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  1. Started with cheap/free cables Bought some expensive cables; listened to them Now use well-made but inexpensive cables Journey over.
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  2. An Acoustic Skunk Anansie Live In London. CD
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  3. I think from my limited knowledge so far I think you’re right and the combinations are endless. Like you say there a very few specialist shops around anymore to go and have a listen. I’m definitely going down the second hand route though due budget. I’ll keep you all posted on where I end up..... One thing I would like to add is a thank you so far for the honest help from what is my first time on this forum. I was expecting to get shot down and ridiculed by some as seems to be the norm these days on forums but you’ve all been very constructive with your advice so cheers. [emoji1303] Sent from
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  4. Bruce is not to read this cos Im not telling him. Kerr speakers. seek them out, the designer is there, and he's flogging a used pair in purple for a bit less. Examples in at least 4 rooms. IMHO the hi-fi choice reviewer is wrong in his summing up of the K320, they dont need a muscle amp, they were being demmed with a 30-something watt class A (italian, small form, distinctive ) and worked very well in such a small room. Theres a few one+-man band designers there with their stuff. Always worth seeing what they are up to. The £40,000 + systems disappoint. Not many of them, but its
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  5. Coming home now, not greatly impressed there was a lot of samey sounds. Some decent SE valve mono’s from Italy driving large horns, looked nice too but played too loud. When mentioned, the guy said he had to compete with the other rooms. Malvern audio had a nice sounding cheap system for valve starters with a Ming da for under 1K and TT for under £400 and Marks own designs in another room did sound sweet. To my ears a lot of the rooms had too much bass. i spoke some time with the designer of moondog and as it was said it was hard to discern the contribution of the phono stage in the demo
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  6. A bit distant but it's the first Grey Wagtail that I've got a shot of Grey Wagtail by Keith M, on Flickr
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  7. I'd hit this from a different angle. Firstly I'd buy a plot of land, either overlooking the sea, Lake Windermere or somewhere were you'd watch the seasons changing. Then get someone to design and build a single storey house to our requirements.. TBH the system would be the least important aspect. I'd sooner give millions to the John Peel Achive to let me have a copy off everything John had. How good would that be, that would for me be better that a fancy Kondo or Living Voice system playing my current cd's. Now of course the system would be good decent, I remember going to Defi
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  8. Pre Purité bought some expensive silver cables, subsequently compared them to ‘pro’ fit for purpose cables, couldn’t hear any difference, now use Mogami because I like the name. Keith
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  9. Common Sandpiper: Common Sandpiper by Keith M, on Flickr
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  10. I've never been able to detect any difference between cables, so I spend as little as I can on cables that are functional and reliable. I prefer to spend my money on more music and funding my DIY active speaker habit.
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  11. I'd be nervous about something like superglue. You need an even adhesive right round the circumference. With superglue, you might end up with just one or two contact points. There's a fair bit of heat and the last thing you want is uneven expansion of the glass. I'm not even sure superglue is up to the sort of temperatures here. The original adhesive is not normally affected by solvents, but I've seen suggestions that acetone might soften it enough to make it reseal, so a bit of nail varnish might work. Alternatively, some expoxy stuff might be better. Frankly, unless it's really bad
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  12. Pretty much the same. At one point I had almost entirely Audio Note/Kondo silver, at the sort of price that drives the air out of your lungs. All mine are now home made, with decent quality cable and connectors. Nothing exotic, apart from still a few bits of Audio Note mains and old Kondo interconnect, because I've got some 'off the reel'. There is some 'foo', with a particular design of phono plug, and I do use silver-plated power connectors and phono sockets. Because they're shiny and we like shiny.
