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  1. No. We don't 'all'. However, some common sense never goes amiss. I have used an Isotek to good effect in the past. The damned great heavy one with transformer coupling. It made a massive (positive) difference to systems I showed at Scalford, where the mains was as clean as a sewer, but in the end I sold it, because the mains at home is as close to 'clean' as makes no difference. But that's active or passive filtering or regeneration, not just a length of wire. However much you pretty it up with marketing speak and misused physics, if it carries a signal (be it mains or audio) then it's a piece of wire. It can have assorted electrical properties for sure, though I'm not certain that I'd agree with the term 'filter'. As I've stated, it's your money and your choice. I'm not on a crusade here, I have far better things to do with my time. Nevetheless, I can't help but comment when I see a 5 metre piece of wire being advertised for twenty thousand pounds. That is complete insanity.
    5 points
  2. [2004] The Killers - Hot Fuss [flac]
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  4. [2006] JJ Cale & Eric Clapton ‎– The Road To Escondido [flac]
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  5. The sad position today , applicable to many erstwhile specialist retail sectors, is that there are only two ways to stay in bricks & mortar business. You either pile it higher & sell it cheaper than anyone else, abandoning any semblance of customer service ...or you become a very upmarket "consultant" , more of a bespoke service to the well healed than a shop. There are a few very good dealers who, due to a real passion for the trade, have combined the lucrative high end specialist consultancy with the less profitable sale of good affordable kit , with good advice, demo facilities and service provided by knowledgeable & approachable staff . We need these guys...because without them there'll be nobody to guide the new generation of listeners, who will one day be the folks buying the expensive stuff.
    3 points
  6. Bloody hell mine is the left ear - we could make a right pair. I have no idea what caused mine I was sitting doing emails one night about 10 or 11 pm and it just started ringing. I thought it was from playing drums in a band for years (you get a double wammy as the drummer, both the drums and the back line of amps close to you). However, if it was that then I would have expected both ears to go. I went for tests at the hospital (they did a scan to ensure nowt wrong in the brain like a tumour) and the specialist thought that the problem was I could hear much higher frequencies on my right side than my left (which I thought was daft as the tinnitus ringing prevents you hearing the higher frequencies clearly) and the brain was trying to compensate for it. I think it just shows they don't know the reasons a lot of the time and least of all the answers. I have learned to filter it out most of the time but late at night in silence it can be a pain, like you though it does not affect my enjoyment of listening to music although if I get carried away and play too loud on some material it can set it off worse so to speak. I do worry for those using earphones on the go though, the volumes they must be playing at if you can hear it when they walk past or sit not too far away on a bus or train has to result in long term damage methinks.
    3 points
  7. Jules, as a long time Tinnitus sufferer myself (commercial diving caused mine) you have both my sympathy and my hopes for your recovery from your new condition. I still hope for a cure one day myself, it would be lovely to be able to sit in silence now and again.
    3 points
  8. As many who frequent these pages I've had hearing problems, In my case for the last 8 years I've struggled withTinnitus, however, with time I've adjusted and recently started enjoying music again, low level, 60 to 70 dba modest equipment but still enjoyable. In March I caught a virus, a few weeks of coughing didn't shift it, then something altogether more unpleasant took hold, I became very unwell , no appetite etc, seems to have been Pneumonia, the effects of which are still ongoing. About a week ago my better half spoke and I started laughing, she sounded like she was on helium, initially I was worried in case she had a problem with her throat, a few hours later ,with the radio on, it dawned on me that I was hearing everything pitch shifted, blocking off either ear told me that it was my left ear that was affected, it 's always the left ear that gets affected more when I get a head cold ( tinnitus worsens in both ears but the left ear takes longer to clear ) I've not seen a doctor as yet but the condition is known as Diplacusis dysharmonica, I'd never heard of it before, I'm hoping it's transitory and that I recover to some extent when my head clears, but I've googled a few cases where it's a permanent fixture. Anyway the point of this ramble is the most important part of your kit are your ears, don't listen too loud, take care you don't bump your head ( that's where my tinnitus came from ) and if this thing ever clears up I'll not let a cold persist without seeking treatment. Jules
