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RE: my DREAM system. oh, maybe one day...

Updated diagram http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8391/8513435689_0d31263f6f_b.jpg

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thanks very much for the diagram, and the reference to the level pilot.  that is one tidy drawing!  

 

i noticed you got the devolo powerline adapters - are they wireless or just ethernet?  are u satisfied with them?  because i can't decide between devolo and tp-link and wether to go with wireless or not.

 

the level pilot might be a great solution.  all i would need is rca to xlr adapters betweeen the dac and the volume control.  the control would connect to the speakers via xlr. 

 

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The models of devolos that I have have no wireless. I know some models have wireless as well but I did not consider them as I do not need to extend my wireless. They work well and better than Belkins I used before. I have no experience of tplinks. Just buy something from Amazon and return if they do not perform to your satisfaction.

Re the pilot. You may need additional xlr to xlr extenders on the speakers end  as the cables on the pilot are short as you can see in the video review. Still, a very good option.

get the cables and adapters fom a pro shop. Hifi shops would charge 2 to 20 times the price for the same performance.

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AlmaataKZ wrote:

Updated diagram http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8391/8513435689_0d31263f6f_b.jpg

 

Do you not use the Philips remote any more?

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Oh, it's a mistake. Of cause it is Philips tsu9400, not Marantz. 

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AlmaataKZ wrote:

Oh, it's a mistake. Of cause it is Philips tsu9400, not Marantz. 

 

:grin: Sorry, that makes me look very pedantic! I hadn't taken into account the model number.

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I am in the process of changing my bedroom system.
I want to have active sound, reduce box count (ideally I want only speakers visible) and I want full access to my macmini itunes library and I want ethernet connection (not wireless) as well as remote power on/off.

I think I have settled on airplay as the playback and control.

I looked at a number of hardware options:

B&O beolab 4pc
Good sound, suitable looks, auto standby, I particularly like the signal sensing power on. Active, 4inch woofer, only jack input so will need airport express to feed the (it would be hidden out of sight). 700 quid (a bit expensive).

B&W MM1
Good sound, good looks, remote power on/off, auto standby (but not auto on), active, 3inch woofer. Do not need the usb. 400 quid.

A5 and A7
Good looks, sound ok but I think due to lack of distance separation between channels sound is a bit shut in. The good thing is that they have airplay built in and have ethernet so no additional boxes needed. Remote power. 400/700 quid.

Ideally would like separate speakers like the mm1 but with built in airplay and slightly bigger size like the a5 but such thing does not exist.

So currently leaning towards the mm1 but beolab 4 still under consideration.

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RE: my DREAM system. oh, maybe one day...

This is the correct diagram:

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Decision made, it will be the MM1s:

 

 

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Just received and installed the MM1s. 

I can report that they are brilliant. The sound quality is very good and for the size exceptionally so. The design, the build and the control are excellent too.

I am playing itunes - airplay/remote - airport.

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RE: my DREAM system. oh, maybe one day...

Very nice looking, are they about the same size as your Genelecs?  How do they compare on SQ?

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They are smaller than the Genelecs, the bass driver is only 3 inches, so very compact. The sound is simply excellent. They have DSP which I think means  there is progressive loudness compensation (bass lift at low volume levels) which is part of the reason I got them. For bedroom, i.e. low level listening they are excellent. Also would be perfect for an office or any small/portable system. Recommended.

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I had a short listen to these when they first came out and wasn't blown away, certainly not for the price tag. My only experience of owning b&w is the p5 headphones, which I loved to begin with but Iiked less and less as I got to know the sound. How does their presentation compare to other actives you have heard? Will be interested to hear your continued thoughts on them. 

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Oh, they are decidedly boomy compared to the others but For very low volumes that is good.

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Hi AlmaataKZ,

 

You should by the super spikes for this ATC.  ths will imporve the bass a lot!

 

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