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Old 06-13-2021, 06:14 AM
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Interesting thread. I think the question of appreciation of your system is a really important one. Lack of draw to a system may point not to your mind set or point of view, but a system problem. Overall we are an analytical group that have developed and used highly specialized skills to evaluate and put together systems… I’m guessing many of us over many decades. I now think we may have been our own worst enemies. That skill of carefully identifying little nuances of sound that deviates from “perfect” in itself. Carefully tuning each facet one by one may in fact have driven the music out of the system. I remember coming home from work most nights an trying to squeeze in an hour of listening. I would close my eyes and take great satisfaction as the venue was painted in unbelievable detail. It seemed I really enjoyed my system. But when I retired and had more time to listen… I would sometimes listen for an hour… that’s all. My system wasn’t a magnet like it was when I was stressed out from work or craving time to appreciation my creation. It was not drawing me to it.

Let me cut to the chase. I figured out there was something missing… it was the musicality. I changed nearly my entire system to a warmer less analytical sound… I got the music back. It is still detailed, but it is not in my face… it has tremendous rhythm and pace. I now spend two or three hours a day… and never have enough time, never. The moment I have a minute I run down to listen… and it isn’t to listen to my system, it is to listen to the music.
That's a good place to be at. I confess that the majority of the time spent with my system recently is with blu-ray discs rather than music, but I have fun with that and it's a treat. Some of that could be carryover from the TV bought last fall and the more recent power cord upgrade, and the excitement to see/hear what the BDs sound/look like with the recent additions. BDs and well-mastered DVDs are great. Who knows how long that sense of discovery will continue?

I think what has been important for me is getting to a "stopping point;" that is, to have a piece of gear good enough so that it doesn't make me restless or curious to try something else or upgrade. The Transparent Premiums are a stopping point, so are my MC501 monos. NO interest in upgrading or changing those. The itch to explore new options comes with dissatisfaction or curiosity in my experience, and that is fueled further by what I'm exposed to (this site, audio magazines, etc.). It sounds like you hit a stopping point and now just listen and enjoy; I'm there in part, and it would behoove me to go all the way.
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Old 06-14-2021, 04:59 PM
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For the first time in my audio journey, I am supremely happy and have no desire to do anything else. Of course, I just did a lot

Learning to listen to MUSIC and not the SYSTEM is really key here. I am working on that right now, exploring new genres and buying more music than gear now.
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For the first time in my audio journey, I am supremely happy and have no desire to do anything else. Of course, I just did a lot

Learning to listen to MUSIC and not the SYSTEM is really key here. I am working on that right now, exploring new genres and buying more music than gear now.


Marc,

Well, you know that means, right? You finally found the secret combination. It’s out there and you know it when you hear it! Congrats!
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. Other than Definitive Technology, I don't know of anyone who's making bipolar speakers. I like the concept. I hope the Mirages last quite a while longer.
I had 3 pair of the big Def Tech BP2000 speakers, I think they're the best set of speakers I've owned. with the Mirage M series being 35 years old, most all the ones I've seen have rotten foam surrounds on the 5" midrange drivers. Have you installed new ones on yours?
Both pairs of mine needed them replaced, this is one photo of one of the sets:
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Old 06-18-2021, 06:00 AM
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I had 3 pair of the big Def Tech BP2000 speakers, I think they're the best set of speakers I've owned. with the Mirage M series being 35 years old, most all the ones I've seen have rotten foam surrounds on the 5" midrange drivers. Have you installed new ones on yours?
Both pairs of mine needed them replaced, this is one photo of one of the sets:
I still have the original drivers. The speakers were purchased in February 1993 and haven't shown any signs of issues. I have had to tighten the binding post screws on occasion, but that's been it so far. And they're the perfect size and height for my setup. The flagship Def Tech is only 40" tall, so I'm not sure about the image; my M-3sis are 53" tall and the front tweeters and midrange sit at a level halfway up the TV screen, which is perfect. They do give a nice, high image anyway, but matching the TV size and height makes for an even better experience with video.

The design of the Mirages makes it difficult to get at the drivers, so I admit I've never even inspected them. I'd figured I'd ride them until something goes wrong, then if fixing them is too much of a hassle or not an option, replace them with whatever I can afford that comes closest to what they give me.
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Another hopeful sign. I bought the Zach Snyder Justice League movie on blu-ray. I finished it yesterday. It is much better than the 2017 version. It sounded great, and my attention wasn't diverted to the sound; it remained focused on the story and what happened on the screen, with the sound being part of the whole. That is a good sign.

What's not so good is the idea of that upgrade to Transparent Super crept back into my head as well. Even though I appreciated what I heard with Justice League, curiosity still creeps in, it seems. Also, it's been a while since I played anything other than blu-rays; that might be something to consider. I have been re-discovering old song favorites recently, not by playing them on my system, but through watching reaction videos on YouTube. While it's nice to get a (usually) younger person's perspective on the songs, that should drive me to the CD or LP I own and listen that way. So far it hasn't. I think convenience plays a factor there. Much easier to pull up the videos on YouTube (even with the annoying way ads are inserted now) and watch. I'm getting lazy.
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