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  1. I'm scared to even write these words for fear of going into a measurement death spiral with Keith but here goes... I've never bought any hifi based on reading the measurements. Now maybe I'm wrong, who knows, who cares?! For me it's not just the sound its the whole package. The sound yes but also build quality, the heritage, the styling, the fun of the hunt and the price! I just think about what I might like, demo if possible and then buy it if I can and like it. Without going all hippy and crystals I have to connect emotionally with whatever I buy. I can't be alone in looking at a lovely bit of hifi kit that maybe measures badly but I love to own and look and listen to?! I have a beautiful set of John Howes Quad II rebuilds. Now who knows how these measure but they work brilliantly for me and everytime I look at them I love them. All these ASR measurements are useful but they can't measure for my ears, my room and my personality. It's like saying there is only one kind of attractive person who must be measured and anyone else is wrong. I don't care if you buy something based only on how it measures but it's irritating to be told you are wrong if you buy for any other reason. Although I enjoy and occasionally agree with keith and others who hold the same views its the total lack of understanding from this brigade if you've bought for any other reason. They will only truly be happy if we agree with them 100% they are right and we are wrong. It's like buying art, it's hard to explain why you like something, you just do and as they say talking about art is like dancing about architecture. Why not just accept that the choice in hifi (and everything in life!) can be based on so many more variables than just scientific measurements? Cheers
    4 points
  2. [1971] Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition [flac]
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  3. When I come out of a Classical Concert, the last thing on my mind is how it would have measured....and to me, that flowery language describes precisely what is important about the presentation. It's not your thing and that's fine - but I suspect that a high percentage of this forum knows exactly what I'm talking about.
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  4. Indeed! My personal measurement system is what time I go to bed. Start listening at 11pm and still listening three or four hours later indicates a good system. Feel like packing in and going to bed after an hour or so indicates a naff system. Oddly enough the finest measuring systems don’t rate very high on my measurement system, impressive as they may be, with a score of 1 am at best!
    3 points
  5. I don't agree with everything Keith (Purite) says, actually far from it, and have never bought anything on measurements alone, but there does seem to be a culture of attacking him now on this forum, it's starting to look a bit like ganging up and bullying. He's only makes his point, but people seem to get a bit defensive for some reason, he certainly knows how to wind people up, whether or not this is intentional is another thing, but we should be open to other peoples views even if we don't like them (Let me know if you want me to be a moderator on here ?)
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  6. Comparing the Supratek against the MFA is as you say Nigel dependant on how you want your system to sound ....akin to a drag race between a land rover and a Ferrari .....on tarmac one will win, but on a wet ploughed field the other will win - so it depends on your choice of racing medium.
    3 points
  7. Yep that was me ... they are truly lovely to look at and with the Celestion tweeter ,peerless mid range and twin 8 “ drivers In a really hefty cabinet sound fabulous too ..I would be hard pushed to find a modern pair of speakers to match the looks and sound for that price ..they do require a decent amp to make them sing at their best .. at my bake off last year several Wammer’s spent most of the day listening to them .. price in mint condition is a bargain . I know what it cost to fully restore my pair ..plus purchasing new stands ..but OMG it was worth the effort .. if I hadn’t still got mine I would have them at such a price ... you won’t be disappointed!!!!!!!!! GLWS these are mine kindest regards Julian
    3 points
  8. And yet, Klipsch have plenty of fans. There has always been a market for the “V-shaped” sound, headphones included. Klipsch aren’t to my taste but there are those that like their exciting sonic fireworks. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Variety is the spice of life. There is, however, something wrong with an almost cult-like group of armchair experts suggesting engineers with years of experience don’t know what they’re doing and insulting both the designers and their customers for their own self gratification.
