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We need a thread with atomic audio setups. There are so many people here who love audio and pour their hearts and souls into planning them, researching them, setting them up and tweaking them.

 

So here's a place where you can release everything you've got, and look at everything everyone else has got!

 

Rules!

1) Must post a picture. Preferable to include all speakers and equipment involved. Post more than one picture if you like! Thumbnails are appreciated =)

 

2) Tell us what everything is called. Share how much you spent and where you got 'em from if you wish.

 

And optionally, tell us anything else. The effort you go through to create your music libraries, sources of cover art, preferred CD-rippers, encoders and other software tools, what websites you find are useful sources of information, just spill!

 

No rules for minimum budget of a speaker setup. Post little $2 beige crap if you really want, but remember it will be sitting here, being compared to setups worth thousands of dollars. :]

 

I'll start! Any posts with audio setups, I'll endeavour to add to this OP.

 

 

 

bushi

They're only PC speakers (Z-5500s) but here my setup.

 

Just got the wall stands installed on the weekend. No hole drilling required!

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v281/bushi/20042009593.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v281/bushi/20042009592.jpg

 

Kung Fu Hung-Su

View of entire setup

http://img375.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0005fz5.jpg

http://img147.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0010oj4.jpg

http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0018es0.jpg

 

Setup

Energy C-500 Tower speakers in black ash.

 

Marantz PM-4001 in brushed black aluminium (love how the volume knob on the amp turns when I change the volume with the remote =D ) Was bought along with the speakers for $1650 from Miranda Hi-Fi in Canberra City.

 

HTPC in Silverstone Sugo SG01 Evolution Case, brushed black aluminium. Audio through a COEM Audio Pro.DAC, Software is Mediaportal running the Monochrome skin in Windows XP. (but now using the MP streamed skin. Pictures later)

 

Other stuff!

Primary source of CD cover art for the HTPC is CDUniverse for western CDs and http://wiki.theppn.org/Main_Page for asian CDs. Audio is ripped with DBPoweramp to FLAC on another PC which also stores everything. Music that I download which is poorly tagged, I sort out using Mediamonkey.

 

I quite enjoy researching and drooling over equipment over on stereophile, akihabara news and anythingbutipod. Currently I feel that something is definitely lacking in my setup, but don't have the experience or time to really find out what it is.

 

As for sound quality, I currently find it disappointing. THe speakers have presence, for sure, but I'm not hearing any of this "magic" that I'm expecting. Could be my crappy 44.1KHz CDs, but I don't notice the diff when I listen to ridiculous 96KHz SACD rips either.

 

 

datafast69

Old

New

 

Speakers are Lenehan ML1 stand mounts, a very neutral sounding pair of speakers.

 

Stands are constructed of quarter inch plate metal, very heavy and still need to fill the post.

 

DVD for audio disk spinning is an entry level Denon (DVD-1710) utilising Burr Brown DAC chips.

 

 

 

Amplifier is a Marantz PM64 series2 (100w per channel, the first 25w of that in pure Class A mode)

 

I also have that turntable hooked up again, Sansui SR-212 from 1973.

 

Cables & Interconnects are both of the silver plated copper wire type.

 

Behringer SRC2496 used as DAC & upsampler

 

 

komuso

Here are some older shots of my setup.

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii270/komuso/front.jpg

http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii270/komuso/rear.jpg

 

I now use a Mackie HR626 for the centre and a custom sub on a 400W Jands amp. Rears for 5.1 are B+W speakers on a NAD amp through Marantz eq, all running off an RME Fireface 400. Panasonic projector sitting on the right speaker. For work I watch the lcd and run the Mackies as front, but for entertainment I project onto the rear wall, shift the surround speakers, and reverse the 5.1 setup so the rears become a front stereo pair with the centre sent to both channels. Not really enough room to bother with setting up another centre.

 

 

kRaZeD_

In my bedroom I have:

 

Cambridge Audio Azur A540 amp

Tannoy Mercury F2 Bookshelf speakers

Adire Audio 12" Shiva MkII powered by 350W plate amp

 

http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/3730/dsc04884sizedmd6.jpg

http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/9302/dsc04885sizedtu6.jpg

Yes, I know its dusty...

 

 

yogsogoth

I took a few pics and found some old ones but they look rather unimpressive sadly.

 

My system is basic;

Over all view

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/yoget/P1011112.jpg

 

You see one of the Single driver read loaded horns, a Sony PS-LX350H Turn Table, an old and not at all impressive CD player (I think Akai) but it works and my best stuff in on Vinyl any way

at the bottom is a Cambridge Audio Phono Pre amp 640P.

