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muel

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  1. It is interesting to me that I had a similar experience as the OP when I traded my 12 ga Blue Jeans speaker wire for Duelund 16 ga tinned stranded wire. It seemed more clear but with a bit of loss on the low end. Swapped for Duelund 12 ga and the low end was better than ever. Only 6 foot runs so it was cheap. I shouldn't have heard a difference but I did. I expected to NOT hear a difference but I did. I don't claim magic or work of the devil either. We don't come close to knowing all there is to know... we just don't know how much we don't know. I think we ain't even close yet! I think science is perfectly capable of figuring this out if motivated to do so. Making psychological claims could have some validity in some circumstances but feels like mostly just a way to dismiss people as having misperceived experiences. I've got lots of questions and I enjoy the how and the why discussions but it would be nice to keep things respectful and let people discuss the equipment. Granted, by Internet and social media standards the crowd here stands out as relatively polite and considerate!
  2. That's a nice installation! It is also encouraging that these speakers are working for so long even with outside exposure! Today I got the wires run and speakers installed in spite of a bit of rain. The top of the bracket is tilted out and spaced from the siding with 25 washers stacked as a spacer. I found some white heat shrink tubing that I'll install to hide the cable a bit better. Used some black Monoprice 14g wire. A horizontal mount would have looked a bit better and maybe less obtrusive but I think I'm going to prefer the adjustability of a vertical installation. Yeah, I know... that siding needs some cleaning!
  3. d1-streamer-mk2 (totaldac.com) Nothing muddy or veiled there
  4. @rplace a quick tip about resizing photos... I really like a screen grabber application called "Snagit!" Seriously one of my favorite applications and I use it all the time... any photo I have I can do a quick screen shot of whatever crop of the photo I like... quickly annotate, add notes, arrows, whatever... save as a jpg and it is at a perfect resolution for sharing on the web. I don't come close to the 2 MB limit since most photos aren't more than 75k
  5. I got the 650's after being disappointed in the 525's which are back in the box collecting dust now. I have a couple of ideas where I might still use those. It occurs to me that I should hold one of the 650's up with my wife watching and she can let me know if she cares how it looks. Might save some hassle even if it isn't perfect. Like you say... it isn't for critical listening. I just like to hear a little Ray Charles when I grill I'll have to see how the mounting bracket lines up with the siding when placed vertical. Those laps are 4.5" tall if I remember correctly. If I want to try the corners that vinyl corner molding may or may not take kindly to mounting there. I'm pretty sure there is good wood behind there to secure it. Thanks for the tips and pics!
  6. Hmmm... I could maybe mount them directly to the corners with a wedge to point them down a bit. I can't mount vertically on the vinyl siding very easy. Also, I have to keep WAF in mind so they need to not be too obtrusive. Did you put the tweeter on the bottom?
  7. That is kind of my quandary... if I mount vertical then it is shooting over my head 9 feet up. I'd have to tilt the mount quite a bit. Ideally, there would be a ball mount that I could mount to the center and rotate in any direction and then lock it in when adjusted where I want it. I think there is a center thread for pole mounts isn't there? I'll have to look... I'm wondering if there is such a thing as a ball mount that could be mounted to the wall or eaves?
  8. Heh, the picture makes the deck look decent but it is due for replacement. I need to tear it out and see what kind of rot I might have at the rim joists where the deck attaches. I'll have nice music while we work at least!
  9. I bought some AW-650 outdoor speakers quite a while ago and would like to get them installed. Thought I'd ask here if anyone has ideas on where to mount outdoor speakers... directly on the eaves or up on the wall under the eaves? How close to outer walls? How far apart? I'm used to moving speakers and testing the results but since these have to be mounted and vinyl siding drilled this will be a "one and done" job. I want to get it right the first time! I've marked on the picture where I was thinking of mounting them horizontal... roughly 10 feet of space between the speakers mounted to the wall directly under the eaves. I don't know yet if I can mount to the eaves directly as I haven't identified the location of the rafters. The wall might be the more solid mount anyway. I'm planning on placing the woofer towards the outside (near the next wall) so the tweeters are closer to the middle. If I mount them on the wall or on the eaves will affect how I can rotate and adjust to a certain extent. Note in the picture that the left wall is not 90 degrees and flares out. Thoughts or comments?
  10. This might be a good way to get them at a great discount. Worth checking! Mine were quite "chippy" on the edges from years of sitting in a hot choir loft. Unless there are structural issues I wouldn't worry about it if everything else is good and you get a good price.
  11. The cool thing is that the tweeter and mid drivers would have hardly any use due to the attenuators cranking them way down. A nice feature is the top is removable for easy access to the mid and tweeter. The bottom is still the access for the woofer. This is the configuration my LaScalas came in from 1976. The Rogers amps had a thin sheet of aluminum newspaper plate between the amp and the cabinet. You could see some the news of that day on the aluminum. I would have spent more time looking but the seller was keeping the amps and I wanted to get out of there before he changed his mind The plywood of mine was a bit "chippy" from many years in a hot choir loft but nothing a little epoxy couldn't cure. These look nicer than mine. You might show a more complete picture of the crossovers. They are easily converted to standard AA's
  12. I have to laugh at myself for wondering where I could put these even though I already have more than I can use. I'd appreciate the handles for sure though. Look nice!
  13. While my original Heresy's still had the original caps there was nothing about the sound that I can really point out... maybe missing highs but not until I replaced the caps did I notice that is was like removing a blanket from the speakers. The music became more natural and real yet I thought it was sounding pretty good before. It is mostly in retrospect that I would say it was muffled a bit. Hear what you think!
  14. As you can see, there are lots of possible choices available! I'd definitely get rid of physically leaking caps. We seem to LOVE to have capacitor discussions around here but it's been rehashed quite a bit. As far as sound memory... I'm not necessarily sure what parts of the experience I am remembering but I imagine it is systemic... not just memory of sound waves vibrating my eardrums. We might lose some various details but I think what is left of the whole is usually enough. Just because you forget some doesn't invalidate what you do remember. In the end, I just care how it makes me feel anyway. I was surprised lately when I put my Sonicap capped AA networks back into my La Scalas. They hadn't been there for years but I've improved the placement of the speakers and worked on acoustic treatments over the years. It sounded far better than I remembered. Setup in the room matters a lot. I have Jupiter VT caps (the old square style) in most of my crossovers which many would say is crazy $ to spend. My main system network is from Deang and has OIMP V-caps. I think you can probably be happy without spending nearly as much but my crossovers are here to stay.
  15. Yeah, we need some pictures I have overpaid before... sometimes it's what you might choose to do instead of waiting months for the next opportunity to come along and who knows how far you might have to travel. Seriously, people around here have spent 100's on gas. The farthest I've gone was 4 hours away but worth it for $600 La Scalas. (yeah, they were a bit rough but not too bad). Waiting is a cost too in my opinion... life is short.
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    Bob Crites RIP

