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In about 1990 is when it all started for me. I always jammed a set of my step fathers sonics hooked to an old pioneer stereo that he brought home from vietnam. After that everything was home built from the parts express catalog. I'd say i built 5 different sets and sold each set as i went, funny thing about it is that i was young and thought you could just build a box and throw in the drivers and call it good back then, to me none of them sounded bad but i sure would like to hear them now as i haven't built a set since '96 or so other then sub boxes for cars. Bet they sounded aweful compared to what i have now and moved on to which was paradigm monitor 3's with a 10'' paradigm powerd sub that i'm still using to this day.

My setup now is paradigm monitor 11's front & rear
paradigm cc390 center
ADP 590 side surrounds
and that old sub for now

I never have been able to pull myself away from paradigm and not sure why, allthough i've been tempted i just never have. I think when i put a system together for my wifes room i'll probly do something other then paradigm (i hope). It's almost like i'm addicted to them even though i know there is better out there. :dontknow:
 

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jheyau, my first piece of equipment was a Fisher KX-90 kit integrated amp and Benjamin Miracord TT to go with the AR4's. The Dynaco factory was three blocks from my house. I was going to college starting in 1970 working on my B.Sc. Electrical Engineering. I bought a lot of Dyna Kits and spent a lot of free time hanging out with their technical and engineering departments. I learned a lot from those guys. I stuck with Dyna gear until I bought my first high end preamp (ARC SP-3) in 1978.
 

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dwr, did you get your Abbey 12a yet? What color are they? I would like mine to be glossy dark blue if Earl doesn't charge extra on the option. I saw a pic of Patrick Bateman's Summas in this color in one of the forums and they look gorgeous! Earl mentioned that it would be much easier to paint the 12a's new cabinet material. I understand he is in China now. I myself is going there also and when I come back I'd try to set up a time to listen to Earl's system. It's going to be a 5 hour drive! When I told my friend about Dr. Geddes, he wants to go too, if he likes the sound of the Summas, he will order them but I can only afford the Abbeys. My room is not big enough for the Summas even if I do have the dough for them (8'x15'x22' with a big opening on the back connecting to the kitchen area of about the same size); he on the other hand has the dough and a huge purpose-built sound room (13'x20'x30')! Please keep us updated on your new Abbeys; again congratulations!
 

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No I have not got the speakers yet, I will be asking for a progress update from Earl on Monday so I will let you know. Just be prepared to wait if you order the speakers and I'm sure you will after hearing them. It has been exactly 8 weeks now since my order went in so I am HOPING they will be done in the next week or so. Mine will be the satin black finish. And I just had correspondence with Earl as to the cost and where to purchase the material he uses on the cabinets and it is not cheap $300 per 4' x 8' sheet, but I have looked at this material and I will probably build my next subwoofer using it, I just finished a 18" maelstrom X sealed sub and although it sounds fantastic I am not happy with the finish at all. I will keep you updated and maybe get some pics up when I get the speakers.
 

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An 18" sub in addition to the five others you already have? Man, that's going to be AWESOME with the Abbeys! I am totally thumbs when it comes to building anything so I envy your ability. Earl told me the backlog now is into October, I'm glad to see business is picking up for him, but it also means we all have to be much more patient in getting our speakers.
 

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The new sub isn't an addition, I will keep the number of subs at 5, but now after hearing the results of building the maelstrom I will be building 4 more subs to replace what I have now. I use 2 velodyne 10" powered subs right now for lfe. Those will be replaced by 2 sonotube sealed 12" dayton Titanic MKIII (keg subs) for the lfe. As for the two channel I will build a 15" sealed Dayton Titanic MKII to fire upward at about 52", and the 3rd sub will remain the same a 12" peerless xxls ported. I am putting 2400 watts to the maelstrom, and will put 950 to the Dayton 15" and 550 to the Peerless. The 2 keg subs will get 500 watts each. And jheyau when you and your buddy come out to listen to Earls system I would hope to have my Abbeys set up by then so if you guys are planning to stay the night or have the time, feel free to get ahold of me and come over and listen to the Abbeys in my room which sounds like from your description of yours is very close to the same mine is open to a breakfast nook kitchen to the left of my left speaker. I live about 20 minutes from Earl's place.
 

