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  1. Hi Fanks https://www.thehifishow.com read it all Allen
    3 points
  2. I understand that a sub can bring more to the party that "just" bass, but for my setup (exakt 'doriks) I can't imagine wanting more bass. With the volume up at about 60-65, you can feel the bass in your chest and they sound stunning. Next step for me is Katalyst - unfortunatly, still in financial recovery mode after Christmas - lol
    3 points
  3. If you've had to make do with the crappy Clocktower version as I have then Only Roots Records have done us a favour and released a good quality, fully licensed repress of the greatest dub LP of all time.
    3 points
  4. Doesn't convince me with his words; "as long as possible", too open ended for my liking. Mac
    3 points
  5. Hi Guys, Happy to supply a second Velvet Vortex to support this charity record cleaning idea so perhaps more than one at a time can be cleaned. I'll supply fluids for two or three velvet vortex if this goes ahead. This charity is close to our family. I can't stand and work the machines as I have a room to exhibit in but happy to supply a bath to facilitate extra cleaning opportunity. I'll do an hours shift if a group of people are helping as a team to clean records. Any other way I can support let me know
    3 points
  6. In all fairness to LINN they cannot claim differences in performance when the electronics specification is the same. But for obvious reasons there are obvious improvements in sound quality down to casing and orientation design. In the Akurate the board is components up on the bottom of the case and the power supply is mounted on its side with minimal screening between the boards obviously to meet manufacturing costs within the hierarchy. In the Klimax case the board is mounted on the largest metal surface and casing to act much more as a stabilising environment for cooling etc but the other thing is the power supply electronics are mounted in the same orientation as the main board with considerable screening due to a machined from billet thick wall separating everything. So while there may be skeptical thoughts you must use your ears " some better than others " to decide just like different racks and plinths etc they all have their own characteristics and if the design works well then the difference can be heard but would be unwise for any manufacturer to claim improvements or otherwise that can't be measured. So in short like everything just listen some ears have the capacity others might not its all subjective. Just listen.
    3 points
  7. Sleaford Station. A vast, major transport hub for such places as Skeg...Boston...er... Station bridge by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Station by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Nikon F3/AI-Nikkor 50-1.8/Tri-X
    3 points
  8. Just purchased this little fellow after deciding to streamline my system (clearaudio turntable, Primare r32 phono, Primare i32 amp, Bluesound node, kef r700, Rel S2 sub) now down to just the m10 and new kef r3’s and the Rel sub . As this is a reasonable new product I thought I’d start a owners thread for owners to share there thoughts and questions, along with your experience with Dirac Live and your room graphs. I've had mine a couple of days now and initial impression is that it’s warmer in sound than the Primare, just as detailed with better control over the bass, It’s more entertaining it’s had my foot tapping far more than the Primare ever did. The first couple of sweeps with Direc have been underwhelming as it seemed to take all of the bass and dynamic’s out of the music. I think there’s more learning to be had with Direc and tweaking of the target cure.
    2 points
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  10. I got my copy from Juno.co.uk but they seem to have sold out. Pressure Sounds appears to have it in stock though https://www.pressure.co.uk/store/ORLP18/augustus-pablo-king-tubby-meet-the-rockers-uptown You might as well pick up "East of the River Nile" and "Earth Rightful Ruler" too while you're there.
    2 points
  11. Thanks for all the advice. I've ordered a pair of passive Akudoriks and anxiously await their arrival.
    2 points
  12. Quick update. The cap has stayed spot-free since I cleaned it, so for now I'm going to assume it's fine. I'll try to remember to have another look in a month or two. Thanks to @Alex 54 for persuading me just to clean it . This afternoon I've installed a replacement mid-bass driver and the speaker is now playing away and sounding good . (I'll let it run in for a week or so before measuring to double-check its performance or start introducing any EQ though.)
    2 points
  13. Phew. Sourced a replacement IcePower board, so amp #3 is back up and running. Tweeter en route from @cooky1257 (many thanks Frank!) so the drive unit should be singing again soon.
    2 points
  14. Total agree, I know the build quality is a different league but over the years I’ve had hi-fi components at all different price points including that of the M 33 and yes generally the build quality and feature list is better. However I found that at a certain price point say around the 2 grand mark you get a very capable Amp from there on you pay thousands for a very small improvements and sometimes not always for the best. If you’ve got the money and you like doing that that’s fine and I did that quite a few years until I realised I was spending a fortune chasing small improvement and not really listening to the music.
