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sonofcolin
2007-03-20, 16:42
What are those stands under SB and laptop. Looks terrific to me...

They're my Harbeth C7 speaker stands :) As the Harbeths are boxed and ready to be shipped to another apt, I thought I'd make use of the stands for now. They are made by a US company called Mapleshade and are made from solid pieces of maple. They are very heavy and do a great job of supporting the speakers. I think they also look very nice with the Squeezebox and laptop :)

nicketynick
2007-03-21, 09:15
They're my Harbeth C7 speaker stands :) As the Harbeths are boxed and ready to be shipped to another apt, I thought I'd make use of the stands for now. They are made by a US company called Mapleshade and are made from solid pieces of maple. They are very heavy and do a great job of supporting the speakers. I think they also look very nice with the Squeezebox and laptop :)


Wow, I checked out Mapleshade, and really like what they do, and I think they would get a high WAF, particularly the Bedrock series.
Can anybody comment on their experience with this sort of stand, and anybody know of anybody else selling similar stands?
Thanks!

Edit: did some more browsing around the mapleshade site - looks to me like there's some audiophilic snake-oil in there!

sonofcolin
2007-03-21, 16:59
Edit: did some more browsing around the mapleshade site - looks to me like there's some audiophilic snake-oil in there!
It does appear that way, but in reality this is a very nice bunch of people to deal with and the owner (Pierre) is a very knowledgeable guy when it comes to design and engineering. They offer a 30 day money back on their products so if it turns out to be snake oil you can send it back. If you read a little closer you will notice that they do back up their products with sound engineering principles.

They also have their own record label and produce a wide range of interesting music. These people really do enjoy what they do.

topa
2007-03-21, 17:33
@sonofcolin

I just have to ask:

1) It's P9 isn't it? (Who cares for SBs with a deck like that)
2) You gave away the Harbeths for Dynaudios????

Tobi.

sonofcolin
2007-03-21, 17:54
Tobi,

1. Yes, it's a p9. p9 plays vinyl, not digital files.
2. No, I still have the Harbeth's and they will be used in another system when it is setup.

SJV
2007-03-22, 02:54
Amplifier: Bladelius S-101
CD/SACD/DVD-A -player: Bladelius Freja
Network music player: Slim Devices Squeezebox 3
Speakers: Acapella Fortüne
Headphones: Sennheiser HD-600 Avantgarde & Koss Porta Pro (for portable use)
Radio: Tivoli Audio Model One
Speaker cables: Transparent MusicWave 2.4
Audio interconnects: Transparent MusicLink 1.0 & 1.5 (RCA)
Power cables: Hydrus
Power distribution block: Supra MD06-EU/SP
Audio rack: E&T Spider k60.3 & k60.4

My multipurpose listening room is only 5.5 x 4.0 meters, so it's a bit too small. Additional photos of my gear can be found here: http://www2.lut.fi/~vierimaa/kuvat/hifi/

Jetlag
2007-03-22, 11:10
SJV - Very impressive! Your room looks more like a manufacturers primary promotioonal photo than someones actual setup, well done! Shoot, I have a difficult enough time trying to keep my socks matched!

I went skiing in Levi 2 years ago, had a great time and met many very nice people, although I think I heard "It's Mintuu Time" a few times to many! ;)

tomo28
2007-03-22, 13:59
My TEAC and SB3 In the kitchen...

I think the TEAC sounds nearly as good as the bose wave but is half the price and 100x more attractive.

kphinney
2007-03-23, 13:10
... with a spouse who appreciates video more than audio.

-Stef-
2007-03-24, 09:34
Some snapshots of my current setup:

hanshanson
2007-03-24, 11:02
my desk , one laptop runs slimserver and itunes

plafitracer
2007-03-24, 12:00
It's kinda hard to see the SB3, it is next to the TV on the right :)

sebage
2007-03-24, 18:21
Here is my humble set up.

SB3 – Marantz PM6010OSE - B&W DM601’s bi-wired using cable talk cable.

The amp sits on top of a 70lb block of medium grained, porphyritic igneous intrusive with well formed orthoclase phenocrysts. I have tried other finer grained alkali granites, but found they lead to a distinct weakening of the soundstage.

;-)

Kyle
2007-03-24, 18:50
How did you determine the placement of the bookstacks?

sebage
2007-03-24, 18:54
Spousal judgement

snoogly
2007-03-26, 00:32
Just possible to make out my SB3 in this video ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_oy908LQgo

empty99
2007-03-26, 08:24
Spousal judgement

I take it your area never had any earthquakes or tremors...

Kyle
2007-03-26, 08:27
Spousal judgement

I think if you removed three books from the lefthand stack and moved it backward seven inches it would improve your soundstage immensely.

SJV
2007-03-26, 16:50
SJV - Very impressive! Your room looks more like a manufacturers primary promotioonal photo than someones actual setup, well done! Shoot, I have a difficult enough time trying to keep my socks matched!

I went skiing in Levi 2 years ago, had a great time and met many very nice people, although I think I heard "It's Mintuu Time" a few times to many! ;)

Hah, thanks!

And as you know minttukaakao (hot chocolate with mint liqueur) is probably the best afterski in the world ;) But unlike some unmentioned beer brands it works also pre- and on-ski too! :)

drewe181
2007-03-27, 04:54
How did you determine the placement of the bookstacks?

someone's been watching ghostbusters

sebage
2007-03-27, 16:36
"I think if you removed three books from the lefthand stack and moved it backward seven inches it would improve your soundstage immensely."

Fiction seems to absorb the transients, which is bothersome.

"I take it your area never had any earthquakes or tremors..."

Well, they say one is due. And, as usual with these predictions, it's gonna be a big one...

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/LCSN/News/story1_2_01.html

I live about 5 blocks away from the 125th Street fault mentioned in the article.

"someone's been watching ghostbusters"

lol

janly
2007-03-28, 05:55
My setup:

http://www.axentia.no/hifi/rack_02.jpg

Bob Bressler
2007-03-28, 08:43
janly, nice AN amps! What is the preamp?

Jetlag
2007-03-28, 09:34
janly,

I could not help but to notice the wood ceiling, walls and floors. With those giant hornspeakers and SWs I am curious what kind of acoustic treatment might be outside of the photo area?

Not to be offensive or start a flame war, but the reason I am asking is that hornspeakers tend to sound quite bright to my ears and I would imagine with a highly reflective room and no visible acoustic treatments that those qualities might get exaggerated. I was curious what you might be doing to offset that potential, or is it not an issue with that particular room?

adamslim
2007-03-28, 12:31
janly,

I could not help but to notice the wood ceiling, walls and floors. With those giant hornspeakers and SWs I am curious what kind of acoustic treatment might be outside of the photo area?

Not to be offensive or start a flame war, but the reason I am asking is that hornspeakers tend to sound quite bright to my ears and I would imagine with a highly reflective room and no visible acoustic treatments that those qualities might get exaggerated. I was curious what you might be doing to offset that potential, or is it not an issue with that particular room?

Whenever I've listened to the Duos, I've been so drawn into the music that any such flaws are meaningless. One of the (actually no, the) most intense speakers I've ever heard. Not sure I could really live with them (and I know the wife couldn't!), but absolutely amazing in the ways that really matter. Sod room conditioning, listen to the music!

Adam

Kyle
2007-03-28, 12:51
Regarding room treatments and the Duos, this is from the FAQ on their website:

The Avantgardes employ a controlled dispersion pattern. Approximately 85% of the sound reaches the ear directly. There's no need for room treatments to absorb or diffuse sidewall and ceiling reflections, because there aren't many.

goodmusic
2007-03-28, 14:08
Transporter -> Krell -> B&W -> Music!

-Stef-
2007-03-29, 14:13
Transporter -> Krell -> B&W -> Music!
Nice audio rack. :)

snoogly
2007-03-30, 16:05
Not so pretty - but it does the job! Ancient concrete blocks necessary to isolate everything from the tatami floor.

SB3 (Bolder mods)
CI Audio VDA2 Dac + VAC1 Power supply
Audio Analogue pre+power amps
Quad 12L2 Speakers
SoundStyle stands
REL Strata ll Subwoofer
Most cabling from Blue Jeans Audio

Slimserver running on my 'media' Mac Mini under the TV.

tyler_durden
2007-03-30, 22:12
Some snapshots of my current setup:

You can go ahead and peel that purple sticker off the front of the Yamaha box. It won't void your warranty...

TD

-Stef-
2007-03-31, 02:02
Done, and guess what? I really think the sound of my receiver is much better now! I should have done this years ago. :)

janly
2007-04-02, 02:49
janly,

I could not help but to notice the wood ceiling, walls and floors. With those giant hornspeakers and SWs I am curious what kind of acoustic treatment might be outside of the photo area?

Not to be offensive or start a flame war, but the reason I am asking is that hornspeakers tend to sound quite bright to my ears and I would imagine with a highly reflective room and no visible acoustic treatments that those qualities might get exaggerated. I was curious what you might be doing to offset that potential, or is it not an issue with that particular room?

Actually the room sounds very good. The DUO horns are very easy to implement in the room, and doesn't give much need for room treatment. However, the room acoustic and the shape of the room are ofcourse important, and I'm now building a new dedicated listening room from scratch (35 sq.meter). In this room I will work with the room treatment, and build it as good as it posible can get.

Jan

janly
2007-04-02, 02:52
janly, nice AN amps! What is the preamp?

The preamp are Cary SLP98P F1, a special upgradet version that Cary offers. Sounds fantastic! :-) I belive it's Upscale Audio that are behind the idea of the upgrade.

Jan

Mattiasa
2007-04-03, 12:40
I have two SB3 setups.
My Livingroom: Bolder modded SB3 -> Denon 3806 -> B&O ASP1000 -> DIY Speakers
My Kitchen: SB3 -> Computer speakers for the moment.

TCM
2007-04-04, 03:08
My mini setup

Chewie
2007-04-04, 06:02
Equipment in signature

semi_expert
2007-04-04, 09:55
Chewie,

Nice setup. Who manufactured your storage units?

Thanks,
Semi

davidcotton
2007-04-04, 11:11
I stand (ho ho!)to be corrected, but it looks like thats the Ikea oppli rack. About £60.00. Would have been perfect in my room but alas was about 10cm too low for my position :(

taloyd
2007-04-05, 17:09
I have two SB3 setups.
My Livingroom: Bolder modded SB3 -> Denon 3806 -> B&O ASP1000 -> DIY Speakers
My Kitchen: SB3 -> Computer speakers for the moment.


Mattiasa,

Are those Accuton tweets on those speakers? Details please! I notice you have stereo subwoofers as well... what are the crossover points and slopes. Satellites sealed (for an easy 2nd order cross to the subwoofer)?

thanks,

-tal

happy
2007-04-05, 17:55
Equipment in signature

What's that device that holds up your cd rack? =)

Mattiasa
2007-04-05, 23:08
Mattiasa,

Are those Accuton tweets on those speakers? Details please! I notice you have stereo subwoofers as well... what are the crossover points and slopes. Satellites sealed (for an easy 2nd order cross to the subwoofer)?

thanks,

-tal

Hello, yes it's Accuton/Thiel&Partner tweeters, Eton mids. The Subwoofers are TC Sounds. I use a Velodyne SMS-1 as a subwoofer crossover, and Highpass the satellites in the Denon at 80Hz. The integration is seamless, SMS-1 does its job great!
The satelites ar ported, and they work as standalone also (7" Eton driver, goes to about 30-35Hz in my room according to measurements), but know when I use subs i have plugged the port in the back...

killie99
2007-04-06, 02:59
What's that device that holds up your cd rack? =)

looks suspiciously like a Systemdek II TT

egd
2007-04-07, 02:54
Just uncrated http://www.atc.gb.net/domestic/scm100slat.html. They will be joined by a Transporter and an ATC SCA2 preamp.

gian
2007-04-07, 04:09
Here is my Squeezebox, driving a Musical Fidelity Dr. Thomas mk2 and The Preamp II, with Infinity 7K speakers.