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dwr, thank you very much for the kind offer, I will definitely keep that in mind. That upward firing sub at 52" above floor is exactly what the good doctor prescribes:clap:
 

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as a kid I had a sony boom box

My dad gave me his old technics reciver and Infinity KS 2000's (I think thats what they were)
when he bought his 2ch marantz and paradigam monitor 7's...he has had that setup for close to 20 years now and only had to replace the tweeters because my sister blew them out.

The tech reciver freaked out and made a pop one day and blew the woofers out so far the surrounds tore.

I kept them as night stands untill I got married,WAF dictated they could not stay.

I use a pair of old Aiwa shelf system speakers with my current yamaha reciver.

They sounded horrible with the shelf system when my sister had it, but they were pretty impressive powered by 100watts of yamaha power and a decent signal from my samsung DVD player.

I currently have a pair of Klipsch KG 4.2's

http://www.klipsch.com/na-en/products/kg-4-2-specifications/

I love them, I think they sound waaaay better than the old Aiwas, but I actually like them better than my dads monitor 7's. The horn on the left one keeps cutting out so I will be opening them up at some point over the next week to check the internal wiring.

They are only 30" tall. I have been debating rebuilding them to make them taller, however I think I will just build a pair of subwoofers to use as stands to raise them up to a better listening position.

I want to get 3 of the 5.2's to use L/C/R and move the 4.2's to surrounds.
 

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jheyau, I am picking up the Abbeys on Wednesday, man am I geeked. And as a bonus, these are the first pair that Dr Geddes built using the new poly material for the cabinets and he wanted to see how the gloss black finish would work out, so I got the gloss black which is normally a $400 add on for free. I will let you know Wednesday night how they sound in my room.
 

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Bose pair of 301 series 1 (I was 16 years old and with an included pioneer amp, paid $300 used)

DCM 3 way center channel and a pair of Jensen 3 ways. (I was 19 and paid about $500 for all new)

Bose Pair of 701's (I was 21 and paid $700 floor model with some signs of wear)

Bose pair of 301 series 4 (I was 25 and paid $150 used...still own, up for sale)

Bose pair of 901 series 6 with stands (I was 25 and paid $450 used....still own, up for sale)

Bose VCS10 center channel (I was 26 and paid $100 used...still own, up for sale)

Bose pair of companion 2 media speakers (I was 32 and paid $100 new....still own)

Bose 5.1 Acoustimass 6 series 3 (I was 32 and paid 500 new....still own, up for sale)

Infinity pair of P362s (I was 37 and paid $354 new...on order 8/19/2010)

Infinity PC350 center channel (I was 37 and paid $199 new....on order 8/19/2010)

HSU VTF-2 MK 3 Rosenut Subwoofer (I was 37 and paid $675.55 new...on order 8/19/2010)

Infinity pair of P162's (I was 37 and paid $170 new....on order 8/19/2010)

Unknown bookshelf pair for zone 2 (I was 37 and paid no more than $300 new...on order NLT 9/2/2010)
 

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dwr,

It has been more than a month now since you took delivery of the Abbeys, congratulations! Can you share with us here your impression on these highly sought-after speakers? Wow, glossy black, how COOL!! You'll need to polish them often and handle them with white gloves!
 

