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    A Day With Jim Smith

    A couple of weeks ago I booked a RoomPlay Reference session with Jim Smith at his home in the Atlanta area.

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    I have to say it was an experience like I've never had before. Jim's expertise in room setup is well known in the audio community. I had purchased his book and DVD, "Get Better Sound", a couple of years back. And it has been a vital tool in helping me set up my own system.

    As some here know, I have moved to a new home in Georgia. It's much different than my house in Texas, room wise. The new home has a VERY open floor plan. And it's also a much livelier room than my old room. Susan and I like to have our system in our main living room, instead of a dedicated room, because we love to listen to music and enjoy a cocktail while I prep and then cook dinner. It's the way we love to live each day. This room is a challenging room to set up. But I feel much better about how it sounds now after spending the day at Jim's place.

    When I arrived a Jim's, we sat and talked a while about various things. He explained his thoughts on setup, and the things he listens for when setting up room. He explained the 3 things he listens for. Dynamics,Presence, and Tonality.
    We then entered his listening room for my session. He proceeded to play selected tracks to highlight each of the" Holy Trinity", my words not his. I truly have never heard a system do the things that his did. It was absolutely amazing.
    We all talk about how a speaker disappears, but I never experienced it to this degree. It was so spooky that in the first few moments I started to giggle uncontrollably. Simply amazing.
    The best part of the session was that I learned what to listen for in my own system, and it has helped me immensely.

    I'm now confident that I can make my new room sound the way I want to. But I still am going to have Jim come to my house and tune my system to my room. If I can get half of what I experienced at his place, I will be thrilled to death.

    Jim, if I made any errors about your thoughts, please chime in.
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    Thanks for the write up! I would love to have Jim come to my house to tweak things. I love his approach.
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    Mark.......Very interesting. I also have Jim's book and have taken advantage of a number of his suggestions while setting up and dialing in my two channel system in the studio. There is much to be gained from putting Jim's knowledge to good use.
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    I would love to have Jim optimize my speaker position. I spent quite a bit of time dialing my speakers in, but still feel I'm leaving something on the table. Bet Jim can get that last few %'s that's missing...


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    Re: A Day With Jim Smith

    Sounds like a great time Mark!
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    Re: A Day With Jim Smith

    Very cool, Mark, and thanks for sharing. I too have his book and DVD and have learned a lot from them. My current project has been getting my electrical plugs in proper phase and polarity based on his advice.
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    Re: A Day With Jim Smith

    Mark...thx for sharing. Hope you get the system dialed in as you want in the new place and since he will be coming to your house, sounds like he should be able to get them to sing when it's all said and done.
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    Re: A Day With Jim Smith

    This is fantastic Mark! When is Jim coming over to your house? Can't wait to hear the results when we visit in December.

    Keep us posted!
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    Mark, I too have Jims book & dvd they are top notch & look forward to your update on this thread.

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    Pretty cool Mark. Sounds like a wonderful experience.
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