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  • in reply to: Virtual Factory Tour? #764
    TWB
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    As a dealer over the last 20 years, I’ve been there several times to p/u and/or drop off product. The “factory” consists of a large metal building adjacent to the residence of Dr. West where they do final assembly, testing, and preparation for shipment. In essence, they are built to order, one at a time. Typically, there will be several pair on site at any one time, some being upgraded. Not much to photograph, certainly no “tours”!

    If you choose to go for a visit, be aware that Gunnison is a very small farming community of about 3600 people, in the middle of nowhere, about 1.5 hours south of Salt Lake City. The only place I saw to stay reminded me of the Bates Motel! One restaurant (burgers). Since I was towing a cargo trailer, I camped. Take note of the SL crates in the trailer. I slept on top of them!

    Brett, shown in the interior photo, is the production manager and a member of the family. If you ever need help, he is the one to talk to. A great asset!

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    in reply to: Atma-Sphere MA1 3.2 vs Pass XA60.8 amp #686
    TWB
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    But it took 5 hours to sound good in my tiny room (9×11).

    Does this mean 5 hours to warm up?? My Pass lab amps sound great cold, but do get a bit better when fully warmed up, in my opinion, no more than 30 minutes!

    in reply to: power conditioner for SL #640
    TWB
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    Are you suggesting that a Power Conditioner dedicated to the bias power supply of the Sound Labs is making this dramatic improvement?

    Or, is the entire system plugged into the PS Audio device?

    in reply to: Sound Lab recommendations for a small room #632
    TWB
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    Hi Russell,
    In my San Francisco residence I have the Ultimate 545PXs in a room very close to the dimensions of yours. I am extremely pleased with the sound. The volume of the room in cubic feet is the critical factor in determining minimum panel size. You can always go bigger without a problem, so long as they fit in the room! This opinion comes directly from Dr. West.

    I have a second system in my country residence in a much larger room with the Ultimate-1PX panels. The sound has the same character, but presents a much larger sound stage. The 545s would not do as well in this room, as the radiating area of the panel in square inches is not adequate to activate all of the in air in the room, which is an important factor in giving Sound Labs their exceptional quality.

    You are welcome to visit and hear them for yourself.

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    in reply to: Using WiFi Plugs to Power/De-Power Sounlabs #559
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    It also needs to be pointed out that prior to the PX generation of panels, there was a serious problem with the insulation of the stator wires, and a different coating of the mylar. Arcing and burn thru happened all to often, necessitating a trip to the factory. With the PX gratin and beyond, all this is history and problems are rare.

    in reply to: Using WiFi Plugs to Power/De-Power Sounlabs #554
    TWB
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    To forestall the possibility of any new owners getting the false impression there is a need or reason to be turning the power to the backplates off in-between use, Dr. West has spoken clearly: there is not! I have owned various Sound Lab models over the last 20 years. Other than a few occasions when I planned to be away for an extended time, I have never unplugged them, and see no reason to do so.

    in reply to: Speaker cables #516
    TWB
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    Mike- If you have submitted more than has appeared, I do not know why.

    in reply to: Speaker cables #514
    TWB
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    Mike- There is absolutely nothing inappropriate in your post. Your opinions are based in your experience, and totally welcome here. And, I agree with your conclusion that room acoustics and other factors will determine what choices best please you!

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    in reply to: Speaker cables #493
    TWB
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    In my country system with the U-1PX speakers, I do use the Teo cables. When I introduced them some 4-5 years ago, I experienced a major improvement over what I had been using. The 20+ year old MIT cables they replaced are now in my city system with the U-545PX speakers, and are still delivering much delight. If I were willing to spend the crazy stupid $’s to have another set of Teo cables, I have no doubt I would be delighted with the improvement. But, I am a music lover more than an audiophile who is constantly seeking the next “high”. My systems are already highly evolved and deliver pure musical delight. Sound Labs are extremely revealing and will reward one with better sound every time you make a positive move. But at some point, I believe one needs to step back from the chase, and simply enjoy the music!

    My IC’s are all balanced and about 20 years old. I believe balanced cables are not nearly as subject to the very noticeable differences one experiences with single ended IC’s. Thus, I have not explored this rabbit hole in many years.

    Rather than recommend I prefer to suggest you try different cables for yourself, and then decide (within your budget) what pleases you.

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    in reply to: Speaker cables #490
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    Obviously your post was successful. Try it again here.

    in reply to: Speaker cables #483
    TWB
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    Borrow different cables from whoever you can and decide for yourself. Crazy expensive, but if you can arrange it, try Teo Liquid cables.

    in reply to: Tidal vs Qobuz #462
    TWB
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    It depends on the recording. Regular CD can sound great when engineered well. HiRez can sound poorly when not well done. Great HiRez can be extremely good, better than most CD. Of course, if your system is not great, you might not be able to tell the difference easily. My digital playback has evolved and improved greatly over the years. (Keces LPS powering Roon Nucleus and ethernet switch >Fiber Optic conversion >Lumin X-1) Everything matters!

    in reply to: Tidal vs Qobuz #460
    TWB
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    I subscribe to both and use Roon. SQ about the same- both very good, so much so it’s my main source. If I search in Roon, it will offer up choices from either or both.

    in reply to: Ticking/Clicking Sound #451
    TWB
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    If it happens again, try swapping the left & right backplates. If the sound follows the back plate, then it’s not the panel.

    in reply to: Ticking/Clicking Sound #447
    TWB
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    What you have described is not entirely unusual. If when you heard the clicking you had dialed down the bias, the noise would have ceased. The recommended setting is achieved by turning up the bias until you hear the clicking, then turning it down just enough to have silence. Changing environmental factors (such as humidity) can effect this. Unless this occurs frequently, I don’t think you have a problem.

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