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  1. Can I please say that Mike has been through out this a gentleman and been mindfull of not upsetting any Wam Rules . As he said we have had an exchange now on PM and while as I said to Mike for the sake of being in keeping with the Wam and not offending any of the Dealers signed up to the Wam I will not be saying anything on a public thread about the paticualrs given . What I will say is that now I have seen the cost I think it is fair and sensible for the service and details that is offered . If you can or would want to afford it is a personal decision but I for one would not put off if I decided to go down that road. Mike has also been very helpful with some offers of advice on my current set up which is appreciated. he is doing this in the same way other Wammers have offered help in the past so for that he deserves a thumbs up from me .
    4 points
  2. I hope that we’re much more reasonable than that! @DomT @Headcoat @Amormusic @Tony_J I would just ask that if you wish to know more about prices, you drop me a quick message, no one will get any preferential pricing, you’ll all get the same information, but there are a couple of other factors. I also wouldn’t like to see anyone promoting their services professionally and so I don’t believe in doing the same.
    4 points
  3. Apologies to anyone if my pointed question about costs caused an issue it was not meant to I just wanted to know even a ball park figure of what this sort of service costs so I have an idea if I could afford it or not. After taking the time to read up on the site i can see that each service given will be different and so the cost will vary lots for if it is just as in the case above an adjustment of things or if hardware or other solutions are needed . Would still be interested even it was by PM if they could give me a rough idea . You seem to have a very valuable service and a slightly different attitude to our resident room treater , you know who you are. I use DSP and have done now since I made my first active speakers over about two and half years ago . I did in the first instance try REW but even now still do not really understand or know what to do with the information it spews out and what is and is not important. DIRAC Live has been something I have enjoyed both using and also listening to the final results . Again I have never just accepted the recommended treatment it does as being the best but using advice and then my ears in the room I have adjusted things till I get what pleases me . If you saw they way things are set up I think most would be horrified and say that is never going to work and I suppose without DIRAC they are right . It may not be the best use of technology as I am using the DSP to correct in the extreme which is probably not the right way to do this , more get the positioning and sound as good as it can be first then add the DSP at minimal levels but that is not going to happen . Due to the speakers I use and the room I am using them in they really should not work at all but with careful adjustment and listening they do work . There is no other place they can go and the only other option I could use would be to move them further out in to the room which I have tried but really does not help the music as I am not able to get them far enough out to make any difference . Would be quite interesting to get another certainly more experienced view point but not really sure if I would do too much different ( I am a stubborn git at the best of times) . Thank you though for all of the input this has been one of the best threads I have read on room treatment and for once i understood all of the posts . P.S. - can you keep the mention of snakes to a minimum my wife is petrified of them and does not even like them being talked about stange really as her name is Linda which arabic for snake.
    4 points
  4. Shaun, if you have never made a mistake in anything you have purchased, why comment on here? The forum is here after all for people to share there experiences. But doing it to things you haven’t tried or owned is errr a bit extreme. Just sayin’
    3 points
  5. Finished my conference calls early today so set about a test fit of the bass cabinet into its new 'skin'. The new box still needs each panel wrapping in the gloss walnut vinyl so there is only the biscuits holding it together. Trying to align the existing heavy cabinet (which is not a fully square cube ) into the box with no front or top was interesting given I'd only allowed 3mm clearance. Eventually I got it aligned with some of the nitrile rubber as packing. The front baffle will be secured to the existing cabinet with 14 SS cap head bolts into captive nuts and located around its edges with biscuits into the MDF sides. The port will be extended to meet up with the new walnut flange I made earlier and the Volt driver will be flush mounted. Hopefully tomorrow I can get the holes cut in the front baffle and do a full test assembly.
    3 points
  6. [1970] Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III [CD]
    3 points
  7. No bad decisions as such in terms of being disappointed but I did get seriously sucked in to upgrade after upgrade and always chasing better performance. I am now on something of the opposite path and am enjoying discovering true audio bargains; the Topping D50S DAC for example instead of an expensive big name one, which actually sounds better to my ears. As a result I have taken a fair hit on various bits of kit when moving them on. I've pretty much put this behind me now though I am now kicking back and enjoying the music instead of thinking about the next 'big new thing'...
