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Postby tourist504 on Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:02 pm

63schoeffling wrote:Sonos or gtfo!

But I need money for Mr. Poopy Butthole prints :cry:
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby tourist504 on Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:56 pm

I ended up biting the bullet and buying an ADC (powered RCA to optical converter) and an optical switcher so I can have both the TV and turntable hooked up to the Bose sound bar. They come in today, and I'll be hooking them up tonight. Fingers crossed my TT doesn't sound like crap now... :-|
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby DuoSonic on Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:17 pm

Hope it works well for you!
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Postby tourist504 on Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:21 am

So...

First the obvious: don't get a sound bar with the intention of listening to records on it. The Bose is wonderful for movies and TV and even listening to music via Bluetooth, but it is lacking in the vinyl department. I wouldn't say it's unlistenable, but the difference is there, and it is noticeable even to my plebian ear holes.

I ended up doing the only thing I found that might work, and it actually did - remarkably well, I might add. The TT is connected to an ADC (LinkS RCA to Optical converter - $13 on Amazon) which is connected via optical to a 3-way optical switcher (also $13, also on Amazon) along with the TV (which has a Wii U, PS4, and Apple TV connected directly to it). I mounted the switcher to the back of the TV which is right beside my stereo stand.

I'm happy to report it works about as well as I could have hoped. The sound bar is not built for vinyl listening, but it is serviceable (and not where I do the majority of my listening, anyway - my vaguely audiophile setup is in the garage with the pool table). I was concerned about signal degradation, but I'm really quite pleased with how decent it sounds.

In summation: it works, but I miss my receiver and speakers.
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby tourist504 on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:18 pm

ZVOX 570 or Bose Solo 5?
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby andruw000 on Sat Feb 18, 2017 9:44 pm

i used to have a zvox 550 and liked it very much. quality product and excellent customer service. can't speak to the bose.
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Postby FrankBooth on Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:55 pm

Been a bit since I purchased a new set off IEM' but wanted something to supplement my Fidue A83.

Kinda crazy sub $200 has entered this level of quality, enough to compete with stuff twice it's price easily.

LZ-A4 (Tuneable filter and backplate)

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Postby FrankBooth on Thu May 04, 2017 7:04 pm

Massdrop did a collab with Noble audio and at a seriously killer price.

Though I just bought new IEMs, this is super tempting.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x ... rer=VQV5A9
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Postby mistersmith on Thu May 04, 2017 7:53 pm

mistersmith wrote:Klipsch R-15 Reference powered speakers


I'm absolutely in love with these. I don't think I've ever heard anything better that doesn't cost 5 figures. Super transparent, amazing detail, etc. Hell, even streaming over Bluetooth from Spotify (on their highest quality setting) songs sound better than I've ever heard them. If you need speakers on a reasonable budget, gotta give these a go.
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Postby FrankBooth on Wed May 17, 2017 2:45 pm

Seriously lovely so far.

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Postby alteridiom on Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:55 pm

I've been buying vinyl for years and listening on a crappy little all in one unit. I'm ready to upgrade to something a little nicer. Not a crazy audiophile dumping big money here. Just something that looks nice and clean and sounds great. A simple set-up. I'm also a complete novice when it comes to this stuff.

I'm looking at this Crosley table:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ACX5W2/_e ... VVRF1W9P6Q
I like the look and seems to have reasonable reviews. Thoughts/insight/opinion?

I understand I will need a pre-amp? Recommendations? Something small so I can tuck it away. All I want on the table top is the turntable and speakers.

Speakers. Something that has a nice full, clean, sound. And can match the wood look of the player.

Any help/tips/thoughts/suggestions on a set-up would be appreciated. Help me out!
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Postby Cbjornson on Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:24 pm

alteridiom wrote:I've been buying vinyl for years and listening on a crappy little all in one unit. I'm ready to upgrade to something a little nicer. Not a crazy audiophile dumping big money here. Just something that looks nice and clean and sounds great. A simple set-up. I'm also a complete novice when it comes to this stuff.

I'm looking at this Crosley table:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015ACX5W2/_e ... VVRF1W9P6Q
I like the look and seems to have reasonable reviews. Thoughts/insight/opinion?

I understand I will need a pre-amp? Recommendations? Something small so I can tuck it away. All I want on the table top is the turntable and speakers.

Speakers. Something that has a nice full, clean, sound. And can match the wood look of the player.

Any help/tips/thoughts/suggestions on a set-up would be appreciated. Help me out!


Cleanest setup will be below... and it will sound amazing.

Get a UTurn with the built-in preamp:
https://www.amazon.com/U-Turn-Audio-Tur ... +turntable

I use these for speakers. Very pleased:
https://www.amazon.com/JBL-LSR305-Profe ... B00F1DEI8G
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Postby tourist504 on Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:35 pm

Definitely don't get a Crosley.

U-Turn tables are great but their pre-amps kinda suck. I recommend getting the U-Turn TT without the built-in pre-amp and get the Schitt Mani for your pre-amp. It is beyond capable.

Those JBL's should suit you just fine.
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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Postby pearlybaker on Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:25 pm

mistersmith wrote:
mistersmith wrote:Klipsch R-15 Reference powered speakers


I'm absolutely in love with these. I don't think I've ever heard anything better that doesn't cost 5 figures. Super transparent, amazing detail, etc. Hell, even streaming over Bluetooth from Spotify (on their highest quality setting) songs sound better than I've ever heard them. If you need speakers on a reasonable budget, gotta give these a go.


Agreed - decided I was slowly putting my toes back into vinyl world after 20 years away. Got the powered version of these R-15PM with a AT-LP120 TT. After about two months these speakers are really starting to open up, I'm sure I'll be upgrading to full size speakers and a proper TT shortly but as Smith says, these are very nice for the low investment.
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Postby tourist504 on Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:08 pm

I've been mulling over a speaker upgrade for some time, and after exhaustive research I finally decided the best candidate was a pair of Elac Debut B5’s. A local store has them on display for auditioning. I cut out of work early and headed over; and having read all the glowing reviews (including one from Michael Fremer) I was fully expecting to go home with them as my new speakers.

The store owner played the Elacs for me and they sounded good. He agreed the reviews are glowing and they look really cool, but I could tell he was about drop some knowledge on me. “Take a look at these, though,” he said, and walked me over to a pair of Boston Acoustics A25’s.

These things straight up blew the Elacs away. I went back and forth between the speakers a few times just to be sure, adjusting my position, volume, trying different songs, etc. But it was all moot at this point. I was there over an hour (past closing even), and never once did the Elacs give me a reason to choose them over the Boston Acoustics.

So I bought the BA’s, took them home, hooked them up, and invited the most audiophile buddy I have over. We tried different kinds of music, movies, vinyl, played with the receiver settings – just generally putting the speakers through their paces and getting them nice and warm/broken in. But honestly they were singing right from the start.

I'm a firm believer in Internet research when it comes to purchases of items that are meant to last a long time, but once again audio equipment proves to be the outlier. It can never be properly researched - you've got to go listen to it. I'll never trust another online review.

The final piece of equipment I want to upgrade in the short-term is my 10-year old Sony HTIB center channel. I need a low-profile one to replace it as my TV sits quite low on the furniture it inhabits, so I’m leaning towards the Polk Signature Series S35 Slim. Anyone have any experience with this one?
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maden wrote:I would like to see a 16"+ diameter tube.

BlakeAronson wrote:This one is just big enough, but not too overwhelming in size.

jordachep wrote::drool: Can't believe the size. I want this so bad.

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