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 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Open Baffle Design

 Post subject: Re: Open Baffle Design
Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:22 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 1316

The larger driver will beam, but if it is mostly you sitting in the 'sweet spot' you will be fine and have less interaction with the room. People want wide off axis frequency response and then spend time and money dealing with 'first reflections' (or they don't when they should). I would run the 15 ...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Open Baffle Design

 Post subject: Re: Open Baffle Design
Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:31 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 1316

I would contact the manufacturer to see if you can purchase replacement rear cups for the drivers in case you want to go back to a closed compression driver. Also, these sorts of drivers take a long time to mellow out, so I wouldn't judge them too quickly or finalize the crossover without extensive ...

 Forum: DIY   Topic: Audio Nirvana full range drivers and speaker kits

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:08 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 700

I have the 15 inch P audio coaxials they used to sell and have heard their 15 inch Nirvana alnico speakers. I think you have to buy into the single driver/ large cabinet, high efficiency philosophy and personally, I think this is the sound people are often looking for but don't realize it. I believe...

 Forum: Sources - Digital   Topic: Budget DAC recommendations?

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:24 am 

Replies: 49
Views: 4861

Lately, I have been using the $250 USD ES9038 Pro dac from This one uses the top of the line Sabre chip but doesn't have that stereotypical 'sabre' glare of the past varieties. This implementation I find very natural and very 'r2r' sounding but with more detail without sounding clinic...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Blocking speaker ports?

 Post subject: Re: Blocking speaker ports?
Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:19 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 1492

I think you may have to determine if you are fighting a losing battle with your neighbours. It is good you are communicating and that you are making an effort to address the problem. The thing is whether or not anything you can do will make them happy. Some walls between townhomes are pretty poor at...

 Forum: PC Audio and Music Servers   Topic: Can Youtube provide high quality sound?

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:51 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 777

I don't think you will get top quality sound in technical terms, but I have found well recorded stuff sounds and looks excellent. My personal opinion is that if you are not set up to view and listen to you tube on a quality system, you are really missing out on a lot of stuff you can't get anywhere ...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Old Polyester Caps Problematic?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:47 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 1793

I would experiment with an inexpensive polypropylene cap of the same value to see if it is the capacitor. The change should blow your mind if it is. After you are sure you are on the right road, buy better if you want. Personally, I believe there is significant differences in sonics in different cap...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: Ever listen to music with hands cupped behind ears?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 1:10 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 1836

My guess is that this works over a very limited range of frequencies due to the size of the wavelengths of frequency corresponding to the size of the cupped hands. It probably is enhancing the frequencies that are often weakening in our hearing as we age. It also is probably reducing the reflected f...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: How does one will their equipment when kids can't appreciate

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:52 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 1914

I’m really considering selling all of my vinyl. I’m getting older and I came to a realization that I don’t want to buy things anymore, I want to buy experiences. Life is short. I still enjoy music when I have the chance but if you asked me if I would rather listen to a record or spend time with my ...

 Forum: Amplifiers/Preamplifiers   Topic: Tube Buffer Recommendations / Thoughts?

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:23 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1543

I have tried a couple of Yaqin buffers and my experience was that they took away from the sound. If you like tubes, I think you can't do half measures. You might be looking for an 'el34' type sound if it suits your speakers. You might also want to change up your dac to a R2R or non over-sampling or ...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: EQ Room Correction - 2 Channel Stereo

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:11 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 3201

Unless there is some really transparent digital correction for mids and highs at a reasonable cost, I am happy to live with the imperfect response in these areas. I suppose though, it wouldn't hurt to also compensate for hearing loss in addition to room anomalies. On the other hand, I believe there ...

 Forum: Headphones and Portable Audio   Topic: Going full all out headphone setup!

Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:46 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1451

I would say if you can't enjoy your speakers in your current environment and that your circumstance isn't changing anytime soon and if you are loving the headphones - then I would go all in. You don't need anything over-the-top for background music in your home so some simple stereo would do just fi...

 Forum: Speakers   Topic: Tannoy Gold 12s

 Post subject: Re: Tannoy Gold 12s
Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:08 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1191

1.7 Cubic Feet is probably not large enough. A bigger box with a properly tuned port will give you deeper bass. Most drivers of the sort don't usually don't play super low, but I don't think it should sound deficient or inadequate in a properly sized box with a properly tuned port. Even though these...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: Help! Noise complaints.

 Post subject: Re: Help! Noise complaints.
Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:26 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 5045

Imo, once you are targeted by someone who believes it is your music, you could be in a no-win type of situation. If you have large floor standers, you will always be the one to blame even if someone else is making the noise. People just have to see large speakers and they think they are loud. But to...

 Forum: General Audio Discussion   Topic: anybody hear Blue Circle Tube Simulator Pipe

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:09 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 1883

One would have to wonder what exactly a 'tube simulation' would sound like or what the designer's interpretation of a 'tube sound' or 'tube effect' is. What exactly would one be hoping to gain by adding another stage of sound shaping to their system? Can a person add a product like this and get grea...
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