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12 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

 

I know you didnt ask, but i feel like I’ve missed a week of my life and CA with my head buried in a laptop. 

 

I’ve narrowed down my speaker options to a handful of items. This thread really got me thinking about two systems. One that’s traditional and one that takes advantage of computer audio to the max (per prof. @wgscott‘s comments). 

 

I hope to have more to reveal soon. 

 

P.S. I’m moving my listening room to another part of the house as well. Much to discuss very soon. 

 

 

 

Not even going to ask why this required two separate and unexpected rush departures.  At least the food is good in NY so you didn't completely lose a week off your life.

 

Having no idea what lies in your review queue or likely to be preempted workload.  How viable is this two system idea?  Forgive me if I envision doubling any commitment involved hereabouts.   

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Wendell is here in Boca Raton today with his 30.7 Maggies.  I'm going to listen to them at my local audio shop.  I'd need a new house to accommodate them.


NUC7PJYH/AL --> Berkeley Alpha USB --> Jeff Rowland Aeris --> Jeff Rowland 625 S2 --> Focal Utopia 3 Diablos with 2 x Focal Electra SW 1000 BE subs

 

i7-6700K/Windows 10/HDPLEX 200W/HDPLEX 400W DC-ATX --> ISO REGEN/LPS-1.2 --> iFi iDSD Micro --> Focal CMS50's 

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why not just set them up on the side of your swim pool?


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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While I'm a bit biased towards the Magico brand and as much as I love mine I don't think I would choose them if I were a full time reviewer unless I took an oath before hand to never review Class D amps with them.

 

IME, its a combo much like Oil and Water. My S3's all but refuse to play well with any of the Class D Amps I have tried with them (All Hypex Flavors). I suspect they are too difficult a load and their Elliptical Crossovers do some funky stuff to Class D amps.

 

On the other hand, if I knew Class D was never going to be in the picture as far as Amps go I would grab a pair of Magico S7's  in a heartbeat. This is the route I would go because I know I'm done with Class D Amps.

 

5 Non-Magico or Vivid favorites of mine in no particular order are:

 

1. Revel Ultima Salon II

2. Sony SS-AR1

3. Wilson Alexia II

4. KEF Blade I

5. YG Acoustics - Any of them

 

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Here you go, Chris.  I can't imagine the price on these babies!  Listen to them at RMAF.  Another beauty from Denmark.

http://hifipig.com/us-first-for-raidho-acoustic-td-4-8/#more-44997

 


NUC7PJYH/AL --> Berkeley Alpha USB --> Jeff Rowland Aeris --> Jeff Rowland 625 S2 --> Focal Utopia 3 Diablos with 2 x Focal Electra SW 1000 BE subs

 

i7-6700K/Windows 10/HDPLEX 200W/HDPLEX 400W DC-ATX --> ISO REGEN/LPS-1.2 --> iFi iDSD Micro --> Focal CMS50's 

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26 minutes ago, rickca said:

Here you go, Chris.  I can't imagine the price on these babies!  Listen to them at RMAF.  Another beauty from Denmark.

http://hifipig.com/us-first-for-raidho-acoustic-td-4-8/#more-44997

 

I’ll definitely listen to those ?


Founder of Audiophile Style and Superphonica

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On 8/21/2018 at 11:10 PM, The Computer Audiophile said:

 

 

P.S. I’m moving my listening room to another part of the house as well. Much to discuss very soon. 

 

 

Good call Chris, your room seemed nearly hopeless in the long term. Basements being concrete tubs always seem to have issues unless they are quite large. I haven't a clue about the rest of your home, but I suggest a bespoke addition if you can swing it. There are construction techniques that can really help.

 

Yeah, I know, but a man has to dream too...


Forrest:

Win10 i7 3770k HQPlayer>Win10 NAA

DSD512>Pavel's DSC2.6>Bent Audio TAP>

Parasound JC1>Quad ESL63/Tannoy PS350B subs<100Hz

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Go either ATCs, Harbeth or Spendor. I very much like the ATCs, the SCM40s in particular! I recently heard the Spendor SP100R2 speakers at a local dealer and they were just spectacular! But very pricey! I am also getting interested in the Harbeth Super HL5plus. The ATCs Sound a little lean at low volumes, while neither of the Spendors and Harbeth do.

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1 hour ago, SlimPickins said:

Chris,

While you are searching for your next transducing amore,  I suggest calling Tekton and requesting a pair Double Impacts for review.  Pearl Jam will sound bitchin'.

Temporary, of course.  Not suggesting the DI's will be your new reference.

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After suggesting Chris create a sub-basement appeared to stir something.  I'm starting to get curious what this change is.  The ease with which he appears to have gained WAF is most mysterious of all.  Server updates are apparently happening on the East coast so it can't hardly be a dual purpose off site work facility. 

 

Did you buy an old bank building, @The Computer Audiophile?

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1 minute ago, rando said:

After suggesting Chris create a sub-basement appeared to stir something.  I'm starting to get curious what this change is.  The ease with which he appears to have gained WAF is most mysterious of all.  Server updates are apparently happening on the East coast so it can't hardly be a dual purpose off site work facility. 

 

Did you buy an old bank building, @The Computer Audiophile?

I wish :~)

 

Much more to come. 


Founder of Audiophile Style and Superphonica

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2 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

I wish :~)

 

Much more to come. 

Ha Ha Ha,

You asked for all this Chris.......?


"The gullibility of audiophiles is what astonishes me the most, even after all these years. How is it possible, how did it ever happen, that they trust fairy-tale purveyors and mystic gurus more than reliable sources of scientific information?"

Peter Aczel - The Audio Critic

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On 8/21/2018 at 11:10 PM, The Computer Audiophile said:

 

The last week has been crazy to say the least. I flew out to NYC twice (unplanned both times) to help an audio dealer at an install. Another guy setup a terrible network that couldn’t even stream audio and caused the dealer’s network based audio products to fail all testing. Yesterday i had the network running 5 streams of 4K video over the internet and 3 streams of 24/192 audio simultaneously without breaking a sweat. Flew home this afternoon. 

 

On 8/21/2018 at 11:10 PM, The Computer Audiophile said:

 

 

It may have been mildly surprising five years ago but for a high end dealer not to have a great network and a solid understanding of networked A/V today is inexcusable.  


David

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Don’t think I’ve seen any Vienna Acoustic recommendations so here you go..

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/vienna-acoustics-the-music-floorstanding-loudspeaker/

 

Way more than a pretty face (but they are DEFINATELY that too) I’ve heard these on multiple occasions and fallen in love time after time. The impact can be stunning and I’m not talking bombastic fireworks but the projection of voice and instruments.  A bargain.  


David

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