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    Hi Sunshine,
    Hopefully one day I can

    Hi Jmohd,
    After I got my Mistral LE, I spent quite some time on it with C7 and I didnt miss my other combo. Last weekend I swop to LE III + SHL5, I didnt miss the Mistral LE + C7 at all. Both setup got their own charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine View Post
    Hi Keith,

    Nice one...when are you purchasing a M30?

    Later..
    No.... Keith is gunning for M40.1....
    Music is not to be denied... is to be enjoyed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen PG View Post
    Thanks for the reminder, Soundbyte.

    Here you go;


    From the top we have a

    Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck with Spacearm and heavy kit with an Ortofon Rohmann

    Arcam CD36

    Arcam C31 pre-amp

    Quad FM4

    Clearaudio MC phono amp

    and the dark shape at the bottom is an Avondale A260z power amp.
    Stephen, wow... impressive analog setup, I was wondering, from your picture - it seems that you have Lyra Skala and Ortofon Rohmann - I am curious how does it compared to Skala?
    Music is not to be denied... is to be enjoyed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine View Post
    Hi Soundbyte,

    A very balance setup, i'm sure music played through your vinyl setup must be mesmerizing

    Cheers
    Thanks Sunshine.... :D

    Cheers...
    Music is not to be denied... is to be enjoyed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundbyte View Post
    Stephen, wow... impressive analog setup, I was wondering, from your picture - it seems that you have Lyra Skala and Ortofon Rohmann - I am curious how does it compared to Skala?
    Given a decent LP it is very, very good.

    Skala vs Rohman

    Considering the price difference there's not much in it, the Rohmann tracks a little better but has a much lower output, about half that of the Skala.

    If pushed, I'd say the Skala is a little more suited to pop and jazz, the Rohmann better on classical and opera, overall, the Skala has a slightly brighter balance.

    One thing with the Skala, after two years use playing on average 3 to 4 lps a day, often many more it's showing signs of wearing out.

    But to put all of the above into context, it depends entirely on the quality of the LP, on anything less than a perfect pressing the Arcam CD36 is a lot better than both!

    So the money I'd been keeping aside for a new Skala is being spent on new CDs :-)



    The Copland set is just superb, breathtaking sound through the HL5s!

    Not that I'll ever abandon vinyl altogether, I have lots of lps that don't seem to be available on CD.

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    Hi Stephen,
    I believe yours Harbeth must be SHL5 but not the legendary HL5.
    Let's enjoy the musics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundbyte View Post
    No.... Keith is gunning for M40.1....
    King is Ultimate!

    Bro Soundbyte, your Cherry SHL5's color is getting more and more pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundbyte View Post
    No.... Keith is gunning for M40.1....
    The "KING" is on his way to SIN.. Waiting for his arrival.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmohd View Post
    The "KING" is on his way to SIN.. Waiting for his arrival.

    Congrats Jmohd.... I am sure you will be throughly "hook" and can foresee countless of late/sleepless nights of bathing in pure sonic bliss!

    Cheers....
    Music is not to be denied... is to be enjoyed!

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    here are a few shots of my system with my Monitor 30s



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    Hi PC,
    Thanks for photos. Your 275 sound sweet and lovely.

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    Here's my system:

    Thorens TD160 heavily modded turntable with Audio Technica AT95E cartridge and
    Cambridge Audio CD5 player feeding digital input of:
    Bryston BP16 preamp
    feeding B&W ASW750 active subs, whose x-over outputs feed
    Bryston 4BSST feeding
    HARBETH M30s (pre domestic finish)

    Last edited by Paul G Smith; 15-05-2009 at 09:35 PM. Reason: improved pic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G Smith View Post
    Here's my system:

    Thorens TD160 heavily modded turntable with Audio Technica AT95E cartridge and
    Cambridge Audio CD5 player feeding digital input of:
    Bryston BP16 preamp
    feeding B&W ASW750 active subs, whose x-over outputs feed
    Bryston 4BSST feeding
    HARBETH M30s (pre domestic finish)



    I'll take a better shot one day!!
    Hi Paul, Nice setup and photo.
    Let me guess, by putting your B&W sub in that way, you had eliminated vibration to your Thoren TD160 and other equipts?

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    The turntable was always on the Apollo shelf, but the subs which weigh 32Kg each moved the floor they were on more than the air! They have 1Kw class D equalised amps driving 12" paper/kevlar cones.
    The suspended flooring was acting as a sort of badly tuned low percussion ensemble resonating at many frequencies and adding its colouration to anything with LF energy. Eliminating the direct coupling to the floor by mounting them on the brick / concrete wall totally transformed the quality of the bass which is now seriously good down to around 20Hz. (low E)
    The turntable shelf is fastened to a concrete column and it's possible to dance on the floor with no ill effects whilst playing vinyl.

    ps there's a 15" version of the sub which is substantally flat down to 17Hz but they would have been too big for reasons of matrimonial harmony.
    Paul

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    Took some new photos today with the grilles in place. A better digital camera is used this time for sharper and higher resolution pictures.




