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    Hello all! I just wanted to finally contribute to this forum, if only for an introduction. I've been lurking here for some time now, reading all the useful information in this great community! I have not posted due to using the search function and finding every bit of info I need, and then some! My an aspiring audio nut, my gear stash looks like; Emotiva XPA-1 (x2), Emotiva, USP-1, Emotiva XDA-1, Emotiva ERC-2..all connected to a pair of Teledyne (Acoustic Research) AR9's that were fully updated from the crossovers to new foam by me. I've also go nestled away; Marantz 1060, Yamaha M-70, Yamaha M-45, Yamaha NS-1000's, JBL L-36's, Polk Monitor 7b's (peerless), and Polk SDA SRS 3.1TL's. I do a lot of refurbishment of vintage gear, and usually sell it off after completion. The gear that I've got now is stuff that I can not bring myself to part with. I've got parts to rework the crossovers in the 7b's, just have not made my way around to i t yet. The 3.1TL's are new to me and I'm gathering parts to rework them, stay tuned for a thread on them.

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    First post, openly admitting to owning Emotiva. Ballsy move bud!


    Welcome to posting side of the forum! Looking forward to many more.
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    Welcome Mark to CP..sure your enjoying the AR9's. a friend of mine up north has some.. Good luck with your 7's. i hope to be doing mine also. When the wallet agrees with me----WELCOME
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    I thought the same thing DSkip, if he's been lurking for as long as he said he should have seen the numerous Emo bashing threads and NOT posted unless he want another Emo thread, lol
    Then again SHOKDU don't worry about what anyone says about EMO it's Plenty good for a many things as long as your Happy that's all that matters..

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    Now now boys. Let's slow the train down a bit before it runs off the tracks!

    Welcome aboard Mark! Those 1000's are one of my "someday speakers"! lol
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    Well, I am certainly no rep for Emotiva, and I don't know what experiences people may have had with them here as I have been pretty specific in my reading on this forum, searching for exactly what Im looking for most of the time. I can say this; my experience has been nothing but fantastic and the gear I have from them sounds incredible. The numbers in the specs, and build quality (backed by a great warranty) of Emotiva gear doesnt lie, and neither do my ears. Dollar for dollar, watt for watt, these things sound as good or better than any expensive Levinson, Krell, or McIntosh gear I have owned. They are very neutral, not "warm", and I suspect that may be why some people do not like them. If somebody has first hand had a bad experience with them as a company rather than the product just not suiting thier listening taste, that is too bad, because it's really sad to see a whole forum tainted by what is most likely one, or a few negative reviews that have snowballed. There's other great brands, much more expensive brands (and I've owned them) that no doubt produce great product...but for me, until Emo screws me as a consumer...my money will stick with them.

    Yes, the AR9's are fantastic. The more that my capacitors form in the speakers and in the Emo gear, the better they sound. I have a bit more work in store for them, specifically the attenuator section...and then they will be "done". Beautiful vintage speakers that are truly a joy to own. I'm excited about restoring the 7's...but even more excited about the 3.1TL's. The 3.1 TL's are going to spend some time in my shop while working on them, but eventually they'll probably be moved inside my house to be exchanged with the AR9's from time to time.

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    halo71, Gary, the 1000's are going to be a fun project. I'm going to convert them to an external crossover so that it will be easier to possibly run active someday with them. They'll be getting a lot of body work so that I can lay some piano black paint down on them, new modified badges made of acrylic "glass", and quite a few other mods. Stay tuned for a thread on those when I tear into them!

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    Welcome shokdu, now get your posts in, put some awesome gear for sale at a steal of a price, alerting me beforehand of course.
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    Welcome to Club Polk!!

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    scottyboy, I can notify you when that happens...and the prices may be a steal, but I live in Alaska, so any "steal" price will be certainly dwarfed by the high shipping cost from here. Pretty much all my gear stays local, unless somebody is really willing to pay the price for shipping. That has happened for me in the past though with some of the more rare items I have acquired.

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    Welcome to the forum.
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    Hey Mark, Welcome to the Club and enjoy what you and yoiur ears enjoy. Lot's of different opinions here but a lot of very knowledgeable people also. Again welcome aboard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOKDU View Post
    Dollar for dollar, watt for watt, these things sound as good or better than any expensive Levinson, Krell, or McIntosh gear I have owned.

    I think that train just went off the tracks...........

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    Welcome aboard... So long as you avoid telling others they wasted their money on Krell/Pass/McIntosh etc., you will do just fine.

    There are more opinions on what constitutes a great amp as there are stars in the sky around here, so ignore everybody else's opinion and trust only your own. One other word of advice... Hide your wallet. We LOVE to spend other people's money here, and if you aren't careful, you will need a second mortgage to pay the bills.
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    LOL....Folks, what you are witnessing here is the new and improved, kinder, more gentle.....John.

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    ^^^ Ignore Tony too... at least until he's back on his meds. O' Care isn't covering them yet.
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    Welcome Mark. I own some 3.1TL's and they are a fantasic speaker! Do all the modifications to them and they will be a outstanding set of speakers for years to come! Glad to have you around sir!
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    Welcome to CP Mark. I believe Tony's right - a kinder, gentler NJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    I think that train just went off the tracks...........
    Yep, I sense a troll.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by zane77 View Post
    Hey Mark, Welcome to the Club and enjoy what you and yoiur ears enjoy. Lot's of different opinions here but a lot of very knowledgeable people also. Again welcome aboard!
    Enjoy what my ears enjoy? Why, what an epiphany. Hahaha. I joke. Thank you for the welcome.
    Quote Originally Posted by tonyb View Post
    I think that train just went off the tracks...........
    Well, you guys derailed it....
    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    Welcome aboard... So long as you avoid telling others they wasted their money on Krell/Pass/McIntosh etc., you will do just fine.

