First, thanks for all the kind words all, I actually do
feel welcome here. ^_^
Well, Paul.....tel us a little about yourself. How long have you been into the hobby? What kind of music do you primarily listen too....or is it all over the map? Does your other half support your audio journey/hobby?
My audio fetish is an ongoing love affair, and it's hard for me to pinpoint when I became interested in quality audio since I grew up in a mid-fi (thought
it was hi-fi at the time) home and my dad was big on LP's as well as being an early adopter of CD's so I've had access as long as I can remember. Longer in fact... I have a picture of me as a kid, maybe 8 or 9, nodding off with a pair of fat cans on my head. I don't know what they were, but I'm pretty sure I was listening to Dark Side of The Moon though them. I'm 38 now. I always liked clean blippy bleepy, ethereal, noise stuff, and whenever the house was empty I would really crank up Time Warp, track 1, Don Dorsey's Ascent, and any other oddball stuff I could find that just sounded neat to me. Old habits die hard! I still love good noise, and have discovered many artists and genres that cater to this. I also still have Time Warp, and still crank Ascent. My listening is all over the place, and so far Opera is the only type that no matter how awesome somebody promised me it is, still made me want to rip my ears off, set them on fire, and bury them on the spot. Strangely I'm still open to the idea
though... Listened to lots of Floyd and classic rock growing up, my brother was a metal-dork so I got lots of that, and again my dad's eclectic stuff (didn't get dusty with me there. So I listen to everything, with Ambient/downtempo as a default. I spent the first half of the 90's chasing the Grateful Dead around, and the second half going to everything I could get into attempting to fill that void. If I have to explain it, you won't understand.
In addition to a few hundred Dead shows, I've seen Santana, Floyd, Alman Bros, CSN, Phish, Ween, Beach Boys, Dylan, Paul Simon, Zero, Steve Miller, Beastie Boys, George Clinton, ?, tons of blues acts, lots of electronica and hundreds of smaller bands in bars and clubs. I have a penchant towards bluegrass music as well, and have an 'studio grade' *washtub bass I made. I'm a glider pilot (sailplanes, not hang gliders...) hence my handle, Sisu1a, which was my first glider. When my hosting comes back online, I have a site that explains it better than I can here now. I dabble in machine shop work, composite stuff (here's some of my fiberglass/carbon glider parts I've been making: http://imgur.com/a/5ZOZD
). I dabble in electronics with audio and electromechanical stuff with my flight simulator, I'm also a bicycle nut too... I collect/build models and miniatures and I also do some smithing work. Basically I know a little bit about a lot of things...
Currently my other half is my dog, a sweet pit (when I travel he's a 'chihuahua/lab') named Joppa, about to celebrate his 14th b-day. Though he claims he approves of my audio habits, he has yet to demonstrate it by actually contributing. On the other hand, he generally doesn't get upset if I set up big ugly speakers that clash with the decor, so I guess that's support enough, but sometimes I think he might just be patronizing me.
Another question for ya'......how did you stumble across this forum? Just curious....
I think it was because I was feverishly researching Carver gear at the beginning of my latest case of upgradeitus, which kicked in some months ago. I comb several other forums and occasionally post there too (AVScience, Hsu Research, r/audiophile, AudioKarma, etc). This latest round took a turn for the serious once I built my Baby TN's to bi-amp my Maggies to. Results were far better than expected, which left me wanting to provide better amplification, and that path led me to the M1.0t and the whole 'Carver Challenge' story. Absolutely fascinating. Needless to say, I was sufficiently hooked. Since then I've read, read, read, and read, then I read more. I've also watched all the Q&A's from Carverfests, and surprise surprise found myself really itching to get some Carver gear. Soon I might even be able to ask intelligent questions about Carver gear!
I always liked my Sunfire sub, although I sold it to a friend once I got my Hsu sub out and found it a twin for it. One thing I hated about my MKII was it jumping around when active, so like any sane person I mounted it to a 2" thick granite base with spikey feet, to tame the monkey. I'll get some pics and post it to the mods section later...but now back to our regular scheduled programming. I found an M1.0t local ly on CL and talked the guy down to $200 (scratch and dent special!) but our time together was brief. I will say was really impressed with it sonically and power wise, but this unit had a badly buzzing mag coil and I couldn't live with that. While I had it though, I put it through it's paces; from powering Maggies on pipe organ music, powering subs on dubstep tracks, and even some easy stuff like regular music through the Ohms. Trying to get to the bottom of the buzzing mystery led me to this site, as well as to Carversite (I know, mixed feelings here), which I also joined. I made a special high tech non-conductive stethoscope (5/16 vinyl tubing and a barbed wye) to safely probe inside the chassis with my ear while it was powered on. I was able to rule out any noise form the triad, and tracked all the buzz(s) to a few spots on the tranny. After picking Rich P and Bill D's brains (thanks again guys...), it was determined I had one of 2 problems:
1) bad tranny -fatal since they're made of unobtanium.
2) drawing excessive much current (more likely)
The only way to test for these is to isolate the power supply so I returned the amp to the guy rather than desolder 16 parts and possibly get stuck with the bag in my hand, even though a roached out M1.0t is still worth near that. I almost got an M500t a few times since, and I'll admit that early on had a boner for the cube. I went with the Acurus, since it fits the bill well and amps with oversize toroids and generous heat sinks make me warm and fuzzy. It's also a work of simplistic art when you pop the hood. Hmm, I think I've put enough of you to sleep with my wall of text by now. ...That and I got to go to work
ps. I talk too much...
*It's not your father's washtub bass! Mine has a fixed neck with a flatwound bass string and a fretless fingerboard inlaid with ebony and silver marker dots to identify the fret stations. Action gets no higher than 1-1/2" and I can slide a 2 octave note. You don't push/pull the neck for pitch change, but rather play it like a normal upright bass. But with one string. Pics to follow if interested...