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  1. My dedicated listening room is finally finished! This project started mid-December with the floor being fitted, and then due to wallpaper supply delay (I needed 17 rolls from the same batch), I only had my room finished yesterday. Due to the size and difficultly of moving my magnepans (they need x3 people to move them), i've had to keep then stored in another room under dust covers, so I've had no hifi since December At the same time i've built myself a rack, with 150cm oak worktops with cast iron legs. I'm pretty happy with the results. I might move my bass driver power amps under my rack, they look a bit messy I think? I also added a 65" LCD which is suspended from an oak beam. Given we have other living rooms in the house, this nice room is only really used by me! I also have a nice AC unit for summer nights when the valves and class A amp get too hot PS I haven't got round to doing the stair spindles!
    15 points
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  3. John Martyn - Solid Air 1973/2016
    8 points
  4. Finally here...Egglestonworks Emma. So happy with the look so far
    7 points
  5. Sting - Soul Cages - Digital Expanded Edition
    7 points
  6. [2005] Kate Bush - Aerial [CD]
    6 points
  7. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells 1973/2016
    6 points
  8. The one ring scam, this is a new one on me but I got one of these this morning. Just thought people should be aware. I didn't fall for it fortunately I looked up the country code and it was for the Central African Republic. Who’s calling now? That number doesn’t ring a bell. Hold the phone, says the Federal Trade Commission. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring” cell phone scam. Here’s how it works: Scammers are using auto-dialers to call cell phone numbers across the country. Scammers let the phone ring once — just enough for a missed call message to pop up. The scammers hope you’ll call back, either because you believe a legitimate call was cut off, or you will be curious about who called. If you do, chances are you’ll hear something like, “Hello. You’ve reached the operator, please hold.” All the while, you’re getting slammed with some hefty charges — a per-minute charge on top of an international rate. The calls are from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they’re from inside the U.S., but actually are associated with international phone numbers — often in the Caribbean. The area codes include: 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876. If you get a call like this, don’t pick it up and don’t call the number back. There’s no danger in getting the call: the danger is in calling back and racking up a whopping bill.
    6 points
  9. The Orb - The Orb’s Adventures......... CD
    6 points
  10. COVID cleaning of records CLOSER ~ JOY DIVISION I do 10 per day with audio systeme deck in theory but manage maybe 5days/week Have just reached J after however many months A big plus is that it always leads to playing records for the first time in decades Ian Curtis absolutely mesmerising on this one Closer was my most played album throughout my 1st year as a student and has been long forgotten, astonishing really, though maybe not with marriage, fatherhood etc Listening 40 years or so on and on a ‘proper’ system, it sounds absolutely fantastic The vinyl has survived considerable abuse and ‘scrubbed up nicely’ ’oh how I realise’
    5 points
  11. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti Vinyl
    5 points
  12. For the last year or so, before moving house last summer I had been searching for a pair of Tannoys, then I was offered a pair of Stirling TWWs which is where we are at now. They feel just right, and very please after more than a year of searching, I now can't imagine changing. I still have a fair few bits, the Decware Zen, Sony DVP-S900ES, ATC SCM10, Frugelhorn Lite and some other items around, to be used around the house, and happy to keep them as a greatest hits rather than selling off as I have had to in the past. I did try the little Decware Zen with the Tannoys, and at 2wpc with 93dB, it might work, it did sound great but the extra headroom of the B60 is noticable, now that I have a detached house! And here is where we are today: Michell Mycro / AT33PTGII / F-117 Nighthawk Yamaha CD-NT670D Bryston B60 Tannoy Stirling TW System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
    5 points
  13. [1974] Kraftwerk - Autobahn [CD]
    5 points
  14. Hi people Anyone still have any of their parents record collection ? I have quit a few , Paint your wagon soundtrack , West side story , Music man , Mum liked the walker Brothers Dad built his own hifi inbuilt unit and every Sunday afternoon after the roast dinner it was music on for a few hours Happy days and fond memories
    4 points
  15. [1991] Queen - Innuendo [flac]
    4 points
  16. The Songs of Distant Earth - Mike Oldfield
    4 points
  17. Turned up yesterday and really enjoyed it through my AV system.
    4 points
  18. Gone but maybe more coming? Moel Rhiwen by Mr ff1d1l, on Flickr
    4 points
  19. Alan Parsons - On Air 1996/2014
    4 points
  20. Stumbled upon this article: https://www.npr.org/2021/01/05/953249677/exercised-explains-why-it-can-be-hard-to-commit-to-working-out-and-why-we-should It says that while sitting, it's good for us to get up periodically. Kind of like what us turntable users do about every twenty minutes to change record sides.
