Zimmer266
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Zimmer266

Rando, Male, 62, from Maine

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Today is new subwoofer day Sep 10, 2021

Zimmer266 was last seen:
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    1. Zimmer266
      Zimmer266
      Today is new subwoofer day
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      2. jnak00
        jnak00
        What did you get?
        Sep 10, 2021
      3. Zimmer266
        Zimmer266
        A Vandersteen 2wq with a 1998 manual, that looks NOS. It goes well with the 2ci pair, and the furniture.
        Sep 10, 2021
    2. Zimmer266
      Zimmer266
      Greetings from Penobscot Bay
      1. StageOne
        StageOne
        Isnt that the last scene/place from a Hunt For Red October?
        Aug 31, 2021
    3. Zimmer266
      Zimmer266
      Something is always in the hundreds of hours of still breaking in.
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      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        The neighbor's dog digging under the fence for the past weeks.
        Aug 31, 2021
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    4. Zimmer266
      Zimmer266
      From an old thread here, the Vandersteen 2ci is the HD650 of the speaker world.
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        I dunno, I auditioned a pair of 2ci's powered by an Audio Van Alstine something-or-other fed by a Naim CDsi CDP and found them to sound kinda boring compared to some Maggy 1.7s.
        Aug 30, 2021
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      3. Zimmer266
        Zimmer266
        The 2ci is pretty laid back. The newer ones, starting with 2ce, have a more detailed tweeter. Lots of units out there in decent condition though, for fair prices.
        Aug 31, 2021
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      4. scblock
        scblock
        On the even older 2c, which have been my main speakers for 10+ years, the HD650 comparison is probably more about being fairly good value overall and committing no major sins. I wouldn't say they sound the same, but speakers are just different from headphones. Generally laid back, non fatiguing, can sing loud when asked, sound good quiet. Excellent imaging, but small sweet spot. Highs are nice but not super crisp.
        Aug 31, 2021
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    5. Zimmer266
      Zimmer266
      How do you like your phono stage?
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I'm a great fan of balanced connection *in theory* because phono was a historical accident, and balanced was an engineered solution. So, if balanced is a choice, I'd use it, just for the satisfaction. Reality is, though, that if there is enough noise in your environment to affect a short interconnect, it is probably better to move house than change equipment! ...
        Aug 29, 2021
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        ...And the *vulnerable* signal is the very low output from cartridge to pre-amp, which is still going to be phono.

        right?
        Aug 29, 2021
      4. Inoculator
        Inoculator
        @shotgunshane absolutely. Currently there is a 16 week wait (sounds like sourcing SUTs is a pain right now) , but once I get it I will be sure to let folks know what I think. @Thad E Ginathom balanced is more a bonus than a killer feature. Overall I am mostly making move for quieter power supply and SUT
        Aug 29, 2021
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Jun 10, 1959 (Age: 62)
    Location:
    Maine
    Occupation:
    semi retired witness to irony
    Gear List:
    Up: AT VM95SH> MMF-1.5 > Project Phono Box DS2 USB > Coda Fet 0.2b > First Watt J2 > Omega Super8 High Output monitors
    Computer or CDT > Holo Spring KTE > SW51+ > HD 650
    Down : Ortofon Black > Pro-ject RM 5.1 SE > Puffin > Aric Unlimited II > Forte 3 modded > Vandersteen 2ci, with CXN V2
    HT: Yamaha receiver > Vandersteen 1b (F) & Advent Maestro (R), Axiom (C), SVS sub
    Basement: TEAC cassette & JVC CD > Inspire CJ5 > Inspire Firebottle > ADS L570/2
    I was new to headphones and DACs as of my join date. Sundara was picked as a starting point. HD 650 was added later as a point of reference.

    My audio journey started with the family Magnavox console, and my parents vinyl in the mid 60s. My first LP purchase was Pink Floyd's Meddle. I had my own system in college, with a Dual TT, a Marantz receiver, and EPI 100 speakers. The last system in 1987 was Grado > MMT > Sonographe SG3 > Bryston 0.5B > Adcom 545 > Infinity Kappa 8.

    I took a 20 year plus hiatus from audio from 1989 to maybe 2013. In the early 90s I moved from a Mac IIci to building my own Windows based boxes. I hung out on Ars Technica forum. Zimmer266 was my name there.

    I use a mix of Morrow, Decware, and Nordost cabling. I have four systems scattered around the house. Hmm. My wife is a musician, and we have a Steinway B. Pianos have different sound profiles as well, and it took a year and a half of playing and listening to pick the one with the right action, bloom, and decay.

    I prefer slightly warmish welcoming sound, with lots of detail. I like to be surprised by something in a recording that I haven't heard before. I am a fan of gear matching and synergy. I have drifted to low wattage tube systems, and high efficiency speakers, with boxes of tube varieties. Unless you start looking at my more recent purchases with the Coda and the First Watt.