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sufi
20-04-2006, 02:30 PM
for Paul (http://dissensus.com/showpost.php?p=47753&postcount=287)

i don't have a hifi :o
got an i-trip tho :)

http://www.cancomputer.com/images/gallery/3131/676891680x663_200.jpg

Grievous Angel
21-04-2006, 04:26 PM
LOL, good one Sufi, just picked this up.

Probably get laughed at but I'll post mine anyway...

Rega Planet CD player (fab, very analogue sound)
Marantz SR5300 receiver (a surround amp, but good enough for stereo)
B&W 601s (very good, but you miss the deep bass on dubstep and reggae)

Plus a cheap but good (if slow) Pioneer DVD, and a B&W LCR60 centre speaker -- no room for surrounds in current house, sadly. And no sub.

In the studio:
Technics with Grado Signature Gold hifi pickup -- fabulous -- through a Graham Slee Gram Amp 1 phono stage (cheap but excellent), Behringer and Vestax mixers, and some active monitors.

I'd really like a Naim amp (maybe an old Nait 3 - or even an old pre-power combo) and some bigger speakers, maybe 602s (which I could have bought years ago, but stupidly didn't).

nomos
21-04-2006, 05:14 PM
Haha, thanks sufi! I was thinking of starting it myself.

I don't actually know a lot about this stuff but we recently replaced our tiny bookshelf stereo with a proper system.

Cambridge Audio Azur 540A intergrated amp - "the bottom end of audiophile," as the man at the shop described it to me. 80 watts per channel and a very sexy brushed metal face with blue LEDs.
http://cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=12&Title=Azur+540A

Then we got a fantastic deal on a pair of Energy (http://www.energy-speakers.com/v2/) C-7 speakers as the line was being closed out. They look like this: http://www.avprime.co.kr/prod_image/c-7.jpg Sound just sort of wafts out of them rather than being thrown at you. I thought they'd be light in the sub department but with dubstep on they can rattle the apartment at relatively low levels. Very nicely defined bass and not at all boomy.

Apart from that, we have a very cheap LG DVD/CD player and a basic DJ setup with Shure SC35C cartridges. Although now Paul has me considering a Grado cart for archiving vinyl.

I'd resisted spending much on a system for ages, partly because I didn't have the money but I also thought it was a frivolous luxury. But then I realised that if so much of my time is spent listening to music for pleasure and for work, it made sense to actually be able to hear it properly.

Rambler
24-04-2006, 05:24 PM
I'd resisted spending much on a system for ages, partly because I didn't have the money but I also thought it was a frivolous luxury. But then I realised that if so much of my time is spent listening to music for pleasure and for work, it made sense to actually be able to hear it properly.

I was like that, figured my dad's old Yamaha amp/receiver was 'classic' enough to do the business. Then it packed up and I thought, what the hell, and got myself one of these (http://cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=32&Title=A5%20Integrated%20Amplifier) (probably just below entry level audiophile, but top value) and I'm never looking back. Like having an entirely new record collection all over again. :cool:

boomnoise
24-04-2006, 05:46 PM
I have the same amp as autonomicFTP.
tdl kv1 speakers.
hooked up to a Behringer Xenyx 802 mixer
i use my pc as a cd player tho i'm thinking about investing in something better.
and a great big old sony midi system hooked up to record rinse from

nomos
24-04-2006, 06:04 PM
Like having an entirely new record collection all over again. :cool:
That's the best part, especially putting something on that you'd sort of forgotten about for a few years and hearing parts in it that you hadn't ever noticed.

Also, we have a tiny pantry/hall just next to the livingroom and it seems the bass gets trapped in there and bounces back and forth. It gets amplified and you can feel slight air pressure changes.

shudder
24-04-2006, 08:25 PM
oh man, this is making me want to get a decent setup... I'm away at school, and most of my listening is done on my mediocre computer speakers or my decent headphones... I was at a friend's party a couple nights ago, and he was blasting some dubbed out house sort of thing, and it just sounded soooo good on his decent (but by no means great) setup. At least, so much better than I am used to. Then he played this gorgeous string quartet music (it was an after party for a new music ensemble...), which also sounded so much more alive than on my speakers.

