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Title: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: petetherock on February 25, 2008, 10:44
Friends
We get new members often asking for opinions and tips etc, but it if you notice very few people replying, it may be a few reasons:
a - it was asked rudely
b - there is very little information offered (most common)
c - no one has seen or used it

So how should you go about getting the best out of the pros here?

A - read the sticky in the HT section, lots of info and your question may not be the first on the issue

B - go through the FAQs

C - USE THE SEACH BUTTON

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - please read
Post by: petetherock on February 25, 2008, 10:55
So what kind of info helps?

a - budget and what is the kind of division between source, amp and speakers -- don't forget about 10% for cables

b - music tastes -- rock, bass heavy, classics etc

c- room size

d - narrow down the choices to just 3-4 max then AUDITION, there is no point asking many times for opinions, and get confused in the end

e - Don't NATO - no action all talk. After a 100 posts some people are still talking but have yet to buy anything. If you are merely asking or wish to start a discussion, thats healthy too, but do let others know, I don't enjoy answering lots of questions on a purely speculative topic.

f - best to ask in the forum than pm. Only one person benefits from the pm. Our brothers here are highly friendly and won't bite. I am confident this is one of the most friendly forums I go to.

g - if possible send a pic of your listening room. Else tell us the room size etc

h - room treatment. You cannot simply plonk $$ on a set and expect it to sound well in any room. Then if you insist on doing so, don't ask why it doesn't sound as good as the demo room

i - bring along the right demo equipment and cds so it sounds good with your kind of music

j - when you finally decide to buy, if you have been using the services of one shop, don't go cheap and buy from elsewhere, reward the man for his services

k - 2nd hand is a good place to start for limited budgets and big aspirations

l - running in is important

m - budget for stands, cheap ikea stuff or chairs don't count, unless you are asking for poor bass and lousy sound. Why save on a pair of stands after spending thousands on a fancy speaker

n - room treatment -- cannot emphasis the importance of placement and proper setup enough.

o - attend demos, but be polite and punctual. If you agree to turn up, DON'T keep the host waiting or worst - don't show up! You will never be invited again.


Good luck!
Title: Partnering
Post by: petetherock on February 25, 2008, 11:02
Sonic matching is very important. If you merely buy a bunch of Whxx Lo Fi recommended components and expect them to sound good, then you are in for some shoddy sound.

Some components are inherently brighter and if you know that, then choose wisely to make them sound good.

At some point you need to start, so buy one of the them, be it the amp, speaker etc and match it with a suitable mate. Bring your new component down to the other shop for a listen if you wish.

If you keep asking for opinions on how A sounds with B but you never listen to them, its NOT your ears, but someone else's opinion. Ultimately you need to decide. NATO isn't going to go much good if all you did was to sit in front of the PC and not do any legwork.

Bring a note pad, write down the aspects of the sound you liked or disliked. Come back again if you need. Avoid weekends if you wish to have an extended demo.

Some shops are more friendly than others. Eg Electrades is famous for good service. So are KEC, GP Audio etc. Some shops on the ground floor on the other hand are pretty nasty.

Once you buy, sit back and enjoy for a while before getting itchy. Buy some Cds etc

Have fun and enjoy the journey.
Title: Some useful links
Post by: petetherock on February 25, 2008, 14:45
Tweaks:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=49361.0


Budget power cords:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51600.0

Warm Cd players:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51122.0

Belden cables:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=44245.0

LHS (Sim Lim Towers) and Hean Lee Radio  (Jln Besar Plaza) are nice places to get cables etc

Tightening Speakers:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51247.0

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: redryder on February 26, 2008, 16:25
Any advice on speaker distance - how far apart between each other and to the listener? Talking about stereo setups here. Is there some kind of formula?



Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: Spunky on February 26, 2008, 16:53

Principles and Techniques of Speaker Placement (http://www.immediasound.com/Speakersetup.html) by Allen Perkins

Article in Stereophile (http://www.stereophile.com/finetunes/179/)
Title: Setup tips
Post by: petetherock on February 26, 2008, 23:04
More:

http://www.cardas.com/pdf/roomsetup.pdf

http://www.cardas.com/content.php?area=insights&content_id=26&pagestring


http://www.gcaudio.com/resources/howtos/speakerplacement.html

WASP technique:
http://www.tnt-audio.com/casse/waspe.html

Bear in mind if you buy a gigantic floorstander in a tiny room - very typcial in kiasu Singapore, there will be phase coherence issues and possibly a boomy bass.
Title: Re: Setup tips
Post by: koma on February 27, 2008, 01:11
it can done with the right acoustic treatment n i really mean lots of it ;)
knoe of a fren whose rm is onli 2.5m by 3.2m i tink but the bass is
veri controlled as he has basically lined up the top of his two walls with
bass traps frm one end to the other



Bear in mind if you buy a gigantic floorstander in a tiny room - very typcial in kiasu Singapore, there will be phase coherence issues and possibly a boomy bass.
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: petetherock on February 27, 2008, 07:21
Sure the bass can be controlled, - most SG folks do not treat their rooms so comprehensively but those here and in echoloft are more likely to pay attention.
It still does not solve the phase coherence issues :)

it can done with the right acoustic treatment n i really mean lots of it ;)
knoe of a fren whose rm is onli 2.5m by 3.2m i tink but the bass is
veri controlled as he has basically lined up the top of his two walls with
bass traps frm one end to the other


Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: koma on February 27, 2008, 10:38
ok btw what does phase coherence means pete? sorry not veri gd with
technical terms ;) but my frens's rm i can say its covered fully in acoustic
treatment with diffuse n asorb materials n muz say the best stero setup
i have heard so far


Sure the bass can be controlled, - most SG folks do not treat their rooms so comprehensively but those here and in echoloft are more likely to pay attention.
It still does not solve the phase coherence issues :)

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: petetherock on February 27, 2008, 10:40
Check this out:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51448.msg375625#msg375625



ok btw what does phase coherence means pete? sorry not veri gd with
technical terms ;) but my frens's rm i can say its covered fully in acoustic
treatment with diffuse n asorb materials n muz say the best stero setup
i have heard so far


Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: redryder on February 27, 2008, 10:57
This thread should be a sticky. Mods??
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: koma on February 27, 2008, 12:28
oic thanks pete, frm wat i heard in his rm i can pick out the different instruments
easily so i dont tink phase coherence is an issue. as in any setup i believe that
rm acoustics is king :P



Check this out:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51448.msg375625#msg375625



Title: Additional Links
Post by: petetherock on February 27, 2008, 13:28
IPOD:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51780.0

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=45452.0

Tube amp poison:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=47102.0

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=45083.0

Dared Tube amps:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=46789.0

Nuforce amps:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=50938.0

Also look for pros like hifiluv, spunky 2100 etc

For DYI projects search for synthesis

For Bass search for jason Yeo

For Room treatment search for joamonte

Title: speakers
Post by: petetherock on February 27, 2008, 13:30
Aurum Cantus:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=45730.0

Monitor Audio:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=47673.0

Mark and Daniel:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51693.0

B/W 685:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=50776.0

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=51710.0

B/W:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=48145.0

Usher:
Lots on this eg http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=34259.0




Speaker shootouts:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=52040.0
Title: Outstanding foundations
Post by: petetherock on February 28, 2008, 20:37
If you are into smaller speakers, standmounts can be a lovely investment to get great sound in smaller spaces.

But if you spend thousands on super speakers, remembers to put at least a few hundred into stands. Using chairs, ikea stuff just does not cut it. And bookshelves are not meant for anything more than mini compo speakers.

Why spend?

Well the transducers in your speakers need a stable platform to perform well. Isolation of the speakers from the floor and even the stands with cones, blu tack etc adds to the solid image.

How about sand-filling?

