Oh, I totally forgot to mention the pair of Martin Logan Sequels (that need work) and the two Crown 150 Amps.
I'm losing my mind!
I'm losing my mind!
When you start using a bathroom for equipment storage because you have run out of room elsewhere you are hardcore!
It was the upstairs en suite bathroom. Two sinks, etc, big enough to hold a party in.
full to the door with equipment.
What about the rest of the house?
Don’t ask. If you need a visual, think "bomb goes off in an audio museum".
When I say I’ve owned at least 200 pairs of speakers, think exactly that. At least 200.
I remember nearly wrecking a set of Klipsch Kg2.2 speakers. I was trying to bring them into the house and tripped over the set of Boston a-70’s that were underfoot in the foyer.... as there was no other place to put them. The foyer was already full, you see...
Like the man said in 'The Hunt for Red October': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-JA1ffd5Ms
I have full house audio. It's a Radio Shack boom box (circa 1980). As I walk around the house I can carry it with me. So, full house audio.
Better to fulfill your obsessions with things that are constructive rather than ones that are not. Hats off to anyone who constantly wants to improve. Perfection may never be reached but it's fun trying to get there.
Wow, that’s a crazy story indeed, OP. Fun isn’t it? You’ve got a lot more audio going on than, me though. If I was modding 2+ systems instead of one, I’d lose it completely. For the love of god, clear out one or two rooms as next step, the focus on 1 with the proceeds. You’ve got the audio virus, you just need to starve it a little.
I'm with you brother. I've spent the budget for Audio for a minute. Like it was said above - Enjoy the music, and that's just what I'm doing. Nice glass of scotch, and listing to the Allman Brother Live from from Filmore East at the moment. Maybe a little cash strapped temporarily, but totally worth it.
BTW - I've been pushing these Dalquist DQ-10's around looking for the sweet spot on placement. What is the common belief on how far from the wall they should be? Goose said above they're power hungry, and that's absolutely the truth. The Mac 2105 has to give it all she's got to really get them singing at 105 watts. May have to move the 200+ Watt Adcom over to push them.
When you get the bug you get the bug and it is hard to stop buying, upgrading, and experimenting. I know what you mean because i have twenty three pairs of speakers and almost enough amplifiers to use on every one of them but when you develop your collection you can always find a magical combination that works in almost any situation.
Do you ever listen to music? Sounds like you just buy and test equipment. You will never be satisfied until you settle on a level and then maybe make single improvements to see how much better it sounds.
Making so many changes so often will leave your head spinning wondering what affected what. Just relax....
Welcome to the lunacy club called Musiholicism. The natural love of music gets us here and I haven’t been cured since I caugh the disease in 1966. I went crazy for about 15 years sampling every type of ss equipment know to man. In 1982 my wife acquired a set of klipschorns (Blew my head off). Finally graduated to a mcintosh ma6900 in 2001. In 2018 I upgraded the khorns to a FULL volti audio upgrade. And then somebody introduced me to tubes!!I just acquired an accembled Thorsten Loeshe 300B build kit. Lets see. 78 years old, 55 years later, still got the sickness. Hope you get over it!! Helps if your wife starts it!!! Happy listening!!
I would imagine a lot of you will scoff at this idea, but here goes. I've had some pretty good systems over the last 40 plus years, and I still do. Here's the way it spreads out:
Garage: Sonos Moves (they also go wherever such as the driveway or back yard or anywhere else).
Kitchen: Sonos Play 5's.
Living Room: Sonos Port, Lexicon Amp, B&W bookshelves, 2 REL subs and about 6K in wires.
Studio A: Sonos Amp, KEF LS-50's, Martin Logan sub, Furman 20, 2K in wires.
Master: Sonos Amp, KEF-LS 50's, $800 in wires
Master bath: Sonos Amp, old DCM bookshelves, old AQ wires
TV room: Sonos ARC, Sonos Sub, Sonos Play 1's.
Office- Sonos Beam- used to be in TV room.
