- What speakers do you have?
Original AE109s. They replaced a pair of B&O Pentas which sounded superb but my wife hated and had begun to rot. (Speakers, not wife)
The Pentas were driven by a Beomaster BM6000 and a CDX cd player. I think it was the best sounding system I ever heard.
Currently using the AE109s with Marantz 6006, Rega P1 and Marantz CD5000 and Im delighted with it all.Posted 2 years ago
Ah but you can’t see the rear of the stack… 😳
The main thing is to have the boxes that connect with each other in that order in the stack and let the cables hang loose without getting tangled up. Do this by building it up from the bottom having decided on the order and connect the cables as you go….
Still looks a bit of a mare’s on first glance, mind.
The stand is made by “Isoblue” out of a mix of wooden “legs” and veneered mdf flats.
It works well as an audio isolator and also, I like it because it looks like furniture rather than laboratory shelving.
I’d love to be able to afford the top-of-the-range NAIM shelving like RichPenny’s but at £400 a shelf it’s WAAAAAAY out of my budget.
I’ve run the speaker cables through some pipe insulation to tidy it up visually.
Also I use a Grahams “Hydra” mains supply cable that feeds four boxes into one plug outlet. Helps keep things simple.Posted 2 years ago
I wonder about the damping material around the immediate sides and back of Mr Woppits setup – surely that grade of stuff is only going to be of use to catch higher frequencies and so wouldn’t it be better extending it more forward from the speakers so it catches first reflections from the side walls.
I had a 3 piece sofa with the side chairs either side of the speakers and which had big cushions, and they improved the sound a lot because of those pesky first reflections.
More of a live-end dead-end approach :Posted 2 years ago
with the most audible effect being a booming of certain bass notes.
Precisely the effect I’m trying to suppress, as it happens.
I have found over the years in many different rooms that this is the effect of un-damped room corners behind the speakers.
I’m trying out this wall panelling as an alternative to the curtain wall hangings I was using in England. It’s advertised as being for removing bass-end bloom and was well user-reviewed on Amazon.
You may well be right and I may need to extend the side wall baffling.
The kit was only switched on 24 hours ago so I won’t know precisely the effect until it’s completely warmed up by Tuesday pm.
A couple of scatter cushions might help as well.
Only time and my ears will tell… 😉Posted 2 years ago
I did a hifi a couple of times and the second time we set up someone sat in the listening position whilst a person lifted each speaker and moved around, backwards/forwards and side to side, until the listener indicated the best listening position – it was like a camera snapping into focus apparently.Posted 2 years ago
Indeed. Speaker positioning is crucial.
My problem is I’m restricted by the smaller size of room to the previous facility.
I may have to downsize to “bookshelf” speakers on stands.
At the moment, I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m just about going to get away with it, despite the tiny amount of room to maneuvre that I’ve got.
The photos make the space look bigger than it is.Posted 2 years ago
Not as far as I’m aware and I doubt it very much. Two different planets, but I’m no expert so don’t take my word for it. The NAIM forums might have an answer for you.
Back in the day they used to run hand-in-hand with Linn (“We’ll do the amps, Linn’l do the rest) until Julian and Ivor had a bit of a parting of the ways…Posted 2 years ago
Well, the baffling has worked up to a point but it’s now obvious that the room needs much more treating than just some behind-the-speakers damping.
I’m going to extend it not just forward of the existing tiles as suggested, but also up towards the ceiling and along the facing wall above the TV.
Eek.Posted 2 years agoalanw2007Subscriber
I’ve got some nice Swedish Audio Pro speakers (Image 12/22/44) set up for home theatre as a 5.1 system. All my music comes out sounding like Abba :-).Posted 2 years ago
Actually I’ve been quite pleased with them; took a bit of fiddling to get a sound I’m happy with but once set up properly they sound good with my Marantz receiver.
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