Woebot
25-04-2006, 09:42 AM
nad, nad, nad and nad

matt b
25-04-2006, 12:41 PM
i had a lovely nad for years (first amp i ever bought). it literally caught fire in protest at bass. got same amp as rambler now in our kitchen w/turntable and wharfedale speakers. hasn't been above 2 on the volume scale and shakes the house.

my main source of listening now is in the living room (record collection having been banished upstairs- boo):
iriver h420
harman kardon soundsticks (http://www.harmankardon.com/product_detail.aspx?cat=MME&prod=SOUNDSTICKSII&sType=PCS)
plus, when i can be arsed a numark deck ( possibly a TT1650?)- other one is in the kitchen

you can probably guess, i ain't an audiophile but like low frequencies

Grievous Angel
25-04-2006, 01:19 PM
The Cambridge stuff is just amazing for the money. Those energy speakers look MAD.

Matt likes bass but has sound sticks? Surely they don't have any?

mms
25-04-2006, 01:34 PM
I was like that, figured my dad's old Yamaha amp/receiver was 'classic' enough to do the business. Then it packed up and I thought, what the hell, and got myself one of these (http://cambridgeaudio.com/summary.php?PID=32&Title=A5%20Integrated%20Amplifier) (probably just below entry level audiophile, but top value) and I'm never looking back. Like having an entirely new record collection all over again. :cool:

i've got one of those in the bedroom with a pair of smallish monitor speakers - it's a great amp. but i think the silver with blue leds sold me

i've got another one in the lounge an old 80's thing that's been referbed for decks and cd that i bought with my girlfriend .
It;s alright too, but i think i prefer the ccambridge one at the end of the day

matt b
25-04-2006, 02:48 PM
Matt likes bass but has sound sticks? Surely they don't have any?

they've got a seperate sub/ jellyfish, so you can have lowish volume and hear the full bass- good for small(ish) rooms

OldRottenhat
26-04-2006, 04:25 AM
Arcam CD72 cd player
NAD C350 amp
Acoustic Energy Aegis 3 (? the bookshelf entry in the line, whichever that was) speakers

and my once well-loved Rega P3 w/ Rega Superbias cartridge and a malfunctioning NAD pre-amp more or less gathering dust/acting as a holding place for cds (how the mighty have fallen etc etc)

sadly I'm about to move back across the Atlantic and am not certain that the stereo is following me. If it comes to buying a new one, I'd certainly take an Arcam cd player again - open to suggestions for what to put with it.

arcaNa
30-04-2006, 07:51 PM
old (1976) NAIM audio speakers, amp and radio- all part of a record player set bougt by my parents on their London honeymoon...
made in Glasgow, Scotland- lush as f*ck and pure quality, still going strong after all these years... :cool:

cd player is an old Philips 1988 model they flogged at the local Op-shop some years ago...it wobbles a bit...

bassnation
02-05-2006, 07:42 PM
you can probably guess, i ain't an audiophile but like low frequencies

me too, but try to keep the volume down now. the other day i had a low end rumble going on in my right ear, like one of those subbass lines which makes everything vibrate - problem is, i wasn't listening to any music when it happened. not sure what thats all about, but i'm guessing its probably not positive.

the problem is, bass heavy music sounds so good loud, what are you supposed to do?

shudder
03-05-2006, 03:50 AM
as I understand it, it's the treble frequencies that really kill you.. so if you've gotta turn up your bass-y music, pull down the highs!

Lichen
03-05-2006, 10:15 AM
[QUOTE=bassnation]me too, but try to keep the volume down now. the other day i had a low end rumble going on in my right ear, like one of those subbass lines which makes everything vibrate - problem is, i wasn't listening to any music when it happened. not sure what thats all about, but i'm guessing its probably not positive. QUOTE]

In other words, you increasingly resemble your avatar :eek:

Grievous Angel
03-05-2006, 10:46 AM
as I understand it, it's the treble frequencies that really kill you.. so if you've gotta turn up your bass-y music, pull down the highs!
No, the ear's response peaks hugely in the mid-range where the human voice has most energy. Good soundsystems with have very few mid-range speakers.

