Nice cabin. Nice dog too. :-)
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uberwaltz, it is in the South Carolina piedmont. Rolling hills. Farms. No incredible views but it has its own subtle beauty. Its on 250 acres and is one of the main reasons I don't have more cash for photography, cars and hi-fi. ;-)
We built it from a kit and have had it almost 20 years. It has always been my music 'spot'. There is no TV, no cable, no internet, cell service is spotty so there is always music playing. But always on the low end system. Still low end but sounds way better now.
I may continue to build the system up a little but the cabin is too small for me to monopolize it as a primary listening space so no sense in going over the top. Plus I'm fairly attached to the old Toshiba. Will probably take a DAC down there sometime and maybe a better CDP but that's probably about all I'll do.......although I found a Toshiba SA-5000 at a vintage shop which is basically the same unit but with 50 wpc......$250....which is overpriced....
.....maybe some vintage speakers one day........
Just saying "Bose 2.2" makes my ears hurt! There are some fantastic bookshelf speakers on the market right now for under $500, Elac, Klipsch, Q-acoustics, etc. Read the reviews, find a pair in your price range and hook them up.
Then put the Bose in the fireplace to keep you warm while you listen to music as it's meant to be heard!
@gratefuleric: There is just nowhere to position bookshelf speakers properly in the cabin. That's why I went with towers.
Anyway, when I read the part about putting the Bose in the fireplace I got a chuckle since that is where they are:
Not planning on burning them up, they were just sitting on the floor in my study and got shoved into the rarely used fireplace. I'll probably put them in my basement shop.
@gawdbless : Boon is a big, friendly, kind of doofy Lab. Probably not as smart as our previous one, Dash, but Dash was exceptional in that regard. Boon makes up for it in energy! Of course, we may be judging Boon a little early, he's only three so he _might_ get as smart as Dash was.
Tbh I quite often find myself listening to my " low end bliss rig" a heck of a lot as it is in a better position house wise than my main rig.
Probably $750 all in if I ignore the latest Technics sl10 tt acquisition which I truly did not need to enjoy.
It's my second system under my virtual systems page.
If you look at speaker positions you might think bloated and boom bass but could not be further from the truth. It is just solid kick ass bass from those towers that only have a small main woofer.
Just one of those full synergy things and I have no desire to change anything in it at all.
Just enjoy your bliss rig!
One of the things that has helped me gain some confidence with this hi-fi stuff was that I originally had my main system at the cabin.
One of the things I immediately noticed is that I could get to a sweet-(ish) spot with that system but is was very very small. Even a slight change in head/seat position caused a significant change in the size, shape and depth of the sound stage.
With this system it is exactly the same which proves two things to me: 1) What I was hearing was real and is reproducible and 2) Is more than likely a room dynamic which proves to an inexperienced audiophile that room dynamics are real.
I have no intention of pursuing room dynamics at the cabin. It just is not a big enough issue with that system in that place, and my wife would not be happy......but it would be very interesting from an educational standpoint since there is a problem that I can hear and duplicate............which means that there would be testable solutions that I could apply.
Down at the cabin now. Just finished soldering new tiny little bulbs into my old Toshiba SA-2500 and they all worked! The old unit looks like new again.
My my wife is sitting beside me and we are listening to Mark Knopler’s Get Lucky on CD and I’m totally satisfied with the SQ from this low end system. Tomorrow we’ll listen to The Rock and Roll Beach show on WRBK FM radio. She likes beach music. Life is good.