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    Definitely not just wooden boxes - my Kudos Super 20A in Santos Rosewood. I almost bought them on sight without even hearing them, they are beautifully finished.
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    i love wooden box amplifier 😀
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    Well, having featured in the ‘Gems on eBay’ section, I guess it’s about time I advertised on HERE! (They weren’t on t’Bay) Lovely beautifully made horn speakers, rarely seen in UK. 15 inch bass driver plus a wonderfully built-in midrange driver horn and a tweeter horn taking in the top. I don’t know whether Opera or JBL first thought of incorporating the horn into the body of the speaker (JBL4345) but it looks great, especially in wood as here. The sound is great as you’d expect dynamic, detailed, musical plus being 98db efficient, needing very few watts to run. They weigh 54 kgs, so very well put together. I was thinking of getting Klipsch Cornwall 4s - having owned Klipschorns (and Avantgarde Duos) before, but the Operas are so much nicer looking than the black box of the Cornwall, and just as great sounding You can read about the (basic M15 horn) here https://www.tnt-audio.com/casse/opera_m15_e.html or (gooogle Translate?) http://dl.opera-online.de/Review/Audio_04_2015_026_027.pdf They have the horn characteristic of sounding full bodied even at low volume and, like Quad ELSs, seem to get clearer rather than louder at higher volume. Great with all types of music. Single wire input-rear pic coming. £3500, plus carriage. I’d recommend shipping by Pallet for safety Can be heard in Bristol or I can ship, post receipt. Chris in Shirehampton.
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    Fellow Wammers, Officially I can't do short term lets of my Kendal apartment (my mortgage is a buy-to-let so intended for long term not short term rentals) and I wouldn't want to do the AirBnB thing anyway as I have stupid light grey carpets and fragile-in-the-wrong-hands hifi... but I do let friends and trustworthy friends of friends stay. Which of course includes you lovely established wammers. https://4riverside.wordpress.com/ It's not perfect - no dedicated parking and damned storage radiators - but is a lovely space and a lovely base. Hopefully wammers including @stylesound @Fourlegs @oldius @bandit pilot @insider9 @Nopiano will pop in to testify to this. There is one hifi system and usually two, both subject to change though the main rig rarely does. Have a poke around the website. Contact me for rates (not exorbitant!); minimum stay two nights; one week gets you 7 nights for the price of 6. PM me if house-trained and interested. Nigel
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    That's what I do, just favourite in Tidal app anything that you like. If you're out the house with no signal or traveling you could download in advance. Similar to iPlayer or other video apps. The phone just acts as a remote control when your using the Node in your house. I take it you have Tidal and BluOS apps? Doesn't seem to matter which one you use, although I find the Tidal one gives me more info and choices with recommendations etc.
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    The same old comments made all the time. " I can do this for peanuts, the sound is as good as it gets, yads, yada........" What these commenters fail to acknowledge is that many don't want to be mucking about with small circuit boards (Rpi), loading an OS, various accessories, power supplies, wondering why it doesn't work, etc. Whilst it may be reasonably straightforward for some, it isn't for many. I find the entire "oh, how easy thi is" somewhat arrogant and patronising. There are very many posts these days from those just getting in to streaming. The tone of most of these make clear that many posters understanding of the topic to be very limited, along with their general level if IT understanding. Yet, almost without fail, there'll be a chorus of those suggesting they build something themselves. What most want is a simple solution that is easy to operate and sounds good. I have now been using network players and streamers for well over a decade. My experience tells me that the app is perhaps the most important aspect. A good app makes all the difference. The best and easiest apps are Bluesound, Auralic and Naim. (Roon is, by far, at the top of the tree, but that is something to consider once the basics have been mastered.) These companies also support and develop apps as functionality changes. I wouldn't recommend the Project product to a beginner. Ghe Bluesound Node 2i is the obvious choice. Straightforward to set up, operate and sounds good. Different streamers do perform and sound different/better, despite the zeitgeist on here. Of course, these differences will be dependent on the system and the listener. The 'bits are bits' argument is hollow and unfounded, in my extensive experience, along with many others whose viuces are drowned out by those determined to save us from spending our own money..
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    Mine are definitely not rectangular boxes ... they look like this (stock photo) ... nice slab of walnut on each side.
