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AV Items: For sale / Klipsch
« Last post by Richard on Today at 12:06:20 PM »
Pair of Klipsch floor standing speakers looking for a new home.
Reference series 62 mkII, great condition. Sensitivity is high on these beauty's and the wife will love the rose gold drivers ( in line with current decor trends 😁)

Price R5800
Somerset West
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General Discussion / Re: Time for a Little Honesty.... :-)
« Last post by Simango4 on Today at 12:06:02 PM »
I've used Spotify and Soundcloud through my HTPC...and here's my verdict on their sound quality compromises:

I had setup a Spotify (free account) which plays music at 160kbps (fair MP3 quality in my opinion, although 192kbps would have been ideal for free mode) on my HTPC.

The sound quality was noticeably poor at the low end of the frequency spectrum, the bass sounds too softened (kind of like Rotel at low volume or Onkyo sound, or "Trace Urban music" on DSTV), it lacked tightness and strength.

It became more apparent when I played the same song that was stored in the same PC as an MP3, I then listened to it in both 128kbps, 160kbps and 320kbps to get a fair comparison, and the results were consistent, Sptify had an extremely noticeable poor bass response compared to any of the mp3s with the above mentioned bit rates. I then tried a whole lot of different tracks I had in the PC to compare with spotify's, I was dissapointed in spotify such that I no longer use it till date.

Oh and Soundcloud, they use 128kbps instead, however, I found that their sound quality was very close to the stored MP3 128kbps in my PC, the bass response is indistinguishable...the only problem is the upper frequency performance is much like youtube videos, they both noticeably suffer at the top end...especially with revealing sound systems.

So for now, I prefer PC stored music (MP3, FLAC, WAV etc.) over streaming, I am yet to find a decent quality streaming service provider.

All in all, I'd say for vocal and classic type of music without tight bass instruments, spotify would do, but for my type of music: Ambient/Chillout, Chill house, Chillhop & Triphop, Progressive House, Old School Hip-Hop and R&B etc...I wouldn't recommend Spotify!
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I was most amazed by Francois's (Scubadude) AR Classic 5 standmounts  :thumbs:
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I would definitely include the Sony SS-NA5ES, bookshelf speakers. Totally unassuming and yet absolutely sublime in all respects!!
It's the sibling of the much acclaimed SS-NA2ES..
Read reviews here..
http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/sony-ss-na5es/
https://www.stereophile.com/content/sony-ss-na5es-loudspeaker
Gotta concur that they are indeed masterful :2thumbs:
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AV Items: For sale / Re: Mackie CR4 multimedia monitors (non-Bluetooth)
« Last post by seeyou on Today at 11:39:45 AM »
Almost my quickest sale ever. On hold pending transaction.
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+1 on the AR-18's - pure gold:

A refoam and they will be good again!

Congratulations, they are also the original version, forgot to say that, it is that and that only my opinion goes for, later verrsions 18 XB for instance are not the same thing, horrible plastic hf driver, far inferior build quality, more like a cardboard box while the original is made from high density chipboard and very well built, later the greedy economists and bankers came to rule design and production.

Ingvar
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Late friend had a pair of Sonus Faber Concerto speakers.  These were coupled to his Krell.  Alas, he died about 10 years ago (Norbert Rozendal)



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AV Items: For sale / Re: Marantz Goodies
« Last post by rotorbug on Today at 11:29:58 AM »
If the items sold, would the buyer consider selling the amplifier?
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AV Items: Wanted / Re: Proceed CDD CD Player
« Last post by rotorbug on Today at 11:24:55 AM »
The CDD drive can be very problematic especially if it does not have the correct CD tray screw for transport purposes.

HFX send the Proceed gear to a third party repair person.
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I have the Warfdale diamond 9's paired with a Jeft tube amp and using the LYR as a pre-amp, the sound is amazing for a relatively cheap setup.

I have compared them to the AR's but cannot remember which model, also a set of castle knight. for me the warfdales won and still get serious play time in my home office.
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