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  1. First up. they may sound heavy but compared to my Heco's they are easy for me to move around. One hand in the port and rock them forwards off the stand. Dimentions too they are a lot smaller than the Heco Statements so less imposing. Secondly they sound great at low level with all the musical genres i listen to. Thirdly no, i didn't bother with the TDB10 though i hear they are bloody good from someone who has. Having once owned a pair of B&W 801's and having a penchant for 12" drivers i was instantly drawn to these. They are very musical and don't need massive power amps to drive them. IMHO Kralk are one of the best small speaker manufacturers in the country. The TDB is unpretentious not making any massive claims though i have to inform that to my ears and love of music they just sound right. I love em!
    6 points
  2. [1969] The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed [flac]
    4 points
  3. Well, after more listening the Arcam will be leaving. The Vincent just has a little bit more 'shine' in the treble, the bass sounds more organic but still hasn't quite got the leading edge that the Arcam has, not yet anyway, but the midrange is stunning. The Arcam unearthed more detail than I'd heard before, until the Vincent that is. I can only assume it's the topology, however the Arcam D33 is a superb DAC, and I'm glad I gave it a whirl. All in all myself and my partner prefer the slightly more forward sound of the Vincent over the Arcam, and the amount of detail listening through Oppo PM1 cans is phenomenal. I think I've got as far as I want to go in the 'search' for now so we're just going to enjoy for a while. Happy Hi-Fi'ing.
    4 points
  4. Let me say it myself: TL;DR. The impatient can fast forward to the pics and then rewind to the text to work out what the hell is going on. ________ I'm still faffing around with with my Kendal set-up in the aftermath of my short-lived Boenicke W8 ownership and the unwinding of that. A brief reprise: Amp: Audia Flight FLS10 integrated gorgeous but OTT financially for second home and in absence of employment income. Traded to another wammer for Musical Fidelity A3CR pre/power pairing + cash adjustment Speakers: ATC SCM40 passives The FLS10 and SCM40 combo was a thing of beauty. I hadn't really understood what people meant when they described a sound as "liquid" but I do now. The MF and ATC's combo lacks synergy. Normally balanced SCM40's sound a little heavy-footed in the bass for my tastes, though many would love the combo (!) for its ballsiness. I start my new job mid-Nov. So what to change? Speakers? Amp? Both? Time to explore individually and together. ______________ Amp: always fancied a Sugden. Arranged a demo ANV-50 which arrived at the weekend. Speakers: I'm not interested in changing the ATC's, I thought, but am happy to throw into the mix the intriguing Posselt Albatross speakers in the Classifieds: an eye-catching statement but an elegant one. I'm going to audition them on Monday. From the few comments I could find online, I suspected they would be a little lighter in the bass than the ATC's. Today 24th Oct 2019 Sugden ANV-50: I spent a few days in Kendal getting to know this. It's Sugden's first departure from pure Class A and is impressive with the SCM40's. The bass is strong and as with the MF A3CR I can see why people will love it; the treble is crisp and clear. Ultimately I couldn't settle into the sound as a long term keeper because for me the mid-range gets a little lost between the impressive bass and impressive highs. I'm being as picky here as you'd expect me to be before lashing out close to £4k... it's a fabulous amp on which Sugden should be congratulated. The SCM40's have a deserved reputation for telling it how it is; a warmer or smoother speaker wold be lovely with the ANV-50, I'm sure. Posselt Albatross: but you're not auditioning the until Monday Nigel... well that remains the plan but by a remarkable coincidence on Sunday I was able to snap up a gloss black pair at a don't-even-think-about-it price. They have the original Morel horn tweeters not Scanspeak replacements and the gloss black is really smart but it's not the gorgeous teak finish of the others. I collected them yesterday. This morning Nick @Fourlegs was generous enough to host the amp and speakers: he laughs at my box-swapping and earnest protestations that it's just a phase I'm going through. First up were Nick's Pass Labs XA60.8 monoblocks into his Spendor Classic 200's, not as an unfair fight, just to get our ear in. Impressive in power and detail. Then the Sugden ANV-50 driving same speakers. An impressive showing, plenty of detail and bass, though in broad terms confirmation of what I'd heard with the SCM40's. Then the Sugden into Nick's pimped Dalis where the bass struggled to make itself heard even when being booted up the backside by the Sugden. Fabulous mids and highs though, beautifully integrated. In came the Posselt