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After a year after your post, I made this based on your a/v stands inspiration. I actually made 2 of these (with a friend) with few modifications, such as wheels, extra shelf.
Very nice! I wish I had put wheels on mine as well!
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Nice setup, stand looks great. And the Group C picture in the background.
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Carver amp back and now powering my two front speakers. Now the quest begins for some tower speakers.
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Portable 2-channel setup for the days away from home


Here is my 2-channel system I have for whenever I'm in a hotel on the road.

It fits in a suitcase with room to spare for extra stuff.

Not too heavy and stays below airlines baggage weight limit.
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Here is my DIY AV stand made from 10 or so layers of 3/4" plywood.

It is hollow with an opening from the rear for cable management and it has recessed castor wheels keeping it 3/16" above the floor.


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What stand is that?
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What stand is that?
The Franken Sandwich is flanked by two Ikea Butcher Blocks on top and bottom. The meat is Salamander Archetype hardware and shelves.
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It is hollow with an opening from the rear for cable management and it has recessed castor wheels keeping it 3/16" above the floor.
The fact that it rolls around for easy access yet doesn't look like it would is clever. I also dig that the center is as close to the screen as possible. I'm shocked at how many systems I see where the center is several feet away from where it should be, needlessly.
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Here is my DIY AV stand made from 10 or so layers of 3/4" plywood.

It is hollow with an opening from the rear for cable management and it has recessed castor wheels keeping it 3/16" above the floor.


That is one of the most innovative DIY designs I've ever seen for a stand made of plywood....well done!

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That is one of the most innovative DIY designs I've ever seen for a stand made of plywood....well done!
Thanks, if you click the link in my signature you can find more pictures from the construction of it.

I was originally considering the threaded rod stands posted in this thread but then I also wanted the ability to hide all cables and power leads so this was what I ended up with.

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Thanks, if you click the link in my signature you can find more pictures from the construction of it.

I was originally considering the threaded rod stands posted in this thread but then I also wanted the ability to hide all cables and power leads so this was what I ended up with.
Having exceptional DIY skills is an invaluable asset, which you proved in spades. I looked through your entire build thread.....my hats off to you amigo. You are without a doubt, a top shelf professional!

Thank you for sharing!!
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I probably put a photo somewhere in here with my Thiel 2.7 speakers in play, but here are my new Joseph Audio Perspective speakers:








At some point I'll probably send them to Joseph Audio to upgrade the drivers to the new 'Graphene" version. But I'm in no hurry because as they are they sound superb. Super open, incredible imaging and soundstaging, open and super-grain free smooth high end, and really punchy, round, reach-out-and-feel-it bass that locks in the grooves.
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I probably put a photo somewhere in here with my Thiel 2.7 speakers in play, but here are my new Joseph Audio Perspective speakers:








At some point I'll probably send them to Joseph Audio to upgrade the drivers to the new 'Graphene" version. But I'm in no hurry because as they are they sound superb. Super open, incredible imaging and soundstaging, open and super-grain free smooth high end, and really punchy, round, reach-out-and-feel-it bass that locks in the grooves.


That couch is like the entire room!
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That couch is like the entire room!

Indeed, it spans the width of the room, plus the chaise section along the closer wall. Though the size looks exaggerated in the photo.


The room is also a projection-based home theater. The projector is hidden behind the sofa on a lift and it rises up automatically when we watch movies. The screen wall and L/C/R speakers (covered in black velvet so you can't see them against the black velvet surrounding the screen) is behind the Joseph speakers.


After looking everywhere for a sofa that would fulfill all my criteria I finally had the sofa custom made, and that was a great decision. I wanted as much seating as possible in the room. The sofa will fit 7 adults comfortably, 8 in a pinch. Very glad I made it that big as my place is usually packed for UFC nights and we need every bit of seating.


It was also carefully designed to have an extended seat length and ottomans with lots of support up to the shoulders for long viewing sessions. But to stop at shoulder height so as not to interfere with reflections when listening to my 2 channel system. The ottomans were designed to be exactly the right height so that sitting with feet out means your toes remain just below the bottom of the projection screen, so as not to interfere with the image. (I like as low a screen as possible, it's more immersive than looking up at one).


I say all that to make the point that sometimes going custom is the best way to get everything you need when re-envisioning a space. (And it was actually cheaper than many of the sofas I had been looking at).


The room was designed with the input of an acoustician, so there is strategic room treatment built in. I can control the reflectivity of the room to varying degrees via sliding curtains along any of the walls. It really helps me dial in the sound to my liking.
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I probably put a photo somewhere in here with my Thiel 2.7 speakers in play, but here are my new Joseph Audio Perspective speakers:








At some point I'll probably send them to Joseph Audio to upgrade the drivers to the new 'Graphene" version. But I'm in no hurry because as they are they sound superb. Super open, incredible imaging and soundstaging, open and super-grain free smooth high end, and really punchy, round, reach-out-and-feel-it bass that locks in the grooves.


Why are the speakers halfway into the room?


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Why are the speakers halfway into the room?

Short answer: That's where they sound best.



