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If I were to go there I'd just want to spend more money. Heck of a system he has there.

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Thanks Supa

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If I were to go there I'd just want to spend more money. Heck of a system he has there.

I don't know Stanley, Port O, we could make that trip! Looks pretty cool. And besides, I'm wanting to spend more money whether I stay home or not biggrin.gif
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Thanks Supa
I don't know Stanley, Port O, we could make that trip! Looks pretty cool. And besides, I'm wanting to spend more money whether I stay home or not biggrin.gif

No problem

And he's trying to sell his sub not get talked into submersives by Mark Seaton.
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No problem

And he's trying to sell his sub not get talked into submersives by Mark Seaton.

It's cool, I can be his accountability partner biggrin.gif
post #20465 of 34841
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post


Thanks Supa
I don't know Stanley, Port O, we could make that trip! Looks pretty cool. And besides, I'm wanting to spend more money whether I stay home or not biggrin.gif

 

That would be great. You stay home and give me your money. I'll have some fun with it. biggrin.gif

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No problem

And he's trying to sell his sub not get talked into submersives by Mark Seaton.

 

Yep, no point in drooling over those submersives. I've gotten some nibbles from lookie loo's but that about it. You know how craigslist is.

post #20467 of 34841
Since I've got a few minutes on my hands, I just wanted to say thanks again to the guys in the forum for the tips/suggestions, etc. I sold my last set of Jamo speakers and my last Pioneer Elite receiver (60). So now I'm running Pioneer SC-1522s and 70 IIs/CS2 II on both setups with 30 IIs upstairs and 40 IIs in my man cave (where we do the majority of our movie watching, etc.). I figured since we don't watch many movies in our livingroom that I would move my BIC F-12 downstairs and take advantage of the .2 capability of the receiver (I already had a BIC F-12 down there). It's amazing how a second sub balances out the room and keeps one sub from having to do the lion's share of the work. I was able to dial the original sub back a bit. Loving the 5.2 setup.

Even before I added the second sub, though, I noticed how much more dynamic and "full" gunshots sounded (i.e. in Zero Dark Thirty). Vocals are clear and there are extra fine details that are just that much more crisp (i.e. brass shell casings hitting the ground).

I know the Monitor IIs are considered "entry level Polks", but I'm a pretty happy camper so far.

General question -- when listening to music from MP3s or the like, do you gents typically listen in just stereo or do you expand them to all channels?
post #20468 of 34841
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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post


General question -- when listening to music from MP3s or the like, do you gents typically listen in just stereo or do you expand them to all channels?

 

Just a matter of preference but I listen to music in stereo. Nice to see you're enjoying your system.

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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post

General question -- when listening to music from MP3s or the like, do you gents typically listen in just stereo or do you expand them to all channels?

Congrats!

Now, where are my pics? tongue.gif

As Stanley, my preference is also stereo + 2 subs running.......wink.gif
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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post


General question -- when listening to music from MP3s or the like, do you gents typically listen in just stereo or do you expand them to all channels?

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As Stanley, my preference is also stereo + 2 subs running.......wink.gif

Stereo, my Onk 807 has a "Pure Audio" mode that puts the mains to "Large". No subs.
post #20471 of 34841
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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post

Since I've got a few minutes on my hands, I just wanted to say thanks again to the guys in the forum for the tips/suggestions, etc. I sold my last set of Jamo speakers and my last Pioneer Elite receiver (60). So now I'm running Pioneer SC-1522s and 70 IIs/CS2 II on both setups with 30 IIs upstairs and 40 IIs in my man cave (where we do the majority of our movie watching, etc.). I figured since we don't watch many movies in our livingroom that I would move my BIC F-12 downstairs and take advantage of the .2 capability of the receiver (I already had a BIC F-12 down there). It's amazing how a second sub balances out the room and keeps one sub from having to do the lion's share of the work. I was able to dial the original sub back a bit. Loving the 5.2 setup.