Albatross: they're around 30kg I think, so not backbreakers but a two-man lift due to their 6ft height. Neither of us knew what to expect of course. Great news. A really nice sound with the ANV-50, the bass being nicely filled out and sounding quite balanced with some lovely highs and mids. Lovely soundstage. I'm liking these already Switch to Pass Labs into Posselts: ah, now we're talking. Fuller, warmer, balanced and integrated across the frequencies. At 91dB the Posselts are not a particularly demanding load but the extra oomph worked very nicely indeed. I can see why the guy I bought these from had kept them as his only speakers for 25 years... The secret weapon! Nick has a Border Patrol 300B putting out a massive 8w a side... I have heard it before, it is absolutely gorgeous. I understand why Nick keeps the Pass Labs as his main rig but also appreciate why he has the Border Patrol ready for action; I've heard the BP twice and personally it wins my heart every time. Sublime. Border Patrol into Posselt Albatross: fantastic! I'll run out of superlatives so Nick might have to provide some more measured adjectives of his own but this was very good indeed: don't bother wrapping the BP, I'll eat it now. Tentative conclusion 1: the Posselt Albatrosses stand a good chance of replacing my ATC SCM40's. I would have bet against this... but to sing they need the right amp. It might not be these Posselts, it might well be the gorgeous teak ones with Scanspeak tweeters I'm auditioning on Monday - on paper they have even more sonically and aesthetically. Watch this space. Tentative conclusion 2: a Sugden amp stands a good chance of ousting the MF A3CR. in a week's time, I'm driving to Hull to return the loan ANV-50 to Fanthorpes. I'm taking (one pair of!) the Posselts with me and am going to hear them with the Sugden A21, A21 SE and (Marc doesn't know this yet) hopefully the IA-4 for the hell of it. Yep, I'm taking the Posselts not the ATC's. I'll update you of course. Stay tuned. In the mean time here is some amp and speaker porn. Apologies for the contrast in the speaker shots but you can see the lovely juxtaposition of the chunky classic Spendors and the lanky Posselts.
    3 points
  5. I've read some very profound stuff in my time, (Some 60+ years with various bits of hifi) but this is the best by far. You have not only been helpful with your advice today but also super informative. Getting to what I consider "End Game" kit which not all would consider to be the case..... And then more advice is submitted is delightful. Whether or not I go down the Mullard root or not..... At least I am now fully informed. I can only thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
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  7. I have a pair of 1988 Isobariks and another pair from 1992. Both pair are doing excellent duty in my home theater being driven by LK280/SPARKS. I replaced the tweeters in the 1998 pair, which are in front, with the Ninka/Espek tweeters as an upgrade but the originals were still working fine. We sold a pair of Isobariks that were pre-1980 a couple of years ago at the store and they were also still working and sounding fine. I have a pair of Quad electrostatics that were made in 1958 - yes they are 61 years old. They had the diodes in the power supply replaced with newer, more reliable ones that Quad put into later models, but were tested by one of the top North American Quad rebuilders and were found to be operating properly. I used them at the Axpona 2019 Hi-Fi show last April with my fully loaded Klimax LP12 and Lejonklou mono block MC phono stages, preamps and poweramps. Many, many visitors told us we were making the most musical sound of the show and John Atkinson at Stereophile called the room one of the highlights of the show. They are soon going to a friend of mine for his system while I am now using a more recent pair that have been completely rebuilt. So there really should be no concern with used Linn speakers nor with many others. The speakers which cause the most problems are many form the 70s and 80s that use foam surrounds, like original Advents and Dahlquist DQ10s among many others, as the foam disintegrates over the span of a couple of decades. But the rubber surrounds you find on most good speakers, and on all Linn speakers I have worked with, tend to last indefinitely. The only problem I've run into with good rubber surround drivers is with Spendor BC1s which tend to sag over time. That can be fixed by taking all the screws out and rotating the driver 180 degrees and reinstalling it. Then after another 30 to 40 years, when it has sagged too much the other way, reverse the procedure. I'm sure this is why billz rotated his bass drivers but I have not found it necessary with any Linn speakers and I doubt it has that much to do with driver size. Indeed it would be almost impossible to rotate the big 9" x 12" woofers in the Isobariks considering how they put them in, but it has never been necessary.
