Pics of your listening space

Discussion in 'Members' Systems' started by matel, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. cube-tube

    cube-tube Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I missed this post. I'm assuming that was directed towards me and the NHT 2.9's.

    To answer your question... They ARE!

    I spent nearly all day Wednesday playing music, watching a couple of live concerts, and even a movie (Batman vs Superman). With any music that I played and/or music concerts, the loudest I could handle it in this tiny room was right at 100 dB peaks with a sustained 92 - 95 dB. The Carver amps were just coasting along at 10 - 50 watts, barely getting warm.

    Then came the movie. During certain scenes, I was reaching up to peaks of 107 dB and sustained levels around 98 - 100 dB. Again, the amps were just loafing along, barely breaking a sweat with peaks between 100 - 150 watts, and still barely warm. And keep in mind, these amps, with their many upgrades, are now rated at 395 watts @ 8 ohms, 420 watts @ 4 ohms. So this type of "abuse", if you really want to call it that, is nothing to these amps.

    Just like with the Martin Logan SL3's, the NHT 2.9's play loud and clean all the way up to where I can or am willing to handle it. They do not change in timber or anything whether they are playing at whisper levels or at full tilt. They simply get louder. The only real differences between the SL3's and 2.9's in this room is that the SL3's place the sound stage much higher (for obvious reasons), though the 2.9's still place the sound stage a foot or two above the tops of their enclosures. That and their top end is a little bit more crisp, more airy, more open than the SL3's. The 2.9's bass output has a little bit more weight to it and are possibly a little punchier, though the SL3's are certainly no slouch at all. One thing about both of these very different loudspeakers when talking about bass... They are both extremely detailed and tuneful.

    With all of that being said, the NHT 2.9's definitely play better with this small room vs the Martin Logan SL3's. Being somewhat crammed into the corners, those large ESL panels pretty much box in the rear wave that's bouncing off of the walls behind them, which gives them a very prominent center image to the point of being overwhelming. Even a somewhat heavy-ish, sort of box sound to the midrange. The 2.9's on the other hand simply sound clean and natural throughout the entire midrange.

    I'm very fortunate and grateful to own two very well known and highly regarded loudspeakers, and being able to compare them side by side in the same room with the same equipment on the same day. It really displays the strengths and weaknesses of both when placed in a small room. It's been a while since I actually measured this room, but I think it's 10' x 13' with an 8' ceiling. But as I figured would happen, the NHT's are a better match for this small room than the Martin Logan's.
     
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  2. euromut

    euromut Member

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    Working with the compromise of living with my parents after a divorce. They were nice enough to let me set up in the living room temporarily. They CA speakers serve well, But I'm missing my Monitor Audio Silver 8s. Biggest problem with the room is the red chair absorbing high frequencies from the left channel.

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  3. Wardsweb

    Wardsweb Behind The Curtain Staff Member Admin

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    Just messing around with a bunch of stuff: JBL C50 Olympus, JBL L100, Klipsch Cornwall III, 6H30 pre, 2A3 amp, Oppo HA-2SE, Outlaw Audio 2150, and more... sunroom121417.jpg
     
  4. baco99

    baco99 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Most recent update...

    Things are always moving around here. Current system is incredibly simple.
    Sources: AppleTV to Pioneer DPR-609 being used as a DAC, OR Bluesound Node playing TIDAL
    Power: Bogen DB230A integrated, restored by @LexDM3
    Speakers: Holt Hill Audio Cionnsaile Monitors on matching stands

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  5. mmickk

    mmickk Active Member

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    //Baco99.... Prodigious!
     
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  6. LexDM3

    LexDM3 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Baco99. That looks really nice. FWIW, I checked out that amp and did a couple of updates to it before it went to you but I didn’t restore it. That amp looks almost new, inside and out. Enjoy it.
     
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  7. gdmoore28

    gdmoore28 Super Member

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    I can't believe how clean that Bogen is. What's the story behind it?

    GeeDeeEmm
     
  8. rs732

    rs732 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Update on someo of the Pioneer gear that I posted a few months ago.

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  9. LexDM3

    LexDM3 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    It was part of a big collection of mostly tube gear that I bought a year and a half ago from the daughter of a guy who died suddenly. He left almost no information behind about his collection so it has been a "inspect, test and see what it needs" process for each piece.

    This Bogen 230A needed very little. I tested all of the tubes and brought it up slowly on a variac while measuring PS voltages and it played music. One output stage coupling cap measured a bit off so I changed them all to be safe. Other than that, I cleaned the controls, adjusted the output stage and that was that.
     
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  10. baco99

    baco99 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Whatever you did was just enough and not too much. Forever thankful.
     
  11. Nutsfortubes

    Nutsfortubes AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    image.jpg Listing to JT with Kef 102.3 and Dyna ST70 built by Rustnrot.
     
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  12. armyslowrdr

    armyslowrdr I don't want one..LOL

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    Here are updated photos of my space--there are some minor changes. The Blue microphones for now are back on the desk. I moved the painted disc with Austin skyline on it from in front of a speaker stand
    to hiding a cube in the Kallax that hold electrical outlets. Finally I am not sure but EAT turntable might be new since I last posted---moved the project downstairs. Oh and probably more records now--exactly sitting at 1200. more-0933 (Large).jpg cave-0926 (Large) (2).jpg more-0934 (Large).jpg cave-0924 (Large).jpg cave-0929 (Large).jpg
     
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  13. ictwoody

    ictwoody I like vintage gear — my preamp is from 2007. Subscriber

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    Little listening session tonight.

    Was listening to the Meadowlark Kestrel Hotrods connected to my Bluesound Powernode 2. The Tektons are hooked to the Parasound P5/A23 combo and the Elac UB5’s are connected to the Yamaha A-S301 Integrated.

    - Woody

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  14. Nixxuz

    Nixxuz Active Member

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    Poultrygeist, are those Dayton APA-150's or Emotiva BPA-1's?
     
  15. michaelj325

    michaelj325 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Current NAD 3020 / Dual 601 / Paradigm 5se rig in the front room of my not-so-big Chicago bungalow. I rotate pieces in and out. cd, cassette, tuner and eq are in the old TV cabinet. It's an old RCA Victor that is almost perfect. Found it in the alley. Home theater is in the basement.

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  16. MCM_Fan

    MCM_Fan AK Subscriber

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    Any chance you need a roommate?

    Man, so much to like in that photo. It's hard to take in so much goodness.
     
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  17. MCM_Fan

    MCM_Fan AK Subscriber

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    Very nice. I like everything you've done - the re-purposed TV cabinet, the custom wood case on your NAD 3020 and the chrome tulip stands for your speakers.

    Are those Bose 901 stands, or something else? I have a pair of KLH 23s (shown here on top of a pair of Rectilinear III Highboys):

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    That I think would look perfect atop a pair of tulip stands.

    Also, where did you hide the wire for the speaker on the left?
     
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  18. michaelj325

    michaelj325 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Yup - chrome 901 stands. Wires run under the floor, down and back up through two small holes. House was built in 1923, one of them, behind the console, was already there... Thanks!
     
  19. asilker

    asilker Bible Reader Subscriber

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    Which neighborhood are you in, man?
     
  20. michaelj325

    michaelj325 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Hermosa, Near Diversey/Cicero
     

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