    3 points
  21. Haha, I love Jethro Tull, but yesternight I put the Dire Straits Alchemy Album on, and was completely taken away by the saxophone of Mel Collins. Consolation to your partner: When I saw him live with King Crimson in Essen back in 2018, he played flute as well. And his flute playing added much to the signature sound of early King Crimson albums. Great music in my ears, but not treasured by my partner. But as I'm writing this David Bowie Live Glastonbury 2000 is flooding my room, and I'm getting goose bumps.
    3 points
  22. Kraftwerk - Electric Cafe ripped CD over headphones
    3 points
  23. Minstrel in the gallery -Jethro Tull
    3 points
  24. Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys LP
    3 points
  25. Art Of Noise - Art Works 12”, Best of. CD
    3 points
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  28. Monolake, 'Interstate' first listen on Spotify
    3 points
  29. [1997] The Orb - Orblivion [CD]
    3 points
  30. Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits Vinyl
    3 points
  31. Not this version, which was our favourite, but the Nigel Kennedy version on classic FM. Bach's double violin concerto was my Dad's absolute favourite piece of music. He passed away from covid19 last night. Surreal to hear that on the radio at breakfast
    3 points
  32. Another one re- discovered while having to move some of my vinyl. The Faces - A nods as good as a wink............... Vinyl
    3 points
  33. It's not theory, it's practice. A few speakers use an L-pad, but this is incorporated in the crossover and as you say, controls part of the range so never acts on the entire loading. Apart from high-voltage, line-driven public address horns, I don't know of any speaker, ever, that uses a variable resistor to control overall volume, because it would be pointless and impractical. You just need Ohm's Law and the figures to see the problem. The amp approximately doubles its output into 4 ohms compared with 8 ohms, stating in this case a maximum of around 130 watts into 4 ohms. The majority of solid state amps work the same way. If you have 8 ohm speakers and add an 8 ohm resistor in parallel, you end up with an effective load of 4 ohms, so the effective output will near double. For the sake of safety, you'd want a pair of high quality resistors, rated sensibly at over 75 watts. You will seriously struggle to find a variable resistor rated anywhere near that, and the heat dissipation will be an issue. It's very unlikely it will anyway have the desired effect. Speakers quote a nominal impedance, because the actual resistance will be a complex curve that will vary with frequency. On some speakers it may dip substantially and adding a resistance in parallel could end up loading the amplifier substantially above its maximum at some frequencies. Plus, any attenuation effect will be frequency dependent as a result, and it's anyone's guess what will be attenuated and by how much, if at all. This is fundamental amplifier design. You never attenuate the output, always the input.
    3 points
  34. ... the stars align and my system sounds great. Tonight is one of those nights.
    3 points
  35. I must be lucky - I feel that way every time I put the system on .. enjoy I should also say - do not play a new album you have never heard before when switching the system on .. if it is poorly produced and a disappointment it may make you think the system is not firing on all cylinders. I tend to always play a track I love from the collection before playing a new album.
    3 points
  36. Oh wow, you lucky flucker, that looks superb. ps I don't think the bass powers look bad where they are. Enjoy.
    3 points
  37. The speakers are finished and playing. The crossovers are built and the enclosures just need finishing. More over the weekend, I’m absolutely chuffed with these.
    3 points
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  39. Barclay James Harvest ‎– Once Again
    2 points
  40. There is also the tendency to move around whilst listening as it is so musical!
    2 points
  41. Fallen by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Leica M-P typ 240/Voigtländer Ultron 35-f2
    2 points
  42. [2011] The Orb - C Batter C [CD]
    2 points
  43. Such a raw, innovative and fun album, love it! Their second didnt rise to the same heights and I see that their third album is on PO now. I won't be in for it until I have had a good listen online.
    2 points
  44. The last couple of days I have been having to move half my record collection, which has been no small feat. The problem was where it was being kept, as it had started to have damp problems on the outside walls . Anyway have managed to move just over a thousand records to much better conditions. The joy has been discovering records I had long forgotten I owned (probably an age thing !). The VPI rcm has been getting a bit of use, and I have been amazed, at just how good these 40-50 year old records sound. Lots of happy memories being revisited.
    2 points


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