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Old 09-06-2011, 10:23 PM   #141 (permalink)
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Just received my latest purchase, an Audio-GD NFB-2 DAC.
It has optical, coax and USB inputs, I am using a Squeezebox Touch via the optical input and an old Pioneer DVD player as transport through the coax input.
Awesome sound improvement for $450 US.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:06 PM   #142 (permalink)
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Maybe I just don't understand, but isn't it ironic that speakers "blowout" when their entire existence is to emit loud noises? It's really annoying.

Anyways, I'm looking to buy some new speakers and was hoping somebody could give me a recommendation. I'm just looking for some decently loud speakers that won't cost too much but will be reliable and most importantly won't blowout...
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:14 PM   #143 (permalink)
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Look at the RMS power rating, the higher the better in your case, but you won't get quality without paying for it.

Also if you have a low power amp and turn it up loud then you will blow almost any speakers because it's not the power that blows them it's the distortion.

I high power amp (100 Watts) running at 1/4 volume into medium power (50Watt) speakers is better than a 10W amp into 100 watt speakers.

Also look for high efficiency speakers as they require less watts to go loud, ie 80db speakers are not efficient while 95db speakers are and will be louder than the 80db ones.

I hope this helps.

I drive a pair of 120 Watt 92db speakers with a 20watt amp, loud enough for most occaisions but not parties.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:37 PM   #144 (permalink)
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Some new cables

Nothing fancy, but these plugs are definitely a lot better than what I had.
The Cables are the same, actually. Only the lenghts are a bit shorter.

I also rearranged my stuff so I won't have to rearrange it again when I hang the TV to the wall.

Soon everything will be a bit more to the left, not too far because these speakers need some space around them. The TV will be above the reel to reel deck, on the wall.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:47 PM   #145 (permalink)
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Yeah, speakers need a bit of space, mine are now 1 metre into the room and 2 metres in from the side walls. I also listen with the curtains open as they fit nicely behind the speakers and stop the sound reflecting off the windows.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:52 PM   #146 (permalink)
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I still have a serious problem with my room acoustics... Not sure what to do about that yet.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #147 (permalink)
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This here is the room and I cannot get my low end to sound right at my sweet spot, which is my couch.
I've not tilted my speakers slightly behind which seems to work, but it's always a choice; Punch OR Deep bass. Never both.
Obviously I have proper bass everywhere in the room except for on the couch...
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:16 PM   #148 (permalink)
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Sounds like your couch is right where the bass frequencies are cancelling. Maybe you could get a subwoofer and put it at center, give it a crossover around 80-100 hz or so (or whatever ends up sounding right so that the cancelling lower frequencies are handled by the sub instead of the L/R channels), and let your L/R speakers do the punching, and your sub could handle everything lower. That should take care of the cancellation at the sweet-spot.

Dunno how you feel about subs, but you don't necessarily need them for sub-freqs. Just having one speaker handle the low end you do intend to put out will be better for the cancellation issues that arise when the longer wavelengths are coming out of two speakers.

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Old 11-09-2011, 05:25 PM   #149 (permalink)
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Hahaha, I won't add a sub to speakers that already have better low end than most subs have. You're just creating an extra crossover point that shouldn't be there in the first place.

I used to have a sub with my old Tannoy Eatons. They needed it. In this case I should be able to manage by just tweaking the room.

Right in front of my couch is all the punch, behind it is the deep bass. It's ridiculous. I had EXACTLY the same problem in my former house and the setup is completely different now... ****ing annoying.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:43 PM   #150 (permalink)
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...or just use one speaker? Isn't that the common sense thing to do?

Alternatively you could use damping material like acoustic tile on the walls (there are some attractive styles) to limit reverberations back to the couch.

I gotta admit, I don't know shit about sound systems, but I don't see how this could be a logical fallacy.
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