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  1. Today is a very emotional day for me. I have parted company with my beloved ATC EL150 Active speakers after so many years of wonderful listening pleasure. I will miss them terribly but it is comforting to know that they are going to a new home in the UK where they will be just as much loved and appreciated. Sold them due to the space constraints and another possible move. I'm not in a rush for replacement but initially, I will probably consider a smaller but big and capable sounding all-in-one dynamic active speakers such as D&D 8Cs. I would like to hear from any ATC users, who made the switch to a different brand with satisfactory results. s Thanks.
  2. I'm really sad to hear about the passing of Billy Woodman, the founder of ATC Loudspeakers. Such a great guy and a true legend. RIP. 🙏 https://atc.audio/2022/08/billy-woodman-1946-2022/
  3. Ok so I'm considering ordering a Yamaha RS202 2 channel stereo reciever with Bluetooth. I have two 6 1/2 inch B.I.C. America venturi bookshelf speakers DV64. I have a somewhat small room. I feel like this will be a good way for me to just chill and listen to music with Bluetooth on my phone. I asked a question about the pa speakers in my room. Took the advice got rid of them. I just want clear decent sound. Theres the pic so u have a idea of the room.
  4. Ok last week I recived a set of Rockville RSG12 passive PA speakers and a Technical Pro ia25u amp as a gift. I feel like the amp is a pice of crap. But i think the speakers are actually pretty nice. I only need them for music. And its just the right and left speaker. But my question is. Is it ok to use these speakers the way I am using them. I plan to get a rockville amp with Bluetooth so i can use my phone instead of a USB stick. Also I am pretty sure that this technical pro amp is not 600 watts like it says. It seems week
  5. Seeking speaker recommendation. Here is the situation: Cabinetry in our kitchen has two cabinets for speakers. See photo below. This is next to the ceiling,...about 7-8' off the ground. For the last 8 years, these have had a pair of B&W 705 speakers, wired to a multi-channel amp pushing about 60w. And it has sounded terrible. There are several issues which, I believe, make this an especially "hostile" environment for speakers: No fixed listening position. It is a kitchen. We are all over the place. Next to ceiling...I imagine this creates unhealthy reflections Inside a box. Ugh. It is what it is. Should this disqualify any rear-ported designs? New system: New amp will deliver 140wpc of class A/B power Rebuilt "grills" to allow much more open space I may treat the inside of the cabinetry with absorptive material (should I?) Bookshelf speakers will lay on their side, likely on dampening foam like Auralex Mopads that will reduce vibration and allow some downward tilt Now I need to choose speakers. Any suggestions...? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hello, I recently got a new computer and realized that they did not have any speakers in them. I have set of apple ear pods that i usually use but sometime i don't feel like wearing them so I went looking of a set of second hand speakers. I stumbled this set of Acoustic Research speakers somewhere and they look like a decent set of headphones, but i'm not sure if i should get them because they are pretty old. I'm not sure what model it is either do any of you recognize it? I also read somewhere that Acoustic Research made high end equipment but was told that it was 12 years old so i'm not too sure how much long it will last. Some others that i have asked have said that it looked like it was 30 years old which make me a bit more pessimistic. the seller said: "Speakers are in good condition but do have a few small marks. All speaker drivers are working well. Connected to a phone the speakers sound great." What is the model/sku of these speakers? How much should this set of they worth? How much longer should they last? Should i get them? Are they even good? So many questions, i know, sorry about that. I'm not really an audiophile so my what seems like a nice set of speakers may not actually be nice. Please let me know if they are not. Thankyou
  7. I am looking for small, decent speakers for my Mac for streaming music and movies. I prefer USB audio like my old 1st-gen SoundSticks. At a price under $300 the only speakers I see that offer USB audio are the Audioengine A2+ speakers. I know that if I consider other speakers with a DAC (or passive speakers with a DAC/amp) I'd be opening up a huge can of worms with a much larger available pool of choices. But if I just want a simple speaker solution with integrated USB, are there any other recommended choices at that price point? If not, I see that Presonus has a line of Ceres speakers that also include Bluetooth, in 3.5" and 4.5" woofer sizes. The 3.5" model is slightly bigger than the A2+ but has slightly higher specs (plus Bluetooth) while being half the price - does anyone know anything about this speaker?