    2 points
  9. Stunning pressing. Being enjoyed with a glass of red.
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  10. Thanks for the support chaps, I'm hoping that the rarity of the condition peaks the interest of a good Audiologist and I can maybe get some help, I agree just leaving and hoping probably isn't the best course of action. I've had blocked eustachian tubes in the past in fact as a 5 year old, I had grommets in a classic ear nose and throat op, Adenoids and Tonsils whipped out too. Without that op I wouldn't have enjoyed a 30 year career in the Sound dept of the Beeb. Unfortunately this seems to be more than a blocked eustachian tube but I've no doubt their not functioning correctly at present. "If your diplacusis is caused by an obstruction, your hearing may return to normal once the obstruction is removed or the infection subsides. Diplacusis caused by sensorineural hearing loss is permanent, but it may be treated with hearing aids or cochlear implants. If you notice symptoms of diplacusis or suspect you are losing your hearing, make an appointment to see a hearing healthcare professional. They can provide easy, painless testing and determine the right course of action. To find a trusted hearing healthcare professional in your community" I've found a guy on diyaudio.com who's been through something similar, I'll mail him
    2 points
  11. I have real sympathy for you issues because as you so rightly say your ears are your most precious devices that you own . I would however ask your Doctor to send you to a really good Audiologist (you can now check on a list which are the best rated specialist) and get them to have a good set of tests and examinations. often just doing nothing can let the conditon worsen or take hold if you get treatment early enough then sometimes they can make improvements.
    2 points
  12. Seems like you've been through the mill, but if I were you, I'd still get myself to the quacks. Mac
    2 points
  13. [1998] The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses [20th Anniversary remastered/reissued CD]
    2 points
  14. Isn't it ever? Mine, with the Adikt of course, is currently playing the wonderful 1964 Barbirolli recording of Mahler's 9th Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic. The sound is so immediate that it could almost be live ... David
    2 points
  15. I just uploaded this on another thread, so thought I'd share it here too (please ignore the tatty and very well loved pouf!). Here is my system and slowly growing vinyl collection, both built up since I bought my first flat 4 years ago. Most of the components will probably be well known to many on here - nothing too exotic - but to me it sounds SUPERB!
    2 points
  16. This is the problem it has nowt to do with seeing it - it has all to do with how people hear it - I am not arguing with you just pointing out different people have their own idea what sounds right (some people cannot stand the sound of a violin full stop) .. It is at the end of the day how people like it and bugger all to do with "accuracy" for which as we all know there are loads of definitions - with a violin the sound the violinist hears, the sound ten feet away and twenty yards away (where venue reverberation will be greater) ........ so if you prefer recordings with the mics set back in the listening venue fine - other people may prefer summat else was all I was trying to get across ..
    1 point
  17. I'll post a full report on Sunday Morning! I've been running mine for about two weeks now. Sorry, only just seen your post! 👍 👍 👍 Something has kind of kept me in my Listening Seat... 💡💡💡🔌🔌🔌
    1 point
  18. The suggestions here are all good. But in addition you need to account for the fact that the seat bottoms in cars slant down toward the back. You want to keep the LP12 as level as possible to minimize any oil loss (if keeping the inner platter raised and in place, which is what I do) so you want it level. I keep an old bath towel in the car which I fold and roll up to keep the LP12 as level as possible. On cars with 12 way adjustable seats I further adjust the seat to get it level. I would also wrap the seat belt around the unit as an extra precaution. The belt should be marked not only for outside vs. inside but also top vs. bottom as that is audible as well. I have now traveled to 4 Hi-Fi shows with two LP12s, one on a car seat and one on the floor. Three of these were to Denver, an 1100 mile trip one way and the latest was to Schaumberg, IL a drive of 265 miles. I had swap out a Urika for a Trampolin 2 on my Klimax LP12 after this trip and I did fine tune the suspension a touch, but back home it is still fine. Otherwise both LP12s needed no tuning after any of the trips. I have also had customers drive me LP12s from a number of cities, some as far away as Raleigh, NC which is about 670 miles. They all have arrived happily still singing at their destinations. So I suspect that, with the reasonable care you are planning on, you should have no problems.