 

Amp close

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/yoget/P1011110.jpg

 

Shanling STP-80 integrated, nice amp but I did have a few issues early on, glad to say they seem sorted now. Was a bad batch of input tubes.

Currently it is fitted with, WINGED "C" (SED) EL34s output tubes, it came with Electro-Harmonix EL34EHs.

 

I recall the WINGED "C" tubes sounded better but it has been over 12 months since the Electro-Harmoix were installed and I have moved in that time so I can't really say what the better tube is for this application.

 

The driver

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/y..._HORN_KIT13.jpg

 

Fostex FE168EZ (sigma)

A 6.5 inch wonder (in my view). Thiele-Small Parameters for drivers meant for use in horns are very different to the parameters seen on more common load speakers such as the Ported (Helmholtz) type.

 

Notable stats;

94.5 dB/W(m)

Magnet weight = 721 grams (that's huge for a 6.5 inch driver)

Mms (moving mass) = 8.7 grams (cone + voice coil, that is very light)

X-max (the maximum mechanical movement of the cone) = 1.6 mm (I have watched this driver with that duff duff type music cranking and I can't see the driver move)

BL = 8 Telsa/m

 

full specs

http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/sp...pdf/fe168ez.pdf

 

Horn internal.

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/y..._HORN_KIT11.jpg

 

This pic was taken when I was putting the kit together. It will give some idea how the horn works, the shape is not unlike a saxophone.

 

over all I love my system, it is very much influenced by the early days of HI-FI, a time before high powered amps, not that I think High power is bad, just that I think efficency is better :)

 

the cases were kits from Fostex

 

http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/sp...comp/pdf/bk.pdf

 

It is that Birch ply like all horns seem to be made of, I just finished them with bees wax., and they cam up nice.

 

They were a real bugger to track down in Sydney as were the drivers. After getting in contact with the importer I found this guy, not sure if he still deals in this stuff but he is worth a try if you are interested.

http://www.sdaudio.com.au

 

 

Milano

Lounge...

Jamo E660 (Fronts), Jamo E6CEN.5 (Centre), Jamo E600 (Surrounds), Jamo Sub-250 (Subbie)

http://www.users.on.net/~ralfi/IMG_0922_1.JPG

 

Study...

Yamaha TSS-10

http://www.users.on.net/~ralfi/IMG_0919_1.JPG

 

 

Burning_Feet_Man

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y284/bfm6...pg?t=1242313023

 

TV: Sony 40" X Series

Fronts: Orpheus Aurora 3 ver3

Centre: Jamo E6Cen (soon to be replaced with matching Orpheus, but suprisingly is a decent match for the mains)

Rears: Dali Concept 1's in cherry

Sub: Dali Concept Sub in cherry

AVR: Marantz SR6001

Power Amp: Rotel RMB1070

CD: Yamaha CDX596

PVR: Pioneer DVR-550-HX-S

40GB PS3

Xbox 360 Elite

Pure AV cables + Dali Blue Wave 4 core speaker cable for the mains, 14awg OFC cable for centre/rears (all bough at jb's staff price, no way would i pay ticket for this shit) Pure AV 8way Surge/Isolator board

Some random entertainment unit from Harvey's. 2.10m wide. looks nice, plenty of room for components.

 

Excuse the ugly futon. Audio > Seating. :p

 

 

stadl

stadl's lounge room:

http://stadl.darkeyrie.net/HiFi/DSC_6471-1280.jpg

http://stadl.darkeyrie.net/HiFi/DSC_6473-1280.jpg

 

Speakers: VAF Research Gen IV DC-X fronts, DC-6 Centre and DC-7 surround/rears.

Amp: NAD T763

Display: Pioneer 42" SD Plasma

Sources:

Marantz DV6400 SACD/DVD-A player, Roku Soundbridge M2000, Topfield 6000PVR (SD) and an Old Sony VCR

 

Behind the Covers

Centre Speaker:

http://stadl.darkeyrie.net/HiFi/DSC_6470-1280.jpg

Front speakers

http://stadl.darkeyrie.net/HiFi/DSC_6466-1280.jpg

http://stadl.darkeyrie.net/HiFi/DSC_6468-1280.jpg

There's also a bass port at the back -Internally the speaker is divided into 3 enclosures one for each driver (different volumes from memory) and one for the tweeters

 

Rear/surround speakers look similar but with a smaller drivers and a single tweeter, they also don't have the second rear bass port.

 

 

morris

Burning_Feet_Man just showed me this thread (So I could drool over his setup).

 

Mine is nothing flash compared to most posted here, but for the price I paid for it all, I'm very happy.