Cheers from Milano, Italy
-GianLuca

Jarnojii
2007-04-07, 05:48
Here we have a small basic living room from Finland. Mostly older Adcom electronics, two mice in a cage, Duntech Marquises singing Indie Pop Rocks and the 'sunday speakers' Apogee Duettas standing a bit ashamed in the corner.

bergek
2007-04-14, 16:50
I wanted the Transporter but got the combo since it was cheaper to get both from the US than buying just the TP here in Sweden. I haven't figured out what to do with the SB just yet - the Yamaha NX-A01 is a toy compared to the SB.

The Genelec 8020As, on the other hand, are awesome! They stand quite well on their own, despite their diminutive size but I can't wait to get a matching sub.

KBP
2007-04-15, 02:27
the Yamaha NX-A01

What is it? I haven't seen this gadget before...

amcluesent
2007-04-15, 03:36
SB3 a good match with Arcam Solo (not shown, B&W CM2 speakers with bi-wired CAT5 DIY speaker cables)

Club1820
2007-04-15, 22:18
That's the first thing I noticed as well. :)

Ditto! Super Mariooooooooooooo!

Club1820
2007-04-15, 22:20
Ditto! Super Mariooooooooooooo!

Wow! I was responding to a post on page 19! didnt realize this thread was this long.

Was referring to a member and their NES tucked away in a corner of their cabinet. :)

L.B.
2007-04-22, 05:26
My stereo system consists of the follwing components:

Speakers: Dali Grand Coupé on VM Acoustics Stand Reference wired with Van den Hul The Clearwater
Poweramp: Pioneer M-22 wired with Van den Hul D501
Preamp: Daner Linea SE
Source: Slim Devices Squeezebox v3 with Audio Alchemy DAC and wired with Van den Hul D501 and D300

After having my SB3 for one week I bought another one for the kitchen system consisting of:

Speakers: B&W Solid
Amp: Yamaha AX-396
Source: Slim Devices Squeezebox v3

The next step is to try a regulated powersupply for the SB3 in the stereo system.

audio53
2007-04-22, 17:36
What is it? I haven't seen this gadget before...

Take a look:

http://www.yamaha.co.jp/english/product/av/products/ht/nxa01.html

Regards,
Bob

Mr_Sukebe
2007-04-29, 12:11
See my sig for details of the kit:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/mgjk0000/ABAF1146-01a.jpg

muski
2007-05-02, 23:44
Main system:
Bolder-modded SB3 + Elpac PS -> digital coax -> Bryston BP25DA -> Bryston 4B SST -> Wilson Audio Watt Puppy 7s

Headphone rig (shown below):
Transporter -> XLR balanced interconnects -> HeadRoom Max Balanced amp ->AKG 701s (balanced)

Currently running Slimserver on a 450Mhz Mac Cube (fanless). Recently discovered the amazing Inguz DRC plugin -- so I now have to build a fanless 2Ghz mini-ITX PC...

Jetlag
2007-05-04, 19:38
I'm fairly certain that no one has posted a setup quite like this yet. I live in a modern condo complex (i.e. paper-thin walls) and have to be quite sensitive to my neighbors as far as noise is concerned. Since I get up very early each weekeday to workout on my crosstrainer and always listen to rock music while doing so, I had to come up with a system that would satisfy me while preventing a mob scene at my front door at 5:30 am.

I own a Precor EFX5.33 that I modified by making a shelf out of aluminum and spraying it with black textured paint. My black SB3 rests on top of it along with the remote, and I use a pair of Ultimate Ear Super.Fi 5 Pro IEMs. This way I have access to my entire FLAC library which resides on my Infrant NV. I will most likely replace the Super.Fis with a pair of custom IEMs in the near future.

snoogly
2007-05-06, 03:52
Currently running Slimserver on a 450Mhz Mac Cube (fanless). Recently discovered the amazing Inguz DRC plugin -- so I now have to build a fanless 2Ghz mini-ITX PC...

Why not get an Intel Mac Mini and run Windows?

muski
2007-05-06, 08:58
Why not get an Intel Mac Mini and run Windows?

I thought about it, but the mac mini has a case fan. Maybe worth trying out to see how much noise it makes under the processing load of the Inguz plugin.

Skunk
2007-05-06, 09:12
Main system:
Bolder-modded SB3

Headphone rig (shown below):
Transporter

Interesting that you prefer the Transporter into the headphones versus the Wilsons. Is it because the headphone amp is balanced only, or a sound quality preference?

Let's see the main system!

EDIT: oops, I see you have a D/A converter in the main system already...

Animeka
2007-05-06, 19:24
Equipment in signature

This is exactly what i'm looking for. A tiny amp to go next to my SB3. I love the iMPAMP, but the price is a bit stiff for me right now. How is this Trends Audio amp doing for you? The reviews are good, but there's nothing better than getting feedback from a user. I have a pair of Bose lifestyle speakers (I know they suck) that I want to hook up to a small amp, and my SB3. Minimal setup. Would that do a good job for me?

Thanks!

Marc

CatBus
2007-05-06, 19:40
I thought about it, but the mac mini has a case fan. Maybe worth trying out to see how much noise it makes under the processing load of the Inguz plugin.

If you're not averse to spending a little money, look into Hush Technologies. They make some very good fanless systems. I have their B3 with a Core 2 Duo (x86-64 AND fanless, hooray!) and the only noise is from the hard disk, which I eventually plan to replace with a solid state drive once that option becomes more reasonable. Only one downside--the whole thing is a big heatsink, so it's much heavier than it looks. Buying it was...interesting... though as they're an overseas shop and you pretty much have to use a bank transfer if you're ordering from the states.

TCM
2007-05-06, 22:16
This is exactly what i'm looking for. A tiny amp to go next to my SB3. I love the iMPAMP, but the price is a bit stiff for me right now. How is this Trends Audio amp doing for you? The reviews are good, but there's nothing better than getting feedback from a user. I have a pair of Bose lifestyle speakers (I know they suck) that I want to hook up to a small amp, and my SB3. Minimal setup. Would that do a good job for me?

Thanks!

Marc

Well, if you're looking for an audiophile review - look elsewere... ;-D.

I'm very pleased with the amp. I bought it to use with my computer, but I wanted to try it in the living room (approximately 32 sq meters) and it's still there. Now it's difficult to change back - too high WAF. I don't know the Bose speakers (in fact I haven't tried much equipment at all), but if you're not planning to play loud, you should try this amp. Maybe someone else could comment on your speakers.

/Håkan

muski
2007-05-07, 00:01
Interesting that you prefer the Transporter into the headphones versus the Wilsons. Is it because the headphone amp is balanced only, or a sound quality preference?

Let's see the main system!

EDIT: oops, I see you have a D/A converter in the main system already...

Kind of just happened that way... Got an SB2 and the Bryston preamp w/DAC a couple of years ago and have always really enjoyed them. When I got my headphone rig and did some listening tests, the Transporter edged out an SB3->Headroom Max DAC combo. Not where I originally expected to put the Transporter, but it somehow all makes sense now.

Just did my first side-by-side listening of the Transporter vs an SB3/Bryston DAC. To my ears, they are quite similar -- no wonder I like them both so much.

muski
2007-05-07, 00:10
If you're not averse to spending a little money, look into Hush Technologies. They make some very good fanless systems. I have their B3 with a Core 2 Duo (x86-64 AND fanless, hooray!) and the only noise is from the hard disk, which I eventually plan to replace with a solid state drive once that option becomes more reasonable. Only one downside--the whole thing is a big heatsink, so it's much heavier than it looks. Buying it was...interesting... though as they're an overseas shop and you pretty much have to use a bank transfer if you're ordering from the states.

I remember them from a few years ago but had totally forgotten about them. I usually like to build my own PC systems, but haven't found a fanless case that would work from a heat & form factor (pref mini-ITX). The Psile cases from Nexus are nice, but they have case fans. Then there are these Zalman heatsink cases, but they are expensive and huge. So maybe Hush is the answer. I'll have a look. Thanks for the idea.

I wonder how long until we see 300GB solid state drives?

Animeka
2007-05-07, 03:28
Well, if you're looking for an audiophile review - look elsewere... ;-D.

I'm very pleased with the amp. I bought it to use with my computer, but I wanted to try it in the living room (approximately 32 sq meters) and it's still there. Now it's difficult to change back - too high WAF. I don't know the Bose speakers (in fact I haven't tried much equipment at all), but if you're not planning to play loud, you should try this amp. Maybe someone else could comment on your speakers.

/Håkan

Thanks for the response, no I wasnt looking for an audiophile review, simply wanted to hear from someone who uses one... This is for the living room so I guess level wise I dont need concert level ;)

For the price, I guess I'll give it a shot.

Thanks!

Marc

swhite58
2007-05-07, 04:54
See my sig for details of the kit:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/mgjk0000/ABAF1146-01a.jpg

Good choice in music too

Shane

L.B.
2007-05-07, 05:26
Let's see the main system!

Yes, please!

Badwater
2007-05-10, 17:56
My system consists of the following:

SB3 > CIAudio DAC VDA-2 with VAC-1 Power supply > Dynaco PAS-3 preamp > Dynaco ST-70 both with Curcio Audio Engineering premium mods. Speakers are DIY Fostex FE166ES-R in factory recommended backloaded horn with Fostex T90 supertweeters. The subwoofer is a DIY ported design using a Seas L26.

kage
2007-05-11, 03:38
i don't know a squeezebox yet but wow, i think it is starting to talk to me now

Ray70
2007-05-16, 00:13
From the top:

Linn LP12 / Ittok II / Dynavector 20VX
Graham Slee Era Gold V
Transporter
Marantz SA11-S1
Jeff Rowland Concentra II

Speakers are Focal 1027be

Jetlag
2007-05-16, 09:03
Marc,
I use a Parasound ZAmp v3 (http://www.parasound.com/zcustom/zampv3.php). Not exactly "tiny", but at only 9-1/2"w x 1-3/4"h x 10"d, it isn't exactly huge. Slightly wider than a SB3 and produces excellent sound for it's size/price.

tomo28
2007-05-16, 11:12
harmon kardon 245 amp + sb3 + bose 6 mkii speakers with pioneer 43" plasma

mswlogo
2007-05-20, 14:01
Meridian: 861V4, 504, DSP5500, DSP5500HC, DSP33
Other: Pioneer PDP-5060HD, Sony DHG-HDD250, PS3, SB3, Harmony 880

crooner
2007-05-20, 15:09
Here are some updated photos of my setup.