    I'm late to see this... sad to hear! Bob was patient, kind, helpful and fair in my experience. I'm sure many more things. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends!
  17. Crank it... the mouse will find it's way out.
  18. How many things in your house did your wife choose? Geeeze... seems you could choose your speakers. I’m lucky my wife is a good sport!
  19. I think he said the SX1250 was his first receiver growing up so he definitely knows what it is supposed to sound like. He doesn't do any boutique kind of stuff to things. He probably would if you asked him but he will tell you what he thinks. I get what you are saying about staying true to the original... I remember some website selling old HH Scott amps that have had their tone controls all disconnected from the amp... I understand doing that on some equipment but I think that is where some of the magic happens on those old Scott amps. Also, I am especially not a fan of the LED lit up with blue lights that some people like to put in their old receivers.
  20. Absolutely a great person to rebuild your SX1250 is Paul of http://www.manymoonsaudio.com/ @paul79 He has done multiple rebuilds for me including a beautiful SX1250! There is quite a backlog so I imagine it will be a long wait but he will replace everything needed with the best parts for the job and what you will get back is better than new. A 1250 is worth the effort.
  21. I played around some with raising them a small amount... it all sounded bad! Among other things, I tried 2x4"s... 2 foot square sheets of plywood... Flat on the floor was best.
  22. muel

    Parental Phrases

    Funny! Dad was a surgeon in Vietnam... he had said the same thing to patients.
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    Parental Phrases

    Or the variation... "This is going to hurt you a lot more than it's going to hurt me..." I appreciate the honesty.
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