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  1. Habitat for Humanity ReStore. $50 each, approximately $9 sq. ft. At this point, I am leaning toward cutting to make tops for 5 speakers and 2 equipment racks. This will add approximately 27 pounds of mass. Going this route I would probably use something like Herbies grungebustor pads for a protection layer between granite tops and wood tops. I always wanted glass tops, and this would be an even cooler upgrade than that. As these slabs are 3/4" (2cm), I have determined the rack design I am going with just will not allow for this granite to be used as shelving without needing to add a sub shelf layer to support the granite layer. So my shelving will instead be a 1 3/4" wood material that I have in great abundance here, which I need to find uses for to consume it all anyway. Speaker platforms my come at a later date, even though that would have most likely given the biggest change(better or worse), to the audio signature of the room. P.S. I have a laminate floor, and am not going spike it. I could spike a platform though. I should probably move this to a new thread now. Thank you.
  2. And have the pioneer in pure direct mode to avoid additional processing after the denon.
  3. +1 Top pic is shellac and lacquer. Last pic is oil and wax. I have used oil, wax, shellac, lacquer, poly stain, wiping varnish, oil based, water based, all with success. Each have pros and cons and usually choice is project specific. Sometimes you try to match an existing finish, or want a new look, or need more protection, or want less maintenance, or have less time, whatever. Everyone wants a good looking finish, and that simply comes from how much time you put in to the project, how many steps you are willing to take, quality of product, and skill/practice level.
  4. I picked up 4 black granite slabs for some future audio related projects. Just not sure what yet. Could be plinths on the new equipment rack I am still designing. Could be used to decouple the Chorus II's from the 2nd story wood floor. Could be used to protect the tops of those same speakers. However they get used, I just like the high polish nearly full black look. 22 1/2" x 37" for now, until I cut them up as needed. How would you use them in your set up?
  5. From Hagerman Audio Labs The FryBaby2 is a compact cable and audio electronics burn-in generator.........The FryBaby is a very flexible and low cost solution for all your audio break-in needs.
  6. Maybe while I am here I will try ask Braun how that works. While I am at it I thought I could leave my cables out in the sun for a week for some UV radiation treatment.
  7. Seeing how everyone is hanging out in here, I figured I should update. I have not settled on the binding posts, but have ordered 7 rca cables from Morrow Audio that I will be placing between the Denon X6200W and Monolith 7X. I went with a 10 day burn in free of charge courtesy of Mike Morrow, using MA-2's for the LCR, MA-1.1 for surround, and the lowly MA-1's for front height/atmos. I won't have them here for another month though. GO BREWERS! oh,wait the Indians just hit a homerun. Let's Go!
  8. I am in the middle of doing some equipment upgrades, and one of the things that I feel could benefit from some improvement are the 5-way binding posts on the terminal cup on the back of my Chorus II's, and Forte II's. I have access to several large warehouse type outlets that I can source the replacement posts from. However the variation in price and selection is very surprising to me. Some cost far more than any single cable I own. So, I need to ask for some experienced veterans here, what have you used with great success in the past when you replaced your original stock 5-way binding posts. Please speak to the effect of soldered vs terminal post if you care to as well. On another side note, I would have asked for advice on choosing 7 new rca interconnects for a new amplifier, but that would be like
  9. Carver: TFM-15/ 22/ 25/ 35/ 42/ 45/ 55/ 75 M-0.5T/ 1.5T/ 200T/ 400T/ 500T/ Silver 7 Silver 9T http://carvermk2.com/Docs/Carver Magnetic Field Whitepaper.pdf
  10. http://audioventures.com/ I have known Bill for 25 years. He can build speakers to order. Crossovers. Cabinets. Drivers. Be prepared. He is not cheap.
