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How do you like your quads? i researched a lot of speakers ... Roytex
Just over a year ago i wrote this after ruth lost her battle ... Getamped
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Which brings me to my current system. i love the quads. they ... Getamped
Beautiful story. it's great that you shared a love of hifi ... Jaxwired
@jaxwired: thanks for the comments. i read through some of y ... Getamped
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System edited: added the koss headphones since they are esse ... Getamped
The amps were getting a bit hotter than i liked, so i used a ... Getamped
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Getamped i am sure ruth would approve.quads are along with a ... Chazzbo
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I've settled in to a comfortable arrangement now that seems to provide the best imaging and soundstage given the limitations of the room dimensions. I had the speakers toed in originally and decided to try them positioned exactly on axis, parallel to each other and perpendicular to the back wall. I was surprised by the extent of the improvement in overall sound quality, particular the coherence of vocals in the center of the soundstage. I wish I could move the recliner and couch back by about three feet, but the wall seems to be unwilling to yield at all. And while my family and friends (most of them anyway) consider me to be a bit over obsessive regarding my efforts to achieve a little piece of audio nirvana, it turns out that I'm not willing to move (yet!) to try to improve my sound quality.
One major improvement with the new arrangement is that the laptop I use to play other digital media, typically music videos in AVI, DivX, MPG, WMV, M2V, VOB and other formats, is now close enough to the DacMagic to connect with a standard USB cable (less than 15'). I expected a huge difference in sound quality and got it. The headphone out jack on most laptops is a relatively poor source and the one on this particular laptop was no exception. I use CyberLink PowerDVD v7 to play the video files; it seems to work well with just about every codec I've run into. So I'm now using all three of the DacMagic's inputs (laptop, SqueezeBox 3, NAD T534) and the toslink out goes to the HT receiver.
My next project is going to be some tweaking of my turntable. Right now it is 100% stock and I would like to do the highly recommended outboard power supply a la Frank Van Alstine. I've got a parts list thanks to WGH over at AudioCircle, but I'm probably going to need some guidance. I have some EE friends that will help with the actual construction but a schematic is probably going to help the most. Anyone out there who has done this? I'll definitely be going back to AudioCircle to ask WGH if he has any specific instructions.
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The vinyl resurrection project will be going forward in the ... Getamped
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