rdale

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About rdale

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    Gran Canaria, Spain
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    Richard Dale

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  • Turn Table
    Gyrodec
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME V/Ort. 2M Black
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    EAT E-Glo Petit
  • Digital Source 1
    Chord 2Qute
  • DAC
    Chord Hugo
  • Integrated Amp
    Glow Amp One
  • My Speakers
    Mod’d Klipsch RP600M
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    Audeze LCD-3
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. It looks a great room, people are often asking about what speakers to use in a small room on this forum, and the usual answer is to use small speakers. But you have demonstrated that is wrong and you can get extended bass and dynamics if you use suitable acoustic treatment. I might have had scatter plates on some of the panels, and some diffuser panels as well in case the sound was too dead with just absorption.
  2. I think the 2Qute is a great DAC, but it needs to be used with a high quality streamer and USB cable to get the best out of it. And I’ve even got a fancy PSU too. So I don’t think it is just a matter of buying a DAC, you need to have a good system round it.
  3. I’ve got a 2Qute which I am very happy with. I use it with a Stack Audio Link streamer and Nordost Heimdal USB cable, and powered by an MCRU linear power supply. I would get a Qutest if I was buying another DAC for similar money.
  4. You would need to connect the output of the 2Qute to your a-s3000 amp with a pair of RCA interconnects. The other 2 devices have digital coax outputs and you would connect either one to the coax input of the 2Qute. I wouldn’t use up sampling with the 2Qute as it has its own complex up sampling algorithm to do that.
  5. I like black Vicoustic Multifuser DC2s at about 300 pounds for six. I stick them to thin mdf sheets painted black to mount them on the walls.
  6. You could try diffuser panels instead of absorbers perhaps?
  7. I found a picture here: https://www.electronics2000.co.uk/pin-out/iec.php I would personally just throw out a mains cable where the live and neutral were the same colour. It sounds like a dangerous accident waiting to happen.
  8. rdale

    Room measuring

    It sounds an interesting room. It isn’t ‘much bigger’ than my room that I am treating though, which is 10 x 4 plus an open plan kitchen which is about another 2.5 x 5 meters with a 3 meter high ceiling. I’m not sure what effect the heating insulation would have on the acoustics of the room, but I would expect the walls, floor and ceiling to still be be reflectors rather than absorbers of sound. My active system is on top of IsoAcoustics subwoofer stands and Gaia footers which insulate it very well from the floor boards. I personally think that room acoustics make more difference than the composition of the floor. Without acoustic treatment my room sounded bright and muddled. It has a lot of large windows which don’t help acoustically.
  9. rdale

    Room measuring

    My ceiling is 10 m by 4 m and the eight 120 cm by 120 cm panels were 1800 pounds including installation. I found out about the company when they installed acoustic panels in the meeting rooms of the offices of the company I work for. So yes it is expensive but it was the first big step in getting the acoustics under control in my large living room.
  10. rdale

    Room measuring

    You posted a thread about decorating your new living room a month or two ago IIRC which featured a grey ceiling with small spotlights in a one metre grid. You could have added an acoustic cloud of panels when you were doing that (as well as lighting) which would have looked better than the rather impersonal look of the spotlight grid.
  11. rdale

    Room measuring

    There is no reason why acoustic treatment can't improve the appearance of a room, which isn't to say that is easy to do. It needn't be just about HiFi - it could make it easier to hear guests at a dinner party, or hear the dialog in TV and home theatre.
  12. rdale

    Room measuring

    I use acoustic treatment but I don't use room correction currently. They are different things, but seem to often be conflated. Of course you can't bring round acoustic panels to a bake off very easily.
  13. rdale

    Room measuring

    As far as bass traps are concerned, I think you would install ones covering the full range under 120 hz first, and then possibly add tuned membrane or helmholtz ones after that if you needed to treat any remaining room modes that were a problem.
  14. Thanks for the link, listening to it, a shame it is audio only. John Darko posted a video by Jesco Lohan on his site, see thread and discussion here:
  15. rdale

    Room measuring

    I don’t think you need a microphone if you are starting with an untreated room because you will need to do some pretty standard things to start with, such as place bass traps at the room boundaries, absorption or diffusion at the first points of reflection, along with diffusers front and/or back to taste. After doing that I think it is a good idea to measure and find out any problem frequencies which need further correction. That’s what I’ve done anyway - I didn’t have a mic and REW when I got started.