Craigas

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  1. Dear god, someone fly to Vancouver to help the man out But stop in Toronto first, ha.
  2. Wondering forum members thoughts on where to apply room treatments following the 80/20 rule. 80% effective at 20% of cost (or ugliness). For example, would treatment (e.g. sound panels) behind the speakers be a good choice, not too ugly as they are behind the speakers anyway, couple of rectangles, 2ft ide by 3ft for example. Maybe answering my own question but an area rug would seem to fit into the category as it would treat overall room liveliness without being intrusive.
  3. Finally had the chance to open our doors to Paul Surround on Tuesday for a little space optimization and he brought his management team with him, his girlfriend and Lewis from the forum who lives close by. This was going to be fun. I was a bit nervous as I hadn’t spent much time setting things up in the new house in terms of wire management, vibration control, room treatments, etc. Room is lively to say the least so it was going to be a challenge. I did my own optimization after measuring everything down to the millimeter though and making some assumptions for the ceiling and a wall, I thought it sounded pretty good but I knew the Klimax DSM and Katalyst Akudoriks should be capable of much more, if the room can be tamed that is. After introductions, I could see the eagerness in the guy’s eyes, what are we working with here. Yep, quick scan and everything was laid bare, room is lively, very little treatments, and what’s with the rats nest of wires behind the cabinet, do you have the skeets for the speakers, yes somewhere. Drinks anyone, I need one. So we all got to work, Craig and Lewis searching for the skeets and Paul torqueing the 3K array to spec. Skeets were found, a little wire separation performed, some vibration control underneath the skeets, speakers towed in a few degrees. It was about now that room treatments were being thought about but that’s a nonstarter, let’s work with what we have and space will save the day, I least hope it will. Paul settled in, fired up Konfig and went to work, look at all those room modes, he simplified the room making it a basic rectangle and began tuning to his reference tracks. Created some custom filters, took about two hours I figure and we listened to some of my favorites that just didn’t sound right, emotion was missing, harshness in voices, poor bass and so on. Paul adjusted, we listened, Paul adjusted, and so on, it really came together in the end. So impressions, I’m no audiophile but I’ll try to be. Its airier, better layering and separation, improved sound stage and clarity, a significant improvement in the base in every category, punch, tightness, fullness and lower than it has gone before it seems. All in all, far better rhythm, smoothness and musicality overall. Boy, I sure didn’t have it dialed in before. The only thing we couldn’t get dialed in is the bee-bob girls moving towards you compared to how I had it in my old space, which was just about the perfect room dimensions and ideal listening position with a few treatments to boot (i.e. full carpet), but we had limited time overall. One of the biggest surprises after Paul’s tuning was the sound quality in an adjoining room, in this case the kitchen seating area, which is directly through about a 4 foot wide opening in the direction the speakers are firing, but off to one side. Every aspect of the sound there was improved, you can actually listen and enjoy the sound like never before, clarity went up 10 notches, base is great and voices too, it is toe-tapping and musical but it doesn’t deserve to be, does it? To describe it another way, it’s like any unwanted (old) echo generated in the main room stayed in the main room and only the good came through, great clarity across all frequencies, a huge bonus. Just this is worth the price of admission. For me, the room is probably the most important thing to get right but the hardest and sometimes impossible for obvious reasons. That’s where space can help to a large degree as it’s what it was designed for from a room dimension and placement perspective. It can’t solve every problem out of the box but a tuning session with Paul sure helped, thanks Paul.
  4. Nope, I don't think I pure algorithm can replace experience and a tuned ear, however I'm sure it will be significant improvement over S01. Just had Paul tune my space on Tuesday, improvements were significant to say the least, write up to follow.
  5. Oh and you would need separate amp for 7.1 so ignore the SURR BK unless you have a second amp for at least 7 channels of amplification.
  6. Hard to see based on resolution of diagram. But basically, use analogue outputs to 5125, yes. if 2 channel use FRONT L R only. If 5 channel, use SURR outputs for rears, if 7 channels use SURR BK outputs for two additional channels. It also probably says CENTRE somewhere, use that as well for 5 or 7 channel for the centre amplification.
  7. Screen print of Kazoo attached, first few tiles are network drives (i.e. your MAC music). Kazoo.docx
  8. I have powerline and works great, no need to move modem. It creates a "wired" internet connection on any power receptacle in your house. You plug in the first powerline at a receptacle near your modem, and second near your streamer-pre-amp, hub or whatever the latest name is No, but you probably can. You will use Kazoo which will give you access to your network music (i.e. music on your hard drive). If you have a phone, you can download Kazoo app on phone to access your music from your easy chair instead of MAC. At least that's how I do it.
  9. I am wondering if Sootshe is more concerned about the ease of use and familiarity. Learning or having someone build a small network, plus cost of a subscription to Tidal (or other streaming music provider) may be worth the time and money investment. The convenience factor is substantial and you probably won't look back. Done right this will allow a near one box, one remote solution. Basically the MAC would still be the human interface to your owned music and allow you to search. play and save your favorites from the music service and control volume, update your Linn devices, play internet radio, etc, wirelessly. Changing inputs to your TV or record player would be done through the remote as would be volume.
  10. Seems emotions are running high again. Funny how its easy to write things that we would usually not say directly to someone, until at least beer #2 or 3, hick. I think David has the art of diplomacy down pat.
  11. Should also comment that I did not listen to my non-kat Akudoriks prior to decision to purchase and was somewhat disappointed, I felt that the Klimax DSM passively connected to a high end tube amp to mid-range speakers (Mirage HDT) out performed them, except in the detail where the Akudoriks excelled. Fast forward to Katalyst and was very pleased with the additional investment but thought I had purchased that initially. Shows you there are many combinations that can sound excellent and need to audition if possible, which unfortunately is difficult for used gear. Also don't underestimate the benefits of an "integrated" solution from a user friendliness perspective, their is a value proposition there as well, which a current all Linn approach delivers in spades.