How to be an audiophile on the cheap

#41
Or go with something simple like an Omega single driver speaker + small SET amp. Omegas are more satisfying an experience vs most multi-way speakers under $5kish, depending on listening habits and preferences of course. They aren't great for blasting Led Zeppelin or playing large symphony pieces, but they are amazing with some kinds of music.
Led Zeppelin is actually quite a good fit for small fullrange drivers and OB systems, provided you stay within their midrange power limits. None of the studio albums have any significant bass. They all roll off below 80 Hz. "Celebration Day" is the only one that gives the bass drivers a workout.
 

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Led Zeppelin is actually quite a good fit for small fullrange drivers and OB systems, provided you stay within their midrange power limits. None of the studio albums have any significant bass. They all roll off below 80 Hz. "Celebration Day" is the only one that gives the bass drivers a workout.
Led Zeppelin isn't a good fit for any HiFi system imo... you want a nice, warm, smooth mid-fi system instead. Many small full-range drivers are very resolving, not good for dinosaur rock... I can say for sure it doesn't sound good on my 4.5" single drivers, or on my 3-ways either.
 

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#43
I disagree. Of course there are tons of different Led Zeppelin CDs out there, and most of them are really bad. But take the recent 24/96s, or a good and proper LP, and it'll sound amazing on the 2-ways I've had at my disposal.

I remember cranking it really loud at the Newport show, with Evolution's MiniTwos (2-way+powerer woofer), and also here in the store, with YG Carmel 2s (2-way floorstander), Evolution MicroOnes and Enigmacoustics 2-way bookshelf speakers. No strain, and good, solid bass.
 
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I disagree. Of course there are tons of different Led Zeppelin CDs out there, and most of them are really bad. But take the recent 24/96s, or a good and proper LP, and it'll sound amazing on the 2-ways I've had at my disposal. ...
I have the original LP and CD releases and have had the opportunity to compare them with some of the recent remasters. They're all quite similar in spectral response. Note that I was not commenting on the overall sound quality, just that they won't overtax "bass SPL" challenged systems. It's quite revelatory how huge a track like "Kashmir" can sound on small speakers. When considering sound quality, I'll grant that modern highly resolving systems can reveal the shortcomings - they don't sound as good as I remember them from my youth. :)

I identify strongly with the thread subject. I prefer to spend money on software, not hardware. I apply the 80/20 rule, and try to buy used gear that has a good reputation. My musical tastes tend towards "manufactured" music (rock, metal, alternative / grunge) so I don't place a high priority on attributes such as a realistic soundstage. I dislike resonances and several forms of distortion, fortunately most modern gear gets these basics right.
 

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