  8. I have a budget of arounf 150 bucks to buy new speakers. i'll be using them predominantly for listening to music of various genre.i will also do some casual gaming with the speakers on. i have my eyes on these speakers below: http://www.edifier.com/us/en/speakers/studio-1280t-2.0-powered-bookshelf http://www.edifier.com/int/en/speakers/r1700bt-bluetooth-bookshelf the 1700 is e little costlier and i would like to know if its worth the extra 50 buckss. and NO bluetooth is not a requirement for me and i look purely for better audio quality." Thanks for your time.
  9. Hi All, We are building our first home, and are wanting to have builder pre-wire for in-ceiling speakers. One set pre-wires for 2 speakers, and we are thinking of having total 4 speakers in the house. However, we are not that savvy when it comes to speakers and all the new technology, so looking for help on choosing the right location for those speakers. Right now, planning to have them in Dining room, kitchen/nook area, living room, and covered patio in the back. Wife really loved them when we toured model homes, and likes streaming music while doing chores around the house. Question is: how do we choose the right location within each area? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. I was wondering, before purchasing the Airport Extreme Review: Apple's AirPort Extreme is a safe choice | Macworld, if it was possible to connect my 3 Sony Airplay speakers https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=SANS310&LOC=3#/howtoTab to the 3 LAN Ports of the Airport Extreme and airplay simultaneously as multi-room audio from my Iphone without using iTunes ? Thanks for your cooperation. Regards Oliver
  11. I hope this is the right section to ask this. If not please move to correct section. OK my current setup is my desktop PC-->JDS O2/ODAC-->Fiio A1-->Andrew Jones Pioneers I want to replace the A1 with something a little more powerful (25-50w ch.). Currently the A1 is about 14w ch. It sounds great and no issues with it whatsoever. (BTW, apparently Fiio reused the model name A1 for a small headphone amp. The A1 I am talking about is a discontinued speaker amp) Decided to pick up a Dayton Audio DTA-120 on sale ($78) and try it out. Sounded awesome, seemed a little clearer and great separation. Problem is I sometimes listen at low volumes at my desk and I am experiencing channel imbalance. Driving me nuts. So looking for an amp with a similar foot print to these 2, and has RCA inputs and speaker terminals. I just want an amp, no integrated DAC. $200 or less. Thanks.
  12. Hey guys! I am doing a project where I'm investigating Dynaudio and it's main competition. I am a complete newbie in this field and curious to know a few things: - which brands would you consider main competitors to Dynaudio? -Would also be great to know what sets these brands a part, what would be Dynaudios main strengths and weaknesses compared to it's main competitors? - is Dynaudio an innovative brand or are other brands using more innovative technologies? Which ones? All opinions highly appreciated. Thank you in advance!
  13. I want to buy a pair of speakers for my desktop setup. Either 2.0 or 2.1 would do. Will be using for both music and gaming and also movies. As for music genre, i listen to almost every type ranging from death metal to Debussy. I have been looking at the Audioengine A2+ but from what i gather they are overpriced and due to small size have a less than phenomenal punch. A buddy of mine recommended a "gaming" speaker, the corsair SP2500 which has quite good reviews but i'm skeptical about the quality they will deliver in terms of music. What are the options in these price range? HELP!!!!!!!!!
  14. They don't have to be the best, I'm not using them for gaming, I have my headset for that. tech news free netflix Just for things like listen to music in the house or watching YouTube videos or Netflix maybe, simple stuff like that. I'm not really sure of a budget, I never really looked into it yet, just figured I'd ask here first.