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jheyau, yes I have had the speakers for just over a month now, and I will say right off the bat that I now have far and away the best sound I have ever had in my room. I have the Abbeys set up with three subs for 2 channel listening following Geddes multiple sub theory. Neighbors and friends that have come over and listened to the system are completely amazed at the sound, these are people with what I call consumer level systems (read Best Buy) every one of them has asked how do you get the sound so "real" sounding. So needless to say I am COMPLETELY satisfied with these speakers. The best part of the whole thing is the excellent value that these speakers are. My previous 2 pairs of speakers over the last 6 years have been a pair of Martin Logan Ascent i with descent sub, and a pair of Linkwitz Orion ++ speakers. The value is the Abbeys are, a few hundred dollars less than the Logan setup and about $2000 less than the Orion system, and this is including the cost of my subs, that makes them a fantastic value in my book. As for the sound, I have listened to all kinds of music thru them over the last month at both low dB listening and Led Zepp at 101dB at the listening chair and the Abbeys sound every bit as crisp and clean from low volume to high its like there is no distortion to these speakers at all. I have listened to both solid state and tube amplification with them, as my CJ tube pre is out being modified right now I have them hooked up to my Rotel solid state amp and prepro, they sound great with either but I much prefer the tubes for 2 channel listening. They work great in the H/T mode as well as the front L & R speakers for my 5.1 listening/viewing but at heart I am an old fart 2 channel guy so thats where my emphasis is.
 

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Back in High School I started with DIY speakers with some cabinet where no math was associated in it, just a box with DAI-1CHI OEM speakers (they're OEM for Klipsch among others).

My first manufactured speakers, which I find decent is Bose 301 Continental Edition. Only a few appeared in my country of residence, and after 15 years or so, they still serve as the FL/FR speakers in my home theater setup.

I sort of "walked away" from home audio for a while and when I built my first "audiophile" system, I bought the Inifinity Kappa 200 bookshelves. Love these speakers, but I sold them to a good friend who is not willing, as of yet, to sell it back to me.

I bought another speaker, the JBL LX2002 and loved it for my HT setup, which temporarily replaced the Bose. When another friend saw it, he begged for it to complete his all-LX2002 setup. So they're with him now.

The LSA1 monitors from the LSA Group was next. I purchased it supposedly for my office setup, to be driven by a HK vintage receiver. The receiver broke down, and I lost interest in the office setup so it was sold, with regrets.

In my 2-channel setup, I'm currently being spoiled by my DIY speakers, with the cabinet based on Altec 604 plans, with Altec 406-8Y 10" woofers, Oxford mid-horns, and Fostex FT-17H super tweeters. They're being driven by a Naim Audio NAIT 5i.
 

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dwr, thank you sir. They're great for my needs now as it offers the tone and tibre I prefer. I am going to upgrade my crossover, as I have some inductors coming from Germany. I hope to pull off a little bit more performance from that upgrade.
 

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dwr, "101dB at the listening chair and the Abbeys sound every bit as crisp and clean from low volume to high its like there is no distortion to these speakers at all", now THIS is the performance trait of a truly great loudspeaker! I'm sure you will be spending all your hi-fi time in rediscovering your music collection. Congratulations again and enjoy, my friend!! BTW, how far is your listening chair from the Abbeys?
 

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I am 11 feet from the front plane of the speakers.....and yes I have been rediscovering my music collection for a month now one lp and cd at a time. And this system will be complete when I get my CJ preamp back from being modified, and I am having a phono preamp built this week, real nice 274B tube rectified unit that uses 12ax7s in the preamp section, and I am having Modwright do the tube mod on my Oppo bdp83se which modifies the 2 channel output of that unit to a tubed circuit using the modwright power supply. All 3 pieces should be back in the system the first week in Sept. I'll probably start rediscovering the music collection all over again then too!!
 

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When I was a young teenager, I remember telling my mother that I wanted to get a nice stereo. I didn't really know WHAT "nice" meant at the time, just that I wanted something that was visceral.

For that Christmas, I received a Yorx (IIRC) all in one, AM/FM, 8-track, turntable with two little 10" tall speakers (RCA inputs on the back) with 4" full range drivers.

When I was 18, I had my first job and started reading the sterel magazines. I read a glowing report on the Pioneer CTF 1000 cassette deck as well as the ElectroVoice Interface D speaker.