    2 points
  15. This is the first day this week in which I have had an opportunity to do any kind of extended listening, and it has been hard to tear myself away from the system to write this post. But the rest of the story of my upgrade should be told. As I was listening this morning, I began to wonder (as I often do) what my father, who died the better part of forty years ago, would make of my system as it now is. In comparison to my current system, how would what we had then (Thorens TD134 > J.R. Sugden A21 > Studio 99 Saturns (KEF based floor standers, somewhat similar to the Concertos)) compare? For LPs at least, once I showed Dad how to work the remote, he'd be pretty clear how to play them, but I expect that he would be bowled over by the sound quality ... Back to the upgrade, beginning with a bit of "full disclosure". Firstly, any visit from Chris of Hidden Systems is a voyage of discovery, and during the course of the day we did try a few things I shall not describe, both because they did not lead to any conclusions worth reporting and because they were not par of the LP12 upgrade process. Secondly, when it comes to comparisons, the Urika II and Krystal were both previously unused. I don't know whether the Urika needs much burn-in time (I'm guessing not much, if any), but the Krystal definitely needs time to run in, so the comparison with the Adikt is not completely like-for-like. LP12 upgrades involve much more work and adjustment than electronics upgrades, even those where a board change is required. So it was good of Chris to structure the day's activity in such a way that I could hear component changes individually. He began by replacing the Adikt with the Krystal so that I could then hear the effect just of changing from MM to MC, he then replaced the Slipsik 7 in my system with a Lejonklou Entity. We then had a period of Tune Dem type listening tests with different records (more details below) to assess the quality of the change. After lunch at the bistro conveniently located five minutes' walk from my house, Chris then put the deck on the jig, and swapped out the Trampolin for the Urika II. I deliberately chose not to fit any form of fancy Ethernet cable; instead the most robust looking of the 2m cables in my electronic bits box was pressed into service, attached to the bottom plate alongside the power cable to the Urika, and fed through the recess. The silver T-cable was removed from the bottom of the Ekos and the short lead from the Urika plugged in its place, and the complete deck (still with the Kore in place at this point), returned to the system and plugged into the Radikal for power and Exakt Input 1 on the KEDSM. We then fired up Konfig, told it that it had a Krystal connected to the Urika II, and changed the settings for the programmable buttons on the remote, so that the middle one set the Turntable input as it had previously. All very straightforward. Another session of Tune Dem listening followed, in effect providing a comparison between the Entity and the Urika II. Then the deck went back on the jig tor the Kore to be replaced with the Keel. From a mechanical engineering perspective, this is the most complex and demanding part of the job, as everything suspended from the top plate has to be removed and replaced, including removing the Ekos arm and Cirkus bearing from the old sub-chassis and reinstalling them on the new one at the appropriate point in the process. Once they are in place, the (in)famous process of adjusting levelling and bounce, with replacement of springs where necessary, then begins. Only when he was some way into the adjustment process and having some difficulty in getting things to work consistently, did Chris realise that the support provided by my dining room table, on which he had (to be honest, at my behest) placed the jig, was inadequate for the job. Because the table had several layers of covering, he had not spotted that it is not of the sturdy, "leg at each corner" variety, but instead has a longitudinal support with splayed legs. Great for dining, less good as an LP12 workbench. It's not for nothing that at Linn (and, I believe also at Cymbiosis) they have particularly solid benches with carefully levelled slate worktops for LP12 assembly. Once the jig and LP12 were moved over to the fully supported and level counter top between the kitchen and dining areas, Chris found to his relief that the levelling and bounce were both spot on. In fact, they are IMO noticeably better than they were with the Kore. The LP12 was reinstalled in the system, and more Tune Dem work began to evaluate the effect of fitting the Keel. As part of that process we tried another useful experiment. My system is housed in a total of three racks (all from the Hi Fi Racks Podium Slimline range), which are constructed of hardwood bolted together with steel fixings and have spiked feet. One rack, located between the speakers, houses the Exaktbox and amplifiers, and the Exakt Link "umbilical" runs from the Exaktbox to pair of racks which house the KEDSM, Radikal, CD Player, all of my LPs and some of my CDs, together with the LP12 on top. The LP12 was placed on the right hand rack, which also houses the other components. Chris suggested that we also try it on the left hand rack. Interestingly, we were both clear after only a few moments' listening that the LP12 performed better in its original position on the right hand rack. We surmised that the extra weight of the KEDSM and machined Radikal served to damp any vibrations in the rack. So what of all those comparisons we made along the way? Well, as previously advertised, they will be made in detail in future posts. But, to save repeating myself, I should say that the Tune Dem type comparisons involved listening to relatively short sections of only a limited number of albums. There were two that figured most often. The first was the the track "The WASP (Texas Radio and the big beat)" from "L.A. Woman", the Doors final album with Jim Morrison, which offers a variety of instrumental and vocal textures and also an uneasy mix of rawness and sophistication that is a challenge to any audio system. It is interesting that this album has in the past figured in "Linn Lounge" demonstration sessions. The other test track reflects my predominant interest in classical music, and particularly, in this instance, string tone - the first side of the ASMF/Marriner complete recording of Corelli's Op 6 Concerti Grossi, of which I was able recently to buy a copy (for the princely sum of £1.99 from my local charity shop) that cleaned up beautifully on the RCM. Corelli's music has a fragile subtlety that his later imitators (Torelli, Geminiani and even Vivaldi and Handel) lack, but it needs really good performance, recording and reproduction to bring this out. The ASMF set, when used for test purposes, gives me a fair idea what a wide range of classical music will sound like on the system. For now, this post is already much too long and needs to be brought to a close. Thanks to Chris of Hidden Systems for all his efforts on my behalf, and particularly for his care and attention to detail. Just because I haven't mentioned torque settings so far, you should not think that they were not a major feature of the day's activities ... David
    2 points
  16. This is going round in never-ending circles, because you don't know my room Ric. Here's a quick pic from the listening position. That's about 6 metres to the top of the vaulted ceiling and about 10 metres across the width of the short walls. Hopefully you can see why it might just not behave acoustically like a square room with a flat ceiling.
