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post #901 of 1261

The replacement part came in for the McIntosh XR-14's! So of course it's in and I took them for a spin.

 

I compared them to the XR-16's and my Sansui SP5500x speakers, AKA my "keeper" system. The Sansui's are a lot more efficient, but have a distinct, slightly warm-ish signature. They're clear with good full range resolution, but they aren't as transparent as the Mc's. They're definitely not quite in the same league as the Mc's, but they're still very good (and good value too!) and deserving of a spot in my keeper system.

 

The XR-14's have the typical (for the brand) low near-zero distortion that I was hoping for. Very flat response down to about 100hz, with sweet (but even and balanced) highs and mids. They sound similar to the XR-16's except for low and very low bass response. Long story short, they are kinda thin in the deep bass department. They really do need the MQ102 equalizer that was designed for them, but in a pinch, adding 6-10db of very deep bass and 3db around 100 hz will do most of it (or just using the loudness button the the 1980 - that was pure magic). On an aside, when I had them apart, I looked at the crossovers. Those things are incredibly complex. Looked like over a dozen discrete components. Very beefy too.

post #902 of 1261

I use Blue Jeans speaker cable (Belden 10 gauge 5T00P) on my vintage floor standing Altecs.  Excellent quality and great customer service.  I looked at the Blue Jeans website recently and noticed that they are now offering pin terminations for speaker cable.  Recommend without hesitation.

post #903 of 1261

^^ I ordered the bluejeans speaker cables. They should serve my purpose well. 

 

Secondly, I got in my KLH model 38 speakers today. Expectations are exceeded. The sound is just wonderful...smooth, mellow, tight deep bass, non fatiguing...just what I was looking for.  I picked them up for $125 shipped. The cabinet are mint. Today is a good day. biggrin.gif

post #904 of 1261
Can I get some opinions on where the best placement is for the new speakers?

They could go on stands far left and right. They could also go on the bar.
post #905 of 1261

At this point, MattTCG, in the middle of the fairway.... literally! biggrin.gif Your spree will soon have your gear outdoors. Let me revisit the pix though, and weigh-in shortly...

 

 

Size? Your selected "Sweet spot?" How much audible territory are you being given from your most wonderful partner?

 

 

 

Update: rolleyes.gif Yes, I decided to scroll "up" and got my answer. And you're "up" to some good stuff btw!


Edited by Silent One - 7/15/13 at 3:55pm
post #906 of 1261

Well, the desk is about 6 feet wide. I could put them on the desk itself on the far left and right corner but they are largish and would be really close to me. 

 

I think that up on the bar would be a nice large sound stage. It's about 10 feet and would put them just above my shoulders. Most importantly though, the bar crosses into the little woman's domain. She would most certainly give me the serious stink eye and could possibly put the full on ki-bosh on me. 

 

Ultimately I guess that I've got to just set them up in different places and audition them. Good grief these sound sweet!! I haven't even heard them on the Sansui yet, just the Pioneer. Pics coming up...

post #907 of 1261
If you don't find these "vintage sexy" you need to check your pulse.

post #908 of 1261
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Can I get some opinions on where the best placement is for the new speakers?

They could go on stands far left and right. They could also go on the bar.


Far left and right................no way they go on the bar.  The little woman would not like that infringement.  Get some stands and put them on the floor. 

post #909 of 1261
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If you don't find these "vintage sexy" you need to check your pulse.


Hard to get a perspective on size.  How tall are they?  28"? 

post #910 of 1261

22x12x9 I believe. I'm just amazed at the condition. The pictures really don't do them justice. You'd be hard pressed to find a mark on them. 

 

So who has some speakers stands for sale? biggrin.gif

post #911 of 1261

Vision ~

 

wink_face.gif To see those speakers set on the bar would be to see your belongings set on the porch! 

post #912 of 1261
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Vision ~

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 To see those speakers set on the bar would be to see your belongings set on the porch! 

Ahhh...I see that you must be married.
post #913 of 1261
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Ahhh...I see that you must be married.

 

I've not yet had the experience. However, being silent has allowed me to take in a great deal wink.gif through observation.

post #914 of 1261

Screw it. I'm putting these speakers where I think that they'll sound best. I can sleep on the couch. I've had plenty of practice. tongue.gif

post #915 of 1261
Those are really nice looking speakers Matt!! I second the recommendation on getting some nice stands and stretch them wide. But I would also experiment and find the best place both sonically and what the wife would allow. And hopefully you can stay away from the couch. I got really close to the couch when I brought home the massive cornwalls. biggrin.gif
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