 

http://www.ebilmorris.com/random/morris_entertained.JPG

 

In the picture:

* Samsung LA32A550P15

* Pioneer VSX917VS receiver

* Definitive Tech Procinema 60

* PS3

* PS2

* 2x PSP

* Nintendo DS Lite

* Nintendo Gameboy Micro

* Nintendo Wii

* XBox 360 with HD-DVD drive

* Sleek Concepts Lucid 1200bl tv unit

* Belkin 7-port Surge protector

 

Since that photo I've added:

* Pioneer DV610AV specifically for SACD playback, but it does play DVDs (and upscales) as well as CDs and DivX.

* Netgear router

* mates gaming PC until I get my computer up here and setup.

 

I'll have to take another photo when I clean up the place. Might even take photos from a bit further back to show the room too.

 

After talking to Burning_Feet_Man, I'm going to look at speaker stands for the fronts and rears so I can place them around the room better.

 

How much did it cost me?

TV

+ receiver

+ 5.1 speakers

+ SACD/CD/DVD/DivX player

+ tv unit

+ about 25m of cabling for the speakers

+ surge protector

+ extended warranty to 5 years for both the TV and receiver

= $2700

 

I think I got a decent setup for an excellent price ;)

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I've listened to them so little that they haven't even fully broken in yet xD

 

But the setup as a whole, including my crappy little USB soundcard...I wouldn't call the setup particularly "natural" sounding. Both in terms of presence and actual reproduction. I feel a little like the sound is more "bubbly" than it would be in real life, and that it doesn't "throw" sound at me quite right. But this suits me quite well, it has character which I'm growing fond of =)

 

Been listening to lots of jazz, RnB, trance, pop, a few orchestrated tracks and, just for kicks, even *gasp* a Celine Dion duet. lmfao xD

 

 

 

But yes, will definitely have to explore the setup more, I'm still curious about what the amp is doing exactly. I know for a fact that my soundcard has an issue - a constant hiss that is the same volume at all volumes. I expected the amp to, well, amplify this, so it'd be loud at loud and quiet at quiet. But, it's not there at all at low volume, and while its there at high volume, i never have it on that loud. So I'm quite happy thus far =)

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Hi.

 

(Index680i here)

 

Yeah old account wont work.

 

*ok.

 

Ill post my setup soon, just got the Z5500 hooked up to the PC. I got them from Umart Online < The shop at the sunnie coast. Pretty neat place and had a shit load of stock on these speakers.

 

Ill definatly post my pictures this arvo in about 6 hours ill post it up. Can't wait to join the cool speaker system setups gang XD.

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Oh I made a mistake in my description, the Sansui AU-555 was manufactured in 1970, and is rated at 20w rms per channel :)

 

I also have that turntable hooked up again, Sansui SR-212 from 1973.

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Man these Z5500 Pump sound. The "10inch sub really is powerful. I'm lovin them.

 

Ill post some screenies towmorrow XD.

 

wait till you hear a real sub then... ;)

 

you'll grin from ear to ear

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Hi.

 

(Index680i here)

 

Yeah old account wont work.

 

*ok.

 

Ill post my setup soon, just got the Z5500 hooked up to the PC. I got them from Umart Online < The shop at the sunnie coast. Pretty neat place and had a shit load of stock on these speakers.

 

Ill definatly post my pictures this arvo in about 6 hours ill post it up. Can't wait to join the cool speaker system setups gang XD.

 

 

People are talking about their high end component systems and you're trotting out your Logitech amp + speaker combo?

 

That's like taking your pushbike to Summernats and bragging about it.

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Come on guys, there's no reason to derail the thread just because someone posts a system that isn't at the level of others currently posted. Where does it end, having to spend $50k to be worthy of posting your setup? The way i see it the more systems the better, the thread becomes a valuable resource to other forumers looking at options for their own setups be that hand selected component systems to hifi's, headphones and pc speakers. Also i don't know many people that dive straight into highend audio, they generally start cheap and develop an appreciation for quality audio and start looking at their options, so why knock out someone just because of their current setup?

 

cheers

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No camera; so no piccies.

 

I got :

 

Lounge Room : "media centre" PC connected to a Yamaha AX-700u driving a pair of 1979-vintage EV interface 2 speakers. No surround sound; most of the stuff I watch doesn't have it anyways.

 

Gaming rig : FL,RL connected to a Rotel RA-920AX driving a pair of Energy Connoisseur 3 speakers

RL,RR connected to a Yamaha RX-450 receiver driving an 80's vintage pair of Thorn speakers that originally came as part of a baby hi-fi system.

Centre, Sub is a reconfigured Yamaha 2.1 system.

