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  1. 6 points
    Of course the ultimate test is how many people stay in your room at Keggie and/or ask for specific tracks to be played ....that determines if a setup works imho.
  2. 4 points
    OMG this thread.... I wish people would take their endless jabber and arguments with are Off the F Topic.... to another thread... If they just stuck to bluesound node 2i and various tweaks and their impressions the world would be more pleasant. Start your own threads and rant on in them. 95 pages and only about 4 have anything relevant to OP
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    When I was 7 I developed a fascination for the family Roberts radio, and would spend hours tuning into different stations, pretending it was a car radio. (Not biological) Uncle Brian who worked at STC at the time gave my first radio, horrible 6 transistor thing as well as many other now old school computer parts for me to destroy. Then I got given a little valve Blaupunkt radio. I remember the sunny Sunday morning I worked out how to connect some wires into the back to make FM work, and how beautiful it sounded. It was probably about this time on one of my family visits to great uncle Edward, he had 2 radiators and a speaker in between at one end of his living room, he explained the speaker was actually an ultrasonic burglar alarm, and the radiators were speaker, and proceeded to lift the lid of the adjacent side board and put a record onto the classic Garrard 301, SME 2009, Quad 22 II FM2. I remember the sound clearly, as very detailed and transparent, but a bit loudness button, and not very loud. My parents* were quite accommodating, and my room slowly filed up with radiograms, radios, record players and tape recorders (around 40 pieces in total at one point, annoyingly no photos), this was early 80’s when people were practically giving the stuff away. The best was a lovely Rigonda mono radiogram, which sounded so lovely, I now have the stereo version waiting to be fixed up… Retrospectively, growing up my foundations were in single ended valve sound. By the time I was 16 my attic room had slowly emptied and I had acquired a B&O Beomaster 900M, and some homemade charity shop Wharfedale Super 8/RS/DD (I think, or could have been 10s) in some big reflex boxes, these sounded pretty nice and soon followed a Garrard deck, given to me by uncle Brian, the normal arm version of the zero 100. I remember hearing the first radio demonstration of CD on that setup. I never had much money so old and broken things were much easier to come by, and this really propelled me into my life in electronics. I only really wanted to study electronics so I could fix free broken things…, no thought of getting jobs or anything like that. This is a highly abridged version of my early influences. I wanted to understand why things sound like they do, and to make my own as I could not afford to buy. Later, for me a source of much frustration was the gritty grainy “electronic” sound produces by most of my lovely transistorised 80’s 90’s hi fi boxes. I like to think I now have some understanding of this and how to design around it to get a sound that I find satisfying. * I still haven’t quite forgiven my dad for selling for £100 great Uncle Lionel’s (inventor of the electric window apparently) Quad II based system which had the super rare Acoustical corner ribbon speakers, I never heard that one unfortunately. Young me probably would have wrecked them though.
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    I have a test CD that is very useful for setting up and positioning speakers and making sure the fundamental stuff is correct (in phase and left and right the correct way round). I've wondered about a test LP, but the Well Tempered is somewhat unusual in terms of what can and can't be adjusted and basically, if the cartridge is correctly aligned and azimuth is correct, then adjusting tracking weight and VTA is really down to listening. As even 'hot' LPs play properly and the AT50 tracks like a goods train, I can't really see any point.
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    In the 1960's I was going out with a student nurse, I went with her to visit a very wealthy couple for whom she used to be a live in nanny. In a room big enough to have it's own weather system, I noticed a pair of enormous Tannoy corner speakers 15" I think a Garrard 301 & a pair of valve amps I can't remember arm,cartridge or pre-amp. What I can remember was the sound of the adagio for organ and strings by Albinoni, I used to sing in a choir at prestigious venues like the Royal Festival hall, Kings College Hall Cambridge. A week after singing at St Margret's Westminster I turned into a croaking frog so that was that. The organ I heard that day was stunning as was the orchestra. I have never had the room for Tannoy's I use OTA Quad 57's but that single piece of music started me on this path. The following week I bought S/H a Beogram 1000 a leak amplifier from a radiogram & a pair of Janszen Z600 speakers with US to UK voltage transformers, my first LP 1966 Von Karajan Beethoven 6th I still have it plays well.
