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  • Building Paul McGowan's Listening Room

    Know Al talked to Paul when doing his room.
    PS Audio are rebuilding their music listening room and Paul McGowan, the CEO of PS Audio,  has published a video blog of the journey. In part 1 Paul talks about the center point of the new room – a pair of Infinity IRS 5 speakers which weigh almost one ton! These speakers are 7.5ft line [...]
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    I have seen these before they are very good but their are more than 4 parts to it if I remember right. It is good to see how others have done their rooms I am not sure there is a right way but the more informed you are the better chance you have of getting close.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Garth View Post
      I have seen these before they are very good but their are more than 4 parts to it if I remember right. It is good to see how others have done their rooms I am not sure there is a right way but the more informed you are the better chance you have of getting close.
      Exactly. The more tools you have in your toolbox increases your chance of success. There is no one size fits all solution to room acoustics. Not to mention, the cure is often worse than the disease.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

        Exactly. The more tools you have in your toolbox increases your chance of success. There is no one size fits all solution to room acoustics. Not tormenting, the cure is often worse than the disease.
        The big issue it that most of the time we have no bridge between the people doing room acoustics and the audiophile community. Most acoustic experts have made their mind and taste to the needs of professional acoustics or home theater, that have different objectives and needs from the highly subjective and very listener dependent audiophile aspirations.

        Just read audio forums. Audiophiles write long posts describing in subjective terms their equipment, their experiences, the recordings and the emotions. The acoustic people will tell you "great defined bass, articulated midrange and clear treble", Perhaps also pin point imaging and great dynamics. At maximum they will show you some meaningless frequency responses taken in unknown conditions.

        And the more you read the more you find that nothing beats real experience - particularly because you will soon find that the experts disagree in fundamental aspects and will drive you crazy if you take their disagreement too serious. Just read what they say and have said about room size ...

        My opinions rely on listening mainly to acoustical, non amplified music. I do not care about electronic music or listening to rock at stadium levels, but I enjoy Mahler and Shostakovitch.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by microstrip View Post

          The big issue it that most of the time we have no bridge between the people doing room acoustics and the audiophile community. Most acoustic experts have made their mind and taste to the needs of professional acoustics or home theater, that have different objectives and needs from the highly subjective and very listener dependent audiophile aspirations.

          Just read audio forums. Audiophiles write long posts describing in subjective terms their equipment, their experiences, the recordings and the emotions. The acoustic people will tell you "great defined bass, articulated midrange and clear treble", Perhaps also pin point imaging and great dynamics. At maximum they will show you some meaningless frequency responses taken in unknown conditions.

          And the more you read the more you find that nothing beats real experience - particularly because you will soon find that the experts disagree in fundamental aspects and will drive you crazy if you take their disagreement too serious. Just read what they say and have said about room size ...
          Agreed. I went to someone's home treated by a professional acoustician. Very dry acoustically, as one would imagine a recording studio to be. If IIRC, the acoustician has a major studio to his credit. Think high end listening rooms should be a little lively...
          Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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