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Ah - the good old battleship grey Cambridge Audio livery. It was panned by the reviewers, as were the buttons on the CD player (they described them as reminiscent of poking dead flesh). Very unfair, b

I dunno, can i post this here? The leather was just an idea - making some matching wood pulls would be cool - maybe when things die down at M&O of course my speaker cables are too short

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Love the Apogees, and the Stage (as well as the Duetta) were on my drool-list for a while.  Just wonder how good those are so close to the wall/corner.....

I had a pair of Apogee Duetta Signature which I foolishly sold. They are wonderful speakers and do things I have not experienced with other type of speakers. 

They were difficult to place properly and seem to be choosy of the room which was the main reason I sold it. 

It's the single piece of audiophile gear I miss the most all these years.

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These Sony box things are the opposite of porn, in my opinion (they remind me of lighting equipment – so willfully ugly they have to sound good?), but it's interesting to see where Sony's research goes... at $7999, they're not a "desktop speaker" for most people. I might look into them if I was some kind of music professional and someone else was paying (and maybe hide them under some plants):

Review: https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/sony-sa-z1-nearfield-listening-system

 

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Sony founder Akio Morita would have entirely appreciated something as weird, quirky and innovative as that.

He called the company Sony because, when he founded the company just after WWII, anything with a Japanese name had a very negative connotation elsewhere.

Back in the early 70's I worked on a Saturday in a hifi store in Newcastle (the UK one) when I was a school kid.. A man and his wife came in to buy a TV; I immediately tried to sell them a Sony Trinitron. He looked at me and said "Is this Japanese?" "Yes". Turned out he was a POW in Japan, which was not fun at all. Turned out selling him a Dynatron, which was a Philips chassis inside something that looked like a piece of furniture. With picture performance that was really poor as compared with the Sony.

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College student (M22) in first apartment, just finished my first home theater/stereo. The woodworking and painting on an apartment balcony was the most challenging part of this.

Equipment list:

 • Turntable: MoFi Ultradeck +M

 • Preamp/Amplifier: Mcintosh MA5100 ( recently restored and recapped the unit myself using a kit from eBay)

 • Speakers: Voigt Pipes with 8" fullrange driver from Tang Band (made these myself as well, with designs from YouTube; the sound is absolutely delicious, they cover every frequency range with weightless precision and the bass is full and imaged perfectly. Only complaint is that they are prone to beaming.) I made a center channel and surround speakers too, I can post images of those as well if wanted.

 • Reciever: Denon AVR-S540BT-R

 • Room Treatment: I made 4x 2'x4'x4" sound absoring panels that line the backwall, as well as a large bass trap for the corner. I also have a large, cushioned couch for absorption.

 

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