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    That's kind of been my theory - my speakers are well forward of the TT and firing away from it.
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    Alex mate, thats top.

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    Agreed Joe, I doubt my room would even get a mention in Cowboy Decorators Weekly
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    I mentioned my "outdoor" system in other threads, so thought it about time I posted some pics:

    First off, it has its own dedicated Consumer unit and earth rod, with an armoured cable taking the power from the main supply. Weatherproof MK plugs and lighting.

    This is the "business end - all "pishanto" purloined at silly prices or free - the Technics CD player was given me a couple of months ago by a neighbour who knew I was into my hifi... I have no idea how he knew - I've never spoken to him about it?



    The Sony tuner I bought about 15 years ago from Currys - it was wrongly priced at 35, so I couldn't resist! The Aura VA-50 amp is lovely - I always wanted a chrome one, but when this came on ebay I couldn't resist (again!) - about 70 I think. The laptop is the ever reliable IBM ThinkPad T42 - brilliant bits of kit even though it must be 10 years old, and with XP runs fine. Media Center 18 or Spotify into a Fiio E7 USB DAC/Headphone amp - sounds far better than it has any right to! Of course the main component you can just see to the left of the hifi - the beer fridge! Too temping when I work from home as I use the summerhouse as my office if it is warm enough!



    And this is tonight's "sunset listening position" - the sun sets to my right, so I can see it dipping behind the trees and choose my soundtrack. The summerhouse is about 50 feet away from the house, so plenty of space to allow me to listen at higher levels than I could indoors which would wake the nippers. When I want to listen inside the "man cave" I just whizz the speakers inside, and have a "quick change"way to reverse the channels on an extended RCA cable with female connectors on one end easily accessible.



    The speakers are Kef Coda 9 - bought new 17 years ago - and boy are these good - really! If you ever see a pair or their smaller siblings (the 8s or 7s) then snap them up! They're flimsy as hell, made from very thin MDF, a nice "black vinyl wrap" and plastic baffles... so not the most attractive of speakers but very much more than the sum of their parts. The 9s have a downward firing woofer and rear port in the lower half, so not just a bookshelf speaker stuck on an empty box like a lot of floorstanders and the bass is superb, but does not overshadow the mid or treble.

    Sometimes I think this is my best system - mainly because if I'm using it then the weather is nice, we've probably got the BBQ going and friends or family round, and it is all about having fun and enjoying good music.

    Upgrades? Lilac curtains to match the rug and cushions of course, and more beer for the fridge!
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    Not green curtains to match the carpet, err grass?

    Nice cheap as chips system, Alex, I'd expect nothing less from the 'master'

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    Thanks Martin, you're too kind! (I think the green carpet is getting a bit threadbare in the corner, though! I hadn't really noticed until I took the photo.)
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    "business end - all "pishanto"
    Did someone say PISHANTO


    Nice away from it all location , How do the people next door like it
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    Nice one.

    I should imagine that the relative lack of early reflections and the generous 'room' proportions would mean there aren't any problems with room modes etc.

    Have you noticed any difference to low end if you run the rig with the doors shut or to the image if you bring the speaker right to the edge of the decking (so there's no reflective surface in front of them)?

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    I've found in such situations that a bed of cabbages makes a great bass trap.

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    Respect, Alex - that's quality!

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