    3 points
  8. Linn Unidisk OMG that was a big mistake of mine, too. Appalling thing, just totally killed the musik. I hated it.
    3 points
  9. Had a Linn aktive set up & as I built it up from 1 amp passive to 3 amps aktive I took my Arcam Delta 270 cd player along for the ride as it sounded so good and with every addition it stepped up to the task. A dealers ad for a Linn Unidisk got me thinking a complete system would be top dog so I drove to Birmingham a 300 mile round trip and did the deal pxing my Arcam for the Unidisk + a wedge of lolly. What a massive mistake that was my biggest backward step ever! lifeless dull & boring I contacted the dealer the next day to hear he'd already moved the Arcam on. This was by far my biggest regret in hifi. Suffice to say all the Linn kit left after that too.
    3 points
  10. The Alan Parsons ProJect - I Robot
    3 points
  11. Mike Oldfield -Tubular Bells. CD
    3 points
  12. @bencat I’ve just dropped you a PM, its not that I’m not happy sharing pricing, but I’m very aware that despite admin saying its ok to respond, I really don’t want to get into public discussions around price and “stuff” around it. That way you can make your own mind up rather than leaving it open to public discussion.
    3 points
  13. 3 points
  14. Also capturing a bit of lost prog youth tonight. Steve Wilson remastered vinyl
    3 points
  15. Keep playing this. 180g anniversary edition of War of the worlds. Sounds more dynamic especially side 4
    3 points
  16. Got a new toy on demo, think it might have found a new home. Excuse the iffy pics and tatty set up, not set up properly yet and yes it is getting a bit warm...
    2 points
  17. Virtually all my bad decisions revolve around large speakers! I've always lusted after some nice BIG speakers and have bought several big-uns in my time (obviously never learning my lesson). First ones were Meridian 7000's in Ferrari red...seemed reasonably sized in the lovely house I visited and they didn't look too big. When I got them back to my much smaller house they just filled the room and sounded a lot worse than in the big room. Did the same thing with some Horning Agathon Ultimates....saw them in a big house, got them home and they just dominated the room. They did sound superb though with a top-of-the-range Border Patrol power amplifier, even in my smaller front room. I think I could have lived with the Horning's, but then decided they were just too big in a room that measures 17' x 15' I do still miss them! Saying that, the new owner was delighted with them in his much bigger conservatory. Obviously bigger isn't alway better with speakers...shame it doesn't apply to everything
    2 points
  18. I got involved in a cable debate once. Does that count?
    2 points
  19. Room treatment is one big ear opener, anyone with a half decent system should try it even if it just involves putting some at the first reflection point. Probably the most cost effective upgrade you could make.
    2 points
  20. My Naim comment was very positive. Early 42/110, very good phono stage and the kind of warmth and organic quality that built their, at that time, well deserved reputation. I have experience of many Naim amps, this was comfortably one of the most enjoyable.
    2 points
  21. From what I can see of your methodology, I'd say it's looking pretty good. I put your measurements in REW and applied some 1/6 smoothing (in the "All SPL" tab, click on the "Controls" cog top right, select "1/6 smoothing" from the dropdown then click "apply smoothing"). I also looked at the L and R measurements one at a time as it made it easier to understand. You can toggle each measurement on and off using the checkboxes at the bottom of the "All SPL" screen. My edited plots are attached. A few questions: Am I right in assuming the three L and three R measurement are three repeats of each channel without changing anything? Did you change the system volume between the left and right measurements? Some observations: Overall there's a rise in higher frequencies on the right channel, while the left channel is roughly flat. Research shows that we prefer a typical in-room response with a steady downward slope from bass frequencies to treble, so you might find your system sounds bright and lacking in bass. You might find the situation improves if you move your speakers backwards closer to the wall, and your sofa towards them so it is 1/3 the way along the room (from the wall behind the speakers) There are also some big nulls in the bass response at 55hz in the left channel and 38 hz in the right. These are probably be due to cancellations and you might find they disappear if you move the speakers backwards. Finally there is a peak at 48Hz in R1 and R2, but not R3. Did you change something before R3? Either way, bass peaks like this can easily be flattened using parametric EQ in Roon, or with a plugin like IIEQ or Fabfilter in Audirvana and other AU/VST supporting players.
