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I'm an iem / headphone person but have been off the hobby for a couple of years.

Over a few months period, I tried the entire range of headphones at Minidisc and Addicted to Audio. Without asking price, just listening and having my Sennheiser HD650 as a form of reference.

Eventually heard one set of headphones that blew my mind. Turned out they were the Hifiman Susvara.

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Tonight I’ll be auditioning the Neoliths. Between the speakers, amps, and cables, it’s another $300,000 system.
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I honestly imagine I’ll like these better than the Blades I listened to last night. Those were pretty good, but the $50,000 B&W 801D setup blew them out of the water in my opinion. We’ll see!
 
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Geez, I knew there was a reason I liked you guys :D After a long hiatus from audio purchases, I wanted a small set up for my office. Nothing like what you guys have, just an amp, some decent bookshelf speakers and my old Technics SL-Q3 turntable. I saw a post from Fcracer about an NAD C3050 LE amp. Well, I jumped down the rabbit hole and found one of these limited editions and it arrived today. I did a quick setup with some old Definitive Technology BP450 monitors that I have had for at least 15 years now, mostly sitting in a closet. I am looking for something more modern as far as speakers go. The one I am most interested in is the Amphion Argon1 speakers in Walnut. Other contenders include the Wharfedale Denton 85th Anniversary, Revel Performa3 M105’s, Revel M16, and KEF R3 Meta. The Argon1 speakers are probably the best match for me but I am trying to figure out if I want/need a sub as well with those or any of the other contenders. Anyway, I’m glad to see this thread! I would really love to have a McIntosh set up but this will have to do for now. Here is a quick iPhone shot of the NAD today sitting on a TV tray :eek:. Obviously I need to find a proper console. Unfortunately I have to leave town for the next few days tomorrow so no more play time.
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Not even close lol. Maybe 1500 sq ft.
My 15" Tannoy Monitor Gold's really sing when we bought this house. The living room is about 6,000+ cubic feet, and not symmetrical.

At full bore, they have a cone excursion of around 2.5 inches.

With Bach's Toccata in D, it is like being hit in the chest with a sledgehammer ...

Ditto, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
 
I have to confess that when I look at some of these photo's I wonder a bit about whether it is a about the sound or how it looks. I get that they are not mutually exclusive, but it really make me wonder what you are getting for $300,000+? Something to impress your guests or your ears (once again, not mutually exclusive)
 
I have to confess that when I look at some of these photo's I wonder a bit about whether it is an about the sound or how it looks. I get that they are not mutually exclusive, but it really make me wonder what you are getting for $300,000+? Something to impress your guests or your ears (once again, not mutually exclusive)
Don’t disagree with the overall sentiment. What will really get one going, is that in both of the cases of the $300,000 system, the speakers were a third of that, the amps another third, but the CABLES were the last third…costing $100,000 in speaker wire, interconnects, and power plugs.
 
... the CABLES were the last third…costing $100,000 in speaker wire, interconnects, and power plugs.
That's the part which always tickles me - some people spend a fortune on power plugs and cables, which are then plugged into a bog-standard domestic mains power distribution (unless the connection comes via a fancy power conditioner on the way, I suppose). But I suspect in most cases those golden power connectors are plugged into regular sockets on the wall, which are connected via regular copper cabling in the walls to everything else in the house.

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That's the part which always tickles me - some people spend a fortune on power plugs and cables, which are then plugged into a bog-standard domestic mains power distribution (unless the connection comes via a fancy power conditioner on the way, I suppose). But I suspect in most cases those golden power connectors are plugged into regular sockets on the wall, which are connected via regular copper cabling in the walls to everything else in the house.
I've seen everything from power regenerators to big noise filters between the wall and equipment. The better stereo components have big power supplies that do an excellent job of filtering out the noise from the AC feed unless you have an abysmal power grid. I admit that I have a Richard Gray's Power Company 400 Pro in my system, simply because I won it.
 
A very good friend of mine, with doctorates in physics and mathematics, and a long study of electrical conduction, informed me that electricity is conducted along the outside of the cable strands, and that ordinary, 40 strand figure 8 lighting cable was as good as any monster cable for audio reproduction ...

Since he made this statement while standing in an engineering laboratory with at least $500,000 worth of reproduction and measuring equipment in it (1970s dollars ... ), I suspect that it was not unreasonable to take his word for it.
 
I am a humble bachelor of science, but I know that what you're talking about is the skin effect, which is the tendency for alternating current to flow mostly near the outer surface of an electrical conductor. The effect increases with frequency.

I remember years ago a hi-fi magazine did a group test of various speaker cables, including exotic low-oxygen types, and threw some regular DIY store alternatives into the mix too, including bell wire and twin-and-earth solid mains cable (the kind you have in your walls for power distribution). All of the specialist audio cables were better than bell wire, but twin-and-earth mains cable did surprisingly well. Better than some of the expensive specialist cable they tested, in fact.

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I've been a 'show me' type with regard to cables. My experience across 50 or so years of messing with audio equipment is that speaker cable quality/purity etc. makes a lot less difference than good interconnects. I bought some TDK OCC speaker cable and found it made a marginal difference in sound. I've been making unbalanced interconnects for many years and made some with OOC copper and Eichmann Bullet Plugs. I compared them to a couple of sets of Harmonic Tech unbalanced OOC interconnects with conventional RCA connectors and was surprised to find both 'sounded better' than my previous unbalanced cables, and that the Bullet Plugs sounded even better. My conclusion is that cables are more sensitive when transmitting signal vs. voltage.
As always YMMV.
 
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