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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:00 am 
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After renovating the big room (with the small system) and loving the results, I finally redid the main listening room, a small main floor bedroom.

Hand distressed hickory flooring and the Lulea TV bench from Jysk - welded steel a la Target.

The two back walls are lined with my large LP collection so no echoing.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:26 am 
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Very nice. A beautiful floor, but adding a small area rug between the system and your listening chair might help even more.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:03 am 
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Oh, nice.

Look at all the things I would change... not. Oh, I would try the amp on the floor for bass, but I'd have to suck up the d├ęcor consequences if it worked. Treatments... but who cares ? That room looks so good, a big nod to mid-century modern. What does the rest of the family think ?

Glad you put the pic first, so we could guess which components were the new ones.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:20 am 
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OK I cheated, the components are: (1) the room and (2) the stand.

Family loves it but it is my dedicated man cave.

I had a rug all set to put in front of the speakers but the two walls of LPs actually deaden the room quite a lot. Plus the Harbeth speakers are super laid back sounding. Each LP shelf is about 6 feet tall and 28 inches wide. I think I have about 2,000 LPs and 500 cds plus a bunch of hifi and classical music mags thrown in for good measure. The rest of my LP and cd collection is in the basement and living room.

The components include a Clearaudio Concept table run through a 2-box Basic Plus phono pre, Pro-ject Essential2 run through a Phonobox2, Yamaha RS 700 and older Yamaha SACD.

Lot of good isolation products (vibrapod, tonar, Amcan), plus cables and chords (Nordost, Shunyata, Cardas, Atlas). I am going to move to a full budget (Purple Flare or Red Dawn) Nordost cable loom now that all the components and acoustics are sorted out.

Very happy with the results.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:33 am 
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I like it - really classic without the audiophile room trappings (OK my dedicated room has them, and everyone who goes there feels the need to ask me about them :roll: ).

This looks so "normal" it is refreshing. A true music lovers special space, and harking back to a time when (I believe) life was so much better. Make sure you check your iPad and mobile phone at the door.

Congrats!


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A beautiful, serene, and welcoming looking room. Congratulations on a job well done! I'm sure it's the perfect place to wind down after work.

Good choice on a Nordost loom. You'll get better frequency extension and inner detail with your gear. My suggestion is to start with the power cables and get the best you can afford. I haven't heard the Leif series models but I did tons of experimentation with their series 1 products a few year ago. I found that speaker cables made the least difference. Power cables were definitely number 1, interconnects number 2, and there actually is more than usual synergy when adding further Nordost products.

Enjoy your great man cave! Thanks for posting.


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Very nice! I also like the flooring.


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AWESOME !! old school cool.. with a modern sensibility.. 8)


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Very nice system and room setup Babi !


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tastefully done! Very nice.
BTW, what is that hanging from the door knob?


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Looks awesome Babi. Have you given any thought to moving the system to the side wall so it's not between the speakers? Jim Smith really recommends that layout in his "Get Better Sound" book, even if it means switching from high end speaker cables to zip cord. I've found that setup works far better in my system, and it's also more convenient to have my turntable beside me.


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ckennedy wrote:
tastefully done! Very nice.
BTW, what is that hanging from the door knob?


Ah you noticed that eh? It is actually a toilet paper kaleidoscope made by my son in first grade. I also have a number of hand drawn father's day cards in the room that actually trace the evolution of the room through the eyes of my son.

Junior is now a serious audiophile himself. To get to this cleaner set up, I got rid of one turntable, the Technics 1200. He took it to replace the old Rega.

-- 06 Aug 2015 15:58 --

tmarx wrote:
Looks awesome Babi. Have you given any thought to moving the system to the side wall so it's not between the speakers? Jim Smith really recommends that layout in his "Get Better Sound" book, even if it means switching from high end speaker cables to zip cord. I've found that setup works far better in my system, and it's also more convenient to have my turntable beside me.


I really like that too but the room is actually too small to do that (it is only 10x12). I am still playing with speaker positioning - the Harbeths are not as fussy as the old B&Ws but some tweaking will be needed.


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