    There are more opinions on what constitutes a great amp as there are stars in the sky around here, so ignore everybody else's opinion and trust only your own. One other word of advice... Hide your wallet. We LOVE to spend other people's money here, and if you aren't careful, you will need a second mortgage to pay the bills.
    Hello John, I think you may have misunderstood what I wrote. I simply said that between testing the gear I had that was much more expensive than the Emo gear, my ears couldnt tell the difference. I wish that I had been blessed with sonic ears that could tell those difference, if in fact they were there.

    My wallet is hidden, and I am on full alert! I'll consult my financial advisor, Dave Ramsey, before any purchases on this forum! haha.
    Quote Originally Posted by headrott View Post
    Welcome Mark. I own some 3.1TL's and they are a fantasic speaker! Do all the modifications to them and they will be a outstanding set of speakers for years to come! Glad to have you around sir!
    Thanks for the encouragement!! I'm really looking forward to completing them and moving them into a better listening area. My shop does not have the best acoustics. ha
    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    Yep, I sense a troll.
    I assure you, I am no troll and would be just as happy to drop the subject of Emotiva this/that just as much as the next guy. From the sounds of it, the subject has been exhausted around here, and I'm not looking to continue that for any reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOKDU View Post
    Hello John, I think you may have misunderstood what I wrote. I simply said that between testing the gear I had that was much more expensive than the Emo gear, my ears couldnt tell the difference. I wish that I had been blessed with sonic ears that could tell those difference, if in fact they were there.
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    Shokdu,

    No disrespect ment my friend. You comments of not being able to tell the difference between said amps may very well be true. However, "golden ears" in my opinion are not needed to hear that difference.

    We have many members here who have gone down the same paths of entry level gear up to gear costing tens of thousands, so comments like that are hard to swallow for most. Anyway, no harm ment on my side, but there's an old saying I usually abide by, "know your audience". Peace friend and welcome to the club.

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    Welcome Mark!

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    tonyb, No disrespect or offense taken. I don't get upset about internet forum dealings, a lot of what is said is just hear/say. The other parts are easily misconstrued, or just not eloquently worded in order to be clear about intent. It may have been my speaker combination, or other components that did not allow for the difference to become clear to me...but with the gear I did my back to back testings on, the difference (for me) was subtle, at best.

    Obviously, the point of this thread was to get to know my audience...and boy, it's been an eye opener. Not what I expected on a Polk forum, because lets be honest...who associates Polk with high end audiophiles?

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    Can't say I understand this last post. Why should anyone "associate" a Polk forum with any "particular" stratum of Audiophile? It doesn't follow, since a LOT of members here don't even own a set of Polk speakers anymore. What an unusual thing to say?

    On another note. Some nice speakers above. Love the AR9s--something special there. And of course classic Monitor 7Bs and SDAs always nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOKDU View Post
    Obviously, the point of this thread was to get to know my audience...and boy, it's been an eye opener. Not what I expected on a Polk forum, because lets be honest...who associates Polk with high end audiophiles?
    I do... There are lots of different kinds of audio here, up to and including some of the best gear ever made, DIY gear that is as good as the best stuff (or better) than the best gear on the planet.

    This forum is easily the most well rounded audiophile group on the web. Sorry if we don't meet your rather lofty standards there Slick. I was ready to give you benefit of the doubt, but I am now beginning to smell troll as well.

    I guess that is what being "kinder and gentler" gets you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHOKDU View Post
    Not what I expected on a Polk forum, because lets be honest...who associates Polk with high end audiophiles?
    Yes let's be honest! I gave you the benefit of the doubt after your Emo comments initially. That's why I commented above about not running the train off the tracks. But I am starting to agree with what Brock (H9) said above. You come to a Polk Audio forum then put down it's very existence by saying that? Don't get me wrong....I would not care if your favorite speakers were Panasonic Thrusters. You initially said that you have been busy using the search function to get all the info you needed. And you never saw all the locked Emo threads? Really? Sorry but your comments in this thread kinda seem like you are stirring the pot.
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    All I was saying is that a Polk forum is not the forum that I expected for a bunch of haters to be on. I expected the haters of "lesser" products would be on the forums of thier respective "grail" products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    I do... There are lots of different kinds of audio here, up to and including some of the best gear ever made, DIY gear that is as good as the best stuff (or better) than the best gear on the planet.

    This forum is easily the most well rounded audiophile group on the web. Sorry if we don't meet your rather lofty standards there Slick. I was ready to give you benefit of the doubt, but I am now beginning to smell troll as well.

    I guess that is what being "kinder and gentler" gets you...
    Ok, but where is DIY gear associated with polk? Why not head over to diyaudio and tout that stuff? I'm here mainly to discuss my Polks, and that has been my intent all along.

    My lofty standards? What about me screams lofty? After all, I run lowly, bright, Emotiva products.

    I don't need any fluffly "kinder and gentler". You wanna show off how tough you are on the internet, go for it, you're the only one who can make a fool of yourself.

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