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  1. Walt Park

    Paradigm vs. B&W vs. Polk

    I have listened to all of the ones listed in the original question, and personally liked the LSi9's, which is what I have in my HT, which is being driven by the not so powerful onkyo 600 (maybe 35 w honest)and gets loud enough for me. (12X12X9 room) As for efficiency: LSi9's 4 ohm/88 dB 603...
  2. Walt Park

    Power Output to speakers question

    You dont want to do that. Your reciever doesnt have the logic to drive more than 5.1. If you wanted to add more speakers, you'd need self powered speakers, and extra pre-outs which I also dont think that reciever has, but that will mess up your imaging/staging. You cant really daisy chain...
  3. Walt Park

    Speaker Suggestions for 2 channel?

    Those Proac's do sound quite nice. The clear woofer/with the copper(?) dust cover is kinda fun to look at, even if the finish is kinda boring. They'd be another great pair to consider. At this kinda price, you're going to want to hear what ever in your house with your stuff. I lugged my...
  4. Walt Park

    floorstanding vs. bookshelf (2 channel system)

    Lewis: I was actually looking at the VA Haydn's for my 2 channel system. It was going to be either those, or the dynaudio contour 1.3's. I ended up with the GR-Research Criterions, and have been really happy with them. I was hoping to end up with something almost as good as the 1.3's, and now...
  5. Walt Park

    Speaker Suggestions for 2 channel?

    I'll 3rd something from GR. I have the criterions, and even without blackhole installed yet, I think they sound better than the Dynaudio 1.3's (not sure if the ones were mkII or se), which are quite nice sounding monitors. The Criterions do require alot of juice. My amp is an 85 wpc blue circle...
  6. Walt Park

    floorstanding vs. bookshelf (2 channel system)

    I've always felt that towers try to be a catchall, but catchall's almost always have to compromise something. If you want the best imaging and the bass extension, why not go with a bookshelf, and a sub. Until you get into car priced speakers, a decent sub will have better/cleaner bass...
  7. Walt Park

    silver solder

    Is it really worth it? I was thinking about this after I built the XO for my speakers. Everybody concentrates on all the stuff in the signal path down to the level of the solder used. But then... when you look at the cross over, the caps, resistors and what not all have tin leads. I...
  8. Walt Park

    Jamo Speakers and Subwoofers

    I used to have some E800's. They were pretty decent. I also heard the E610, which I didnt really like. I haven't heard the the towers (670)though. I have heard the subs, and they kinda suck. The E series are nicer, but the X series are kinda their cheaper line. Their higher line is the D series...
  9. Walt Park

    bookshelfs for $450? Polk Lsi or B&W 602s3??

    I have a 5.1 setup(9's,C,FX) with a sub driven by an Onkyo 600. They sound pretty nice. I think you'd be pretty happy with them. And if you're going to get them for $450/pr, I think you'd be very happy with them esp at that price.
  10. Walt Park

    bookshelfs for $450? Polk Lsi or B&W 602s3??

    ------------------------------------ Just want to toss out that the Polk's really require a high current amp to even start to approach their potential. They are a pretty heavy load and I've seen them shut down some beefy receivers. ------------------------------------ Uhmmm... no. Your...
  11. Walt Park

    Brians(rutledge audio) T-1 towers

    I can see wanting to use the center, but won't it sound different than the rest? I would think you'd want to match your center to at least the fronts so that the sound wont change when they move to different speakers and all of your speakers are tonaly similar. Maybe the MK center will blend...
  12. Walt Park

    Will wood cabinets sound much better?

    Probably worse. Particle board is used because the density is uniform, and it deadens any sound coming from the cabinet, since you want to hear the drivers, and not the box. A plywood has some gaps between the layers, and a solid board is not uniformly dense. A cabinet for the most part just...
  13. Walt Park

    A/C power cable upgrade

    Chris VenHaus, who had a popular recipe for 83802 PC's has started cooking his own wire and has made it available. It's cheaper than the belden too. http://www.venhaus1.com/diymains.html http://venhaus1.com/VH_Audio_Test.html The plugs are the same/price as the partexpress pieces...
  14. Walt Park

    Anyone heard GR Research Speakers?

