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Old 10th May 2020, 07:43 PM   #1
chrisjmartini is online now chrisjmartini  United States
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Ex audiophile in my younger years (in taste, not budget) in the early 1990's. I was a musician/singer with a passion for all things high fidelity. Also an ex audiophile grade hifi salesman in my much younger years (circa 1988 - think Dahlquist DQM-9's, Carver & Crown).

Moving around quite a bit over my life I have more or less shed the large speakers and separate A/V components for smaller, more practical solutions, like wireless bluetooth headphones and small compact speakers. I sold my last proper hifi equipment back in 1998 (A Yamaha natural sound integrated amp A-1020 & some KEF 103/4 speakers KEF - Reference Series Model 103/4 (1992-95) - United States

I am now in a position where I find myself missing a proper home audio system and want to take up this hobby again.

This should be interesting, as I am currently in a 800 sq ft apartment with a small living room. I have a 60 inch 4k Samsung tv and currently just use the built in speakers, ugh. I live on a very busy, noisy street. Though I want some speakers that sound just as great at normal or low volume (neighbors) as they do at higher volumes. Yeah, so... Need to remedy the situation!

When I was younger I had a keen interest in speaker building and did have some projects back in the late 70's and 80's. I want to either build a new set of speakers (larger bookshelf sized on stands) by doing one of the following:

1. Refurbishing and rebuilding a set of vintage/used speakers

OR

2. Building a custom set from a flat pack knock down kit (I have no space or tools for woodworking so need to buy cabinets already built).

I have some electronics engineering knowledge dating from the late 1980's, so that should help. The kind of amplifier solution I put in place will be largely determined by the type of speakers I build: powered or passive... Not sure about whether it will be a simple 2 speaker setup or a full blown dolby atmos surround experience. I am leaning towards an excellent imaging 2 speaker system with a good soundstage that will serve both music and video duties.

Anyhow, great to meet you all!!!
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Hello Chris, welcome to the forum! We have traveled similar audio paths. Nice to meet you.
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