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    b&o form 2 headphones So light they are practically non-existent - sound is very clear and open, but a bit bass light, with no deep bass. I like them. Lots of colours to choose from.
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    T. Rex - Electric Warrior Vinyl For a commercial Pop/Rock album, nearly 50 years old, this never ceases to amaze at the quality of the recording. My original vinyl still sounds great.
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    Yesterday, I got a phone call from the Linn dealer in Seattle. We spoke for about an hour, and in the course of the conversation, a couple of tips on speaker setup emerged. They were tightening the drivers, and leveling the speakers. My 530s are two years old, and hadn't had the drivers tightened. I proceeded to do so. I found about half of the fasteners for the tweeters and mids a bit not snug. I wasn't able to get to the isobaric configured woofers. Next was checking and adjusting the level of the cabinets. I had previously thought they were level as I used my iPhone's level to check. I rechecked using a proper spirit level. They turned out to be off by not a tiny margin. This was corrected. The results of this effort were very nice. I don't want to exaggerate, but I did end up listening to records until 2 am! The music was more musical. The timing and clarity were in sharper focus. I got to thinking about why such a profound improvement. In my experience, there are some fundamental things that constitute a correct hifi system setup. The biggest improvements in sound quality come from setting up the system so that these minimum criteria are met. There is a big difference between correct and not correct.
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    David Hepworth discusses the golden age, and recent resurgence, of vinyl records. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001d34 Has anyone else been listening to this series of short essays by David Hepworth about records? It's been on at 10.45 Mon to Fri (the last one being this evening)? I particularly enjoyed the one on Wednesday about the Hifi system in the home, and last nights about album covers. Well worth a listen on iplayer or sounds or whatever it is that people listen to things on....
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    Fairport Convention - "Babbacombe" Lee ripped CD
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    Bloody hell Mr Fourlegs I've just got bored of waiting for this super test of power supplies and this thread trundling on and off topic. I'm using A Bluesound Node 2i F A board and Ifi power supply playing Qobuz, I would describe the improvement of fine detail. I've had a fair few I have never heard that before moment's. 😂
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    Select the Change link; the list of devices will include any instances of Minimserver running on the network. Selecting one of these will give you its configuration page (somewhat updated in MinimServer 2 as compared with MinimServer 0.8). I can't actually think of one. David
  14. 1 point
    When you select device an option of MinimServer comes up you can press on that and it gives you option to rescan
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    4k resolution isn't really going to be of benefit to you unless you sit extremely close to a screen your size: 4k blu rays are also very expensive. If you have extra money you're happy to spend to improve picture quality I'd suggest you invest it in a better television than you have been considering.
  16. 1 point
    if I had a spare room I would quite happily take the NAD off you. Alas...
  17. 1 point
    I have both. It’s been a while but I would say the heavy kit was a noticeable improvement, the WM makes speed adjusting so simple though.
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    There are a fair number of modern Chinese dacs from Topping, SMLS and the like that are rarely seen in the UK mainstream. They tend to be focussed on technology and extremely high (measured) performance which may or may not be to your liking. Have a look here https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/
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    A friend is raving about his. Says it’s really well made and sounds good. I’ve heard many similar opinions too.
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    If you do go for for there's a pair of Q701s for sale on one of the usual forums, here,Pfm or AoS. Sent from my HRY-LX1 using Tapatalk
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    God and Satan arranged a football match between Heaven and Hell. “I know for a fact we are going to win,” said God. “We have all the best players up here…Dixie Dean, Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney, Ferenc Puskás, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Danny Blanchflower, Lev Yashin, Bobby Moore, Gordon Banks, George Best, and so on.” “I wouldn’t count on that, God,” said Satan. “You see, down here, we have all the referees.”