I went to my local dealer and heard the EV's. I bought them on the spot. I knew my mother would freak out so I took them to my girlfriends apartment and kept them there for several weeks.

Later that year, I heard my first pair of Klipsch, story (long) here

http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/home-audio-speakers/15195-official-klipsch-owners-thread-5.html

So now at the age of 19, I had a pair of ElectroVoice Interface D's and LaScalas. I took these to college with me and was the man when it came to cranking it up. I also played a number of frat parties, weddings and outdoor parties. I got paid for the frat parties.

I still have BOTH pair of these speakers although the EV's are currently stored in a closet with rotted woofers. I can't bring myself to sell/give them away nor as of yet, deal with fixing them.

Along this road, I also bought a pair of ESS speakers with the Heil AMT tweeter. I used these in my car...and they were stolen.

1994, I was getting into the HT deal and bought 3 Klipsch Academy's to mate up with my system. I didn't realize how inadequate the Academy would be for a center speaker between LaScalas and have since sold all three of them, obtaining another LaScala to use as a center.

Somewhere around 2006, I found a pair of walnut Klipschorns in Chicago. This was my dream to own and jumped on them. I drove the 12 hours (one way) to Chicago and brought them home. My wife freaked out when she saw how huge they were. I had enough foresight that PRIOR to her coming home and seeing them, I quickly put them in the corners where the corner would hide their actual size.

She got over them and while still detesting virtually any speaker over the size of those little 2" cubes that we all know about, she's learned to put up with them. I keep reminding her that I was a package deal.... I had these big speakers prior to knowing her.

Then, in 2007, I went to one of the Klipsch "Pilgrimages" and visited the plant in Hope. Something I had wanted to do decades earlier but thought it was rather strange that someone say, 25 years old would want to drive to a speaker factory a couple states away....how strange was that??

Little did I know but there had been MANY people who not only thought about this very thing but actually had the guts to act on it and actually make the trip. Most of these lucky guys had a chance to meet PWK and the stories range from meetings with him to visiting with him at his house and having lunch.

So, it was at this Pilgrimage that I first heard the Jubilee speaker. PWK's final project and his attempt to create the Klipschorn II and take the Khorn back to a 2-way speaker. From the start of the Eagles Hotel California (HFO track) I was intrigued on what I was hearing this speaker play while in mono at their lab. Then, the drumkick came in and pressurized that room like nothing I had ever heard before. I knew in the instant of hearing that initial drumkick that I loved this speaker and THIS is what I was after since telling my mother decades prior that I wanted a nice stereo.

I drove home after this gathering, talked to the wife (who seems, didn't fully grasp the depth of what I was saying and she said "do what you want"). I instantly SHUT UP with her, put my Khorns up for sale...had them sold literally, within one hour of their listing and I ordered the Jubilee's.

I lusted to own KLipschorns since I first heard them when I was 18 years old. I was now 47, had the "speakers of my life" and heard the Jubilee. I have now had the Jubilee's for several years and do not miss my Khorns for 3 seconds. The Jubilee's have completely vanquished the standard that the Khorn set for me when I was young.
 

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Wow, great story.

It really goes to show how different we all are. To my Klipsch sound like the most painful muddy and static-y speakers I have ever heard even compared to bose.

I guess speakers really can be all about tastes.
 

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Hmmm....

I think my first speakers were some that came with an integrated turntable/amp/speaker system I bought while in the USAF. It may have been a Panasonic system but I don't remember.

After that, in sort of chronological order:

Advents?
British Fidelity (stolen when my house was robbed in 1994)
Radio Shack Minimus 7
ADC?
Dynaudio Contour 1.1
Zaph ZD5 (John Bateman built the cabinets and I did the rest)
Subwoofer using a Dayton RSS315HF-8 with an O-Audio 500 watt amp(Nik Brewer built the cabinet)
 
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