MARK & DANIEL "SET UP" TIPS

 

The angle of your speakers (toe-in, toe-out) will determine and shape the sound stage of your speakers' audio presentation.  Again, sit where you normally would listen to your system, and adjust the angle of the speakers according to what ever angles produce the widest possible "stage" without creating any audio "holes" in the presentation.


 

 
Consider the acoustic signature of the room where you will reproduce and enjoy your recorded music.  A room full of angled, hard surfaces without any drapes, carpets or soft furniture will sound excessively "bright" and harsh; a room filled with drapes, carpets and covered furniture will lack high end dynamics. 
 
 
 

 

Simply adjust the decor of your room accordingly, until you find the proper mix of elements to enable you to experience the full dynamic range of your speakers.

 

setuptips.jpgAlthough you can use "tone controls" to shape, curve and blend audio response, many serious audiophiles prefer to hear the music exactly as it was recorded -- with tone controls set to zero (flat) or removed entirely out of the amplification "loop" in order to eliminate any additional distortion, however slight, to the audio signal being fed to your speakers.


All Mark & Daniel speakers, with the exceptions of The Ruby and Topaz, are capable of bi-amplification.  Mark & Daniel Audio Labs highly recommends bi-amplification of your speakers, as this promotes further audio clarity by sending separate signals to the high and low frequency drivers  of your speaker system.  If your amplifier has the facility to drive 2 or more pair of speakers, you can bi-amplify your Mark & Daniel Audio Lab speakers.


Our Mark & Daniel speakers are very revealing.  This means they will also reveal the flaws and any deficiencies of your audio recordings, if they exist, just as they will provide sumptuous, lavish sound for those recordings where care, consideration and artistry have been exercised.


If you have good, clean, quality amplification, and a decent playback source, the final determinant of the sound you will hear will be the recording quality of the original source material.


You will be surprised, as many audiophiles have been, to find that the vast majority of recordings have a dynamic range that truly does not challenge the edge of audio reproduction of your Mark & Daniel Audio Lab speakers.  It is irrelevant whether the music you are listening to is classical, jazz, rock, country, soul, etc.  What is relevant is how well that music is recorded.


You will know this to be a fact when you do find such high quality recordings.  The difference will be stunning.  It is our experience that approximately one out of 10 CDs truly approaches the full dynamic range of your Mark & Daniel Audio Lab speakers.

 


 
Nevertheless, your Mark & Daniel Audio Lab speakers will expose subtleties and nuances you never knew existed in any music you play through them.  The more you listen to music reproduced through your Mark & Daniel Audio Lab speakers, the more you will realize that you are no longer listening to "speakers."  Rather, you will be listening THROUGH your speakers directly to your music.
 
 

 

 

During use, your Mark & Daniel Audio Lab speakers become sonically "invisible," while revealing an entirely new audio landscape to your senses.  You will feel as if you are truly there at the moment of musical creation.  And we feel confident that you will never be satisfied with anything less after the Mark & Daniel experience.

 

 

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se good quality audio connection cables and cable ends.

 

Use a good quality, high power amplifier -- 80 watts per channel minimum into 8 ohms.  Note:  the power handling figure on · the back of your speakers is a MINIMUM number.

 

Use an electrical line "conditioner" between the wall outlet and your amplifier.  Besides providing electrical line surge protection, a good line conditioner will smooth out the current delivery to your amplifier, which will in turn smooth out the audio signal to your speakers.

 

When you first connect your speakers to your amplifier, please be sure your amplifier is turned completely off.  Please be sure that you connect the positive terminals of your amplifier to the positive terminals of your speaker; and the negative terminals of your amplifier to the negative terminals of your speaker.  It is very easy, with the excitement of new speakers to switch these connections.

 

Whenever you turn on your amplifier on, please be sure the volume control is at zero.  Whenever you turn your amplifier off, please be sure you return the volume control to zero.  Doing so will ensure that you will never damage your speakers due to an unwanted "thump" when your amplifier makes electrical connection to your speakers.

 

The more you use your speakers, the better they will sound.  This is especially true after the first 100 hours of operation at medium volume levels.
If at  all possible, use your speakers without the grill cloths for the best possible sound.  No matter how acoustically "transparent" grill cloth material may be or may appear to be, there is simply no way that having any material in front of your speakers will not interfere with the sound to some degree. 

 

Therefore, we highly recommend running your Mark & Daniel speakers "naked" , without the grill cloths, for the best possible sound.  Of course, when not in use, (and for modesty's sake) you may cover your speakers with the grill cloths using the magnetic latches provided.

 

Although most M&D speakers are bookshelf "style" speakers, please do not place them on book shelves or any place where they cannot "breathe" sufficiently.  Even the smallest M&D speakers move massive amounts of air; therefore, the back ports of the speaker should never be obstructed or hindered by shelving, curtains, direct or close contact with walls or other hard surfaces, etc.

 

Speaker placement is often a critical factor in the proper sound of music reproduced by any speakers.  Please experiment with placement in your room by adjusting speaker angle (toe-in or toe-out) and height.