You can have bass as loud as you want without troubling your hearing, and high treble won't hurt either. But bad, spitty mid-range can do real harm.

Sounds like Marc's got some tinnitus. Might be caused by smoking - a doctor told me tobacco smoke strips the fine hairs off the surface of the inner ear, making them less sensitive, and prone to ringing.

bassnation
03-05-2006, 11:23 AM
In other words, you increasingly resemble your avatar :eek:

hey, thats my real face your talking about there!
;)

bassnation
03-05-2006, 11:24 AM
Sounds like Marc's got some tinnitus. Might be caused by smoking - a doctor told me tobacco smoke strips the fine hairs off the surface of the inner ear, making them less sensitive, and prone to ringing.

roll on the day someone invents bionic ears! surely it can't be long in coming....

Lichen
03-05-2006, 11:34 AM
Euch

Gabba Flamenco Crossover
03-05-2006, 11:07 PM
I've got an arcam amp & mission speakers which I've had for years - they've been in my studio for a while & I've mixed a load of stuff on them. But now I've got some PMCs for the studio, so they can go back to being hifi.

I had a NAD 533 turntable which I sold to buy my decks (technics). Might get another one now, they are great (piss all over 1210s). I used my computer for CDs up til now (with a decent pro soundcard) but might invest in a standalone player from here on.

Two personal rules of thumb:

If your hifi costs more than the aggregate replacement value of your music collection, you're a nerd. On the other hand, most folk here have invested big money in music & it makes sense to get the most out of it. Aim for a hifi that between a third & a half the value of your music.

And... if you're spending big-ish money on a system (say 800+) it makes sense to have a look at the room acoustics. Pros do this as a matter of course but its often neglected in consumer hifi circles. You dont need to be putting in floating floors: just a few acoustic panels can makes an amazing difference if they are sensibly placed.

OldRottenhat
07-05-2006, 02:45 PM
If your hifi costs more than the aggregate replacement value of your music collection, you're a nerd. On the other hand, most folk here have invested big money in music & it makes sense to get the most out of it. Aim for a hifi that between a third & a half the value of your music.

If I had that kind of money, I'd feel a bit irresponsible not using it for a downpayment on a house.

shudder
08-05-2006, 04:05 AM
re: audiophiles vs. music lovers...

blissblogger (http://blissout.blogspot.com/2006_05_01_blissout_archive.html#11465891925494967 8) links to a Stylus piece (http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/weekly_article/imperfect-sound-forever.htm) about dynamic range compression etc., and mentions, in passing:

* an aside to one of Nick's asides: i'm nowhere near him in terms of audiophilia, but it has amazed over the years how many rock critics have really lousy stereos. it's like being a film reviewer and forgetting to wear your glasses before heading out to the screening.

On the other hand, see this post (http://www.theoriginalsoundtrack.com/blog/archives/00000601.htm) at the original soundtrack, where Geeta says:

I never had any patience for audiophiles, but I am simultaneously fascinated by them. I don't have a good system; I have a cheap and serviceable one--a Denon tape deck I picked up for 30 bucks, an old Onkyo receiver, and a cheap Technics belt-drive turntable and CD player, fed into a pair of speakers that closely approximate wet paper towels. I generally listen to music through a pair of reasonable headphones that I bought five years ago (Grado SR-80s, designed right here in Brooklyn) that cost me something like $75 and still work even after having had rum spilled on them (they actually soaked overnight in the rum, and one of the foam ear-snugglers got stiff and fell off, but the headphones still work!) When I want to hear music the way I want to experience it, I go to venues to listen to DJs spin records.

Film critics don't have glittering home cinema systems and projection booths in their homes; can we really expect broke music critics to have great systems in theirs?

Obviously, people posting here aren't against having a decent sound system at home... but it's interesting to see how blissblogger's and TOS's responses differ, no?

