- What speakers do you have?
Some nice kit on here. Lots of tech and yet the original recordings (of say guitars) were often done with a Shure SM58 a few cms from the cone of a 12″ Celestion which costs about 130e. I use Creambacks and Vintage 30s in open and closed back cabs and they are prety crude things. Seems odd to use so much technology to accurately reproduce something so industrial.Posted 8 months agoSpeederSubscriber
Kef Q35s I bought about 25 years ago – still going strong – can’t comment on any of their audiophile qualities though as they hardly ever get used just for music any more. Still they look quite nice – when I take the covers off (not that I’d dare with my destructive 4 y/o daughter around)Posted 8 months ago
That I appreciate, just bear in mind you’re reproducing a recording that had already been coloured before it got onto the CD.
OK but also bear in mind that you want your hi-fi to accurately reproduce more than just a cranked guitar sound. What about vocals, acoustic guitar? What if like me you listen to classical as well as old 70s rock? If you want to hear what the artist, producer and engineer put on the master you need an accurate system.
BUT… the best speakers I ever heard for rock were Klipschorns, because basically they are built like PA speakers. I couldn’t have coped with them for small scale choral work though, Quad ESL63s work best for that. Those ATC SCM50s mentioned back up there are the best all rounders I’ve heard.Posted 8 months agooink1Subscriber
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Nice real world set up Oink. Ran the same amplification with CDX and Sondek as sources, thru ES14’s. Really nicely balanced, and I think I’m correct in saying Epos developed their early models with Naim amplification so one would expect the synergy to be good.
Yes – I believe they were developed with Naim amplification in mind. I would describe my system as “neutral’ and have been very happy with it since the mid ’90’s when I took all the gear I had at the time into my local Radford HiFi, part x’ed it all and splurged on my ideal system!! YOLO and you can’t take it with you etc. Im just dreading the day I have to get the 250 re-capped! 😯Posted 8 months ago
You make some good points, Slowoldman. Vocals generally get sung through an SM 58 and a PA with a bit of EQ, chorus and reverb. Some singers use their own effects boxees. The PA units have a tweeter/horn and are closed back so much easier to reproduce with “hi-fi” speakers than the overdriven guitar which often uses an open back design.
I reckon hi-fis do small accoustic instruments and voice pretty well, where they fall down is in the reproduction of sounds made by big instruments or speakers with no damping. You can’t make a small closed back driver sound like a big driver in an open cab. It takes the edge and aggression off the sound.
I use a modelling guitar amp with which you can select a speaker emulation to simulate Creamback, Greenback, Vintage 30, Alnico blue or whatever. It’s not bad until you compare with a real Creamback and the treble rings in your ears.Posted 8 months agomarkwsfMember
I have just inherited via a friend of my mom’s a pair of quad esl 63s and a pair of quad 57s. Am looking forward to getting them set up.
What a pile of old hat failed technology cr@p.
Tell you what, I’ll take them off your hands and not even charge for pickup – or, doing you a huge favour swap for a pair of Wharfdale Diamonds.
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KEF Q Series something or others – floor jobs up front and a centre/stand mount rears… the sub expired so needs replacing at some stage. Sound ace and fill the room though, and haven’t really missed the sub so may just leave it.
In t’other room there is a pair of KRK Studio Monitors… may add a sub to them at some stage if my mixes need more bass response when recording starts up… but for the moment they are absolutely fantastic!Posted 7 months ago
Bought my ProAc D15’s with me to Spain but I’ve now got a smaller listening space and there’s not enough air for them perform.
Going to audition some suitable replacements at the “local” dealer in Malaga.
Spendor or Dynavector. Looking for small ported boxes on stands…Posted 6 months agonevisthecatSubscriber
to a Naim Nait 5e and Linn LP12.
Basically a Rogers Ls3/5A – tight and renders vocals better than anything other than Harberths.
not much bass but then they’re in the cottage part of the house which has low ceilings and smaller rooms (I live in an old farmhouse which has a later 19th C part). So, bass is not an issue unlike the Linns they replaced – too boomy for the hobbit hole.
I got them for £300 off EBay, from Austria.Posted 6 months agolazlowoodbineMember
Mission 704a run off an Arcam AVR300 in bi-amp mode and a Marantz CD52. Not subtle but it really kicks and was a cheap set up, certainly in hi-fi terms.
Speakers were new 15 years ago. CD player and amp were second hand. Under £400 all in with cables.
Other rig is Tannoy m3, Marantz 2226b, Philips CD104, Dual 505-2. Beautiful, just beautiful. I’m sure some higher end speakers would improve it though.Posted 6 months agotomasoSubscriber
We Accoustics floor standers in the living room. Great sound and really effortless, but unfortunately bought just after my deaf neighbour moved out.
The kitchen tunes are served by a pair of B&W DM602s that have been demoted from living room duties upon arrival of the floorstandibg Q Accoustics.
Kitchen sound system is as far away from the party wall and my nieghbour and so often gets abused more.Posted 6 months agonamastebuzzMember
Kef Reference 104/2s.
Got them free about ten years ago but they’re from the late 80s. In a Rotel Pre/Power system with two power amps running in mono.
A few years ago I set up a couple of paires of modern speakers alongside the Kefs and I thought they sounded better, initially.
When we switched back to the Kefs there was no comparison.
My mate said ” Those other speakers sound like a very good recording is being played but with the Kefs it seems like the band is actually in the room.”Posted 6 months ago
Got rid of the Cerwin e710’s. Just too full on. Harsh highs and overpowering bass. Great party music speakers but not good at all for tv/movies.
So I ended up with some Wharfedale Diamond 9.5. Was looking at a new set for $700 and nearly got them, then found a local woman selling her elderly Dad’s AVR and speakers. Ended up with a set of Diamond 9.5, a 10″ Tannoy sub, a Jamo centre and a Yamaha RV-x620 amp for $600! All pristine condition. The Wharefedale’s, not a mark on them and doubtful if any real volume has been put through them. Kevlar drivers too. Mmmm
Kept my existing amp in place, new speakers on that. New Yammy amp in the kitchen hooked up to some smaller Cerwin XLS-6 bookshelf speakers. Perfect for bit of reggae this arvo (http://rtrfm.com.au/ on the for next hour and a half if anyone’s interested).
Oh, and got given a Sony bluray player for nowt which has wifi, usb and plays SACDs too.Posted 5 months agoTurnerGuyMember
Basically LS/35as, but in thin wall cabinets from Stirling Broadcast, which mimic the original cabinets the prototypes versions used and are suppossed to be more of a ‘lossy’ cabinet.
Using external crossovers from a company called Cicable, one of the founding members being Derek Hughes who used to run Spendor and whose dad started it.
The combination of those two things makes a huge difference to that speaker with much lower THD – much more like a grade 1 broadcast speaker sans the bass.
And used in combinaton with Stirling Broadcast AB-2 bass extenders.
Driven by mono-block Quad 909s and a Tact 2.2x pre-amp, with a Music First TVC pre-amp in between just acting as a buffer, as it seems to matchthe pre and power amps together much better for some reason.Posted 5 months agodannybgoodeSubscriber
None currently (well a beat up pair of TDL RTL R40’s but they don’t really count as they’re not hooked to anything).
I did have a pair of Rega RS5’s most recently at they were brilliant.
Do all my listening on headphones at the moment and have the very lovely if excruciatingly expensive Hifiman HE1000K MK2.
Detail wise unlike anything I’ve ever heard…Posted 5 months ago
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