    1 point
  19. I agree some cracking images. I did try the Fuji X-T10 on one trip and I really struggled with it. I have used Nikon, Minolta and for the last 15 years Canon, I never had a problem changing cameras until the X-T10, I have even used a Sony compact without any problem. I thought the AF was poor, missed quite a few shots and there is often a delay, quite a few were out of focus as well, the failure rate was far higher than with my Canon 5D2. The manual focus is not good, no marking on the lenses and you have to turn the lens focus ring around a lot, it not very easy to see what the focus setting is, everything is the opposite direction as well which does not help. Not keen on the viewfinder image and if you use the screen can't hold it so still. The grip is far too small even for my hands, you can buy an optional larger grip. In the manual it says you can reverse this but I can't find the setting in the menu. A lot of the settings are buried in the menus. It did some weird things in low light as well, mind of it's own. There were several issues, images did seem quite noisy in low light, I guess that's one limitation of a smaller sensor. I'm was thinking of selling mine but may give it another go. For street photos I see a few are using the Ricoh GRs. For me it has not replaced the DSLR although I may use one for trips I'm not going to take many images and for street type images. For countries like Japan and Myanmar I will be taking my 5D2 or I may replace that with a newer version. My advise is if thinking of replacing your DSLR is buy a used one and try out for a while then if it's not for you you will not lose much money.
    1 point
  20. Right-o..... here goes. Excellent. Simple as that. Set up my LS50 this afternoon, very rough set-up and a brief listen but I am very impressed. The stands I bought are 20” with a fairly large spike and pad so they are probably sitting at about 21” but I do feel that may be a little low, so I will try playing with the height and toe in. Being smaller than my floor standers means I can bring them further away from the wall and give them more room to breath, which no doubt helps. They seem to partner well with my new Technics amp, they have a great, natural sounding bass and at this point I doubt there is any need for a separate sub. Crystal clear vocals and very expansive soundstage. I can certainly see why so many people rave about them, at less than £500 (inc new stands) these must be hard to beat.
    1 point
  21. The TPlinks as mentioned by me & orbscure. The starter kit I got had 1 master which takes a hardwire feed from the router and 1 slave that you put where its needed on the same ringmain. For upstairs I use a tplink range extender as this is a separate ringmain. Both the slave and the range extender are wireless aswell as having 2 output sockets for hardwiring network devices.
    1 point
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  23. Perfectly true. However, I don't see how a mains cable on ots own could possibly filter RF Nick. Surely, the best possible mains cable would achieve as close to zero LCR as possible, therefore would present absolutely no barrier to any frequency.
    1 point
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  25. I’ve no idea why I haven’t played this more as it’s a damned good album. ( thanks for the reminder bigfool1956 ) Van Der Graaf Generator - Real Time
    1 point
  26. Source of replacement foam for headphones . Ask a clothing retailer for some of the black/grey foam that comes on coat hangers to protect the fabric. It's virtually the same stuff as was in the phones and it tends to come in bits just big enough to cut an appropriate circle from . I sorted my old DT911s out with it.
    1 point
  27. Think after two years. Must have been on a few threads where you had to duck and cover,fire back ,run to the kitchen quick for rations, incase or suspect a man down thread.Patching up wounds when youve shared a unhappy time wasting money for a down wards move IN HIFI LAND ,as we all do sometimes. you get the veteran tag for all this effort.STAND BY YOUR AMP,THATS AN ORDER.
    1 point
  28. To add to Tin's comment, it matches the AV51xx range, Unidisk, Majik and earlier Akurate boxes. Black or silver to taste. As an FM tuner its very good. As a DAB tuner its probably as good as DAB gets, which is to say that its a bit better than OK. I used to have one in my system but radio is only background for me and as such internet radio on the DS/DSM is good enough to pretty good, depending on the stream quality. If you want a tuner in your system, its a good thing to have. Here's my black version in the system on the bottom shelf back in 2014:
    1 point
  29. @bigfool1956 - thanks for your advice yesterday, see below for my little win! Update - reinvigorated after the sweet sweet tonic of slumber I decided to come back to this. I repositioned the arm at 214mm and moved the cartridge as far forward in the headshell as I could. It seems that somehow I wasn't able to get the cartridge quite so far yesterday(?)! In any case, Stevenson alignment has been achieved and I've gained the 3mm back in the process. Baerwald isn't happening unless the headshell grows overnight! Thanks to everyone for their advice on this issue.
    1 point
  30. The current speaker manufacturers drive for ultra high freqency responses, reaching up to 40 or 50k always makes we wonder what the benefits are. Especially when considering that most microphones struggle to reach 15k, and then drop like a stone.
    1 point
  31. Really excellent arm! At £550 it's a steal and they don't come up often. I only changed mine for an SME V. For the "Rega clone" nay-sayers, the only Rega bits are the arm tube, which is heavily modified, and the arm lift. The rest is bespoke. The maker, Jeff, is a really good bloke too. Bargain. Good luck.