Longer answer: The photo exaggerates the sense of how close they are to the listening position. It also looks like they are further out than they are - they are about 4 feet out from the wall behind them.


The room used to be my 2 channel listening room up until 2010 when I renoed it to do home theater duty as well. The original listening sofa was on the wall that is now behind the Joseph speakers and my 2 channel speakers would be on the bay window side. I had plenty of flexibility to place all manner of speakers, big and small, in that set up. Usually they would end up well out from the back wall, much like above, and closer to me as it made for the smoothest most immersive sound.


To use the back wall for a projection screen I had to flip listening positions putting the sofa on the bay window side of the room. And I lined the screen wall with specially chosen L/C/R speakers for dedicated home theater duty (there are surround speakers too).


Soo...this did create a bit of an issue. If you look at the photo you'll see you are viewing through the wide room entrance in to the room. This means that 2 channel speakers will necessarily start blocking the room entrance if placed much further away than they are from the listening position. I both can't put them in to the screen wall corners, because they won't sound good and there are home theater speakers there anyway.


Therefore....they gotta go where I can put them, within a fairly limited range near the sofa.


Fortunately I had the room designed with an acoustician so it's a GREAT sounding room. Also, fortunately, the wide entrance-way allows bass to not overload the room. Also fortunately most speakers that I like tend to sound best to my ears when I'm about 7 feet or so from them, widely spaced. And that's exactly where those speakers are - about between 7 to 7 1/2 feet from the listening position widely spaced, exactly where I'd like them to be. And they sound optimized - beautifully even and controlled from top to bottom, smooth, immersive. The same goes for every speaker I've placed there (which is many, at this point, both stand mounted and floor standing).





So it's all worked out very well, amazingly enough given all the things I tried to juggle in that room, speakers end up where they actually sound best in the room.


I'd say most audiophile speakers actually benefit from a position like the one I use - that is well out from the back wall - unless they are designed to work close to a room boundary.



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BTW, I should add this detail just in case it's of use to someone in a similar situation.


The right speaker as you can see is close to a fireplace which has reflective tile. Not good particularly for the high frequencies. Left bare the system sounds very good, very open and airy, but a tad unbalanced (brighter to the fireplace side). So, long ago I had a nice brown, thick velvet cover made which hooks on to that fireplace and covers the tile. It does a seemingly perfect job of getting rid of that brighter reflective signature and the whole system sounds balanced.


One of the best things I did for this room (again...another suggestion maybe others can use) was to install curtain track along the top of every wall, with curtains gathered in the corners. This way I can pull curtains full across the walls to totally kill light reflections for watching my projector. But also I can place the curtains wherever I want at reflection points to the side or back or wherever, and bunch them narrower, or have them wider, depending on how live I want the side walls to be. It really helps dial in the sound to personal taste.


The most "live in the room sound" is with the walls uncovered. The most intimate "hear precise instrumental timbre" and sophisticated sound with most precise imaging comes from covering up more of the wall. But can get too dead if I go to far. So I usually dial in a sort of in-between sound.
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What’s behind the tv with lighting going up the sides? Does it run all the way to the floor, or just from the top of the shelves?


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At one point there was a fireplace there and the hearth went up to the ceiling. The fireplace was removed, the hearth was crumbling so it was removed, and it is now thin sheets of a plywood, with some accent lighting. It goes all the way down. And up.




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I probably put a photo somewhere in here with my Thiel 2.7 speakers in play, but here are my new Joseph Audio Perspective speakers:


At some point I'll probably send them to Joseph Audio to upgrade the drivers to the new 'Graphene" version. But I'm in no hurry because as they are they sound superb. Super open, incredible imaging and soundstaging, open and super-grain free smooth high end, and really punchy, round, reach-out-and-feel-it bass that locks in the grooves.
I am so intrigued by those Joseph Audio Perspectives, yours look SO nice!

In the future (maybe 7 to 10 years from now) I'll have to downsize to a smaller space and will be exploring to find the right speakers for my ears, in THAT space. (It will be a smaller apartment in the same home.)

The Joseph Audio Pulsar Graphene has caught my attention. While of course they are great now as compared to others on the market, things could be different in 7 to 10 years. What I love is that Joseph Audio makes available upgrades to many of their speakers, when it's just a matter of drivers and crossovers. Almost every other maker prefers to sell you a whole new loudspeaker system.

It bothers me that nowhere on their website do they list dealers. Are they direct only?

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I am so intrigued by those Joseph Audio Perspectives, yours look SO nice!

In the future (maybe 7 to 10 years from now) I'll have to downsize to a smaller space and will be exploring to find the right speakers for my ears, in THAT space. (It will be a smaller apartment in the same home.)

The Joseph Audio Pulsar Graphene has caught my attention. While of course they are great now as compared to others on the market, things could be different in 7 to 10 years. What I love is that Joseph Audio makes available upgrades to many of their speakers, when it's just a matter of drivers and crossovers. Almost every other maker prefers to sell you a whole new loudspeaker system.

It bothers me that nowhere on their website do they list dealers. Are they direct only?

