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    Hi! I'm a newbie to both this forum and to the audio forums.

    After lurking for a while reading a ton of different forums on small amps and mini monitor speakers, I decided to jump in with both feet: you can't learn what you like by reading what someone else likes, right?

    I have ordered the WAF-1 pair based on the neutral sound and very positive reviews from many different posts/sites. I was interested in starting with something less expensive and somewhat balanced...not too bright, not too boomy...just to get into the mix and figure out what I like.

    I have also ordered a Jolida FX-10 as this will be playing from an iPod or CD player. Again, not knowing what I liked, I wanted to try something simple but just a bit more on the exotic side (tubes are exotic to us newbies).

    My past experience with audio started back in 1983 when I bought a Harman/Kardon HK 330i and a pair of Polk 5jr. I was in college and used to listen to a lot of music on that setup. I always found it a smooth and detailed sound compared to what my friend's listened to on their boombox systems! I still have the HK, oddly enough. The Polk 5jr's left with the ex back in the day! Since then (yeah, like the next 25 years), I have mostly had home theater stuff...all hodgepodge, really. Some of it terrible, some decent. The only really nice item I have currently is my subwoofer (Paradigm PS1000) which I just love!

    So one of my purposes is to start listening to 2 channel music again. The other is to learn what I like so when I have the chance to put together a reasonable home theater system, I will actually know what I want a little better.

    John
    Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

    Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

    Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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    Hi John. :Welcome: to the forum and Tweak City Audio. I'm not a "tube" guy, but that Jolida is really nice looking.



    You're to be commended for starting out slowly and taking the time to learn just what it is that YOU like.
    Jack

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    • #3
      OK, my first two questions, if I may:

      1. Any recommendations on speaker wires for the above (albeit simple) system? Normally, I would just see what heavy gauge speaker wire I have left and use that. Somehow I think there MAY be a better way...or is that good enough given the system?

      2. Any recommendations on speaker stands that would work well with the WAF-1s? Less (as in $$$) is more. I'm planning on having them on a desk for near field listening until I find the right speaker stands.

      Thanks and I hope my questions are not too rudimentary for the forum!
      Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

      Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

      Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ajax
        Hi John. :Welcome: to the forum and Tweak City Audio. I'm not a "tube" guy, but that Jolida is really nice looking.



        You're to be commended for starting out slowly and taking the time to learn just what it is that YOU like.
        Thanks, Jack! I'm pretty excited to get started with things.

        Also, I appreciate your e-mail to my question when I placed my order. As an aside, one of the things I noticed right away about TCA is that it is a real community...that is definitely something that made a difference when I was choosing between some of the very nice speakers available on the market.
        Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

        Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

        Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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        • #5
          Originally posted by InfernoSTi
          OK, my first two questions, if I may:

          1. Any recommendations on speaker wires for the above (albeit simple) system? Normally, I would just see what heavy gauge speaker wire I have left and use that. Somehow I think there MAY be a better way...or is that good enough given the system?

          2. Any recommendations on speaker stands that would work well with the WAF-1s? Less (as in $$$) is more. I'm planning on having them on a desk for near field listening until I find the right speaker stands.

          Thanks and I hope my questions are not too rudimentary for the forum!
          Welcome to the forum.
          I know nothing about the amp, but the WAF-1 mini monitors are a great value.

          Speaker wire and other connectors -- I and many other people online use Monoprice.
          Other options I see a lot are Blue Jean.
          Actually (especially on sale) the Emotiva interconnects were relatively inexpensive.

          Good luck and let us know your impressions of the setup.

          Mike
          HT Gear (AVS Link)
          Rk: MA WR-37-32
          Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
          Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
          Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
          Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
          BR: Oppo BDP-103
          Gm: 360 Pro
          LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
          S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
          Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
          Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
          Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
          TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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          • #6
            Thank you, Mike. I'll take a look at the sites...and I'll post my thoughts on the setup once everything arrives.
            Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

            Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

            Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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            • #7
              I haven't heard the Waf1s but I have a feeling that, paired with that amp, you are in for a treat. Also, what made quite a difference for me, as I'm using a dvd player as the source, was adding a inexpensive DAC.

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              • #8
                Thanks Django. I have read that Jolida will be coming out with a matching DAC that is stackable with the FX-10 ($99). I will read up on DACs and keep my eye out for that model in particular. If it fails to come out anytime soon, I will be looking for a similarly priced DAC, perhaps.

