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Best Vendor DemonstrationThe salesman in the room went above and beyond to give us a demo on what most of us consider to be snakeoil. Synergistic Research Bass Station. We have all seen the small room tuning cups. I don't remember the name of the room sponsor we were in. One of our group, who will remain nameless, asked if you can drink sigle malted scotch out of the room tuning cups. A discussion began about thier effectiveness. A discussion ensued.Right in the middle of a busy event our hero posted a person outside the door to stop traffic, and clear defined for us how well this product worked. He played a cut of music for us and asked us to pay attention to the sound in the rear of the room. He paused the music and removed the tuning cups from all three of the positions in the back of the room. He resumed the music. Much of the ambient goodness in the rear of the room went away. He stopped the music again. When he replaced the cups the goodness returned. Was it a mass hypnotic trick? We all agreed on what we heard. The room clearly had more depth and musical spaciousness with the cups employed. Without the cups it sounded like we were all sitting too close to the back wall, which were were.and were putting up with that reflective nastiness. The unknown salesman changed the music to some bass heavy Stevie Ray Vaugn. We listened and got comfortable with the piece. He paused and removed the tuning cups directly in front of the woofers of the Wilson speakers we were listening to. When the music started the bass was as woolly as gradmas sweater. When the music started a third time with the cups in place the bass tightenup and was articulate and firm again. Congradulations this vendor was taking a demonstration to the next level.
EOSD3209 by drjlo2, on FlickrTeresonic speakers. Fabulous cabinetry and finish with sound quality that kind of mimics the look, warm and inviting. I would, however, probably hide the funky subwoofer (?) under something if they were in my home.
PFMAny time I run across something that works, but I flat out can't figure out why - it's PFM.Pure F'n Magic (an expression a friend taught me).Space ship (base station). Magic dots. Different brand cables that measure the same but sound different.I came to believe in system synergy a few years back, and it creates a never ending search ....... and the only way to find out if you like it or not is to take it home and try it in your system. There's no way to tell in advance if it's going to make a positive change for you.
EOSD3329 by drjlo2, on FlickrFritz Rev 7 Towers in play here with Atmasphere preamp. I could not make out which monoblocks were playing at the moment, but there was an Atmasphere amp in front as well.
Hey Jon, great pix! Actually, the little speaker there isn't a sub, it's a bookshelf speaker.
At the show and having fun. I've already spent more $$$ than intended on records and discs. Listened to a bunch of rooms - only took pictures of the ones that were listenable (ran into several that were painful, but it's only Friday)Gotta say, I liked the Melody/Angel City room a lot. Very enjoyable and listenable. Smooth. Good soundstage.Sorry about the picture quality - it's just soooooooo much easier to carry around a point and shoot that a DSLR at these things.Off to dinner*edit/additional:Hugh - enjoyed your room!I even came back shortly before I left for the day in order to double check. This room sounds pretty bleeping good. There were no shortcomings that I could hear. The soundstage was wide and deep with very good focus. Bass was fast and plentiful. No "Glare" and not harsh at all. Great frequency extension on the top end gave plenty of "air" where it was supposed to be. This system was playing "music" as opposed to so many rooms that had very impressive sound.
Thanks for the reports guys. Even though some this stuff is great sounding, I wouldn't be able to buy, it has low WAF. Okay so yes my wife wouldn't like most of it, but I too admit I look for stuff that looks good to me first and foremost and that narrows down my search for products.
Sounds like it's time for.....da da daaaaa............A MAN CAVE!!!!!!!!!!
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