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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by mtqpier » 21 May 2019 02:37

SpinMan wrote:
20 May 2019 19:07
Wow awesome listening areas! I probably have the worst one of the bunch but here goes!

New turntable with vintage Yamaha receiver and Teac bookshelf speakers -trust me it sounds better than it looks! Plus total expenditure = $200!!
You have a nice setup. It’s not the worst of the bunch if it brings you smile.
And nice avatar by the way.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by terzinator » 21 May 2019 16:09

I had posted a photo of the Thorens in the Thorens section, but this is the full setup.

Living room with PSB Imagine Mini's on homemade stands.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/339 ... 47c6_c.jpg

View from dining room (Thorens TD126 MKII).

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/468 ... 9906_c.jpg

Amplifier is an NAD D7050 Digital Network Amplifier in the closet running four sets of speakers (TV room, kitchen, dining room, living room) through a Niles speaker selector -- as well as a Cambridge sub.

I'm temporarily using the Sprout100 as a preamp for the Thorens, until the Pro-Ject Optical phono-preamp gets here. (Ortofon MC20 cart on the Infinity Black Widow tonearm, so I also have an Ortofon MCA76 step-up in there.)

Other speakers include PSB Imagine XB's in the TV room, little PSB white monitors in the dining room, and some Orb Audio: Mod1's mounted in the kitchen.

Forgive the spaghetti junction in there. I'll get to it eventually.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/470 ... 609d_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/470 ... 7d98_c.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/470 ... 7590_c.jpg

This system is mostly for ambient music in the house: while cooking, at the dinner table, or hanging out with friends. I connect to the NAD either through the turntable, or Roon via a laptop/USB or Chromecast Audio, which can stream high-res. (Airplay, Bluetooth, too, if desired.)

It's not Audiophile as many of your systems go, but I will say it sounds pretty good for its humble station. A couch faces the fireplace, and the PSB Mini's present a really nice soundstage.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by Gravitar8 » 21 May 2019 23:57

Love PSB/s and been a fan since Paul Barton was in the CRTC testing chambers running anechoic tests and such.... A few weeks ago I had to finally retire my PSB 50Rs which have been in the family for 3 decades or so....they've been refoamed and refoamed and rebuilt and up until the recent travesty (right channel speaker detached from the basket) performed like a Grail Knight. They are sadly missed..... even so- we always ran them with the PSB alpha Sub is this something you might want to consider? You will still retain the 'near field monitor' speed and soundstage of your current 'little PSB's' but will vastly improve their potential in my humble opinion.
terzinator wrote:
21 May 2019 16:09
I had posted a photo of the Thorens in the Thorens section, but this is the full setup.

Living room with PSB Imagine Mini's on homemade stands.

This system is mostly for ambient music in the house: while cooking, at the dinner table, or hanging out with friends. I connect to the NAD either through the turntable, or Roon via a laptop/USB or Chromecast Audio, which can stream high-res. (Airplay, Bluetooth, too, if desired.)

It's not Audiophile as many of your systems go, but I will say it sounds pretty good for its humble station. A couch faces the fireplace, and the PSB Mini's present a really nice soundstage.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by terzinator » 22 May 2019 20:34

Gravitar8 wrote:
21 May 2019 23:57
we always ran them with the PSB alpha Sub is this something you might want to consider? You will still retain the 'near field monitor' speed and soundstage of your current 'little PSB's' but will vastly improve their potential in my humble opinion.
Thanks Gravitar...

I currently do have a Cambridge sub in the dining room, but I'm tempted to add another in the living room. (Or maybe i might experiment by moving the sub to the living room.)

Thought i'd google the PSB Alpha sub and came up with the PSB Subzero. Is that what you're talking about?

http://www.psbspeakers.com/img/img.php? ... er.jpg/320

http://www.psbspeakers.com/products/sub ... -Subwoofer

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Post by Gravitar8 » 22 May 2019 22:33

I was referring to the (i guess old now?) PSB Alpha Subsonic 5http://www.audioreview.com/product/spea ... nic-5.html (very versatile and musical enough not 'stumpy' but has it's loudness limits of course. Use the speaker level x-over's or the line level input from your AVR/preamp. A solid performer....I'll buy a second one day when I find one at the right price)
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22 May 2019 20:34
Gravitar8 wrote:
21 May 2019 23:57
we always ran them with the PSB alpha Sub is this something you might want to consider? You will still retain the 'near field monitor' speed and soundstage of your current 'little PSB's' but will vastly improve their potential in my humble opinion.
Thanks Gravitar...

I currently do have a Cambridge sub in the dining room, but I'm tempted to add another in the living room. (Or maybe i might experiment by moving the sub to the living room.)

