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About ODS123

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    McIntosh MA6600 Integrated; Emotiva DAC; Mac Mini; Technics SL1200 Mk2; Klipsch Cornwall III
  1. Turntable Recommendations

    I’d get a used Technics SL1200mk2, a new Pioneer PLX1000 (only a few left it seems) or maybe up your spending to $2000 and get one of B&H’s last “new Old Stock” Technics SL1210mk5’s. Yes, yes, I know… people will say “$2000! ..That was a $500 TT when it went out of production!” ..Well, maybe, but at $2000 it’s still better built than comparable Belt-drive tables IMHO. I’d ignore the audiophile snobbery that surrounds DD tables. Snobs contend they are noisy and “cog”. Well, perhaps the old cheap ones did this back in the 80’s, but I’ve not heard this from any I’ve heard. With the platter turning on my Technics, , I can’t hear ANY noise or hum coming through my speakers until I’m at about 80% volume, which would be AC/DC concert level spL if I dropped the stylus. The other gripe is that it's a DJ table. Well, so what? That doesn't preclude it sounding great, and it partly explains why it's built like a tank. By comparison, every $1000 belt-drive table I’ve heard has been way noisier AND struggle to maintain steady pitch. Listen to a sustained piano or violin note on one of these tables and you’ll hear what i mean - the note warbles audibly and annoyingly. I had one of these BD tables on loan and played an LP as I also played the same song on CD. ..By the end of the 9min. song, the BD table was trailing by 20 secs. ..I do the same w/ my 1200 and it’s spot on - the LP song ends at exactly the same time as the CD. Operationally, you’ll also notice that these tables have a much more substantial feel than their comparably priced BD tables. My SL1200 (which I purchased new from B&H Photo three years ago - as new old stock) looks and feels like a $1000 component. It’s a heavy piece of gear made from metal and thick rubber (around base). By comparison, the $1000 BD tables felt so light and insubstantial. Anyway, if you go the DD route, you’ll probably have to move quickly on either the Pioneer or Technics SL1210 as these are out of production and are available only as new old stock. here's a pic of mine. ..Using a AT 440mla cartridge
  2. Belle Review

    So why have faith in his cabinet design if you don't believe he (or his engineers) knew how to design a proper cross-over?
  3. Belle Review

    Curious to know, is there a way to buy new x-overs and horn diaphrams that are EXACT replicas of the original for that production run? If it were me, I'd try restoring the speakers to their EXACT original condition, then call it a day. ..If I didn't like their sound as they were intended to sound by PWK, then I would simply conclude they are not for me. It strikes me as strange how people at once elevate PWK to audio god status, then think they can greatly improve upon his design by endlessly switching out parts, etc.. Plus, if you want to maximize what you can sell them for, your best plan is to restore them to like new original condition. I watch a lot of gear sell on Audiogon and Ebay. The gear that fetches the most money is the gear that is NOT modified.
  4. Belle Review

