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    I knew a fellow forummer had a thread nearby, but since that was mainly to answer a question. Seeing how many folks here have combined hobbies, I'll just begin a thread on this

    Firstly in case you don't know yet, there is a Hi Fi show this weekend:




    Anyone care to share their setups, especially with pictures?
    Last edited by petetherock; 21st October 2008 at 03:12 PM.
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    Oh and my setup:



    My gear:

    Pioneer 507 XG
    Monitor Audio GS10,LCR & Mission 30i / PSB 10s dipoles and JBL control 1s as front effects channels

    (I run a 9.2 setup with 2 subwoofers)

    Marantz SR 12 S1 as a power-amp for the Yamaha RXV 663 as a processor

    SVS PB 12+
    Toshiba Xe1 HD DVD player
    Sony PS3
    Panasonic DMR - EX85
    ATI 2505 power amp
    Marantz SA 7001 KIS
    Sangean DDR-3 DAB tuner
    Belkin PF30 PureAV Home Theater Power Console
    Xindak XF 1000 power conditioner, Power Cables, Coxial Cables, Jumper cables
    QED XT tube 300/micro for rear
    Yamaha RVX 663 as pre-pro and IPOD dock
    Velodyne miniVee subwoofer


    Cheers
    Last edited by petetherock; 21st October 2008 at 09:34 AM.
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    Pietertherock - A very impressive setup you have there. Sure Rocks.

    Questions to clear some doubts which I have if you don't mind.

    1. Why do most/all audiophiles remove the front grill cover?

    2. Do you use your PS3 to view BD? If yes, are you able to get TrueHD, Digital HD via HDMI from the RXV-663? Looks like the audio output of the PS3 is only on Pro Logic.
    If I use a Samsung BD P1500, I'm able to get TrueHD and Digital HD and it seems that audio from RCA is better than HDMI.

    3. You're driving your front speakers with the Marantz SR 12 S1 from pre-amp output of the RXV-663. Your reasons?

    4. What does PLII-X and Neo mean in the input selection? What difference/impact do they have from Pro Logic or Straight input selection?


    Sorry for so many questions, but I think that I'm not fully utilizing the RXV 663.

    BTW, I run a 7.1 setup with the RXV 663 with in-built power. For music a very old Rotel 6 channel Power Amp, bridged outputs for L&R to a pair of Richard Allen. Modest and good enough for me.


    Thanks for your time.
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    1 - not all grilles are sonically transparent, taking them off may make the sound brighter OR I just did it to show off the speaker cones...

    2 - please see this : http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/in...?topic=47321.0 for info on the PS 3, it does not bitstream lossless formats, but decodes it itself

    3 - The RXV 663 has a basic amp section, the SR 12 is one of the most powerful and musical AV amps around (it costs more than 10 times more)

    4 - see this: http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/in...?topic=48382.0

    Quote Originally Posted by teerex View Post
    Pietertherock - questions to clear some doubts I have.

    1. Why do most/all audiophiles remove the front grill cover?

    2. Do you use your PS3 to view BD? If yes, are you able to get TrueHD, Digital HD via HDMI from the RXV-663? Looks like the audio output of the PS3 is only on Pro Logic.
    If I use a Samsung BD P1500, I'm able to get TrueHD and Digital HD and it seems that audio from RCA is better than HDMI.

    3. You're driving your front speakers with the Marantz SR 12 S1 from pre-amp output of the RXV-663. Your reasons?

    4. What does PLII-X and Neo mean in the input selection? What difference/impact do they have from Pro Logic or Straight input selection?


    Sorry for so many questions, but I think that I'm not fully utilizing the RXV 663.

    BTW, I run a 7.1 setup with the RXV 663 with in-built power. For music a very old Rotel 6 channel Power Amp, bridged outputs for L&R to a pair of Richard Allen. Modest and good enough for me.


    Thanks for your time.
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    Thanks for prompt reply Peter.

    2 - Yes that was what I was told when I spoke to PS3 tech support and also from information through internet search.

    Your link at (4) leads to lots of answers and very informative.
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    Hey Pete

    Thanks for sharing about the A/V show new venue.Actually was wondering why
    no sound no picture for this year show.Usually every year at Le Meridien Orchard.
    Price also increased maybe lesser exhibitors.

    I am also into HiFi and Hometheater and setup as follows :

    HT Gear : Old Onkyo A/V amp TDX-676
    Forte 5ch HT Power Amp
    Pioneer DVD Players - DV969,DV525
    Sharp BD Player - HP20A

    Music Gear : Classe CP35 Pre-amp
    Classe CA100 Power Amp
    Marantz CD17MKIII Player
    Audio Note DAC 1x1 Signature

    Speakers : Klipsch Reference Series RF 7 (Fronts)
    Klipsch Reference Series RC25 (Centre)
    Klipsch ReferenceSeries RW12 (Sub)
    Klipsch Quintet Fronts (Surrounds)

    Cables : Monster Cables whole system

    At present watching BDs thru multi channel 5.1 hookup from the old Onkyo via
    Sharp BD player's multi channel output.Will wait till prices drop further then upgrade
    to latest 7.1. But to be honest what made me jumped in is the new audio format,Dolby Truhd
    DTS HD Ma,lossless PCM.The formats are truely loosless as compared to the old Dolby Digital
    and DTS format.
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    My setup now collection dust . hehehe

    Marantz 63 --> martin Pre Tube --> Sun Audio 2A3 --> Coral Flat 8

    Last edited by strobby; 21st October 2008 at 02:47 PM.