Thought i'd google the PSB Alpha sub and came up with the PSB Subzero. Is that what you're talking about?

http://www.psbspeakers.com/img/img.php? ... er.jpg/320

http://www.psbspeakers.com/products/sub ... -Subwoofer

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by terzinator » 23 May 2019 20:31

ah, gotcha. PSB has a few others, too, including a really low-profile one i could hide under a couch.

SubSeries 150

http://www.psbspeakers.com/img/img.php? ... wn.png/900

But probably isn't the best, sonically.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by Gravitar8 » 24 May 2019 12:15

Interesting design for sure....I haven't read any reviews but guessing this one would be best for LTE home theater effect channel? Might be fine in a musical setting too....I'd like to hear it in person. I bet the 1812 cannons would be fun!
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ah, gotcha. PSB has a few others, too, including a really low-profile one i could hide under a couch.

SubSeries 150

http://www.psbspeakers.com/img/img.php? ... wn.png/900

But probably isn't the best, sonically.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by fade away » 26 May 2019 22:36

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by Tarzan » 27 May 2019 09:05

Very nice.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by MCM_Fan » 27 May 2019 18:38

So many speakers! They just keep following me home!!

https://i.postimg.cc/1tkvz4SX/Vienna-Ac ... Bach-1.jpg

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by Dadrepus » 28 May 2019 16:10

MCM_Fan wrote:
27 May 2019 18:38
So many speakers! They just keep following me home!!

https://i.postimg.cc/1tkvz4SX/Vienna-Ac ... Bach-1.jpg
I'm kinda curious about that. Are the all hooked up? Do you use some kind of speaker switch?

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by Dadrepus » 28 May 2019 16:11

MCM_Fan wrote:
27 May 2019 18:38
So many speakers! They just keep following me home!!

https://i.postimg.cc/1tkvz4SX/Vienna-Ac ... Bach-1.jpg
I'm kinda curious about that. Are they all hooked up? Do you use some kind of speaker switch?

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by terzinator » 28 May 2019 16:23

ok, this is just for fun...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/479 ... 6849_c.jpg

Up at our cabin in NW Minnesota. No turntable, but some nice vintage stuff that sounds really good.

Old Sony separates, and some KLH Model Seventeen speakers. I'll use an iphone cable and stream Tidal. Always amazed at the sound quality, but it might just be the setting. :)

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by MCM_Fan » 28 May 2019 16:30

Dadrepus wrote:
28 May 2019 16:10
MCM_Fan wrote:
27 May 2019 18:38
So many speakers! They just keep following me home!!

https://i.postimg.cc/1tkvz4SX/Vienna-Ac ... Bach-1.jpg
I'm kinda curious about that. Are the all hooked up? Do you use some kind of speaker switch?
Only two pair hooked up at a time, but I only listen to one pair at a time. The JBL L36 Decades, in the back, are hooked up to the Speaker A outputs of the Yamaha. The Speaker B outputs were hooked up to the Snell Type K/IIs, but I moved them to the Vienna Acoustic Bachs. The speaker cables have banana plug terminations and all the speakers have 5-way binding posts that accept banana plugs. So, it's easy to manually move the cables from one pair of speakers to another.

This is just a temporary set up for testing/listening of the different models. The Snells, after I refinish the cabinets and install new grill cloth, are destined for my office. Unfortunately, the Vienna Acoustics Bachs also need the cabinets refinished. So, they will be pulled from the system while that is being done. Once they are back. I will decide between them and the L36 Decades - or maybe just keep both, with one on the Speaker A outputs and one the Speaker B outputs of the Yamaha.

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Re: Show us your listening area!

Post by vinyl master » 28 May 2019 20:41

I really like the Decades, MCM_Fan...And I envy you finding the lamp! :( Plus, I must say...You have an incredible eye for retro decor! Just a thought, but have you ever considered a geometric-patterned rug or something that looks like a Jackson Pollock painting? Maybe something along these lines that match the colors of the wall art a bit...

https://www.allmodern.com/rugs/pdp/lang ... y5921.html
https://www.allmodern.com/rugs/pdp/clar ... 52039.html
https://www.allmodern.com/rugs/pdp/lyon ... d1946.html
https://www.allmodern.com/rugs/pdp/vaug ... g4744.html
https://www.allmodern.com/rugs/pdp/lott ... 39527.html

Also, that room would look good with a leather Eames chair like this for listening, perhaps? :-k

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Remember that the 50's and 60's were all about bold colors and designs, as attested by the clock and desk lamp...I've also heard that a little color and style in a room never hurt anyone, if it's in the right proportions...

A thought, in any case, from one MCM fan to another! :wink:

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