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    Jeff from France

    Hello all,

    I read this forum for a few years, but didn't create an account before...I've decided myself, as I was interested to buy a Taïko audio Setchi groundbox for my system.
    I'm interested in hifi and music reproduction for about 35 years now.
    My system is based on active pro speakers, as I found them generally much more acurate than passive speakers + amp at the same price (it's my choice, I don't say it's always the truth)

    So I'm using in a 28 x 13ft room, (RT60 quite linear at 0,40-0,45 for those who are interested) :

    Tidal streaming + local files on SSD (thunderbolt powered) through
    roon + convolution file with Xtalk cancellation from Home Audio Fidelity (french custom service) to
    Mac Mini + Mojo Audio Illuminati LPSU
    Supra rj45 lan - Waversa smart hub -Pachanko lan
    PSAudio DirectStream junior (ethernet/bridge input) to
    Parasound P7 preamp (XLR inputs and outputs with Hypex cables)
    Geithain RL940 active speakers + 2 x DXD808 Ken Kreisel subs through an Antimode 8033
    + various absorber and diffuser panels, and also 2 Active Room Neutralizers from Jack Bybee (fantastic stuff)

    ...so it's mainly a German american system

    I'm really satisfied with this gear, and specially the true 3D imaging I've never heard anywhere else (even on high end systems in retailers or various shows...).
    The only thing I think I could improve would be low end bass (it's very linear up to 32-35Hz, but nothing below) and maybe heavier attacks on drums/percussions (the kind of thing you feel from high efficiency 15' speakers from Onken to JBL...)

    I'm mainly listening to :
    Electronic music (ambient/chillout), acoustic folk/pop (mainly scandinavian artists and some other, from Emiliana Torrini to David Sylvian, Stina Nordenstam, Jan Swaerts...), new classical Music (Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter...) and some Classical romantics : Schubert, Brahms, Mahler...


    I'll post some pics later...

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    Welcome to WBF! Thank you for the introduction about yourself, your system and your musical interests!
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    Bonjours et bienvenue à WBF Jeff
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    Hello Jeff from across the big pond! Please allow me to offer you a very warm welcome to the What's Best Forum. Glad you joined and I (for one) am looking forward to seeing the pic's of your setup. A Rythmik F-25 or two will definitely help to accurately round out the bottom end of your rig. You might want to take a look at them if you are interested.

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    Thanks for the welcome !

    @treitz3 : The Rythmik would certainly be very nice, but I already had a good low end level (up to 20Hz) with my 2 subs a few weeks ago, at the price of big spikes and holes due to room modes.
    I modified the subs positioning, as they're now at about 40% length of lateral walls, and now bass is much more punchy, but I lost the low end extension...it's a trade off, I guess. Maybe I could do better, but I don't want to move everything in my living room to know...

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    Have you tried placing your subs at tweeter level? You might find a better compromise without having to "move" anything.

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    No...didn’t try this, maybe I could build 2 risers to see...

    In fact, my subs were positioned before like a «*monolithe*» , one on the other to couple them. This gave me a very high level, but not very linear in my room.

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    ...some pics :

    General view from my chesterfield :
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    My active Geithain (right) :
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    Waversa hub, directstream jr and Parasound P7 :
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    The Mini is hidden behind cd’s, you can also see the right sub :
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    Hi Jeff,

    Also from me a warm welcome from a fellow active pro speaker aficionado and Geithain user (901K).

    That’s a great system that you have put together there. Can you tell a bit more about the Jack Bybee room neutralizers?

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    Hello, nice to see another Geithain owner ! It’s very rare in my country...I’ve never heard the 901K, but they must be quite fantastic, with the cardioid response...

    About the bybee ARN, I bought them also from a German retailer (hifiathome.de, Michael is very kindly and informative), I wanted to try 1, as an immersive imaging has always been my first goal in hifi...and I must say it does the promise. I was so satisfied that I bought a second one. It cancels litterally the walls, and you feel really the acoustic of every recording. The sound field is way more deeper and wider, without losing anything in precision. I can say it’s unequivocally the best «*tweek» I’ve ever tried.

    If you can hear these little boxes not far from you, don’t hesitate.

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