It now includes my spanking new custom made "Super Squeezebox" :-) and Enlightened Audio Designs DSP-7000 Series III with HDCD.

topa
2007-05-20, 16:21
Let's see that "Super Squeezebox" naked!

crooner
2007-05-20, 20:11
Let's see that "Super Squeezebox" naked!

There ya go!!!

CardinalFang
2007-05-22, 08:16
Here are some updated photos of my setup.

It now includes my spanking new custom made "Super Squeezebox" :-) and Enlightened Audio Designs DSP-7000 Series III with HDCD.

Now that's how I always wanted the Transporter to be, clean and simple, but upgraded electronics. Nice work!

topa
2007-05-22, 09:21
Yeah!
Impressive work Crooner!

Is the distance between the display and the RF shield that large for any reason?
Or is it just to match the depth of the PSU?

crooner
2007-05-22, 16:26
Yeah!
Impressive work Crooner!

Is the distance between the display and the RF shield that large for any reason?
Or is it just to match the depth of the PSU?

Hi Topa,
Thanks for your comments re my unit.

The shield position was arbitrary. I could have moved it closer to the display or viceversa.

The enclosures are standard models from diyenclosures.com. They happen to be a near perfect fit!

Best,
crooner

crooner
2007-05-22, 16:28
Thank you very much CardinalFang!

Yeah, I guess this could have been the ideal Transporter. Minimalistic yet functional. No buttons or knobs on the front panel.

As an audiophile, this is the way I like my electronics. I'm sure many fellow enthusiasts would agree.

I know Slim Devices/Logitech is now moving towards the "Sonos" like interface. I particularly find a color LCD display extremely distracting. I tend to mess around with it instead of listening to the music. I returned a Nokia Internet Tablet for this reason.

For gadget freaks and casual music listeners, the upcoming "JIVE" interface is probably going to make a big splash. I could care less about it. I'm happy with my VFD display and standard remote as they are right now...


Now that's how I always wanted the Transporter to be, clean and simple, but upgraded electronics. Nice work!

el_hefty
2007-05-23, 07:02
beautiful work crooner... hmm got me wanting now...*last seen looking for yet more $'s

crooner
2007-05-23, 15:33
Thank you sir!!


beautiful work crooner... hmm got me wanting now...*last seen looking for yet more $'s

haunyack
2007-05-23, 16:33
Oh my -

"If you build it, they will come"


.

crooner
2007-05-23, 17:33
Hey,
Love the last line on your signature!

We also have similar taste in loudspeakers...


Oh my -

"If you build it, they will come"


.

haunyack
2007-05-23, 17:46
Hey,
Love the last line on your signature!

We also have similar taste in loudspeakers...

Thanks for the compliment.
As far as the speakers ... I noticed you include the 2W subwoofer in your set-up.
I am using an old Infinity sub that was part of a 7.1 system long since dismantled.

Frequency Response 22-200Hz +0/-3dB
Crossover Frequency(ies) HIGH PASS - 22Hz and 35Hz, 12dB/octave
Woofer 12" IMG
Power Output 250 watts RMS.

A bit muddy with the Vandy's.
Curious about the performance of the 2W's.

.

crooner
2007-05-23, 18:31
I really like the sound of the 2W, very fast and not muddy at all. Mine is an older model made in the mid 1990s. Ideally you'd want a pair, but my room is rather small so a single one works best in this situation.

The biggest improvements are in midrange clarity and articulation of the bass. Since they free the 2Ce Sigs from handling everything below 80 Hz, the dynamic range increases tremendously. And the midrange doesn't have to work the upper bass at all. Technically you are bi-amping the system.

In order to provide the most transparent connection, it is best to use the finest capacitors you can afford for the high pass filter. I hard wired a pair of VH-Audio V-Cap Teflon caps inside my ARC VS110. These caps are about the finest available, so the signal degration is minimal. Hardwiring prevents adding extra connectors to the signal path...


Thanks for the compliment.
As far as the speakers ... I noticed you include the 2W subwoofer in your set-up.
I am using an old Infinity sub that was part of a 7.1 system long since dismantled.

Frequency Response 22-200Hz +0/-3dB
Crossover Frequency(ies) HIGH PASS - 22Hz and 35Hz, 12dB/octave
Woofer 12" IMG
Power Output 250 watts RMS.

A bit muddy with the Vandy's.
Curious about the performance of the 2W's.

.

RalphO
2007-05-26, 13:55
I posted a photo of my system a while back but here is one with my new transporter. I am now mainly running the Transporter directly into the balanced inputs of the Bryston 4B ST. If I want to use another source I switch the Bryston to unbalanced and everything runs through the Audio Research SP9. Also pictured is an Adcom CD player and my Thorens TD 321.

I also have a wonderful pond full of Koi Carp and I like nothing more than sitting by the fish and listening to music. Pictured here is the SB3 with an old Technics receiver. The second picture is a view of the pond. You should be able to see one of the Bose outdoor speakers.

We regularly have some of the greatest bands and orchestra's in our garden.

crooner
2007-05-26, 15:05
Very nice.
Love your Audio Research SP9 preamp!

Kiwi
2007-06-16, 12:28
Here is my outdoor setup using a SBR connected over an Ethernet powerline solution to SC running on Windows Home Server. The speakers are 3-way JBL S36IIPMs, which I got for $150 per pair delivered, that sit in stainless steel speaker enclosures that are in the 4 pillars of my patio. While they are not being used they are covered with stainless steel covers. I power this with a 20+ year old Yamaha R-100 receiver. This is obviously acoustically deficient compared to what can be achieved in a controlled indoor environment but this really rocks for parties on the patio, or a quiet beer or wine with same laid back tunes in the evening. The SBD works well though the battery hasn't made it through a 6 hour session yet.

Guests are intrigued with the setup and many have expressed interest in Squeezeboxes after I explain how it works. I have my music collection stored losslessly and I use Napster for guests requests. I have the good fortune to not have close neighbors so I can let it rip when I want.

Anne
2007-06-16, 14:05
Now you see it...now you dont.
The TV is a 37" Panasonic PV60E
Niels.

crooner
2007-06-16, 15:15
Now you see it...now you dont.
The TV is a 37" Panasonic PV60E
Niels.

Very nice and classy Anne!!!

pjdowns
2007-06-17, 03:46
Very nice Anne,

How good are the Martin Logan speakers ? I am thinking about the Vantage as my next upgrade :)

P.

7eva
2007-06-17, 06:59
This is my headphone rig :)

Bellman
2007-06-17, 13:25
Okay, so that's a $700 d/a converter . . . but what are "Red Energy" headphones? Some sort of conversion of the Beyerdynamic DT 990s?

Anne
2007-06-17, 14:41
Okay, so that's a $700 d/a converter . . . but what are "Red Energy" headphones? Some sort of conversion of the Beyerdynamic DT 990s?

Dont know, but search for Darth Beyer and you will see some awsome mods....

Anne
2007-06-17, 14:58
Very nice Anne,

How good are the Martin Logan speakers ? I am thinking about the Vantage as my next upgrade :)

P.

Well, it depends on your taste, if you are an all out rock and roll guy its maybe not the best choice.
You need a very good amp, the best you can afford, Roque Audio 90 watt tube power amp for instance is said to be a very nice match match with Martin Logan.
With Martin Logan, I warn you, they will tell tales of your front end. If the match is there the music flows, even from very very low levels, completely effortless, sound is floating in space. Even at these very low levels the sound is very dynamic.
As an example, the Martin Logan Aeon I has an auto-on circuit that senses music and turn on power to the stators. At night, when our neighbors have gone to bed, and I play music, my wife sometimes turn down the volume with one click on the remote. The music is still playing but the stators switch themselves off !!
With the Vantage you will have a speaker in reference class. If you never play loud, maybe you should look at the new Quad also ?

7eva
2007-06-17, 22:28
Okay, so that's a $700 d/a converter . . . but what are "Red Energy" headphones? Some sort of conversion of the Beyerdynamic DT 990s?

This is from Beyer web site , manufacture custom order . DT990/600 Ω :)

http://www.beyerdynamic.com/cms/Manufacture.1456.0.html?&L=1#

Bellman
2007-06-18, 05:49
Aha! That's pretty cool. They must sound awesome!

7eva
2007-06-18, 08:18
Yep ! Sound awesome , but must dedicated powerfull hp amp :)

zano65
2007-06-18, 15:00
Now you see it...now you dont.
The TV is a 37" Panasonic PV60E
Niels.

Hello,
very classy but don't tell us that you are listening to the martin logans in that position, or maybe we can say that miracles really happen ;-)

I had a pair of Quests Z for some years, and it took many days to find the right position, to obtain a good balance between the bass driver and the panel. I maybe wrong, but i don't think you get the best of those speakers placed that way.

Please don't take my remarks as being unfriendly, just trying to help a ML owner.
Best regards,
Jean

Anne
2007-06-18, 15:11
Oh I know. I am always recommending the George Cardas netsite when it comes to speaker placement. Its just that we now have a very small apartment, and there is really no better place for them, we will have to live with that untill we sell and move, again.
Before I had my own room in a huge house, now we have 1/4 the space.

itai
2007-07-15, 12:56
Hey all
Here's my latest setup.
Currently, the SB3 is serving duty as an analog pre for my tube amp,
as it blew away my previous digital setup! (see link).
My new speakres, Douvall Bella Lunas.
my previous rig:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?p=140349&highlight=itai#post140349

amey01
2007-07-15, 16:15
SB3 --> Musical Fidelity X-DAC / Marantz 8300 SACD --> Copland CTA305 --> Classé CA-101 --> Martin Logan Vista / Behringer DSP 1124P / Whise Profounder.

Club1820
2007-07-16, 21:21
bookcases filled with different sized books help with absorbtion especially at the rear of the room.

I thought bookcases at the back of the room help with diffusion of the sound?

drewe181
2007-07-16, 23:33
my mistake. 'diffusion' it is. kind of like having acoustic tiles. do there's not such a hard surface for the sound to bounce off.

Ashy72
2007-07-17, 05:39
Pioneer A400x Amplifier.
Pd 207 Cd Player.
Cts-710 Tape Deck.
F204 Rds Tuner.
Revolver Turntable.
Speakers (not Shown) Kef K160.
High Quality Rca Interconnects.

Although This System Is Fairly Old It Still Sounds Very Good.

Videodrome
2007-07-17, 05:58
BTW, is that a "pig" record clamp I see on the turntable? I haven't seen one of those in years!

Ashy72
2007-07-19, 02:54
BTW, is that a "pig" record clamp I see on the turntable? I haven't seen one of those in years!

Yes videodrome, well spotted it is a pig record clamp.

pedroboe
2007-07-21, 11:12
Hi all,

Just registered so I can post this pic. I will be a Dad soon, so this system will be occupied by a future audiophile.....but my wife and the crib wins for now!

Cary Audio CP player
Electrocompaniet integrated
Enlightened Audio Design DAC (connected to Squeezebox)
Monster Power conditioner
JM Lab Electra 1007 Be
Cardas Hexlink, Sterovox Colibri X

connorml
2007-08-06, 14:04
Hello, here is my latest setup.

Transporter on Schmidt Pyramiden and Granite
ME-Geithain RL 922k
Lap 2 SE (is not connected)

In front on the picture you can see my dream armchair. :-)

Greetings
Connorml

truckfighters
2007-08-06, 14:45
Hello, here is my latest setup.

