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  1. Stage 1 of my amplifier upgrade path SJS arcadia pre. Stage 2 tomorrow hopefully 2a3 SET monos. Brand new valves and not played for some time. Connected to my 2a3 integrated. BLOODY HELL!! the tone, timbre and presence is just amazing. Can't wait for tomorrow
    5 points
  2. 5 points
  3. Some pics of the Rogers ... Actual wood veneers are darker. Hell, it’s good I did not try out a career as a photographer Build quality is very good. Can’t find any faults at all. As usual, grille is held in place by Velcro so to remove them you just tug at the little ribbon attached at the base of the grille.
    5 points
  4. So, five years without any 'new' hifi equipment (bar cartridge), and I find myself with some new toys: IMG_1721 by call_me_theo, on Flickr NVA Balanced Mains Unit. However, dwarfed by this bugger: IMG_1722 by call_me_theo, on Flickr Technics RS1700 R2R with rare as rocket horse poo remote unit. DSC_2019 by call_me_theo, on Flickr ...and a disco ball.
    4 points
  5. We told you it would be worth it
    4 points
  6. Well the time has finally come..this is the last evening I will ever listen to music in this space..its been a privilege and and a pleasure and I count my self a very lucky person one last photo..finishing with Frank Sinatra..the Capitol collection..unplayed till now..been saving it..
    4 points
  7. In the past I have tried varying the length of speaker vs interconnect cables and also used balanced when I had BT amp. My conclusion fwiw is that within a domestic setup, even when connecting between rooms, I didn't notice any long term difference. In the short term I suppose every change made a short term improvement but that was down to listening more intently after a change! I don't even bother to keep my speaker cables equal lengths now. Listening is more enjoyable not worrying about these things or wondering if I should be doing blind testing because someone on the internet keeps going on about it!
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. Time for some E.L.P. Prog. 2012 Remastered version.
    4 points
  10. 4 points
  11. Just arrived, a restoration job from a guy in Slovakia. Paid well above average, but worth every penny IMO.
    4 points
  12. Because the Dacmagic power supply is AC, not DC. The rectification and smoothing is inside the unit, not the power supply. Depending on how the power supply section inside the DAC is implemented, feeding it with DC is first, pointless (as the rectification and smoothing is still in the circuit) and second, might effectively mean the unit is 'seeing' about half the required voltage. All the external power supply comprises is a transformer, not a power supply, so there is zero benefit in replacing it.
    4 points
  13. You know I'm interested in this thread and the OPs evaluation of the speakers. I'm also interested to read other Wammers views both pros and cons. What i don't wanna read is a sh***y comment as the first thing someone says after the OP has created an interesting thread. It's just some fun and I bloody want some fun, OK Keith? If you are just gonna fill up this thread with a load of sarky, negative comments then please just take them elsewhere. No one is forcing you to read this thread if you don't like these kind of speakers. A lot of us do like them and no, we are not going to justify why with endless measurements again and again. Everytime I read a thread these days you are just trolling with pointless posts, it's really killing the Wam for me. Thank you.
    4 points
  14. I’m on partial lockdown in Malaysia. Borders shut. Restricted movement (not as much as in China). Am enjoying the scent of fresh speaker wood wafting in the living room.
