I'm officially too far gone

So, I’m moving to Milwaukee for a new job. I am basing my apartment choice, for the most part, on the floor plan that’s most conducive to good acoustics and speaker placement. Trust me, it makes the search much more difficult. :blush:

Also, this forum software supports ligatures, cool. #typographynerd

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Remain single as long as practical or marry rich.

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Good plan, and I’m well on my way. Mostly along the staying single route.


Add a good headphone setup to boot for those after hour listening cravings!

Good luck on the move and finding audiophile compatible love :slight_smile:

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Congrats on the new job, city, and eventual apartment.

Here’s a poll to hopefully help tensor9 get psyched for the move. . . .

POLL: Which of the following is “the Beer that Made Milwaukee Famous”?:

  • Miller
  • Schlitz
  • Pabst
  • Blatz
  • Old Milwaukee

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Classic trivial persuit question. :slight_smile:

If you are interested, there is a good audio dealer in Milwaukee, Audio Emporium. I live in Maryland but found them super knowledgeable. I bought a demo Marantz SA-11S3 player from them over the phone. It’s in my smaller system feeding an AV Options rebuilt NAIT2 and ProAc Tablette 10s. It really sings! (PS Audio DSJ is in my bigger system.)

Milwaukee has two dealers that have been around for many years. Ultra Fidelus and Audio Emporium are both excellent. Where you go will depend on brands.
There is also a relatively new store somewhere downtown. I have never been there, so no idea. There is a place in Waukesha, which is about 30 minutes west that specializes in used gear and speaker repair, called Audio Ventures.
Those are all places that I have done business with, and would recommend without hesitation.

You forgot to list Shotz Brewery…:rofl:

Milwakee is not a bad place… I did some project work up there and thoroughly enjoyed the city. My client, a professional services firm, could only interview for positions in the summer because the winters… um… really are winters. They were in the downtown, in the tallest building in Wisconsin.

Great food in Milwaukee with their German immigrant heritage. Milwaukee is/was the center for Socialist movement in the USA and had multiple Socialist party mayors. The city had a common steam heating system for the city… remnants of which I believe are still in operation today. The city was the first in the nation to enact J-Walking laws.

Anywho… the food was fantastic if you knew where to go. If you are vegetarian, I am, you will have a bit of a challenge because they are a meat and potatoes town. Get used to a “bubbler”.

Finding a good acoustic space: Me too! A tip: in the stereo room, clap your hands. If you hear that echo/resonance… just leave. Don’t lie to yourself and think your funiture and carpets will tame it. This is the acid test. Taming that is tortous. I moved into just such a place end ended up building my own acoustic treatment devices… boxes made from molding, Owens Corning fiberglass insulation, and bulk cloth material. I literally moved after one year as I could not take it anymore… I even hung blankets (yes I was single). I had Magnepan 2.5R speakers that require proper acoustic space.

Bruce in Philly


And check the architecture of the Milwaukee art museum.

Good call, that would have been funny, and in honor of Penny Marshall!

RIP Penny Marshall

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Do you guys think an 11’ wide room is wide enough for my Maggies? The room is plenty long.

Think that weird wall will screw me up?

That room is not bad for an apartment.

I would put the speakers along the right wall, and your couch/chair along the “hallway” (the left wall). I found my two sets of Magnepans always performed better along the long wall and not at the “end of the room”. Having side walls closer to the panels create too short echos from the rear waves… they rear waves need a long trip through the room… this makes a bigger sound stage.

For some reason, most think the long wall is counter-intuitive.

Bruce in Philly

Is not having a symmetrical side walls a bad thing. Along the long wall one speaker will be closer to a side wall than the other, even though the closer one will still be several feet away.

You are dealing with the realities of a crap environment. So what you do is control what you can and then punt. For that side wall, I would put something semi-absorbent and highly refractive. Book shelves are pretty good as they have all different depths, textures, etc. chachkas, books, lava lamps, bong… etc… Even the back wall should be refractive (not absorbent) if possible… I had an old industrial brick wall that was all crookedy and beat up… best back wall ever!

Bruce in Philly

That room is really not that bad at all. Maggies will be fine on the long wall and you’ll be sitting close enough that the side walls won’t be a big issue. I’ve found Magnepans more forgiving of room shortcomings than most dynamic speakers I’ve had. The only issue with the side walls will be dealing with the windows.

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