Transporter on Schmidt Pyramiden and Granite
ME-Geithain RL 922k
Lap 2 SE (is not connected)

hey, how does your transporter sound on your de-coupled granite setup up? did you try both before and after the de-coupling? please explain... have you also tried other materials than granite? thx.

Heimiko
2007-08-06, 23:42
always thought decoupling was meant for CD transport, for anti-cd vibration etc, not for something being as "solid-state" as a TP.
i might have been wrong :-)

connorml
2007-08-06, 23:55
Hello truckfighters and heimiko,

I had both before my Transporter. My old CD-Player sounds much better with the Pyramid. The Granite has in my opinion few effect but it is good-looking. I had not tested the Transporter without the Pyramide. I will test it tomorrow evening.

Connorml

haunyack
2007-08-06, 23:57
always thought decoupling was meant for CD transport, for anti-cd vibration etc, not for something being as "solid-state" as a TP.
i might have been wrong :-)

Yea me too...I guess it has been suggested that the electron flow is susceptible to physical force.

I am skeptical that electrons traveling 299,792,458 m/s can be disturbed by a force travelling at 340.29 m/s


.

johann
2007-08-07, 02:24
Yea me too...I guess it has been suggested that the electron flow is susceptible to physical force.

I am skeptical that electrons traveling 299,792,458 m/s can be disturbed by a force travelling at 340.29 m/s


.

It's not about the electronics but the electronic components being affected by microphony, which they might be.
IMHO, if they are, it's unhearable, at least for me.

haunyack
2007-08-07, 02:32
It's not about the electronics but the electronic components being affected by microphony, which they might be.
IMHO, if they are, it's unhearable, at least for me.

My sarcastic remark has been removed.
As you say...uncalled for.

.

johann
2007-08-07, 04:25
Uh-huh...
all-righty-then.
Shall we allow further discussion on the OP or contemplate the action of belly-button lint on the Quantum effect of sour milk...or grapes for that matter?

.

You sarcasmes are totally uncalled for.

Are you familiar with microphonic effects at all?

haunyack
2007-08-07, 10:05
You sarcasmes are totally uncalled for.

Are you familiar with microphonic effects at all?

My apologies...except for my Pro Jr. I am not a valve guy.

.

johann
2007-08-08, 01:44
My apologies...except for my Pro Jr. I am not a valve guy.

.

Aplogy accepted.

Microphonic affects can have audible effects on solid state electronics as well, depending on design and application.

connorml
2007-08-08, 09:51
Hello,

the sound from my transporter with the schmidt pyramide is well-defined and tidier as without the pyramide. The stage is wider, clearer an deeper. The dynamic is a little bit better. It´s amazing. :-) The modification with the granitebase is IMHO not hearable.

Connorml

MeridianMan
2007-08-08, 15:17
Here's my main system in a 19th century Asian cabinet. When the cabinet's closed, only the Meridian M33 active speakers & SB3 are visible. A HotLinkPro serves as a blaster for the inside eq (Meridian 568, Meridian 555 power amp for ceiling spkrs, set top box, Oppo 970HD DVD, RSA Raptor headamp and AKG K1000 headphones). Monitor is a commercial 50" Panny; B&W PV1 sub.

westernboy
2007-08-13, 21:33
Here's mine...

blakeh
2007-08-22, 23:28
Here's my new setup with an SB3...

FLAC -> SB3 -> Monarchy 24/96 DIP -> Monarchy NM24 Tube DAC -> ADCOM GFP-750 Preamp -> Monarchy SM-70 Pro mono blocks -> Mirage OM-7 speakers

egd
2007-08-23, 00:26
This thread has been a great way to see what audio equipment people have in their homes. What has come as a bit of a surprise to me is that so many of us (myself included) seem to be happy to spend a fortune on our hi-fi equipment, only to house it in less than desirable surrounds. Little wonder our significant others often have little time, tolerance or interest in our pursuit...I wonder how many of us have heard something along the lines of "gee honey, it sounds great, but it looks like sh1t...?"

325xi
2007-08-23, 07:51
Microphonic affects can have audible effects on solid state electronics as well, depending on design and application.

This is highly interesting subject! Why wouldn't someone open a new thread to discuss it in depth? I would love to hear some reasonable explanation how microfonic effect can affect solid state components to a point of audibility. Yes, including CD players - assuming vibrations aren't that bad to cause real read errors.

Please reply on this post in a new thread, not here.

haunyack
2007-08-23, 07:57
blakeh

Nice photo!

.

blakeh
2007-08-23, 14:05
Nice photo!

Thanks very much! After recently swapping out some gear, I am finally happy with the synergy of the system.

Bas Horneman
2007-08-24, 01:33
This is highly interesting subject! Why wouldn't someone open a new thread to discuss it in depth? I would love to hear some reasonable explanation how microfonic effect can affect solid state components to a point of audibility. Yes, including CD players - assuming vibrations aren't that bad to cause real read errors.

That subject has been flogged to death on all audio forums. Unless it relates specifically to the SB it will just all be a rehash I think.

L.B.
2007-08-24, 12:40
Just changed my system a bit.
It now consists of:

Squeezebox 3
Denon PMA-S1
Denon DCD-S1
Dali Grand Coupé

lextek
2007-08-26, 15:58
The SB3 can be used in so many ways. Sitting on the deck enjoying a few Coronas..

MacBook with a portable 160 gig HD.

Doermann
2007-08-26, 22:28
Here is my SB3 classic setup

Current and old setup

killie99
2007-08-27, 02:45
Here is my SB3 classic setup

Current and old setup

yikes, I can just imagine being pinned against the sofa by that sub woofer ......

Doermann
2007-08-27, 03:25
yikes, I can just imagine being pinned against the sofa by that sub woofer ......

Well i can say what LOW is... real LOW!!

LOL

auronthas
2007-08-30, 02:57
Well, here is my SB3 setup at first floor family room with associated equipment below:-

Cambridge Audio 540C V2 CD player;
Cambridge Audio 540A integrated amplifier;
Acoustic Energy Evo One bi-wire speakers;
Tajima power conditioner;
Van den Hul - The Source analog interconnect;
Van den Hul - The Goldwater speaker cables.

My Aztech 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router (WL830RT4) is located at ground floor living room with Dell notebook, Window Vista OS, Slimserver 6.5.4.

snoogly
2007-08-31, 18:36
My bedroom system.

SB3
Flying Mole CA-S3
Royd Sintra

mark-e-mark
2007-09-02, 18:32
Musical Fidelity A3.5 Integrated
MF X-10V3 Tube Buffer
PS Audio Digital Link III DAC
Audio Physic Sparks mkIV

Not seen:
(1) PS Audio Quintet Power Center and Statement Cord for system
(2) custom linear PS for Squeeze inside a PC power supply hidden behind the CDs.
(3) Rel Q108 under a chair in the corner

You can ignore the hand-me-down TV and DVD; I do.

USAudio
2007-09-03, 20:31
Mark-e-Mark,
What do you think of the PS Audio DLIII DAC and SB3 combination?
I've had my eye on the DLIII for sometime.
Did you notice quite an improvement when moving to the DLIII DAC vs. the SB3's analog outputs? If so, in what way(s)?
Also, how about that linear power supply? Did that make quite the difference?
Thanks!

mark-e-mark
2007-09-04, 21:07
Mark-e-Mark,
What do you think of the PS Audio DLIII DAC and SB3 combination?
I've had my eye on the DLIII for sometime.
Did you notice quite an improvement when moving to the DLIII DAC vs. the SB3's analog outputs? If so, in what way(s)?
Also, how about that linear power supply? Did that make quite the difference?
Thanks!

My hunch was that the DLIII would be quite good after reading several posts and the article in TAS. The implementation turned out far better than I expected. This was an upgrade from the Chinese Zhaolu DAC, so I have a little bit of experience with which to compare. The sense of the room, the little sounds of bass strings, breath of the vocalist, all these are now in my room. Speaking of "in the room" imagery, the reviewers are not kidding. I am playing with my ripped CD collection and finding myself distracted by music all over again.

I found the linear supply made a small but nice improvement over the stock wall wart when I used the SB3 analog outputs. I have not tested again with the external DAC to see if it continues to have a difference. I must say that the PS a fairly easy, fun, and inexpensive project to do, so in that sense it was worth it.

Both the Zhaolu and the DLIII are improvements over stock SB3 outputs in my rather detailed system. The DLIII provides a significant improvement in detail and presence in my system.

Braidy
2007-09-05, 06:43
Squeezebox 3 / QNAP201 NAS (not seen)
Perpetual Technologies DAC
Arcam AV8
Arcam P1 x 2
Arcam P25/3
Arcam DV27a
Vienna Acoustics Schoenbergs

esbrewer
2007-09-07, 21:04
SB3 w/ Inguz DSP
NAD C720BEE
NAD C542
Paradigm Studio 20
B&W ASW600

Enoch Soames
2007-09-08, 06:50
It's always a pleasure to run across a fellow Chris Whitley fan.

esbrewer
2007-09-08, 21:04
Its funny - but I hadn't even noticed what was playing at the time I finally got around to taking some photos of my setup.

I was fortunate enough to hear him perform live 6 or 7 times. In the time since his death, I'm sorry to say that I don't listen to his work as much as I used to. His recordings are all so different, and I'm realizing listening to them always left me eager to hear more work yet to come.

Chinanico
2007-09-12, 20:28
SB3 put on the right side of my system, on top of the CD shelves. I am only about 50% in ripping my CDs, so they are still there...

I find my CEC drive not as good looking as the rest of the system, especially that it has to seat on cones and get a shakti stone to justify it sonical advantage. I would be happy to get rid of it... if I could get my squeezebox to work flawlessly, which is not the case today (might be a wifi issue). I am also impatient to get Inguz on it and hear the difference.

auronthas
2007-09-13, 01:11
More photos...

Chinanico
2007-09-13, 04:23
Maybe sligthly OT, but since you have a close-up picture of chinse characters, did you do something special to get them displayed on the SB3? I have not looked much into this issue yet, but for now my chinese song were not even recognized by slimserver...

Thanks

SatoriGFX
2007-09-13, 05:57
I find my CEC drive not as good looking as the rest of the system, especially that it has to seat on cones and get a shakti stone to justify it sonical advantage.

I've got a CEC TL-51X running into a CIAudio VDA-2 DAC w/VAC-1 PSU. The CEC is simply sitting on my TV cabinet at the moment, no extra isolation and no Shakti Stone and it blows away my SB3 (stock, no mods, also running into the same DAC). The SB3 sounds confused and lacking in finesse in comparison. The Squeezebox sounds more "impressive", the CEC sounds more like real live music and has a listen all day character.

Maybe it's simply a matter of taste or system synergy.

auronthas
2007-09-13, 06:18
Maybe sligthly OT, but since you have a close-up picture of chinse characters, did you do something special to get them displayed on the SB3? I have not looked much into this issue yet, but for now my chinese song were not even recognized by slimserver...

Thanks

I used to have problem display chinese text under SS 6.5.2, after I upgraded to 6.5.4, I have no problem.