    4 points
  15. Hi all, Things haven't been as hard hit here in Michigan as they have in places like New York, California, Washington, etc. (of course not to mention China, Italy and many others). However the effect is similar to what is happening to a greater or lesser extent everywhere. One of the big problems with this virus is that you can have it for weeks and not show symptoms. As one British health person put it, if we wait until there are lots of deaths to modify behaviors it will be a massive problem as a tremendous amount more deaths will follow in a month. Restaurants around here are mostly empty and many have gone to carry out and delivery only. On the other hand Costco and grocery stores are still full with people hoarding hand cleaner and toilet paper (for some strange reason) and buying all the bread, pasta, cereal, etc. they can find. All while being crowded shoulder to shoulder with a hundred or so other people so likely spreading the virus faster. The owner of Overture Audio seriously considered shutting down altogether. For now we have reduced our hours to Noon to 5:00PM Tuesday through Saturday and are appointment only, on top of cleaning counters, door handles, etc. regularly, in order to reduce the risk for customers and staff. That doesn't mean we won't have a total shutdown in a few days, like everybody else we just have to take it a day at a time. I was glad to hear this morning that the government is looking at relief for small businesses specifically as this could crush the infrastructure of small businesses that provide the backbone for much of the way we live. It is also heartening to get the emails from companies who are endeavoring to keep their employees on the payroll through this difficult time. We are all facing a great challenge here and I can only hope we learn to band together and come out the other end stronger for it. Good luck all.
    3 points
  16. If the interconnects are xlr then the length should not matter within reason, so short speaker cables would be the better option, in that scenario.
    3 points
  17. Harbeth P3ESR ... very good build quality. Nothing to complain about. The slot to keep grille in place is a nice touch but removal is not difficult. Just straighten out a paper clip, carefully use it to pry the grill out at one of the corners. Does not need much pressure at all.
    3 points
  18. Is a system ever finished? Well mine is for now with the Baldwin HiFi filling in the gap I had in what I was looking for sonically. System as follows; Yamaha CA810 acting as pre amp into the Baldwin 405C. Fed by a Naim ND5 XS2 which also acts as the DAC for the Sony 337ESD (I know - heresy to some) and a custom one off ARB deck and arm with a Rega Ania into the MC stage of the Yammie and a Leak Transcriptor 2001 with an Audio Technica MONO3/LP into a Tisbury Audio Domino and finally a Technics M260 tape deck. All into a pair of rather wonderful LNB Para Lab 20’ and a single BK Electronics XLS200 (hoping to find a second for stereo subs). Cabling is largely by Atlas. Really very happy with it. It’s taken a fair bit of swapping bits in and out but I’m there for now
    3 points
  19. I wrote a nice long reply. But it got lost. I think I’ll just say this. Keith ... go get some help. You need help. You mess up threads with your darn insults/snide remarks. World out there is in a mess. Would be nice to come here for a bit of escapism but end up reading your shitty remarks. If not for forum rules, I would love to use the most vulgar language now. But again, people like you got their head stuck up their own arse that they will never see how ugly they make things. Just learn to respect others. Can’t you do that? Do we need the shitty remarks?
    3 points
  20. I Naim gear can be polarising however I have an ND5 XS2 which I’m hugely impressed by but have never heard their amplification. My current amp is a very lovely Yamaha CA810 and given its age hugely capable and likeable but I wanted to see how a really good modern amp would compare and whether it’s worth the upgrade. Demo was courtesy of Paul Hobson and the staff at Moorgate Acoustics. First rate independent store who I’ve been using for years. Never any pressure to buy, home demo encouraged and excellent demo rooms in store. As my comments at the end elude the most interesting thing I learned is how quickly my hearing reverted to finding my set up ‘good enough’ but I now know how much better it could be too (hence the search for a power amp). So onto the demo. Boring stuff out of the way; speakers were PMC 5.23 and the source was a Naim ND5 XS2. Don’t know what cables were used. Play list was: Sophie Zelmani - Oh Dear Agnes Obel - Cameras Rolling A Man Called Adam - Easter Song (Cafe del Mar mix) Tony de Vit - Are You All Ready Miles Davis - So What Ray Lamontagne - Barfly Alison Krauss - Down To The River To Pray (Supernait only) Kicking things of was the Naim Nait XS3 and the sublime Ms Zelmani. I adore this