The more solid and vibration free, the more solid and well defined the bass, but it also cuts on the amount too. It is arbitary and requires some experimentation on the amount of sand to fill each stand. And btw, the stuff from Changi beach is defintitely bad unless you like rust...

Buying speaker stands:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=54316.0

http://www.echoloft.com/hifi-forum/index.php?topic=16846.0
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: redryder on March 05, 2008, 16:05
Questions about pre-amps

1. If I already have a HT receiver, would getting a tube pre-amp give me "tube-like" sound?

2. Since the HT receiver is actually an integrated amp, can I use it as a power amp? Any particular inputs I should connect a tube pre-amp to?



Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio s
Post by: SiriuslyCold on March 05, 2008, 16:13
you can use the receiver as a power amp - use the AUX input (actually any input will work)

because the Panny digital amp does not have "pre-in" that bypasses its own preamp section, you will need to control the volume at both the preamp and Panny. could get a bit tricky balancing volume between stereo listening and movie tracks :)
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio s
Post by: mikeang88 on March 05, 2008, 17:17
Hi,

sorry just so that I understand you correctly.

We can add a Tube-Preamp between the CD player and the HT receiver (any inputs), right?



you can use the receiver as a power amp - use the AUX input (actually any input will work)

because the Panny digital amp does not have "pre-in" that bypasses its own preamp section, you will need to control the volume at both the preamp and Panny. could get a bit tricky balancing volume between stereo listening and movie tracks :)

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio s
Post by: mHiFi on March 23, 2008, 21:25
You are right, you can use any input on the HT except the phono.

You don't need a preamp for cd player. It ended up as a input selector. To improve the CD sound, you should put in a "tube" DAC if you prefer "tube" sound. That will ready make a different.
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio s
Post by: mikeang88 on March 30, 2008, 11:44
wow.. that's interesting...

if the TUBE DAC does not cost a bomb, i don't mind try.. any idea how much and where I can try to get other than EBAY and that PA place at Adelphi that has that really unfriendly sales person...

Thanks

You are right, you can use any input on the HT except the phono.

You don't need a preamp for cd player. It ended up as a input selector. To improve the CD sound, you should put in a "tube" DAC if you prefer "tube" sound. That will ready make a different.
Title: Glossary of audiophile terms
Post by: petetherock on April 05, 2008, 18:27
http://www.integracoustics.com/MUG/MUG/bbs/stereophile_audio-glossary.html
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: Ultimax on June 24, 2008, 19:28
I'm wondering if I can start a thread on suggestions to upgrade my set-up? I'm a very new beginner, saw all the big jargons and was quite intimidated.  :)
Title: 10 Things about Audio Amplifiers You've Always Wanted to Know
Post by: petetherock on October 19, 2008, 09:32
http://www.audioholics.com/education/amplifier-technology/10-things-about-audio-amplifiers

Title: Banana Plugs Info
Post by: petetherock on January 14, 2009, 11:22

http://www.goodsound.com/howto/2002_03_01.htm (http://www.goodsound.com/howto/2002_03_01.htm)

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=36501.0 (http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=36501.0)

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=10788.0 (http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=10788.0)

http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/preparing-your-own-diy-speaker-cables (http://www.audioholics.com/education/cables/preparing-your-own-diy-speaker-cables)

http://www.pioneer.eu/eur/faq/970/5432/index.html (http://www.pioneer.eu/eur/faq/970/5432/index.html)



(http://www.pioneer.eu/images/eur/banana_plug.jpg)


http://www.youtube.com/v/GK5H5UDsxwo&fs=1
Title: Contact cleaners
Post by: petetherock on January 17, 2009, 22:19
A can of Philip contact cleaner can be bought at Sim Lim Square level 2 - one of the shops at the back which sells RCA connectors, switches, soldering and DIY equipment.