What's yours?

topa
2007-09-14, 06:15
Chinanico:

SA2K's !!! Awesome speakers!
Had to sell them, too much bass for my small dedicated listening room, but they were still the best speakers I ever had.

skare
2007-09-14, 06:28
Nothing special but gets the job done and the girlfriend loves it :)

Chinanico
2007-09-14, 20:01
I used to have problem display chinese text under SS 6.5.2, after I upgraded to 6.5.4, I have no problem.

What's yours?

I also have 6.5.4, and now I rescanned my library, the files finaly appear on slimserver, but not the characters: all file names displayed as question marks (?????), they play on the SB3 but also with ????? on the screen...

auronthas
2007-09-15, 20:23
I also have 6.5.4, and now I rescanned my library, the files finaly appear on slimserver, but not the characters: all file names displayed as question marks (?????), they play on the SB3 but also with ????? on the screen...

What is your OS? Are the chinese char. displayed correctly in your file manager/explorer?

My OS is Windows Vista - EN - cp1252.

Try to clear & rescan using following command

c:\program files\slimserver\server\scanner.exe --wipe --d_scan --d_import <musicfolder>

Chinanico
2007-09-17, 03:33
Thanks for your help. My OS is Vista ultimate english, and the chinese characters are displayed well in all other applications (including windows explorer). Clearing memory didn't help... I still got the ?????

auronthas
2007-09-17, 06:32
Sorry, Chinanico, I have no clue, perhaps someone can help you or post your problem in other forum, eg. general discussion.

adamslim
2007-09-17, 15:03
Well my system has changed a fair bit from my first picture here, so here it is, top to bottom:

- Shanling CDT-100 CD player, not played for months!
- EAR 859 amp
- Pioneer DV747, never played, seemed like a good idea on ebay...
- SB+, frequently played :)
- Rotel RT990BX, a great tuner, well used during this Proms season

On the left, Heybrook Sextet speakers

DynamicalSystem
2007-09-18, 10:10
Hi Skare,

Can you tell us what make and model your amp and speakers are?

DS

Club1820
2007-09-18, 22:15
Here is a pic of my setup in my newly finished (unpainted) basement. Will be adding a shelf for the sb3 above the sub.

skare
2007-09-18, 22:59
Hi Skare,

Can you tell us what make and model your amp and speakers are?

DS

Sure. They are named Acoustic Lab ZETA 1.0 from danish designer Cristian M. Andersen. Unfortunately you can buy neither them or the amp anymore because of legal problems with the distributor. Such a shame.

You can read a bit more about them here

http://www.cta.dk/?page_id=16

Regards Skare

jdm56
2007-09-19, 16:52
I just recently completed this simple 2-channel system. It's nice hearing music on a dedicated system again, without the compromises sometimes imposed by H/T considerations. Equipment is as follows:

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab OML-2 speakers
Adcom GFA-5500 amp
Adcom GTP-602 tuner/pre-amp
Onkyo DX-7555 CD player
Slim Device Squeezebox 3
Sennheiser HD-580 'phones
OmniMount Stellar G-303 rack
Panamax M8HC-PRO power conditioner

Since receiving the SB a few days ago, I've been feverishly ripping favorite tracks from my 1800+ CD collection using Windows Media Player 10, ripping in Windows Media Lossless format. (I'm not really a slave to MS, but as long as it does the job...) I tried some 320 kBps mp3 files but they seemed a bit veiled sounding.

USAudio
2007-09-19, 17:24
Very nice jdm56! I prefer to keep it simple too! Though new components have crept into my system lately (subwoofer, DAC) but they have taken it to a entirely new level!
Once you get all those CDs ripped (if ever!) you can simplify even more and lose the CD player. I don't even have one in my system anymore. If there's a CD I want to listen to and I don't have it on my computer then that's a good excuse to rip it, only takes a few minutes.
A couple suggestions:
- Take a look at Apple iTunes for Windows. It's a free download, has excellent integration with SlimServer, and Apple Lossless is nice (but proprietary). However with iTunes you can do a mass-conversion of all your files to WAV or AIFF if you want down the road.
- Consider an external DAC. WOW, what an improvement over the analog outputs from the SB3!

jdm56
2007-09-20, 09:32
Thank you! I've been considering subs too, but it's a tough sell to my wife, because honestly, the Mo-Fi's go down below 30Hz on their own. They just won't do it at concert level, which is usually louder than I want anyway. I have looked at an external DAC too. Benchmark is the only one I've really checked out, though, and it's a bit pricey. The headphone amp function would be nice, though, since my pre doesn't have one.

I'm just ripping favorite tracks right now, not whole albums. I only have a 250G hard drive and that's gotta serve the whole family, so...maybe a dedicated pc down the road! (There's always something!!)

Thanks for the suggestions! So far, my only beef with Windows Media Player is the fact It won't seem to let me edit tags for individual tracks; only for albums. Maybe I can go back later and tag the release year on a track by track basis, using mp3tag or something.

USAudio
2007-09-20, 11:13
Thank you! I've been considering subs too, but it's a tough sell to my wife, because honestly, the Mo-Fi's go down below 30Hz on their own....
I hear ya, I was in the same boat with my Revel Concerta's but, depending on the kind of music you listen to, it can really make a difference. There's just no substitute for cubic inches! I don't have my sub set up with a lot of gain but it just makes everything sound more "substantial" (for lack of a better word). Maybe just demo a unit and decide then, you probably don't need a huge unit. I went with a relatively small sub just to give my system that extra something and it's hidden under a coffee table, so the wife didn't mind too much. My SVS sub is pretty small (< 14" square), has a beautiful finish, sounds terrific with music and is an excellent value: http://www.svsound.com/products-sub-box-sb12plus.cfm
Have I spent any of your money yet? ;-)

jdm56
2007-09-22, 21:38
SVS makes killer subs, that's for sure. Those PB12's are really nice. I especially like their performance relative to their size. I've been looking at Velodyne DLS4000R's but I probably won't do anything for awhile.

I have read reviews of your Revels. They seem to be great values. I would have liked to heard a pair for myself before buying but I never ran across any. My Mo-Fi's are quite satisfactory though, other than the sensitivity being rather low. But then again, I've never pushed them to their limit, either, so I guess I'd have to say they've gone loud enough so far!

drewe181
2007-09-24, 03:12
SB3
Moodlabs 'concept' DAC
Sonic Impact Super T-Amp
Home Brew Speakers (Foster ribbon tweeters + Pioneer Woofers)

Kaizen28
2007-09-29, 10:36
Hi

A very simple bedroom setup:
- SB 3
- Nakamichi SoundSpace 8

golfdane
2007-10-05, 08:00
Golfdane's setup:
SB3 with MF X-DACv3 and X-PSUv3.
Amp is Holfi Pre8/Power8.
Speakers are Martin Logan Aerius i's and sub is an AudioPro Ace-Bass 2.
Interconnects are a mixture of Supra EFF-ISL's and Audioquest.
Speakercables are MIT Terminator III.
Powerstrip is a Supra, and powercables are DH Labs.

Also seen is my old STD305M turntablewith Holfi Ellipse RIAA, my 200W ClassD DYI amp (not in use since it injects noise on the TV signal), my LG RH-7500 HD Recorder, my old Pioneer DV-717 DVD, a Playstation 3 and on the wall hangs a Panasonic 42" PV60E.

On the floor sits the old MF X-Ray CD, waiting for a buyer.

muski
2007-10-05, 21:04
Main system:
SB3->Bryston BP25DA->Bryston 4B SST->Wilson Watt Puppy 7

Headphone rig (see post #555 in this thread for a photo):
Transporter via XLR->Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp->Balanced AKG701s & Sennheiser HD650s

Placement is totally about WAF -- it's either this or the speakers go back in the crates. Hence I am big fan of InguzEQ!

(Given how much my new mic has improved my system, maybe I should add my DRC measuring setup:
Earthworks M30 mic -> Tascam US-122L audio interface->DRC w/optimized.drc & flat.txt target-> Inguz)

I run Slimserver/Inguz on a MacBook Pro with a 160GB hard drive.

muski

darrenyeats
2007-10-06, 03:05
Main system:
SB3->Bryston BP25DA->Bryston 4B SST->Wilson Watt Puppy 7

Headphone rig (see post #555 http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...=19817&page=56 for a photo):
Transporter via XLR->Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp->Balanced AKG701s & HD650s

Placement is totally about WAF -- it's either this or the speakers go back in the crates. Hence I am big fan of InguzEQ!

I run Slimserver/Inguz on a MacBook Pro with a 160GB hard drive.

muski

Muski,
Have you noticed the improvements in EQ in the latest Inguz release? For me it's working better especially in the bass.

My thanks again to Hugh (of Inguz).
Darren

muski
2007-10-07, 21:58
Muski,
Have you noticed the improvements in EQ in the latest Inguz release?

Things are definitely sounding better (though, rather unscientifically, I upgraded Inguz, changed my speaker position and made new a set of filters with my M30 all at the same time...)

tman2001
2007-10-14, 07:54
yes, it's a good idea to have it connected with an external and good quality DAC, the result won't let you down

pablolie
2007-10-14, 10:35
Here's a very minimalist and cost-efffective litte system I put together in the apartment I am spending my next yeatr in away from my trusty home system (Accuphase based, pictured somewhere else in this thread).

The system consists of

SB3 (w/linear power supply)-> Creek OBH-21 Headphone Amp -> Audioengine5 active speakers.

On the left on the floor is the Grado RS-1 that I also use on occasion. On counted occasions, because I must say I am so amazed by the performance of the little Audioengine5, and so thoroughly enjoy to listen to them, that the times I pick up the Grados have been limited thus far. But the mood will strike, and I love 'em. Also on the left a simple Furman power filtering and conditioning strip.

Away from view, behind the couch, is an Athena subwoofer that I got a tad worried the Audiengine bass may be lacking - but the subwoofer is turned to volume level 1 and to just kick in under 60Hz, so it's basically unused.

From those interested in cables, the noteworthy and in my opinion truly advisable addition is the Analysis Plus Oval 12 between the left speaker (which has the amp built in) and the right speaker - I like spade connectors, and the included generic cheap cable in the A5 set did not inspire confidence. The Oval 12 makes a difference. It was a special online and I got it for $50 or so, and it looks much better. :-)

Between the SB3 and the Creek OBH-21 I run the Cardas Quadlink 5 I had at home, and I upgraded the cable between the Creek headphone amp and the Audioengine5 with Analysis Plus Silver Oval. Nothing esoteric, would be out of balance in a system like this.

The result is a system that allows me to truly enjoy my entire music collection far from home, and in fact thoroughly enjoy it. Which is fantastic, because one does listen to more music away from the everyday distractions of the household (like a wife that demands occasional attention :-)

The SB3-Audioengine5 combo is a truly fantastic thing for people in my situation - true high quality, musical, defined, analytical, open sound for less than $700 (w/o the headphone amp). Wow. It's a great time to be an audiophile. The headphpone amp added another $250 or so, but I had to give the Grados a decent source.

I still miss my home system, though, but this is a smart investment, and I take genuine pride in the enjoyment it provides me with - in a year or so, I'll take it home and set it up elsewhere.

This system was based on a lot of advice I got on these forums, so thanks everybody for the opinions and discussions that helped shape it, truly appreciate the awesome combined knowledge this discussion board provides.

toscana
2007-10-15, 13:55
Hi pablolie,

this looks like a decent little system. I especially like the use of the headphone amp. Do you recognise any improvement of the sound quality by connecting the SB3 through the Creek to the AE5 vs. connecting the SB3 directly to the AE5?

