Monday, January 29, 2007

stereo on

speakers in living roomSound in the new house! Yes, these are large panel speakers; for scale, that's a 70-inch plasma TV between them :-) . I finally bolted them to Mye Sound stands, and the Rega turntable is now on a wall shelf, but otherwise it's my old hi-fi in new location.

It still has a way to go: there's a lot of buzzing from electrical interference, and the sound stage seems hollow in the center (though wide as heck between the speakers). But records that up until now I've only heard on cheap systems are transporting, the detail revealed on Ys is amazing and you hear the sound around the notes that's completely absent in most audio playback. Optimizing the speaker location will take a long time; tweakers on the aptly-named Planar Speaker Asylum say a change of 1 degree or an inch makes a big change in sound. And I may yet spring for the RPG Bicubic Diffusor acoustic panels on the ceiling that Richard Bird of Rives Audio recommended (which cost about 4 times more than the speakers!).

Two friends have the same Magnepan MG 3.6 speakers, and they're also putting time and money into improving the sound. I see the appeal of the easy setup of a big box speaker like the Wilson Audio, but those cost tens of thousands of dollars and the soundstage and treble aren't any better.

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  • Hi S- Just catching up on the "World according to S". Fabulous job on home sweet home. I was admiring your speaker choice - my brother recently bought a pair of Vandersteen speakers in a similiar quest to find the ultimate sound quality. Glad you're getting set up to blast the neighbors if you so choose to. -sarah alley

    By sarah, at April 21, 2007 9:43 AM  

  • Update: It helps to not wire one speaker out of phase :-) The buzzing seems arise in the long cable run from my equipment racks, but Cardas cables that are almost reasonably-priced for 1 meter cost major $$$ for 7 meters.

    Hi Sarah! I play pretty quiet, hearing is precious. The "ultimate sound quality" is way off in the land of SoundLab U-1 speakers and esoteric turntables that cost more than a house (no wonder people hate audiophiles), but it's nice to get close.

    By skierpage, at April 25, 2007 9:47 PM  

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