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Spent some time today running new Audioquest Mackenzie XLRs from my DAC to monitors on my desk nearfield setup. Nice upgrade in sound quality compared to the previous cheap RCA cables I was using. Had to go with 3M length to snake it through the desk and hide the wires. Well worth my time, the little system sounds and looks killer.
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Today, I picked up the last of the supplies I need to make a new set of speaker cables. I've had this planned for quite some time now but have been procrastinating.

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Today, I picked up the last of the supplies I need to make a new set of speaker cables. I've had this planned for quite some time now but have been procrastinating.

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Setup the LSX in the bedroom for a simple 2 channel system. I was pretty surprised how good these little speakers sound. Airplay 2 compatible so they connect wirelessly to the Apple TV and I can use the Apple TV remote to control the volume and even see the volume level on the TV. Pretty slick. Also working great as Roon endpoint. Might add sub later as they do have a sub out but so far really impressed with their sound for the money and the clean, uncluttered look they give the bedroom setup.

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Imagine how much better they would sound if they were pulled to the front of the cabinet to eliminate the reflections from the cabinet surface. Not trying to be an As*, just try it. 😀
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Nah, then I gotta stare at power cables. It's a bedroom after all. Good thing is that the KEF app has EQ settings for exactly this reason. It allows you to tell the app where the speaker is placed and how far it is from the rear wall and front edge of a desk.
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Nah, then I gotta stare at power cables. It's a bedroom after all. Good thing is that the KEF app has EQ settings for exactly this reason. It allows you to tell the app where the speaker is placed and how far it is from the rear wall and front edge of a desk.
Perhaps get the matching desktop stands for them and just get something "damping" out on the surface in front of them? That's something you could try for "more critical listening" and then remove for all other times.

BTW, I assume you learned that Airplay 2 is the one input signal that powers them up from standby without grabbing the remote or walking over to them. Lastly, you might be very impressed with a KEF Kube 10b sub. It also has a 3-position switch to choose a DSP setting, and they are surprisingly musical. I like mine better than my SVS SB2000 for music.

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I needed something to move my modest collection of LP's (only about 150-160 at this point) from my living room where my turntable was for 35 years, to my office where it lives now. Also on the feature list was to store them in a way that I could browse by looking at the album cover rather than turning my head sideways to look at the edges. Looking that way and pulling them in & out was excess wear, and made harder with albums in plastic sleeves.

Found one style on the internet that did what I wanted and was affordable at about $300, but it was plastic laminated particle board and I want none of that in my home anymore. Also don't want the edges of plywood showing layers, and a good quality look of near-furniture. I sent my son the link for the purchased one and asked if he'd take on making one in his woodworking shop. He'd never built anything like furniture, just simple shelves, birdhouses, and decorations. Somehow on one of his woodworking forums he found plans for one made from a single sheet of 3/4" thick 4'x8' MDF or plywood.

My choice was to buy finished birch plywood as it's readily available and reasonable cost. Added in matching edge banding (from Oakwood Veneer), some light oak stain, semi-gloss polyurethane, and he bought a "hidden screw" jig that can put wood screws at an angle to make them easy to hide, and very strong. Now just waiting on a set of 4 casters I bought, two straight, two swivel with locks. I should have it home this weekend.
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Very nice storage solution. I like the “record store” type storage as you say it is easier on the album covers.
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Perhaps get the matching desktop stands for them and just get something "damping" out on the surface in front of them? That's something you could try for "more critical listening" and then remove for all other times.

