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post #1 of 31 Old 04-22-16, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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What's wrong with this picture?

A $250,000.00 set of speakers. Could you make do it better for less? What I see is ridiculous.



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You've heard the saying, "What separates the men from the boys is the price of their toys!"

From the looks of things, I doubt it matters to this guy what they cost. It is a beautiful set up! Anybody know what those amps are?
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MBL's are statement pieces, in the same vein as a Bugatti Veyron is. For someone looking at those speakers - or the Veyron, for that matter - price isn't a consideration. Not everything falls into the "best bang for the buck!" category thankfully (not that I could afford them, of course).

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You've heard the saying, "What separates the men from the boys is the price of their toys!"

From the looks of things, I doubt it matters to this guy what they cost. It is a beautiful set up! Anybody know what those amps are?
I think they are MBL

http://www.mbl.de/monostereo-power-a...008-a/?lang=en
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You've heard the saying, "What separates the men from the boys is the price of their toys!"

From the looks of things, I doubt it matters to this guy what they cost. It is a beautiful set up! Anybody know what those amps are?
Those are MBL amps as well.

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And other one from Liberace:

"He who dies with the most toys wins."

OK, first off the room effect there remove $248,000.00 quality from the loudspeakers. It's playing in a great big bathtub... boom boom boom --more reverb than the Cologne Cathedral, like 13 seconds? 15 foot ceiling, approx 30 feet wide, and a guess, 45 foot deep. 15x30x45=20,000+ sq ft. Not bad, those amps can push that much, and presumably the speakers can take the power, but sheese, all that glass, and no carpets? And the ceiling is flat and looks like plaster. Nothing there to break up standing waves. That appears to be a flat panel TV in the center. It's maybe a 65" pano but the seating area is back in binocular country, around 20 feet away. I wouldn't want to watch a subtitled movie from.

Now about the windows. There does appear to be some light screening and filtering going on, like a fain screen over the glass, but I guess stops around 1/2 a stop, but that is not going to cut much light during the day, so perhaps the flat panel is what is called an outdoor tv, if not, this is going to be an after dark event watching movies.

After a certain price level, quality reaches limit and it then becomes "what is your favorite cocktail?" You may like a Manhattan, me a Sidecar, and our friend over there an, old fashion, but it is hard to say one is better than the other. I don't know where that price level is, but I can say for sure it is a lot lower than a quarter million.

It's clearly a marketing shot, designed to tweak someone who has money, the issue is the buy (Sell?) the very best, and conspicuously so. That it does. I kind of like the looks, slightly French Belle Epoque.

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MBL's are statement pieces, in the same vein as a Bugatti Veyron is. For someone looking at those speakers - or the Veyron, for that matter - price isn't a consideration. Not everything falls into the "best bang for the buck!" category thankfully (not that I could afford them, of course).
Couldn't agree more, some people simply have disposable income like that. They simply want something that looks amazing in the space they have.
The flat screen display is a 2,35:1 aspect so they are not cheap either. I bet classical and jazz sound amazing on those MBLs, agree the room is not ideal but the type of music those speakers are designed for they would do well in a large space like that. The MBLs are not "rock and roll" speakers although in the right environment I'm sure would do well with that as well.

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MBL's are statement pieces, in the same vein as a Bugatti Veyron is. For someone looking at those speakers - or the Veyron, for that matter - price isn't a consideration. Not everything falls into the "best bang for the buck!" category thankfully (not that I could afford them, of course).
Precisely. When my friend graduated from high school and signed with the New York Yankees there wasn't a single set of speakers or amps he couldn't afford. He wasn't a avid audiophile but he always saw me drooling over audio gear, so what did he do?... He went out and bought the most expensive Martin Logan electrostats and Mark Levinson amps the dealer had with his signing bonus.

Money was of no concern. Some people are just in a position like that.
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I would probably want a bigger TV but the owners have it setup just the way they want it so I have no criticism towards anything there.
It looks very nice.
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I would probably want a bigger TV but the owners have it setup just the way they want it so I have no criticism towards anything there.
It looks very nice.
I agree, even if they were purchased purely for the "Bling" value, they are probably more than adequate for what they want in the audio department.

Unfortunately, I don't have a room large enough to accommodate that setup.

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