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Modern Hifi

By Clytor

6 months ago


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#1 6 months ago

Hey audio nerds, I though it might be nice to have a repository for discussion of newer audio gear. We already have a thread for vintage hifi as well as vinyl. Not that there aren't plenty of other sites with forums that are dedicated to this but it's always fun to discuss this stuff amongst your pinhead family. Let's talk all the things-Speakers, DACs, Turntables, Amplifiers, etc. Anything from budget to high-end Audiophile gear. (pic is at Carytown Sound, my favorite local shop)

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#2 6 months ago

I'll chime in . I tell you I have been an audio guy since high school and I have had it all. Many moon ago I worked for an Electronics retailer and became obsessed withe the latest. Fast forward to now and I am not lying about 15 complete systems later I have a brand new system that is completely blowing my mind.
I recently sold off my HUGE Klipsch system that took up all kinds of space though it sounded amazing.

I now have this new sony system which is completely small and just sounds spectacular for music and even better for movies all in one. I am very picky about my sound and this thing is astonishing in all ways.
4 medium sized satellites and a sub. All wireless with a little 5" brain under the tv. It sounds fantastic for music and even offers a 3d sound format that is quite immersive and impressive. The coolest part is it also uses the newest sony oled tv's as a real center channel ( the entire physical screen of the tv becomes the speaker) It is absolutely shocking how good it all sounds. I mean that. I honestly don't think I will ever shop for a new system again. It is that good and a bargain for what you pay. I cannot recommend it enough.

https://www.abt.com/Sony-77-BRAVIA-XR-A80L-OLED-4K-HDR-Google-TV-2023-XR77A80L/p/193201.html

https://www.abt.com/Sony-High-Performance-Home-Theater-System-HTA9/p/167297.html

https://www.abt.com/Sony-Optional-300W-Wireless-Subwoofer-for-HT-A9-HT-A7000-HT-A5000-SASW5/p/167300.html

#3 6 months ago

Hey coasterguy thanks for the recomendations I need a new setup as my receiver is dying.

#4 6 months ago

I run B&W 802d4s as my mains . Anthem AvM 90 processor , Bryston 7b3 mono blocks for left and right . 2 SVS 16 Subs. 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos setup .

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#5 6 months ago
Quoted from Whistles:

Hey coasterguy thanks for the recomendations I need a new setup as my receiver is dying.

Honestly I was tired of it taking over my small living room. I cannot tell you how good this sounds. ABT has them all on sale today too. less than I paid.
If you go tv it has to be one of the sony oleds. It actually states the center channel option. ITs truly amazing. The blend of the center with the atomos effect is incredible. NOTHING to tweak. no settings. it just works.

#6 6 months ago
Quoted from DCfoodfreak:

I run B&W 802d4s as my mains . Anthem AvM 90 processor , Bryston 7b3 mono blocks for left and right . 2 SVS 16 Subs. 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos setup .
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That is ART!!!!!

#7 6 months ago

My first decent stereo was a Pioneer receiver, CD player, and massive three-way speakers bought in 1986. That was my first CD player, and the point when I stopped buying LPs (until recently). Since then I have had Kenwood, Sony, Boston Acoustics, etc., etc. I'm currently running a pair of M-Audio reference monitors on my Mac Studio. I also have a 5.1 setup (towers , center, powered sub, and bookcases) by Aperion Audio that I bought ten years ago. They are a boutique outfit in the Pacific North West. I have been very pleased with the sound, fit, and finish on those.

#8 6 months ago

Correction. My first decent stereo was actually in my first car! It was a Kenwood head and cassette deck, with a seven band equalizer/pre-amp. I had ten speakers in a two seater '76 Datsun 280z.