During a long speaker search I compared the Joseph speakers to a wide variety of speakers...everything from Magico, to Focal, to Monitor Audio, Harbeth, Raidho, Devore Fidelity, you name it. The Josephs just had a magic way with tone and a combination of brilliant sparkling high end with a purity and smoothness, and a richness in the mids on down, that was entrancing. They have proved to be boogie-machines as well, once I got them home. It's ridiculous how large these speakers can sound for their slim size. And they are the best looking/finished speaker I have encountered, as wonderful to look at as to listen to. (And that's really important to me as I'll be looking at the speakers for long periods and speakers become new furniture in a room - in fact even though I live in a house with beautiful wood everywhere, the Josephs finish is so fantastic they became the nicest piece of furniture in the house, making me think I should upgrade the wood trim around the place).


BTW, if you really want to go down a rabbit hole, I produced a long thread on audiogon detailing the various speakers I auditioned and my impressions (Joseph, Devore, Magico, Proac, Harbeth, Spendor, Raidho, JMR and many more):


https://forum.audiogon.com/discussio...tion-report-of


As to Joseph dealers...yeah that's been an occasional bone of contention for some people. I still don't know why Joseph seems to make it a bit hard to know where to buy the speakers! In any case, there seem to be numerous good dealers who sell Joseph. I bought mine from a very experienced, friendly and reliable audio dealer, one of the best in Toronto, and things went great. I also had fairly extensive communication with Jeff Joseph as I actually got interested in the Perspectives a couple years ago. Jeff answered my many questions, and even worked with me on the idea of a custom finish if I wanted one (or changing the finish on whatever Joseph speaker I bought, even if second-hand).


So I would not be put off the company itself by the lack of detail about dealers. They have plenty in North America.
But I thought I also heard you can buy direct from Joseph if you have a lack of local dealers. Could be wrong. I presume an email to the company will clear that up.


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During a long speaker search I compared the Joseph speakers to a wide variety of speakers...everything from Magico, to Focal, to Monitor Audio, Harbeth, Raidho, Devore Fidelity, you name it. The Josephs just had a magic way with tone and a combination of brilliant sparkling high end with a purity and smoothness, and a richness in the mids on down, that was entrancing. They have proved to be boogie-machines as well, once I got them home. It's ridiculous how large these speakers can sound for their slim size. And they are the best looking/finished speaker I have encountered, as wonderful to look at as to listen to. (And that's really important to me as I'll be looking at the speakers for long periods and speakers become new furniture in a room - in fact even though I live in a house with beautiful wood everywhere, the Josephs finish is so fantastic they became the nicest piece of furniture in the house, making me think I should upgrade the wood trim around the place).


BTW, if you really want to go down a rabbit hole, I produced a long thread on audiogon detailing the various speakers I auditioned and my impressions (Joseph, Devore, Magico, Proac, Harbeth, Spendor, Raidho, JMR and many more):


https://forum.audiogon.com/discussio...tion-report-of


As to Joseph dealers...yeah that's been an occasional bone of contention for some people. I still don't know why Joseph seems to make it a bit hard to know where to buy the speakers! In any case, there seem to be numerous good dealers who sell Joseph. I bought mine from a very experienced, friendly and reliable audio dealer, one of the best in Toronto, and things went great. I also had fairly extensive communication with Jeff Joseph as I actually got interested in the Perspectives a couple years ago. Jeff answered my many questions, and even worked with me on the idea of a custom finish if I wanted one (or changing the finish on whatever Joseph speaker I bought, even if second-hand).

So I would not be put off the company itself by the lack of detail about dealers. They have plenty in North America.
But I thought I also heard you can buy direct from Joseph if you have a lack of local dealers. Could be wrong. I presume an email to the company will clear that up.

Cheers!
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During a long speaker search I compared the Joseph speakers to a wide variety of speakers...everything from Magico, to Focal, to Monitor Audio, Harbeth, Raidho, Devore Fidelity, you name it. The Josephs just had a magic way with tone and a combination of brilliant sparkling high end with a purity and smoothness, and a richness in the mids on down, that was entrancing.

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I had read through that on Audiogon recently, and was impressed. I had no idea that was you!

I did send an e-mail via their website earlier this morning and almost immediately got a reply directly from Jeff Joseph. There's a dealer 40 minutes/25 miles from me.

Thanks for writing that up, it was GREAT!!
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I hope you get to meet Mr. Joseph. At a Stereophile show in the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan many tears ago, my wife and I found him to be a gentleman with a wry sense of humor. I wonder if he still places M&M candies on top of his loudspeakers to "improve" their sound quality. A funny guy who knows how to create seriously great loudspeakers.

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Those Joseph speakers are Purdy!!! Man they look nice.

Do the reflections off the cabinets bother you while watching video content? Curious.
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I probably put a photo somewhere in here with my Thiel 2.7 speakers in play,
I remember those. I'm curious, having owned them have you ever been tempted to try tilting the Josephs back a few degrees, say by placing bottle caps or coins under the front feet, to see if he whole "driver phase re-alignment" thing changes the sound? I know I would.
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