  15. Hi everyone! Has anyone had experience of using small 5.1 speakers (like Boston Acoustics Soundware XS 5.1, Cambridge Audio Minx Min 12 or a soundbar like Yamaha YSP-2200), that are no taller than 10cm / 4 inches versus a pair of stereo desktop speakers like Polk Audio S10, Ruark Audio MR1, Q Acoustics 3010, Wharfedale DS-2 or even Wharfedale Diamond 9.0, all of which aren't taller than 25cm / 10 inches? Which in your experience sound better for listening to 5.1 audio? All the desktop speakers above cost less than £330 / $430 and the 5.1 speakers cost less than £800 / $1050. I know for stereo music, the stereo speakers above would beat the 5.1 system hands down. I also understand the stereo pairing can't play all the audio of 5.1 What are people's experience and thoughts on which sound better overall for 5.1 audio? Thanks
  16. I have PC which I built for both gaming and music listening purposes. For headphones, I have two pairs of the Audio Technica ATH-M50X for music and Logitech G430 for gaming. I am currently shopping for a sound card and 2.1 desktop speaker solution for my computer. For the sound card I need it to handle surround sound in gaming, do well with music listening and have proper shielding from electrical and electronic interference. I listen to film score, classical, new age, electronic, rock, and pop music. I am currently leaning toward the Creative Sound Blaster ZXR, but I am open to suggestions on other reliable internal and external sound cards designed for both music and gaming. The price range that I am looking at for the card is around $250 or less. I am currently ruling out Asus due to experiencing problems with a number of their products. For the speakers, I want a 2.1 setup that handles gaming, movies, and music and can last for years. I am looking at a price range of around $200 or less. Right now the only speakers that I am ruling out are the Logitech Z623s because I have bought two pairs over a four year period and they each only lasted two years, which I felt was a ripoff for the price tag that I paid. My music formats are Apple Lossless Audio Compression (ALAC) and iTunes Plus on Windows 10 64-bit. Thanks.
  17. Hello everyones, I live since a month in a new house, and i love my new setup and sound quality here... for the first time in my life, i can really blast my music like i want The floor on my right speaker is higher then on the left one (old house). I adjusted the spikes like i could on the left to try to aligned the tweeters on both, but it seems that there is still around one inch difference on them... they are about 10 feet apart and i listen on sofa at maybe 13 feet. My question to be simple since i won't move anything is... Should i don't bother with an inch difference between the 2 speakers at 13 feet distance?? or should i remove the spikes on the right one to be aligned with the speaker on the left still with his spikes?? Is tweeter height is more important for my hearing or it will change for less to have one speaker on spikes and the other directly on floating wood floor. Thank you for reading, RunHomeSlow.
  18. Hi All,I am planning on buying HomePod,I was trying to find more information about it online.I found more information in https://devicebase.net/en/product/apple-homepod-speaker/99990090 .However,I would like to know more from your personal experience. Is it better than the Google Home Mini? And is it worth it?Thank you in advance
  19. Hi All, Can Homepod create grouping of speakers to coordinate music beyond room? Someone was talking about it in devicebase.net/en/product/apple-homepod-speaker/99990090 . However,I need an additional idea on this matter.Your input is highly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  20. As with most audiophiles the world over, I love music. I am an engineer, pianist and classical listener predominantly, but open to all genres and music types and listen avidly to any music type either recommended or discovered. It all started for me, as these things have a wont to, with some money burning a hole in my pocket. A pocket that was not much used to having burning money in it... Countless daily hours over countless months of reading reviews, studying design methodologies and factors influencing sound reproduction, engineering principles and costs, listening sessions to train myself to be able to distinguish quality when heard and what to listen for. A clear obsession with the reproduction of sound. I started with speakers. The purchase of speakers I would suggest should be both the biggest, most personal, and most important part of designing and building a system that is perfect for you; or your wallet. Let's be clear here - the best system is the best system that you can afford. What matters is deriving the best possible sound from the core components that you can afford. That starts with you speakers. The choice of a speaker is a very personal decision and the reality is that when you go above a certain threshold, most speakers are of very fine quality and much better that the start-up audiophile will have ever had access to before. I settled on a used pair of B&W 803's. Perfect for me as they were aesthetically pleasing, sonorous (to my ears), and, most importantly, within budget. Ching - $4,000. Next was the amplifier. Here there is such an unbelievable level of choice as to be mindboggling. I took a very simple rule and applied it. I wanted to spend no more than 50% of my speaker cost on my amplifier. That gave me a budget of $2,000 and significantly limited my options. With an amplifier your main concern should be 1) will it effectively drive your speakers, 2) does it sound good with your speakers and 3) what will you use as your source. I wanted to go digital and the NAD 390DD was (and is) an amazing choice and an amazing amplifier. I got a refurbished unit, some nice transparent cabling and hooked it up to my mac mini as a source playing files from an external hard drive. It was amazing - I was in audiophile heaven. Ching - $2,000 - budget blown. One would think that should be the end of the story. A $6,000 system, some fantastic digital files at 44.1/high resolution and a newly discerning ear to appreciate it all. Those audiophiles out there will well appreciate that this