    2 points
  17. well its ben a week with the new Model 7, have played everything from Rock to Classical, this Amp doesn't miss a thing, its simply stunning, it picks up pieces in the music I haven't heard before, I would have bought it to the big Wam get together but am upto my eyeballs with a new job, in case you wondered I have no association with Simon at SJS apart from buying his beautiful gear, if you get a chance to heat this Pre go and listen-but be warned leave you wallet at home folks!, plenty of Gain to go with my Lindley Quad11s, at the moment listening to George Michaels listen without prejudice fantastic, anyway that's it really Pete
    2 points
  18. I'm happy to contribute some anti static sleeves to help this venture too.
    2 points
  19. haha.. for the price of the Nap 500 I would rather get a pair of ATC SCM 100A + ATC preamp and Benchmark dac.
    2 points
  20. I can really recommend L'Art du Son! Thomas OK has tested a few of them, maybe he can chip in with his recommended fluids, but if I remember it right, it takes a 3-stage cleaning to get the best results.
    2 points
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  22. Tasmin Archer - Great Expectations. CD
    2 points
  23. I had the Amazon HD free trial, which ended in December last year. Fortuitously, I started the Tidal HiFi "Four months for £1.99" offer last November! I have also tried Spotify Premium and Qobuz Studio. From my point of view, I thought Amazon HD had potential. The app interface was good IMHO, but the only way I could stream it from my iPad to the system, was via Apple Airplay, which limits the resolution to 16 bit, 44.1KHz, so I wasn't getting the benefit of the higher resolution recordings (of which there are many) on offer! Tidal HiFi, Quobuz and Spotify are all currently imbedded in the dCS Mosaic App and in the case of Tidal and Qobuz, stream High-Res through my system. Spotify Premium is very listenable and good value, but it is not quite CD-quality, never mind High-Res! Tidal HiFi is very good and in addition to the normal content, I also enjoy the MQA offerings, which my dCS kit can decode. If Amazon and dCS got their heads together and incorporated the Amazon HD app within Mosaic, Amazon HD would be a definite contender in my book and at £12.99/month for Prime members, would represent excellent value for money! There was a time when Qobuz could only be streamed to my system via Airplay, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed regarding Amazon HD. If I were to rank them for absolute sound quality/content, it would be Qobuz Studio (£24.99/month) Tidal HiFi (£19.99/month) Amazon HD (£14.99/month) and Spotify Premium (£9.99/month). Amazon HD has the potential to overtake Tidal HiFi, if the High-Res streaming became available to me!
    2 points
  24. Please put my name on the list, if there will be an additional person with me i will let you know - thanks.
    2 points
  25. Just Saw on the news..that sonos will keep their old speakers going for as long as possible? Thats kind of them! My record player and my CD player and my speakers dont need updates or have a app..so when i want to hear music in another part of the house? I shall lug them about in my wheelbarrow lol..
    2 points
  26. SOURCE COMPONENTS: NAD M10 Ipad pro 12.9 AMPLIFICATION: NAD M10 SPEAKERS: KEF R3 Rel s2 sub HEADPHONES: B & W PX CABLES: Speaker: Tellurium q black ll
    2 points
  27. Early last year my Klimax Radikal developed a fault and would not stabilise at 45 rpm. It locked on at 33 as you would expect. It went back to Linn for investigation via my dealer, who loaned me an Akurate Radikal in the interim. I heard a definite difference between the two Radikals. I had the A/Radikal for 2 weeks and it was a downgrade in the replay. Nothing else had changed within the system, only the Radikal. I remember thinking that it was as if the musicians had moved further away, as the music was just not as sweet, not as open, not as clear. However, had I not owned the K/Radikal prior to hearing the A/Radikal in my system, I would be very happy with it. When my K/Radikal was returned, it reinforced what I had thought, it brings the music closer and as a result, sounds more musical. Just my experience and views on the two Radikals. Colin
