OK, so I jumped straight into the deep end!
I got a pair of Genelec 8260s last Wednesday.
I have a 2 weeks full refund on them, so the speakers in my living room are actually loaners.
They'll order min as soon as I say go.
My listening room is small, relatively bare and untreated -so far.
The whole building will have all outer walls replaced next year, so I'm not about to add a lot of treatment until after that.
They sounded quite good off the bat, but bass heavy and a little muddy.
All to be expected due to the room.
Friday I picked up the GLM calibrated microphone and room compensation package.
Connection and first calibration took, well a few minutes.
It seems that I have 12-15dB gain in the 20-80hz area.
WOW, I mean WOW. Everything cleared up after calibration.
I am still trying to get to terms with the sound.
First I was somewhat disappointed - I mean - Is that all you get for all that money?
It just sounds like - well it sounds sort of like a live concert in a well treated room.
And I easily play way too loud, as everything is so clear and clean.
I have heard quite a few top systems over the last year, but none like this.
They all disappointed me. Or rather: their performance in a real life room was disapointing.
More room treatment and some DSP would have brought them up to par.
My current system:
USD 3.000 Weiss AFI-1 Firewire -> AES/EBU with internal precision clock
USD 11.000 2 x Genelec 8260A 3 way monitors
USD 1.000 GLM Genelec Loudspeaker Management system
USD 15.000 Total system ex. computer
I love this, and I am going to expand it to at least a 5.1 setup.
This system will adapt to where ever I put it, deliver great sound in any room and audiophile sound ind improved rooms.
The 8260As will even do internal A/D if it is needed.
This is however still on my to do list.
Remember to compare total system costs!
This is what the system actually contains:
- Weiss re-clocking/jitter reduction with firewire input
- Calibrated mic for room response measurement
- Pro soundcard for calibration
- Digital loudspeaker cable in robust 24/192 AES/EBU
- Digital x-over 6 channels
- DSP for room correction and attenuation 6 channel
- 2 x 120W Amp and 3/4" treble
- 2 x 120W Amp and 5" midrange
- 2 x 150W Amp and 10" bass
- Treble and midrange in coaxial unit for seamless x-over
And the most important part: Great Sound ;-)
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