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2014-02-24 08:51:56 AM
The most amazing thing is that there will plenty of cheapskates who will invest in these speakers to impress people and then balk at putting forth the extra money required to get real high-quality wiring. You need true wave compression and audiomaxic reflection to actually enjoy a sound system like this. I mean, would you buy a high-end Ferrari without spending a little extra for high quality tires? No, and the Monster cables are right there, dumbass. Or maybe you just want to use some string and tin cans.
 
2014-02-24 08:55:40 AM
I prefer to submerge my entire setup in a salt water tank. That guarantees solid connections.
 
2014-02-24 09:02:28 AM

Pocket Ninja: The most amazing thing is that there will plenty of cheapskates who will invest in these speakers to impress people and then balk at putting forth the extra money required to get real high-quality wiring. You need true wave compression and audiomaxic reflection to actually enjoy a sound system like this. I mean, would you buy a high-end Ferrari without spending a little extra for high quality tires? No, and the Monster cables are right there, dumbass. Or maybe you just want to use some string and tin cans.


Audioquest is the only way to go here, you frigging cheapskate.
 
2014-02-24 09:34:52 AM
Yeah, but they come in white OR black!
 
2014-02-24 09:37:48 AM

www.hotflick.net


Weighing in at an impressive 40kg, the 3.4ft tall pair of speakers, available in white or black, are integrated with XA amplifier technology usually worth £17,000 alone.


Armed with 50 Watt horns (using recessed spherical waves to give as smooth a sound possible) and a 400 Watt bass woofer, the wiry innards also use digital processing accurate to one-millionth of a second, proving plenty of bang for a buyer's buck.

 
2014-02-24 09:44:51 AM

Pocket Ninja: The most amazing thing is that there will plenty of cheapskates who will invest in these speakers to impress people and then balk at putting forth the extra money required to get real high-quality wiring. You need true wave compression and audiomaxic reflection to actually enjoy a sound system like this. I mean, would you buy a high-end Ferrari without spending a little extra for high quality tires? No, and the Monster cables are right there, dumbass. Or maybe you just want to use some string and tin cans.


Here's someone who knows what's up.

The way the signal refraction works in Monster cables results in much less signal attenuation and "audio bleed."

Take a pair of cheap speaker cables, and turn your music all the way up.  Preferably something bass heavy.  Turn it up as far up as it will go.  Hear that buzzing?  That's the signal leaking out of your cheap shiat wires.
 
2014-02-24 09:49:41 AM

sendtodave: The way the signal refraction works in Monster cables results in much less signal attenuation and "audio bleed."


While adding a pleasing gravy texture, and using quantum mechanical magic to keep gnomes out of the wires...
 
2014-02-24 09:54:43 AM

nulluspixiusdemonica: sendtodave: The way the signal refraction works in Monster cables results in much less signal attenuation and "audio bleed."

While adding a pleasing gravy texture, and using quantum mechanical magic to keep gnomes out of the wires...


The signal is just smoother and doesn't attenuate the high frequency sibilance and undertones.
 
2014-02-24 09:57:07 AM

Pocket Ninja: The most amazing thing is that there will plenty of cheapskates who will invest in these speakers to impress people and then balk at putting forth the extra money required to get real high-quality wiring. You need true wave compression and audiomaxic reflection to actually enjoy a sound system like this. I mean, would you buy a high-end Ferrari without spending a little extra for high quality tires? No, and the Monster cables are right there, dumbass. Or maybe you just want to use some string and tin cans.


Forget about wires... those people are lost before it even leaves the recording medium!  If you aren't using at least 128-bit encoding, 96KHz sampling, 5-channel source media, don't waste money on anything over about $10,000.
 
2014-02-24 10:01:29 AM

Tr0mBoNe: The signal is just smoother and doesn't attenuate the high frequency sibilance and undertones.


Only if you take the time to gently massage every inch of the line with rosewood oil and condition it using scientifically formulated tracks based on the gut-rumblings of a pregnant elephant fed exclusively on a diet of Mopane leaves and Danish salted liquorice...
 
