see the system is over $300k retail. I've had friends who are dealers (one isn't any longer) and I have not touched base for quite a bit but it seems to me the middle ground for us audiophiles is disappearing a bit.

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There's always good stuff. The problem is the state of the industry. Dealers gone due to the economy and internet and lots of direct to consumer sales (some good and some not so good). Dealers that are left tend not to want to take up precious floor space with reasonable things (vs. very. expensive things). There are show reports out there such as - http://www.theabsolutesound.com/arti...e-and-digital/ If one scrolls down the page to the Best Sound CNO (cost no object) you'll see the system is over $300k retail. I've had friends who are dealers (one isn't any longer) and I have not touched base for quite a bit but it seems to me the middle ground for us audiophiles is disappearing a bit.
doesnt sound like it is for us DIY cheapskates...

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doesnt sound like it is for us DIY cheapskates...
Unfortunately for everyone interested in this hobby, when the funding for R&D dries up from the bigger manufactures, we are left scouring the internet for something that fills that void. I see home audio going the way of car audio. These shows will dry up when the current generation that sponsors home doesn't have the ability or desire to support it anymore. I remember the first year I went to SBN and the fleet of big name semi's were parked outside. They invested to have the A squad of models accompanying their featured builds. They all had multiple sponsored vehicles. They all had booths set up that were staffed to field questions and stir up interest. There are still a couple of vendors like JL and Illusion Audio that still operate that way, but they are in the minority. Sad stuff for someone that has always participated in and spent $ in that industry. In many ways I think home audio is even more of a niche market and even more susceptible to changes in the market.

I hope that I am wrong.
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If I understand what you're trying to convey, I would posit that it's likely due to the state of the technology. Meaning, speaker/sub design is a known thing nowadays and has come a long way. It's far simpler and cheaper to build a great sounding speaker/sub.

More often than not, speakers/subs sound more similar than different. Sure, there's some subtleties, and maybe what's refereed to as a "signature sound" from a given brand, but they've gotten very close in terms of performance. If you read (or participate in them) the GTG threads, you see this mentioned a lot.

While it can be considered relative, and also dependent on the application/room, the price point for diminishing returns has gotten really low in most cases. One could save up a little more and get something that will last far longer now compared to something from 20, or even 10 years ago.

Like you mentioned about R&D, it takes a lot to make significant advances. look at the JBL M2's (and the company as a whole for that matter) and how long they took to design it and what it costs. Their models aren't updated but roughly every decade.

So the gap in low-high cost models is expanding, almost exponentially. There's almost no more mid-range, or at least you could say it's become the budget area. While the previous occupants have gotten so cheap they are where the HTiB used to reign.

The upper level stuff will go for a lot more but be accompanied with features and support to justify that pricing. Finer finishes, in-home demos, better return policies, better QC on products, more well trained dealers, stronger customer support system, etc.

I'm sure you know all this, so maybe it's for posterity or the uninformed reading this. Or maybe you were saying something completely different..
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See my reply above. I think it still applies to us. In fact, I think we're getting an even better price/performance than most since we take our time to build it and that cuts down on manufacturing costs.

Also, @filtor1 , I feel the same could be said for electronics/amps.

I guess I should also direct these posts to @HighEndWire too for his take.
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@chadsmith013

See my reply above. I think it still applies to us. In fact, I think we're getting an even better price/performance than most since we take our time to build it and that cuts down on manufacturing costs.

Also, @filtor1 , I feel the same could be said for electronics/amps.

I guess I should also direct these posts to @HighEndWire too for his take.
man that sure is alot of fancy talk going on..lol..

biliam...i got my projector back yesterday.....im betting you havent even sent yours in yet....what int he world is taking so long...we need our GTG going...gets old reading all of the other cool kids on here having their GTG's LOL

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There was some DIY stuff and reasonably price stuff. There were 140 rooms and about 400 companies exhibiting (ELAC had an Atmos Demo for one). It just seems that more of the expensive stuff is now there. It helps one narrow down what may be good for their budget and preferences just to know what is out there. It makes me feel much better about my systems. There were honestly people exhibiting things that certainly weren't cheap and it is stuff I don't feel the need to look at. That's why I have multiple systems to some degree. One, I don't sell as much as I used to and end up just rotating something to another system. When I have made cables (vs. buy), it really helps having different systems to test them in (and I usually end up bringing them over to other peoples houses too when I do make them - sometimes that is a mistake as I end up making them at cost for them as they may have store bought brands that cost a whole lot more) and get a better picture as to whether they make a difference and whether that difference is small or more significant.
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@chadsmith013

See my reply above. I think it still applies to us. In fact, I think we're getting an even better price/performance than most since we take our time to build it and that cuts down on manufacturing costs.

Also, @filtor1 , I feel the same could be said for electronics/amps.

I guess I should also direct these posts to @HighEndWire too for his take.
I agree. DIY offers unmatched price/performance ratio!

As for electronics/amps, I haven't been paying enough attention to know. I last bought an AVR over 12 years ago. The last amp I bought was the iNuke6000DSP and there were only a handful of competitors and were all well above the cost.
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