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Originally Posted by aehaas View Post

Note that I stand while I listen, so I can conduct

you have any pics of that ?
post #62 of 109
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Originally Posted by otk View Post

you have any pics of that ?


you want pics of him "conducting" while listening to music? That's like us plebs playing air guitar...
post #63 of 109
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Originally Posted by zero the hero View Post

you want pics of him "conducting" while listening to music? That's like us plebs playing air guitar...

i wanna see pics of that too
post #64 of 109
Thread Starter 
The Infinity IRS Betas were hybrids, ribbons for the mids and uppers and 8 cone woofers for the bass. They were very very good but did not go loud at all and strained when opera divas hit the high notes. Also, percussion instruments did not go well if turned up at all.

Before that I had B&W 801 s and those were great stuff as well.

I found no weakness in the Wilsons. One thing is because they matched my room well out of the box (crates). Even better is that they can be tuned any number of ways by varying the resistors in the back.

A big mistake may be that many listen to them with the grill covers on. They are dead compared to the sound with all the covers removed, including the one on the upper back side.

When you turn them up loud as I do some times, you can do so without straining them to levels you can only imagine with other high end speakers. This was important to me, as well as the ability to play at very low levels as my queen uses.

Ways to save money, do your own yard work. I am the mechanic, plumber, painter, pool man and yes, the yard boy:

post #65 of 109
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Originally Posted by zero the hero View Post

I'm curious if there were other speakers auditioned. Maybe YG Acoustics, the "best speakers in the world"? Focal Utopias? Heck, Revel Salons? I know they're not as expensive so some may think they aren't as good, but I'd hope the OP is smarter than that...


I was not that impressed with Focal grande EM.
post #66 of 109
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Originally Posted by aehaas View Post

They were very very good but did not go loud at all and strained when opera divas hit the high notes. Also, percussion instruments did not go well if turned up at all.

Ok, yea I have to agree that ribbons are usually best reserved for small to medium room applications and I think when extreme "accuracy" is required. Since you listen solely to operas, the X2 might really be the best choice given its properties. I'd have to give them a listen and see if they're as good with other types of music. Let's see if my local dealer still has that black pair...
post #67 of 109
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Originally Posted by SeaNile View Post

What an incredible setup, and I mean the entire setup, house, cars, etc.

Gotta ask....what do you do for a living so I know what to do when I grow up!!!

--JK

maybe he is the STIG!!!
post #68 of 109
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Longer term follow up:

The system has slowly improved as time has elapsed. I have come to the conclusion that these speakers are as good as it gets. My cables are all at the same level and the only thing that is old, and some more than a decade, is my electronics.

But I hesitate changing anything as there is always that chance that things may not sound as good. Has anybody ever felt that way? I can get my oldest components, the Threshold amps. "refurbished" by Threshold for $750 each but what if they sound worse, not better?

aehaas
post #69 of 109
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Originally Posted by HTMAN21 View Post

There is always Master Card.

Or a Ponsi scheme.

Beautiful system and love the cars too.

Yeah, if it ain't broke... Stick with the Threshold amps.
post #70 of 109
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Originally Posted by SeaNile View Post

What an incredible setup, and I mean the entire setup, house, cars, etc.

Gotta ask....what do you do for a living so I know what to do when I grow up!!!

--JK

I'm guessing he's a doctor based on that he's wearing scrubs while doing yard work. Maybe an ENT (ear nose throat) specialist or ophthalmologist?
Looks like I went into the wrong line of work!

Congrats on the purchase. Sounds like they meet your requirements for speakers! I wonder if room treatments (I think someone else mentioned this) might give you better value for the money rather than refurbishing the amps?

Darren A.
post #71 of 109
Physicians don't make that much. I deal with cardiologists, vascular surgeons and radiologists everyday and while 911's are common as well as a vacation house no one is earning enough for an enzo, maybach, lambo and a killer house and Wilson speakers! Sure they may make a low of 400 to a high of a $1 million but that is not enough for the toys listed here.

Congrats to the OP, beautiful house, cars, etc!!! Wish it was me!

