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What sound system do you use ?
« on: July 09, 2009, 11:45:03 pm »

Greetings,
Thought this would be interesting, at least to me. What sound system or speakers do you use with your rig ?

I use the Cyber Acoustics 4100 setup. I doped the paper cones with a pvc emulsion and also added some wool damping to the little speakers. also added some asphalt roofing paper and polyester damping to the subwoofer. They are SWEET!!

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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 10:22:15 am »

Sounds fancy.  I'm no specialist... just use some older logitech 2.1's.  Works fine enough for me ;D
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 11:28:22 am »

yes, logitech 2.1 here too, anyway, it's not like i can hear music too loud unless I want to get kicked off of my house xD, and I prefer to use a bluetooth headset to hear my music ;D
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 01:11:48 pm »

My desktop has a cheap Altec Lansing 2.1 set (a little heavy on the bass).

The HTPC does much better, with an Onkyo TX-DS595 receiver feeding Athena AS-F2.2 for front channel, and AS-B1.2's for rear channel. Sub is a Jensen JS-1000A, and for the center channel I use the speakers on my 55" Mitsubishi CRT rear projection TV.

The 1080i signal from the computer to the TV uses a breakout cable VGA to RGBHV, and Powerstrip to tweak the signal. It took me months to get that working, so I'm not touching it until the TV is ready for replacement. Coming up on 8 years now, so a big display with computer inputs can't be too far into the future.
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 07:17:36 pm »

Sounds fancy.  I'm no specialist... just use some older logitech 2.1's.  Works fine enough for me ;D

Nothing fancy at all. It's a 4.1 system=4 little surround speakers and a small subwoofer. One of my lifelong hobbies is speaker building. Those modifications used help a cheesey system sound much better. The pvc will stiffen a paper cone and that helps its sound by reducing resonances. The damping materials also help to "shape" the sound to my liking.

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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2009, 06:00:04 pm »

sounds like you had fun flip city..i just used some cable

I have a JVC blaster with hyper bass attached to this box and another attached to an old 400w sterio with JBL speakers..the works is yard sale finds and linux..both much nicer than the XP box with factory speakers and no software I bought new..must soon get to finding some programs similar to the linux ones I like for that or it will have been a complete waste.....

cheers
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2009, 07:16:41 am »

For making music, I used to use those good old computer (stereo) speakers with just bass and treble settings. The music I made those days still sounds great on similar setups, or on 2.1 sets. However, it's very hard to get it to sound good on anything else.

For listening to music, I most often use (closed) headphones. Nothing too expensive, I wear them every day on the bike so I usually have folding headphones. Philips doesn't make them anymore though, so I have to find another brand that sounds good when these break (again).

I currently have a couple of old 80 W speakers hanging on the wall, powered by an old amplifier. However, this setup is completely unsuited for making music. I plan to buy some active monitor speakers later this year to replace all the old stuff.

As for software sound systems, I usually use Alsa if I'm not making music, and turn of everything else, like KDE's artsd. When I'm making music Jack is the obvious choice. 
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2009, 01:43:26 pm »

For the most part, I do not listen to music through the computer. Casual sound is through a pair of Altec computer speakers.

For casual and serious listening, I play vinyl records through tube-type electronics and horn-loaded speakers.....If needed, I run cables from my desktop or laptop to this system.

For portable audio, I use either a Sansa/Rhapsody player, XM Radio or an Ipod Nano.
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2009, 04:58:14 pm »

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For casual and serious listening, I play vinyl records through tube-type electronics


SWEET!
I've heard a lot on the news now,...that the old vinyl records are making a real comeback. 
Actually last night's news stated that "Best Buy" was now stocking and offering vinyl records,....
and some of the "newer" bands and groups are putting their music on records.   I don't have a
record-player,...but I've been wanting one for quite some time.  It seems like quite a few people
 have "re-discovered" that music on vinyl records,...played with
the older tube-type electronic players,..just sound darn GOOD!

As for any sound system on my computer,...I don't really use any.   My P4 just uses it's dinky little
on-board thingy.  My older PIII just uses a couple of old speakers I got from a thrift store some
 years ago....  :D    (hey,...they work).
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2009, 08:01:18 pm »

I've heard a lot on the news now,...that the old vinyl records are making a real comeback. 

Fashions come and go, even if they were ugly. Same with vinyl. I was so happy to see the last of vinyl. Good turntables and tube electronics notwithstanding I still feel the quality of sound emanating from a well recorded CD is so superior to vinyl as to be in a completely different league. And the dynamic range of a CD is phenomenal in comparison. Also, no matter how well you treat vinyl and your turntable needle the vinyl will soon enough wear to give you crap sound very shortly.

IMHO, as always...
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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2009, 09:59:22 am »

I've heard a lot on the news now,...that the old vinyl records are making a real comeback. 

Fashions come and go, even if they were ugly. Same with vinyl. I was so happy to see the last of vinyl. Good turntables and tube electronics notwithstanding I still feel the quality of sound emanating from a well recorded CD is so superior to vinyl as to be in a completely different league. And the dynamic range of a CD is phenomenal in comparison. Also, no matter how well you treat vinyl and your turntable needle the vinyl will soon enough wear to give you crap sound very shortly.

IMHO, as always...


My experience has been exactly the opposite of yours - I find vinyl to be completely superior to CDs in every way except convenience. I have 50 year old records that still play fine - and sound better than any CD re-release of the same performance. IMHO, of course.

I also suspect that we differ on tubes versus transistors. ;-)

Tubes all the way, for me.

Diversity of opinion makes the world go 'round so we can agree to disagree on these points.....  8)

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Re: What sound system do you use ?
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2009, 07:17:47 pm »

One issue I found with cd, if you like to collect music, not all material is available on cd..thus one either uses the turntable or searchs a likely torrent..often disappointed..I also like some 78 material that is more difficult to extract cleanly. point being that dispite personal tastes the turntable still has considerable value, especially to those with hundreds of record albums..thus I could see a renewed interest for those who grew up with vinyl and younger people looking for retro loops and unreleased material to cd. all fades with time and becomes more of a collectable than practical device.

There may also be due consideration given to the idea that recordings played on 78/33-1/3 simply sound better on the equipment they were created for. when I play " the world is waiting for a sunrise" by Benny Goodman on the phonograph it sounds strangly better than on cd on the modern sound system. although one may remaster some of this material, hearing the original release on vintage equipment enhances the experiance for this music enthusiast

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