    2 points
  9. Happy to report that my Selekt with Katalyst arrived and is installed with the KEFLS50 and with a Rega P3. The sound is amazing, no doubt a substantial improvement over the Majik DS0-Martin Logan Preface combo. SO is on but I feel that I still have to play a little bit more with absorptions and whatnot. Main source will be my QNAP HD but slowly will add up to my vinyl collection, and I see upgrades being done at the turntable level, cartridge and external motor looks like a starter. Just realized that the few jazz albums I bought are from Wax and Dol, they do not sound good at all, and it seems that for that matter will have to start all over again (the fun is on the journey). So turntable will be limited mainly to Frank Zappa for now. Thanks to everyone who contributed! Now I will Just Listen Christian
    2 points
  10. I'll be really honest, I got half way through that article and got bored. In my head that would be two people in a room chugging on their pipes stroking each others ego's with how perfect the measurements are. Whereas for me, in a real world situation (not currently clearly) would be me and a couple of mates. Several sets of speakers side-by-side, many beers, plugging and unplugging- much fun... Many hours lost hitting some quality music. Which one knocks your socks off? And why? That's compenent testing for me.
    2 points
  11. There are 2 ways to evaluate a system. Keith promotes one; this is the other: https://www.inner-magazines.com/audiophilia/squaring-the-circle/ .....which assesses a system using subjective evaluation, that can't be measured by a machine and which make Objectivists shudder to their very core (though ideally, both methods should be used - but imo enjoyment should be the overriding one). "When we at Audio Note UK talk about the sound coming from a system or a component, I prefer to say that the sound has “medium”, “dynamic density”, “elasticity”, “authenticity”, “believability”, “immediacy”, “authority”, “evenness”, “colour”, “refinement” etc. I think the standard audiophile terms are mainly based around either sonic packaging, like imaging, sound stage and focus, or refers to pure frequency phenomena such as highs, lows, range, or distortive like harsh, bright, sharp etc."
    2 points
  12. This is probably the most under stated comment I have seen all year! I was over on WHifi forum at the time, words like factious, havoc and bedlam don't even come close
    2 points
  13. Emma, watching TV: Emma watching TV by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Fuji X-H1/Helios 44M
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  14. This thread may be of interest to some new to this subject:
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  15. We buy music because it stimulates our emotions. That is the core purpose. Regardless of measurements, if your hifi gets in the way of that emotional connection then it isn't worth whatever it cost. Use your ears and heart to decide. If you need measurements to decide whether a component is good or not then you might want to sell the lot and start again...
    2 points
  16. A couple of points. Those who say a power supply doesn't matter, that "you aren't listening to the supply" are frankly clueless about electronics and how it all works. An inadequate supply that is noisy or has an output impedance that is too high will definitely affect how a device sounds. Regarding the DAVE supply, it is an EOS LFWLT40-3002 switching mode supply that costs about $15 in quantities over 400. The idea that it can't be improved upon is rather silly. Does it take $4000 to get there. Who knows? Like has been stated, the economies of scale don't exist for the boutique builders so $4000 one at a time would be a fraction of that if they could sell hundreds. As is, my DAVE does sound better with good quality linear supplies, In my case the DAVE is driving my speakers directly as the headphone amp has enough power to do so. That may be one reason the supply has such an effect in my system. They are from Keces that cost about 1/10 of the Sean Jacobs DC4 so I will probably not make a move to go with a DC4., BUT as also pointed out, in this hobby $4000 is not a lot of money so it is a possibility.
    2 points
  17. Scarlet tiger moth (Callimorpha Dominica) At rest on a wall in the garden really striking moth when it opens its wings , Google it ...Don’t want to disturb it because if it takes flight during the day it will undoubtedly fall prey ...I’ve been an entomologist for 50 yrs and this is only the 3rd one I’ve ever seen alive kindest regards Julian
    2 points
  18. Matthew Halsall - Colour Yes I consistently recommend Matthew's albums as I find them moving, spiritual and beautifully recorded. He is a jazz trumpeter from Manchester and every album of his is well worth checking out. Here's a sample from this album: Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
    2 points
  19. With ATC, the only difference between the professional stuff and the domestic is some fancy finishes. Which is obviously how things ought to be in a rational universe. No BS from ATC. SME are a remarkably similar company in comparison. Engineering-led, super-helpful on the phone and they'll fix anything that needs fixing at reasonable rates. Service your amp packs sir? That'll be £75. Compare Naim & Linn pricing....