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  13. Lapwing Calling by Keith M, on Flickr Lapwing in Flight by Keith M, on Flickr
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  14. Firstly it was a great chance to meet and talk to a few of the Wammers and also a few others including Danny. The hotel was a great environment, modern even if the some of the rooms suffered from 'thin walls' syndrome. Lunchtime was a little disappointing in that sandwiches took 30-40 mins to arrive but mine took 55 mins. There was some serious audio listening to do, not being stuck in the bar waiting for some butties. I can do that at home. Top sound was LodgeSound with a Master tape being played on a Sony recorder, Dolby A and active LS5/8s (Quad amps) without the normal dead sound of s
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  15. You can get various designs of ‘shoe’ to protect your floor from spikes. Or depending on the design, you might simply use some BluTac, or a membrane of that rubbery stuff sold to prevent washing machines moving.
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  16. Just picked up at Audio-Technica ATN31E for starters. Any other thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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  17. Time to commence Operation Soylent Green.
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  18. Well the best thing about the show was meeting up with the Flash and a few others. Of all the rooms I went in I have to say I enjoyed the Kerr Loudspeakers - the little Kerr 300s were sounding really sweet - if I needed a small pair of speakers for a small room they would be up on my choices to evaluate at home . Next door was the Kerr 320 a nice slim floor stander which showed off their transmission line design well - stomach smacking bass - left me wishing they had the 100s at the show (a three way transmision line with a volt bass driver that should really get down to those lower oct
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  19. Top of the range in Accuphase amps and CDP with Harbeth 40.2 annies Mac
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  20. After a tough week at work I've relaxed today and tried a few things concerning the infill in my cabinets. The discussions with Richard (Lostwin) started my curiosity on this so I do owe him some kudos for this. I firstly did a quick check using REW on one speaker only with the mic 1.5m in front of the speaker and positioned inline with the centre of the cone. Once done I removed all of the fibreglass stuffing from the rear of the cab, re assembled the speaker then analysed with REW again. The next step was to infill with half the density of fibreglass then analyse it again. The p
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  21. Google seems to suggest a very low effective mass of around 7gm. In that case you’re limited to high compliance MM cartridges. Shure M97xE may be a good bet. There are various other used options though.
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  22. Iam using a metrum Ambre as a room bridge which cost me 900 pounds. Just to check what the fuss was all about, I borrowed my friends allo digione signature along with their LPSU. Absolutely can't hear a difference nada..But maybe that was expected as both are Rpi3's at heart
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  23. Couldn't agree more. The reality though is that the weakest link is far more likely to be your speakers and how well they are matched to the room than any noise issues with your network.
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  24. I’d take open wheeled racers from the ‘60s personally. Aerodynamics tend to make everything look the same, so I prefer pre wind tunnel designs. 🙂 This gorgeous thing is a modern copy of a 1967 Honda F1 car. I’d buy just to look at and work on. ❤️
    1 point
  25. Had a 2.0S back in the late 80's, I bought it because I thought it looked cool (what do I know!), it was a pile of One just like this.
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  26. You did better than me then. I bought a few tickets for friends. But I think the lottery has been going 25 years, so I’ve saved at least £1,000 by not buying one most weeks!
    1 point
  27. I am staring to feel quite unbalanced, I need to sit down and take a Prozac
    1 point
  28. Cool! You could watch Madonna 15 times before going bankrupt. Hopefully she'd put on a better performance than she did at Eurovision 2019.
