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post em here, they're audio related
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Well these are the last two I got that I'm excited about:



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Got a pair of JBL LSR2325P. Very excited.
    
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Picked up some Monster Turbine Pro Gold headphones today off Craigslist for $120, for travel since I lost my Klipsch S4s.


Not a big fan of any of the crazy amount of tips they came with so just picked up some Sony Hybrids to go with it.

Must say that these are indeed a nice upgrade from the S4s
Edited by Subby - 4/28/11 at 7:27pm
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Trying out an M2Tech Young DAC. I like it, but it only works with Windows. It will do 32bit/384kHz over USB!!! I was not convinced of the Swan's abilities until I plugged in the DAC today. The previous performance with the DAC in my Yamaha RX V465 was very average. The Young has really brought out some exceptional audio performance from the Swans. For the low price I paid, I am very happy. I do not believe I would have paid full price for these speakers if I heard them before purchase.

I got the Swan M1s from Ebay about 3 weeks ago for $135+ shipping. They are dinged up. I am very happy with them for the money. If I spent the full $1000, I think I'd be indifferent, but a bit disappointed.

I just got the Swan Diva C3 used from AudioGon for $275 this week. I really like it so far. I think it needs a better amp, though. My 105W Yamaha is not cutting it. I will be upgrading my receiver soon. Possibly getting separates. I am going to use it for a little while longer and I may purchase the Swan Diva 6.2s. Either way, I will be putting the M1s in the rear and getting new tower speakers.

The projector belongs to my roommate. It's quite nice for being a cheap unit. The awkward speaker cables are cut to length according to my old Definitive Technology tower speakers which had binding posts on the floor. I will invest in some better speaker cable when I get new tower speakers, and I will also get the correct length!

Please ignore the Dell speaker stands! I intended to use the M1's as rear speakers, but they are SO much better than my Definitive Technology BP8B speakers I had to leave them up front! I could not believe how bad they made my Def Techs seem. I never realized how bad they were until I got the M1s. I was going to make some wood speaker stands to keep the M1s in the rear, and I am holding off to do that until I actually put them in the rear. The Dell boxes will suffice until I get new front towers and move the M1s to their proper position.









Edited by Greg121986 - 4/30/11 at 5:32pm
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that rx-v465 is not rated to drive 4ohm speakers...that center has a nominal impedance of 4ohms which probably means it dips down to 2 or 3 ohms. I guess it could be fine if you aren't trying to push it, but you should replace it asap...and you don't need to "invest" in some new speaker cable. just buy some from monoprice.
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I realize the receiver is not meant to drive 4 ohms. I had planned to replace it with an Arcam receiver or separates, but I am now working with someone who does custom home theater installations and he will be letting my "try" out some various Arcam and Integra receivers for awhile while I consult with him on some other ventures. The Swan M1 is 6 ohms as well. I am likely causing some turmoil with the power supply of the receiver as it tries to balance the loads.

I have tried out some different speaker cable and I like the quality of speaker cable from DH labs and Kimber Kable. I will be getting some of their cable to "try" as well.
post #618 of 3147
lol. cable is cable.

if you want nicer looking cables buy them from bluejeanscable or make them yourself with techflex/sleeving/cable pants. they won't perform any better than monoprice cable.
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lol. cable is cable.

if you want nicer looking cables buy them from bluejeanscable or make them yourself with techflex/sleeving/cable pants. they won't perform any better than monoprice cable.
Digital cables, yes. Digital is digital.

Analogue cables no. Some pick up interference worse than others. I switched out a very cheap set of RCA cables between my DAC and Amp for a half meter AudioQuest Ruby. It really made a difference. Everything just seemed sharper and more crisp.

But, generally, unless you have high end equipment, it's not something you'd notice a difference between. However, I have tried different speaker cable and haven't noticed a difference there, but I believe with high end enough equipment, it could make a difference.

But I was really surprised when I changed these RCA cables as I was expecting not to notice anything.
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I have spent a lot of time testing cables and to my ears, they can and do make a difference in sound. Where there is an analog signal, there is a potential for interference and signal degradation. I am not going out and buying $2500 Nordost cable, but I can easily spend $200 or less and get some high purity shielded copper cable to use as speaker wire.

A recent application I have had first hand experience with is with a CAN bus temperature sensor with a component I work with for my day job. We have a standard temperature sensor with a shielded 30ft cable. The CAN bus is so sensitive that even slight interference from a coiled cable can cause erroneous readings and render the data useless. We had a problem where an installer had placed the cable next to a live, unused, 240V power leg. This was causing all kinds of crazy readings and the installer had no idea what was going on. It was pretty simple for me to figure out the problem when I ended up taking a look at their installation. The installer had no idea there would be a problem.

Audio reproduction is also very sensitive to changes in the signal path. When you're sending the analog signal over long lengths of wire, it can make a huge difference to ensure high purity copper and shielding. I intend to get to a level of audio components that gives me enough value that I'm not spending thousands of dollars. I am also planning to create a system that will give me very high quality sound. I've determined that a high purity copper speaker wire and potentially XLR interconnects is going to be a worthwhile purchase.

We can argue all day about the supposed "skin effect" of traveling electrons through wire (this is really only a problem in AC), poor quality of internal circuits, and any kind of placebo effect piece of audio equipment. I have already determined that my budget, need for "cool" things, and potential for mid to hi-fi audio equipment justifies the cost of some high quality cables.

Swan speakers are only one option for speakers that I am looking at. I recently discovered the Kudos Cardea C30 which blew me away. I can get it for just over twice the price of the Swan 6.2, and I am certain it is worth that much. I just don't know if it's worth it for me to have such a nice piece of equipment.
Edited by Greg121986 - 5/1/11 at 1:37pm
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