it was the room. the system is warm and soft now like sony gear sounds. it was squarish before, with a large bay window just a couple feet behind the speakers with reflective plastic louvers and me sitting a yard or so in front of a glass door plate rack that spanned most of the width of the divider to the kitchen with wooden lower walls the same distance. the floors with concrete with low carpet. the speakers were only a couple feet from the back wall with a 32 inch widescreen only inches behind the font baffles where it's a foot back now for a quick music fix. the new room is wider and deeper with very different, if not ideal ratios on a wooden floor with medium pile shag carpet. that switch alone along with unpacked boxes serving as diffusers and the sound is much warmer. i won't be needing a yulong any time soon now. the new room reminds me of the sound of my superzeros in a little bit deeper room LEDE treated. surprisingly, the empty subwoofer boxes i used as stands didn't impart much boom in the sound.
all those hard reflective surfaces in something almost a cube was REALLY bad. the living room was a big selling point on my new place. more volume and better wall ratios. i was a little pleased to have eyeballed a setup here within an inch of centered each way 1st try. old room was bright and clinical, new room is warm and relaxed at low levels with nice bass for such small speakers.
an improvement in resolution wouldn't hurt, but now i know why the original sound seemed so bright. next step will be getting 4 nicely damped cinder blocks for speaker stands with something in between to keep the energys from getting scratched. it's a very satisfying combo.... energy RC-10s, an old sony DVD player, and a panasonic class D receiver in a decent room. maybe the NHT tweeters were better than i gave them credit for. the treble flattening makes the aluminum domes sound so much more relaxed now.
a good room, or at least a properly treated one can make more of a difference than even a speaker swap. 4 cheap concrete blocks should make a nice improvement over a cardboard box. getting rid of that should give some resolution back, especially with blue tack. sorry to hijack the headphone forum with speaker and separates talk. my AKGs are decent and light in the bass, but i just use them for PC & portable.
i'd hope the difference between decade old sony and yulong is significant. that and room tuning should do a lot for my sound. you know, i'd like to find a source of high fidelity public domain music to make a binaural dummy head (have one... THAT is my sonny cassette headphone tech) recording EQed, for my binaural mic too recording of some real out of the head and forward imaged headphone fodder. the mic does weak center images maybe in part because it's a small beauty school trainer head.
that would be a real treat for all the canheads here... putting my binaural field recordings of streams, fireworks, trains, a summer city sunset, water fountains and crowd responses online. i'd like to get a clean sounding digital front end over the low S/N cassette eventually. nothing sounds as good over headphones than binaural encoded ambience.
energy RC-10 speakers ARE NOT bright or thin! they're nice budget bowers with a twist of old school boston, infinity, M&K, NHT (dynaudio/LS5/celestion even?) with the ports plugged semi aperiodic style. i really liked the speed and imaging of NHT classic 3s, but all of that aluminum gave it a slight ping sound sometimes. 5 1/4" is a nice balance between speed and bass with kevlar too in the RC-10s. 6 1/2" is too much for midbass to me, but makes for decent bass in 2 or even rare 3 ways. i've regained some respect for NHT soft dome treble today. it would have sounded hyped up in the cube room too. oh, if only i could crank this baby up in here!
oh!, i need to try my panasonic DAC again, and look for the news years, a few years ago, drum circle tracks i made before my cassette or batteries froze up. one or two of the jams was funky and a good musical demo for binaral. i can't share my binaural bootleg. my best sounding recording i think so far though is the city ambience near an intersection i made. you can hear the summer air in it it if that makes sense.
Edited by budget minded - 1/1/13 at 8:54pm