--JK
post #72 of 109
A 1M$ salary isn't enough for those toys after a single year, but add them up over the span of 15 years or so and it seems very possible to me.
post #73 of 109
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I believe that anybody can have just about anything they want but very few are willing to work for it. I am a physician, at this stage, an average working one. In the distant past MD's made more, today it is not nearly as much as people think:

http://www.studentdoc.com/salaries.html

My wife is a professional optician. We are both hard working. We have never had any offspring, we do no take many vacations, usually just stay here rather than travel. We already live in paradise. We are do it your-self-ors. We do not go out to eat every day nor waste anything. We have basic cell phone and cable TV service, nothing expensive. The list goes on.

We SAVE and we buy only when we saved up enough to buy. Most people are wasteful and it adds up fast.

My father was a landscape architect. My neighbors pay $1,000+ / mo for lawn care and fertilization and insect control and then pay to go to the gym for exercise. I do all my own gardening and get my exercise that way, an additional savings - as just one example.

I think I will stick with the current amps.

aehaas
post #74 of 109
Real nice set-up with the new speakers!

Enjoy the music!
post #75 of 109
aehass,

Congratulations on a beautiful system. You are truly living the American Dream.

You mention that you 'conduct,' just curious do you/did you used to sing or have prior conducting experience?
post #76 of 109
aehaas, electronics unless they're tube based shouldn't change at all but I'd recommend exploring some Class D offerings in particular the upcoming NAD M2.

SeaNile, In US there's always a loan for everything but we have to acknowledge that there those who worked hard throughout their life but also saved a great percentage of their income.
post #77 of 109
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My neighbors pay $1,000+ / mo for lawn care and fertilization and insect control and then pay to go to the gym for exercise.

I practically stood up and cheered when I read this. I agree with just about everything you typed. Making a good salary helps of course, but how a person spends/saves is nearly half, if not more, of the battle in getting what you truly want.

I always scratch my head when I see my co-workers spending $15 bucks on lunch everyday, wondering how they can afford it. Turns out, in my area, that's the difference between affording an apartment ($800 for about 1,000 sq ft) vs owning a house ($1,250, which would include escrow, can get you in a 2,500 - 3,500 sq ft place)

So yeah, I can skip going to the Tai Place for lunch in order to have my own home theater in my basement.
post #78 of 109
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I practically stood up and cheered when I read this. I agree with just about everything you typed. Making a good salary helps of course, but how a person spends/saves is nearly half, if not more, of the battle in getting what you truly want.

I always scratch my head when I see my co-workers spending $15 bucks on lunch everyday, wondering how they can afford it. Turns out, in my area, that's the difference between affording an apartment ($800 for about 1,000 sq ft) vs owning a house ($1,250, which would include escrow, can get you in a 2,500 - 3,500 sq ft place)

So yeah, I can skip going to the Tai Place for lunch in order to have my own home theater in my basement.

My wife and I started doing this a few years ago; skipping going out to eat every day that is among other habits. We went from $45,000 in debt to about $9,000 today. We aren't debt free, but all of that $9,000 is at 0% so I consider it good debt. We're about to buy a house in the next 30 days too! Oh and we also save about $1200 a month towards retirement which we weren't doing before I wish we could save more, but the money just isn't there.

-Chad
post #79 of 109
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Originally Posted by thirdeye11 View Post

My wife and I started doing this a few years ago; skipping going out to eat every day that is among other habits. We went from $45,000 in debt to about $9,000 today. We aren't debt free, but all of that $9,000 is at 0% so I consider it good debt. We're about to buy a house in the next 30 days too! Oh and we also save about $1200 a month towards retirement which we weren't doing before I wish we could save more, but the money just isn't there.

-Chad

$1200/month is still pretty good. Better than most I'd say.
post #80 of 109
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Originally Posted by jason brent View Post

$1200/month is still pretty good. Better than most I'd say.

Thanks for the words of encouragement.

You are probably right based on what I know of all my friends and relatives. Saving money is very difficult to do, and requires discipline. I have had an Excel spreadsheet with my budget on it for several years now, and balance it weekly. If I don't then I won't know what I"m spending or where my money is going. I can tell you what I spent money on each week for the past 2 or 3 years now. Some may find this level of detail annoying, but I find it refreshing and important to my financial health. If my wife or I lost our job we could survive for probably a year if we went jobless that long. It wouldn't be pretty but we could do it. Possibly longer based on what possessions I sold.
post #81 of 109
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Originally Posted by thirdeye11 View Post

Thanks for the words of encouragement.