is never quite the case though. As one learns more and more in this hobby, the quest for perfection is a niggling one. What is referenced above is the core - speakers and an amplifier - but the most important aspect, in my opinion, comes after. This is the portion of the journey where you work to make the absolute most of what you have. My beautiful 803's are never going to be $50,000 Wilson's or $80,000 sonus fabers. My 390DD is never going to rival the very best in available amplification. My MacMini will not stand up to a $100,000 DcS stack. But the steps taken post the acquisition of these devices will most definitely allow you to get close. Much closer than you might think possible - particularly up until you get to the speakers. I am just going to give it straight here - in my experience the source and more correctly the chain from source to amplifier has an effect similar to a jump of many $10,000 dollars on the amplifier speaker side. I have heard amazing speakers with amazing amplifiers and if the source is not of sufficient quality and, more importantly, the signal chain from the source to the amplifier, then you are wasting all that money on your amp and speakers. I have no doubt that if you're spending $120,000 on Fabers Aida's then you will have on the best at every level, but if you are operating at a less billionaire like level then the importance of the point above will be much more salient. In utilizing a mac mini for audio I was using usb out to usb in on the amplifier. More than fine. The problem with this is the quality of the power supply in the mini is dubious for audio (switching). You don't need to know all this, but suffice to say you want clean power for good results. Insert iUSB power regulator (or similar) into the chain for immediate improvement. Dramatic improvement in the case of the 390DD. Ching - $200 - we are getting cheaper and closer... Next thing to fix is the inherent problems with USB for audio generally... Now we don't have choice in terms of getting the signal out of the mini, but we do have a choice of what we feed to the amplifier. Enter a USB converter. Suffice to say I spent probably the most amount of time here in terms of research; clocking and conversion is a dark art... I tried multiple devices here in my system - each with their own positives and negatives, but settled; more than settled, fell in love with, the Yellowtec PUC2. This is not the prettiest and very far from the most expensive, but in my considered opinion, the very best; not just for the money, full stop. This device has had the single greatest impact on output quality and I now have a very nice transparent AES cable feeding my 390DD a magnificent, clean, musical digital signal. If you own a 390DD, I will tell you that the AES input is the best - this is not the case on all amplifiers, but for the 390DD the AES is your man. Ching $480 There is one final thing. One final tweak that, if you are searching for the best for your system will be the icing sugar on top. Try using a dedicated card to store your music. The USB bus on my mac mini is busy with external drives and other non audio related activities. The card slot is a clean bus and delivers a mite of extra sparkle. Ching - $50 What's the point here... Well what I want is to hopefully save a little time and heartache for someone that has a similar desire to that which I had. Implement the absolute best audio quality you possibly can on a limited budget (and in my case also with the flexibility of a media centre/TV setup for the mini). My goal was the best digital possible. If your goal is analogue quality then this direction is not for you I would suggest. Especially given the the 390DD has been very badly commented on for its phono stage... I have never tried it and never will. For digital though - it is sublime. $6,730 + a little bit lost in mis-steps along the way is the cost of my music system and I can promise you that I have heard very many relatively well implemented systems across multiple brands at 10x+ of the cost, in dedicated rooms, that don't even come close on multiple criteria - that is obviously while critically listening to the exact same recording. The point is that if you are smart about your expenditure and give the time and effort required to learn, listen, test and repeat, you can achieve amazing results on a comparatively low budget. Many reading this might consider this a nonsensical comment with expenditure as above, but that was my budget. What I am saying is that with care this quality scales. I paid $6000 for the core and $730 to take that core to its highest level. If you can only spend $1,000 on the core then the $730 will still bring that core to its highest level and certainly will be much more valuable than spending that extra $700 on a bit more speaker at the cost of improving the source-amplifier chain. What I have found with all my time is that, while you have to start at the end you will finish at the start. The speakers are the end and still the most important element in reproduction of sound; but it is the start; high quality recordings and the methodology of getting those signals to your amp and speakers which delivers the high fidelity. Bad recording or bad transmission will ruin even the best speaker amp combinations. So if you are going to buy into a high fidelity system this is where you need to focus - on the fidelity. Fidelity is detail and nuance - this is inherent at the start of the signal chain and can only get diluted from there. Once the signal hits your amplifier there is nothing you can do but hope that you remain more than satisfied with your investment in the core components. I want to thank the audiophile community and all the forums and content that exists to make this journey possible for someone starting from a zero base. I don't expect everyone or possibly anyone to agree with what I have said above, but do wish to offer my experience for someone who was where I was and thus pay it forward! Separate note - the 390DD is a direct digital amplifier blending the functions of amplification gain and digital analogue conversion in one device. If you are planning on a class A or A/B amplifier you will have the extra complexity of a DAC to consider. I wish you luck!
