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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

« Last Edit: February 25, 2008, 10:56 by petetherock »
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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!
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« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008, 14:45 »
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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?




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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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.
PJ - SONY RUBY VPL-VW100
AMP - DENON 3808
BD PLAYER - PIONEER BDP320
SPEAKERS - M&K S100B, M&K SUR55T, M&K SX7
SUBS - SVS PB12+/2, SVS PB13 ULTRA, SVS PB12 NSD, M&K MX150
POWER AMPS - LEXICON 312 & 212
POWER CONDTIONERS : RICHARD GRAY, HIFI TUNING,QUANTUM
EQ -  BFD DSP1124P, ELEMENTAL DESIGNS EQ2
CABLES - SYNERGISTIC RESERACH, BETTERCABLE
POWERCORDS : VAN DEN HUL, PS AUDIO, LESSLOSS, BETTERCABLE
MISC - WIREWORLD

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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


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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 :)

PJ - SONY RUBY VPL-VW100
AMP - DENON 3808
BD PLAYER - PIONEER BDP320
SPEAKERS - M&K S100B, M&K SUR55T, M&K SX7
SUBS - SVS PB12+/2, SVS PB13 ULTRA, SVS PB12 NSD, M&K MX150
POWER AMPS - LEXICON 312 & 212
POWER CONDTIONERS : RICHARD GRAY, HIFI TUNING,QUANTUM
EQ -  BFD DSP1124P, ELEMENTAL DESIGNS EQ2
CABLES - SYNERGISTIC RESERACH, BETTERCABLE
POWERCORDS : VAN DEN HUL, PS AUDIO, LESSLOSS, BETTERCABLE
MISC - WIREWORLD

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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


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This thread should be a sticky. Mods??

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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



PJ - SONY RUBY VPL-VW100
AMP - DENON 3808
BD PLAYER - PIONEER BDP320
SPEAKERS - M&K S100B, M&K SUR55T, M&K SX7
SUBS - SVS PB12+/2, SVS PB13 ULTRA, SVS PB12 NSD, M&K MX150
POWER AMPS - LEXICON 312 & 212
POWER CONDTIONERS : RICHARD GRAY, HIFI TUNING,QUANTUM
EQ -  BFD DSP1124P, ELEMENTAL DESIGNS EQ2
CABLES - SYNERGISTIC RESERACH, BETTERCABLE
POWERCORDS : VAN DEN HUL, PS AUDIO, LESSLOSS, BETTERCABLE
MISC - WIREWORLD

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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2008, 13:28 »
« Last Edit: April 05, 2008, 18:29 by petetherock »
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