BTW, I assume you learned that Airplay 2 is the one input signal that powers them up from standby without grabbing the remote or walking over to them. Lastly, you might be very impressed with a KEF Kube 10b sub. It also has a 3-position switch to choose a DSP setting, and they are surprisingly musical. I like mine better than my SVS SB2000 for music.
Yeah I was looking at those matching desktop stands. They tilt the speakers about 10 degrees back so I think they are more meant for nearfield, desktop listening. Yeah both Airplay and Roon actually wake them from standby, so I can completely bypass the KEF remote which is nice. I may not even need a sub in there. Watched a movie last night and plenty of bass. This was supposed to be one and done type simple little background setup not another money pit...
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Yeah I was looking at those matching desktop stands. They tilt the speakers about 10 degrees back so I think they are more meant for nearfield, desktop listening. Yeah both Airplay and Roon actually wake them from standby, so I can completely bypass the KEF remote which is nice. I may not even need a sub in there. Watched a movie last night and plenty of bass. This was supposed to be one and done type simple little background setup not another money pit...
If you're satisfied, that's all that matters! I know you have other systems with much more profound bass, so your call.

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Haven't posted on here in quite awhile - my system had been pretty much set for years, and no complaints.

I just "inherited" my Dad's box of old vinyl - fortunately in a good way, because his TT finally died (not him!) and he doesn't want to bother anymore.

So last week - took the plunge and ordered a U-Turn Orbit Custom w/ Ortofon Blue. Haven't even taken delivery yet...will report back once I do. Also pulled out my old box of vinyl which I haven't looked at in years - and joined Discogs. Not going to be a collector, but interesting to see a relative value for a bunch of old stuff.
My Dad has mostly jazz - Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and some more obscure (at least to me) - Ahmad Jamal, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus...

Mine are almost 100% 70's classic rock from Columbia House - lots of Zep, Stones, Styx, Eagles, Queen, Who, F Mac, etc etc.

Look forward to playing some vinyl in ~2 weeks.
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Been moving stuff around the last few days so thought I’d throw up a few pics of various setups that have come into play for a time since my last posts.





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What Did You Do Today in the World of 2-Channel Audio?







Will be changing to new stand mounts from these towers and playing with speaker placement while I wait on two HSU ULS-15 subwoofers.



Current 2.2 music setup with furniture deletes.
Next planned upgrades are two Outlaw 2220 mono-blocks.


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Spent about 2-1/2 days ripping everything out of my office, stripping the walls, fixing all the defects, washing it down, painting walls, (3) doors, and trim, and reassembling in a little different and better way. The result, as seen this morning. A few other details taken care of today.

Yes, of course my 2.1 channel system sounds better! I worked my ass off, it must!
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Installed a new set of headshell wires. Went from stock wires to AT 6101 PCOCC wires. They sound good hard to tell if there was a real improvement, but certainly not disappointed.

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Spent about 2-1/2 days ripping everything out of my office, stripping the walls, fixing all the defects, washing it down, painting walls, (3) doors, and trim, and reassembling in a little different and better way. The result, as seen this morning. A few other details taken care of today.

Yes, of course my 2.1 channel system sounds better! I worked my ass off, it must!

Nice record cabinet!
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Hooked up my new Schiit Modi 3 DAC (Optical from computer to DAC) and Monoprice Monolith MM-3 Speakers (RCA from DAC to speakers) to my desktop computer.



Pretty sweet little setup. I got the white speakers, which now match my monitor and computer case.
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Nice record cabinet!
Thank you! I described what I wanted to my son who has a woodworking shop at his home. He found plans for one on one of his woodworking forums and when he texted me the plans, I recognized immediately that it came from Audiokarma where I'm a member and had searched for one.

I bought the materials, birch plywood and matching edge-banding, light oak stain, polyurethane and casters. He did such a fine job!
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Got my new JTR speakers super dialed in over the last couple weeks and I couldnt be happier with the amazingly clear and hyper real dynamic sound out of JTR 212HT speakers. They are each getting 200 watts from a Monolith X7. Listening to the Sheffield Drum album sounds extremely realistic. Im a musician and drummer too. These are fantastic
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I finally took the plunge and got my Ortofon 2M Blue stylus to replace the 2M Red.
I was a little skeptical at first, I tried to read as much as I could on the Red to Blue conversion. At some point I was looking at completely different cartridges, thinking the Ortofon upgrade was maybe going to be marginal.