  21. We're very excited to have recently added ELAC to our lineup. Their Debut Series was built from the ground up with no off-the-shelf parts and delivers serious performance at price points that are redefining the cost/performance ratio. In the world of high-end and high-dollar audio it is rare to be this excited about an "entry level" speaker, but the Debut Series is anything but your run-of-the-mill speaker line. With speakers starting at $179.99/pair and subwoofers staring at $249.99, ELAC is leading the way in affordable, high-performance audio. DEBUT SERIES FEATURES CUSTOM-DESIGNED WOOFER WITH ARAMID-FIBER CONE Aramid fiber is employed in the woofers of all ELAC Debut passive speaker systems. Aramid fiber offers a superior strength-to-weight ratio and improved damping characteristics over conventional paper or plastic drivers. This added strength means arriving at designs that achieve a broader bandwidth with smoother response. SILK-DOME TWEETER WITH DEEP-SPHEROID CUSTOM WAVEGUIDE The waveguide surrounding the new ELAC high-frequency driver features a custom, deep spheroid profile to improve directivity control and shield the dome tweeter from cabinet diffraction modes inherent in traditional box enclosures. DEEP-SPHEROID CUSTOM WAVEGUIDE A custom-designed tweeter waveguide with a deep spheroid profile is utilized to improve directivity control and shield the tweeter wavefront from cabinet diffraction. INTRICATE CROSSOVERS A custom multi-element crossover with high-grade components in each speaker ensures smooth transition between the drivers. ROBUST CABINETS Every ELAC enclosure is engineered for the long run with thick MDF outer walls and a luxurious textured vinyl finish. The cabinets of the F5 floorstander, the C5 center channel, the S10EQ and S12EQ subwoofers incorporate specially designed internal bracing to add stiffness and strength to the cabinet’s outer walls. This bracing greatly reduces cabinet vibration, which causes unwanted coloration to the sound. ELAC believes that the only parts of a speaker that should be moving are the speaker drivers themselves. SUPERIOR BUILD QUALITY Count the parts and look at them closely. These don’t look like the components that go in such competitively-priced speakers, but rather, speakers that cost much more. ADVANCED BLUETOOTH® CONTROL & AUTO EQ Goodbye traditional analog controls. The Debut S10EQ and S12EQ subwoofers incorporate an advanced digital control system. Simply download (Apple devices / Android devices) the ELAC SubEQ app for your smartphone* and you will have complete control. No more fumbling around the back of the subwoofer. Utilizing the ELAC SubEQ app and your smartphone's microphone, both the S10EQ and S12EQ subwoofers will automatically equalize to your room's characteristics using a 12-band parametric equalizer. Full manual EQ is available as well. These products qualify for Free Shipping and 5% back in points when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  22. hello everyone, new here, i just wanted to know what these speakers are? What is the model # for this? They both do not have labels but are plastic sealedwhich is weird to me. Again i am completely new to audio equipment, would appreciate some help on this. thanks in advance!
  23. Please help me figure out what type of speakers these are. Thanks!
  24. I extensively use beyerdynamic T 1 headphones with Benchmark DAC 2 D (well, happened). The cord limits mobility somewhat, plus I would love to have a little more "stage". I am happy with the sound, but want a change at times. The thinking is to get an amped 2.1 system under $3000. Specifically I thought of Genelec G Three with their F Two subwoofer (like in the "systems" tab here) off of the same DAC. But those Genelecs are not available around Chicago to listen to. Even if I would like it, showrooms sound very differently than my office. So, a few questions: Is my assumption realistic that I can find a sound setup comparable to what I have at the price I target? Is it a good idea anyway? What would be your choice of a system like that? Thank you!
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