What is the worst system you have heard?

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Post by Blue Angel » 12 Feb 2009 18:52

Hi

Clearaudio 'Master Reference' aka the Wedding Cake turntable, parallel tracking arm, Grado wood cart, Infinity spikkas and Tact room correction gears (can't remember what the amps were) as I was reluctantly busy counting out several hundred ZAR notes for two little stylus brushes :(

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Post by blisteringbarnacles » 13 Feb 2009 09:47

possibly my own, after coming back to it after 3 weeks in the highlands last night :?

hmmm...

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Post by JollyJeweller » 13 Feb 2009 12:06

Sadly I can't post as the owner of the system would recognise it, and know I was lying when I said complimentary things about it :?

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Post by MonkeyBoy » 13 Feb 2009 16:08

Jolly, maybe he already has recognized it by virtue of the fact that you wrote anything at all. If so, oops. :lol:

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Post by vincula2008 » 13 Feb 2009 20:42

Back in 2000, I met a beautiful girl. She had the worst sounding system I've never ever listened to before: It was a AIWA with B & O Speakers spitting out Abba, Ah-ha or J. Donovan. That one hurt, didn't it?

As they say love is blind -and deaf... :roll:

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Vincula.

PS. Oh, as you may have found out, I'm of course talking about my wife.

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Post by zerospin » 13 Feb 2009 21:43

I probably would have replaced my 901's if not for my tinnitus. Seriously I wish I could hear what you guys hate about these speakers. I'm sure my audiophile buddy is just being polite when he says, "hey, these really don't sound too bad." I've constantly moved these things around and eventually discovered the sweet spot, three inches in the wrong direction make these unbearable to listen to. Traded in a pair of series 4 I bought at a garage sale for the latest ones at half price, so the money was definitely a motivator. My friend recently moved and his 40,000 dollars of audio gear in still in boxes because his listening room isn't built yet. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the equipment instead of the music. I'd have to say the worst sounding system is the one never used.

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Post by Mark E Smith's Dentist » 13 Feb 2009 22:35

Thinking about it I heard a system - my mate's brother's - that was almost my intro into hi-fi. It was 1991 and he'd spent £1,200 on a vinyl only system. I was amazed that you could spend so much for so little (I was very naive). He had a Linn Axis/Akito/K9, a Cyrus II integrated amp (I couldn't believe there were no tone controls) and some kind of Cyrus speakers. Anyway he proudly showed it off by playing a Sonic Youth track quite loudly. It hurt my ears and I thought that was what hi-fi was supposed to do.

I've heard worse since but that was an introduction to bad hi-fi. Funnily enough he still has the exact same system whereas I've been through more combinations of TT, amps speakers, cartridges etc than I can possibly remember.


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Post by JollyJeweller » 13 Feb 2009 22:51

dragonwhip wrote:Jolly, maybe he already has recognized it by virtue of the fact that you wrote anything at all. If so, oops. :lol:
Thankfully I have several "HiFi" friends, so none of them will ever *really* know which of them I'm alluding too :wink:
If were to list the kit here however, I'd be lynched.
Now another member of this forum , does however, have access to the info and a full list of the setup 8)

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Post by MonkeyBoy » 14 Feb 2009 23:53

I wear my heart on my sleeve, so trying to lie my way out of it is of no use. The best I can do is try not to sound snooty about it and mumble something about everyone having their own preferences.

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Post by JollyJeweller » 15 Feb 2009 11:43

dragonwhip wrote:I wear my heart on my sleeve, so trying to lie my way out of it is of no use. The best I can do is try not to sound snooty about it and mumble something about everyone having their own preferences.
I think the guy in question had a suspicion I hated his system from the pained expression on my face , and the blood oozing from my ears.
What's important , was however, the HE loved it , but I suspect he put it together based on recommendations and reviews, also because all the units were bloody expensive, to be able to brag that his system cost X squillion pounds !