                Having read these forums a lot today, I'm pretty excited about the subwoofer options being discussed. The match between the 10.2 and the WAF-1s sounds like it will be terrific!
                Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

                Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

                Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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                • #9
                  Welcome to TCA, neighbor. 2-channel is always an exciting world to come into. I've heard great things about the WAF-1s, so I'm sure you'll enjoy them. That Jolida also looks awesome.

                  As stated in my signature, I'm an Onix dealer for the Texas area. I'm in Frisco if you ever want to drop by and demo any of the stuff I have or just shoot the bull about A/V stuff :)
                  PhenomeNhan Audio Video

                  Your authorized ONIX dealer for the Great States of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.!
                  [email protected]

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                  • #10
                    Hello and another welcome.

                    That Jolida looks super cool. As fun as HT is, there's more 'magic' in 2 channel imo. Make sure to post your impressions with that setup, and pics too
                    Never Argue With An idiot. They'll Lower You To Their Level And Then Beat You With Experience!

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                    • #11
                      Nice to see some locals on the forum! Looking forward to getting to know folks (and tap into a little of that expertise!)....
                      Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

                      Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

                      Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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                      • #12
                        Hi John and welcome!

                        Simple solution for your speaker wire. You can get 14ga speaker wire at Home Depot or Lowe's. They have pre-cut spools or you could have them cut a couple of pieces from their bulk wire rack. Good wire & good price. They also have banana plugs that work well.

                        For stands, take a look at racksandstands.com or Parts Express. I'd suggest that you look at something with adjustable height.

                        We'll be interested to hear your impressions of the WAF-1s.
                        Ray

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                        • #13
                          Ray, thank you for the detailed suggestions...that is extremely helpful. I'm going to have to find the stands and the sites you referenced are excellent. John
                          Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

                          Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

                          Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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                          • #14
                            OK, the WAF-1s arrived last night. Yea!!!

                            First off, let me say they arrived faster than the Jolida which was ordered earlier (not slamming them, just saying these got here fast), so compliments to TCA for their shipping speed! The box is heavier than expected and nicely double boxed to prevent shipping damage. Upon opening the inner box, you find a nice packaging with each speaker in a cloth bag that is very soft. Nice touch. The speakers feel rock solid in your hands.

                            Of course I had to hook them up to my HT amp (as previously mentioned is not of the greatest quality or very new even: H/K AVR110). I left the Paradigm PS1000 sub hooked up as I wasn't going to do more than just enjoy them. Mind you, I'm no audiophile...but I do enjoy music.

                            I started out with some Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour remastered CD), then some iTunes 256K sample songs (Jay Farrar, Elliot Smith, Gary Jules, and Vic Chesnutt), and then a jazz CD (Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard).

                            I have to say the WAF-1s have exceeded my expectations. To me, they sound tight and clean. I played with them a little and on Vic Chesnutt Panic Pure, found the sweet spot where the speakers disappeared and the music and vocals were there instead. My favorites of the evening included the Bill Evans CD and Penny Lane off MMT.

                            On the Bill Evans CD, the piano, bass, and drums are truly a joy to listen to on these speakers. The highs subtle, the key strokes clear, and I think I heard a glass clink in the audience at one point...but it may have been my imagination! In fact, I have that CD on this morning just to enjoy the music while getting ready to head into the office.

                            On Penny Lane, the evenness across the range was lovely with the accents standing out. I think the remastering maybe helped a bit, as well. Vocals were clear, the cymbals not harsh, and the effect was a fresh listen to a song I have heard all my live. Very enjoyable.

                            In fact, these speakers pretty much have me wanting to listen to another song by another artist...one song makes we think of another to pop in the CD tray...kind of that, "gee, I wonder what such and such would sound like" affect. That is the real compliment to the enjoyment of the speakers.

                            In summary, I can't wait to hook these up to the Jolida when it arrives, but for now, to my untrained ear, these sound wonderful. They have me wanting to listen to music I know well because it sounds new again, if that makes sense. I should temper this with the comment that when you step up from very average mainstream to this, it is quite a contrast. If I was replacing very nice speakers, I would probably have to spend a lot more time with the A/B kind of listening to see what I liked better about each. I also have the subwoofer hooked up, I can't yet comment on their sound standing alone. For now, though, these have me simply enjoying them for the music's sake, if you will.

                            As I said earlier, my expectations have already been exceeded! Nicely done and thank you, TCA!

