Originally Posted by FOH
Cool story, thanks for sharing. Can you share any details about the room?
Also, if anyone hasn't read the story of his time at Mc, it is truly a phenomenal red in my opinion, here
there's a lot there, but it's truly revealing about Mc, and how a superb individual can get jerked around despite their technical prowess.
Roger has a pretty small listening room, and it is not what I would call a good room.
Looking at the speakers, to the left, 3 feet away, are hard glass and a wall, and to the right of the speakers, maybe 2 feet away is a hard brick inner wall.
There is thick carpet in there, and the ceiling slopes upward from the back wall. Roger has his speakers 4 inches out from the back wall, firing straight ahead
I would estimate they are 6 feet apart, and you are 8 -9 feet away. There is a couch in between the speakers.
Of course, there is a full blown older McIntosh Solid State stack running the show:) Speaker Wire was what Roger got at a Flea Market 4 years ago he said:)
His interconnects were all stock. His McIntosh Preamp is not balanced like his big amp is capable of, and he talked about getting a better McIntosh preamp, someday.
We talked a little about his days at McIntosh. I asked if he remembered Mila Nesterovic and Richard Modafari, he said he did.
I asked him if he missed Binghamton, he said they can have the Snow!
I am a Ham (Ka7niq), and Roger told me that both his father, and his grandpa were both Hams! His mind is still sharp as a tack, he even recalled both their Ham Radio Callsigns!
We were talking about amplifiers, and how some Mac's use one amplifier to cancel the distortion in what is called a balanced bridge circuit, I think ?
Roger let us know he did not believe in this circuit (too much to go wrong he said).
Oh, he did talk about Tone Burst Testing, and the importance of passing good square waves in amplifiers. I told him I have plenty of power to drive the old prototype line array speakers I got from him.
He asked me what amp I will use to drive the speakers I was getting from him, and I told him it is a Chinese copy of a big Pro Sound Type of Yamaha. He told us he owned a Yamaha M 80 Power amp once, and that it was a good amp.
I have my work cut out for me. The line array prototypes I got from Roger are about 2 inches too tall for my room! But, I have a suspended ceiling, so we plan to pull out some ceiling panels, so the speakers will "fit".
This way, I will be able to listen to the speakers, and IF I like them, the plan is to cut the speakers height down, and remove a pair of 2 drivers from each side.
As of right now, they are equalized to go flat to 25 hz, but I may change this. Unlike Roger, I have a pair of monster subwoofers. I don't need the speakers to supply any low bass. Just enough to marry the subwoofers at 80 to 100 hz.
My room will make nearly 4 of Rogers room size. It is highly unlikely the speakers can supply enough bass by themselves in there anyway, and since I have those monster subs, why even go there ?
So, this is where I am at, so far.