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post #76 of 91
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Originally Posted by spacemanspliff View Post
You got it right with the subs. Any of those brands which you can get a deal on will do great. Still try and listen to some Totems if you get the chance.
I did about a half-hour listening test with the rainmakers, and I found them to be decent, although they didn't sound as clean and refined to me as the NHT's, especially in the highs, which I am very particular about. The mids sounded slightly better on the NHT's, and the bass, while there was a lot more of it on the Totems, didn't sound all that musical/dynamic, in other words, it was fairly tight and controlled, but didn't play different notes all that distinctively. I think that a pair of used NHT C3s plus a sub, which would cost around the same or a little more than a used pair of rainmakers, would sound far better.
post #77 of 91
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Ok, I have now eliminated all HSU subs as they are down-firing, which I don't want (disturbance of people below me). The SVS PB10-NSD is definitely what I want, but the SVS website doesn't ship to Canada and sonic boom audio which is their canadian dealer is selling for $579 Canadian, which is $100 more than the SVS website, after currency exchange. I can't find it anywhere else that will ship to Canada. Help?
post #78 of 91
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Originally Posted by aj_brown_99 View Post
Ok, I have officially made my first speaker related purchase....ever! I went to the store today and demoed the 640A V2 against some $1700 amp they had on display over some $1800 speakers. After auditioning the two, there was quite a noticeable difference, especially in sound stage and midrange with the 640A sounding way better. The only issue, which was small, was that the highs were a tiny bit grainy and bright, but this is supposed to mellow out after burn-in. Anyways, I picked it up for $600 Canadian plus tax after being quite impressed with the performance.

I now have it set up with a pair of old Sony speakers where I obviously notice almost no difference, but when plugging in my headphones the difference is huge. The amp is so much warmer and more detailed than my DAC. It makes the DAC, which I was originally amazed with (versus a stock sound card) sound thin and overly bright. (Also when you change the volume on the remote the volume knob on the unit turns on its own!! )

So right now I'm going from PC to DAC to amp. Is this how I should be doing it, or is there some way to do a line-out type thing and go directly to the amp from my PC without having to go through the onboard sound card or the DAC?

That aside, I now need to make a decision as to what subwoofer to get, as I am already 90% sure that I'm getting the NHT's as my speakers (unless anything better appears). I have been recommended something from SVS, which would be the PB10-NSD. What are general opinions on the cylindrical tower subs from SVS (i.e. the PC12-NSD if I can get it used)? I have also been recommended the HSU STF-2 or VTF-1. Opinions and other suggestions?
man, i should get referral money or something lol. gave that guy a lot of business lol
glad you enjoyed it. i like the 640 quite a bit. great value for money. good build quality.

you should be going pc to dac to amp. that should be the best method theoretically. i havent listened to your dac so i cant tell.

once you get your speakers take a listen and compare if your dac sounds better or your internal sound card. most likely the dac sounds better.

hope you have some budget for speaker wires and interconnects. yes they make a difference but not a huge one. i'm sure many ppl say "they make no difference". trust me, it does. have i led you wrong yet? :P
you dont need to spend a lot of money.

if you have some old wire lying around, use those first to test and see if you like the sound. then you can decide what's lacking or want more of aka some ppl like warmer sound, some ppl want brighter highs, etc. (ps, i'm getting rid of my kimber interconnects and speaker wire :P)

for example, cardas stuff will be warmer sounding than kimber, which is brighter on average. i'd budget $100-150 on cables max which is 10% of your purchase. No need to rush for that but keep it in mind

let us know how it goes! and welcome to the world of speakers!
post #79 of 91
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UPDATE: I guess I will be ordering the NHT C3s for $300 each off audiogon. As for a sub, I am looking at the Rocket ULW-10/UFW-10, after reading several times that the SVS subs are only good for HT, but don't have the definition/speed/tightness for music listening.

Questions:
#1:which cables should I look at to make the sound a little warmer, but without losing detail?
#2: does anyone have experience with either of those two subs and/or know where to get one that will ship to Canada?
post #80 of 91
What does signature audio have in the way of subs? Any used gear? Seems like a good shop.
post #81 of 91
warm cables are VDH and cardas

the sub will also depend on the size of your room
post #82 of 91
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Originally Posted by spacemanspliff View Post
What does signature audio have in the way of subs? Any used gear? Seems like a good shop.
i dont think they have any? it's a 2ch purist stereo shop
post #83 of 91
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Originally Posted by aj_brown_99 View Post
Ok, I have now eliminated all HSU subs as they are down-firing, which I don't want (disturbance of people below me). The SVS PB10-NSD is definitely what I want, but the SVS website doesn't ship to Canada and sonic boom audio which is their canadian dealer is selling for $579 Canadian, which is $100 more than the SVS website, after currency exchange. I can't find it anywhere else that will ship to Canada. Help?
I believe there is a Canadian website that distributes SVS subs. I'll try and find it.
post #84 of 91
Found it: SVS Subwoofers Canada : sonicboomaudio.com

They claim to be the official distributor of SVS.

In case you were still interested in SVS.
post #85 of 91
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Originally Posted by FlyingFungus View Post
Found it: SVS Subwoofers Canada : sonicboomaudio.com

They claim to be the official distributor of SVS.

In case you were still interested in SVS.
Found this store already but they charge ridiculous amounts (the PB10 which is 429 us i.e. 480 canadian, costs 580 canadian). Plus I have already been turned off SVS. I am having real trouble though since I need something that is forward firing, otherwise I would get the Hsu STF-2. That's why I was looking at the Rockets, especially since they come with some really awesome room calibration function. But they seem to be out of production and I can't find one anywhere. So I guess I am once again looking for suggestions.
post #86 of 91
why not just get a velodyne 8" or 10"

prob good enough
post #87 of 91
Energy subs? Try for that. I think they are Canadian?
post #88 of 91
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Originally Posted by aj_brown_99 View Post
Found this store already but they charge ridiculous amounts (the PB10 which is 429 us i.e. 480 canadian, costs 580 canadian). Plus I have already been turned off SVS. I am having real trouble though since I need something that is forward firing, otherwise I would get the Hsu STF-2. That's why I was looking at the Rockets, especially since they come with some really awesome room calibration function. But they seem to be out of production and I can't find one anywhere. So I guess I am once again looking for suggestions.
Ouch, that's pretty expensive.

Did you try looking at eBay for the Rockets?

Once again, if you are able to demo different subs with the music you listen to, then you might find something you like. There's plenty of brands you can find in Canada, whether they are Canadian companies or not....PSB (they make some pretty good subs), Mirage, Energy, Paradigm, Velodyne, JBL, KEF, Totem and more Im sure.
post #89 of 91
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Originally Posted by FlyingFungus View Post
Did you try looking at eBay for the Rockets?.
Yeah, I checked every used stuff website I could think of.

*sigh* I'll guess I'll have to go demo some subs then. I was kind of hoping to be able to find a sub that would work for me without having to go driving places. I think I will try to find a store that will let me buy subs and then return them if I don't want them, so I can get something forward firing and something down firing and see if that makes a significant difference in annoyance for the people below me. If not then I'll get the STF-2.

By the way, I'm buying the IE8 tomorrow and very excited
post #90 of 91
futureshop is your best bet. test some velodyne and eclipse (velodyne is better)

tho best buy has a sale coming up
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