#9 6 months ago
Quoted from DCfoodfreak:

I run B&W 802d4s as my mains . Anthem AvM 90 processor , Bryston 7b3 mono blocks for left and right . 2 SVS 16 Subs. 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos setup .
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You single and happen to be female? lol. Love the setup. I have an older pair of 705s1's on stands - the UK versions. Marantz SR6006. Rega P1 for vinyl. I admittedly stream a ton though via spotify. Have a Rotel 8 channel distro amp - AM1's out front for stoop listenin, and AM1's out back for patio listenin. It's nice that the SR6006 will switch to zones so i can control it all off their amp.

Hoping at some point to upgrade to the 800's in a few years after my wedding. How do you like the bryston and anthem with the 800's? I feel like all Ive ever seen them powered with is Mcintosh.

Also - you have those 800's jumpered or bi-amp'd?

#10 6 months ago
Quoted from DCfoodfreak:

I run B&W 802d4s as my mains . Anthem AvM 90 processor , Bryston 7b3 mono blocks for left and right . 2 SVS 16 Subs. 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos setup .
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Looks great and I bet sounds real tasty!

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#11 6 months ago

I got my Vincent back from the shop today. Totally amped In addition to fixing my dead channel, I had him drop Gold Lion reissues in.

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#12 6 months ago
Quoted from tommyp:

800's jumpered

Jumpers

#13 6 months ago

Barf ! Gag ! Ralph !
Modern gear !?
Sacralige !!
Vintage Gear or no Gear !
Repent !!!

Well.. new speakers are cool.. and the new stuff looks awesome.
And it's more likely.... to Work.

#14 6 months ago
Quoted from gonzo73:

Barf ! Gag ! Ralph !
Modern gear !?
Sacralige !!
Vintage Gear or no Gear !
Repent !!!
Well.. new speakers are cool.. and the new stuff looks awesome.
And it's more likely.... to Work.

The Kenwood 5150, that was my stand in while the Vincent was in the shop, appreciates your support. However, this is the MODERN HIFI thread! Seriously though, there is a lot modern gear that sounds great but looks like a bunch of boring black boxes. The Vincent has a little bit of flair with chrome trim and tube window.

#15 6 months ago

Focal Sopra’s were just delivered!

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#16 6 months ago
Quoted from Mrsiyufy:

Focal Sopra’s were just delivered!

Nice. Been rocking 980s and 908s for almost 2 decades, now. Love them.

#18 6 months ago
Quoted from goingincirclez:

Read this article the other day and it's a fascinating fable on several levels:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/style/interactive/2024/ken-fritz-greatest-stereo-auction-cost/

Me too. Interesting and also sad. The auction was local to me so I bid on one of his Oppo players. I won the auction and got to go get a look at his space. It's a very unassuming house from the outside.

#19 6 months ago

My wife and I watched the documentary after reading the article and that room was truly astounding. Very tastefully done. The man knew what he was doing, as room dimensions / layout has a significant impact on sound (I lost some a fair bit of that when we moved a few years ago and my own hi-fi is muffed as a result).

He didn't seem to quite as much an a-hole in the video as in the article, but the video was at the zenith of his achievement before he'd even listened much. Seems the fallout hadn't fully settled. Either way, I know the personality type. I would love to have heard the system. And it's telling that nobody else - including the family - wanted to keep any part of it.

Must be nice to call a sole-specialist manufacturer to ask for something, be told "we don't do that" and have enough money to convince them otherwise.

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#20 5 months ago

The Game room is strictly digital Audio with powered JBL speakers 2.1 config. has a touch screen with streaming services and music on hard drives , I tore apart a PC and installed it into that 1960's ohio Anesthesia machine it's Wifi and mobile there is a microphone in the drawer to calibrate the room speakers . I could do a record player on the tabletop and store records below. it's versatile, fun and sounds good

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#21 5 months ago
Quoted from Dragon:

The Game room is strictly digital Audio with powered JBL speakers 2.1 config. has a touch screen with streaming services and music on hard drives , I tore apart a PC and installed it into that 1960's ohio Anesthesia machine it's Wifi and mobile there is a microphone in the drawer to calibrate the room speakers . I could do a record player on the tabletop and store records below. it's versatile, fun and sounds good
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The picture of the original machine is creepy af.

