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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-z View Post
    pulling them a couple of inches further from the back wall and adjusting the spikes to tilt the speakers slightly backwards to get the tweeter axis closer to ear level which has helped quite a bit, although I’m expecting they’ll improve more over the next few days.
    They will keep improving for a while tilting them backwards helped a lot for me too especially after adding the other stabilizers, I am wondering if a more powerful power-amp still improves the sound.
    Streaming music from macbook via usb, to a musical fidelity V90 dac, to a Nobsound ns-01P tube pre amp with jj ecc803s gold pin to poweramp arcam Alpha 8 power amp to Q Acoustics 3050 floor standers.
    Favourite music progressive rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Tube View Post
    They will keep improving for a while tilting them backwards helped a lot for me too especially after adding the other stabilizers, I am wondering if a more powerful power-amp still improves the sound.
    With the high efficiency I think extra power would be a bit of a waste, at my normal listening level I bet I barely deliver much more than an average of half a watt or so.To get the backward tilt I just used the rubber spike caps on the front spikes.
    If I could afford one I'd power them with a Quad VA1 valve amp which is just 15wpc, bet that would be a sweet combo.


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    Earlier on today I thought Iíd try the 3050s with the supplied foam port bungs. Results were not very good as although from upper bass upwards there was no change, mid to low bass was seriously curtailed making the speaker sound more like a small standmount.
    So I though back to a pair of speakers I owned in the early 1980s, the Meridian M3 actives, they were small active standmounts which had twin reflex ports, the interesting thing was that the ports were filled with what looked like small diameter plastic drinking straws I assume to partially resist the air flow in the port.
    So I decided to try the same idea with the 3050s, bought 2 party packs of drinking straws and cut them down to 4Ē in length, packed them tight to the inside of a roll of duct tape that happened to be the same diameter as the port, bound them together with tape and then pushed them into the ports leaving about an inch protruding. So what was the result ? a probable reduction in low bass output of 10-20% but with no loss of extension coupled to a degree of tightening on transients, so I think I may have struck gold at the first attempt as the result is exactly what I wanted, basically a way of curbing the room effect to a small degree without really losing anything, good result for an outlay of £1.


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  4. #54
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    Well I have just completed my first week of ownership of the QA 3050s and now they are fully broken in I have to say that I'm pretty delighted with them, I'd be very surprised if there's another speaker at the price which has the same wide spread of abilities. Yes, they have needed a bit of tweaking to suit the position I'm forced to have them in, not surprising really as they're designed for free space positioning and they're nothing like in free space. In fact in comparison to my Jordan Eikona 2 VTLs in my main system in the living room I must say the 3050s run them quite close, they're not as good as the Jordans but the margin is small particularly considering the Jordans are double the price it's a great result, the 3050s have the edge though with bass weight and punch which is to be expected.
    Having just read an interesting write up from the guys at QA about the benefits of bi-wiring that's going to be the next step.
    https://www.qacoustics.co.uk/blog/20...tion-benefits/


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    The Audioquest 14/4 cable arrived this morning and is now hooked up to the 3050s. Initial impressions are certainly favourable, there seems to be a slight general improvement across the board. First thing that struck me was the music seemed smoother and easier to listen to, the treble seems cleaner in particular perhaps due, as measured in QAs tests by a reduction in IM distortion in the line to the tweeters, whatever, it sounds better to my ears, cymbals in particular sound really natural and with the right amount of decay.
    The bass end seems to have a little more grip and speed, so much so I may hold off on trying any further experiments with varying the resistivity in the ports, the extra control in the bass is very welcome particularly where I'm forced to have the speakers positioned as it's curbed the slight bass excess even more, £12 for the cable appears to have been money well spent


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