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Decided to conduct a cheap experiment this weekend...

On the left is the power cord that came with my Denon 2800 DVD player I currently use as a CD transport. On the right is a $23 power cable off Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/gp/offer-listing/B0069FLXLU/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new) that is close to the commonly known "Iron Lung Jellyfish" - a medical grade power cable.

Added a surprising amount of bass and filled out the lower end - definitely worth it.

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Anyone here going to Axpona in Chicago this weekend? http://axpona.com/

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3 hours ago, mattsk8 said:

Anyone here going to Axpona in Chicago this weekend? http://axpona.com/

A little far from me.

We have TAVES here, hopefully making it out this year...

Post some pictures if you go!

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29 minutes ago, ruecatinat said:

A little far from me.

We have TAVES here, hopefully making it out this year...

Post some pictures if you go!

Definitely going, I know the guys at Vapor Audio and the guys at Meniscus Audio, both will have rooms there. Should be a good time.

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2 hours ago, mattsk8 said:

Definitely going, I know the guys at Vapor Audio and the guys at Meniscus Audio, both will have rooms there. Should be a good time.

Some serious stuff on both those websites...speaker building is another world I know nothing about:laugh:

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18 hours ago, ruecatinat said:

Some serious stuff on both those websites...speaker building is another world I know nothing about:laugh:

If you ever want to dive in, I'd be glad to help out. But a warning... it's a very slippery slope with no bottom. The hunt for the "perfect speaker" is an endless journey that might end in a funny farm for me :a-farmboy:

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5 hours ago, mattsk8 said:

If you ever want to dive in, I'd be glad to help out. But a warning... it's a very slippery slope with no bottom. The hunt for the "perfect speaker" is an endless journey that might end in a funny farm for me :a-farmboy:

That is precisely what I'm afraid of:laugh:

I already have a hard enough time convincing myself to keep components and cabling for longer than a year

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6 hours ago, v4lve said:

I've done something unwise but hopefully enjoyable

 

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did you buy a SAAB 900 to go with all that?

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2 hours ago, Dick Dastardly said:

did you buy a SAAB 900 to go with all that?

Had to trade in the c30 for one to afford it all :biggrin:

Not as bad as walking into Magnolia and walking out with big boxes as I'm a dealer for Mc. I haven't had any honest time with either of the units and I've been tinkering with "personal audio" more so wanted to give it a go. Initial impression is that I'll be holding onto the amp longer than the headphones. 

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4 hours ago, v4lve said:

Had to trade in the c30 for one to afford it all :biggrin:

Not as bad as walking into Magnolia and walking out with big boxes as I'm a dealer for Mc. I haven't had any honest time with either of the units and I've been tinkering with "personal audio" more so wanted to give it a go. Initial impression is that I'll be holding onto the amp longer than the headphones. 

All the old McIntosh guys drive SAABS back in the 70s and 80s. 

I can see liking the amp and not being warm to the headphones

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On April 14, 2016 at 3:17 PM, Dick Dastardly said:

All the old McIntosh guys drive SAABS back in the 70s and 80s. 

Didn't know, was there a reason for this or just coincidence??

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I could ramble about Axpona for a while but I'll try to keep it short and sweet. Show was awesome, hard to beat going from room to room listening to $500k systems all day long. And they're getting a lot better with the music too, this time every room wasn't playing Nora Jones or some variation of crap like that. Nothing against Nora Jones, but small doses. Sorry for the picture quality, I used my cell phone.

My favorite room was the MBL room. I think this room had close to $1,000,000.00 in equipment. Just the crazy looking pair of speakers were $262k, then there were 6 subs, 4 amplifiers that were each about 4 ft deep, and all kinds of other crazy equipment. These things absolutely cranked, the sound coming from them literally pressurized the whole room.

So sexy. If I ever win the lotto, I'll have these in my living room. It's not just the sound from them, it's the crazy design. each of those big aluminum domes is a midrange, then there are 2 tweeters under that, that are the same design.

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2nd favorites are the Sony SSAR1. Absolutely amazing sounding, but they should be at $27k for the pair...

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3rd would be these Volti speakers. I love the "off the beaten path" design, they sound amazing, and the go insanely loud...

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One more "wow" moment were these little white speakers. I actually know the designer, Jim Salk, he's a super sharp and down to earth guy. These are active, so they have their own internal amplifier and DAC. These sounded amazing, so good I had to think about which I liked more between them and the big floor standers next them...

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Aside from all those^^, honorable mentions would be the Focals, those sounded very good. They weren't the gigantic ones, I'm actually not a fan of those. These had a pair of 7" woofers, a 7" mid, and tweeter... ATC's active speakers were really good... Tidal speakers were amazing (not to be confused with the Tidal music app, totally different)... Raidho speakers were incredible... and the list goes on.

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On ‎4‎/‎16‎/‎2016 at 10:14 AM, v4lve said:

Didn't know, was there a reason for this or just coincidence??

I never put this together till he said that somewhere else in this thread lol but my Mcintosh owning family members and friends have or had saabs or even sold saabs back in the 70s lol

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8 hours ago, mattsk8 said:

I could ramble about Axpona for a while but I'll try to keep it short and sweet. Show was awesome, hard to beat going from room to room listening to $500k systems all day long. And they're getting a lot better with the music too, this time every room wasn't playing Nora Jones or some variation of crap like that. Nothing against Nora Jones, but small doses. Sorry for the picture quality, I used my cell phone.

My favorite room was the MBL room. I think this room had close to $1,000,000.00 in equipment. Just the crazy looking pair of speakers were $262k, then there were 6 subs, 4 amplifiers that were each about 4 ft deep, and all kinds of other crazy equipment. These things absolutely cranked, the sound coming from them literally pressurized the whole room.

So sexy. If I ever win the lotto, I'll have these in my living room. It's not just the sound from them, it's the crazy design. each of those big aluminum domes is a midrange, then there are 2 tweeters under that, that are the same design.

upload_-1

 

2nd favorites are the Sony SSAR1. Absolutely amazing sounding, but they should be at $27k for the pair...

upload_-1

3rd would be these Volti speakers. I love the "off the beaten path" design, they sound amazing, and the go insanely loud...

upload_-1

 

One more "wow" moment were these little white speakers. I actually know the designer, Jim Salk, he's a super sharp and down to earth guy. These are active, so they have their own internal amplifier and DAC. These sounded amazing, so good I had to think about which I liked more between them and the big floor standers next them...

upload_-1

 

Aside from all those^^, honorable mentions would be the Focals, those sounded very good. They weren't the gigantic ones, I'm actually not a fan of those. These had a pair of 7" woofers, a 7" mid, and tweeter... ATC's active speakers were really good... Tidal speakers were amazing (not to be confused with the Tidal music app, totally different)... Raidho speakers were incredible... and the list goes on.

All looks phenomenal, I'd love to hear the Sony's at some point. As a brand they seem to be in a tight spot but they're making some interesting (maybe not totally sellable) product.   

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