Cheers,

toscana

pablolie
2007-10-15, 15:35
Hi pablolie,

this looks like a decent little system. I especially like the use of the headphone amp. Do you recognise any improvement of the sound quality by connecting the SB3 through the Creek to the AE5 vs. connecting the SB3 directly to the AE5?

Cheers,

toscana

toscana -

indeed I was worried about signal degradation introducing the "middleman" headphone amp into the chain. I was certainly not expecting an improvement.

But no, I hear absolutely no change in the way the AE5s sound. They sound the same, and they're amazing for the cost. The Creek HA makes itself utterly transparent, which is the way it should behave, in my opinion.

And there's a *huge* difference in the quality of the sound coming out of the Grados (as opposed to connecting them directly to the SB3 headphone output). All I have to do to listen to great quality headphone output is crank down the volume on the AE5 to zero, crank up the SB volume to 100%, and set up the volume level manually on the Creek. Sounds very, very sweet. When I do that, I would say I come within 90% of the quality of my home system when listening through the Grados, which given the differential in cost is simply mindblowing.

So connecting the Creek amp was a great thing to do, even though of course I'd prefer the SB3 to have a better heaphone driver.

I don't know - am I the only one that would gladly pay for a $600 version of the SB3 with upgraded DA and headphone parts? Amazing as the Transporter is, I just prefer the elegant little box approach of the SB3.

toscana
2007-10-16, 12:29
toscana -

indeed I was worried about signal degradation introducing the "middleman" headphone amp into the chain. I was certainly not expecting an improvement.

But no, I hear absolutely no change in the way the AE5s sound. They sound the same, and they're amazing for the cost. The Creek HA makes itself utterly transparent, which is the way it should behave, in my opinion.

And there's a *huge* difference in the quality of the sound coming out of the Grados (as opposed to connecting them directly to the AE5 headphone output). All I have to do to listen to great quality headphone output is crank down the volume on the AE5 to zero, crank up the SB volume to 100%, and set up the volume level manually on the Creek. Sounds very, very sweet. When I do that, I would say I come within 90% of the quality of my home system when listening through the Grados, which given the differential in cost is simply mindblowing.

So connecting the Creek amp was a great thing to do, even though of course I'd prefer the SB3 to have a better heaphone driver.

I don't know - am I the only one that would gladly pay for a $600 version of the SB3 with upgraded DA and headphone parts? Amazing as the Transporter is, I just prefer the elegant little box approach of the SB3.

Thanks for the info. I am currently planning to set up a small system for my study room and am looking at a similar setup.

toscana

pablolie
2007-10-16, 20:45
Thanks for the info. I am currently planning to set up a small system for my study room and am looking at a similar setup.

toscana


I think I can guarantee you will not be disappointed, in fact I think you'll be just as impressed as I still am. ;-)

haunyack
2007-10-16, 20:56
I think I can guarantee you will not be disappointed, in fact I think you'll be just as impressed as I still am. ;-)

Sell it!
What if he does not like it?
Can he "think" he "can guarantee" he "will not be disappointed"?

.

iPhone
2007-10-21, 19:39
Here's the bedroom system...

Are those cutting boards with half inch pipe through them for the stereo stand? Very creative if the answer is yes!

iPhone
2007-10-21, 19:54
Main system:
SB3->Bryston BP25DA->Bryston 4B SST->Wilson Watt Puppy 7

Headphone rig (see post #555 in this thread for a photo):
Transporter via XLR->Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp->Balanced AKG701s & Sennheiser HD650s

muski

Good thing that "The Time Atlas of the World" and "Chinese Propaganda Poster" are not on the best sellers list and everbody wants to borrow them or you might lose your equipment rack and some WAF all at the same time. LOL

Nice system and we males have to do what we have to do to have our audio and our toys.

iPhone
2007-10-21, 20:44
my ghetto temporary situation:
axiom m22ti's
axiom ep600 (the neighbours love me)
panasonic sa-xr70
2tb infrant ready nas (serving up the love)

that looks like a beautiful system skunk.
_sam

Hello Sam,

Shouldn't that read "Garage Setup" not Ghetto setup? (Smiles) Bet it really "Booms" out of there!

muski
2007-10-21, 20:54
Good thing that "The Time Atlas of the World" and "Chinese Propaganda Poster" are not on the best sellers list and everbody wants to borrow them or you might lose your equipment rack and some WAF all at the same time. LOL

Nice system and we males have to do what we have to do to have our audio and our toys.

Thanks... WAF in extremis, indeed.

Although I wish I could wax eruditely on the acoustic isolation and damping properties of the Time Atlas of the World (in particular, the relative mid-bass tightness of the of the pre- vs post-Soviet breakup editions), in fact the damn books are just too big to fit anywhere else...

SteveCresswell
2007-10-24, 10:41
Here's my setup.

Home designed and built 6AS7 retro 50s style "George Jetson" push-pull valve amplifier
Fostex single driver speakers and Squeezebox 3.

Beresford TC7510 Mk6 DAC can be seen below Squeezebox.

Steve

slimkid
2007-10-24, 11:02
Here's my setup.

Home designed and built 6AS7 retro 50s style "George Jetson" push-pull valve amplifier
Fostex single driver speakers and Squeezebox 3.

Beresford TC7510 Mk6 DAC can be seen below Squeezebox.

Steve

Wow. That's what I'd call a real beauty. Comparable only to hand crafted cedar strip canoe. (Coming from Canadian, it says a lot :) )

JimC
2007-10-25, 00:20
Here's my setup.

Home designed and built 6AS7 retro 50s style "George Jetson" push-pull valve amplifier
Fostex single driver speakers and Squeezebox 3.

Beresford TC7510 Mk6 DAC can be seen below Squeezebox.

Steve

What I want to know is how much impact do you get from the bowl of bananas? Does other fruit produce a wider soundstage? I would think oranges (or other citrus) would provide real "danceability".

Just curious...


-=> Jim

SteveCresswell
2007-10-25, 02:16
What I want to know is how much impact do you get from the bowl of bananas? Does other fruit produce a wider soundstage? I would think oranges (or other citrus) would provide real "danceability".

Just curious...


-=> Jim

It all depends on how carefully the bananas are orientated and whether or not you have replaced the usual blue banana labels with Peter Belt foils. :)

Steve

cgull
2007-10-27, 09:43
Basically a simple setup for now ... SB3 > Melody SP7 > Onix Ref-1's ...

S2K
2007-10-27, 15:00
Basically a simple setup for now ... SB3 > Melody SP7 > Onix Ref-1's ...

Funny to see those Vifa Ringradiator tweeters being used in a lot of speakerdesigns lately.

cgull
2007-10-28, 08:01
Funny to see those Vifa Ringradiator tweeters being used in a lot of speakerdesigns lately.

Hadn't noticed but guess they are pretty popular. I like that they don't carry the raspy-ness of many of the domes I demo'd. Definitly neutral and smooth.

dynaudiorules
2007-11-02, 10:30
This is my setup.....Dynaudio BM6A MKII's, Lavry DA10, SB3

Xorro
2007-11-08, 11:05
Note black Wii, Sky+ soon to be swapped for Sky HD, then new DVD player/recorder (yes, in black)

Here's a link as it won't let me attach!

http://xorro.xpmg.co.uk/tech/av/black_wii_10.jpg

ted_b
2007-11-09, 14:55
My new Modwright tube-modded Transporter, as part of my 2 channel/HT system

ezkcdude
2007-11-10, 06:23
It all depends on how carefully the bananas are orientated and whether or not you have replaced the usual blue banana labels with Peter Belt foils. :)

Steve

Steve, cool setup. Which Fostex drivers are you using? Some of them are actually made from banana pulp. (Seriously.)

Club1820
2007-11-11, 23:05
Do you have your transporter sitting on some sort of vibration reducing feet?

adamslim
2007-11-12, 02:00
My new Modwright tube-modded Transporter, as part of my 2 channel/HT system

Comments on the sound most welcome (perhaps a separate thread?). Given the dollar rate I'm tempted to have a TP sent direct to Modwright, but it's a lot of money to spend without hearing it in advance, even if I could probably get it all back on ebay!

Adam

ted_b
2007-11-12, 10:40
Do you have your transporter sitting on some sort of vibration reducing feet?

Yes I do. Currently I use those whacko Final Dharma ones, but Modwright has some interesting ones he showed at RMAF. Although the stock TP is non-rotating and likely not terribly prone to vibration issues, the new tube section is what I'm trying to keep isolated.

I'll post impressions once the new caps break in. Dan had to do some design changes that involved his proprietary caps due to the original design overdriving the tube section. He had voiced/developed it with the digital volume down accidentally and didn't notice the issue. It's all good now.

SteveCresswell
2007-11-12, 15:22
Steve, cool setup. Which Fostex drivers are you using? Some of them are actually made from banana pulp. (Seriously.)

I'm using the Fostex FE108EZ driver with Planet10 phase plugs.

The phase plugs tame a resonance at around 8KHz and make a positive difference to the sound of the units. Why Fostex don't fit these as standard is a mystery.

Steve

linuxtx
2007-11-15, 14:00
Here is a picture of my most recent office setup where I do 90% of my SB listening.

Videodrome
2007-11-16, 12:51
But watch out for the flames when people read about the Hubbell outlet!

BTW, I've tinkered with the idea of installing one. Did it help? And if so, in what way?

iPhone
2007-11-16, 14:40
My latest 2-channel system. Primarily CIAudio-based (see signature) with Blue Jeans Cables, APC H15 power conditioner, OmniMount stand, Hubbell 5362 outlet.

Nice clean and simple. The glass audio rack with the all aluminum CI gear goes great together. Could you compare the CI gear to other gear so that I might get an idea of how it sounds (I need to put a little system together for another room). Looks like the CI components might be the way to go.

USAudio
2007-11-16, 14:42
But watch out for the flames when people read about the Hubbell outlet!

BTW, I've tinkered with the idea of installing one. Did it help? And if so, in what way?
Well I had no expectations of it improving the sound quality of my system, I just wanted something that would hang onto the plug better than the cheap contractor's special they put into homes these days. It's just an affordable and good-quality outlet that really grabs onto that plug!

USAudio
2007-11-16, 15:22
... Could you compare the CI gear to other gear so that I might get an idea of how it sounds ...
Well, I think the best thing I could say about CIAudio gear is it is just very "neutral". Their goal is to not add coloration but to just present the music as the artists intended. It is very well made, especially considering the relatively "affordable" prices, and Dusty (owner of CIAudio) is really a nice guy and easy to work with. I was amazed at the improvement the VDA-2/VAC-1 had over the analog outputs of the Squeezebox, just night and day -- more detail, less congestion, tight bass. I recently compared the VDA-2/VAC-1 to the PS Audio DLIII (which has received glowing reviews lately) and felt the VDA-2 was at LEAST the DLIII's equal, maybe even superior to someone with more "golden" ears than myself. Just overall good stuff, I don't think you can go wrong with CIAudio gear.