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  20. The only Greek music I played as a youngster was this LP, whose appearance in my record collection I could not explain. Played it to death though! I especially liked the folk song in 9/8 (always had a bit of a thing for music in odd time signatures...) https://www.discogs.com/Tacticos-And-His-Bouzoukis-Music-From-The-Greek-Islands/release/2048371 I shall definitely be checking out some of those you've recommended
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  22. I fail to see what is inaccurate about what I wrote. Nopiano wrote that his car was made in China and I said that, yes, Volvo makes cars in China. Which they do. Obviously. They (well, their parent company since apparently these trivial details matter to some ) have two Chinese plants they build their cars in with two more Chinese plants being built. One of these upcoming Chinese plants will build Polestar cars, a Volvo sub-brand which is being repositioned for electric cars. What are you expecting here, me to write that Volvo also builds cars in Sweden, Belgium, the US, and Malaysia even though we are talking about Nopiano's Chinese-built Volvo? If I mention that Toyotas are made in the US in reference to my neighbor's US-made Toyota Camry, must I also mention their current assembly plants in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Derbyshire, and Venezuela or else risk someone getting confused into thinking that all Toyotas are made in the US? What about their former assembly plants in Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Ghana, and Zimbabwe? Klassik is not going to put in footnotes for every piece of data presented in a Klassik post. I'm sure some members of the WigWam's viewership think that Klassik's posts are long enough as it is. I will apologize for my long-windedness at times. If you're looking for an apology in this post, there it is. The bottom line is that our discussion was discussing Chinese built Volvos and there is nothing factually inaccurate about that. If someone wants to know about Volvo's manufacturing infrastructure, they probably should not read a conversation about a single Volvo without doing further research. If you wanted to add something to the conversation, fine, but I'm not going to be encyclopedic in every post just because someone is offended that I didn't include information about products not even being discussed in the conversation.
    2 points
  23. Your amp has loads of room to install a motorised potentiometer. You can see the volume control (100kohm) in the top left .. it just sits on a PCB. You could probably find a remote control kit with a decent motorised potentiometer for about £50. And it could be made to be completely reversible.
    2 points
  24. [1998] John Martyn ‎– The Church With One Bell [flac]
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  25. Sorry Dom just busy, you already know, because I have banged on endlessly that contemporary oversampling DACs which are literally state of the art, as good as DCS or whatever are available relatively cheaply. Likewise low distortion solid state amplifiers, thinking specifically of Hypex’s NCore or Bruno’s new Purifi amps, they measure as well if not better than anything at any price. I think you still need to spend something for a decent turntable, I would always go direct drive so the Technics £1500. Loudspeakers, fine measuring designs are available relatively inexpensively but the traditional ones tend to be limited in terms of bass extension, having said that you could marry a small Kef LS50 for example with a subwoofer, integrate seamlessly with a MiniDSP processor and cure room boom all at the same time. If you really want to know how things sound look at the measurements rather than believing the marketing, look art the recent loudspeaker rests at ASR one well known and heavily marketed UK design...! Keith
    2 points
  26. China is fast becoming the world's richest superpower, potentially overtaking the US, and it has an authoritarian regime that does not respect human rights or democracy. The West has helped create this monster. Goodness knows what the Chinese military are doing in space and in other parts of the world such the Pacific islands they created especially for military occupancy. We are mad, literally mad for enriching such a regime and making them so powerful. A price will be paid.