    3 points
  8. Morning Mark Like selling anything second hand which has had improvement work done on it it is always difficult to recover the cost of the work. There is always a ceiling price on what consumers are willing to pay. Even in mint condition unless extremely rare .most people who buy second hand want a bargain . In my own experience In selling hifi stuff over the years you are lucky if you get 60%. But that's the nature of the market place. But in the same market place i have brought items i could never afford new. A few years later picking up items in 100 % condition at a quarter of their original price . I'm in a similar situation with a pair of PMC OB1. I did buy them at a fair price second hand for sure in lovely condition . But 2 years down the line one of the base drivers developed a fault so took them to PMC myself for repair. That cost me just short of £600 as their new drivers did not fit the carcass so had to have both speakers re -engineered as there was not point having the one done Personally I think they sound better but in reselling terms I would never recover the cost of the upgrade. They usually sell for under a grand. Sometimes you just have to accept that items are not worth in cash terms what we think they are. I'm moving house soon and will be taking my beloved Cabasse Kara's for my main system. The PMC's won't be going so I will just have to take the hit I'm afraid. I often look over the ads on this forum and sometimes agonise for the sellers who are very often wanting to sell much prized exceptional equipment to no avail and having to resort to the vagaries of ebay.. Sometimes I just think wth. Nobody wants them and whatever I get I will give it to charity and in that way feel better about them having to go.. Kindest regards Julian
    3 points
  9. Well. At last! New speakers in situ and doing the biz. I spent an hour or so with Alan at Kralk Audio down in west Yorkshire this morning and came away with a pair of the rather splendid TDB12 monitors. I have to report honcho's that they are something else. Very close to B&W 801 sound without the softness in the bass. Easy to drive too. Since i took the snaps i have changed them round so the tweeters are on the inside. Quite a big difference and all to the good. Happy days.
    3 points
  10. yeah...only because of the original by the B52's Bromberg it is what it is
    2 points
  11. 2 points
  12. All valves have specifications charts and plate curve graphs. The latter show the valve's characteristics at various operating points; the relationship between plate voltage, grid voltage and current primarily. When you design a valve circuit, you choose a particular valve based on a range of characteristics that make it potentially suitable, then you work out the circuit values to use, depending on what part of the operating range you want to play in. You can fiddle to your heart's content with that and other running characteristics and end up with all sorts of different results. It's why two different valve amps with very similar circuits and the same valve types can sound very different. How you run the valve will to an extent also determine how sensitive the circuit will be to different flavours of valves. Plus, the actual function of the valve will matter. A phase splitter won't make anything like the difference that a first gain stage will. In all of this, I am assuming like-for-like swaps. There are some cases where differences are more pronounced. For example where there are milspec variants of a valve type, they are of course designed to be more rugged and reliable, but that usually means that the internal elements are heavier, thicker and better supported, which as a consequence means lower microphony for a start. When it comes to close equivalents (or what are called close equivalents by some stupid sellers) all bets are off. I get pointlessly angry about this, as I can point to many instances where supposedly reputable sellers state that A is a drop-in substitute for B. On many occasions it may well be, but not all. Nevertheless, different makes/flavours/ages of the same valve type might sound different, but the differences will always be relatively small. Anyone who says a valve change made a 'night and day' difference either had a duff, poorly measuring valve in the first place, had grubby valve socket connections (sometimes why putting the originals back in makes them suddenly sound better), or is deluding themselves to justify what they just paid. Sorry, but I've been playing with valve equipment for about 45 years and I have a stupid collection here, including a lot bought before values went insane. I've had the privilege (and still can) of being able to compare the 'holy grail' stuff with the supposedly average. The difference is sometimes worth reasonable expenditure, but if you think a Telefunken ECC803S is going to sound about £975 better than a JJ Gold Pin 12AX7, I've got some news for you. Whether it's good news depends on what you've bought
    2 points
  13. Gary Numan - Replicas The First Recordings
    2 points
  14. The comparison with surviving the wars is deeply depressing. They were not self inflicted. Brexit would be self inflicted harm on the country. Madness. And in 4 years time, we'd get nowhere near as good a deal as we do now, so still worse off.
