First, "tonionc", I'd like to welcome you. It sounds like you've jumped into this insane hobby with both feet. We will all do our best to drag you down with us, er, uh, I mean, help keep you on an even keel...
It sounds like you've put together quite a neat system there. We'd LOVE to see some pictures of your setup!
tonionc wrote:The KEFs really highlight any imperfections in recording and since mine are not in the best conditon, some acoustic bass does not come across crystal clear. I would prefer to use this system with the Kefs for heavier music with the tone function pressed on the C-1 amp for added bass--this really changes the low end of the Kefs dramatically. The sonic holigram feature is noticeable but not spectacular.
Yeah, the KEFs sometimes are described as being "overly revealing". I think this is because most of the KEF speakers are sort of positioned in the market right at the top of the consumer grade stuff, and at the low end of the "crazy-high-end" stuff, in terms of price/performance. They are great speakers compared to most of the major consumer brands, and a lot of new audiophiles put KEFs into their systems with "consumer brand" electronics, they will show every little deficit in the audio chain--something that lesser speakers simply can't do. This, of course, is what causes new audiophiles to plummet into a never-ending spiral of "upgrade-itis"...
Just be glad you didn't do what I did back when I first got out of college and got my first job with really good pay--I made the mistake of buying Martin Logans--they show you EVERYTHING that is wrong with your system, and I've gone through a small truckload of gear in the last 20 years in my quest for "perfect sound". Now that I've got the electronics dialed in, I'm probably going to end up buing new speakers in the nest year or two--and you guessed it--new Martin Logans.
tonionc wrote:This system with the DQ10s is outstanding! The sound is pure, right in the room, warm, real, and sounds great with the sonic hologram feature. I prefer listening to jazz, acoustic, folk, classical with the DQ 10s.
I remember when those first came out in the late 1970s. They looked WAY cool, compared to most of the other boxy speakers of their day. They looked like the impossible-to-find-in-the-USA Quad ESLs, and they were all the rage, because they were surprisingly affordable for their sound quality. Hopefully yours are in good shape.
tonionc wrote:I need to invest in some better interconnects and speaker wire now! And I suppose next up in a quality CD player, or maybe a DAC. I would really love to find some way to lift the quality of my digital music file collection I have on Itunes. Some forum members have mentioned squeezebox. I think I have a lot to learn for sure.
If you're already running iTunes, the easiest way to get your music from your computer into your stereo is to buy a good outboard DAC with a USB input, and hook your computer to it. Using the "headphone output" of your computer is going to give you pretty mid-fi sound quality.
Of course, this is assuming you've had the foresight to rip all your music in Apple Lossless format. If you did that, then running your computer through a DAC will give you sound quality similar to a CD. If you've got a lot of MP3's, then, wuite honestly, there is nothing you can do to make them sound good on your system. In fact, they will sound worse on your stereo than on your computer, because your system has the ability to show you ALL the details in you rmusic signal--good and bad--and MP3's have a LOT of bad and not much good in them...
Now if you want to get really slick and high-tech, you can get an outboard DAC with a TOSLINK input, and an Apple Airport Express, and stream your music to the Express via WiFi, and hook the Express to your DAC via Toslink. I do it this way in my system. This setup allows me to place my Mac laptop anywhere in the room and still stream to the stereo without worrying about wires. It also lets my sweety play music from her laptop through the stereo too, because she has iTunes and Airport drivers on her Dell as well. And yes, we rip all our new CDs to our computers using Apple Lossless. They take more space on the HD that way, but the sound is SOOOO much better.
Anyway, good luck, and welcome to our little forum. Hopefully you'll find lots of useful info here. There are a lot of very well-informed members, and we're a pretty diverse group--we've got everything from cost-is-no-object members to super-tight-budget members to DIY-cheapskates!
Now, please post some pics!!!