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The kit we bought, our current setups

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Welcome, @Alt-Wrong
It seems like one of us is the evil twin of the other; I've been contemplating crossing my more efficient subs higher to my terribly inefficient fast dipole upper bass, mids, and tweeters. Crossovers are fairly difficult. I can't yet say I recommend it, but if you're in this fair that probably shouldn't stop you. It's a while new exciting/terrifying world of tweaking.
thanks for the welcome, OG.
the maggies, combined with those 18” sealed subs, should have absolutely no
problem whatsoever reproducing “scale”.
i was just looking at stereophile’s mg-20 review earlier in the day...
https://www.stereophile.com/content/magnepan-mg-20-loudspeaker
...and thought gradient’s nero dipole subs,
a stacked vertical pair on each side (SW-D),
would make a nice dipole-to-dipole pairing with the maggies...
http://www.gradient.fi/en/loudspeakers/11-gradient-xo-amp.html
...the nero’s taking over at 200hz and relieving the 20s from their low-end load.
probably not going to pressurize the room the way the F18s will,
but the result should be deeply articulate.
 

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This is my vinyl / FM setup. Orders of magnitude more budget than most setups posted here (all in I paid well under $1k) and nowhere near the same SQ. But I enjoy it.

  • Turntable: Rega RP1 (with the perf pack upgrade, which includes the Rega Bias 2 MM cartridge).
  • Integrated Amp: harman/kardon hk670 (circa 1979)
  • Speakers: KLH Model Six (circa 1969). I have the later model where the woofer is attached via screws, not epoxy.
  • Speaker wire: Monoprice 12AWG copper wire

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Opera Consonance LP-2.0 turntable, Mørch UP-4 tonearm & Grado Reference Sonata 2 moving iron cartridge.

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Topping DX7s DAC, 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 running Volumio, Pro-Ject Phono Box RS phono preamp.

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Little Bear MC3 2-IN-2-OUT XLR/RCA audio switch (not in use), Yisheng relay based volume controller, YS-Audio Audio Experience Balanced A2 preamp, Squeaky Clean Vinyl MK-III RCM 3D Printed Record Cleaner and my record collection. Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro headphones (not pictured).

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Von Schweikert VR-4 Gen III HSE speakers, DIY 1000ASP ICEpower monoblocks & Tube Fantasy 300B PSET monoblocks.

Martin
 
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Sorry. No pics.

Living room: Ascend Acoustics Sierra 2EX, Sierra Horizon Center with Raal, Sierra 1, Power Sound Audio V1510 and V1512, Denon X4200W, Nvidia Shield Pro (2019)

Office: PSB Imagine XB, ICEpower ICE125ASX2, JDS Labs Atom, Topping D50S

Bedroom: KEF Q150, Cambridge Audio CXA60, Fiio X5 MKII
 

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The Man-cave is under construction besides the gear i gathering first things piece by piece like a reinforced glass desk, couch listening chair an additional damping pannels self made. Setup is as well close monitoring with IMF Compact II Monitors As Full Range Vandersteen Model 1 speakers. Both fed/powered by NAD C370, Topping D10 an a Allen & Heath Xone 4D digital desk for home recording. Probably in 1 month time i will not recognise it as it now is. For now a bit of a mess but despite that it sounds already great.
 
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Here is my ‘old school’ mid to hifi set up which has held well up for decades. I used to work for a midfi electronics retailer back in the day so we could buy equipment at cost. I am still a novice with this but know some general concepts. I had an outrageous Kenwood/Visonic car stereo too w 2 amps and 6 speakers lol. Those were the days.

Speakers
My speakers are the cult classic Energy 22 References from 1985. These speakers have a rich history here in Canada after they won a blind listening test to be the studio monitor of the CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) beating out some of the best studio monitors in the world at the time. And at $800/pr they were affordable to both audiophiles and more regular listeners.

They were designed in part by Winslow Burhoe (EPI) with a dual inverted hyperdome tweeter and mirror imaged to each other. The result was one of the most accurate bookshelf speakers both on and 30 deg off axis. 28 hz to 45 khz +/- 3db, +/- 2db 30 deg off axis. Bass is unbelievable too for a bookshelf. Long discontinued, as Energy went to more efficient speakers, owners can still get service from a few niche operators who bought up the energy parts and offer tweeter rebuilds for $85.

Here is their brochure and an article from Winslow’s blog on the speaker too.

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http://directacoustics.com/?page_id=128


Integrated Amp
I have a pretty decent mid/ hi fi amp in the Vector Research VA 1400 faithfully in service since 1985. This was a CA, USA company that are long out of business but their gear was very good and similar to NAD and Rotel , rumored to be made in the same factory etc. 100 w into 4 ohms at .08% thd. 65 into 8 ohms. S/N 95 db for CD. Decent but not hi end stats.

Slim in profile, it weighs in at 20 lbs so it has a nice power supply system. I recall it had headroom of ~ 1.5 db so it can power the Energys quite well.