album and the first track has moved me to tears before. Her haunting voice has a slight reverb in parts and there’s a mighty bass line that, whilst restrained, moves organs in the right system. Initial feeling was one of disappointment. I didn’t think the system overall was as revealing as my own (consisting of a late 70’s Yamaha amp that cost me £250 and mid 70’s speakers that cost me £75; same source) and here I was in front of £4500 kit. The bass wasn’t as deep and I couldn’t notice any extra detail in the vocals in particular. Hmmm. Note I’ll return to my system later. Onto Agnes Obel then. A new artist to me but I’ve been listening to her album a lot (Myopia) and had listened to my current system for an hour or so before leaving to calibrate my hearing so know it well. Again, a tinge of disappointment. This time there was more detail than my system but in different places. I could hear more texture to Agnes’s voice in parts and more space between the different elements that make up the track but still, I was expecting to be blown away and opening my wallet by this point. A couple of more leftfield choices for demo tracks now. I demo’d Easter Song when I bought my BD5 and the instruments and vocals at the beginning can sound holographic, particularly through the Spendor D7’s but again overall I didn’t think I was gaining anything over my own system. The legendary Tony de Vit up next and my system would have won a back to back hands down. Let’s see what Miles could bring to the party. At last I was getting excited. The double bass at the start of So What has so much texture and timbre. I could visual the size of the instrument given the energy the notes were giving out. Separation again was very good, imaging and placement first rate and the piano and cymbals were more realistic than on my own system. Finishing on Ray Lamontagne, he fell somewhere in between. His control of his voice at the beginning of Barfly had a real sense of restraint and he almost breathes the words out and the XS3 presented this far better than anything I’ve heard before. But, as with other tracks the bass was lacking and detail didn’t seem overly forthcoming. So over to the the Supernait 3. Was my disappointment going to continue? No. Absolutely not. From the start it was clear this is what I had come to here. Just sublime; extraordinary timing, the space and separation were just so much more than the XS3 and it had detail in spades. It was still a bit bass light but I’m beginning to suspect the speakers are to my taste. My own speakers are transmission line (strictly speaker they’re labyrinth line - there’s a subtle technical difference I am not quite clear on) so I know how TL’s can sound. But either way Sophie Zelmani was exquisite, the imaging was serial and blackness between the strands of the music quite startling. Same goes for Agnes Obel. That detail and texture I could hear on the XS3 was magnified massively and I was lost in the music. The two electronic tracks again didn’t quite do it for me. My system edges them for excitement if not detail but it could be the speakers at play here. Miles and Ray were just sublime. The instruments in So What beautifully positioned and presented. I could have stayed and listened to both albums through and then some. To finish things off I treated myself to one off my favourite Alison Krauss tracks and through a good system she just melts me. Extraordinary presentation. I’ve heard her do this track live and this came close. I was left with a few impressions. First that my own system, given its cost is extraordinarily good. Second that PMC speakers aren’t for me (though I can quite see why people like them) and third, that I’ll have to spend an awful lot of money to better what I’ve got. Which leads me back to my own system. After any demo I always try to listen to my own system as soon as possible to try and compare and this is where things get interesting. Straightaway it was clear I had misheard the XS3. It was clearly a lot more detailed than my system (bass aside) but my system just works very well and within minutes I was losing myself in the music again. Is my system better than the XS3/PMC combo. No, it’s quite along way off but it has a synergy that makes me forget that. I’m fairly sure though if I spent a while living with the XS3 I’d be less forgiving of my current set up’s short comings if I went back to it though. The Supernait 3 is something else though. A quite extraordinary amp and one that I am seriously contemplating in the future but right now is not the time to be spaffing a ton of money on hifi
    2 points
  21. Finally got the system back together, so a little excess of volume tonight
    2 points
  22. You could go for Roon? With Roon, and Qobuz integration, you get seamless access to PDF’s in Qobuz.
    2 points
  23. Put the amps where they look nice or were it's most convenient. Unless your listening room is an auditorium, I think you'll be okay either way.