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Post by uktel » 15 Feb 2009 13:22

A friend reccomended this system to me which should help you out if you own a Pharmacutical company specialising in headache pills :roll:

Clearaudio master Solution
SMEV
Lyra Argo i
Aesthetix rhea phono stage
Chord SPM 600
aesthetix calypso
Sonus Faber Amati
M&K sub 350

My friend described this as Painfully Bad!

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Post by MonkeyBoy » 15 Feb 2009 15:58

There used to be a magazine called Audio that would print a copy every year in which every known piece of stereo equipment made was listed along with all their relevant stat's. I used to enjoy going through it and seeing what the most expensive pieces were just for kicks. The last year I did this was 1994 and this is the list I wrote down. I can't believe I still have this list. I was really just curious what someone who was intent on spending nothing but bragging money could unload on a system if their only real interest was to show everyone else how much money they could throw around.
speakers Wilson Audio $125,000 (sorry I don't have the model)
cd transport Altis Audio, Ultima $11,500
d/a converter Mark Levinson 30.5 $15,950
power amp Audio Note, Gaku-On $221,000 (x2)
pre amp Audio Note M7 tube $21,000
mc amp American Hybrid Technologies $5,500
am/fm tuner Day Sequerra $13,800
turntable Rockport Technologies $30,000
cartridge Clearaudio, Insider $7,500
Headphones Sennheiser $12,900
dat deck Sony 200ES $2,500
equalizer Cello Ltd. Audio Pallette $15,000
Surround sound amp Kinergetics $4,500
crossover FM Acoustics $12,900
Signal processer Marantz AX1000 $15,000

This all of course for those who have more money than good taste, decency or intelligence. (Oh, yoo hoo! Look how rich I am! Since I have so much money, I'm sure we all agree that I'm better than you. But of course, I am a man of the people. Why, I even drive my own Rolls-Royce when my driver is off) :wink:

It reminds me of a great quote I read once "He took me into his library and showed me his books, of which he had a complete set." :D

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Post by Blue Angel » 16 Feb 2009 09:29

Hah, dragonwhip

Real raconteur stuff for Monday blues :lol:

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Post by Nper70 » 18 Feb 2009 09:38

uktel wrote:A friend reccomended this system to me which should help you out if you own a Pharmacutical company specialising in headache pills :roll:

Clearaudio master Solution
SMEV
Lyra Argo i
Aesthetix rhea phono stage
Chord SPM 600
aesthetix calypso
Sonus Faber Amati
M&K sub 350

My friend described this as Painfully Bad!
THX subwoofer(!) put apart, the rest of it sounds like a really nice system, and financially an alternative to a full spec Ranger Rover Sport (as you would have to hook up with some cables with 'Reference' or 'Statement' or 'Ultimate' somewhere in their name....).

In paper it does not sound too bad though....The sub's a joke but other than that, sounds actually quite yummy!

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Post by EdAInWestOC » 20 Feb 2009 01:20

I'll have to join the Bose bashing. I unfortunately owned a pair of Bose 501 IIs for a very short period of time. It was back in the 70s and they were the rear speakers in a quad setup. The front peakers were the wonderful Rectilinear IIIs which made the Bose sound that much worse. There was absolutely no reason to ever release trash like that on the public. I don't remember why or under what circumstances I bought them but I must have been threatened at gun point.

Some time later I tried to give Bose a break again and auditioned a set of 901s setup with McIntosh electronics. It was a total waste of quality electronics. All that beautiful black glass and blue back lit meters were totally strangled by crap for speakers...sorry if I offend anyone. It was almost criminal.

I also hated the Ohm Walsh F and the ESS AMT 1s. For whatever reason I wanted to like them but they just grated on my nerves. They weren't as bad as the totally lackluster Bose junk but they just lacked too much to be a viable product.

The old Empire pedestal speakers weren't annoying just blah. It was a shame because they were nice looking...for the day and age, that is.

I finally ended up putting a set of ARs in the rear of that quad setup. They were at least not annoying and they sonically blended in with the Rectilinears better. Not as good as the Rectilinears, but not bad.

Ed