Equipment Questions, Suggestions, And Recommendations

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by TimmahTao, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. TimmahTao

    TimmahTao Well-Known Member

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    Got questions about your setup? Ask away!

    Not sure that you've got everything hooked up right? Help each other figure it out!

    Don't know what cartridge you need? Find out!

    Got a weird buzzing in your left ear? See a doctor!

    Here's what you should probably include, at a minimum:
    1. The issue or question.
    2. What kind of music you listen to. Does your setup do double duty as a home theatre?
    3. The equipment involved. Be specific, and INCLUDE PICTURES!
    4. What you have tried to resolve the problem already, and whether or not it had an effect.
     
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  2. TimmahTao

    TimmahTao Well-Known Member

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    Reserved for useful resources and guides, to be added.
     
  3. MusicToLurePigeonsBy

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    Ok so I'm looking to upgrade my setup. I am currently thinking of purchasing Klipsch RF-82 mkII tower speakers. Does anyone know if they are a good choice for tower speakers? My price range is $1000 for a pair. I'm open to any suggestions.

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    TimmahTao Well-Known Member

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    What kind of music do you listen to?

    Are you sold on towers, or would stand mount speakers be an option. Subwoofer?

     
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    I am kind of sold on the tower speakers. My parents have the first version of these and I like them a lot. As for a subwoofer I'm not sure what to get. I usually listen to lots of genres of music. My main genres are probably Rock, Rap, Jazz, Electronic.
     
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    I'm REALLY not a fan of horn tweeter designs; I think they sound too harsh. All the Klipsch's I've heard were loud, and had tons of bass, but that was all I could hear, except for some really piercing trebles.

    If you can stretch your budget, look at the Axiom M60's. They're just great.

    Right on budget, maybe the Paradigm Monitor 7's? I have a strong preference for 'neutral' sounding speakers, but I think that they're worth a listen.
     
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    Oh, and if you want a GREAT subwoofer deal, take a gander at Hsu Research. Their tuneable subs are a bit finicky to set up, but awesome and cheap.

    They also make a horn tweeter design stand-mount speaker that might work really well for you. Only like $350 a pair!
     
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    Thanks for the help! This is all christmas shopping so hopefully I will have the complete setup done by the holidays so I can listen to all the new records I might be getting!
     
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    I own a pair of Polk Audio LSi25's that I am absolutely in love with.

    They each have side-firing 10" subs which are both independently tunable which makes them versatile and usable in just about any room. Also they do not use a horn for the highs, which helps with that "harsh" sound that some people may find with other speakers. Screen-Shot-2013-08-08-at-1.40.26-PM.png

    Also, I think they're beautiful.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
     
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    Thanks man! Sometime soon I'm going to look around and listen to all my choices then compare everything!
     
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    They are very modern looking; I don't think they would go with my decor!

    The problem I have with speaker mounted subs is that they don't respect the rules of sub placement. Unlike the frequencies of the mids and high, the low frequencies handled by subs are not directional and sound best when placed independently.

    A simple (and ideal) baseline is for speakers to be placed in a simple equilateral triangle with the two speakers being the 'base' and the center of your listening station being the point. Depending on your speaker, you may want to 'toe' them, or rotate them so they face the listening seat directly, as opposed to having them having their backs flat to the wall. You'll need to experiment a bit. If your sub is ported, make sure that it has at least 4-6 inches of clear space in any direction around the port.

    Subs, on the other hand, should be placed where they sound best, which is highly variable depending on the acoustics of your room. A nifty trick for placing subs is to plop it in your favourite listening seat once you have the crossovers adjusted. Play some of your best vinyl and crawl around the room on your hand and knees, listening to the bass. You'll notice that at some places in your room, it'll sound thick, boomy, and muddy. Don't put your sub there. Eventually you'll find one (or more) places where your sub sounds SUH-WEET. Clean, tight bass. Plop your sub there, get in your seat, and you'll hear the difference!

    Can't do that if your subs are built into the speaker!

    Of course, life is not ideal! Do the best with what you can afford. As long as it makes you happy, go with it! Happy little trees for everyone!
     
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    Monitor Audio BX6 - $750
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    PSB Imagine X1T - $900
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    TimmahTao Well-Known Member

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    I was looking at the Bronze range, but think I'm going to go with the B&W 6xx S2 line instead. The Monitor Audio stuff is sonically great and a match for quality of some of the best at that price range, but I find the black vinyl 'wood' finish to be a bit chintzy. I haven't heard the PSB stuff, but I've read some good reviews of their other speakers.

    Nice thing about both of these speakers is that they are both front ported, which means they'll be less finicky about being placed close to a wall. I would avoid the corners of your room, but if you live in an apartment like mine, saving those few inches of space can be a life saver!
     
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    So i just got a Marantz TT251, it's hooked up to a Realistic STA-82 receiver and I'm just super stoked about it. BUT, if I turn it up, I get a very loud hum/buzzing sound. It's grounded and the RCA's are plugged in well and in the right place. Any guesses as to why I'm getting this horrendous sound? (if it is at a low volume there is no hum)
     
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    I can't find much info on that turntable. Can you tell me a bit more about it? Does it have two (power and RCA) or three (power, RCA, and ground) wires coming out of the back? If you touch the metal record spindle, does the hum change or modulate? Pics of the back of the turntable and the receiver would help. Bigger and clearer are better.

    Sounds kind of like a ground loop, but it might just be generic electronic interference. Do you get a similar hum on other inputs, or is it just the phono?
     
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    It's direct drive, p mount cart, counterweight, antiskate, auto return, cueing, pitch control, the works. It's got 3, power is going into my wall, RCA to phono and ground to receiver. Receiver is just plugged into my wall. Only hums on phono, does not modulate when I touch the spindle and only hums when the needle touches the record.

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    I think I found the problem. Crappy speakers. I don't think they're 8 - 16 ohm
     
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    If they are 4 ohm, that would give your receiver conniptions. They should have labels on the back with information about resistance and wattage. What do they say? If it's not the speakers, try detaching the ground lead from the phono to the receiver. If you have a ground loop, that should break it.

    Also, holy crap, get some better speaker wire. That looks like 18 or 20 gauge. Try this: http://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-Enh...id=1416112821&sr=8-3&keywords=monoprice+14awg

    You don't have to spend much, but you shouldn't be driving your speakers with wire not much thicker than dental floss! An upgrade from what you have there to pretty much ANYTHING with a thicker conductor will make a perceptible difference both sonically and in terms of how stressed out your amp is.
     
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    Yeah, that's the wire that comes out of these cheap speakers. They were a hand me down from my uncle. Thanks for the info on wire. And yeah, the speakers are 6 ohm. Gonna go snag some speakers from a thrift store. Any brands I should look out for?
     
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    Depends on what kind of sound you're looking for. How about a pair of vintage KLH speakers? You'll probably find some model 17s on craigslist. They're everywhere.

    You might need to treat the surrounds with diluted latex caulk to reseal them or recap the crossover, but they are cheap and damn good sounding for the price.
     
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    Wilber, what kind of cart do you have on the table? Certain cartridges (I"m looking at you Grado) are notorious for producing an audible hum when they're playing. It's entirely possible that could be the source of your issues.
     

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