Im just about one hour in (not broken in yet) with the new Blue and I can tell you it does make a big difference. A lot more detail and a more well rounded presence. Bass and mids come together nicely. Very happy for now.

Chet Baker's trumpet is as sweet as ever, I can feel Bill Evans' fingertip on the keys and Steve Bowman's drums magically appeared in my living room.
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I have been using universal player for CDs. I just ordered a Marantz CD5005 dedicated CD player and some World's Best Audio cables.

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I finished my Linkwitz LXMinis and got Amazon Music HD and MusicBee to send wirelessly to them from my laptop using DTS Play-Fi to a Paradigm PW Link hooked to a MiniDSP 2x4 HD acting as an active crossover into two cheap stereo Chinese Douk Audio amps, each channel connected to its own driver. Next step is to hook the PW Link up to Alexa streaming Amazon Music HD for a totally voice-controlled system. I don't have the LXMinis set up in their final location, and really won't have a good location until I build a new house with a media room, hopefully starting in about 9 months if this virus cooperates. Here is what one of them looks like.
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Ordered a Nagaoka MP-200 cartridge and some minimum length Worlds Best Cables for the short length to the phono preamp then to the the AVR.

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Yeah I was looking at those matching desktop stands. They tilt the speakers about 10 degrees back so I think they are more meant for nearfield, desktop listening. Yeah both Airplay and Roon actually wake them from standby, so I can completely bypass the KEF remote which is nice. I may not even need a sub in there. Watched a movie last night and plenty of bass. This was supposed to be one and done type simple little background setup not another money pit...
FYI, you probably already know this but IsoAcoustics makes some nice little isolation stands that decouple the speakers and you can angle them however you like (or keep them flat).

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Upgraded my desktop setup with a pair of LS50s to replace the Q150s (took advantage of the sale). I had a pair of LS50s a few years back and alway regretted selling them (it was a necessity at the time, ). I'm more of a music head than a gear head and these speakers really put a smile on my face.
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I spent some time with an equalizer, trying to tame the shrill high frequencies on needle drops made for me by a service. It was my first time hearing these albums for >15 yr -- I haven't had a turntable -- and the LPs are out of print and never were released on CD.

The service did a great job otherwise: the sound is undistorted and noise free. They obviously cleaned the LPs well. But I can't imagine what system they are listening on that didn't reveal the steely violin tone, overbright harpsichord, and highly exaggerated vocal sibilance.

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Haven't posted on here in quite awhile - my system had been pretty much set for years, and no complaints.

I just "inherited" my Dad's box of old vinyl - fortunately in a good way, because his TT finally died (not him!) and he doesn't want to bother anymore.

So last week - took the plunge and ordered a U-Turn Orbit Custom w/ Ortofon Blue. Haven't even taken delivery yet...will report back once I do. Also pulled out my old box of vinyl which I haven't looked at in years - and joined Discogs. Not going to be a collector, but interesting to see a relative value for a bunch of old stuff.
My Dad has mostly jazz - Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and some more obscure (at least to me) - Ahmad Jamal, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus...

Mine are almost 100% 70's classic rock from Columbia House - lots of Zep, Stones, Styx, Eagles, Queen, Who, F Mac, etc etc.

Look forward to playing some vinyl in ~2 weeks.
It finally arrived...took 6+ weeks due to U-Turn having to shut down for a few weeks.

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Bought an LP on discogs. (Which was a regular thing for me up until the pandemic).


There was a feeling of normalcy about just doing that, within the life-changing circumstances we've been in.
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Just set up a new Nagaoka MP-200 cartridge on my TT. Wow what a great sound. I bought some new LPs to spin including Elvis 24 Karat Hits! 45 RPM. Sounds fantastic. Also bought a Miles Davis “audiophile” album that is pure junk. Side 1 is noisy as heck and side 2 won’t even start playing from the Lead in groove. When I cue it to the middle of the first track it isn’t even music!

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