    2 points
  28. You can be happy! When you hear no difference, you can save a lot of money.
    2 points
  29. Admittedly I only compared the two Radikals very briefly at my dealers in the shop rather than a dem room. My conclusion was that there was very little if anything between them. Now, I could go and do a proper dem and I might find an improvement over my Akurate Radikal but the extra cost is a bit rich to my mind. I know this goes against perceived wisdom here. I am sure my dealer thinks I must be deaf, he could be right! Anyway, I put the money towards a Kandid...
    2 points
  30. [1977] Electric Light Orchestra ‎– Out Of The Blue [24/192 flac]
    2 points
  31. [1975] Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac [flac]
    2 points
  32. Good morning everyone, I would like to have some information about exaktbox sub. I have a system consisting of Akurate dsm upgrade Katalist pre and final YBA and Blumenhofer speakers. I wanted to know if it's possible, and how, to add a sub to the system using exaktbox sub. Any sub can be added, the cutoff frequencies and the phase can be modified independently. In short, if someone explains to me how it works and what it is possible to do, I would be grateful.
    1 point
  33. Definitely looks better than the.mdf.
    1 point
  34. So says the man who is using it only as power amplifier: you really should try the whole integrated experience for a week or two, even if only to rule it out... Good point though. Let me have it back at the price I sold it to you and I'll report back! I listened to the whole Mercan Dede album last night and kept stopping what I was distractd by in order just to listen... the Sugden IA-4 is not the Audia Flight FLS-10 but it is closer than I expected. And at 33w a side vs 200w a side I can relax, relatively speaking, about the electrickery bills. Happy man.
    1 point
  35. I'm sure Martin was using old fashioned British understatement. And I suspect quite a lot of it.
    1 point
  36. Don't be silly Martin. I've only been using this room for about 20 years. Unfortunately, in that time I've only been able to set the system up with the speakers across the width, the length, the diagonal and with various combinations of distances, supports, angles, seating positions, etc. Unfortunately, I've also only been able to try various electrostatics, horns, passives and actives. You really can't expect me to have a clue about the acoustic properties of the space and what works well here
    1 point
  37. [2002] Porcupine Tree ‎– Stars Die (The Delerium Years 1991 - 1997) [flac]
    1 point
  38. Superb stuff, Les Talking of tractors, was over at our friends' farm this morning letting the dogs have a play - took the camera as they have a couple of 'past their best' tractors in the field: Slow decay by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Driver by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Fuji X-Pro1/Mitakon 35mm f0.95
    1 point
  39. To The Harbour by Les, on Flickr A Fisherman's House by Les, on Flickr Walking Out To Sea by Les, on Flickr Zetor Tractor by Les, on Flickr First day out of 2020 with the camera and a trip to Saltburn and Staithes on the North Yorkshire Coast. All Fuji XT3 with XF10-24
    1 point
  40. I liked his point (6) - Don't expect your system to sound like the real thing When I was a trainee sound engineer in the mid-late 80's I was struck at how what was coming out of the speakers in the control room bore no relation to what I heard directly in the studio area. Drums sounded like dustbins, the room got in the way of it all. But, because they were invariably close mic'd and equalisation/compression added, then what came out of the speakers was a rather tamed version. I think to hear an instrument's true sound you need to hear it directly outside with no amplification. Every engineer I ever worked with would wack in a hi-pass filter on the cymbals and add some HF equalization, which gives cymbals and hi-hat a nice wispy sound you hear on most records. Listen to a hi-hat directly, it has a lot of middle frequencies. There can even be a fair amount of low frequency information on cymbals, which can be really nice. I think I may have heard an occasional recording where it hasn't been filtered completely out (probably jazz ) . I don't think recording is often about capturing the true sound, but an idea we have become used to. So, no. Don't expect your system to make it all sound like the real thing, cos it wasn't captured in the first place. Taking the above in mind, that doesn't mean you won't hear the textured brushes on a snare drum, or the emphasised pick of a plectrum, that has been beautifully recorded. But that's all due to a process of mic technique, signal path, room, etc, and not an endeavour to capture exactly how it really sounds
    1 point
  41. I’ve got a feeling Sonos may update their position on this, especially wrt having older & newer Sonos products working together. It may be worth holding fire for a few days to see how the dust settles.
    1 point
  42. I took a photo of some B&O at the Harrogate show , not sure which model but look like those Jeff , they were very good . B&O by Baz, on Flickr
    1 point


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