    2 points
  22. Torque screwdriver set that I ordered came yesterday and I torque 3k array to 0,8 Nm and bass to 1 Nm. 3K array screws were all less than 0,8 and on bass, some of them were less than 1 Nm, and some were more. The positive difference for my ears is pretty much obvious. Contrary to expectation more torque on 3k array did not result in harder sound on higher frequencies but cleaner with less pronounced sibilance and bass also seemed to benefit with less muddiness but most important, the overall sound is much more "all together" with no clearly differentiated spectrums and easier to listen to. So thumbs up for screwing these screws.
    2 points
  23. Good question! In general your speakers should be set up for best tune with SO turned off. But toe-in is all about the directional character of the hf transducer ( tonally brighter on axis) and SO should (according to Linn) only be operating in the bass where the wavelengths are long enough relative the driver for the speaker to be radiating at 360 degrees. I don‘t understand this aspect of SO unless we’re talking about Exakt manipulating arrival times? @sunbeamgls would be the person here qualified to answer this question.
    2 points
  24. Christine and the Queen's - Chris Vinyl
    2 points
  25. Having lovingly restored and veneered a pair of Rogers LS5/8 and had the matching quad AM16 power amps rebuilt and upgraded .. Even had a cabinet maker make some bespoke platforms so the amps could sit underneath . The room they where in just wouldn’t let them breathe . Sold the set up after a couple months at considerable loss .. Wish I had them now in my new space to play with .. but hey ho .. It is what it is .. that’s one reason while I will never own a Ferrari..It’s just that I love restoring equipment especially stuff made of wood ..You can never recover the hours spent ..But it is a joy to hear speakers that haven’t been connected up for nearly 40 years . kindest regards Julian
    2 points
  26. Hmmm what to say ? Pretend I never made a mistake ? Then again too many on here know me already and they will never believe that . Well when I bought my Krell KSA 50 MK1 many years ago from a dealer when he delivered it on a family vist to the north he brought a DNM Two Box Pre sorry can not remeber the model number . Two little perspex boxes one with PSU and a ribbon cable attached to the Pre box . The reviews were raving over it and how it sounded so natural blah blah . Against my feeling at the time the dealer convimced me that it would be an ideal partner for the Krell and reduced the price ( I do not think he wanted to take the pre and crate back with him) to such a low level I gave in . Because he was driving back I did not like an idiot get to unpack the pre and use it until after he had left . First listen and I was wondering were the bass and most of the lower mid range had gone , then why the treble sounded like scraping a blackboard . Left in for about a month to see if it steeled down it never did . In these lowly days I was using a NAD 3020 as a pre and swapping that back it sounded so muc better. Sold the DNM on for what was a profit with a Crimson 500 Battery powered pre amp which I adored and would have still had it not just expired and no one would look at it . So yes I was that idiot but luckily this time i di not get burned too badly . Since heard DNM pre's in other systems and with other power amps and they sound very detailed but musical just do not partner it with a Krell .
    2 points
  27. Tracy is a master of beautiful acoustic music
    2 points
  28. Speakers here too. I had just married Mrs. B and moved in with her, but was informed that my Ferrograph S1 speakers would not be coming with me! To be fair, the right hand one would have blocked the stairs in her 1 bedroom terraced house... Anyway, shortly afterwards I went to the Bristol Show and heard the unveiling of the new Mission range which included the tiny M71 standmounters. i was blown away by their dynamics, guts, heft and 'big' sound, so bought a pair at the show. Sadly, back at home it didn't take long to realise that the dynamics, guts and heft came when you cranked them up - not something we were really able to do in the aforementioned terraced house, so they didn't stay long. Fortunately, not long afterwards, i spotted a pair of Monitor Audio Silver 5i at a car boot sale for £40 and we both liked the sound at low volumes and the rosewood veneer looked lovely in the lounge, so all was well.
    2 points
  29. For me it was a Behringer amplifier. They were getting rave comments on another forum. They loved it. Not that expensive, so I went to a local DJ shop. Easy deal took them home. Eeehhhh gods, bright aggresive and shouty. Let them burn in. Nope, no better. I sold it and did not feel too guilty as he never asked me what they sounded like. Reinforced my thoughts on 'listen before you buy'. Oh and a pair of Monitor Audio MA5s. Tried adjusting position, amps etc........no good. I sold them on and the guy brought his record, listened and said great just what I want. He should be reading the earwax thread.
    2 points
  30. How refreshing it is to discover commercial vendors with morals! @ManorDrive Audio you are to be commended with the way you're conducting yourselves on the forum. I shall also be PM'ing you for info.
    2 points
  31. Plus one for me for KJF Audio and Stefan . Currently on PFM he has some prototype Markaudio full range drivers that could be used in the FrugalHorn XL build which are going for £60 per pair plus VAT and £8 postage which is less than half the price for the current equivalent . As he only has 30 of these you would need to be quick . Nice thing about Stefan is that he produces a full kit of parts already cut and so I am told easy to assemble . I am sure if you spke to Stefan he would make the front panel cut out to match these speakers and with drivers , binding posts , internal wiring , speaker fixings , internal damping and even the glue to assemble it will be just over £400 which I think is very good value for a nice pair of easy to drive full range units that will sound far better than they have a right to . Stefan brough a pair of the smaller FrugalHorns to Harrogate and they sounded really good in a quite large room the XL would just fill the room better and still have a very small footprint . In addition you will get all the assistance you could need from Stefan to make the build go as smooth as possible.
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. Camel - Rajaz ripped CD. One of my favourite later-period Camel albums.
    2 points
  34. Another shot of the juvenile grey wagtail. This time feeding on an unlucky damselfly. Despite being young this bird was a great hunter and caught several damselflies in flight. Grey Wagtail by Keith M, on Flickr
    2 points
  35. I use a Pioneer SF-700. It's more transparent than the Ashly adjustable active crossover I was using before. Reasonable quality solid state power amplifiers can be bought relatively cheaply. Like about £100ish for a stereo power amp.
    1 point
  36. Audiolab 8000a. Fairly early model, had received fantastic reviews and I had met Phil and Derek a fair few times, couldn't go wrong. But I could, horribly so. Replaced my old NAD 3020 and totally destroyed the coherence of the system, sucking the life and enjoyment out of the music leaving it flat and joyless. Took me a few days to work out what was happening but by then my old NAD was long gone. Replaced the Audiolab with an early 42/110, though I had to wait a while and save up to do it.
    1 point
  37. DbPoweramp also sets the offset of each cd ripper you connect as well. I can confirm that it will rip down to single line to get it and yes it can take hours .
    1 point
  38. Copland integrated amp , gorgeous piece of kit but the vocals disappeared , same thing happened to a lesser extent with some Scansonic speakers , again gorgeous to behold but they didn't do it for me vocally .
    1 point
  39. Some Ram 100 speakers, which were getting rave reviews at the time. Sounded awful to my ears, all bass and very little else, to this day, I think they must have been faulty to sound that bad, but a mate thought they were great, and 6 weeks after I purchased them he bought them from me. Just shows there is no accounting for musical taste
    1 point
  40. Devices like that seem to me to be an accident waiting to happen. Received wisdom is that the smallest thing you should ever stick in your ear is your elbow.
    1 point
  41. Yes it takes better photos
    1 point
  42. The power -on sequence for pros is: 1] sources (like pre-amps) 2] controls (like consoles, EQ's and crossovers) 3] power amplifiers turn-off is the opposite.
    1 point
  43. Adubon Awards https://www.audubon.org/magazine/summer-2020/the-2020-audubon-photography-awards-winners Really nice. I couldn’t do anything close to these.
    1 point


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