Even before I added the second sub, though, I noticed how much more dynamic and "full" gunshots sounded (i.e. in Zero Dark Thirty). Vocals are clear and there are extra fine details that are just that much more crisp (i.e. brass shell casings hitting the ground).

I know the Monitor IIs are considered "entry level Polks", but I'm a pretty happy camper so far.

General question -- when listening to music from MP3s or the like, do you gents typically listen in just stereo or do you expand them to all channels?
Nice...sounds like you are getting everything dialed in nicely. The monitors may be entry level, but that doesn't necessarily make them bad speakers. With the right setup and available power they certainly come to life. I just recently fell back in love with my monitors, but I am running an xpa-2 and an xpa-5 to power them all.

I don't listen to mp3's all that often, but when I listen to music off cd I vary with my settings. Usually I listen in 2 or 2.1 configuration, but I also enjoy using Dolby PLII music. It's great to have options.
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My vote is for stereo as well when listening to music. It's nice to have options which I try from time to time but I guess there's some truth to the saying that "old habits die hard".
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Congrats!

Now, where are my pics? tongue.gif

UPSTAIRS FRONT STAGE - The plastic mug underneath the receiver shelf offers "support" since the 1522 is much heavier and deeper than my Elite VSX-50/60 receiver(s) was/were. I'm going to try to use the top shelf as a template to create a new one, only a few inches deeper. Also, I'm glad the center channel wasn't any taller than it is -- it JUST fits under my TV. Currently no sub since I moved it downstairs.

UPSTAIRS SURROUND SPEAKERS

MAN CAVE PANORAMIC - 5.2 SETUP

MAN CAVE SURROUNDS
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So my wife was out with her friends on Friday leaving me home with Skye. I had just gotten in some cables from DouglasConnection to demo, specifically his 9 gauge cables and 2 sets of jumpers. I also have 2 sets of interconnects coming in from him so I can have a full setup of his cables. I will be reviewing these for him over the course of a couple weeks and putting them against my Kimber Kable Hero IC's and Kimber 8VS internally bi-wired speaker cables in my downstairs setup.

To start with though I decided this was the best time to just sit and really re-organize my setup in the office as I was using just cheap Monoprice speaker wire. I had a entertainment center with 2 shelves I wasnt really utilizing right and a equipment rack that I just couldnt seem to find a way to incorporate right with the rest of my gear. So I went to work and from the hours of 10:30 - 1 got everything moved around. I managed to bring all my gear out and have it in the room, even if its not plugged in.

I also managed to re-work things so that I can actually get a decent set of speaker cables in there and not need a 15 foot cable for one speaker and a 6 foot for another one. This means for this setup once Dougs cables move along to the next guy to demo I can hopefully re-use some of the Audioquest FLX 14/4 speaker wire I have already instead of the horrible Monoprice stuff I had been using.

So here is my setup now as it stands. I think this will be where I leave things for at least 6 months. Its the most optimized setup for me. All units are as close together as possible allowing for the shortest runs of IC's and SC's which means less cost and easier to keep cables run properly. I still want a powerconditioner like a Panamax unit to go underneath my Parasound, but for now everythings through a powerstrip. I also hope to upgrade all the powercables as well. I am looking at Cullen Cable, Douglas Connection, Audioquest or Kimber. I will wait till I get my conditioner though.

Here is the rig as it stands:

IMG_1056.jpg

Daily Drivers:

Sources:
  • CD/SACD/DVD-A Player: Denon 3910
  • Laserdisc Player: Pioneer LD-S1
  • FLAC: Custom Computer
  • Turntable: Technics SL-B3
  • Phono-pre: Harman Kardon Citation Eleven
Pre-amp:
  • Sunfire TGA-II
Amp:
  • Parasound HCA-700ii
Cables:
  • Denon 3910: 1m Audioquest G-Snakes
  • Laserdisc: Rat Shack - (looking to upgrade)
  • Computer: Black Cat Digital Cable
  • Turntable: stock
  • Harman Kardon Citation Eleven: 4m Audioquest Sidewinder
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Now you may ask.... what happened to that pretty equipment rack you had Dan..... Well here is your answer, it became my SHOW PIECE/VINTAGE GEAR RACK!!!. This is where I keep my vintage looking pieces, both in use (Turntable, HK) and those units not in rotation right now for whatever reason. It lets me keep them out to show off even when not in use. It needs some more gear in it though, hopefully a nice Marantz integrated, and some good Kenwood and Onkyo pieces too....