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  29. All i would say is get yer arse round a lot of dealers, visit a load of shows, contact Wammers and go listen to their systems and build up a knowledge of hifi systems. Read a lot of hifi magazines. Do google searches on recommendations and reviews. Do all of this to gain knowledge Armed with that knowledge you will be in a better position to understand exactly what you want your hifi to sound like and what appeals to you. The sad thing is there is not the plethora of HIFI shops we had in the 70s and 80s which meant you had a decent hifi shop on your doorstep to go listen and glean
    1 point
  30. Well technically the GTR isn't actually a Skyline...but the R34 GTR is a Skyline...Brians car in 2F2F painted in OEM Bayside Blue
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  31. No problem! Updated (final?) known Wam attendee list: Saturday Confirmed @TheFlash (Nigel) @uzzy (David) @George 47 (George!) @Jessica_k (Jessica!) @g8ina (David) @forgot-my-id (Geoff) @simes (Simes 😉) TBC @tuga (Ric) @orbscure (Pete) Sunday @deggie (Keith) @BruceFlea (Nic) @coogie (Mark) See some of you tomorrow! Nigel
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  32. I wouldn't personalise it myself, but I think that the Linn technical team (and in this case I think that the issue was technical, not marketing) did learn quite a lot from the discussion on the old Linn forum. The concept of SO as they have always seen it is that you input "objective" data, and you get out a sufficient approximation of the adjustments required to match the speakers to the room. The trouble with v1 was that, all too often, the approximation wasn't sufficient, and in some cases actually made things worse rather than better. So facilities for tweaking were required. That di
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  33. I have come across a cd that has a seperate track for each audio band - from 20 hertz to I think 30khz .. in looking for it I have come across the following which may be of interest .. there are loads more but I got bored http://www.diamondcut.com/Catalog/DCATDetails.htm http://realtraps.com/test-cd.htm https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/creating-test-cd http://www.soundoctor.com/testcd/
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  34. I'm not so sure. I think the technology, software and modelling algorithms initially used in SO v1 were perhaps not quite up to the job, so it was necessary to allow a lot more manipulation/tweaking to get closer to the ideal for each system. SO v2, with new improved and more complex algorithms and processing power required, seems to me a natural progression which only as a consequence lessens the requirement for as much manual interventions needed in v1. Then again, Paul may have helped Linn recognise the inadequacies of v1. If true that could be down to the inadequacies of v1
    1 point
  35. I’d probably upgrade my Audio Note speakers to bigger/better Audio Note speakers and investigate some of AN’s valve-amp offerings like the OTO SE ...
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  36. It might be worthwhile for you to order a Blue Jeans cable Cat 5 or 6, and try it. It is very inexpensive. You would need three cables. I spent about US$100 for all three for my system. We have essentially the same system, I did upgrade to Keel and Ekos SE since the last time we communicated. It sounds fantastic. You should upgrade as well. Start with the Ekos SE. Anyway, just order the Blue Jeans Cable and see what you think. I'd be very interested in your findings.
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  38. Played a test tone through it and don't need a multimeter to hear it's quite different from side to side (sorry, I realise that's not a technical assessment!). Had the amp serviced a year or so ago and, if I'm honest I don't think it's been right since (and maybe before). Think radford revival is my next stop. Got to get it right as it sounds stunning. Love it. Thanks for the replies. Will report back when I get the amp looked at.
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  39. @timster: with your kind help, back many days ago, however still enjoyable: I am using flac:wav24 transcoding for replaygain like yourself. I have not touched my software setup for many months now, not even updating davaar since December 2018. Tbh I lost a lot of interest in fiddling with the software side of streaming after the forum shutdown. But undisputably my system still uses software so I have to take precautions like backups and should be prepared for any kind of crash that might occur. One thing I am concerned about: in order to recover the Minim properties what would you suggest? Is
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  40. Serenity by APM Photography, on Flickr
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  41. Yours is essentially mine (TS-451+). I upgraded my RAM to 8GB. Does anyone think Paul needs this? Paul, I think Apple computers have a file browser with search. You probably have an idea of artists that you have duplicates of. Search the artist name, and then plunk everything the search yields in a new folder titled by artist name. It might not capture everything, but it'll get most. Anything orphaned will then be surfaced once Minim's done indexing everything. If they're important you can move them as you stumble across them. No disrespect Nestor, but genre adds a layer of complexity in
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  42. Taking streaming content off wireless is a good idea. Ethernet is full duplex in operation and it delivers in all circumstances. Wireless is not full duplex and can be affected by other local signals and even things like a leaky microwave! As much as we love the idea of not having to run cable, the cables offer guaranteed stability and capacity. I moved my audio and video streaming to Ethernet and got better functional performance.
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  43. 'Woah...I'm looking goooood today' Harley by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
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