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    I’m a fan of Genelec, particularly the smaller models in the range. What they can do for their size and price is quite amazing. For me they really are studio monitors or second system in the small models. I'm thinking a small set and pairing with a bluetooth adaptor for a bedroom set up. Cheers PD8020BP01-2 by Paul Grant, on Flickr
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    I’ve been on a fantastic musical journey for 50+years It all started in the late sixties aged 9.. Sitting on a red rug In my great uncles cottage overlooking Ogston reservoir..2 big Doberman’s watching my every move. in front of me was the state of the art radiogram..playing big band music..before and after the war in which he served as a paratrooper, uncle Stan had been a drummer for many well known dance bands. The track that got me hooked was James Lasts arrangement of “I got you babe” by Bono ..amazing brass and cascading strings .. i used to go visit most weekends to learn music craft from uncle Stan.. then in my teens my uncle Pete who was Stans nephew got into Hifi ... This is when I began to really listen to what quality components could produce. Quad,Tannoy ,Celestion,Gerrard, Uncle Pete was a woodworking/engineer genius..designing and creating furniture to house his system and record collection.. He was employed by Reeves Burgess like his late father who where coach builders.. Pete would build the coach out of wood and then his construction was used as templates for the final coach etc in aluminium.. because of this he had access to materials and tooling and an eye for absolute accuracy and detail.. Pete taught me so much about what something sits on and it’s environment is just as important as the equipment itself...He also had several mates who were also HiFi mad and we were often invited to hear the latest bit of kit or recording..These guys had some of the finest kit of the time ,,reference speakers, newest cables. Quality recordings etc etc.. When my contemporaries at school where listening to their 7”inch singles stacked one on top of each other on their dansette, I was listening to Direct to disc recordings coming from huge Tannoy Buckingham’s and 3 tier Kefs , quad electrostatics and the like.. I count myself very fortunate to have had such knowledgeable mentors and thank them gracefully for passing on their gifts.. Sadly uncle Pete passed away from leukaemia in his mid 40s ,but his legacy of loving music remains in me .. As we get older , we too should be willing to engage a younger generation in the love of music no matter how annoying they can be sometimes..It’s just a matter of embracing my thoughts as Uncle Pete did with me .. i will listen to all types and genre of music but my passion will always be the great dance band arrangements and will never forget the red rug and Doberman’s . As a second note if ever you remember the detective Frank Cannon he was the spitting image of uncle Stan in looks and girth lol .. kindest regards Julian
  25. 1 point
    It probably helps explain why they didn't last too long. Yes, Radio Shack was famous here for their R/C cars and other toys. It was probably too much of a good thing for them. They made so much money on those things that they started taking their focus away from good equipment in the later 1980s and into the 1990s. Radio Shack stuff wasn't particularly respected by snobs here either, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Nobody is going to admit that something from the neighborhood chain store is competitive with their expensive equipment from a snobby Hi-Fi shop. I would say that Radio Shack's better stuff was pretty good in the 1970s and early 1980s. It's competitive with the Pioneers, Kenwoods, and Technics of the world in a similar price range. In fact, in the 1990s, stuff from Radio Shack's 'Professional Series' was just rebadged Pioneer equipment with little attempt to hide the Pioneer design features (though I think they did change the VFD filter so it wasn't Pioneer's trademark orange color). One could get a lot for their money at Radio Shack. They could also get some cheap stuff that rivaled the Soundesigns, Yorxes, and Lloyds of the world at Radio Shack as well so it really just depended on the specific product. There are some pictures of this on the Internet. It looks like it was made in Korea so I'm not sure who the OEM would be on that. Fostex or Sanyo maybe? I don't know, it could be one of Radio Shack's homemade designs. This diagram of it makes it look like it has decent components for a 40 WPC receiver though. At least the transformer seems decently sized for that price range. Radio Shack did take their walnut finishes quite seriously in the 1980s though. I'll have to take a closer look at Radio Shack's speaker range later on. It's been a while since I've looked at them carefully. The Radio Shacks here in malls would put the Mach Ones at their entryway to try to impress people. Radio Shack's better speakers were okay, but I can't say they had the best sound quality even if they had a lot of power. The same could be said about a lot of big Japanese speakers at the time. Their smaller speakers were comparatively better, IMO, but those were more suitable for bedroom systems and such. I have a Radio Shack Realistic EQ very similar to that one, but the one I have is probably a couple years newer. It's still silver faced. I'll have to dig it out of the closet and get the model number on it. Mine has the 'stereo expander' on it. It's one of those things that you know you shouldn't use, but it's fun to play around with. Obviously I don't use the EQ often since it's deep in the closet, but it was helpful for adjusting sound before putting it on tape.
