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Having recently moved the 802Ds on for a pair of Rockport Technologies Aviors I thought I would post some pics of my favourite room.  The Aviors are a giant leap from the B&Ws, I initially had my heart set on moving to 800Diamonds and spent quite some time with them, so happy I heard the Rockports.  To say I feel very lucky is an understatement and if all goes to plan I will be adding a TT in the first half of this year.  The Playback MPS-5 is sitting on some HRS couplers and when I listen I cover the plasma panel, centre speaker and cabinet drawers with some Polymax XHD.  I also use the Polymax in some frames I made for the side 1st reflections and have some acoustic panels fixed to the ceiling for the 1st reflections there.  I also use stacked Polymax for bass management (600 x 600 x 1200h), it does the job but is not space efficient or WAF friendly, I'll have to research and try something more aesthetically pleasing that will do the same job.  

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Very nice and I like the cabinet and the slide away doors(makes mental note to investigate these), beautiful set up all round congrats!

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Superb David. Great decision to go Rockport.

cant argue with that  :)

 

they are a great speaker indeed.

 

David, congrats on the purchase. I think you made the right choice after what i heard of the 800D's.

The room looks great also

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Great to see you're contentment with the Rockports, nothing better than the feeling of satisfaction with a new toy that works out to be so much better than that it replaced....and they do look so good congrats....

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l would defiantly call that room audio heaven, very nice. (insert drool emoticon here)

No need to resist it, lusk, if that's what you feel! :D Very nice set up indeed, David.............definitely audio heaven. :thumb:

 

Cheers,

 

Keith

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Wow they sure do look much better than the old 802Ds or the 800 diamonds for that matter, you must be stoked?!!

 

Well done 

 

Bigears

 No Comparison-I've owned B+Ws and Rockports-- the Rockies are a cut above.

 

Willco

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Everyone is so kind, now if only I could get similar compliments from my wife!!!

 

Lovely system David, and clearly well thought out and planned. I bet you sit there with a big smile every time you fire it up. I will be looking forward to see where your journey to the dark side ends up.

 

As the days pass & my LP collection grows the wait is becoming harder.

 

Wow they sure do look much better than the old 802Ds or the 800 diamonds for that matter, you must be stoked?!!

 

Well done 

 

Bigears

 

My wife wasn't a fan of the 802D look, the Rockports are 'acceptable' (her preference is for small satellite or in-wall jobs).  They are magnificent in the flesh.

 

 No Comparison-I've owned B+Ws and Rockports-- the Rockies are a cut above.

 

Willco

 

When the Rockports were first plugged in it was immediately apparent they were better in pretty much every respect.  What did shock me though was some time later when I put the 802Ds back in to demo for their new owners, they just didn't sound right and I initially thought something was wrong.  It would be very difficult to go backwards.

 

Great system, I've heard the same components together elsewhere, you will be very happy. I don't know or care if it's the 'world's best system' or not, it's a bloody good sound :)

 

Great sound it is and I'm reasonably confident I would really struggle to have done better within my budget.  As always though, what is 'best' or 'better' is a matter of opinion & personal taste.

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the b&w's are lifestyle product compared to rockport.

like comparing a mazda to a 911.

NO COMPARISON.

 

I wouldn't exactly agree the 800Diamond series are a 'lifestyle product', not like Bose anyway.  Wouldn't want to unreasonably upset owners :)  They have their legitimate place and with the price drops last year are a little closer to their true worth imo, however against the Avior and just released Atria I don't think the 800 or 802 respectively are anywhere near the same value for $.   

 

now you need payor's turntable.

 

Need to win lotto first (and would be taking the 'source first' principle to the extreme)

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I've taken the plunge and returned to the dark side, jumping in at the deep end!  Turntable is a Thales TTT-C battery drive, a Thales Simplicity tangential pivoted tonearm in the recently released black, Lyra Atlas cart, all sitting on a HRS platform.  Phono stage is a RCM Theriaa + pwr supply, Thales phono cable from TT to Theriaa & Argento Flow RCA interconnect to the ASR.  Also added a HRS platform under the MPS-5, had a day of listening to this before the TT was set up and there is definitely a sense of cleaner and more defined detail, snare drum has more of a whack.  For a little while I think the MPS-5 is going to sit silent, I can't believe how good the sound is from vinyl.

Everything has only got about 2hrs up so far so there is a lot of improvement to come, but listening to Joni Mitchell's Blue & Court and Spark (the Hoffman mastered DDC CDs were my reference) the LPs are just so superior, the texture of acoustic instruments and vocals is sublime.  I've always regarded Claption Unplugged as one of the better sounding standard CDs but the double LP is just simply in another league.  The Led Zep Classic 180g pressings have me enjoying this music again (never really good on CD), I've not spun my 70s AU pressings as yet.  A big Bowie fan, the dynamics and beauty of my 70s AU Hunky Dory is magical, easily bettering the AU20 gold CD.  At the moment I'm feeling like a kid let loose in a chocolate shop, so many LPs to play but where to start :)

 

I should also add a big thanks to Warwick from PureMusicGroup who came up and installed the TT for me.  I absolutely love the simple and compact design (& very WAF friendly) but with Warwick's valuable and honest advice/guidance I've been able to re-enter vinyl at a point where my only future cost will be cartridge re-build.  I don't suggest there isn't an equal or better sounding vinyl set-up out there, I am confident such a set-up would be well beyond my affordability, not to mention the cost of upgrading along the way.

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i like your style David

 

straight into the deep end going all the way is the best way if funds permit of course...

:)

 

congrats on the new toys, and i am absolutely sure it will be sounding amazing

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