IMG_1062.jpg

Here is what is currently in each shelf from Top to Bottom:

Units
  • Technics SL-B3
  • Harman Kardon Citation Eleven Pre-amp - THANKS ROBLEE!!! This unit is actually being utilized for my turntable above it. I can use the EQ switches on the face of the unit (which I like) and its pre-outs to go to the Sunfire
  • Fisher 460t tube amp - needs to be looked at, once fully functional it will sit on top my Parasound to switch between the two for those long demo days
  • Carver M1.0t - in this picture, being demo'd by IndyHawg for a couple weeks as of yesterday
  • Yamaha R-300 - my dads original unit that I hope to get refurbed and working to give back to him as a gift. I also hope to replace the cheap case (vinly on pressboard) with a nice custom wood made case
  • Pioneer Laserdisc CLD-D504
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Cool pics guys. Here's mine. Forgive me fellow Polksters but I have sinned.

 

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Nice pics ender....you should start messin with room treatments instead of cables....but hey whatever floats your boat...love the vintage stuff. I've dabbled a bit with vintage gear, but I really don't have the space for a nice vintage setup.



Stanley...say it isn't so! At least you are a polkie at heart. How do you like them speakers?
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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post


Stanley...say it isn't so! At least you are a polkie at heart. How do you like them speakers?

 

I like them fine. Better without a sub but the Polk has a better mid. Give and take.

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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

Nice pics ender....you should start messin with room treatments instead of cables....but hey whatever floats your boat...

Those are planned but there really isn't room for them, otherwise I would have bass traps in the corners. I may try to do right behind the speakers and in the center.

That said the first reflection point is behind my rack on one side, and in top I dog cages in the other.

Plus how good can you make a square room sound anyway lol.
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post


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I'm so glad the HK found a good home and a loving owner. A lot of memories went along with it. Was the wood cabinet not a good match? (I always found it much lighter than the rest of my walnut gear). I'm jealous of that shot of the wiring behind your cabinet. I once took a shot of the same location behind mine... remember when Indy said "snakes... why did it have to be snakes!"? Yeah, that's what mine looks like.
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That said the first reflection point is behind my rack on one side, and in top I dog cages in the other..

Yeah, why are your speakers shoved into the corners? And why do they smell like Fisch, I mean fish? biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by U2Edge View Post

UPSTAIRS FRONT STAGE - The plastic mug underneath the receiver shelf offers "support" since the 1522 is much heavier and deeper than my Elite VSX-50/60 receiver(s) was/were. I'm going to try to use the top shelf as a template to create a new one, only a few inches deeper. Also, I'm glad the center channel wasn't any taller than it is -- it JUST fits under my TV. Currently no sub since I moved it downstairs. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

UPSTAIRS SURROUND SPEAKERS

MAN CAVE PANORAMIC - 5.2 SETUP

MAN CAVE SURROUNDS

Wow, thanks for sharing the pics and congrats with the setup. Last question: when can I move in?
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Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

So my wife was out with her friends on Friday leaving me home with Skye. I had just gotten in some cables from DouglasConnection to demo, specifically his 9 gauge cables and 2 sets of jumpers. I also have 2 sets of interconnects coming in from him so I can have a full setup of his cables. I will be reviewing these for him over the course of a couple weeks and putting them against my Kimber Kable Hero IC's and Kimber 8VS internally bi-wired speaker cables in my downstairs setup.