2014-02-24 10:03:16 AM

Clever Neologism: Forget about wires... those people are lost before it even leaves the recording medium!  If you aren't using at least 128-bit encoding, 96KHz sampling, 5-channel source media, don't waste money on anything over about $10,000.


... YOU COMPRESS YOUR MUSIC?!

... YOU COMPRESS YOUR MUSIC TO RADIO QUALITY?!

Let us all point and laugh.
 
2014-02-24 10:06:07 AM

nulluspixiusdemonica: Tr0mBoNe: The signal is just smoother and doesn't attenuate the high frequency sibilance and undertones.

Only if you take the time to gently massage every inch of the line with rosewood oil and condition it using scientifically formulated tracks based on the gut-rumblings of a pregnant elephant fed exclusively on a diet of Mopane leaves and Danish salted liquorice...


Hrumph... I was using linseed oil and the sound of tectonic plates moving.

Have you tried lowering the ambient air pressure in your house? If you lower the pressure by 25% then you allow the driving coils to move more freely with less air resistance and you get a brighter tone in the 200Hz to 5kHz range.
 
2014-02-24 10:07:54 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Have you tried lowering the ambient air pressure in your house?


OK, that one got me to snerk.
 
2014-02-24 10:08:16 AM
And when yu add

Marcus Aurelius: Pocket Ninja: The m...  ...here, dumbass. Or maybe you just want to use some string and tin cans.

Audioquest is the only way to go here, you frigging cheapskate.


And when you add those puppies to your amazon cart, they conveniently suggest 4 pair of banana plugs for only $4.95!!!  Why, that's less than five dollars!
 
2014-02-24 10:09:48 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Have you tried lowering the ambient air pressure in your house?


Pfft. No need.... The lines run through channels filled with liquid nitrogen leveraging the mystical powers of super-conductivity and asymmetry to preserve the signal...

My hearing is now so finely tuned, I can now hear ant burps...
 
2014-02-24 10:11:31 AM
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-24 10:11:45 AM

nulluspixiusdemonica: Tr0mBoNe: Have you tried lowering the ambient air pressure in your house?

Pfft. No need.... The lines run through channels filled with liquid nitrogen leveraging the mystical powers of super-conductivity and asymmetry to preserve the signal...

My hearing is now so finely tuned, I can now hear ant burps...


You can actually use salt water in insulated tubes for wires. They can handle incredible current which I think is what you need by the sound of it.
 
2014-02-24 10:13:09 AM

Clever Neologism: Pocket Ninja: The most ... ...u just want to use some string and tin cans.

Forget about wires... those people are lost before it even leaves the recording medium!  If you aren't using at least 128-bit encoding, 96KHz sampling, 5-channel source media, don't waste money on anything over about $10,000.


Hold the phone there Fenwick. Let's see, 20 log(2128), carry the three and...  Remind me again since when we started needing a 771dB signal to noise ratio?  Oh yeah, right.
 
2014-02-24 10:23:49 AM
Mehh. Im waitting for the beats by dre certified version of these to come out. Then I will know they are worth the 15000% markup.
 
2014-02-24 10:34:31 AM
The hilarious thing about "audiophile" gear is that it's almost impossible to tell whether it's a joke or not.
 
2014-02-24 10:40:51 AM
Turns out, making superior audio cable is cheap and relatively easy.
Take decent gage zip wire and lay it out as a pair for the distance to cover.
Now find the side of the wire that is marked, either with a ridge, or a color.
Line that up with the side without that marker.

x o
o x

Where x is the marked wire.
Wrap it all in aluminum foil for the entire distance. Takes some care to keep it square and lined up.
At the ends, wire the X's together and wire the O's together. Then solder them into a good connector for your speakers/amp.
Relax to the best wire you can have.

/Cheaper than that Monster crap.
//Actually tested for electrical performance, not using some GESR (Pronounced Guesser) (Golden Eared Sonic Reviewer).
///Tested better than Monster cable at the time for audio quality in/out of the cable over any distance.
(As published by the IAR (not in the online editions) (http://www.iar-80.com) sadly now defunct.
 
2014-02-24 10:44:38 AM
Ahem....