    I've never known an amp alone to transform a speaker from "hate it" to "love it". ..Especially nowadays when audible differences b/w amps are minute if audible at all.
  5. That is simply not true. Spring loaded terminal were used for years by many reputable mfgs inc., McIntosh. IMHO, A great deal of what we see in home audio - 1/4" faceplates, super thick speaker cables/ interconnects/ power-cords/ fancy banana-plugs, extravegant dampening-factor & low impedance claims, - and so on and so on, are all meant to confer "quality!" on gear but the fact remains that modern day amps that are operating w/ in their design limits (which is easy for LaScalas) sound pretty much the same. Bottomline: That is a perfectly fine piece of gear, despite it's humble speaker terminals. I would have no reservations having that in my house.
  6. Anything I plug into an outlet in my home would have to be from a reputable mfg. ..Given the efficiency of your LaScalas you don't need a high-powered amp section. ..My Cornwalls begin shaking the walls when driven with more than 15-20 watts. And I think your speakers are even more efficient. If you're on a budget and want a receiver (am/fm reception), consider this... from Crutchfield for $150. A very reputable gear company and a very reputable seller. https://www.crutchfield.com/p_022RS202/Yamaha-R-S202.html
  7. I agree with the others. Hum issues aside, I'd be afraid something so inexpensive (and from such an obscure company ) would present a fire risk. ..Is it UL listed at least?
  8. I agree, I also want an audio system that is revealing and accurate. But I'm also pragmatic. ..If I sense I'd enjoy a song more by reducing the treble a tad, then I think its a good thing to be able to do so. Or sometimes it's because I've already been listening for hours and violins and trumpets are beginning to cause a bit of listening fatigue. Rather than turn all the music down, I will just reduce treble a bit. ..Some will say, "if your system ever causes fatigue, then change your system or room acoustics." ..But this is also nonsensical. REAL MUSIC can cause listening fatigue. I played clarinet for many years. Live trumpet, violins, sax, etc...played by the best musicians in the best of venues can become a bit grating after a while. As I've said in other posts, if your system NEVER causes fatigue, then it's not accurate. And as I've already stated I adamantly believe - and I think any electrical engineer would agree - that having tone controls in the signal path does NOT audibly damage the signal. So, with that myth debunked (in my opinion, anyway), I see no reason NOT to have them. ..I feel the same way about mono/stereo selector.
  9. The point I was making is being missed here. What I'm say is: If it is true that Treble/ Bass/ Balance/ Mono are so harmful to a signal then how does a signal survive the hundreds of zero'd (or adjusted) sliders on a mixing board and come out sounding as wonderful as some of our audiophile-approved music sounds (I was using Night fly as an example.)? The fact that one happens during the recording process, and the other during the playback in our homes is totally irrelevant to my point. This serves to debunk the nonsensical notion that any true top-quality Pre-amp or Integrated should eschew these basic features. It's my contention that these basic tools make less-than-perfect music more enjoyable to the true music lover
  10. Not how I see it at all. Yes, use room treatments, maybe room correction software, etc. to make your room as neutral as possible. ..Still, unless I listen only to audiophile-approved recordings, I eventually come across song (or album) that can be made more listenable with a small turn of bass or treble. ..As for Mono switch, I can't tell you how many old stereo recordings sound better in mono. Still, it's a personal choice whether Tone controls or a mono switch are necessary. What is not debatable, IMHO, is whether or not the presence of these basic tools are audibly harmful to the signal. ..I submit that they absolutely ARE NOT harmful when zeroed.
  11. Cornwall owners question

    That is probably true. ..But it was hard enough getting my wife to allow these speakers into the room. ..If I pulled them further into the room - or try to relocate this built-in cabinet - I'd likely come home one day to find them gone (Not really... my wife is absolutely wonderful about my audio gear. ..but i don't want to push my luck!)
  12. Cornwall owners question

    definitely toe-in, but not 45 degrees. To my ears, and in my particular room, they seem to sound best aimed so that they converge (meaning, a line extended straight out from each tweeter) somewhere around 3 feet behind me.
  13. Could definitely be a solution for someone wanting to add a mono switch to their system. One of the ageless arguments for NO tone/ Bal or Mono control is the idea that it shortens the signal path, reduces the number of breaks and keeps the signal purer. But this seems like total nonsense to me. Check out this pic of the mixing board Donald Fagen used in mixing "The Nightly" - an album roundly praised for its sound quality. If literally hundreds of sliders, switches, and pots didn't ruin the signal when recording this incredible sounding album in the studio then having tone/ balance/ mono controls on our integrated amps (or pre-amps) won't do an iota of damage to the signal in our home systems.
  14. Looks to be a great choice (great build quality for the price!!) but unfortunately the MONO button is only for the tuner. ..I actually researched buying this for a bedroom system. From the manual: "Note: The Mono/St setting ONLY affects stereo FM broadcasts. It does NOT convert other types of stereo audio inputs on the TA-100 to monaural."
  15. Well, not if the listener wants tone/balance/mono controls. That's my point. ..As far I'm aware nowadays only McIntosh, Luxman, Accuphase, and Anthem offer all of these and these brands are prohibitively expensive for most people. I miss the days when pretty much all integrateds had these features. I guess I miss the Golden Days of Audio My dad had this integrated.