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    This will be an interesting thread, if everyone posts pictures of their setup...
    Combining the hobbies of hi fi and photography.
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    Here is mine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gp1 View Post
    Here is mine.

    is that a electro static panel ...something like the maggie ?? Killer mid??

    Look cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by strobby View Post
    is that a electro static panel ...something like the maggie ?? Killer mid??

    Look cool
    These are now no longer in production. But the ribbon parts can still be made to order from Australia. They are not electrostatic in design. Yes, the midrange from these ribbon speakers are fantastic, very coherent and vivid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gp1 View Post
    These are now no longer in production. But the ribbon parts can still be made to order from Australia. They are not electrostatic in design. Yes, the midrange from these ribbon speakers are fantastic, very coherent and vivid...
    Yape yape ribbon is the word ...long time never read magazine and vist echoloft liao ...forget all the term ..hahahha

    Have yet to listen to a pair of this ...

    See that you have some diffuser on the floor .

    wat amp u using to drive those speaker ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Oh and my setup:



    My gear:

    Pioneer 507 XG
    Monitor Audio GS10,LCR & Mission 30i / PSB 10s dipoles and JBL control 1s as front effects channels

    (I run a 9.2 setup with 2 subwoofers)

    Marantz SR 12 S1 as a power-amp for the Yamaha RXV 663 as a processor

    SVS PB 12+
    Toshiba Xe1 HD DVD player
    Sony PS3
    Panasonic DMR - EX85
    ATI 2505 power amp
    Marantz SA 7001 KIS
    Sangean DDR-3 DAB tuner
    Belkin PF30 PureAV Home Theater Power Console
    Xindak XF 1000 power conditioner, Power Cables, Coxial Cables, Jumper cables
    QED XT tube 300/micro for rear
    Yamaha RVX 663 as pre-pro and IPOD dock
    Velodyne miniVee subwoofer


    Cheers

    from the pic can see that you listening room is well dampen ...

    joking only

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    Quote Originally Posted by strobby View Post
    Yape yape ribbon is the word ...long time never read magazine and vist echoloft liao ...forget all the term ..hahahha

    Have yet to listen to a pair of this ...

    See that you have some diffuser on the floor .

    wat amp u using to drive those speaker ??
    Using a full Spectral setup at the moment. Time to stop changing equipment and just listen to music

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    Wow! Plenty of music lovers eh!

    My simple set up -
    Marantz 63SE
    Akai Tuner 2200
    Sugden A21a
    Coral Flat 8 (fullranger)
    Belden speaker cables
    Van Den Hul The First IC

    I like jazz, vocals, blues, pop.
    The sooner you get it, the longer you enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji77 View Post
    Wow! Plenty of music lovers eh!

    My simple set up -
    Marantz 63SE
    Akai Tuner 2200
    Sugden A21a
    Coral Flat 8 (fullranger)
    Belden speaker cables
    Van Den Hul The First IC

    I like jazz, vocals, blues, pop.
    we have the same speaker ..and we may even have bought it from the same guy ( biggest supplier of coral FR in Singapore...hahahaha) ...if u know what i mean

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    Yeah I know what/who you mean!
    I have a bass shy system, but the vocals are real sweet (to me)
    If not for the recession, I would like to change my speakers now.
    The sooner you get it, the longer you enjoy it.
    I welcome you @ www.benaw.zenfolio.com

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    My setup:

    CD: Blue Note Koala Tube
    Amp: Leben CS 300 Integrated
    Speaker: Totem Acoustic Arro (Floorstander)
    Cables: Audience, AN (mixed), Shunyata
    Power Distributor: Shunyata Guardian (old version)

    Music Genre: Jazz, Pop, New Age, oldies, Rock

    Pic of Leben (not mine but similar):


    I have already stopped chasing hardware.
    Only enjoying music now.
    Will find time to shoot the setup.
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    Its not far from the truth, the mess is partly intentional to help prevent too much reflections

    The curtains absorb light and high frequencies and the posters line all the walls

    Quote Originally Posted by strobby View Post
    from the pic can see that you listening room is well dampen ...

    joking only
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    My turn now....

    Besides being a kitchen samurai (read my kitchen samurai thread here), I am also an avid audiophile since 1978. My setup is simple, but this is the sound I like most.

    Primary system:
    Pioneer Inverted Stable Platter CD Transport + Theta Gen 3 DAC + AT&T fiber optics
    Thorens TD 160 MkII
    Audiolab 8000A + 8000P
    Straightwire Maestro RCA interconnect cables
    XLO Signature phono cable
    Music Meters speaker cables
    Monster Cable M1 speaker cables
    Kimble Kable "16TC" (double run of 8TC) speaker cables
    Spendor S100
    Celestion SL600

    Secondary system:

    Marantz CD63 KI
    Naim Audio NAIT 3
    Cardas Golden Cross interconnect cables
    Cardas Golden Cross speaker cables
    Spica TC-50

    Other stuff:

    XLO power cords
    TICE power blocks
    Grado SR125 and AKG 240 Studio
    Headroom amps
    Freecom MusicPal Internet Radio
    Harmonix RTA Room Tuning Devices

    More other stuff, but old or needs repair:
    Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck
    Luxman L-80v
    Technics RS-858US 8-track Stereo Recorder Player
    Sony WM-D6C Pro Walkman
    Sony MZ-R2 MD Walkman
    Sony MDS-JE780 MD deck
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