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CD player
In pic above. Yes old school too here with the Sony CA7ES CD player from 1998. ‘ES’ (Extremely High Standard) was the Sony audiophile line for many years and this was the 7th series of components. ES too has gone by the wayside now. S/n 116 db , 2 hz – 25khz +/ .3 db. CDs still a great medium and going strong.

Headphones/Future Plans/Other
Have a pair of SteelSeries Arctis 3 which are a very good, budget, accurate headphone and a FiiO E10K ( like the K3) which is an adequate DAC.

What I will be adding is a Topping 10 likely and connecting my new Acer Aspire A135-42 laptop to the system to add HD music to the mix. I may also add 4K DVD player. All a work in progress.

FYI old VHS enthusiasts may note another true classic to the left, a Panasonic 4 head PV-V4522K VHS hifi! Still have some old hifi VHS concert tapes but rarely used now.
 
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At my workplace ...

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Astell & Kern AK 320 with docking station (HighRes files and Tidal Hifi streaming)
Violectric V281
Audeze LCD-X with customized cable
 

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^^^ I espy a little Pioner integrated amplifier up there! :)
Looks like maybe an SA-6700 SA-7700?
 

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This is my main system in the living room.
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Speakers and Amps: Salon2's 1 AHB2 each bi-amped, Voice2 AHB2 Bi-amped, and Studio2 AHB2 (rear) not shown here.
Processor/Preamp: Emotiva RMC-1 (multi-channel), Benchmark LA4 for stereo
Video: TiVo Bolt+ (via HDFury), HTPC Brix I5, Apple TV 4K
2- Channel: Roon via HTPC DAC -> Oppo UPD-205 -> LA4
Display: LG 77C9
Cables: BlueJeans XLR, RuipPro Hybrid Fiber HDMI, BlueJeans 10 Gauge speaker

My room is 15' x 30' x 8' to 14' sloped ceiling.
The seating position is about 13' so all speaker are equidistant.

- Rich
 
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View attachment 47221 Opera Consonance LP-2.0 turntable, Mørch UP-4 tonearm & Grado Reference Sonata 2 moving iron cartridge.

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Topping DX7s DAC, 2GB Raspberry Pi 4 running Volumio, Pro-Ject Phono Box RS phono preamp.

View attachment 47223 Little Bear MC3 2-IN-2-OUT XLR/RCA audio switch (not in use), Yisheng relay based volume controller, YS-Audio Audio Experience Balanced A2 preamp, Squeaky Clean Vinyl MK-III RCM 3D Printed Record Cleaner and my record collection. Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro headphones (not pictured).

View attachment 47224 Von Schweikert VR-4 Gen III HSE speakers, DIY 1000ASP ICEpower monoblocks & Tube Fantasy 300B PSET monoblocks.

Martin
I hope that tape on the floor is acoustically treated audiophile grade otherwise all hell could break out in that room ;-)
 

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The bloody cat has ruined all chances of ever having my speakers back so I'm headphone only.

Cans:
Grado PS1000 and GS1000
HD800
Beyer T1 (v2)
Denon D7000 and a few more

Amps:
THX789
Geshelli Archel 2.5
Schiit Mjolnir
Heed Canamp

DAC:
SMSL M500 (USB from laptop)
Cambridge Audio CXN v2 streamer (Also hooked up by USB to laptop)
 

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The bloody cat has ruined all chances of ever having my speakers back so I'm headphone only.

Cans:
Grado PS1000 and GS1000
HD800
Beyer T1 (v2)
Denon D7000 and a few more

Amps:
THX789
Geshelli Archel 2.5
Schiit Mjolnir
Heed Canamp

DAC:
SMSL M500 (USB from laptop)
Cambridge Audio CXN v2 streamer (Also hooked up by USB to laptop)
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I keep my Von Schweikerts covered with the boxes my Klipsch RF-82s came in when not in use. Looks like crap but keeps the cat from destroying them.

Martin
 

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This is my main system in the living room.
My room is 15' x 30' x 8' to 14' sloped ceiling.
The seating position is about 13' so all speaker are equidistant.

- Rich
I am curious to read what you think about the LA4.
I like that you wrote the dimensions of your room as well: The room must be bigger than the impression we get from the photo.
 

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I keep my Von Schweikerts covered with the boxes my Klipsch RF-82s came in when not in use. Looks like crap but keeps the cat from destroying them.

Martin
... and here I thought this was commentary following from @amirm's recent Klipsch loudspeaker review! ;)

We had two cats for a long time (both have passed away in the last few years) -- for a while, I had a pair of nice "A" series Altec Valencias in our erstwhile house's living room. One was missing its fretwork & grille, so I had to fashion a little cat protection from foam-core board :)

EDIT: I thought I had a photo of the speaker with the board in place, but I can't find it if I do. Suffice it to say that it fit comfortably on the flat part of the front baffle in front of that beautiful 416 woofer :)
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Note the cleverly deployed Radio Shack 40-1375 "leaf" (planar) tweeter in a plastic Hammond enclosure used as a supertweeter to add a little sparkle to the 806B/811B driver/horn treble section of the Valencia. :) But I digress.
 
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