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2014-02-24 11:01:42 AM
images.klipsch.com
 
2014-02-24 11:05:45 AM
I bet my collection of 128kbps MP3 files would sound AWWWWESOME on these.
 
2014-02-24 11:32:02 AM

dprathbun:

Hold the phone there Fenwick. Let's see, 20 log(2128), carry the three and...  Remind me again since when we started needing a 771dB signal to noise ratio?  Oh yeah, right.

Hey, some of us want to hear the acoustics of supernovae without losing the fine details.  If you can't hear that kind of detail, then these products and technology aren't for you.  Some people just don't have the ear.  But let me tell you, when you do, it makes all the difference.

sendtodave: Clever Neologism: Forget about wires... those people are lost before it even leaves the recording medium!  If you aren't using at least 128-bit encoding, 96KHz sampling, 5-channel source media, don't waste money on anything over about $10,000.

... YOU COMPRESS YOUR MUSIC?!

... YOU COMPRESS YOUR MUSIC TO RADIO QUALITY?!


If I could afford high-end analogue, I would.  But I can't afford the $30,000 micro-quake stabilized turntable with laser scanning that it really takes to get the most out of vinyl.
 
2014-02-24 12:11:01 PM

sendtodave: Tr0mBoNe: Have you tried lowering the ambient air pressure in your house?

OK, that one got me to snerk.


Yep, that's a new funny to me.
 
2014-02-24 12:27:15 PM

pute kisses like a man: [images.klipsch.com image 450x450]


Now THAT'S what I call a speaker.
 
2014-02-24 12:59:33 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-24 01:18:30 PM

Marcus Aurelius: pute kisses like a man: [images.klipsch.com image 450x450]

Now THAT'S what I call a speaker.


And you used to be able to grab the unfinished birch models for a song. La Scalas as well. Made me realize how very few rentals have a room with two corners however.
 
2014-02-24 01:40:42 PM

drewogatory: Marcus Aurelius: pute kisses like a man: [images.klipsch.com image 450x450]

Now THAT'S what I call a speaker.

And you used to be able to grab the unfinished birch models for a song. La Scalas as well. Made me realize how very few rentals have a room with two corners however.


at least they're still cheaper than the iphone speakers in the article.  and i would imagine better.  but, i just checked out their website, and it seems like the have all sorts of goofy looking horn speaker systems.

/ i will always have a soft spot for klipsch though.  ever since I had a roommate who had some heresies, and checked out the corner horns in a audio place, i just haven't wanted different speakers.  all i need is about 15K disposable income to set up my dream audio room.
// wait, that's a year of rent.  shiat.
 
2014-02-24 03:15:36 PM
Speaker porn? I loved these for brut force, I could crank them up in the basement and rattle the windows on the second floor of my house.

img.canuckaudiomart.com

//young at the time, didn't care about audio quality as much but they still sounded good
 
2014-02-24 05:52:38 PM
I recently re-foamed my old-enough-to-drink D7's. I remembered them being so awesome when I was younger. They are meh at volumes low enough to avoid police visits, ... but man at about 50% on the receiver they start to really come alive. Too bad I respect my ears (and neighbors) too much nowadays to see when they start to lose it on the other side.
 
2014-02-24 06:17:27 PM
I need to recone mine, lent them to a neighbor, something came on with the bass way to high and it killed to woofers. I found kits for them, gonna give it a try soon. I mostly used them for outside parties and movies till they died.
 
2014-02-24 11:26:02 PM

HotWingConspiracy: [www.hotflick.net image 850x361]
Weighing in at an impressive 40kg, the 3.4ft tall pair of speakers, available in white or black, are integrated with XA amplifier technology usually worth £17,000 alone.
Armed with 50 Watt horns (using recessed spherical waves to give as smooth a sound possible) and a 400 Watt bass woofer, the wiry innards also use digital processing accurate to one-millionth of a second, proving plenty of bang for a buyer's buck.


How many times do I have to tell you to not play that country and western shiat in here?
 
2014-02-25 07:40:17 AM
I bet they even go up to 11
 
2014-02-25 01:28:42 PM

LesserEvil: Ahem....

[img2u.info image 640x480]


Hey, look!  An "Art of Noise" cover.

/Below the Waste
 
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