    2 points
  27. You lads should get into DIY You can make high end for budget money And for midrange money you can get ultra high end sounds.. Your kit may not look the part though... but good hi fi is really about the sound not the looks
    2 points
  28. Its a pity you couldn't have thrown a set of Falcon LS3/5A's in that mix there really. The other speakers do go further I'm sure in certain areas but the LS3's just have some magic about them, particularly the midrange. Still have an issue with that price of them though Out of interest are you still happy with the speakers you are using?
    1 point
  29. Ashley had a nasty habit passing on his crass attitude to his clients, even to the extent of not allowing non-active users access to his AVI forum.
    1 point
  30. Great sound is difficult to define, but easy to recognise.
    1 point
  31. If a compenent cannot make me smile (and at points jump up and start dancing round the front room!!), then it's not worth its salt. I've had sooooooo many things through my front room... It's very easy... My lugholes have thousands of years of evolution built into them being planted onto my head. I can tell perfectly fine what is good, or not good. Some scribbles on paper I have no interest in. That's just me personally and nothing against the science approach folk. Peace out. Back to Nirvana being played far too LOUD
    1 point
  32. I'll let you off Googling the answer if you give it a listen. It's pretty good as is most of his output.
    1 point
  33. Thanks for the reply my friend. I sorted it by moving the power cable to the 33 away from the interconnects. The laugh (at myself !) is that I came straight here instead of using my initiative .
    1 point
  34. I'm playing catch-up on these, only up to episode 2 so far, but they are a really interesting listen. Thanks for posting the link.
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  35. I would also recommend the "Inspirations" album from vocalist Dwight Trible which also features Matthew Halsall.
    1 point
  36. Willow Child - Paradise and Nadir Spotify Been meaning to try this one out since it's recommendation. Enjoyed it, very retro feel, especially with the heavy Hammond organ.
    1 point
  37. Gale 401 Chrome - amazing condition... fully restored 18months ago by Vintage Gale. With new (repro) stands - and the end caps were re-chromed!! So possibly as good as you will get. But I have just acquired a pair of JBL L100 Classics (new) and already have my B+W DM70's so these babies have to go. I'm not aware of anything more you can do to elevate the performance of the Gales - short of moving them to more rigid stands, but they are completely as they should be. Price is £850.00 - the re chrome of the end caps was £200 alone... photos are pretty naff, these must be one of the most difficult sets of speakers to photograph. Can't ship them but would travel a reasonable half way to meet if needed, I live 8 miles west of Leeds.
    1 point
  38. On this forum, Lawrence! Faithless has one up on page 2
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  39. Keith if you believe that turntables just need correct rotational speed then you do not need to spend £1500 as Technics and others do a d/d turntable for less than £1000 but it will not be SOTA on this measurement alone. There is clearly a lot more to turntables than that. As you are a measurements guy I shall also mention rumble as you don’t want the cartridge picking up anything that it shouldn’t. And have a read of these other important turntable measurements https://www.theanalogdept.com/measures.htm But you are in the minority on this forum if you think that specs dictate how SOTA something sounds.
    1 point
  40. The swordfish has no natural predators to be afraid of. Except for the penfish, which is thought to be mightier.
    1 point
  41. 25% isopropyl 75% distilled water and a couple of drops of wetting agent (Ifotol or something similar)
    1 point
  42. I estimate it'll cost about £1500 in parts to the nearest £500 to make my attempt at ultra high end DIY speakers. It remains to be seen if I will ever get all the parts, as I'm being rather selective in the drivers and I'm buying used to keep the costs down. And then it remains to be heard if they are actually ultra high end, or just high end. or midrange or a pig's dinner when it comes to sound quality. One thing that going DIY or listening to a variety of DIY does do: is to give you an interesting perspective on the economics of commercially available brand new midrange to high end by price hi-fi. It's a useful reminder of the realities of one company selling to another to sell to the consumer. What with VAT, overheads, profit margins etc.
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