Here's a recent review of the PLC-1 and D-200's:
http://www.dagogo.com/ChannelIslands-PLC1-D200.htm

iPhone
2007-11-16, 15:52
But watch out for the flames when people read about the Hubbell outlet

Why would the flamethrowers come out? The weakest point in most peoples system is the 89-cent builders spec outlet that they have their $600 custom power cord plugged into. If one has a stock power cord, they should spend a few bucks to get a Hubbell and if they do have the custom power cord they should spend $50 on a PS Audio Outlet. The other choices get more expensive like running 220 over to truly protect your equipment from lightening and brown power. Changing out ones outlet is a fairly easier and inexpensive modification. Is the outlet going to cause anyone to say WOW? I doubt it (unless it was bad or corroded), but ones equipment is going to be happier in the long run.

Saw a system the other day with a new dedicated 20 amp 110 VAC drop on a magnetic breaker using the old outlet that was attached to what the new dedicated drop replaced to plug his $4000 power conditioner and $900 custom Power cord into. That just does not make any sense to me much less logical sense (bet his wife wanted all the outlets to still match). Is $50 too much to pay for an outlet when you just spent $6000 on a dedicated drop, custom cord, and power conditioner? That's less then one percent of the total cost for one of the best outlets available! If one is not running plain jane stock everything, why would anyone leave their 89-cent cheapo stock outlet in place?

opaqueice
2007-11-16, 18:24
My latest 2-channel system. Primarily CIAudio-based (see signature) with Blue Jeans Cables, APC H15 power conditioner, OmniMount stand, Hubbell 5362 outlet.

If you haven't experimented with this already you might try moving your speakers out from the wall (at least 3 feet). Even if you can't keep them that way, try it for one listening session... you'll be blown away by the difference. To me, it's far, far bigger than any change in upstream components.

tomjtx
2007-11-16, 20:41
Here is a picture of my most recent office setup where I do 90% of my SB listening.

linuxtx,

I see you have the Meier Cantate and K701's .

I have this setup also. The cantate is a great headphone amp.

My latest buy was the Darkvoice 337, truly a worldclasss tube headphone amp.

linuxtx
2007-11-17, 20:25
linuxtx,

I see you have the Meier Cantate and K701's .

I have this setup also. The cantate is a great headphone amp.

My latest buy was the Darkvoice 337, truly a worldclasss tube headphone amp.

This is actually an Aria, before the cantate or even opera was around... I have had it for a couple of years now. While I could probably stand to upgrade the amp, I do much more speaker listening now that I have the Musical Fidelity/Era setup (there is a REL R-205 under the desk). My next upgrade is likely to be Dynaudio C1 speakers.

Xorro
2007-11-20, 06:00
Yes, I have a black DVD player on order ;) and yes I will be moving the speakers once I work out what I want to do with them :)

http://xorro.xpmg.co.uk/tech/av/IMG_0872.JPG

morris_minor
2007-11-21, 06:37
My setup: details in the signature. [Edit July 2009: updated pics to follow once I've moved house, with TP, Boom, Duet etc. ]

Before SB3 came along the DAC was fed by the Pioneer universal player. Both the Era Gold V phonostage and RB DAC1 (with X10v3 output buffer) feed into the Sugden Headmaster for serious listening on 'phones, with the tape out from this going to the AV amp for putting on speakers. The pre out from the Sugden goes into the M-Audio Transit USB audio interface for recording LPs on the Mac for car use - and now FLAC of course.

As much as I'm growing to love the SB, the Gyrodec is my real pride and joy: with the tecnoarm and G1042 feeding the Era V it really performs . . . at least, Tigger thinks so :o)

[Anyone curious about the RB DAC1 should look here http://forums.slimdevices.com/showpost.php?p=241946&postcount=19 ]

Xorro
2007-11-21, 12:17
Yes, I have a black DVD player on order ;) and yes I will be moving the speakers once I work out what I want to do with them :)

Also note black Wii nestling next to the Squeezebox

jhm731
2007-11-22, 10:39
SB3 ala ART

arge
2007-11-24, 11:59
These are my gen 5 DIY tower speakers. First time tri-amp and very happy about it. The DBX crossover is my analog volume and "EQ" by virtue of its separate gain on low/mid/high amps.

In case you are wondering, the TV is a 13"

morris_minor
2007-11-25, 01:49
Great looking kit, Arge! Love the "white space" . . .

Could you post some construction details for us? And some listening impressions??

Thanks,
Bob

arge
2007-11-25, 13:28
Great looking kit, Arge! Love the "white space" . . .

Could you post some construction details for us? And some listening impressions??

Thanks,
Bob

The goal of this project was to obtain the maximum stereo nirvana for less than $2000 (the 3 Audiosource amps were bought used from ebay for $600).
This project was in my head for years (since the previous speaker set), but it was jump started when I found a discharged 18” PVC pipe on a construction site ($17 to remove it from their hands).
The principles behind the design are:
- Minimum diffraction -> “zero” baffle.
- Minimum “typical” resonances -> no parallel surfaces.
- Maximum dampening -> no passive crossover, good drivers (big magnet…).
- Maximum dispersion (open soundstage) -> “zero” baffle, low crossover frequencies (24 db/octave)
- Phase alignment -> 24db active crossover…
- “Flat” extended response -> tunable active crossover
- Serious dynamic -> tri-amps for a total of 380W / ch on 8 ohm

Drivers:
- Tweeter: Scan-speak D2905/9300
- Mid: Audax HM130Z10
- Woofer SEAS L26RFX/P (H1209) 10" Aluminum Cone

The result blows away my “traditional” generation 4 tower speakers. Comparatively speaking is like having removed the mud from the sound.
The active crossover is great for DIYer (it took me months to fine tune it…). Tri-amps sound is simply effortless.
Last but not least, many of the design concepts were “borrowed“ from mister Brugnoli of Italy which knows a thing or two about loudspeakers.

morris_minor
2007-11-25, 14:30
Thanks, arge!

This looks a great project. . . .

Bob

iPhone
2007-11-26, 13:14
In case you are wondering, the TV is a 13"

Looks to me that the money is going to the proper places! Nice project!

opaqueice
2007-11-26, 15:35
The goal of this project was to obtain the maximum stereo nirvana for less than $2000 (the 3 Audiosource amps were bought used from ebay for $600).

Very nice!

They bear some resemblance to Linkwitz Plutos: http://www.linkwitzlab.com/Pluto/intro.htm.

Ray70
2007-12-01, 16:00
On the left, Focal 1027be.

Top to bottom:
Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck / Heavy Kit / Spacearm / Dynavector 20VX / Graham Slee Era V
SB+
Marantz SA-11S1
Jeff Rowland Concentra II

Gary_C
2007-12-02, 03:19
My system consists of SB3, Musical Fidelity X-DAC v3, X-PSU v3 and X-Can v3. Amplification is by a Musical Fidelity X-150 speakers are B&W 685's and a REL Q50 subwoofer. There's also some AV bits there.

Mr_Sukebe
2007-12-05, 04:16
Here's a photo of the latest version of my system.
For info:
SB+
Bel Canto Evo2i
Impulse Ta'us speakers
Coherent system cables
Stillpoints under the amp and SB+ control unit.

morris_minor
2007-12-05, 05:57
Here's a photo of the latest version of my system.
For info:
SB+
Bel Canto DAC2
Impulse Ta'us speakers
Coherent system cables
Stillpoints under the amp and SB+ control unit.

Nice! But you forgot to mention the Morphy Richards SureFlow-Steam room conditioner . . .

Patrick Dixon
2007-12-05, 10:03
Nice! But you forgot to mention the Morphy Richards SureFlow-Steam room conditioner . . .

It's for ironing out the wrinkles in the SB+ frequency response ;-)

Mr_Sukebe
2007-12-06, 00:59
Nice! But you forgot to mention the Morphy Richards SureFlow-Steam room conditioner . . .

I'm sure you'll be happy to know that the DEQ is now long gone.

singleended40
2007-12-12, 17:55
There ya go!!!

Crooner,

Where did you order to cut the face of your "new SB2"? Do you have a link for that and the link where you bought all the connectors? Thanks for your time and effort.

Regards,
Tan

Please send the link to nguyenchiro at yahoo dot com.

crooner
2007-12-12, 21:42
Crooner,

Where did you order to cut the face of your "new SB2"? Do you have a link for that and the link where you bought all the connectors? Thanks for your time and effort.

Regards,
Tan

Please send the link to nguyenchiro at yahoo dot com.

Hi Tan!
I had the faceplate cut by the fine folks at Front Panel Express. They did a superb job. I designed the cutout with a software they have for download. You can also order using the same program. It was easy. Turnaround was a couple of weeks. No affiliation with them, just a happy customer!

The connectors I got from several places but mostly Markertek.

If you get yours finished, don't forget to post your pics here!

Happy holidays!
crooner

mapatton
2007-12-17, 17:07
Not as highend as some posted here, but here is a pic of the setup. Pic doesn't do the best job showing off the SB3.

Pioneer VSX-94TXH, SB3, Toshiba HD-A35, Panasonic BD30, SA 8300HD, Sony KDL-46XBR5

Behind the covers: Wharfedale Emerald 99s, Infiniti BETA 3 way center

Out of picture: Pronto TSU-7000 controlling everything, AR/Sunfire sub, Wharfedale DFS Surrounds, home built PC serving up the files to the SB3 with 1 TB of storage.

haunyack
2007-12-17, 17:20
Not as highend ....

Maybe so but I'm sure the WAF must top the meter.
Nice, clean and cool.

.

mapatton
2007-12-17, 21:32
Maybe so but I'm sure the WAF must top the meter.
Nice, clean and cool.

.

Thank you

The WAF is very high. Actually she was initially cool to the SB3 when it arrived. I placed the remote in her hand and she instantly LOVED the SB3. (And understands the hours of ripping hundreds of CDs to flac that I did). I should have mentioned that is 1 TB in RAID 0+1 (2 TB of actual storage); I'm not going to loose those hours of work to something stupid like a failed disk.

Next to that, she loves the Pronto as I have it set up totally activity based. One touch does everything you need.

I just got in new cabling that I will be working on this week. Cable management WILL be practiced (as currently you can see a bit of the rats nest thats behind there). Will also be installing a network switch this week that the SB3 will feed so that I can connect up the Pio 94 and Toshiba A35 to the internet.

I need to spend some time learning more about the SqueezeNetwork.

haunyack
2007-12-17, 21:46
So, I assume this setup is floor level.
Do you have the speakers tilted?

Also, my rat's nest is very low WAF.
I've been considering manufacturing my own version of auto spark-plug wire guides for audio cables.
Have you seen anything like that for guiding and spacing audio cables?

.

mapatton
2007-12-18, 06:52
So, I assume this setup is floor level.
Do you have the speakers tilted?

Also, my rat's nest is very low WAF.
I've been considering manufacturing my own version of auto spark-plug wire guides for audio cables.
Have you seen anything like that for guiding and spacing audio cables?

.

The base of the equipment is about 6 inches above floor level.
Center line of the display is pretty much eye level with the viewing area. Tweeters of the Mains are slightly higher, with a slight donward angle. The tweeter of the CC is higher than viewing, and is tilted as much as possible downwards. From the main viewing area, the off axis is not bad. I tend to lie on the floor sometimes and off axis on the cc does come into play as dialogue can be indistinct at lower listening levels. (Next cc will be an inwall, or partial in wall with more ability to downward angle the tweeter.

