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    I've just sold my dCS on fleabay (made a rather nice profit too ), so I have up to about £3k to spend gratuitously on kit.

    The dCS sale was driven by the fact that, when I got the F3 here, I plugged the SB+ directly into it, and tbh it sounded great (although that might have been the Hitachi interconnect ). So I thought, why bother with all those boxes? Might as well get a Modwright Transporter, gotta be nicer than the dCS and definitely cooler.

    Now I am running scared of buying something blind for that amount of cash, so am also considering:
    • Just keeping the money for no apparent reason
    • Linn Akurate DS. This, I will admit, is unlikely
    • Buy some amplifiers, maybe some Welborne 45s, or get someone to build me something a bit special
    • Why not spend it on speakers, maybe get the new hemp drivers for my AN-E/Ds, or buy the Overkill Audio Ovations on fleabay, but then I'd need more amps...
    My concern is that the SB+ is a good digital source, and frankly once you have a good digital source, digital is not that much fun. You can have a lot more fun with amps and speakers, I find. But I do want to make sure that the source is good enough...

    Any thoughts, random unfounded opinions, etc?
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    Record player?
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    AmDismal wrote:
    tbh it sounded great (although that might have been the Hitachi interconnect ).
    'course it is!

    How about some comments/review on my Hitachi thread. I can't remember if you are a True Cable Believer or not ....

    __

    Anyway, back to On Topic - give the money to me and I'll be on eBay toot-sweet and the money is as good as gone.

    Problem solved.
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    You forgot:

    • Send the money to Coco, who will spend it wisely.
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    meninblack wrote:
    Record player?

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    Sexy cabs for your lowthers.
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    A pity you can't stretch the budget and get a Nordost Odin mains lead for your SB+
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    AmDismal wrote:
    My concern is that the SB+ is a good digital source, and frankly once you have a good digital source, digital is not that much fun. You can have a lot more fun with amps and speakers, I find. But I do want to make sure that the source is good enough...

    Any thoughts, random unfounded opinions, etc?
    Yes of course! the road certainly doesn't end there! Analogue is way more fun! you get to choose cartridges, decks, tonearms, motors, psu, phonostages, even bearing fluid!

    and certainly look way cooler than cd players!


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    Yep, the faithful Michell Gyro. Tis a beautiful thing.






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    I've been having more fun playing with old 78s than I've had in a long while. Endless nerdy tweakery, not just in terms of cartridges, etc. but you get to try and work out the right EQ curve - Yes you get to gratuitously mess with tone controls in the full knowledge that in this case it's audiophool approved - also real vintage gear is way cool.

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    Cheers guys, my record player is quite adequate for the use it gets!

    @ Jerry: not got round to comparing the Hitachi cable to anything yet. Just plugged it in. I rarely get excited about cables nowadays

    @ Pete: yeah, that plan with the active amp is still under consideration, now with the ANs rather than LVs!

    @ Stu: I might tidy up the Lowthers, but chances are they will be going into the basement, where looks are totally unimportant. To be honest, that's no bad thing for them...

    @ Paul: no comment that will be suitable for work!
    Compression drivers twerk my eardrums

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    cruise round the windies?

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    I love Audionote speakers, the first watts amp suppose to be pretty decent and dCS's sound is pretty much what you always wanted. Why don't you go off to Thailand for 2 weeks?
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    This is in budget just I think








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    What about trying diy speakers? plenty of Lowther designs and plenty more other drivers....

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    good grief man.....two weeks in thailand with two ladies doing body body massage or some more HiFi you'll forget in three months.....
    now lets see.

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    ... you need some horns Adam

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    Weiss DAC2 Mate! pump it full of whatever digital "sauce" you want Keith's not far from you

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    Get one of these. The best DAC I've ever heard! Pi**es all over a full DCS stack from the height of Mount Everest

    The present owner had a DCS stack so its a true comparison to make and made the Weiss sound like it had been made from a Mecano kit

    A little over budget though :minikiev:

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