System Pics 2018

james n posted:
Bert Schurink posted:
james n posted:

The final addition to my home headphone system - a Kimber Axios headphone cable to make the most of the 1Z's balanced output. I'm rather enjoying this setup. 

Can you describe the sound of the headphones and if your Walkman gives them enough power ?

The 1z has no problem driving them Bert - My normal listening level is around 74 and the combination does sound rather good. I'll put some thoughts up on your original Mobile Audio 3.0 thread in a couple of days (including impressions of the Axios cable for Peder) 

Thanks very much appreciated. The headphones topic is still an open point in my journey, so very interested in your views....

Bert Schurink posted:
james n posted:
I'll put some thoughts up on your original Mobile Audio 3.0 thread in a couple of days (including impressions of the Axios cable for Peder) 

Thanks very much appreciated. The headphones topic is still an open point in my journey, so very interested in your views....

🔹 James N,...I say the same thing as Bert above,..and wait with excitement.

This with headphones is interesting,I'm in the process of "building out" my fixed headphone-system.
But right now,the purchase of a DAP is prioritized 😃.

/Peder 🙂

Dougie Danger posted:

New Sopras sounding as good as they look.

Those Sopra's look great in your room. I had these on loan and they didn't look good in our room according to my wife. The future certainly wasn't  Orange 

Ultimately the sound wasn't for me but glad that you like them.

I wasn't aware the room had been built in which these Sopras would look good.   Your wife is obviously very observant, Dougie 

Well, here is a nasty system pic/confession.

A dusty rat's nest of cables - telly in the middle - boxes in a pile - TT wobbling on a tall table with bits of cardboard under the feet on a thick spongy carpet - speakers also wobbling on roof tiles spiked thru bits of underlay - and toed in which is illegal!

The 2nd hand Quadraspire rack I bought has been sitting in my sister-in-laws house for months - it is finally being delivered on Saturday by a friend who is attending the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. Then I will sort it all out! Finally find the sweet spot and try spiking the speakers into the concrete floor with the Naim 60mm spikes I bought...

Even so it sounds great after half a bottle of red!

Jimdog's HiFi

Ian G. posted:
Lewis posted:

I've had a reshuffle, picked up a nice Isoblue rack for the lounge and the Fraimlite is now in the other room  

There is something timelessly cool about a classic chrome bumper set up 

Yep - nice setup there Lewis. The CB era matches the Isoblue well.

james n posted:
Ian G. posted:
Lewis posted:

I've had a reshuffle, picked up a nice Isoblue rack for the lounge and the Fraimlite is now in the other room  

There is something timelessly cool about a classic chrome bumper set up 

Yep - nice setup there Lewis. The CB era matches the Isoblue well.

And of course any system picture showing a fine pair of SBLs is automatically onto a winner. 

JimDog posted:

Well, here is a nasty system pic/confession.

A dusty rat's nest of cables - telly in the middle - boxes in a pile - TT wobbling on a tall table with bits of cardboard under the feet on a thick spongy carpet - speakers also wobbling on roof tiles spiked thru bits of underlay - and toed in which is illegal!

The 2nd hand Quadraspire rack I bought has been sitting in my sister-in-laws house for months - it is finally being delivered on Saturday by a friend who is attending the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. Then I will sort it all out! Finally find the sweet spot and try spiking the speakers into the concrete floor with the Naim 60mm spikes I bought...

Even so it sounds great after half a bottle of red!

Jimdog's HiFi

Nice to see a pair of Arivas in the system Pics. 

Richard Dane posted:
JimDog posted:

Well, here is a nasty system pic/confession.

A dusty rat's nest of cables - telly in the middle - boxes in a pile - TT wobbling on a tall table with bits of cardboard under the feet on a thick spongy carpet - speakers also wobbling on roof tiles spiked thru bits of underlay - and toed in which is illegal!

The 2nd hand Quadraspire rack I bought has been sitting in my sister-in-laws house for months - it is finally being delivered on Saturday by a friend who is attending the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. Then I will sort it all out! Finally find the sweet spot and try spiking the speakers into the concrete floor with the Naim 60mm spikes I bought...

Even so it sounds great after half a bottle of red!

Jimdog's HiFi

Nice to see a pair of Arivas in the system Pics. 

I had to look twice to see they weren't Thiels.

 

Bart posted:

I love the 'retro' look here - well done!

Thanks Bart.

I do like the look of those Arrivas.  I'd actually really like a nice pair of wood finish IBL's but I have never seen a nice pair for sale in all the years of looking.  They're like mini SBL's I really like their design, and they are supposed to sound great too.

Anyone on here got a set in their system?

hungryhalibut posted:

The IBL is considered a mini DBL rather than a smaller SBL. They are wonderful speakers. I had a lovely cherry pair for a while. 

Is that because they were the same tweeter and mid?  I have often wondered what the DBLs would sound like if they had the SBL drives instead (with suitable crossover changes, of course).

I still have a pair of IBLs (piano black).  Don't use them anymore, though.

Yeti - yes, the Thiels are uncannily similar. (The Ariva's bass driver is lower and the middle and tweeter are higher up in the cabinets.) I'm really enjoying them since I got the 272. What helps me not yet get the itch to upgrade them is that I have never heard any other Naim speakers - so I don't know how much better Naim speakers can be. Also, I like the 3-way sound. (Also, my wife will kill me if I buy speakers in the next year). Ignorance of what I'm missing is bliss.

Also, Mike B's brilliant tip of aiming them at your head is a revelation!

Lewis posted:

I've had a reshuffle, picked up a nice Isoblue rack for the lounge and the Fraimlite is now in the other room

 

 

Lewis, your system looks fantastic.  Did you switch from a 250 to 135s?

I happen to be waiting on a full rebuild of a CB hicap and CB 250 from AV Options to complete the 32.5/hc/250 trifecta.  Your picture has me feeling the anticipation. 

TOBYJUG posted:
Bob the Builder posted:

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LP12 lid off.

Awesome. What a distinguished little fireplace. You could paint the domed pediment in the top middle a luminous green.

Unfortunately the only one left in the house now I do think sometimes that I might open them up again and find period replacements but I suffer from the incurable disease of not letting another builder near his house with a ten foot barge pole and so have a 3/4 finished kitchen, a bathroom to rip out and replace and two bedrooms to plaster but no time or energy left to do it, it's taken me 16 years to get to this point so if my amazing other half doesn't murder me before that I may well die before it gets done. The shelving you see here was supposed to be a temporary measure 18 months ago until I got round to fitting bespoke ones myself.

Bart posted:
Lewis posted:

I've had a reshuffle, picked up a nice Isoblue rack for the lounge and the Fraimlite is now in the other room

 

 

I love the 'retro' look here - well done!

Take a bow Lewis. That Chrome Bumper look is just so bloody cool. 

Thanks very much for the kind words everyone.

@ngarritson I went from a CB 250 to the 135's, but I also own a CB bolt down 250 (the old type) which I ossassionally swap these out with as I like to change things up.  That too sounds wonderful, perhaps just a tad more clarity and space with the 135's though, and they go very loud too!   You will enjoy yours i'm sure, they also look beautiful!

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