To start with though I decided this was the best time to just sit and really re-organize my setup in the office as I was using just cheap Monoprice speaker wire. I had a entertainment center with 2 shelves I wasnt really utilizing right and a equipment rack that I just couldnt seem to find a way to incorporate right with the rest of my gear. So I went to work and from the hours of 10:30 - 1 got everything moved around. I managed to bring all my gear out and have it in the room, even if its not plugged in.

I also managed to re-work things so that I can actually get a decent set of speaker cables in there and not need a 15 foot cable for one speaker and a 6 foot for another one. This means for this setup once Dougs cables move along to the next guy to demo I can hopefully re-use some of the Audioquest FLX 14/4 speaker wire I have already instead of the horrible Monoprice stuff I had been using.

So here is my setup now as it stands. I think this will be where I leave things for at least 6 months. Its the most optimized setup for me. All units are as close together as possible allowing for the shortest runs of IC's and SC's which means less cost and easier to keep cables run properly. I still want a powerconditioner like a Panamax unit to go underneath my Parasound, but for now everythings through a powerstrip. I also hope to upgrade all the powercables as well. I am looking at Cullen Cable, Douglas Connection, Audioquest or Kimber. I will wait till I get my conditioner though.

Here is the rig as it stands:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
IMG_1056.jpg

Daily Drivers:

Sources:
  • CD/SACD/DVD-A Player: Denon 3910
  • Laserdisc Player: Pioneer LD-S1
  • FLAC: Custom Computer
  • Turntable: Technics SL-B3
  • Phono-pre: Harman Kardon Citation Eleven
Pre-amp:
  • Sunfire TGA-II
Amp:
  • Parasound HCA-700ii
Cables:
  • Denon 3910: 1m Audioquest G-Snakes
  • Laserdisc: Rat Shack - (looking to upgrade)
  • Computer: Black Cat Digital Cable
  • Turntable: stock
  • Harman Kardon Citation Eleven: 4m Audioquest Sidewinder
IMG_1057.jpg

IMG_1059.jpg

IMG_1061.jpg

IMG_1070.jpg

IMG_1069.jpg

IMG_1066.jpg

IMG_1068.jpg

IMG_1067.jpg


Now you may ask.... what happened to that pretty equipment rack you had Dan..... Well here is your answer, it became my SHOW PIECE/VINTAGE GEAR RACK!!!. This is where I keep my vintage looking pieces, both in use (Turntable, HK) and those units not in rotation right now for whatever reason. It lets me keep them out to show off even when not in use. It needs some more gear in it though, hopefully a nice Marantz integrated, and some good Kenwood and Onkyo pieces too....

IMG_1062.jpg

Here is what is currently in each shelf from Top to Bottom:

Units
  • Technics SL-B3
  • Harman Kardon Citation Eleven Pre-amp - THANKS ROBLEE!!! This unit is actually being utilized for my turntable above it. I can use the EQ switches on the face of the unit (which I like) and its pre-outs to go to the Sunfire
  • Fisher 460t tube amp - needs to be looked at, once fully functional it will sit on top my Parasound to switch between the two for those long demo days
  • Carver M1.0t - in this picture, being demo'd by IndyHawg for a couple weeks as of yesterday
  • Yamaha R-300 - my dads original unit that I hope to get refurbed and working to give back to him as a gift. I also hope to replace the cheap case (vinly on pressboard) with a nice custom wood made case
  • Pioneer Laserdisc CLD-D504
IMG_1064.jpg

IMG_1063.jpg

Amazing!!!!!

Now, I'm struggling here: do I have to visit U2edge's place first or yours?

tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Cool pics guys. Here's mine. Forgive me fellow Polksters but I have sinned.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Well, there is only one thing to say:


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Traitor!!!!

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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Yeah, why are your speakers shoved into the corners? And why do they smell like Fisch, I mean fish? biggrin.gif


Hey, Geoff could you please tell Stanley there is something odd in that pic? The Polk factor is missing now!!!

