High End Audiophile thread

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by ROBSCIX, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. gridiron whirlw

    gridiron whirlw Ancient Guru

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    I really look forward to seeing what you pick as your dac.

    I have not tried either, but i have heard of some people using HQ player to do what you suggest.
     
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  2. ROBSCIX

    ROBSCIX Ancient Guru

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    I have not tried HQ player yet but I will give it a run through and post back. I love messing with new players.

    @gridiron whirlw , Damn you got some nice gear man.
     
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  3. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    I'll look forward to that.
    Yeah gridirons kit is spanky.

    My Musical Paradise MP-D2 DAC which I intend to use with HQ Player is here but it is not healthy.
    I'm in discussion with the designer/seller atm.
    He responds fast and is clued up, its been positive so far.
    When it was working the sound was exceptional, better than my previous Minimax Tube plus, Oppo 105 and Oppo 205.

    Update:
    He is a decent chap.
    He offered to replace the whole DAC or the mainboard + DAC chips and tubes.
    I opted for the latter, I will fit them.

    Update2:
    He is shipping me the new parts first so I can return ship with the same packaging.
     
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  4. gridiron whirlw

    gridiron whirlw Ancient Guru

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    I have not tried HQ player.
    I have heard much about it, I will look forward to your impressions.
    I have used Foobar for years now.

    Thanks for the kind words.
     

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    signex Ancient Guru

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    Can you somehow connect a powered subwoofer to a receiver that only has speakerwire outputs?

    I want to replace the subwoofer from a Samsung HT-Q100 2.1 set wich comes with a passive 200W subwoofer. But it lacks power, wich is why i'm looking to replace it with a powered one.

    Also are the Tannoy Mercury F3 any good?
     
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    Does the powered woofer have outs for the front set of speakers?
     
  7. signex

    signex Ancient Guru

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    No idea, i'll check and post a screenshot.

    EDIT: Hope you can see it clearly, picture is kinda small.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Yes many subs accept speaker level input from your main amp outputs.
    They dont take power from the speaker feeds, only the signal.
    Its a common way of hooking subs up.

    A lot of subs allow speaker level (high level) and LFE (low level) to be hooked up simultaneously.
    They have independent volume controls for high level and low level so both can be tuned to work at the same time.
    This is how my sub is hooked up.
    You dont need this but it wont hurt to have a sub that can do it.

    Look for a quality sub that has:
    A phase control (preferably rotary not a switch) to compensate for different distances from you to your speakers.
    A cut off freq control so you can match the subs response starting at the freq your speakers stop.
    A volume level control.


    This assumes the amplifier for the whole system is not inside your subwoofer.

    Looking at your picture you should be ok.
    The front speaker inputs are the way it takes a high level input.
    It feeds the same signal straight out to the speakers unmodified, you could feed it direct instead of through the sub.
     
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  9. signex

    signex Ancient Guru

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    I don't really understand what you're saying, i'm not familiar with sound equipment at all.

    I don't own a receiver or anything, it's just an old 2007 DVD player that comes with 2 passive speakers and 1 passive subwoofer all connected through speaker wire.
     
  10. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Everything I have said applies to the kit you have.
    I added a bit more at the bottom.

    Say which bits you dont follow and I'll explain better.

    ps your sub isnt passive.
     

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    signex Ancient Guru

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    How i should connect the sub to the dvd player.

    And what you mean by hooking the speakers up to the sub as well, cause i need it connected to the DVD player for the sound to work on my 4K TV.
    Cause i can only get sound through optical cable.
     
  12. Mufflore

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    Connect up your 2 front speakers directly to your main amp.
    Also take a feed from that amp to your new subwoofer.
    This subwoofer will be one that takes a high level input from speaker wires, like your old one does.
    (they sometimes use a different connector, if so you will need to spend a couple of quid on that)

    Thats it.
    Then configure the subwoofers dials to suit how you want it to sound.
     
  13. signex

    signex Ancient Guru

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    Now i get it, sorry if i didn't before.

    And i don't suppose if you know if the Tannoy Mercury F3 are any good? they are budget speakers it seems.
    The sub is also from Tannoy so it should fit perfectly.

    Though i have to look up the specs of the DVD player, i don't want to blow it lol.
    The Samsung speakers are rated at 100W, but i guess i need more then that? like how much ohm?
     
  14. Mufflore

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    Sorry I'm not the best to give advice of this nature.
    You have posted in the wrong thread, this is the high end audiophile thread.

    Create a thread about which speakers would be best for you.
    Be very clear what you wish to replace, I thought you meant only the F3 sub at first.
    And price is always considered so if you have found a set, state how much you would pay.
     
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    Can we get a decent pic of the back of your DVD player? I want to see if the unit has a LFE Out. If it does not, then the proper setup will be:

    DVD Line-Out (RCA) -> Subwoofer-Input (L/R), connect your two main speakers to the connections on the subwoofer backplate (To Speakers L/R). Since those Tannoy's reach down to 20Hz (-3dB), then I suggest using a Crossover setting of 80-60Hz, and adjust accordingly for best blending. Keep Phase to Normal assuming everything is wired properly in regards to positive and negative. Doing it this way allows the subwoofer to handle all bass management.

    If the DVD Player has amplified outputs for the main L/R's you could opt to drive them from the player. More than likely your subwoofer will be able to do a better job.
     

  16. Mufflore

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    Its only stereo with a sub, there wont be LFE out.
     
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    signex Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for all the help, but i'm probably not able to buy the subwoofer as my videocard just broke down.

    But i'm glad i'm able to hook up a subwoofer to the setup.

    And i'm sorry if i posted this in the wrong thread, i know it's really not high-end but thought i would get better answers here.

    At least i know more now about hooking up speakers. Audio never used to be a thing for me, but i'm loving it. :)
     
  18. mikeysg

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    I finally joined the MD HD6XX club, snagged myself a used but in terrific condition HD6XX from a seller in my neck of the woods.
    [​IMG]
    Since it's the weekend, and hopefully I don't have any emergency at my workplace (recently had a burst underground pipe and lost about 400 tons of water), I plan to chill and compare the much lauded HD6XX against a select few of my other cans. I'm just hoping that nothing interrupts my plan though...using my Oppo HA1 as the one DAC to rule them all! (sorry, couldn't help paraphrasing LoTR).
    [​IMG]
     
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    That's awesome find!

    I am very interested to know how HD6xx sounds compare to HD595 or 598. If you get a chance, please let us know!
     
  20. GenClaymore

    GenClaymore Ancient Guru

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    Not really high end, but I scored an subwoofer from my dad, that he wasn't using since it was laying around in the basement. An Sony WA-2500, Have it plugged into my Jotunheim's RCA Pre-out's, using an Coaxial cable from the back of the sub. It's large so I might have to move it from under the desk. Also metal looking point in the photo is the keyboard tray adjuster on my desk. Working very well so far, I know i gonna have to get some isolation pads for it, to lift it off the carpet.

    [​IMG]
     

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