Ness Rowlah
08-05-2006, 03:56 PM
Marantz PM4200 amp (I think this is an "anglified" Marantz)
Sony MXD-D40 CD/MD (with high-speed copying from CD to MD)
Denon TU-580RD Tuner
Wharfedale Diamond 8 Speakers with proper cables
Optonica RP-3500 record player with a Rega pickup

Every item simply bought when I could afford it, on recommendations from
What HiFi. In total a grands worth or so.

Nothing special, but good enough, apart from the record player that
is probably bordering on proper vintage hifi.
It's a 16 kg wonder of Japanese engineering (chassis is crushed stone),
costing me 150 quid some 28 years old and still going strong.

D7_bohs
22-05-2006, 07:48 PM
half new best i could afford, half junk shop (and better)

Project turntable - 6 years old, ortofon cartridge, could be better
Garrard turntable - '60s marvel, but needs some work
Cambridge CD player - never use it anymore
Sansui Amp - early 70s absolutely fabulous 20 quid in a market
Goodman speakers - charity shop again 15 quid
Also a pair of rigonda speakers from russia with a blown woofer but fab teak cabinets

Grievous Angel
23-05-2006, 10:21 AM
Yeah, I would like to know what system Reynolds uses. And some film critics do have good surround systems. If Geeta has Grado phones, though, that's a fantastic system in itself. Grado stuff ROCKS.

Sick Mouthy
20-11-2006, 11:50 AM
I have two hi-fis and a minisystem.

The minisystem is a Denon DM31 with SCM101 speakers. It lives in my bedroom, and mainly, sadly, gets used for the radio.

The main hi-fi has it's own room, with my music and DVD collections, my TV, my Xbox, my winerack, etcetera. It's a NAD CD521Bee player, Cambridge Audio Azur 640A V2 amp, Pro-Ject Debut turntable, NAD phono amp, Tannoy R1 speakers, on an Atacama rack and Target speaker stands. Cables are Qnect 4s from the NAD and Qnect 2s from the phono amp. Speaker cable is Cord Company Silver Biwire. I run my shitty Toshiba DVD player through it too.

The other hi-fi is in my bedroom and is my, oh sweet fucking geek, "headphone rig". It's an old Marantz CD67MKII player, a Beresford TC7510 DAC (the analogue outs on the Marantz are faulty, so this takes a digital output from it) and a Meier Audio Corda Headfive amp, with either Alessandro MS-1 or Sennheiser HD595 headphones depending how saucy I'm feeling. Qnect 2 cables again, and an optical toslink that came with the Beresford. I've got a big-ass Grado extension cable that's 4 metres long so I can go and wig-out on the landing with headphones on.

Bettysnake
20-11-2006, 05:17 PM
a huge seventies chrome amp.

some huge tannoy standing up speakers.

a seventies chrome tuner.

all sounds lovely and my best mate lives downstairs so I can turn the bass right up.

Guybrush
20-11-2006, 10:01 PM
http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/3313/piopjv5.jpg
The £15 headphones hasn't got the world's most pleasant sound, but anything costlier would be economic suicide since I accidently stamp a pair to pieces every six months or so (as is evident from the picture, the current pair is already on its' last legs). The amplifier I brought with me when I moved from parents' house isn't the fancier sort, but I reckon it sounds just fine; the speakers I use with it have the symbol "π" [pi] on them, I have no idea if they match the amp. I rarely use the Philips cd-player nowadays, but it's a tremendously robust player which plays all cds but the most scratched ones.

Since I have a lot of elderly neighbours I mostly listen to music through my headphones, but I definitely get more of a rush out of listening to it through speakers; living on top of a nightclub for a time (I moved last February) and thus being able to crank up the volume a great deal decidedly affected my musical preferences: A lot of bass-heavy music which sounded fabulous then sounds severely lacking now, when played at whispering volume.

I have a friend, a self-appointed "music lover," who listens to his beloved music (=128kbps mp3s) through his laptop's built-in speakers. That's just madness to me. Still, perhaps audiophiles view my setup with equal distaste.