#22 5 months ago

Anesthesia brings you close to death and the skilled doctor holds you there until the procedure ends and then they bring you back, the canister in front held soda lime to scrub the CO2 out allowing the patient to re-breath the expensive agents without totally flushing out the line, there would be gas cylinders on the side for O2, Air, N2O and/or other gas's like halothane . the tall tubes on top were for adjusting the mixture and amount of flow was on the left of the row , round pressure gauges to control the pressure to the patient , some models used the copper kettle (an open dish on top) for anesthetic agents poured from a small bottle, this old machine did not have the benefit of modern sensor's and alarms, administration to a patient with all that could go wrong was a serious matter indeed, but on the bright side this machine was a pain killer and a viable option for those that suffered back in the day
Oh and back then the agents were flammable so small chains would attach to the bottom of the machines and drag on the floor to eliminate static build up

#23 5 months ago

I just got this little guy in. It allows you to remotely control the eq, volume, phase etc of your sub. I have it between the rec out on my integrated amp and powered subwoofer. You can sit in your listening position and dial it in.

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#24 5 months ago

do you find your self adjusting your bass tones occasionally with different songs?

#25 5 months ago
Quoted from Dragon:

do you find your self adjusting your bass tones occasionally with different songs?

I tried to listen to a variety of music to find the overall sweet spot. At that point I hope to just use the tone control on my integrated amp(I know, sacrilege to some audiophiles) to do slight tweaking but the nice thing is you can use the app as a coarse adjustment if you feel so inclined.

#26 5 months ago
Quoted from Clytor:

I tried to listen to a variety of music to find the overall sweet spot. At that point I hope to just use the tone control on my integrated amp(I know, sacrilege to some audiophiles) to do slight tweaking but the nice thing is you can use the app as a coarse adjustment if you feel so inclined.

so you are setting up the room, thats fun !

#27 5 months ago
Quoted from Dragon:

so you are setting up the room, thats fun !

Really only dialing the sub. I wish I had more room to stretch out my speakers but these ping pong machines take up some much room

#28 5 months ago

Can you guys recommend an A/V receiver?

My daughter and her roommates had an Onkyo that is beyond repair and need a new receiver.
The room is 15x16.
There are 3 PSB speakers, including center channel, and a Definitive sub.
Most of what they watch is Netflix using Apple TV and Fios.
The layout of the room does not allow for true surround and they have no desire for it.
The budget is around $750.

Thanks

#29 5 months ago
Quoted from Mike_J:

Can you guys recommend an A/V receiver?
My daughter and her roommates had an Onkyo that is beyond repair and need a new receiver.
The room is 15x16.
There are 3 PSB speakers, including center channel, and a Definitive sub.
Most of what they watch is Netflix using Apple TV and Fios.
The layout of the room does not allow for true surround and they have no desire for it.
The budget is around $750.
Thanks

why not buy a nice sound bar with subwoofer combo?
if they are only watching TV in a 15 ft room

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#30 4 months ago

I scooped up these two yesterday for a decent deal. This headphone amp has some nice sound shaping options and sounds great.

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#31 4 months ago

good call on the power conditioner, when accumulating expensive gear and lightning strikes the house or power pole I want something like this in between ( i speak from having experienced it) plus now you can monitor your power.

#32 4 months ago
Quoted from Clytor:

I scooped up these two yesterday for a decent deal. This headphone has some nice sound shaping options and sounds great.
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I hear that. I should have had something more substantial than a run of the mill power strip before now...

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#33 2 days ago

I think classifies as more modern but have been running Accuphase, Hansen, Dmitri, Boulder and Jr Trans rotor. Flying to southern states to demo the Rockport Lyra. Anyone heard in person?

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#34 2 days ago

Also want to try Gryphon from Denmark.

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