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    Hi Paul, thanks for the info. May I know why you are using two subs? Are you believe in stereo sub bass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithwwk View Post
    Hi Paul, thanks for the info. May I know why you are using two subs? Are you believe in stereo sub bass?
    Yes I do believe in stereo subs.

    I used to record music for my job so I was in a good position to experiment with different microphone arrangements as well as different speaker arrangements for playback.
    For Pop music, mono (sub 80Hz) bass will do as most of the time as the bass component of the music, bass guitar or bass fiddle and bass drum are placed centre stage and apart from keyboard supplied bass, which may be stereo, are always in-phase so a single sub works very well. With classical music its a bit more complex.

    I listen to lots of orchestral and Organ music and have had the opportunity to record the same. I found through experimentation with mic techniques and through watching what other sound balancers were doing and listening to the results, that at very low frequencies bass is certainly directional, but not directly in the way that most people think.

    To record the very low frequencies of a Cathedral organ's 32' long pipes (16.35 -32.7 Hz) I found that co-incident microphone techniques just didn't work. The co-incident microphone is a single point microphone which has two parts, one to face left and one to face right in very close proximity. I found that having two more widely separated microphones, each capable of responding to these low frequencies, gave a much better result in the bass.

    When I took these recordings home, I discovered that there was a considerable amount of out-of-phase information in the low frequency part of the recording. When this is played back on a single sub the out of phase component disappears. NO BASS at certain pitches or notes. Now a single sub adds the Left and Right components of the bass together. When they're in phase, they add up. When they're out of phase, they tend to cancel out, producing a very lumpy bass response exaggerated by both the spatial component of the mic technique and the room response.

    When such a recording is played on two speakers with good LF response (M40.1 comes to mind) or when it's played on widely spaced stereo subs..heaven! With two subs placed in two different places in the room, the room modification to the LF response can be mitigated and the out of phase component in the deep bass can be reproduced as there are only acoustic cancellation effects.

    If you look at the photograph you'll see that additionally, the two subs are ASYMETRICALLY placed in the room to avoid stirring up identical resonances, the opposite of the M30s which for stereo image need to be symetrically placed. A large number of classical recordings are made with spaced omnidirectional microphones, and these recordings have very good bass with out of phase components, and yes, stereo subs are great on rock'n'roll too.
    Paul

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    Hi ryder,

    Nice shot of your setup
    Btw, do you use the Harbeth for HT too?
    Any thought of changing your amp to PLINIUS SA-103?

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    Hi Jmohd,
    Although the speakers will eventually be used in HT, I have not watched a single movie since getting the Harbeth 3 weeks ago. I have only been listening to music when I have the opportunity to do so.

    It has not crossed my mind of getting the new Plinius SA-103 as I would think the house sound of Plinius amps (SA-100, 102 and 103) would be more or less similar. Maybe slight refinement and finesse when going up the recent interations but I wouldn't expect major sound improvements. If I ever wanted a different kind of sound I would definitely look at the LFD Zero MkIII judging from all the rave reviews and comments are going. The Plinius has a warm syrupy sound and may likely sound quite different from the transparent, lean and detailed sound of the LFD from what I read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul G Smith View Post
    ...When I took these recordings home, I discovered that there was a considerable amount of out-of-phase information in the low frequency part of the recording. When this is played back on a single sub the out of phase component disappears. NO BASS at certain pitches or notes.

    Now a single sub adds the Left and Right components of the bass together. When they're in phase, they add up. When they're out of phase, they tend to cancel out, producing a very lumpy bass response exaggerated by both the spatial component of the mic technique and the room response.

    When such a recording is played on two speakers with good LF response (M40.1 comes to mind) or when it's played on widely spaced stereo subs..heaven!

    ..
    Hi Paul,
    Many thanks to sharing me on this. The points your mentioned had proven that I was not crazy when I having two SVS subs in stereo configuration before owning SHL5. I do listen lot of classical musics. I had expereinced the same result as you mentioned when using a single sub. The bass just did not sound right to me. I do believe stereo sub can reproduce acoustically sum of in/out phase bass give the spacial bass property as what I heard in live acoustic performance. A single sub will nvr do. A pair of fuller range speaker with stereo bass woofer (L & R)play more acoustically correct or better bass than a pair of speaker + a single sub. But I had failed to setup my stereo subs and sold them to get a SHL5 instead.

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