    2 points
  15. I have been severely distracted with non hifi work and you are right that I have not yet got around to posting about the BP amplifier but I am REALLY REALLY pleased with it. The SE 300B valves seem to have more punch and depth of bass than the 15w of my now sold 2A3 Second Audio monos. The WE300B of course also have that beguiling mid range and top end. (By the way the UV activated glue I used to refix the glass to the bases of the 300Bs seems to have worked a treat. It would take a keen eye to spot that they had been repaired). So far all I have done is replace the caps on the heater supplies for the 300Bs and the smaller signal valves. Planned is to keep the existing BP power supply to only the LV heaters and HV to the small valves. My cunning plan is to dust off my two 'kept for a rainy day' Border Patrol MB power supplies, one for each of the HV supplies to the 300B valves. I am hoping this might take the BP amplifier to ridiculous pimped status as it would then have three BP power supplies dedicated to it. I agree with your 'lucky sod' description with respect to the BP amp but I would also elevate @TheFlash to that status with his Posselt Albatross speakers.
    2 points
  16. Hi Steve. Quite a few of us down this neck of the woods who like meeting up so would be worth putting up a date for a social. Just let people know to bring music only. I have 4 get togethers a year and whilst labelled as BOs I'm also pretty much settled on my kit. Yes people do bring stuff along but that's mainly to cobble together a 2nd system in my other lounge, or "The Playroom" as it's become known. The results of these somewhat disparate systems usually proves quite interesting, and has ranged from a low cost 70s analogue rig through to cost no object setups. I think Bake-Off has become a generic term for a social day, with many attending solely with the aim of having a day out with like minded fools, hearing different music and a general interest in hearing different kit for the hell of it. In the meantime you are more than welcome to stick your name down for my "BO" on the 17th Nov as other than the playroom rig, it really is more about the social element than the kit, though happy for you to bring music (vinyl or cd).
    2 points
  17. I usually wait for a friend who has upgrade-itis to offer me some gear that will improve my system.
    2 points
  18. I'm a little confused by your post and the amp which I know nothing about. Bias is almost certainly set in milliamps mA, and a drift like you report suggests a knackered valve. However I have been drinking so assume this is gibberish until tomorrow or someone sober comes to the rescue [emoji106] Sent from my BLA-L09 using Tapatalk
    1 point
  19. Pretty sure it must be this... Uriah Heep - Wonderworld
    1 point
  20. I can't recall anyone on here ever claiming the EU is perfect. At the moment it is pretty much essential that we're part of it. Even Sajid Javid said we get our way in 90% of EU change discussions. That's a phenomenally high success rate. But then facts like that never bother the DM / DE / Sun readers who can't be bothered to read beyond a 3 word headline that suits their line of unthinking.
    1 point
  21. This is exactly where I am at. 'Downgraded' from a 'must own' turntable to a more musical / emotionally involving one, 'downgraded' from reference stand mounts to custom DIY speakers, separate phono, pre and power made way for a vintage integrated and I have never been happier with the sound I am getting. A 1/4 the price, 3 times the enjoyment. Win win.
    1 point
  22. Not that you would need reminding, If you have the room for it for a second system, and are happy enough with the sound of it via whatever speakers, I’d keep it. Every time you used it, it would probably remind you of where it came from. To me that is worth ten times what eBay would offer.
    1 point
  23. Having acitve speakers in my main rig makes it difficult to compare passive speakers... I will need to install say the Posselts to do so. From memory of early listening, the Arcam A49 is balanced across the frequency range; on the speakers I have heard it with (ATC, Spendor, Dali, Posselt), the ANV-50 is more forward in the treble, has more emphasis in the bass but loses something in overall musical coherence. I find it impressive in many ways but all but impossible for me (it's always personal ultimately, of course) to immerse myself in the music in that irresistible head-nodding foot-tapping way which some systems are magic at.
    1 point
  24. Difference in audio between 2x4HD and SHD? I haven’t done a careful comparison but I would think they would be very close. Swapping out the 2x4 for the SHD nothing drew my attention. In practice the changes/improvement in sound due to the Dirac processing and having a good crossover to sub dwarfs any potential differences between units.
