What must I correct to get the perfect sound?
I just built my first stereo!! I'm 21, and a huge noobie.. and I really need some help. My system still doesn't sound 'perfect', and I have a few theories as to what it may be that I hoped I could run by you. Something needs to be changed....
The highs are too crisp, in fact they're harsh when loud, especially on distorted music, while the lows are not crisp enough, and the sound just isn't filling up the room. While acoustic instruments expecially brass sound great, a band such as Nin sounds thin.. their tunes are not done justice here, and I miss the pounding drums of Tool. I want the system to be capable of making heavy music sound heavy. Drums are especially light.
I am considering a new room arrangement, but while that would probably help, I still get the impression that there might be technical issues.
Okay, here's what I've got..
Cambridge Azur 640H Cd Player
Cary SLP-80 Tube Preamp
Original Legacy Focus Speakers
Music Wave Super Transparant Cable
XLO HT Pro Interconnects
and I even have an old floorplan which I adapted to my new setup so you can get an idea of how the acoustics in my room are. There aren't many soft furnishings or curtains, there is, however, a computer and some other junk sitting in front of the corner speaker, these things along with the bed, I assume are deadening the bass a little bit... and the walls along with the tv and computer monitor sitting in the way I assume do not help to soften the highs.
I'm hoping that the new room setup will help, but I still think my system itself could be improved.
So, I need some audio tech guru advice..................
The speakers sport three 12' woofers each. They are 4ohms. They could handle 500wpc, but apparantly my Nak only feeds them about 320wpc. Okay, please bear with me.. First Question: I checked the back of the Preamp and the Amp, I didn't see any mention of Ohms or any way of changing anything relating to Ohms, but I have found mention on the internet that the Preamp's Ohm output should match with the speakers' (or else undue wear could affect the tubes, have you heard of this?) and could the sound by affected by setting the preamp and amplifier to match with the speakers' Ohm rating? Second question: Could the mellow low end when playing at high volume (just under the point when the Amp clips and auto-mutes) be because while the amp is capable of powering the smaller woofers, these big woofers aren't getting sent what they need? If I added a second amplifier, or consigned my Nak to you to be replaced with, say, one capable of 500wpc, would that do it? My lack of technical knowledge stops me from knowing for sure, I guess what I'm wondering is if reaching higher volume levels with big woofers is the most "draining" to an amplifier, as opposed to powering smaller woofers...then again, I wonder whether big woofer "drain" in the first place, I mean, shouldn't the output be balanced at all times? Perhaps when pushed hard to play heavy lows there is an exception to this rule?
Thirdly, could the speakers' four 12' woofers and two 12' mid-woofers just be designed to be mellow? There is (almost) enough volume to the bass for most listening situations, in other words it sounds almost balanced... but they certainly do not rock. I'm not a dumb bass-head, but some music is just meant to rock the air around you, or you're missing out on what's supposed to be fun about it. Are these speakers just balanced thin on the bass, and bright, by design? I never would have expected that looking at these big woofers they put on them. At this point, buying a stand-alone subwoofer seems like it would be unnessecary.
So, the thing is, when I turn the dial on my preamp up, I don't want the mids and treble to deafen me, I just want the music heavy..
If I had more power I could just crank them, and if I bought an EQ, then I could tame the highs.. but I suppose I don't have to explain to you why i'm hesitant about adding that to the music, although if it could be switched to passive mode I could only use it when I need it. Then again.. these are big speakers and so I'm hoping that there is a less major change I could make to the system, again.. thinking about the ohms ratings and the matter of pushing this amplifier so much (by the way, is that bad for the amp?)
I also suspected this British Cd Player of not being the ideal machine to play heavy tunes.. I did notice a difference when switching from my computer, but I'm assuming that was mostly the lack of coloration from my gaming sound card, as well as some extra crispness from better interconnects. I do appretiate the extra clarity, especially when I turn it up, but it is harsher.. anyway, that's not REALLY the Cd Players fault, is it? Yeah, and I also considered the sound problem could be partly due to worn out tubes in my preamp.
So.. thank you for reading all of that! As you can see I'm trying my darndest to figure out what needs to be corrected here. I realize this was a very, very long email, but I need the opinion of someone with a lot of technical knowledge all of this stuff works and I would really appretiate your help. I know that I look like a rich kid with a big room and a pool table etc, but I'm really not and I'm on a tight budget here.