  11. Well, at least we can still talk about things that are not for sale.
  12. SOLD THANK YOU FOR LOOKING. Send me a message with your phone number and we can have a VOICE phone call. If you can't do that, you can't buy my stuff.120 Watts RMS x 5 all channels driven simultaneously into 8 ohms from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with less than 0.02% total harmonic distortionManufactured in 2015. ONLY 3 YEARS OLD. Still under warranty. Original box, paperwork, manual, cord. Scratch free. Dent free. Damage free. Used not abused. I have used it with high sensitivity speakers, so barely any watts go through this in my system.This is on high quality fully functioning audiophile grade amplifier. Put that receiver to rest and bring in the muscle. With rca analog inputs, this can be connected to most any stereo, receiver, preamplifier, and some independent sources. The rating are very conservative and will be all channels driven to full power. Your AVR can not do 5x100+ no matter what the manufacturer tells you. Those are inflated ratings, usually 1 or 2 channels driven @ 1khz 1% distortion.Power output: 120 watts RMS x 5 (all channels driven simultaneously into 8 ohms from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with less than 0.02% total harmonic distortion, A-weight filter). 180 watts RMS x 5 (all channels driven simultaneously into 4 ohms from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with less than 0.03% total harmonic distortion, A-weight filter)Frequency Response: 20Hz -20kHz +/- 0.5 dB at rated output (120W)Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): Less than 0.02% at rated output (120W), all frequencies, less than 0.01% at 1kHzIntermodulation Distortion (IMD): Less than 0.05% from 250mV to output full rated output (120W)Filter Capacitance: Four 6,800 μF Capacitors per ChannelNumber of Output Devices: 4 per channelPower Bandwidth: 5Hz - 54kHz +0/-3 dBDamping Factor: Greater than 105 from 10Hz to 400HzCrosstalk: Greater than -70dB from 20Hz - 20kHzGain: Voltage gain of 29dBInput Impedance: 40k ohmsInput Sensitivity: 1.00 VoltRemote Trigger Voltage: 3 - 24 Volts DC at 5 milliamperes or greaterPower requirements: 120VAC, ±3%, 50Hz - 60HzPower consumption: 1,500 watts (maximum)Dimensions including feet (H x W x D): 6.0" x 17.0" x 16.75"Weight: 50 (lbs)
  13. The Watco rejuvenating oil is basically the same chemical makeup as the danish oil, without the urethane, and less stain. It cleans, conditions, protects, fills small imperfections, restores fading without sealing, leaving the wood in as natural and original a condition as possible while providing the least amount of protection. In your case, you will have no added benefit adding more oil if you are going to top coat it. Top coat protects and seals that all it does. You may want to consider an oil based top coat due to the watco oil underneath. DO NOT TOP COAT OVER WAX, if you have some wax to remove use mineral spirits or naptha Urethane is permanent, lacquer and shellac top coats can be re-amalgamated or removed. Lacquer is best applied in a spray gun.
  14. Poly over oil is a great choice. Water based varnishes can pull color, so either choose oil based products, or apply wax free shellac before the top coat. Watco danish oil also contains urethane but at 1/3 ratio, so it would take 9 coats of danish oil to give the same protection as 3 coats varnish(poly). Watco Rejuvenating oil contains no urethane. Very little protection. Wax is for slightly more protection.
  15. Watco products contain no dryers, the boiled part of BLO, so the Watco dries in 30 days where BLO dries in 3 days. BLO can cause fires from spontaneous combustion. Put used rags in a bucket of water for safety. Yes, 6 months on wax, up to 1 year on oil. The method above is maintenance free. Damp rag. That's it. Ever. If you get a scratch, sand 330 and 1 coat water based poly top coat and done.
  16. yes, with my own touch of course Sand 220 Custom mix of the following 1 part General Finishes vintage cherry water based DYE stain (alternate light brown for less red hues) 1 part General Finishes black cherry water based stain (alternate amber for lighter color) 1 part (or more) General Finishes water based reducer (allows control of color) wipe on/off quickly ( dries fast, if needed wipe further with damp dust free cloth) sand 220 Wait 24 hours and reapply stain Wait 24 hours apply wax free shellac Wait 1 hour apply 2 coats General Finishes High Performance Water based top coat Semi-gloss (follow directions) apply 1 coat General Finishes High Performance Water based top coat Satin wait 3 weeks and rub hard with a brown paper bag, no shit, a brown paper bag, to remove dust nibs
  17. Very close to the final product. I will look the same when completed.
  18. I always figured the black lacquer were baltic birch with a birch veneer. It's just getting painted anyway. Plus sanding black paint below the grain would leave a very thin layer, and most likely burn through the edges. Plus I have no idea how lacquer thinner would effect the 25 year old glue. I was wrong, yours look much better than I imagined was possible. Could this be my next move? I would need to look at my grain pattern first.
  19. That recent pair came from Germany. An original owner vet who did exactly that.
  20. I am refinishing the newest walnut pair I have now. I am very pleased with how scratch free, knick free, dent free, and clean they came out. Unfortunately these just do not have the amazing grain pattern of Jimjimbo's old pair. However, I must say Klipsch does amazing cabinetry and veneer work. Not super high end, but we'll above their pay grade. Weird how I ended up with 4 non matching serial numbers. Somehow I need to find another Walnut Chorus II pair or single to complete the room. My center is a Black Forte II, which works well (in my room only) sitting horizontal on a black glass shelf, but that is changing. Additions are coming and the Forte II center is going vertical between two A/V equipment racks I am fabricating myself. Then I will have proper front wall configuration, although black just won't work as well. Ok done whining.
  21. And in my case, my Official Unboxing should be later this week when I receive mine. One of the first 25 units that were available and sold the first day.
  22. Update from Monoprice They came into stock this week and sold out. We should have more in stock next week. Our apologies! And We apologize for the delay. We had some delays in manufacturing due to sub-par parts that were received. We are hoping to start shipping again by the end of next month.
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