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Our favorite redneck can say something now that he has been out of LA to a few shows. How old were you before you left Alabama, Sonnie? 40? 45?
lol... My daddy took me to West Virginia when I was a kid.

HOWEVER, I was 51 before I went to my first show. But those just introduced me to MORE good music. They are certainly not the best place to hear speakers at their best... or at least not all speakers. The rooms are too challenging for the majority of them. What they did do is get me more interested in two-channel.


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When I had my ML setup I found that the speakers did their best 3-5' from any walls... I am assuming you are finding the same results with other types of speakers. My Paradigms were the first speakers that I had tried close to the walls and they sounded good but I imagine they would have sounded better away from the walls too. My LaScalas are in the corners against the wall and they sound awesome... I don't have the room to try them away from the walls so they will stay where they are.
For the most part yes.... 3-5' is the range for minimal good sound. I don't think we can get any of these to sound good at less than 3' from the front wall. I think all of them have sounded okay up on the stage, but for their best (thus far), you MUST get them on out into the room. Remember though, this is for my fully enclosed and well treated room. For a wide open room, the bass may not perform as well with the speakers on out into the room, so you will likely suffer one or the other, poorer soundstage and imaging... or poor bass.

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I use the same Radiohead album for demos. It has great sound effects and deep, clean bass. Thom York's voice is incredible. IMO, In Rainbows is one of the most well put together albums I've heard, start-to-finish.
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Here are a few photos from Day 1. For those hoping for speaker pictures, these are not it!


Oh my goodness! There's a coke bottle in the primary listening position cup holder. This is going to mess up the REW readings due to the parallax dihedral effect, or something like that.

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Did you used to review for TAS or IAR?

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Re: The Official $2,500 Speaker Evaluation / Home Audition Event

Saturday afternoon, the weekend is flying by. Making good progress today. One more of the six main sets left to evaluate.

Got some webcam video of most of the setups so far. Nothing special. Let's put it this way, they are not going to go viral. They will be the kind of videos that only audio nuts could love. Or like. Or make themselves watch.

The ribs Thursday night were absolutely first-rate. Almost better the next day cold from the fridge. Getting ready to have more in a few minutes.

We watched Pacific Rim last night - I'm sure the room's concrete slab was shaking.

We have a set of REALLY nice test tracks, A couple are already new favorites. "Last Chance Texaco," is going into my prime test track list.

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Oh my goodness! There's a coke bottle in the primary listening position cup holder. This is going to mess up the REW readings due to the parallax dihedral effect, or something like that.
Ahhh ... yes... the parallax dihedral transfer magnitude function effect, which can also cause palpable inference from one listener to the next, if both are not drinking the soda.

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Sounds like someone has been drinking the Kool-Aid instead of the soda.

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One discovery I have made since preparing for this evaluation, starting back a few weeks ago when breaking some of the speakers in, is Dire Straits. Not that I was not familiar with Dire Straits... I have always liked their popular hits, Money For Nothing, So Far Away, Industrial Disease, Skateaway, Walk Of Life, etc. Yet, never owned an album or listened to any of their other stuff until I decided to pick up the Brothers In Arms Hybrid SACD - DSD from MFSL. I was quite surprised at several of the other tracks and just how good they are. I liked them so much I have now purchased 4 more of their albums (Original Master Recordings on Amazon... some are very inexpensive). I can listen to their stuff for days and never get tired of it. Talk about some awesome sounding music... it indeed qualifies.

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Oh... and by the way... the Catalyst 8c's from Mark have never been reviewed, so you can look forward to a full review by the all new SEAHARC (SouthEast Alabama Hillbilly Aficionado Review Crew)... in a separate thread of course.

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