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  1. My daughter was quite happy with her birthday gift. The components work well together. Definitely can fill her bedroom with sound, and fortunately, it sounds terrific at low volume levels. The day before we gave it too her, I set up the JBLs in place of the Cornwalls in my system. I thought the JBLs sounded fine. However, the Cornwalls sounded so much more open and present in comparison.
  2. It’s a surprise for her birthday, which is later this week. She has absolutely no idea what she’s getting. The only thing music related she asked for this year is PF’s Wish You Were Here. She’s been using an inexpensive Sony TT and some powered speakers from Best Buy for about two years, so this will be a huge upgrade. I noticed her and a couple friends have been making cassettes with an old portable machine, so I’ll be giving her a nice Nak CR-1A to play with as well.
  3. Yeah, this was my thinking as well. She’ll be off to college in a couple years and this type of set-up should serve her well. Although I started out looking for a vintage receiver and turntable, I decided to go with new stuff so she won’t have to deal with the inevitable problems. The big day is coming up so I’ll report back.
  4. My daughter is into vinyl, and in the interest of encouraging this hobby, I’m upgrading her rig for her birthday (#17). I bought her a Cambridge Audio Topaz SR20 and a Project Carbon Debut to pair up with some minty JBL L110s. But now I’m wondering how Herseys would compare to the L110s, and whether it would be worth switching. I have Cornwalls myself (which I love) and have owned Chorus 1s, but never Heresy. She mostly listens to classic rock, and it will be set up in her bedroom (14x16).
  5. With 12' ceilings and concrete floors, acoustic panels would be great, but as you can see, placement options on the room's walls are limited.
  6. Lots of progress since my last post. Here's a photo of the room where my Cornwalls will go. I plan to place them in the niches next to the concrete columns, angled in. There's a large closet behind the wall on the right hand side of the fireplace that will be dedicated to home's AV equipment and structured wiring. I plan to have the turntable and CD player on wall mounted shelves next to the fireplace. I'd also like to build some shelving for LPs and CDs. Have to get with the trim carpenter to plan this out. My Luxman with the Ortofon OM10 has always sounded a bit thin and sterile to me, and I think this impression would be especially apparent in that room. So instead I'll be using a Thorens TD166 MKII with an older Grads cartridge--not sure of the model, it's kind of a light baby blue color. The Thorens/Grado set-up seems a little less detailed in the higher frequencies as compared to the Luxman/OM10, but it also sounds much warmer/analog/easier-to-listen-to, and to my ears, is a much better match to the Cornwalls.
  7. Framing of the house will commence next week, and I'm wondering if I should make any changes to accommodate placement of these speakers. The plan is to place them on both sides of a 7' wide fireplace, but I haven't decided how much of the wall to box in and whether to frame in risers on which to place the speaker so that they are not on the floor. So, on one extreme I could make the wall completely flat with the face of the fireplace and place the speakers on the floor in front of the wall, or on the other extreme, I could frame the wall around the fireplace so that the speakers could be placed in niches on or off the floor. At this point I have complete flexibility and it will cost me almost nothing to have it built the way I want it. Ideas?
  8. Just bought a pair of '79 Cornwalls off Craigslist. They were owned by a hobbies with lots of high end stuff. I paid too much for them, but they look great, they haven't been messed with, and sound fantastic. We're building a new home and the plan is to use them for a 2 channel set-up (vinyl/CD) in a 30X45 great room. The problem is the room has concrete floors and there are 2 walls of 10" high glass doors. The room opens to other rooms with similar features. Obviously there will be some furniture and a couple rugs, but it's a fairly open contemporary design. Is there any hope of making these speakers work well in this room, or should we look for other options. What type of room would be ideal? Second question is how to best upgrade the rest of my 2 channel system. I have the following pieces in storage. Denon POA 2200, Luxman turntable with Ortofon OM10 cartridge, inexpensive Samsung blue-ray player. I don't think I have a preamp anymore, but I could use the front end of a spare AV receiver (Yamaha RX V1400). Assume I have a budget of $2000, how can I maximize the return sound wise? I'm looking for specific suggestions.
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