Sorry to bother you with this request, but I don't speak to him anymore...........tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post


Wow, thanks for sharing the pics and congrats with the setup. Last question: when can I move in?
Amazing!!!!!

Now, I'm struggling here: do I have to visit U2edge's place first or yours?

tongue.gif
Well, there is only one thing to say:


Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Traitor!!!!
Hey, Geoff could you please tell Stanley there is something odd in that pic? The Polk factor is missing now!!!

Sorry to bother you with this request, but I don't speak to him anymore...........tongue.gif

 

I still have Polk surrounds, so there! biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I still have Polk surrounds, so there! biggrin.gif

What are you using? You traded your 703's right? Don't see the Kef's.........what the heck over?
post #20484 of 34841
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I still have Polk surrounds, so there! biggrin.gif

Ok. You are safe for now...........but, I'm watching you.............mad.gif

Eh, eh...........don't touch that remote and stop scratching your ...........tongue.gif
post #20485 of 34841
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Originally Posted by RobLee View Post

I'm so glad the HK found a good home and a loving owner. A lot of memories went along with it. Was the wood cabinet not a good match? (I always found it much lighter than the rest of my walnut gear). I'm jealous of that shot of the wiring behind your cabinet. I once took a shot of the same location behind mine... remember when Indy said "snakes... why did it have to be snakes!"? Yeah, that's what mine looks like.

It wasn't the best match, but was in REMARKABLE SHAPE. i teally wanted it to work but it was just a little too much. And to be honest a Polk forum member contacted me about the case as he had one as well so I passed it along to him.

I took pics and measurements in hopes my uncles (carpenters by trade) can duplicate one for me at a later date. Imght use walnut or a more exotic wood.

That and I then had 5 different wood stain colors in that room (computer desk, entertainment center, tube amp, RTAs, and citation)

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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post

Yeah, why are your speakers shoved into the corners? And why do they smell like Fisch, I mean fish? biggrin.gif

Well mostly because they need to be that far apart and that's the toe-in I prefer em at.

Keep in mind I am dealing with a 10x11 room and they are on the 11 foot wall. I don't really have tons of depth so the toe in has to be a but extreme to get the sound waves to meet in my min listening position which is about 6 feet from them.
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post


Now, I'm struggling here: do I have to visit U2edge's place first or yours tongue.gif

Well THA md for the words but while this setup is nice, my main ht setup with my 5 LSi speaker setup is MUCH more impressive.

And it's perfectly setup for 7.1 if I can convince my wife to let me get a set of LSi 7s. Then I want heights if we are still here and again would go with wall mounted 7s.
post #20487 of 34841
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Originally Posted by Geoff4RFC View Post


What are you using? You traded your 703's right? Don't see the Kef's.........what the heck over?

 

Traded the 703's to Jeff in Auburn for the NHT Classic Fours. Real nice guy. As soon as I got them set up my son stole the KEF's and took them upstairs.

post #20488 of 34841
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Traded the 703's to Jeff in Auburn for the NHT Classic Fours. Real nice guy. As soon as I got them set up my son stole the KEF's and took them upstairs.

How are the NHT's?
post #20489 of 34841
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Originally Posted by SupaKats View Post


How are the NHT's?

 

Nice, I like them. Won't need a sub for music after I move into an apartment. I'll sure miss the Rythmik for movies though.

post #20490 of 34841
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Originally Posted by cr136124 View Post

Wow, thanks for sharing the pics and congrats with the setup. Last question: when can I move in?

My pleasure...and thanks. I eventually want to clean up my "snakes" as well...and find/build something that matches my entertainment shelving that will allow me to keep my center channel above my receiver, but move it forward. The vents on the top of the 1522 only take up about the front half of the top of the receiver, but I'd still like to move it forward (without blocking vents) per a suggestion/tip earlier in this thread.

Not sure about moving in...but you can crash on the couch you see in the basement. It's comfy. I've fallen asleep there many of times myself -- and no, not because I got in trouble with this missus.
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