                            John
                            Tweak City Audio WAF-1, Paradigm PS1000, Jolida FX-10 tube amp, Samsung Blu-ray, Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Apple Airport Express (living room)

                            Hawthorne Audio 101515 OB Trio DIY speakers, DIY Bottlehead Stereomour 2A3 amp, DIY 6CL6 SPUD amp, Rythmik 370 OB Plate Amps (in stereo), Beresford TC-7520 DAC, Macbook Pro/iTunes & Decibel FLAC player for Mac, Sony S370 Blu-ray (listening room)

                            Other stuff: Usher S-520, JohnBlue JB-3, MiniWatt, Glow Amp One, Nuforce Icon Mobile, Sennheiser HD595

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by InfernoSTi
                              OK, the WAF-1s arrived last night. Yea!!!

                              First off, let me say they arrived faster than the Jolida which was ordered earlier (not slamming them, just saying these got here fast), so compliments to TCA for their shipping speed! The box is heavier than expected and nicely double boxed to prevent shipping damage. Upon opening the inner box, you find a nice packaging with each speaker in a cloth bag that is very soft. Nice touch. The speakers feel rock solid in your hands.

                              Of course I had to hook them up to my HT amp (as previously mentioned is not of the greatest quality or very new even: H/K AVR110). I left the Paradigm PS1000 sub hooked up as I wasn't going to do more than just enjoy them. Mind you, I'm no audiophile...but I do enjoy music.

                              I started out with some Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour remastered CD), then some iTunes 256K sample songs (Jay Farrar, Elliot Smith, Gary Jules, and Vic Chesnutt), and then a jazz CD (Bill Evans Trio Sunday at the Village Vanguard).

                              I have to say the WAF-1s have exceeded my expectations. To me, they sound tight and clean. I played with them a little and on Vic Chesnutt Panic Pure, found the sweet spot where the speakers disappeared and the music and vocals were there instead. My favorites of the evening included the Bill Evans CD and Penny Lane off MMT.

                              On the Bill Evans CD, the piano, bass, and drums are truly a joy to listen to on these speakers. The highs subtle, the key strokes clear, and I think I heard a glass clink in the audience at one point...but it may have been my imagination! In fact, I have that CD on this morning just to enjoy the music while getting ready to head into the office.

                              On Penny Lane, the evenness across the range was lovely with the accents standing out. I think the remastering maybe helped a bit, as well. Vocals were clear, the cymbals not harsh, and the effect was a fresh listen to a song I have heard all my live. Very enjoyable.

                              In fact, these speakers pretty much have me wanting to listen to another song by another artist...one song makes we think of another to pop in the CD tray...kind of that, "gee, I wonder what such and such would sound like" affect. That is the real compliment to the enjoyment of the speakers.

                              In summary, I can't wait to hook these up to the Jolida when it arrives, but for now, to my untrained ear, these sound wonderful. They have me wanting to listen to music I know well because it sounds new again, if that makes sense. I should temper this with the comment that when you step up from very average mainstream to this, it is quite a contrast. If I was replacing very nice speakers, I would probably have to spend a lot more time with the A/B kind of listening to see what I liked better about each. I also have the subwoofer hooked up, I can't yet comment on their sound standing alone. For now, though, these have me simply enjoying them for the music's sake, if you will.

                              As I said earlier, my expectations have already been exceeded! Nicely done and thank you, TCA!

                              John
                              Congrats!

                              Glad you are enjoying them.
                              Any pics of your setup?

                              Mike
                              HT Gear (AVS Link)
                              Rk: MA WR-37-32
                              Pwr: 20A, Surge-X SEQ, M1500-UPS
                              Proj: JVC RS20, 128" 2.4:1 CaradaBW, ISCOIIIL, CineSlide, RadianceXE
                              Cbl: DirectTV C31/700 Genie receiver
                              Rec: 5308CI + XPA-3
                              BR: Oppo BDP-103
                              Gm: 360 Pro
                              LR/C: RS1KSig/RSC200Sig
                              S/R: RSS300/RS250MkII
                              Sub: SVS PB12-Ultra/2
                              Off: HRT MS DAC, USP-1, UPA-2, ERC-1, Ultra10, WAF-1 Ninja+No-Rez
                              Off2: Gizmo, WAF-1
                              TCA: 3x Gizmo 1.0or,5x v1.0M; 5xWAF-1

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