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    Default Musical Fidelity A3.2

    My integrated amp arrived today and its a beast :D It's alot bigger then I had anticipated. I'm hooking it up right now :)

    Does anyone know if vibrapods will leave marks on cheapy furniture like Ikea stuff? I think its just painted woodgrain on veneer but I'm not sure.

    Reviews to come :) and lots of pics too :)
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    Congrats kiddo... let us know what ya think.

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    Well I got lazy and decided to try it out with my Rti70's first. It made a huge difference in the way they sounded. The harshness at loud volumes is completely gone. It sounds like a totally different speaker. The tweeter is much more laid back. This is a good thing, but the lack of detail from that tweeter becomes more apparent once their brightness is tamed. Their soundstage is still the same, which isn't a bad thing at all. The bass is much more pronounced and hard hitting. It sounds like there is a subwoofer in my room. It's much easier to feel the music with this then my receiver. Overall the speakers sound much truer to the recording. Distorted head banging music sounds like distorted head banging music, and trance sounds like you are in a club. Had I only bought the integrated amp I still think I would have wanted to upgrade my speakers. The Rti's just aren't doing it for me when it comes to music. TIme to hook up the Lsi's :)
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    Put wax paper under the vibrapods or have a piece of glass cut to go under the Integrated. A local glass shop charged me a whopping $8 bucks to cut a piece for me, 17" x 15" 1/8" thick. Place the vibrapods on the glass.

    Vibrapods are hit and miss with damage to finishes. They did nothing to my cheap vinyl wrapped shelves, but seriously f'ed up my oak cabinet.

    Congrats on the 3.2, I bet it's a beauty!
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    I think they can leave marks. You an use pieces of cork or coasters (or whatever) under them though.

    EDIT: Sorry....got hung up on the phone while posting and didn't see Steve's post :o What he said!
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    That glass idea is amazing. I think I'll try that, I like it much better then wash clothes or wax paper. Seems like they aren't sticking so far, but with the weight of the amp, I'm not sure how time will effect things. I think my shelf should survive until this weekend when I can get some glass cut.

    Right now I'm cutting wire so I can bi-wire my Lsi7's. I have the extra wire, so why not right? I won't be able to tell where the improvement is coming from but maybe one day when I'm bored I'll have a little shoot out.

    Stay tuned for pics :)
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    Hey...no multi-tweaking allowed! Do one tweak at a time and then write a 500 word essay on the improvement (or lack thereof), then you can continue to the next tweak. Sheesh!

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    Happy listening!!!!!!! Post back on how it improved your rig.

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    This isn't how they are actually setup. Just where they are right now. I need to get speaker stands :D Anybody have some?
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    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...45&rak=240-744

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    Fill em with sand!!

    Congrats on the integrated!

    "but the lack of detail from that tweeter becomes more apparent once their brightness is tamed."
    :p :p :p :p :p

    JK! Congrats on moving up! Glad everything is working out as you planned!

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    Cool.

    My A3 benefited nicely with an upgraded powercord.
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    awesome dude!

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    How can I watch TV when I have such a nice stereo? Plus the amp has a 19" faceplate so it doesn't fit into my EC. Surprise surprise, so I'm going to leave the tV on the floor until I can get stands for the Lsi.

    BTW: Lsi's sound like crap if you don't have good placement :)

    PS:Sid you crazy mofo. I just emptied my wallet on gear and you think I;m gonna drop another $100 on some ugly ass stands? I'm goin with some straight up black MDF stands :)
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    Neat.

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    I must say, with my speakers on stands they sure do sound perfect :) I noticed it's harder for me to really tell how loud it is. Things don't distort when I turn it up really loud anymore, and I guess I used that as a guage before. Now it doesn't seem very loud but when I turn it down my ears are ringing.

    I have a question about biwiring. I biwired by twisting the two strands together and sticking them in the back of the amp, then running both wires to the speakers with the the jumpers taken out. I remember someone saying that the reason for biwiring was to avoid a voltage drop across the cable when a high treble or low bass sound was sent. But if I have the wires hooked up to the same place, then the same signal is going through the same wire and I'm still getting a voltage drop, so really all I've done is increased the amount of wire going to the speakers and taken the jumpers out of the circuit?
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    Bi-wiring is a useless expense in 99 out of 100 systems. Your sound may improve a bit because you're by-passing the dreaded "brass" shorting bar however.

    I experimented with bi-wiring for years, always with the same results---no perceived change. Some of the best speakers on the planet are not biwireable.

    IMO you'll get way more bang for your buck buying an upgraded "standard" set of speaker cables, then you could ever get by biwiring 2 sets of lesser wire.
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    I just did it because I have tons of extra wire. I don't know if it made a difference and to be honest I don't care. It doesn't really make any sense to me. My speakers sound great though :)
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    I bet they do off that MF 3.2, awesome combo brotha.

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    Finally heard the Music Fidelity product the other day. Very impressive, definitely a new favorite.

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    Nice. Congrats on the MF. Those ebony LSi sure look pretty.

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    It took me forever to find the firhg placement for them. I finally have them in a place where they sound great though.

    In my excitement I assumed the MF amp had a 19" faceplate. After things calmed down alittle bit I realized that it would infact fit in my entertainment center haahaa. I guess I just couldn't wait to plug it in :D
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    The problem some people run into is how deep MF equipment is. In my old entertainment center, I had the front feet of my A3CR only contacting 1/2 way to allow enough room in the back.

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    I could easily just stick it in my cabinet, but I'm bein lazy and just letting it hang out on top for now lol. Plus I'm not sue how much heat will build up in there. I don't want to burn my furniture.
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    SOme more pics :)
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