    1 point
  32. Van Der Graaf Generator - Real Time Double CD, ripped.
    1 point
  33. Hall and Oates. Abandoned Luncheonette. CD.
    1 point
  34. Sorry to hear (no pun intended) this Jules. I've had right ear tinnitus since an ear infection around 12 years ago. Mine was labyrinthitis: I couldn't stand up for two days then a few days of adjustment/recovery. The tinnitus has stayed put since. Most of the time I just get on with it but sometimes in silence I get more wound up by it than is good for me. It does not however affect my ability to hear and enjoy music across the spectrum which is a relief. Best wishes, Nigel
    1 point
  35. I have nothing against properly screened power cables, nothing against properly constructed cables in general and nothing against high quality connectors. I can understand the reasoning behind all of this. I use screened power cables with decent connectors, mainly because I like vinyl and I use a low-output MC cartridge, a step-up and a phono. These are all absolutely excellent at picking up interference, so shielded mains cables make sense. Do they 'improve' the sound in any other way? Of course not. Nevertheless, as always, your money, your system, your choice. What I do have something against is the absolutely insane pricing and ridiculous claims made for some products. Some of it goes beyond even science fiction. How about this one: "...permitting the current and voltage to travel above the conductor’s surface, virtually unimpeded by insulation." That one is for an HDMI cable that retails for a mere £5699 for a 5 metre length. Or this: "All insulation slows down the signal on the conductor inside. When insulation is unbiased, it slows down parts of the signal differently, a big problem for very time-sensitive multi-octave audio." That's for a digital cable, so quite how multi-octave audio comes into it is unclear. Anyway, it's £9,199 for 5 metres. I'd quite forgotten the madness of some of this. £19,000.00 for a 3m pair of XLR cables. £18350.00 for a 5 metre pair of speaker cables. £12,900.00 for a 3 metre pair of RCA. Although it's a fraction, I think the best of all is nearly £100 for a DVi cable. It's DVi. It either works or it doesn't. Available from Amazon for £3.15.
    1 point
  36. The Jelco is designed with Stevenson alignment, and Baerwald requires a greater overhang. As you have found, with the Oyaide headshell you can't achieve this. The Feickard alignment gauge has Stevenson, so first up I would try putting the Jelco back to 214mm spindle to pivot, and see if you can achieve the correct overhang (step 1) with Stevenson. If that's not possible then it's going to be hard to get any alignment. I use Stevenson on my arm as it is Rega geometry, and I have the same [roblem that the extra overhand for Baerwald isn't possible. Stevenson is not a bad alignment TBH, and if that's your only choice I wouldn't fret about it.
    1 point
  37. Thanks Jas That looks like a good idea. And I can expand it further if required as the kit grows. I guess I will design something similar as per my requirements, and just wrap the frame in vinyl..Thanks for sharing this
    1 point
  38. How far does the electro magnetic field extend from an unshielded mains cable which can draw quite a current? Eventually all cables and interconnects plug into the back of the amp so they are fairly close to each other and not crossing at right angles to each other. I have an Arcam tuner fed by a roof arial which if placed near my CD player cannot even tune into some radio stations but if moved well away gets 100% signal. The manual warns about placing near CD players so shows how much these fields can effect things. The power of anti-placebo. After all if you know you can't hear a difference you won't!
    1 point
  39. Your Rubicons are mentioned in this download of StereoPlay magazine and they seem to do pretty good. The PDF is in German, but you can search for Rubicon. But, if for some reason they won't work as well in your room as you hoped for, just come back here. You can use Space Optimisation in your ADSM to cancel room modes, and Paulssurround knows a thing or two, maybe even three, about tweaking it. And if you think you prefer the 109s sound, I'll hook you up with a nice subwoofer, or two... 😁😁😁 But, tbh, I expect that you'll be very happy with the Rubicons, they seem to be great speakers.
    1 point
  40. Hi @newlash09, I thought I'd share a couple of pics of my custom-made equipment unit in case they're useful or inspire something. I drew up the design for a free-standing metal frame and gave it to a local welder. Then I just laid the scaffold plank shelves on top, using blue tack to keep them in place. I quite like the rough edges for now, but eventually I'll sand them properly, or get some reclaimed hardwood if I can afford it.
    1 point
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