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    My Santos rosewood ......Mowgan mabon floorstanders .....that sound as good as they look
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    Fabulous rosewood Audioplan Kontrast's; Hi-Fi by APM Photography, on Flickr mac
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    My new HL5 Plus 40th Anniversary have amazing wrap around Walnut veneers.
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    I removed it to check the fuse, fuse is good and the there are no visible signs of damage on the circuit board.
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    In Nyquist we believe. However I also believe that higher sampling rates and bit depths make things easier down streams. But a good quality 16/44.1 will not be bettered in higher res format in my ears. (Having said that, I once bought Max Raptor Mother’s ruin in highest quality available. I can not explain what I was thinking.)
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    Through god knows how many miles of network cable, routers, fibre cable, crappy old telephone network copper cable, umpteen pieces of electronics, beamed to satellites and back to earth, through a myriad of connector connections and the quality of music from Tidal/Spotify/Qobiz is going to be affected by the last few meters of network cable you have in your house? Who'd have thought it. I've tried all sorts of cables (cat 6, 7, 8 all borrowed from work and all bought from reputable sources). I even used a 100m run of 5E cable from my router to my switch and then another 100m run of 5E cable to my raspberry pi LMS server and then another 100m run of 5E cable to my Digione streamer and it didn't make a blind bit of difference to what I heard coming out my speakers. Of course, some will disagree and claim they hear bewildering improvements with a 2m network cable they've just plugged in, and that is their prerogative.
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    Open door has some floorstanders of decent quality for 450 in the classifieds......might be of interest.
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    I came to a similar conclusion but via a different route. I'm finding, through streaming on Tidal and Qobuz, that hi-res or CD quality matters less than the original recording quality.
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    I used to use LSD cables in my system, but they were an obvious tripping hazard (see, also: blind testing).
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    Stumbled (almost) across this rock formation on Sandymouth beach, Cornwall. Knuckle rock by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 5D4 +16-35L f4, 1/100s @ f11, ISO100 raw. PP in ACR.
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    When ordering food at a restaurant, I asked the waiter how they prepared their chicken. "Nothing special," he explained. "We just tell them they're going to die."
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    One from a week or so ago - our village farm shop. The work they've done in helping our small, local community during the chaos and uncertainty of this last 12 months has been incredible. Delivering shopping to those who are vulnerable/shielding in the area, and basically being a hub for all that is good about where we live. The staff have worked their backsides off. Sadly, the farm suffered a burglary earlier this week - their 1 yr old John Deere Gator (which was used to make deliveries) was stolen. All we hope is that there's a special place in Hell for those responsible. If Carlsberg made farm shops... Village farm shop by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
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    I’ve been posting here for some time but realised I didn’t say hi here. Music and hifi has been a passion of mine for about 40 years and I always assumed I was quite knowledgeable. Now completely humbled by the knowledge available on this forum. Very good to have found you all!
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    Sad indeed. And he died in Wimberly, Texas, just down the road from Austin, where I spent my last 23 working years. I was tempted to stalk him.
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    I am glad to hear you are not giving her your album (one of the best double album covers of all time), but I am happy to hear your daughter has great taste in music. You have brought her up well sir.
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    Two.of my 70th birthday pressies...
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    Landscape With Distant Ruins by Mr ff1d1l, on Flickr
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    Mute Swan by Les, on Flickr Leica CL with SUPER-VARIO-ELMAR-TL 1:3.5-4.5/11-23 ASPH.
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    Fishing on Bude beach The catch by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 5D4 + 24-105L, 1/800s @ f8, ISO200 raw. PP in ACR
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    Exactly sir I have 750 gb rips of the same CDs I play in lossless format. And I perceive no difference between playing locally ripped files or streaming from tidal as far as the experience as a whole is concerned, in that I equate both to the same restless experience of constantly browsing and lining up the next track, instead of immersing in the present beauty. I did use roon for 2 years, with a very long digital chain with reclockers, seperate end points, and plenty of linear power supplies. In the end it got to the point where it was tiring to concentrate on which addition was making a change. So in the end I just threw everything out, now I just use a simple chrome cast audio for non serious listening. But when iam in the groove, I switch off my lights, and spin a CD, throw away the remote, and just sink back into my recliner
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    Does anyone know if laser pick up replacements for esoteric sacd players are available easily by any chance. I dread to think of the day, when my player will die with no replacements in sight
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    We've thoroughly enjoyed our Virtue TWO with 30V linear psu for a number of years - despite having had SETs and nice Mullard 5-20 amps in the mix. Wasn't planning on investigating more Class D just yet, but then a fiend arranged for us to have a Marantz Reference PM-10 for 55% list, brand new, so now we're trying that out. Think it will need some break-in but its pretty fun hearing what it will do with Korn (massive grip and dynamics) or Yuja Wang (lots of bloom and lyricism). Might be down to the nice balanced preamp it has, based on the SC-7S2. Going to ask my local dealer if we can borrow some silly-priced cabling to see what this does, if anything, to open things up further. Also want to try some nice JBL 4349 horn speakers on the end of it, which has emerged as a new desire! I expect we'll try more Class D over time.
