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    Posted: May 09 2013 at 10:54
Via my 5.1 surround setup on the PC or the surround setup on the ole home entertainment center. Just depends on how loud I want to go hehe.

Also via headphones when it's really late or others in the house are sleeping.
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Usually just my 20$ Philips headphones I got from Walmart. LOL (They're actually quite clear sound-wise--and they match my red iPod.)

If I'm outside I borrow my sister's iPod dock.

If I'm home alone, I use the ample stereo system our family has.
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HD800's a blasting!!!
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I moved a few months ago to a new place and for some time I had placed my hi-fi speakers (vintage 3-way classic speakers) just on the floor. I have now placed them on shelves around 1.4 meters high and, maybe it's subjective silliness but I would swear that it sounds better (even if I have to keep the volume moderate because of my pain-in-the-ass neighbours Unhappy )
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Yes! Speaker placement makes a huge difference! I'm an enthusiastic proponent of placing woofers at chest height at the minimum. Put the sub on the floor.

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When placing speakers you have to think about the surfaces the sound waves will reflect off. These reflections can add or subtract from the sound coming out of the speaker and that will affect what you hear. However, low frequency sound has very long wavelengths so the effect of reflections is negligible. For example a 20Hz note has a wavelength of 17.17m (19yds), so no surface in a typical living room is going to be far enough away to cause any problems. This means you can put a sub just about anywhere. However at 200Hz the wavelength is only 1.7m, so now reflections do cause a problem, and the most obvious surface for reflecting is the floor, so lift your speakers off the floor and they'll sound less "chesty".



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Post Options Post Options   Quote libertycaps Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 03 2013 at 19:32
Eh, might as well.....
Current bedroom set-up:
Amp: HH Scott LK-72 ("lab kit" version of the 299-C)
CDP: Marantz CD5003
TT: Luxman PX-100/cart: Ortofon 2M Red
Cans: Klipsch RB-41 II's
Klipsch SW10 II powered sub
 
Just got the RB-41II's. They fill the room perfectly. Wall mounted & out of the way too!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote VOTOMS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 03 2013 at 20:53
while working, with headphones or speakers. in my room i have a cd player with enhanced sound system Approve
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Porch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2013 at 02:58
Well i use my 5.1 system. I usually listen to music in the night, time I consider to be morning :) Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Knobby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2013 at 18:01
Originally posted by Dean

. For example a 20Hz note has a wavelength of 17.17m (19yds), so no surface in a typical living room is going to be far enough away to cause any problems. This means you can put a sub just about anywhere.

 
 
This sounds convincing, yet I've heard time and again the opposite - that subwoofer placement is critical.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2013 at 19:35
Originally posted by Knobby

Originally posted by Dean

. For example a 20Hz note has a wavelength of 17.17m (19yds), so no surface in a typical living room is going to be far enough away to cause any problems. This means you can put a sub just about anywhere.

 
 
This sounds convincing, yet I've heard time and again the opposite - that subwoofer placement is critical.
I was talking specifically about reflections off hard surfaces in regard to the previous question of height above the floor and the colouration of the sound . Where you place a sub does not affect the colour of the sound (you cannot change the tone of a sub by moving it around a room). However, corner placement can have an effect of amplifying the sound coming out of a sub but this is purely a loudness thing that is no different to turning up the signal levels on the speaker, it does not affect the colouration of the sound - it doesn't sound more bass-ey, it just sounds louder overall. Other than that it does not mater where a sub goes, we cannot determine directionality of low frequency sound (because the average human's ears are only 0.15m apart), which is why you only have/need one monaural subwoofer in any setup and why to doesn't matter where it goes.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Knobby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 06 2013 at 21:05
Thanks Dean.
Makes sense.
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I used to run a 2.1 setup and placed the sub all over the room, never made a difference to me. I have since gone to a straight up 2.0 setup....I often found myself just not enjoying all that low-end with the sub.

I'm not a sub guy I guess....
      
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progbethyname Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 07 2013 at 13:50
Definitely a sub guy. I love the dramatic thumping bass to vibrate my bones as well as my walls. I don't set my twin sub speaker amp too high though. It take away from the music.
I've always felt that people who saturate their music with bass have an unrefined ear for music. You simply don't get the whole picture if you do that. :)
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After i put a sub in my main set up and realized how much fuller/better it sounded than before, i eventually put a sub in every system of the house. It's a no-brainer.
And if you can hear the sub "working," you need to re-adjust your levels. You may need to adjust your sub levels with different recordings while geting used to your new sub. Best to be as minimal with your sub as possible, but still get the benefits of using one.  It takes a while to get it just right....


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Line Magnetic LM-215CD. Latest addition to the Man Cave stereo! The CD certainly ain't "Dead" in my world. :) 

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^ I know you are enjoying that LM CDP......Would like to hear it some day. If I ever go crazy and go all digital, that one is on my short list.
      
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Ah! You don't seem like such a Rush fanboy on the other site... ;)
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I listen to songs in my home theatre system with full volume and the in bas mode.
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