 

Anyhow, I *reaaallly* just wanted to post sumfing to check that my old avatar still works

 

Hey, I'm back to being a journeyman again. And where's my avatar????

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In my bedroom I have:

 

Cambridge Audio Azur A540 amp

Tannoy Mercury F2 Bookshelf speakers

Adire Audio 12" Shiva MkII powered by 350W plate amp

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Custom USB DAC

Gilmore Dynalo

Alessandro MS-1s

 

For some reason right channel works intermittently, I'm going to have to pull everything apart to find the source.

 

Rob.

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Main Pc:

 

Currently running Alesis M1 Active mk2 studio reference monitors, however my audio interface (Mackie Onyx Satellite) is down for the count and being replaced. I'm not gona get another one, rather gonna save up and buy a MOTU Ultralite or 828mk3.

 

Nothing else really worth noting, no digi camera to post pics tho. Sorry :P

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Main Pc:

 

Currently running Alesis M1 Active mk2 studio reference monitors, however my audio interface (Mackie Onyx Satellite) is down for the count and being replaced. I'm not gona get another one, rather gonna save up and buy a MOTU Ultralite or 828mk3.

 

Nothing else really worth noting, no digi camera to post pics tho. Sorry :P

What do you think of the Satellite? Looks like it could be handy, never heard any user experiences though.

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I'm so jealous of you guys with your mad setups.

 

I think the next thing i'll need to get is a nice amp... seems like the right direction to me.

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Never sober enough to worry about the dust?

 

:P

 

Not to mind, I seem to be for ever dusting these fucking components, It's like they are magnets for the stuff.

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Cool nice idea.

 

I took a few pics and found some old ones but they look rather unimpressive sadly.

 

My system is basic;

Over all view

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/yoget/P1011112.jpg

 

You see one of the Single driver read loaded horns, a Sony PS-LX350H Turn Table, an old and not at all impressive CD player (I think Akai) but it works and my best stuff in on Vinyl any way

at the bottom is a Cambridge Audio Phono Pre amp 640P.

 

Amp close

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/yoget/P1011110.jpg

 

Shanling STP-80 integrated, nice amp but I did have a few issues early on, glad to say they seem sorted now. Was a bad batch of input tubes.

Currently it is fitted with, WINGED "C" (SED) EL34s output tubes, it came with Electro-Harmonix EL34EHs.

 

I recall the WINGED "C" tubes sounded better but it has been over 12 months since the Electro-Harmoix were installed and I have moved in that time so I can't really say what the better tube is for this application.

 

The driver

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/y..._HORN_KIT13.jpg

 

Fostex FE168EZ (sigma)

A 6.5 inch wonder (in my view). Thiele-Small Parameters for drivers meant for use in horns are very different to the parameters seen on more common load speakers such as the Ported (Helmholtz) type.

 

Notable stats;

94.5 dB/W(m)

Magnet weight = 721 grams (that's huge for a 6.5 inch driver)

Mms (moving mass) = 8.7 grams (cone + voice coil, that is very light)

X-max (the maximum mechanical movement of the cone) = 1.6 mm (I have watched this driver with that duff duff type music cranking and I can't see the driver move)

BL = 8 Telsa/m

 

full specs

http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/sp...pdf/fe168ez.pdf

 

Horn internal.

http://i414.photobucket.com/albums/pp225/y..._HORN_KIT11.jpg

 

This pic was taken when I was putting the kit together. It will give some idea how the horn works, the shape is not unlike a saxophone.

 

over all I love my system, it is very much influenced by the early days of HI-FI, a time before high powered amps, not that I think High power is bad, just that I think efficency is better :)

 

Luck

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I've talked about my system a fair few times, but since there's a call again for it....

 

I'll give better specs and photo's later.

 

Sony 5 disc changer DVD player

Yamaha 5.1 amp

Digitor stereo amp

The main speakers are transmission lines that use an 8" woofer with a 39hz (fairly low) resonant frequency, and have a line taper beginning of 1.25 (very tight), and a 1" tweeter, crossover frequency is 3.5k @ 12db

 

I only just put those crossovers in, the last ones were @ 5k and there was a large midrange gap, now the tweeters are more noticeable.

 

The sub is also a transmission line, a 350L (read: bigger than a fridge) dual 10" with a taper beginning of 2.5 (very large) and a resonant frequency of only 24hz, it'll do sub audible frequencies.

 

The surrounds and centre are DSE but I'm starting to feel the itch again and will look int making a new set of mains and having my mains as the surrounds. I havn't decided on exactly what I'll build yet, but I'm fairly sure on the idea.

 

I designed, bought and built those speakers myself, using books and computer software.

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