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Camera Broke

My cheapo $220 point & shoot digicam apparently couldn't handle a 4 foot drop onto padded carpet...so I wasn't able to get the pics I wanted, including a closeup of the rack. Oh well, I think I'll move to prosumer digicam next; might pick up a Canon S3 IS soon...

I did get a couple pics off but they're kinda messed up since I forgot to turn off the flourescent lighting in the kitchen (which imparts its disgusting aqua-green tint on everything).

These will be sufficient for showing the changes I've recently made: Auralex Grammas under the speakers, LENRD bass traps along the bottom front wall (top of wall is still untreated), and also added a Denon 3910 as my main source. I've also got some GIK tri-trap bass traps on the way this week.





A closeup of the right Legacy Signature III taken a couple iterations of system changes ago (July-ish 2006):


The GRAMMAS have totally turned my system around. Best $100 I've ever spent. Listening to music on these speakers is so enjoyable now. They're a must if your rig is located on a suspended wood floor; even if you have carpet! As an added bonus they reduce the noise transmitted to the apartment below. The Legacy speakers are so bloody musical in the right environment; I'm just now starting to provide them with such an environment.
post #122 of 288
Mulveling,

Beautiful set-up, so clean and perfectly layed out. And your pics as always rock, simply beautiful!
post #123 of 288
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Originally Posted by Jussei View Post
The speakers are enormous and they certainly are as funky looking as they come. I definately don't think they are the best looking speaker in the world, but their sound is incredible. I'd say that they are about 4ft tall and about 2ft wide at the base and weigh in at about 120lbs each. I'd snap some pics if I knew how to display them here.
Send the photos to some where like www.photobucket.com Then when they are uploaded get the URL. (cut and paste) then click on "insert photo" above (square box above with a mountian and the sun) and put the address of the new photo in the box. Then click OK and wait a bit and you should have added a photo.
post #124 of 288
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Originally Posted by recstar24 View Post
Mulveling,

Beautiful set-up, so clean and perfectly layed out. And your pics as always rock, simply beautiful!
X2. I had no Idea these headphone nuts Have such nice speaker rigs.
post #125 of 288
x-fi elite pro> Musiland Md10> Sound Quest SQ-84> Paradigm Monitor 9s

really decent full range for the $$.
post #126 of 288
Magnepan fan here.
post #127 of 288
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immtbiker, I'm not familiar with Vienna Acoustics so I went onto their website to look at some specs. Wow! It seems like you have some incredible speakers! What is the bass like with a massive 11"? How deep does it go?
The side woofers are 10" in a dedicated cabinet space with some serious crossover technology. The tweeters are Scan Speak silk domes that at the time were the second best they made. The rear's (Beethovens) use a similar technology except they use two "spider cone 6"" woofer drivers in the lower front which use the same theory as 4 valves per cylinder in a car. They are larger in capacity than the 10" single but they are tight and recover quickly so the bass response is unbelievable. I only use the Velodyne sub when watching movies or listening to SACD or DVD-Audio because the subs in the VA's are so much cleaner than the Velo. But when it comes to boom and rumble for movies the 1350 watt Velodyne is the way to go. For 2 channel the VA's subs are superior and they go down to 30 hz.
The narrow profile of both sets of speakers give it an invisible centerstage that makes me walk people up to the center channel to prove that it's not on in 2 channel mode.
They are supposed to be 3 feet away from the rear wall for optimum results, but apartment living affords me only 9". The cabinetry is furniture grade.

Beethovens (rears):

post #128 of 288
The VA's really have a sweet sound to them.
post #129 of 288
Just a budget system

5 Advent Heritage H200's
Energy S10.2 subwoofer
Onkyo 504
post #130 of 288
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Originally Posted by markmaxx View Post
X2. I had no Idea these headphone nuts Have such nice speaker rigs.
They're both just as important for me.
post #131 of 288
Martin Logan Summits
Cary Audio SLP-98L preamp
Plinius SA-102 amp
PS Audio Digital Link III DAC
Squeezebox 3 (soon to be Sonos)
post #132 of 288
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Mulveling,

Beautiful set-up, so clean and perfectly layed out. And your pics as always rock, simply beautiful!
Thanks guys! Your words mean a lot

This week I am going to town with room/speaker setup experimentation. Got more bass traps incoming; going to try different placements for them (while trying to keep aesthetics OK). I'll be moving the speakers to the exact locations recommended on the Cardas setup guide (http://www.cardas.com/content.php?ar...ng=Room+Setup). I've got software to meaure room response & resonances for all the changes I make - right now I'm mostly focused on the 65Hz and 118Hz peaks, which (as they should) correlate exactly to the room dimensions of 25.5' and 14.1', respectively.

Thankfully this speaker rig is now at a level where experimentation is fun - when a rig just isn't sounding right to me, all this swapping out loses the appeal and beomes basically acts of desperation.

This'll be a blast. Can't wait
post #133 of 288
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The VA's really have a sweet sound to them.
I've only heard the little Vienna Bachs at a magnolia hifi - but I came away very impressed. They are indeed sweet sounding - warm, smooth, musical, combined with plenty of dynamics & punch to pull off the total sonic package. I felt that they were easily the best sound in that room. Admittedly, I'm also a sucker for sleek aesthetic design and top notch finishes. If I had to start all over from scratch, the Viennas would be very high on my consideration list.
post #134 of 288
Polk LSi15's
Stuck with this odd room until I buy a new house, which may be a year or two down the road. It's certainly not a seller's market right now.



Looking for a rack this week to move the gear to the side of the couch. The Polk's are underpowered and I'm having a hard time deciding whether to go with a budget, high current integrated or going with budget separates.
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2.2 channel and 5.1 channel:


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