You are probably right based on what I know of all my friends and relatives. Saving money is very difficult to do, and requires discipline. I have had an Excel spreadsheet with my budget on it for several years now, and balance it weekly. If I don't then I won't know what I"m spending or where my money is going. I can tell you what I spent money on each week for the past 2 or 3 years now. Some may find this level of detail annoying, but I find it refreshing and important to my financial health. If my wife or I lost our job we could survive for probably a year if we went jobless that long. It wouldn't be pretty but we could do it. Possibly longer based on what possessions I sold.


Plus I'm sure your letting your money work for you. At 10% return you can be at $1M in @ 20 years with $1,000/mo.
post #82 of 109
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Originally Posted by jason brent View Post

Plus I'm sure your letting your money work for you. At 10% return you can be at $1M in @ 20 years with $1,000/mo.

10% return??? Where?? I could use some of that right now!

--JK
post #83 of 109
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Originally Posted by SeaNile View Post

10% return??? Where?? I could use some of that right now!

--JK

ha ha.....I know. I was just throwing a round figure out there. It is possible to get this of course(and much more), but you ain't gonna do it just sticking your money in an IRA.
post #84 of 109
WOW nice, well everything! If you ever need a friend to come hang out with, you know drive the cars, blow some money, you let me know. I'd be happy to accommodate.
post #85 of 109
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Originally Posted by SeaNile View Post

10% return??? Where?? I could use some of that right now!

--JK

Buddy, Maddoff's not around anymore. Try running a business
post #86 of 109
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Originally Posted by SeaNile View Post

10% return??? Where?? I could use some of that right now!

--JK

Maybe not right not, but an overall return of 8-10% over the life of an investment portfolio is not hard to achieve.
post #87 of 109
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Originally Posted by SeaNile View Post

Physicians don't make that much. I deal with cardiologists, vascular surgeons and radiologists everyday and while 911's are common as well as a vacation house no one is earning enough for an enzo, maybach, lambo and a killer house and Wilson speakers! Sure they may make a low of 400 to a high of a $1 million but that is not enough for the toys listed here.

Congrats to the OP, beautiful house, cars, etc!!! Wish it was me!

--JK

You live in the wrong world then $1mil a year for those toys is enough....its called compounding interest....put a couple $$$K away per year and you realize its huge money later.

Hey, does $1mil in debt count?

One of my good friends is a one of the only Dermatologist where I live. He makes an absolute killing, just dropped $700K (CASH!!) on an indoor gym with poker room, in-law house and a regulation size basketball court.

Many of my golfing budies have serious coin, its just a choice on what priorities people have. (some pro althetes make min $1mil and they do not even play )

The OP has a great life but you guys need to come down to Florida and find out he is not alone, come on one of my golfing trips and watch $50K gambled away every night by some of the guys I know....its a different world for some



If SQ was the option here then the room would be well designed with acoustical treatments.....From the cars to the Speakers, this is all just a bling picture porn, speaker porn and it does answer the question "Who buys those uber expensive speakers" and along with the next question "Where do they put those speakers"
post #88 of 109
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Originally Posted by thirdeye11 View Post

Maybe not right not, but an overall return of 8-10% over the life of an investment portfolio is not hard to achieve.

hehe, unless that 10% for that last 30 years was torn apart in a market sell off that took 30-50% away from a large majority of people in 4 months

Its harder then you think!
post #89 of 109
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Originally Posted by penngray View Post

hehe, unless that 10% for that last 30 years was torn apart in a market sell off that took 30-50% away from a large majority of people in 4 months

Its harder then you think!

You know it sucks if the time someone needs to get out and retire is RIGHT NOW, but for those who can wait a year or two the market will recover.
post #90 of 109
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Originally Posted by penngray View Post

hehe, unless that 10% for that last 30 years was torn apart in a market sell off that took 30-50% away from a large majority of people in 4 months Its harder then you think!

Ditto. I only lost 250K but I know some friends are up to a few mils. But I've always been conservative compared to others. When they made a killing I was making only 5-6%. But why would you gamble your life savings away. Gambling is for business.

$1m for toys is certainly small money when you're 50 something and in Florida. Should be enough for watches, cars, and audio stuff but not the speedboats and others.
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