    1 point
  25. Classifieds please Ben , and no offers you must state a price and include photos and location , cheers .
    1 point
  26. You've got me thinking now Tony .....I was going to use 18mm OSB for my test build of the new sub/bass speakers then clad them in birch ply. A super smooth maybe Matt lacquer on the OSB could be an interesting option
    1 point
  27. I think the identity of the mutual friend has been revealed.
    1 point
  28. I’ve been very lucky to have had a Linn dealer that provided exceptional service and spent time to ensure that everything is setup well. However, I have heard from many people in Europe that get charged a lot extra for setup, and installation. I think I know that guy. I think he is waiting to win the lottery to buy a bigger place, and perhaps upgrade to a set of 3 series speakers See above reply.
    1 point
  29. Did you have any opportunity yet to compare the Sugden to your Arcam A49? On the face of it, the ANV-50 could be the best integrated amplifier on sale for about £4000. But then there’s the all conquering Hegel H390 for £4900, the almost giveaway Gato-DIA 250 now only about £2500, and the award-winning Primare I35 for £3195. Bit of a golden age, maybe, for great value amplifiers that are easy to own and use? It’s tough out there!
    1 point
  30. Listening to some digits so thought I'd get a few photos of the sharp end - looks clean enough I think: Hana EL by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
    1 point
  31. Out this afternoon with our border collie at our local golf course. Just outta shot on the left I used a YN560 III, subtle diffused flash to gently add pop and fill-in. Breia Briea by APM Photography, on Flickr XT2 | XF55-200 | F6.4 | 1/320th | iso 200
    1 point
  32. B1K finished, SQ is very good, a little ringing when switching source.
    1 point
  33. Thanks chaps for all the great advice. So far i have built a new cocobolo hardwood plinth for it (see diy section for some amazing pictures of the grain) picked up a decent MM cartridge to try (Shure M97XE), bought a Valhalla board/switch that’s been tweaked for the higher voltages (hopefully avoids the common issues), new black springs/grommets bought (might as well do this whilst it’s in bits). I think this should be about it as I started out buying the deck to photograph with some of my racks/isolation platform products that I sell. Lp12 users are a big part of my customer base so I wanted to test my furniture with Something similar. All that said I’m really interested to hear how my Dutch & Dutch 8cs sound with a decent quality analogue source. ive downloaded the long 3 part set up guide found online as a starting point and once my board arrives I’ll get cracking at having a go a building/setting it up myself...
    1 point
  34. Sorry. Yes, I reckon you are correct, but isn't English fun? I hate writing the plural of the the said subject, 'cos I assume also, but from the other angle, so, if feeling mischievous I go angling. Once again sorry. I just couldn't help myself.
    1 point
  35. New member here. Used to have an a21a but sold it to a good friend for a bargain price. Now running an IA4 into a pair of PMC FB1s. I suspect the speakers need an upgrade to do the amp justice.
    1 point
  36. Uzzy posted an image in this thread but the signature is indistinct. https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/129215-was-the-linn-sondek-lp12-sold-in-kit-form/ No 000668 is on ebay at the moment. The serial label has been cut the same as 000629 and 000672 were cut. Unfortunately no image of the signature.
    1 point
  37. Well, my first Music Evening this season went well. Finished some time after 1am... Parting shot from one of my friends: "I take it there will be more of these this winter?" That'll do! A favourite thing to do is switch all the lights off so the glow can be seen. Also, the blue fluorescence moving around in the Power Valves attracted a lot of attention. Got to hear lots of new music and discovered things I forgot I had when my neighbour looked through my Records...
    1 point
  38. Well I ‘weighed’ the Mantra today. Before the string broke/slipped the scale was showing c4.9/5kg, (including the Magnepan unitrac arm) so add the platter (2kg) and lid (.85kg) and that makes around 7.5-8kg for the whole caboose.
    1 point
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  40. Nope - the one i bought I took the photos of with my EOS digital camera and the pics are too large to load - but it is identical to the above
    1 point
  41. AR18BX Were some funky sounding loudspeakers.
    1 point
  42. Have you cleaned out and re-oiled the bearing?
    1 point
  43. The table pictured above is not the original RD 11. The one above is the E model. The original versions had the rectangular armboard and is the design that Linn copied to begin making their own version, the rest of course is history.
    1 point


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