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My Beautiful Speaker Experience

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After buying a ton of mid-end equipment, I finally experienced the moment of beauty that I've been searching for all along. I recently bought the re-mastered 10th Anniversary Edition of Fallen by Evanescence on vinyl. I plugged my Audio Technica AT-LP60 into my JDS Labs O2 (using it as a pre-amp) and plugged that into my Emotiva UPA-200 powering my Paradigm Mini Monitor v.5's. I was excited to hear Amy Lee's voice on this re-master through my speakers since Paradigm's do vocals very well. When I reached My Immortal, what I heard was absolute beauty. The piano and her voice both sounded absolutely perfect. Does anybody else have a perfect moment like this to share? I'm glad this happened, I've been waiting for this since I first got into this hobby.


Edit: I think my turntable setup sounds better than my Audioquest Dragonfly DAC now that I'm using my O2 as a pre-amp. Great, 90% of my music collection is FLAC... not vinyl :rolleyes:.


Edited by ToddTheMetalGod - 12/20/13 at 6:06am
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Bump.

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I have moments like that every time I play music through my speakers when I hadn't listened to them in a while. Unfortunately, I am chained to a desk a lot of the time and most of my music consumption is done there.

If I had a (large) spare room, I would seriously consider placing a desk in the center and having my 6' tall speakers bless me with their sound all day.
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Originally Posted by Muinarc View Post

I have moments like that every time I play music through my speakers when I hadn't listened to them in a while. Unfortunately, I am chained to a desk a lot of the time and most of my music consumption is done there.

If I had a (large) spare room, I would seriously consider placing a desk in the center and having my 6' tall speakers bless me with their sound all day.


That's exactly how I feel. I want to purchase a pair of Magnepan MMG eventually, but I just don't have the space or room acoustics for speakers like that. Perhaps I'll buy a pair of Totem Mite or something in the meantime.

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I know what you mean. I have these kind of moments every day - in fact, I'm experiencing it as I write this. Paradigm's speakers do vocals exceptionally well.  the clarity and almost purity cannot be described - it has to be heard.

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I know what you mean. I have these kind of moments every day - in fact, I'm experiencing it as I write this. Paradigm's speakers do vocals exceptionally well.  the clarity and almost purity cannot be described - it has to be heard.


I have these moments everyday too, but this one was different. It wasn't like I was hearing anything new, because I wasn't... it was that the tonality of the violin, piano, and voice were perfect. Maybe I'm just not used to exceptional tonality because I usually buy audio equipment with strengths in other areas, but it certainly was great.

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Congratulations.
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Originally Posted by ToddTheMetalGod View Post
 

Does anybody else have a perfect moment like this to share? I'm glad this happened, I've been waiting for this since I first got into this hobby.

 

When I heard Fantasmic by Nightwish on the following speakers/systems - treble was sooooo extended yet so smooth. Kind of like what I imagine it was like when Odysseus sailed past the island of the Sirens, before science revealed that teh acoustic properties of the island were just amplifying - of all things - SEAL mating calls. Freaking seals. (Thank you science for shattering my image of Odysseus trying to do a red-haired Ariel, and replacing it with him humping the side show stars at Sea World)

1) Accuphase CDP >> (some pre- and power-amps I don't remember) >> Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage

 

2) Cayin CDT23 >> Cayin A70T and Mystere tube amps >> Aurum Cantus Volla

 

3) Pioneer receiver >> Audison LR amps >> Focal Utopia 6" (and some sub I forgot what)
 

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Also Facade of Reality by Epica on the Dynaudio Contour S5.4. The sound was very "flat," without the bass being non-existant (in fact, all drums including the bass drum were had a very solid impact, while the bass wasn't intruding into the midrange); treble wasn't as "ethereal" (I ran out of adjectives for it) but still smooth at least, but layering of the choir and the main vocals was still superb. Given how this was a fraction of the price of the Guarneri, IF I go back to speakers and build a dedicated room, I'd build it for this one. Or the Volla if I can't get enough space to really unleash these speakers. I also kind of like the Duevel Planets, but at that price I'd much rather give up low bass extension that it has but sometimes it sounds too obvious the driver is straining to do so. Maybe their next level speakers, the Enterprise, but I haven't heard those yet.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 12/23/13 at 7:53am
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Originally Posted by ProtegeManiac View Post
 

 

When I heard Fantasmic by Nightwish on the following speakers/systems - treble was sooooo extended yet so smooth. Kind of like what I imagine it was like when Odysseus sailed past the island of the Sirens, before science revealed that teh acoustic properties of the island were just amplifying - of all things - SEAL mating calls. Freaking seals. (Thank you science for shattering my image of Odysseus trying to do a red-haired Ariel, and replacing it with him humping the side show stars at Sea World)

1) Accuphase CDP >> (some pre- and power-amps I don't remember) >> Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage

 

2) Cayin CDT23 >> Cayin A70T and Mystere tube amps >> Aurum Cantus Volla

 

3) Pioneer receiver >> Audison LR amps >> Focal Utopia 6" (and some sub I forgot what)
 

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Also Facade of Reality by Epica on the Dynaudio Contour S5.4. The sound was very "flat," without the bass being non-existant (in fact, all drums including the bass drum were had a very solid impact, while the bass wasn't intruding into the midrange); treble wasn't as "ethereal" (I ran out of adjectives for it) but still smooth at least, but layering of the choir and the main vocals was still superb. Given how this was a fraction of the price of the Guarneri, IF I go back to speakers and build a dedicated room, I'd build it for this one. Or the Volla if I can't get enough space to really unleash these speakers. I also kind of like the Duevel Planets, but at that price I'd much rather give up low bass extension that it has but sometimes it sounds too obvious the driver is straining to do so. Maybe their next level speakers, the Enterprise, but I haven't heard those yet.


That sounds like it was an amazing experience, I've heard about how great Focal speakers are but I've never heard a pair myself. I love symphonic metal as well, I just got introduced to it recently and have never heard either of those songs. I do like Epica and Nightwish though (Nightwish especially).

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That sounds like it was an amazing experience, I've heard about how great Focal speakers are but I've never heard a pair myself.

 

The Utopias up there I got to listen through one of the set-ups in a local car club where the members compete in EMMA events - they do competitions for how close you can make your car sound like a home system, with proper imaging on the dashboard, on cars that aren't the McLaren F1 (ie, you sit to the left or right). The Vollas (and the Planets) I got to listen to in a local audio store where I sometimes get my stuff repaired/serviced and I hang out in their demo rooms while waiting. The Contour S5.4 and Guarneris I got to try during the annual November Hi-Fi show here in Manila.

Here's a snapshot by my friend last November 9 of the Focal Stella Utopias. Last year we managed to get through everything before our President arrived and people went nuts trying to snap his photo. This year he was overseeing the relief efforts after Haiyan.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 12/23/13 at 10:01am
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