    Ah. Even better. I guess I was just trying to say that if people want to do the GR's, they should not feel too intimidated. There's lots of help and support that comes with that purchase, not just a box of pieces. DIY sounds like it's harder than it is... Well.. at least kit DIY is pretty...
  15. Walt Park

    10" Titanic Vance Subwoofer Kit ???

    Hello, I have a 10" titanic kit, and it's quite nice. Unfortunately I think they are having quality control issues on the amp. My cousin and one of my buddies both bought kits near X-mas, and there was a huge delay in the shipping. They got theirs from the same batch, and both are having...
  16. Walt Park

    Best Bookshelf under 1000

    George: My bad. You're right. If you need to get 3 speaks, the av1+'s are probably the way to go. Brian: no panels, so ..... Hook me up. Got pix on the marble?
  17. Walt Park

    Best Bookshelf under 1000

    George: Where did you see center. He just said pair of bookshelf. Chris: At this time, I would not suggest getting the cabinet flat pack for the criterions from creative sound. I went that route. Everything from GR came in great shape, very quickly, and Danny has been really great to work...
  18. Walt Park

    Best Bookshelf under 1000

    Oh. if you dont mind non-commercial, you could get a pair of 1801's made and shipped for under 1k. http://www.audioreview.com/PRD_125773_1594crx.aspx Daves attbi site seems to be having trouble. If you want to go cheaper, the GR-Research (www.gr-research.com)AV series seems to be very...
  19. Walt Park

    Best Bookshelf under 1000

    I have LSi9's. They're pretty decent. I dont think I'd pay 1k for them though. You can get them online for $619 http://www.acousticsounddesign.com/i...bCatID=32&p=bg I didn't get mine there, but you can find them online for under 650 without looking too hard. As for wall mounting...
  20. Walt Park

    No luck in search for PE calibration dvd

    I had it. It wasnt that good. The vid stuff was sorta ok. The sound calibrations I didn't really care for.
  21. Walt Park

    How to connect speaker cable to speakers?

    I thought tinning was just to keep it from fraying. Basically tinning is coating the tip in solder. There are some pic's here: http://www.geocities.com/jonrisch/spkrcbl1.htm
  22. Walt Park

    1585A vs. 1701A vs. 1577A

  23. Walt Park

    Best DIY speakers for Piano?

    Danny has some av1's and a pair of criterion's going around as well. It's probably worth a try.
  24. Walt Park

    grill cloth and ports queston.

    Once again, try it. This is alot of speculation. If grill cloth prevented airflow that much, Subs would never have grills. When the driver fires, it moves air in front of the cone that has to equal the air through the port because it's an open system. I personally dont think it will matter...
  25. Walt Park

    1585A vs. 1701A vs. 1577A

    1585a: 4 pair, solid 24 ga, FEP insulation, flame arrest jacket, with what looks like a string to rip the jacket. 1701A: same as above with no rip thing Cant find anything on 1577A. Looks like it's all the same after you rip it apart. You're making the CVH braided speaker cables...
  26. Walt Park

    grill cloth and ports queston.

    That's not true. Most speakers with front firing ports have the ports covered by the grill. The polk lsi series all have front firing ports that are covered by the grill. http://www.polkaudio.com/home/products.php?category=25 The B&W 601/602/603/802/803/804/805/HTM2/scm1/CDM/etc...
  27. Walt Park

    Silver vs. Copper Interconnects

    Daniel: Sorry, I didnt mean to confuse it any more. In the end it's probably worth it to give them a listen. If you dont like it, or cant hear much difference, then return them, and you're just out the cost of shipping. I'm still undecided on the cable thing. On the one hand I want to say...
  28. Walt Park

    Silver vs. Copper Interconnects

    Are you sure the difference is in the metal? There's alot of other factors, like shielding, gauge, twist, rca type, dialectric, solder quality, etc. I guess what I'm saying is that if one cable sounds better, it might not be because of the metal. Best test would be to make 2 identical cables...
  29. Walt Park

    Towers or Monitors/Bookshelf speakers

    Well... since you've already decided on an SVS sub, I dont see any hesitation. Get bookshelf's. As for LR bookshelf's under 1K, I'm building the GR-research Criterions. They should be quite nice when they're done.