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ShawnC

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  1. As all Iron Maiden fans know, they hide all sorts stuff on their front and back covers. They have the famous skeleton named Eddie, the guy you see everywhere, and a variety of repeating symbols and figures. The most sought out cover is the Somewhere in TIme album cover, here's a link to some hidden meanings. https://www.iheart.com/content/2017-09-28-32-hidden-references-on-iron-maidens-somewhere-in-time-cover/
  2. This is a quick blog about my newest setup do to a medical condition I'm currently going through. I'm not going to go deep into a review just an oversight of what I've been up to since last year. Last summer I turned over my somewhat older audio system of a Bel Canto 2.7 DAC, Emotiva XPA-2 Gen2 amp and Goldenear Triton 5 speakers and a REL 328 Subwoofer to a new system. Over the course of a few months I went from a PS Audio DSD JR DAC to a SR DAC, a pair of PS Audio Stellar M700 mono amps to the BHK 250 Stereo amp and settled on a smaller but heavy pair of Legacy Audio Calibre bookshelf speakers. During this time I had a medical condition knock me on my ass. Some sort of inner ear infection is the cause but there's been no exact diagnosis of what I have. I lost all balance control and had/have problems with my head. Conditions vary from dizziness to sound level sensitivity. So a very poor way to evaluate my system as I was going through this process. Over the course of 5 months I upgraded the DAC, then the amps, then the cables all to no avail. I felt I was missing some high end treble or fullness to the sound. Was it my choice of components or maybe my poor health condition wasn't allowing me to hear things properly. I was getting very frustrated with my hearing and life in general. The doctors told me it usually takes from 3-8 weeks for things to improve. In my case It's been 6 months and I feel it'll be a year or more to fully recover. Under the doctors recommendation I do some head movement exercises which helps and I started working out after the New Year using a treadmill and weights to stimulate the brain-ear connection. This seems to be accelerating things a bit. I tell people that I get 1% better every week. So It's been a long haul but I am better than day 1 when it occurred. So as some medical bills piled up that are not covered under my insurance, I thought maybe I should just sell off all my equipment and start over again or just get out of the game. Well, out of the game ain't an option, so I thought, how about I simplify things with an all in one solution of some sort. So I researched and listened to several systems from all in one components and separate speakers to all in one powered speakers. All options have their pluses and minuses but I decided on the cheaper side of things and go all in on the KEF LS50W speaker. I would have loved to buy the Dutch and Dutch 8C or the Kii Three's but these are a little out of my price range. To my surprise these speakers after properly being set up brought out almost everything I was complaining about in my previous system. The highs are crystal clear, the mids are well rounded and defined, and the lows are fat and taught. With my REl sub rounding out the sub-bass portion of the speakers, I've been enjoying every waking moment listening to these speakers sing. Sure they don't have the gut punch of a floor standing speaker but for the size of these powered speakers they deliver exceptional sound. I highly recommend this speaker line to anyone looking into an all in one speaker solution. I chose the Nocturne model for that bit of pizzazz that the graphic design adds. The speaker designs glow in the dark but my basement listening room is very dark even with all the lights on. So maybe all be investing in a floodlight to show off the glowing graphics. Just thought I'd make this short and sweet, while updating my profile and explain briefly why I changed my system for those who have looked at my system profile in the past. Please excuse all grammar errors, general run-on sentences and this poor essay writing style 😁 Shawn C
  3. @mitchco, I'm considering the LS50 Wireless for a second room and for all the conveniences of an all in one speaker to run Roon on and possibly a 5.1 setup. I have an extra Rel subwoofer that I could hook up but was wondering about if it's possible to hook both the Low Level input from the LS50W speaker to the sub and the .1/LFE input on the sub from a receiver. What I can't do is use Rel's high level input, which is what makes them so convenient for setting up a sub-bass system. I realize you didn't review this particular speaker model but was wondering if you or someone has some input. I'd like to run the powered speakers as full range and not use any internal crossover filters (on KEF's app) to run the sub. I can't seem to find an answer to this question online. There's no manual that I can find on KEFs site. I would consider running the receivers Left and Right pre-outputs to the KEF's analog inputs and forgo the .1LFE option. My main concern is running the speakers as full range and run the REl sub as it should without external crossover filters from another source (LS50W, receiver, preamp ect...). Thanks for any information
  4. Can anyone verify if Qobuz carries the bands Metallica or Tool in their catalog? These are the 2 main bands that Tidal doesn't cover for me.
  5. All the covers they recreated are terrible. No life in them. To be fair I loved the first 2 albums, then they became too bubble gum for me. I’m talking of course about Weezer
  6. I use chromecast HD, plugs into my tv HDMI input and your done. When I press play in Roon it automatically switches to that input. You can turn off the automatic feature. I specifically bought this device for this purpose only. I don’t care about any other feature that the chrome cast offers beyound A Roon display on a big tv. Waited for a sale of course.
  7. Either Blue Jean Cables or MIT Oracle MA-X SHD they sound the same 😉
  8. Looking forward to Qobuz's launch here in the U.S., another key factor for me will be if/when Roon implements this streaming service. I'll only try it after this merger happens.
  9. Our POTUS was just mimicking the sign wave results of the Yggy DAC 😉. Huge audiophile he is, maybe the biggest influence on audio ever. He'll make audio great again, if you hear different it's fake news.
  10. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin Phil Lynott - Thin Lizzy Layne Staley - Alice In Chains Stevie Ray Vaughan Randy Rhoads - Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne
  11. A way to use Impulse Responses (IR) from the studio to your speakers (or universally accepted speakers) to recreate the exact sound that was intended to be heard. Just loosely thinking here. Guitarist use it all the time recreate the exact sound they want to replicate without having to purchase the exact gear used. Something like the Kii's speakers with this option comes to mind It would be nice to able to purchase music without compression or loudness if you wanted. Or have all versions as apart of the purchase MP3, 16/44, HIRES, and no compression or use of loudness.
  12. Best on the that list This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide' by the Kings (1980)
  13. I completely forgot about that band. I saw them a few times at First Avenue in the late 80s early 90s, my memory is vague.
  14. Hooked on Classics - Pts. 1-2 came close in the 80s. I think my parents still have the album.
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