    2 points
  24. Haven’t played this for ages. Better than I remember it!
    2 points
  25. Led Zeppelin - Presence LP, 180gm Classic records remaster
    2 points
  26. Soup - Remedies Streamed from Deezer. I might buy the vinyl album, for the cover alone. A great album.
    2 points
  27. Joni. Hissing. My wife's choice tonight. Now completed four days in compulsory lock down. Gawd.
    2 points
  28. The Cinematic Orchestra ‎– Every Day
    2 points
  29. Bought a pair for kitchen system with Marantz Mini system https://www.eisa.eu/awards/marantz-melody-x-m-cr612/
    2 points
  30. The Nice - Five Bridges 1970 Tidal
    2 points
  31. [2006] JJ Cale & Eric Clapton ‎– The Road To Escondido [flac]
    2 points
  32. And here it is... It's lovely. The only thing missing is the little ring that covers the filter thread on the lens, but I won't be losing sleep over that.
    2 points
  33. The basic tolerance you have is how much movement there is in the slots of your head shell; obviously a perfect fit would have the cartridge centred in the slots
    2 points
  34. I think they’re trying to be authentic, and that was how it was done back then. The fashion for swanky baffles is much more recent!
    2 points
  35. Dont forget they were designed to be used with the grilles on, so I think we could forgive them looking bad with them off!
    2 points
  36. This forum needs a name correction so as not to confuse with XTC amps. Should read XTZ owners forum
    2 points
  37. As I'm looking for a more suitable power amp for the 2805s, I decided to bring down the little Ming Da MC 84-C power amps and try them. About 12 watts of EL84 power! Just warming up with some Leonard Cohen (to keep Mrs ABD sweet) and they are fun. Very warm sounding, but it would be hard to make "You Want It Darker" sound cold. Bass is a bit loose, but I can live with this for a while. There are a couple of rather more expensive valve amps I am thinking of, but it might be several months before I can go and listen to them. If ever! The loft sytem now has 6 watts of KT66 SE driving the speakers up there.
    2 points
  38. You could work your way to a full Exakt surround system in stages: 1. Add ADSM 2. Add a single Akurate Exaktbox 6 channel 3. Add two more Akurate Exaktboxes and Exaktbox Sub for full Exakt system. You may be able to get away without the Linn Surround Sound Module in the ADSM if you can output PCM from your Blu-ray. There is a lot of flexibilty with step 2. For example, could use get high quality stereo by Exakting your front stereo speakers and keep the Anthem for 5.1. Alternatively, you could dispense with the Anthem use the single Exaktbox in surround mode to send non-Exakt 5.1 by interconnects to your amps and speakets. Similarly, with step 1. You could take analogue output from the ADSM to your front speakers for stereo and input the front channel from the Anthem with unity gain. There may be more permutations - I am not familiar with your Anthem. You'd need to try out each to see which you prefer depending on sound quality and convenience. There may be timing differences if you mix Exakted with non-Exaked speakers. Have a look at Linn Docs to see what is possible.
    2 points
  39. Thanks Mr U. I'd actually found an ADSM at a good local dealer whom I have already established a good relationship with. I spoke with them at the weekend and arranged to visit this week to complete the deal. However, yesterday happened, the Coronavirus news got exponentially worse and I had to re-evaluate. In the last 48 hours my diary as a freelance, has, for the next couple of months at least, been wiped clean. Therefore sacrifices need to be made. Do I buy a £5k streamer or hold that back to pay the mortgage and bills without any incomings for who knows how long? In the end it's a simple decision to make, albeit a disappointing one. Once we come through this crisis, there'll still be ADSM's out there. I hope everyone here and their loved ones stay safe over the coming weeks. But remember, there's only so much bleak and unnerving news one can take from the media on an hourly basis. There comes time in every day to crank up the hifi and listen to some great tunes. Health, good fortune and great sounds. Mike.
    2 points
  40. Give it rest Keith, the world has more important things to worry about than your sarky comments. Notwithstanding that, I hope all small businesses, including yours, manage to survive the current problems.
    2 points
  41. Excellent something seriously wrong with him
    2 points
  42. 2 points
  43. genesis selling england by the pound
    2 points


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