wgb113's Listening Room

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  1. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    So I sold the Dynaudios even though I thought the KEF were a little lighter in the bass. The imaging/soundstage and mids/highs were just that much better on the KEFs that it all made up for the difference in bass.

    I sold my Benchmark DAC1 USB as a package deal with the Dyns and put the money towards a Benchmark DAC2 HGC. I thought it would be the perfect DAC/preamp combo since it offered analog inputs, digital throughput, and a remote. One of the changes that Benchmark made was with regards to the balanced output level adjustments. The most you could attenuate them was -20dB which in the end proved to not be enough. I couldn't get the volume much past 9:30 (the recommend 11:00 as the linear starting point) and using the unbalanced outputs to feed a sub was still too much of a mismatch in levels.

    For S&G (rhymes with pits & jiggles) I pulled an 8" Dayton sub out of the bedroom system and it's given me hope for a 2.1 or 2.2 system, but I need a better way of integrating it (I don't want to use the speaker-level connections - I'd prefer to keep the path to the KEFs as simple and clean as possible.)

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    Bill
     

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  2. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    I decided to send the DAC2 HGC back to MD and put the Parasound up for sale. My options at this point were an NAD C390DD and a headphone amp or a newer McIntosh integrated amp and a DAC.

    So here's how it sits now:

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    Bill
     

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  3. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    One piece to the puzzle has arrived:

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    The other piece should be here by the end of the week....and oh yeah, having a baby in-between...can't wait!

    Bill
     

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  4. komoyuki

    komoyuki Super Member

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    A very nice path you have there my friend. It look like you have plenty of fun and I like how you fill everything together. Keep us posted !
     
  5. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    All of the new additions in place:

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    We're loving the sound so far!

    Bill
     

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  6. livestrong

    livestrong AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    One of my favorite rooms here - hope you're doing well, Bill!
     
  7. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    It's been a while since I updated this thread. Some things have changed over the past few weeks:

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  8. Art K.

    Art K. The Voodoo You Do! Subscriber

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    How are you liking those B&W's?
     
  9. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Art! It's only been a few hours but initial impressions are good. I like that they go deeper than the KEFs. They also add a sort of delicacy at times to the sound, some subtleness and space around instruments that I don't hear in the KEFs. They don't disappear quite as well as the KEFs and not having that single point source will take some getting used to.
    I plan on waiting at least a week before deciding which to keep.

    Bill
     
  10. Art K.

    Art K. The Voodoo You Do! Subscriber

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    Well done. Take your time.
     
  11. livestrong

    livestrong AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Looking great as always, Bill - love the chair, too :)
     
  12. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    @livestrong thanks! Have you been able to settle on a place so that you can start rebuilding? I haven't seen any updates to your EPIC system thread lately! Hope all is well!

    Bill
     
  13. livestrong

    livestrong AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Things have been crazy, but I've been having so much fun with audio over the past year! I'm way behind on my writing/posting, but I hope to get it updated soon!
     
  14. MudSlideSlim

    MudSlideSlim Well-Known Member

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    wgb113
    How are your 805's working out compared to the LS50?
    The room looks awesome by the way.
    Mchael
     
  15. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    @MudSlideSlim so far so good! I filled the stands with aquarium sand once I felt like placement was dialed in. I think the subs are the limiting factor now but I had planned a turntable upgrade next.

    I've sold the KEFs if that tells you anything. I would have loved to have been able to afford keeping them for another system but with that possible TT upgrade and potentially new subs I needed the $$.

    Bill
     
  16. Art K.

    Art K. The Voodoo You Do! Subscriber

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    Wow! Hardly a stronger advocate for the KEF's...enjoy those B&W's!!!
     
  17. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    Contemplating ditching (nearly) the entire system. The B&Ws and McIntosh will be the first to go. Need to simplify and upgrade some things.
     
  18. frankbooth

    frankbooth AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Good luck. If you want to listen to some KEF's and class D amps, stop on over.
     
  19. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    So...about those KEFs...
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