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Hi AlmaataKZ

Amazing thread with some serious kit.

I saw on page 11 you got some cable tidy off ebay.

What was the exact search term you used to find it?

Ive tried loads but cant seem to find it.

Thanks

Erby

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RE: Erby,Cannot remember. I just

Erby, Cannot remember. I just tired searching myself and it doe snto come up. I also do not see the item in my purchase history so maybe it was not ebay but another internet site. Try searching for : cable management cable organiser cable sleeve maybe with 'mesh' added

sometimes google search for images helps to find the right thing quickly when exact term is not known, like here:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mesh+cable+sleeve&hl=en&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&ei=KsMCT_iaEsKzhAfks8i5CA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CFQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1328&bih=535

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Got these the other day for

Got these the other day for the ipod in-ears.

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I listen to music on the ipod a lot (daily commute) so sound quality (and noise isolation) are important. I quite like the apple in-ears (dual driver blanced armature, very neutral sound, without bloated bass, integrated controls) and with the new eartips they are fantastic. the tips provide excellent seal and sound isolation so the sound improves. They also mean listening at lower volume level.

Highly recommended - you can get a version to fit most earphones. http://www.complyfoam.com/

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We are now firmly settled in the new place and I finally got to take some better pics of the kit at the new location:

The main system:

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The rears:
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From the listening position:
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For managing the library:
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The second system:

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It is 1.5 years now since the big upgrade and I cannot stop enjoying the kit, especially the 50s. Highly recommended!

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Beautiful system! Ironically, I was just dreaming about a setup around my DAC1 and a pair of SCM50s yesterday, then I came across this thread. Wow, the 50's look really great in that setup. 

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Thanks!

Go for it, they are great. If over budget at the moment, you have some options:

- have them as a motivation to work harder, save and get them a bit later. for me it was a 40s birthday treat and a once in 10 years upgrade

- consider the upcoming AVI ADM40 (info on avi forum), they should be as good or, who knows, may be better!

- get 2nd hand classic version of atc 50s, you can save really a lot compared to new tower version!

- get the new avi adm9s + avi sub. will be very very close in performance and unbeatable value for money

If I was buying today I would have probably ended up with avi adm 40s...

 

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AlmaataKZ wrote:

Thanks!

Go for it, they are great. If over budget at the moment, you have some options:

- have them as a motivation to work harder, save and get them a bit later. for me it was a 40s birthday treat and a once in 10 years upgrade

- consider the upcoming AVI ADM40 (info on avi forum), they should be as good or, who knows, may be better!

- get 2nd hand classic version of atc 50s, you can save really a lot compared to new tower version!

- get the new avi adm9s + avi sub. will be very very close in performance and unbeatable value for money

If I was buying today I would have probably ended up with avi adm 40s...

 

 

The 50s are out of my budget for the time being (definitely something I hope to treat myself to someday, though). I'm looking more in the range of the ADM9s at the moment. Problem being that I already have a Benchmark DAC1, so I'd rather just get a pair of active speakers without a built in DAC.

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Nice pictures alma. Smile

That's probably the best hifi I've ever seen. Soooo jealous.

Hi-Fi - Teufel DecoderStation 5 > AVI DM5

Head-Fi - Epiphany Acoustics EHP-O2Di > Sennheisser HD700

Portable - Sony NWZ-A847 > Westone UM3x

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Nice pictures alma. Smile

That's probably the best hifi I've ever seen. Soooo jealous.

Thanks, Steve. Enjoying it. :cheers: If only my walls were a bit thicker...

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If only my walls were a bit thicker...

It's amazing how loud I can play music with bothering anybody.  I'm so glad that I live in an old Victorian house with thick solid brickwalls throughout.

 :rockout:

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My two previous flats were perfectly sound-proof, too, :rockout: but not this one... :doh:

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Ajani wrote:
Problem being that I already have a Benchmark DAC1, so I'd rather just get a pair of active speakers without a built in DAC.

I also own a Benchmark DAC1. When I got my ADM9Ts, I relegated the DAC1 to second system duties. I'm probably going to sell it now to retrospectively help fund the purchase of my ADM40s.

What I'm suggesting is that there's no actual performance advantage (sound-wise) over the inbuilt DAC so you might as well realise its monetary value to help finance the ADM purchase (either '9s or '40s).

If I sell it I'll get a cheap pro-audio USB DAC to replace it as a pre/head-amp - I'm sure it will sound as good.

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Ajani wrote:
Problem being that I already have a Benchmark DAC1, so I'd rather just get a pair of active speakers without a built in DAC.

I also own a Benchmark DAC1. When I got my ADM9Ts, I relegated the DAC1 to second system duties. I'm probably going to sell it now to retrospectively help fund the purchase of my ADM40s.

What I'm suggesting is that there's no actual performance advantage (sound-wise) over the inbuilt DAC so you might as well realise its monetary value to help finance the ADM purchase (either '9s or '40s).

If I sell it I'll get a cheap pro-audio USB DAC to replace it as a pre/head-amp - I'm sure it will sound as good.

I agree. I did compare the Benchmark with SB Touch and found no difference in sound. I will certainly not be able to tell one from the other in a blind test.

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Finally got to reducing the output level on the Benchmark.

The factory setting on the xlr outs is -20dB which with ATC SCM 50s results in vol setting of abt 8.30 o'clock for normal listening:

A bit too low.

According to the Benchmark's manual and Ken Rockwell's measurements the volume pot has better channel matching at higher levels. Benchmark recommend around 11 o'clock position so I need to get the dac out and change the output jumpers. 

http://www.benchmarkmedia.com/sites/default/files/documents/DAC1%20HDR%20Manual%20RevI.pdf

http://kenrockwell.com/audio/benchmark/dac1-hdr.htm#meas

So, DAC out

8 screws out, case off

Default setting of the 4 jumpers

The only lower setting is -30dB which should be enough to get into the right range

Screws in

Back on the rack. This results in normal levels at vol setting of abt 11 o'clock. Perfect.

Recalibrate the HT bypass

 

 

The auto set up is quite accurate.

Put some music on!   Biggrin 

 

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Finally decided to install some proper sound in the kitchen. We like cooking and spend a bit of time there so I always wanted to have good sound for culinary inspiration. The kitchen is also linked to a dining area so can provide sound to there as well.

Currently there is an old ipod there, in a very old portable speaker dock with tiny drivers, broken and glued together. Time for some proper sound!

after some consideration and advice from the forumites here and at avi I am going for:

speakers: small genelecs (6010a or 8020a), active, white. These will be mounted on top of wall cupboards, on stands. They have bass and sensitivity adjustments which should help to set it all up. Power will be via a switched socket with cables hidden and routed up through the cupboard.

source will be airport express playing from macmini via airplay. It will be inside the cupboard (or on top of it) and permanently  powered via a socket inside the cupboard. Conne ction ro speakers via an jack-to-2rca splitter cable.

control will be by an old ipod touch, remote app. It will be permanently docked in the kitchen in a suitable spot.

that's the plan...

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