audiophiles...

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    Apr 06, 2010 2:55 AM GMT
    anyone else into pure sound? running Martin Logan Summit X with dual grotto subs and viper cables

    electrostatic speakers rock,
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    Apr 06, 2010 5:40 AM GMT
    Expensive hobby. Plus my ears are pretty jacked up from attending so many concerts back in the days. So consumer grade components are fine for me. But audiophile gear is so pretty. If I had the money, I would consider buying just for the aesthetics. icon_cool.gif

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    Apr 06, 2010 12:08 PM GMT
    My god some of the equipment is so damn sexy....Whats even more incredible is the pure sound, not being a snob but once you listen to a serious system and then listen to something like a Bose system you'll understand...Bose actually makes my ears hurt lol, they tend to be too metalic and cold, I don't like loud music, with my system, even at very low volume you feel the the sound and it fills the room, yet you can easily talk.

    Electrostatic speakers are pure art and function, the tall membrane is actually the most amazing part, you can see thru it, yet it produces the most subtle sound

    What suxs is with my recent breakup, my ex got the Elite equipment and I got the speakers

    and yes it can be a very expensive hobby, have a friend who spent 10k on just a tonearm for his turntable, whats odd is that digital sound from CD players when compared to analog sound on a highend turntable is night and day, records win everytime

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    Apr 06, 2010 1:13 PM GMT
    Everything sounds better on a Bose.

    Oh and I composed the music in the video on my profile (keyboard workstation/synth).

    http://www.myspace.com/paulbflyin for more of it.

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    Apr 06, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Yes, I have McIntosh C28 pre-amp, 2100 amp, and ML-1C speakers that I purchased in 1971. They've required no service and still sound excellent. I should probably get the amp and pre-amp re-capped and the surrounds on the speakers replaced but the nearest Mc service is 150 miles away. Also have Soundcraftsman tuner, Sony CD player, Sony TT and Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette.
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    When I said consumer grade, I didn't mean Bose. I don't like the way they sound either, even with my bad ears. icon_lol.gif

    I think I'd be happy with Sony ES, Onkyo, Pioneer Elite, etc. I'm undecided on speakers. Maybe JBL or Polk. But those electrostatic speaker are really nice.
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    Apr 07, 2010 12:25 PM GMT
    When friends would come over, I'd get "the 80's called and they want the giant speakers back" lol....mainly due to the size, my ML's are about 5 foot tall
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    Apr 07, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    Still running my Crown D150, IC150, and OC150 with JBL Studio Monitors, then added Infiniti bookshelf speakers for second speaker set. Phono is B&O from late 70s and cassette deck is Yamaha angled face semi-portable unit. Have a Teac backup from 1971. All sounds lovely.

    The AKAI reel-to-reel from the 60s still works too, but needs to be cleaned and lubed....good rules for life!icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 07, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    I bought some high-ish end audio equipment a long time ago... a tube preamp and a hybrid amp. The preamp had a very noticeable background hiss, and the amp's thermal protection would shut it down if I cranked up the volume, even with muffin fans blowing directly on the heatsinks. I got rid of them. The stereo in the living room, which I also use for the TV sound, is now an Adcom preamp, Adcom amp, Mirage tower satellites, and a 15" Velodyne powered subwoofer. It's not the absolute best, but it's far from being the worst.
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    Apr 07, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    Many years ago, had a set of JBL 4312 studio monitors with Klipsch Heresy sub, still remember the JBL's and wish I'd never gotten rid of them...this was 25 years ago, thought I was upgrading when I went with Bose 401's...argh.......Was dating a guy at the time who had a set of Infinity reference standards 1's, my god they were the size of a refrigerator and cost more than a new BMW but the sound, unlike anything you've ever experienced, but from that point I was hooked
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    Apr 07, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    I worked in commercial broadcasting 11 years. Loved the JBL studio monitors. I had 2 by 2 at home: Pioneer 4-ways, and Kenwood 3 ways. 'bout got evicted several times over them. There's a certain depth of sound from the old, bigger, speakers, that just power and small speakers, doesn't replace.

    Tubes had a nice timbre, but, were alas, hot and power hungry. I haven't listened to anything on tubes in a lot of years now.

    The headphones nowadays are amazing.
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    Apr 07, 2010 1:51 PM GMT
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  • Menergy_1

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    Apr 08, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    I admire those Martin Logan ES speakers a lot!

    My 2-channel main system is incredible, too (so says everyone who listens for a bit!):

    Bi-amped dipolar Carver Amazing Loudspeakers from the 90's standing about 5' 6" tall and about 36" wide at the base, but only about 5" deep, modified with external crossovers and Rane equalizers and 4 tube-like sound solid state amps (with a 575-1200w monoblock Carver Silver 9t amplifier for each speaker's 60" full-range ribbon and a Silver 7t 575-1200w monoblock for each bank of 4 12" woofers), a Sunfire Classic Tube Preamp, a hybrid solid state/tube output CD player (Carver S/DA490t), Carver Sonic Hologram C-9 generator, a BBE Sonic Maximizer circuit, Dual CS 5000 turntable w/ Shure V-15 Type V-MR cartridge, Sony ES DAT deck, Sony ES tuner, Carver SD/A 390t tube output CD carousel, and a TEAC 4-channel reel to reel tape deck.

    Set up carefully, adjusted for room acoustics, etc. - these are simply outstanding and will play ANYTHING and any kind of music with lots of "air" around instruments, fantastic sound stage and presence, don't need no subwoofer -- there are 8 12" woofers pumping bass you can feel in your bones when needed, and a 3 dimensional sound spreading way beyond the edges of the actual speakers. The ribbons are incredible and are much like the electrostatics in playback.

    I bought 4 back-up woofers and surrounds recently from the speaker manufacturer just in case the foam surrounds or the planar surfaces or the cones ever go -- crossing my fingers that won't happen ever!

    I'm a classical music/opera fan, but love club music, jazz, the Beatles, middle-eastern, flamenco, vocals, dance mixes, piano, new age, you name it. And this system puts out like no other I've auditioned. No, it's not been inexpensive, but well worth the costs IMO! One can truly lose himself in the sound and close out the rest of the world for a while.
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    May 12, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    hear ya on that...no pun intended.....with the dual grotto subs and martins, you feel the music at even the lowest levels, not much of a blast the volume untill you ears bleed, just pure sound, it's a true pleasure and if you've never experienced it, it'll take your breath away as you get lost in the sound
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    May 12, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    Anyone have personal experience listening to the Beats By Dre line of equipment (specifically the over-ear noise cancelling headphones)?
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    May 12, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    I think those Beats products are all hype. You're better off spending your money on a pair of Sennheiser headphones.
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    May 12, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    I have a tube amp made by HTC... Haven't use it in a while. I wonder if the tubes are still working. Should try it out this weekend!!!