Philips Contact Cleaner

http://www.echoloft.com/hifi-forum/index.php?topic=14450.0

http://www.sanace.com/Spray_Cleaners/spray_cleaners.html

Profigold:
http://www.echoloft.com/hifi-forum/index.php?topic=7548.0

Other Links:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=59806.0
Title: Shopping in Hong Kong and elsewhere
Post by: petetherock on January 31, 2009, 09:45
An informative thread:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=60006.0

With pictures
Title: Re-coning speakers
Post by: petetherock on February 08, 2009, 14:45
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=60124.0

Hi Fi repair:
Martin electronics - Burlington Square


Memory Lane - Adelphi
Contact: 92281304
Title: Vpost
Post by: petetherock on February 11, 2009, 15:22
There is always someone who thinks of buying off amazon and does not do his homework and ends up with grief...


Those thinking of shipping items from other countries via Vpost should take note:


These items are prohibited


Quote
a)
 Chewing gum
 
b)
 Chewing tobacco and limitation tobacco products
 
c)
 Cigarette lighters of pistols or revolver shape
 
d)
 Controlled drugs and psychotropic substances
 
e)
 Firecrackers
 
f)
 Obscene articles, publications, video tapes/discs and software
 
g)
 Reproduction of copyright publications, video tapes, video compact discs, laser discs, records or cassettes
 
h)
 Seditious and treasonable materials.
 

For vPOSTJAPAN service, you will not purchase any of the below list of prohibited items, which may be updated from time to time by the Japanese Government.

a)
 Dangerous goods classified by the Japanese local regulation or IATA Dangerous Regulations including any materials with dryice.
 
b)
 Restricted or controlled items by the Japanese Government. (Click here for the latest updated list.)
 
c)
 Food Staffs, perishable
 
d)
 Chemical, Drugs, Animal, Plants, Precious Stones and Metal, Cigar and Cigarettes, Guns, Swords, Knives
 
e)
 Items restricted by the Washington Treatment, ivory.
 
f)
 Beef Extract
 
g)
 Any items that require temperature control.
 
h)
 Coin and Bills
 

Other Prohibited items from USA and Europe also include flammable, incendiary goods and goods comprising :

- perfumes / colognes / eau de toilette / fragrance spray
- nail polish / nail polish remover
- spray / aerosol cans / compressed gas cylinders
- fuels / gasoline / gas torches
- lighters with fuel / lighter fluid
- turpentine / paint thinner
- lithium batteries / loose batteries
- lithium batteries contained or pack with equipment
- speakers
- alcohol products / beverages
- flammable / toxic contents products
- cellphones
- narcotic drugs
- radioactive materials
- infectious substances
- firearms (or parts thereof)
- pornographic materials
- counterfeit goods
- munitions of war
- precious metals and gemstones
- paper currency, coins, credit cards and cheques
- diamonds
- engine oil / essential oil
- weapons (swords/knifes/guns etc)
Title: Re: Marrying your HT and stereo system
Post by: petetherock on May 27, 2009, 08:48
Courtesy of Siriusly Cold:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=44149.0

1: Receiver + Stereo integrated Amp

(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y234/siriusc/av/surroundstereo1.png)

Pro
stereo integrated amps are a dime a dozen (well almost, and even older ones are quite good sounding)

Con
two pre-amp stages will mess with the signal upredictably
controlling volume between CD and DVD listening will be a challenge

Title: Series vs Parallel
Post by: petetherock on July 04, 2009, 22:01
http://www.audioholics.com/education/loudspeaker-basics/loudspeaker-impedance-series-parallel-connection-basics

Ohms Law: V = i * R where V = voltage, i = current, R = resistance (1)

This article is a good read...
Title: Re: Series vs Parallel
Post by: swing123 on May 03, 2010, 01:39
My apology for bringing up old thread.

I have been reading quite a fair bit in the forums, what strikea me when i came across following terms which puzzle me. I know and understand the terms on their own, literary, but not in hifi terms when come to description of sound characterisics. Terms such as:

- clean
- dynamic
- warm
- transparent
- laid back
- bright
- and many more

Are there any global defination of such descriptions? I mean, how does one decribe characters of sound in words? Pls enlighten.