I have not seen anything like you mention. My plan was 2 fold (with the 2nd portion not being solid). Th cables will be routed and tied with velcro. To keep them next to the walls I was going to attach velcro strips to the wall as well.

aghorner
2007-12-28, 14:26
Hello

I've had my Squeezebox for three days now, and so far am very impressed. I have it connected to a Bose Wave Radio/CD player, and the sound quality is excellent.

Yours - Antony

svtcontour
2007-12-28, 22:57
Here is my setup. Pretty simple really. Celestion DL8 speakers, Rotel preamp, Threshold power amp, Squeezebox and a Yamaha CD player.

Timothy Stockman
2007-12-29, 17:05
I should have mentioned that is 1 TB in RAID 0+1 (2 TB of actual storage); I'm not going to loose those hours of work to something stupid like a failed disk.
Be careful... A "failed disk" is only one of the ways one can lose data, and probably not even the most likely one. File system corruption, program errors, hardware errors (other than the RAID drives) and even operator errors can all cause data loss which RAID won't prevent. The best insurance is a complete, off-line backup. If you're really paranoid, 2 separate, complete off-line backups allows you to keep at least one backup off-line at all times, even while the other 2 are being synchronized. RAID is one technique that allows high up-time in mission critical business applications, but it is not a substitute for an off-line (or at least on a different computer) backup.

One thing that improves your chances of not losing data is to pay attention to what the synchronization program is doing! About a year ago, Windows decided that about half-a-dozen of my music files were part of a corrupt section on the disk, so it daleted them to fix up the disk. The next time I ran Microsoft "Synctoy", rather than copy them from the backup, it was going to make the disks match by deleting the good copy from the backup! Needless to say I manually restored them before letting Synctoy have its way with synchronization. Since then, I've been using "Allway Sync" instead, it seems to be much more robust, but I still check the "preview" after it analyzes the changes before I turn it loose to actually do the synchronization.

As the network administrator for my company, I maintain a separate complete backup off-site that is synchronized weekly. One other issue with backups is that often they are made, but noone checks if the data can actually be restored from the backup. While I've never had reason to do a complete restore, I occasionally get a request to restore a file or directory that a user has accidentally trashed, so I periodically do restore individual pieces from the backups.

For my personal music library, right now I'm using a pair of 250GB USB drives and a pair of 500GB drives. I keep one set at home and one at the office and synchronize them weekly. I'm almost out of space on the 500GB drives, so I may add another 500 GB pair. Hoiwever, with this much data, I'm starting to feel somewhat insecure with only two copies. (Well, I do have all the original CDs, but ripping, editing, encoding and tagging is a task I'd rather not repeat for stuff I've already done.) So likely, I'll make a third complete backup to be stored in my self storage locker.

morris_minor
2007-12-30, 02:58
Hello

I've had my Squeezebox for three days now, and so far am very impressed. I have it connected to a Bose Wave Radio/CD player, and the sound quality is excellent.

Yours - Antony

Seeing your SB atop a Wave Radio makes me think a version of SB with built in speakers might be marketable. Just think of the SB display and innards in the Wave Radio and dispense with the SB box . . .

mapatton
2007-12-30, 08:23
Be careful... A "failed disk" is only one of the ways one can lose data, and probably not even the most likely one. File system corruption, program errors, hardware errors (other than the RAID drives) and even operator errors can all cause data loss which RAID won't prevent. The best insurance is a complete, off-line backup. If you're really paranoid, 2 separate, complete off-line backups allows you to keep at least one backup off-line at all times, even while the other 2 are being synchronized. RAID is one technique that allows high up-time in mission critical business applications, but it is not a substitute for an off-line (or at least on a different computer) backup.

One thing that improves your chances of not losing data is to pay attention to what the synchronization program is doing! About a year ago, Windows decided that about half-a-dozen of my music files were part of a corrupt section on the disk, so it daleted them to fix up the disk. The next time I ran Microsoft "Synctoy", rather than copy them from the backup, it was going to make the disks match by deleting the good copy from the backup! Needless to say I manually restored them before letting Synctoy have its way with synchronization. Since then, I've been using "Allway Sync" instead, it seems to be much more robust, but I still check the "preview" after it analyzes the changes before I turn it loose to actually do the synchronization.

As the network administrator for my company, I maintain a separate complete backup off-site that is synchronized weekly. One other issue with backups is that often they are made, but noone checks if the data can actually be restored from the backup. While I've never had reason to do a complete restore, I occasionally get a request to restore a file or directory that a user has accidentally trashed, so I periodically do restore individual pieces from the backups.

For my personal music library, right now I'm using a pair of 250GB USB drives and a pair of 500GB drives. I keep one set at home and one at the office and synchronize them weekly. I'm almost out of space on the 500GB drives, so I may add another 500 GB pair. Hoiwever, with this much data, I'm starting to feel somewhat insecure with only two copies. (Well, I do have all the original CDs, but ripping, editing, encoding and tagging is a task I'd rather not repeat for stuff I've already done.) So likely, I'll make a third complete backup to be stored in my self storage locker.


Excellent comment. I did not mean to imply that RAID will cure all. Its just my luck that all potential data lost I have experienced in the 10 years has been due to failed disc.

I need to create a BU solution as well. I believe I will build out a lesser box laying around to provide as a BU for the server as well as my main computer.

dean
2007-12-30, 08:24
I moved this thread to its own forum.

-dean

mflint
2007-12-30, 14:55
Be careful... A "failed disk" is only one of the ways one can lose data, and probably not even the most likely one. File system corruption, program errors, hardware errors (other than the RAID drives) and even operator errors can all cause data loss which RAID won't prevent.
Personally, of all the computer-based data I've lost in the past 20 years, the majority of it can be attributed to "human error".

Matthew

Bizarroterl
2008-01-01, 10:35
One thing that improves your chances of not losing data is to pay attention to what the synchronization program is doing! About a year ago, Windows decided that about half-a-dozen of my music files were part of a corrupt section on the disk, so it daleted them to fix up the disk. The next time I ran Microsoft "Synctoy", rather than copy them from the backup, it was going to make the disks match by deleting the good copy from the backup! Needless to say I manually restored them before letting Synctoy have its way with synchronization. Since then, I've been using "Allway Sync" instead, it seems to be much more robust, but I still check the "preview" after it analyzes the changes before I turn it loose to actually do the synchronization.


I evaluated SyncToy and quit using it. There's a limit to the number of files and you get no warnings or errors when it is exceeded. AllwaySync doesn't have this limitation. SyncToy is free and AllwaySync is $20. $20 is nothing when you've lost a bunch of files because SyncToy didn't back them up.

amcluesent
2008-01-01, 11:06
>Just think of the SB display and innards in the Wave Radio and dispense with the SB box . . .<

Yep, plus a dock for the Ipod. Oh wait, Denon have already done it (with an DLNA server)...

avour
2008-01-04, 14:05
Just my little audio system with my Squeezebox 3 SlimDevices

dynamic speakers AudioLinear model DM3(french concept Dubuisson) with HP Davis
digital subwoofers Velodyne SPL 1000R

pre-amps AudioAnalyse PA 60 + Rotel RB 980BX
cables: RealCable

Panasonic DVD-RA71 with Denon AVR-3801

turn table Thorens TD280 + Ortofon
CD Pioneer PD-D6J - Tape Teac V9000

headphone amps Talisman T-35HP (so good french productions) headphone Sennheiser HD 650
www.talisman-audio.com/products/headphone/t35hp.html

The french man so happy to listen Squeezebox Classic, the best .

Dennis
2008-01-05, 15:37
My Setup:
- Philips Ambilight LCD TV
- WII with Opera browser for a clearer view of the slimserver web-interface
- KEF Kit 100
- SB2 optical link to the KEF
- Separate server under the stairs, containing mostly FLAC(not shown)
- Sennheiser HD515 for private listening

morris_minor
2008-01-06, 07:01
I Robot - Alan Parsons: excellent!! Have you got the recently remastered and extended version? This comes up very shiny via SB!

Fakarava
2008-01-13, 01:38
First SB seems very interesting, as you can see. It stands in the kitchen (where we spend a lot of time).
Second setup will be a Transporter in the big system ; stay tuned !

"To nobody, except those who will take pleasure here"
(Franz Schubert, 01/31/1797 - 11/19/1828)

blokkadeleider
2008-01-13, 09:52
My squeezebox on a nearly ancient sony TA 70, the old carbon resistors were replaced for metal film ones...
Brings down the noise levels ;D

mftech
2008-01-13, 10:10
My squeezebox on a nearly ancient sony TA 70, the old carbon resistors were replaced for metal film ones...
Brings down the noise levels ;D

My SB3with my Sony TA-88 (the big brother of the TA70).
Under modifications (all caps has been changed, next steps resistors and diodes in PS).

Paul Fessler
2008-01-13, 17:34
Two channel set up, SQB3,Power one PSU, Ptech stack (P-1A,P-3b,P3 PSU),Esound CDP, DK VS-1 Reference MKII Hybrid intergrated amp, Von Schweikert 4Jrs, and my homemade console.

drewe181
2008-01-19, 23:17
My SB3with my Sony TA-88 (the big brother of the TA70).
Under modifications (all caps has been changed, next steps resistors and diodes in PS).


hey!! i have those same speakers connected to a t-amp to my pc

-D

randynchicago
2008-01-20, 02:01
Squeezebox 3
Sony STR-DG810
Mac Mini w/ MS Wireless Entertainment Desktop 8000
Sony 47" Bravia LCD HDTV
Bose Acoustimass Home Theater Speaker System
Toshiba A2 HD-DVD

Mnyb
2008-01-20, 06:03
Here's my setup, sorry about the flash i have only handheld camera.



Including this stuff:

My stuff G98DH, G68J, Squeezebox 3, CIA PS, Force 530T,SiruS DMX200, Primare A30.2, Classe'CA100, Rel Stadium 3, Dynaudio Contour 4, Dynaudio Contour 1.3SE, Dynaudio Contour Center, Marcus cable digital cables, Audioquest for analog, Isotek.. etc
SD feets for all speakers.

killie99
2008-02-03, 12:14
Thought I'd post this as I am just about to have a radical change in a few days time. Out is going the Primare D30.2, MF A324 and MF A1000. In is coming an MF KW250S ....

roll - gybe
2008-02-08, 17:29
http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/54/img0136uq4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/6208/img0153wb0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

SB3/MF a5 Int/Swan 6.1
SB3/Yamaha 5490/Vandersteen 1b
SB3/Sony STR/ era design 4

Bizarroterl
2008-02-09, 13:56
How do you like your Swan 6.1s? I've got a pair along with the 4.1s for rears and a center.

roll - gybe
2008-02-10, 17:38
I like the swans. they are very detailed, although they can be a little fatiguing (really not a huge problem, just a little). However, real live music is kind of fatiguing.

I like the lifelike sound. They sound better for acoustic music than the vandys. I think it's the cabinents.

Good extension down too. Much better than the vandys. When I really listen, I sometimes think the vandys sound less organic - more electronic (although they image wonderfully)

I would love to combine the comfortable listen of the vandys with the top end clarity of the swans.

Sputnik
2008-02-11, 19:04
Squeezebox sounds great!

ik632
2008-02-13, 10:44
Here's my system:
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa100/ik632/Rack/IMGP5447.jpg

All vintage components except for the SB3.