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    So sad by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Nikon Df/Tamron SP 24-70 2.8
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    Out with the fam this morning at Stapleford Woods. Making the most of solid ground before it thaws and turns to a muddy soup. Stapleford 2 by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Leica M-P typ 240/Voigtländer Ultron 35-f2
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    Who's listening to who?? Listening in by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 5D4 + 24-105L, 1/160s @ f13. ISO200 raw. PP in ACR
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    Oops! I guess I should have posted here before diving in feet first and creating a thread that laid bare my no0bness for all to see. I registered on the AVS forums at the same time as this one but haven't bothered to activate that account yet... I can see everything I'd ever need to know is right here. So much knowledge. I'm glad I found you all. I am a 50+ Electro-Mechanical maintenance engineer and live near Nottingham. I could re-wire the house or set the ink ducts on a printing press to within 5 microns but know naff all about hifi set up. I'm looking forward to the learning process.
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    I can finally contribute to this thread! Just taken delivery of this. Made by the excellent @Knipester of this very parish no less. How does it sound? Depends what you hit it with, but a rap from the knuckles produces a satisfying "thwock". Hope this helps. IMG_1397 by Tristan Kelly, on Flickr
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    My daughter is saving for a Basik as we speak
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    Welcome to wonderful world of Linn sound. Linn products will bring your music to your ears in the most musical way possible. Unfortunately, the control software lets it down. I and many others have long since ditched Linn’s attempts at control software and use third party products. For me, it’s Roon and Qobuz and it all works great, but not free I’m afraid.
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    No Covid masks needed as there has already been daylight robbery
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    Patrick and Michael dug up three rusty hand grenades when digging a road. "We had better take then to the Police" said Michael. "But what if one of them explodes" replied Patrick "No problem, we can make out we only found two"
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    I was reading a great book about an immortal dog the other day. It was impossible to put down.
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    No she didn’t, she was collected by someone in a big limousine. And please move on from this song. The fact that a fat, talentless, foul-mouthed, Northern, mouth-breathing oxygen thief who thinks he is in some way a “comedian” ruined what was a sweet little song annoys me more than I can put into words. I grew up hearing it a lot as my sister was a big Smokie fan but now I can only play it when I’m on my own in the house otherwise some gobshite will blurt out “Who the f**k is Alice” and I will have to beat them soundly. Even Mrs. B does it to me deliberately as she knows just how monumentally it pisses me off. Sorry, as you were - back to your scheduled thread. Aaaaand breathe.....
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    CALLER: Is this Gordon's Pizza? GOOGLE: No sir, it's Google Pizza. CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number. Sorry. GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Gordon’s Pizza last month. CALLER: OK. I would like to order a pizza. GOOGLE: Do you want your usual, sir? CALLER: My usual? You know me? GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust. CALLER: OK! That’s what I want ... GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust? CALLER: What? I detest vegetable! GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good, sir. CALLER: How the hell do you know! GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records. We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years. CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza! I already take medication for my cholesterol. GOOGLE: Excuse me sir, but you have not taken your medication regularly. According to our database, you purchased only a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drug RX Network, 4 months ago. CALLER: I bought more from another drugstore. GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement. CALLER: I paid in cash. GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement. CALLER: I have other sources of cash. GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your last tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law. CALLER: WHAT THE HELL! GOOGLE: I'm sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you. CALLER: Enough already! I'm sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others. I'm going to an island without internet, cable TV, where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me. GOOGLE: I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport first. It expired 6 weeks ago...
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    The only "solution" I can offer you here is get yourself an LP12 and some vinyl records. I'll get my coat :-)
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    Not an actual ad, but it should have been: