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    Designers of some striking album covers

    Very cool, interesting read. Did you know that the iconic Steely Dan Aja album cover was done by ... the late & great Phil Hartman of Saturday Night Live? kcetp
  2. Great, thank you very much. Now onto enjoying my new VS VR4jr speakers.
  3. Sorry, I'm trying to edit this post as I've sold the speakers ... but I don't see where I can edit the post, I only see "reply". I'd like to edit the post header to say SOLD. Any help would be appreciated, thanks. kcetp
  4. I'd throw in a recommendation for the Emotiva Stealth DC-1 DAC/Preamp. Should be around $300 and under on the used market.
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    FM Stations

    Nice find, I'm listening now .. thanks. kcetp
  6. Wow, that's good to hear .. I didn't realize I got the full BillD upgrade .. Well, thanks again Wayne.
  7. thanks loner_t. About 3 yrs ago wrf upgraded my 2 M-500s to MKII and did a "refresh" to the C-1, I don't know why not, but should have gone with a full BillD, was my fault for not asking. All units sound great so I'm enjoying them. I'm bi-amping the Emeralds with the Behringer DCX and I'm vertically bi-amping the Von Schweikerts. The VSs take more power than the Emeralds but with 2 MKIIs there's never any lack of power and they sound sweet to me.
  8. Thanks PMAT for the suggestions. I had a much longer ad in the first draft, I raved on and on about how they sounded and how they were the best thing since sliced bread. The more and more I read it over, I felt like a used car salesman. I guess I'm sorta meek and shy away from a hard sell, I figure once someone hears them, they can't deny how great they are (just my opinion). The Emeralds are a bit off-scale type of speakers. Being open baffle which a lot of people are not familiar with. They need an external active xover and bi-amplification ... so not for the average buyer who just wants to attach speaker wires and go. I also figured that once someone hears them and we're talking, I'd mention that I'm moving on to another set .. the Von Schweikerts and that's why I'm selling. I felt odd to mention in the ad that I'm moving on to better speakers, which would diminish the Emeralds. Anyway, I thought that I'd start with my local craigslist before I posted to the various hi-fi market places like Audio Mart of AudioGon. I don't have the original shipping boxes so I wanted a local sale. Here are the Emeralds and the Von Schweikerts, I apologize for the poor quality cell phone photos.
  9. I loved the Emeralds, had a large sonic presentation, very dynamic, fantastic bass, very holographic even without the Carver SH which I use all the time. The Von Scheikerts are also pretty great, I feel the highs are a bit more refined than the Emeralds and they can match the bass slam of the Emeralds, they're filled with lead shot and weigh 137lbs. Moving them around to find the best location is a big PIA. kcetp
  10. I'm selling my beloved Emerald Physics CS2 speakers. I've recently had a chance to move on to a beautiful pair of Von Schweikert VR4JR speakers and don't have the room for for both sets of speakers. I'm not really expecting to sell them here but thought maybe someone would know somebody in the Los Angeles area who might be interested. Here is a link to the craigslist add that I posted: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/ele/d/for-sale-emerald-physics-cs-2/6528350818.html Thanks for looking, kcetp
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    I did not know Gary personally, but it's always sad to loose a fellow "Carverite", especially through tragic circumstances. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. kcetp
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    A big thanks to Wayne (wrf)

    just wanted to add to this ... Wayne generously worked on my C-1 and a pair of M-500s. He kept me up to date on his progress via emails and photos. All the units had unexpected problems but Wayne persevered, I'm forever grateful for his excellent work. kcetp
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  14. Thanks TNRabbit, Actually I cheated a bit, I used a 15mm lens on my DSLR and attached it to my monopod, extended the length, stood in a corner, lifted the monopod up high and took the shot. There's no balcony or second floor in my place though it looks like I might have stood on one to make the photo. The rugs? ... oh they're so old I don't remember where I got them, it's a good thing the photo is far from the rugs, they're actually a bit dirty ... ha. Cheers, kcetp
  15. Thanks for all the warm welcomes, happy to be here. To reply to a few comments: Sorry, I'm not a fan of fireplaces so it wasn't an issue for me to cover it with my rack. And yes, those Radio Craftsman C-500s do get toasty hot. The pics don't show it well, but they were taken before I sent one M-500 out for an upgrade. So I had 2 M-500s stacked and spaced apart with 1 1/2" spikes. The top M-500 was for the highs and since I'm using the tube mono blocks for the highs now, the top M-500 is disconnected, so no issue with ventilation. Also, what I mean about gain matching amps in a bi-amp configuration is: the speaker designer Clayton Shaw made presets for the DCX2496 based upon the distance from the rear wall. So it's real easy to set up, all you do is recall a preset based upon the distance from the rear wall ... my speakers are 4ft from rear wall (Shaw says the further out the better, but in my room 4ft is about all I can go or else the speakers are in the middle of the room.Unfortunately I'm using the long wall in a rectangular room). Within the presets there are settings for freq xover, threshold, attack, release, long & short delays, limiters ... ect. Settings that are way above my head in terms of understanding and I don't want to mess with them, at least as yet till I know more. The presets have a gain of 2.5db for the lows and -4db for the highs, but that's for using 2 of the same kind of amps. In my situation since I'm using 10w tube mono blocks for the highs and an M-500 solid state for the lows ... a -4db for the highs just doesn't cut it, way too low gain. I've adjusted it to +5db for the highs. But that's not what the speaker designer had in mind and I'm concerned that it's affecting the soundstage presentation and the overall sonic balance. I can live with it till I restore my original configuration of matching M-500s ... but I'm confused about matching gains between an ss amp and a tube amp. Cheers, kcetp