Are there any global
Title: Re: Series vs Parallel
Post by: petetherock on May 03, 2010, 06:37
Try here bro:
http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=59608.0

Cheers.
My apology for bringing up old thread.

I have been reading quite a fair bit in the forums, what strikea me when i came across following terms which puzzle me. I know and understand the terms on their own, literary, but not in hifi terms when come to description of sound characterisics. Terms such as:

- clean
- dynamic
- warm
- transparent
- laid back
- bright
- and many more

Are there any global defination of such descriptions? I mean, how does one decribe characters of sound in words? Pls enlighten.



Are there any global
Title: Re: Series vs Parallel
Post by: jimi on May 03, 2010, 23:49
My apology for bringing up old thread.

I have been reading quite a fair bit in the forums, what strikea me when i came across following terms which puzzle me. I know and understand the terms on their own, literary, but not in hifi terms when come to description of sound characterisics. Terms such as:

- clean
- dynamic
- warm
- transparent
- laid back
- bright
- and many more

Are there any global defination of such descriptions? I mean, how does one decribe characters of sound in words? Pls enlighten.



Are there any global

a few more definitions here:

http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=67660.0 (http://www.xtremeplace.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=67660.0)
Title: Coupling & decoupling
Post by: petetherock on February 02, 2012, 22:29
A nice thread on coupling and decoupling:
http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?4253-Understanding-Coupling-Decoupling-with-particular-reference-to-loudspeakers

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: petetherock on June 22, 2012, 15:08
Nice article about integrating two channel into a HT system:
 http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/technical-articles/technical-topics/integrating-high-end-two-channel-audio-into-home-theater-without-compromise.html
 
 
 
 
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on April 14, 2013, 10:40
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57579261-47/things-to-think-about-when-buying-speakers/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=TheAudiophiliac (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57579261-47/things-to-think-about-when-buying-speakers/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=TheAudiophiliac)

http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2013/04/07/how-to-spend-your-money-revised-revisiting-the-stack-ranking/ (http://parttimeaudiophile.com/2013/04/07/how-to-spend-your-money-revised-revisiting-the-stack-ranking/)

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: petetherock on July 30, 2013, 18:08
Nice article about speaker positioning and toe-in:
http://audiophysic.de/aufstellung/beispiel_e.html
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on September 07, 2017, 18:15
http://www.youtube.com/v/58ZaL5nVjkk&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on September 07, 2017, 18:17
http://www.youtube.com/v/2V6YN-mshmY&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on August 01, 2018, 19:27
http://www.youtube.com/v/SzP05gF8C0g&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on August 06, 2018, 19:42
http://www.youtube.com/v/zO-0u6SiLCA&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on September 13, 2018, 19:00
http://www.youtube.com/v/Ta0bCgLimaU&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on October 03, 2018, 17:52
http://www.youtube.com/v/C59dV8ATKyM&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on December 29, 2018, 12:54
http://www.youtube.com/v/vm3WN2m1g8Y&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on January 24, 2019, 07:07


https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-make-your-audio-system-sound-better-for-free/#ftag=rss.audiophiliac.ftag

Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on January 25, 2019, 19:49
http://www.youtube.com/v/9UA-VctzuFo&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on March 09, 2019, 12:59
http://www.youtube.com/v/3Atd-DQ2PlI&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on April 19, 2019, 06:42
http://www.youtube.com/v/6Gp03GEjWWM&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on September 09, 2019, 21:45
http://www.youtube.com/v/Qv39OEkAFI4&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on September 09, 2019, 21:52
http://www.youtube.com/v/4GGbJUk5SWI&fs=1
Title: Re: Before you ask for opinions, some points to consider - tips on a new audio setup
Post by: malsound on October 14, 2019, 12:19


http://highfidelity.pl/@main-943&lang=en