  26. 1 point
    Have you followed the instructions for the rs232 connections in the Konfig manual? Found in Linn docs. Source names etc?
  27. 1 point
    Removing the link between speaker terminals merely separates the crossover into two distinct hf & LF component blocks as opposed to one block of components. The links are no different to two tracks/pieces of wire on a pcb connecting stuff together. However the links are often the cause of lower fidelity due to the low quality of material used in their construction. Whenever I've had bi-wireable speakers I've simply removed the links and made up short jumper cables from the same SC as used in the main run kits also cheaper tham two runs of SC).
  28. 1 point
    Internal crossovers aren’t bypassed, otherwise you’d blow the tweeters in an instant.
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    If we forget the control point for the moment, as the setup works fine when using Majik DS and Majik Kontrol, you have three things in the chain:- DS RS232 cable Pre-amp I owned an Exotik years ago and never successfully got it to perform with an RS232 connected DS. I set it up as different pre-amps (as I recall, Exotik wasn’t in the list to choose) but at best I could only get some functions to work. However, the Klimax Kontrol worked perfectly (different DS at this point, but still) so if you can do so, I’d recommend borrowing a DS and an RS232 cable, trying one at a time, to see how the KK (and Kazoo) behaves. Mick
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    Misty by Mr ff1d1l, on Flickr
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    Electric storm on its way... Electric storm coming by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Huawei P20 Pro.
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    Augmented triad... Augmented Triad by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Ricoh GRIII
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    Eddie Soens Memorial Race Sprint Finish by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 5D4 + 24-105L, 1/50s @ f16, ISO400 raw. PP in ACR.
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    Path by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Fuji X-Pro2/Mitakon 35-0.95
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    Basically what akamatsu said. The Karousel is higher in the hierarchy, therefore more important musically, than the motor/power supply. That plus the Kore will bring a very worthwhile improvement in musical perfromance. Then, when your budget allows, the motor/power supply would be the next step.
  38. 1 point
    Waste Not Want Not as my parents use to say. well done, probably the best value for money turntable around.
  39. 1 point
    Another +1 for the looks, well done.
  40. 1 point
    For me subwoofers require a lot of patience, management of expectations and a lot of patience. I spent many days a few years ago trying to integrate an REL subwoofer into my system when I had some Harbeth P3ESR's following lots of advice. After crawling around on my hands and knees moving the sub all over my lounge I ultimately found the best position for it was back at Richer Sounds where I bought it and got a refund. That experience scarred me for life with subwoofers. I envy those, who will surely be along shortly, who have been able to get a sub working to their liking. I ended up selling my Harbeth P3ESR's for the 30.1's to get more bass. Then eventually sold those to get more bass.
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    Thats better continue with the Karousel review please.
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    If you like women - 'Dead To Me'. 2 Series (U.S.A) I dont mean if you find them attractive; i mean if you like them. Black Comedy. Jack NSM
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    Listened to this last night. Its a stonker. Wish she'd do Prokofiev's 2nd - we need a new modern recording of it!
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    White Willow - Future Hopes 24/96 version from Bandcamp.
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    Did exactly the same thing last night and on a stationary record as well!
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    The blind leading the blind, or should that be the deaf leading the deaf.
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    I am sure that aliens would have many questions about us, and so many things to research that they just can’t figure out, such as Why does a round pizza come in a square box? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours? Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway... Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard? Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale? Why do they put an expiration date on sour cream? Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized? Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance? Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try? How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures? Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over? How come you never hear father-in-law jokes? Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway
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    My dog has become obsessed by social distancing, raising a paw in protest when people get too close and barking until we don a mask. I noticed her shaking hear head at the Liverpool fans' celebrations too - I did assume that her displeasure was because of the lack of distancing but, of course, it could have been simply because Liverpool won, which is an obvious disappointment.
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    Watched it this evening - excellent stuff. Classic line from Clint at the end: "There are two kinds of people in this world, my friend, those who have loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig."