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  1. Rabski I seriously value your comments and it’s such a shame that Keith constantly derails threads and drives people away on a regular basis. As a community we loose out and it is a surprise to me that a constant negative influence is tolerated. It’s interesting to note that if you go to google and type Purite Audio that the second google suggestion is Purity Audio banned.
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  4. Quad ESL57s. Properly restored and in correct working order. Once you have heard what 57s are capable of, you will spend the rest of your life looking for speakers that can do what they do, while also managing to do what they can't.
    4 points
  5. Took the 'old clunker' out for a photo-walk yesterday morning... Church Walk by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Nikon D700/Tamron 24-70 2.8
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  6. Of course you must try the 350’s But I don’t buy your friends argument on the benefit with forward firing bass elements. At the given frequencies the speaker is an isotropic radiator. You vibration damping will have the same effect on both the Akubarik’s and the 350’s when coming to eliminate body sound in the building structure.
    3 points
  7. Specifically refers ONLY to the Sabre chip. Perhaps you'd like to contact Daniel Weiss, who seems to think that his DACs do rely on the SPDIF timing signal to synchronise. Anyway, I have more important things to do than see you derail yet another thread, so I'm leaving this one.
    3 points
  8. Even better, the late 70s to early 80s Giulietta. Boxy, ugly, rusty and as reliable as a bucket of milk past the expiry date, but handling balance like nothing else. One of the few cars I've had that you could easily balance on the throttle sideways through any corner. A real Alfa though. Always a matter of luck whether it would start at all, and even more a matter of luck as to whether you'd arrive where you hoped for. Mine had its final resting place in a scrap yard near Luton, having caught fire spectacularly on the M1.
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  9. home-made muesli (rolled oats, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins) soaked overnight in pure apple juice, then topped with Greek yogurt and a few bilberries. Lots of coffee (instant Nescafe).
    3 points
  10. Melody has a voice beautiful enough to transcend genre in which she performs.
    3 points
  11. The review unsurprisingly doesn’t including a listening test. I actually will listen to music using one of these. I shall not be measuring its technical performance. Do you have an opinion of your own? Have you actually used a usb to spdif converter? If so what difference in sound did you hear?
    3 points
  12. Getting older and deafer and more forgetful, forgive me if I or others have asked this before, but here goes anyway. I have a very old and still (touch wood) very functioning Marantz CD 94. It has had bits done over many years but is essentially still original. This might be tempting fate to give it a swift sturdy boot in the DACS. But I have been told that there are better dacs to partner the CD drive section with to remove ringing. Not entirely sure what ringing is but I guess from the name that it is not good and not pleasant. Then another day you read that the TDA15 w
    2 points
  13. I’ve owned MF V-Link, Art Legato, also home demo of Ciunas super capped SPDIF converter. The latter 2 units were roughly equal and a fair bit better than the V-Link. USB sources were PCs, Macs, iPad and Allo USBridge Sig. Conclusion was that the Allo dedicated streamer sounds far better as a source than any consumer computer/tablet. The benefits (or not) of converters depends on whether the circuitry in the converter does a better job than the source and then also on relative quality of cables and DAC inputs.
    2 points
  14. David hit the nail on the head. Dare I see it, yes I think I will. The squeamish should look away now . . . . . . . . If I were going to spend this amount I would be auditioning non-Linn speakers as well....
    2 points
  15. To record at 192k I think you really need a DAC that works natively at 192k. How can you evaluate whether 24/192 is better than 24/96 for your purposes without that? If you can borrow a suitable high quality S/PDIF converter and cable maybe you can get a feeling. Otherwise you might blow about 300 euros on the Schiit and suitable cable and find you prefer the USB input at 24/96 after all. Or maybe the Luxman's S/PDIF input will sound better - how can anyone possibly tell without trying it out as the quality of the types of DAC input is very implementation dependent. Maybe if you spend a s
    2 points
  16. Just finished installing this amp in my workshop in the upstairs room above my garage. I've installed a couple of Kef 4" Kef Uni-Q drivers that came out of a pair of their "egg" satellite speakers as in-wall speakers, complete with their crossovers. The bass is covered by a pair of 5" drivers I had lying around, again mounted in-wall. The ceiling panels are sloping, so not ideal, but the setup sounds surprisingly good. You can pick up the Kef "eggs" for very little on eBay - I think this pair cost less than £20. The amp is being driven by a Pi Zero streamer with a DAC HAT. At some point I may
    2 points
  17. You will probably get more resolution/detail, but may find, you tire of listening to it for long periods.
    2 points
  18. For my listening room (which you know), and probably also for yours (and your context of a surround system), the answer is no, or at least not without an in situ demonstration, which poses formidable logistic difficulties. As regards your friend's arguments, (1) if the neighbours aren't complaining, how do you know that the Akubariks are in fact a problem and (2) would the 350s actually solve that problem? The design of the base of the 'bariks actually helps disperse the bass frequencies, arguably making it less likely that any part of the floor will resonate to an unpleasant degree..And
    2 points
  19. nice looking pair at 2.5k here if anyone interested https://2ndhandhifi.co.uk/product/harbeth-compact-7es-3-40th-anniversary-loudspeakers/
    2 points
  20. I thought this was a female but after a bit of research it's a first winter male Stonechat . Stonechat (first winter male) by Baz, on Flickr
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  21. some do become dealers from the wam membership , but only a few survive BD audio was superb but sadly no more Ob1 became winters audio and still going https://www.wintersaudio.co.uk/ its 10k for a room at bristol plus all the overheads . very very expensive game
    2 points
  22. yes enjoyed that system a lot at bristol
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  23. Another thing I’ve seen, and I believe they do this up at Linn, is to double up on doors - have one opening in, then one out. Like the doors between adjoining hotel rooms. ’troll
    2 points
  24. I came across these relics of my “punk” years from high school and college. While I had many more that were given away to one of my students back in the 1990s who was grooving to all things punk, these somehow remained. This brought back many fond memories, including my using my college press pass to get back stage and meet the Clash after their first concert in Toronto. Sadly, the pictures I took are long missing. My journalism professor would not let me publish a story about it. He said “ there is no money to be made writing about rock music; that is not journalism”. I was forced to intervie
    2 points
  25. Arrived today .. perfect condition ,perfect size Kindest regards Julian
    2 points
  26. If we're wandering off into car territory, then a Range Rover ought to go on the list. And I mean a proper one - not a Sport or a Velar and especially not a bl**dy Ewok. Yes, there's a good chance the one you buy will be a frustrating and unreliable money-pit and you'll never ever want to see one again*. However, if you like luxury off-roaders and you find a good one, you'll never want to drive anything else. * - or, if you've got the RR affliction as badly as I have, you'll just sell your unreliable one and buy another once the bad memories have faded and your bank account has recov
    2 points
  27. This night I have received my ordered Karousel . Everything are nice inside especially the bearing itself. It is a lot heavier, and more solid-feelings than I expected, I can't wait to change my cirkus to this one and see the effect. But the only problem is I still have not received my Wiha torque wrench . The post office says its on its way but I haven't heard of it since mid-October....
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  28. We've covered this in another thread. The whole issue in the current thread is specifically external conversion, for whatever reason, of USB to SPDIF. Accordingly, the discussion here is about a DAC specifically using the SPDIF input, in which case, as has already been thoroughly explained, the DAC does not 'clock' or 'reclock'. The clock in the DAC synchronises to the clock signal incorporated in the SPDIF feed.
    2 points
  29. Reminds me of countless generic Japanese decks from the 1970s, all of which were inferior to the Pioneer PL-12D. Sanyo, JVC, Hitachi, Toshiba.... (And we might be having our leg pulled too?!)
    2 points
  30. If you're a vinyl fan - a Pioneer PL-12D. I'm a die-hard Garrard fanatic and always will be, but that damn Pioneer showcases perfectly why the writing was on the wall for them.
    2 points
  31. Sultana bran flakes with almond milk or porridge with almond milk..
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  32. Quite a while ago I spent a very interesting afternoon choosing a CD player at Sounds of Music in Sussex. Whilst superficially similar in sound, what was surprising was just how much difference there was in the sound quality from the point of view that with some my mind wandered from the music but with others there was a quality that kept my mind locked to the music. Before anybody asks, this was marked enough not to have to sit there with an SPL meter in my lap or a blindfold on! It would have been very foolish there, in any case, far too many 40kg amps sitting on the floor waiting to be trip
    2 points
  33. I own two and use them for streaming, as the DACs I use have worse USB inputs than these devices. Tried quite a few SPDIF converters and these sound good.
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  36. My favourite CD player of all time after hearing over 30 or 40 since the late 1980s including the big names like Wadia, NAIM and DCS, has to be the Beosound 9000. It sounded lovely both using its internal DAC and SPDIF. Balanced, detailed and rich sound. The inbuilt tuner was clean and easy to use. I listened to it more than anything else. Brought me many many hours of pleasure and relief. Never failed to impress me or others and became a talking point at parties. The music it made and the way it operated was soothing and made some tough times in life more bearable. It was a pretty penny to b
    2 points
  37. TalkClassical is a repository for imbecility. I've been a visitor or poster at many Internet forums over the years include some discussing things such as cars and sports. I don't know if I've come across any forum which displays such obtuseness as TalkClassical. If you want to come across people who have listened to a few hours of ClassicFM (or a US equivalent) and then want to pretend that they're experts in classical music, that would be the place to visit. I kid you not when I say that people there who have barely listened to classical music think that they can rank composers into hun
    2 points
  38. I'm a big fan of USB to SPDIF converters and have become very interested in the handling of the digital signal before it arrives at the DAC because of my experience with them. I started out with a MF V-Link which made audio coming out of my computer much better. I was then lucky enough to obtain an AR-T Legato USB-SPDIF converter (from Heckyman - thank you Andy) and there was just something “right” and coherent about the sound. The Legato is limited to 16/44.1 so I had a hankering for something that could handle higher res files. I bought a Schiit Eitr for this purpose but to me it
    2 points
  39. If you sell something it is no longer yours. If I sold a bike to someone is it ok for me to still use it whenever I like?
    2 points
  40. Two more from the Clawdd Off/Offa's Dyke walk, think these are the last Sheep May Safely Graze by Mr ff1d1l, on Flickr Boxwood Trees Near Llanthony Abbey by Mr ff1d1l, on Flickr
    2 points
  41. @Eldarboy @frans5508 Thanks for the advice👌. Not sure yet but in case I will really start this venture I will certainly post photos here 🤪
    1 point
  42. On a more pertinent point, regardless of the actual quality of the converter, what I like to see is a visual indication of the rate. I've been playing with this, and I've noted that quite often, some fiddling with settings is needed to actually get a USB output that's the full possible rate. On Windows certainly, the onboard processing needs to be defeated or at least fiddled with, as it messes with the rate.
    1 point
  43. Hi, Keep the CD's and don't sell. Despite it being illegal, if your hard disk(s) suddenly fail then you have nothing. Regards, Shadders.
    1 point
  44. New speakers day... I'm a happy boy. Fresh out of the box and they sound great. Apparently they get better. I'm listening through a loaned Auralic Vega G2 while I wait for the Chord stuff to arrive. It's actually very very good. Very pleased with my choice, looking awesome in satin black and bloody heavy.
    1 point
  45. None of that stopped us from having such a thread at the last classical music forum I was on. Yet another previous classical music forum I was on, one of the few female members there had no problem discussing which dead composers she had crushes on until the Krummy moderators put the kibosh on that. I think equality can be achieved with threads for both though. I have nothing for the older members in rural areas who may have cardiac moments though.
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