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  1. Was yours an HD? I have no noise floor issues at all with mine.
  2. MiniDSP 4x10HD user here. Unfortunately, there is no automated solution that provides what you are looking for. The process of setting up an active digital crossover and EQ is an iterative on that involves measuring, adjusting and repeating the process until it sounds and measures right. It really isn't too hard once you get it all figured out, and I find the flexibility on tailoring my system to sound the way I want to be amazing. I can't imagine going back to analog electronics again. As far as sound quality of the MiniDSP units goes, I have never heard a non-HD model before, so I can't comment on those. I have also never used any of the Xilica products. However, I can say unequivocally that my sound quality improved DRASTICALLY when I ditched the analog crossovers and switched to the MiniDSP setup. If the MiniDSP is messing with my sound quality, I sure can't tell. And it is certainly degrading it FAR less than an analogue crossover would. I think the doubts about sound quality with any modern-generation DSP based crossover are likely unfounded. They are at least as good as any other piece of equipment in a typical system.
  3. World War Z right now, haha. I just finished reading two pretty heavy books, so I went for something a bit lighter this time. Just finished Midnight at Chernobyl and With the Old Breed. If you have never read With the Old Breed, you should. It gave me an entirely different perspective on WWII and also on life in general. It has made me extremely grateful for the life I have.
  4. I run a THT with my setup. You are right, the output and depth is very impressive. I have considered building a second one, but they are huge. I could fit one, but it would take up space that I'm not sure I want to give up. Maybe when the kids are grown....
  5. Rebuilt my Marantz last year. Before, during and after photos:
  6. I bet this room/system sounds fantastic! Congratulations on reaching this point. I look forward to seeing more!
  7. So, not exactly an economical alternative to a 402, haha.
  8. Is this thing available for sale anywhere? I can't seem to find it.
  9. Looks great! One of these days I'll get around to veneering my old H1s.
  10. Fascinating insight into the state of the art 60 years ago! Thanks for posting. I love the vintage stuff, and collect it a bit. However, I'm with you Claude. The modern stuff is orders of magnitude better than stuff from 1963. In the end, I'd love to have a Paragon in my living room. They are so pretty, my wife might even allow it! I'm certainly not going to get rid of the modern stuff to get one though.
  11. Check into infinite baffle subs. They are usually build in-wall, in-floor, or in-ceiling. They require a very specific placement that may not be possible in your room (it wasn't in mine). However, if you can make it work, they offer some of the cleanest, deepest bass available.
  12. I definitely appreciate the mathematical analysis from Langston and Backfire. I would agree that horn-loading your woofers adds an order of magnitude more damping force than any amplifier can. I would also agree that a lot of the difference in what people hear in tube amp bass is a result of the interaction between high output impedance and uneven speaker impedance. For all of these reasons, and many others, I have found active crossovers to be an excellent solution. Use the big SS amps on your woofers, and then use whatever else you prefer on the mids/highs (tubes, class A SS, etc.). Seems to offer the best of all worlds.
  13. Material shortages and extended lead times seem to be affecting all industries at the moment. I deal with it every day in my business (construction materials). Most of my vendors are telling me that it will continue through the end of the year AT LEAST. I also recently ordered some drivers from Parts Express. I got 6 out of the 8 drivers I ordered. I was told the rest would be shipping by the end of the month. I guess we'll see....
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