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|17th August 2004, 09:37 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Hello from Belgium
Hey all and many greetings from Belgium!
To introduce myself: I'm 23, M, student informatics at the Hogeschool Gent.
My interest in Hifi, audio started about 10 years ago, but was not until I was 16 when I got really serious into it.
I gradually built a 'decent system' from the money saved from holiday jobs
So after a few years and constant upgrades my system looks like this.
Rotel RA 972 integrated amp
Arcam alpha 7se cd player
B&W DM 601 speakers placed on Atacama stands.
NAD 402 tuner (display is broken, but reception is very good)
MIT Terminator 6 interconnect
Chord Co Carnival speaker cable.
Well as you can see not much DIY
But I made myself a stereorack, built some interconnects, a few power chords, marble slabs to put on top of the speakers and cdplayer.
Where did it all begin ?
When I was 12 I got a Philips portable radio with cd, played with a few years, but after that it broke. So I needed a replacement, but I did not have any money. I found 2 speaker cabinets along the street, took these home, installed a cheap woofer from nippon which I got for free from my uncle, 2 cheap peizo tweeters a simple crossover in it and that were my first real speakers.
I found a cd player from Sharp, the tray didn't open very well, but I had a cdplayer. I bought a Kenwood amp for about 15 euros from my cousin. This was my first real stereo
At that time I was also a DJ and together with a friend who had a second cdplayer and mixer we went from party to party with this stereo
After a while I added 2 15" subwoofers to my DJ 'booth'. They looked impressive but all they did was adding some rumble and boomy bass to it, but they made it sound a lot 'fuller'
I broke the Kenwood amp and was replaced with a Sanyo amp, which broke down a few months later. After the Sanyo amp, a Technics amp came in. This was really a very nice amp, and I didn't want to use it for my DJ life. I rented stuff from a company to play DJ.
The home made speakers started to rattle and I wanted a replacement. So I got some money together and I found a brochure from Technics in which they advertised a bookshelf speaker with 4 drivers and 2 passive radiators and blalblalbla....
It sounded very promesing so I went to a shop to give them a listen, it was the biggest dissapointement in my life..
I didn't know much about hifi in those days I but could clearly hear that they didn't sound good at all.
Disapointed I returned home and decided to have a look at a local dealer who sold all those unfamous brands (B&W, KEF, Marantz,..) I had never heard of those, so what could I expect?
The dealer showed my B&W 601's and wooow! I was really impressed, how was this possible? A simple 2 way, simple box sounded 100 times better than those Technics with 4 drivers and much blablabla
and after that I started reading, comparing, saving , buying to what
I have now.
So as you can see I started with DIY, went to manufactured stuff and now I'm on a DIY forum Hope I'm welcome
Why I didn't continue on the DIY path:
First of all no money
no knowledge (well I had some, but all my stuff sounded horrible
so I conlcuded DIY = fun, but never that good as big brand stuff
Anyway that's my hif story in short...
I play drums and guitar, I'm interested in everything what has to do with computers and webdesign, culture, music , festivals ,...
Well that was it in short
thx for reading
|17th August 2004, 09:44 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2002
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Welcome to the forum! Grab a soldering iron, pull up a chair, and you'll see for yourself how excellent diy equipment can be.
You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.- Wilford Brimley
|17th August 2004, 09:46 PM||#3|
Electrons are yellow and more is better!
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Göteborg, Sweden
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Feel very welcome here and I'll hope you will get inspired. Maybe a Gainclone as project?
|17th August 2004, 09:49 PM||#4|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Well why I'm here:
my speakers B&W 601's are not really up to the level of the cdplayer and amp. I always liked the B&W CDM 1NT, but I simply can't bring up that amout of money. So I was thinking if DIY could help me out.
I'll start a new topic about that, if that's ok
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