I can walk from room-to-room with mid-fi sound streaming from Pandora. If I want to shuffle things around, it's easy. When I move, it will pack up neatly. I think a lot of you will end up where I am. You get to a point where getting the last ounce of sound is not so much worth the effort. I'm in Atlanta and wouldn't mind parting company with the Lexicon amp and the REL subs if anyone is interested. I think I'm going to replace the LR system with a couple of powered LS-50's. So what do you think, audiophiles, could you live with my set up?
My first true audiophile speakers were those B&W 802 series80's, and I loved them!! Very inefficient, but very smooth, neutral, and incredible imaging.... I actually bought them used in college in '86. Even today, I think they still can be a great value, in in nice condition. Crossovers could use some new caps though!
Then in '89, I bought some brand new Sequels.
OK, ok....Submit to your dark side, go lease a warehouse of apropos size to fit what you've got And whatever you might consider adding in the future and recreate something like this:
Make sure the locks work and there's no windows. Buy the biggest spools of cables you might think you'll need for the project.
Coffee is a given. Alcohol will likely be applied. Drugs optional.
Have one of those "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" buttons just in case you shatter your eardrums and brain has turned to the liquidity of wallpaper paste.
Let me know on Day One, Selection One occurs so I can set up some remote cameras.....
Audiophile Commits Sonic Suicide, Section A, page one, above the fold.
(Oh, that's right.....no one looks at newsprint anymore....)
Some great advice here. I’ve come to the realization that for a minute I’m good on equipment, although, I’m in Atlanta and would like to see the Lexicon amp (Audiobill1). I did go ahead and finish out the system my wife and daughter watch with a B&W HTM2 center channel speaker and B&W 300W sub to go with the 805 Nautilus for a really nice 3.1 system. Got them one of the LG OLED 65” tv’s. I got to tell you, the picture is awesome. In HT I swapped out the equipment for a Mac MX135 and MC 7108. The 7108 is great bridged at 100W / ch, but only four channels so I think I need one more to run 7.1. But that’s it!! I’m going to take someone’s advice from up above an just listen for a while.
iagree with all here who were nice enough to tell their own audio-fever stories. I don’t see it going away,and I can’t help but look through all the online markets for the “Great deals”. Hey WYF, you only live once, it’s not a dressed rehearsal. 🤒
I am going through the same thing as OP, but maybe on a shorter budget. I bought a set of Polk SDA-2s and was amazed at how much better they sound than anything else I have had in my house. And once you start looking, it is hard to turn that spigot off... I found a bargain on a set of Polk 10b, and than I looked closely at my pretty nice sounding basement speakers I saw they are Polk 7. Then I dusted off my Marantz 2015 and found it needs some love, so I am getting that cleaned up. So now I am trying to get a few systems to make each of my speakers sound great. One of the amps that gets mentioned as a good match for the Polk SDA-2s is the OP's Adcom- I'd be interested in that. I'm currently running off a Yamaha AV RX-679. It advertises 100W/channel but it sounds muddy. I'm still looking, and the spigot still seems to be on...
I like the 802’s. They sound great. Choice of equipment is purely subjective I think. Someone once told me that good wine was wine you enjoyed drinking. I think the same think applies to audio - a good system is one that sounds good to you. Specs and manufacturers matter, but at the end of the day, if it sounds good it is good.
One of the amps that gets mentioned as a good match for the Polk SDA-2s is the OP's Adcom- I'd be interested in that. I'm currently running off a Yamaha AV RX-679. It advertises 100W/channel but it sounds muddy. I'm still looking, and the spigot still seems to be on...
I have a pair of polk sda2A's that I've owned for over 30 years, I just upgraded them a few years ago new caps, resistors and tweeters. I had an adc gfa555 paired with them for years until it blew up twice, not a bad amp though for the money. I bought a krell ksa 300s a few years ago and it's way better sound than the adcom. I bought a pair of apogee duetta 2 a few years ago also very good sound. It's an addiction for sure.