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  1. [1982] Roxy Music ‎– Avalon [CD]
    6 points
  2. New bolts obtained today and after an hour or so’s tweaking here’s how the monitor & bass speaker combo looks ....still lots of finishing to do Plugs to cut to fill the securing holes in the front panel and lots of sanding etc ahead, but this balau gets smooth very quickly with 180 grit paper. Sound wise I’m really impressed and I’ve been able to boost the bass response too Will get a REW sweep done this weekend as work will get in the way the rest of this week now. and the bass unit weighs a ‘kin tonne ...but I guess with a 52mm wall thickness it should.
    5 points
  3. Had an hour to myself in the lounge whilst Jane was out delivering this evening so grabbed the laptop and ran a few REW sweeps with some eq tweaking The extra cladding on the monitor and bass unit in particular has allowed a general gain increase of 7 dB in the 10-180Hz range whilst still keeping full control of the driver ....the smaller mdf cab on the LHS bass will cause some driver oscillation around 40Hz at lower gain levels. What is obvious is the bass is now down to 18Hz at -10dB and even 12Hz at -15 dB ...wow The graph below shows a comparison of the change since Jan 21 using eq and the balau cladding The green curve is without the cladding and the extra eq that it has allowed.....a huge change in the sub 40 Hz area...just a bit of work to do above 1500 Hz now but that should be too hard.
    4 points
  4. BT (British Telecom) owns Connectix who manufacture the cables BT uses in Braintree (England). Cable Monkey is the retail arm of Connectix. My home network consists of Connectix Cat 6a around the cottage so I have network ports in every room (I bought this from the Connectix factory, but could have ordered it through Cable Monkey). It can support 10 Gb/s Ethernet traffic. However, my in-room HP switches only facilitate 1 Gb/s (I've had them for ages and they are reliable so I've not thought of upgrading). If I connect a computing device then I use a Magic Patch Lead (Cat 6a) bought from Cable Monkey. To connect my Linn kit (including the Exakt link between LP12 and ADSM) I use Blue Jeans Cat 5e. Before retiring, I worked on creating secure networks for fussy customers and a common concern was always RFI/EMI and heat dissipation. These are known as side bands: hackers do not think in the same way as regular IT folk (i.e. they don't think it's only 1 and 0s) and can make deductions about communications if they are able to measure these parameters. I don't profess to understand how they deduce things, but naively if somebody could measure an increase in EMI on a leg of my network they might be able to deduce I am streaming from my music server to my ADSM. In the context of Government rather than home audio, customers worry about RFI/EMI fingerprinting and want shielded networks so they do not reveal their secrets (check out the US TEMPEST standards if this all seems fanciful). I have no trouble accepting some networks (routers, switches and cables) emit more noise than others. I do think Linn kit is excellent at filtering out this noise. I doubt using boutique cables and switches will have a discernible effect on sound quality, but I see no downside (other than cost) of minimising RFI/EMI. However, I have a hard time believing audio cable companies sell better networking kit than manufacturers like Connectix and HP. In the end, you can listen and hear or not hear an improvement and make the appropriate buying decision. An unshielded 3m Cat 5e cable from Cable Monkey will set you back £1.15 + VAT, but you could splash out on a 3m Shielded FTP Cat5e RJ45 Ethernet Patch Lead for £4.24 + VAT. Of course you can buy a 3m audiophile streaming cable for £7,599, which. although unlikely to measure as well as one from Blue Jeans Cables or Cable Monkey, will sound just as good.
    4 points
  5. Gilles Peterson on catchup on BBC6Music https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000vfqz
    4 points
  6. Parliament Mothership Connection Funk | 1975 | 2003 remastered CD
    4 points
  7. This gets into the whole subjective/objective discussion, and obviously there is a lot of subjectivity involved at the end of the day. But, there are plenty of solutions which play music. I've noticed that the best sounding systems I've considered musical all actually tend to more or less present the content in a qualitatively similar manner. In fact it's when I hear things that deviate widely from this that I pay attention because there might be something wrong happening. In the pro world for example, no one's sitting there arguing about the nuances of stage monitors. (At least in my experience, musicians really aren't). They are supposed to do a very specific job, and if they don't do it well, then they get replaced with something that does. It's just interesting how the consumer HiFi world obsesses over "sounds" which often have nothing to do with music.
    3 points
  8. One week later I extracted the Sony remote from it's rice grave and would you believe it It now WORKS AGAIN
    3 points
  9. Spent a very pleasant few hours on Lunga in the Treshnish Isles (about a 2 hour boat trip from us on Mull) - it is home to large numbers of Kittiwakes, Razorbills, and Guillemots, and by no means least, to large numbers of Puffins. You can walk within a few feet of a Puffin at its burrow and they hardly bat an eyelid - stunning place! The second to last pic is of a Bonksie (Great Skua) - about the only thing that caused the Puffins any concern - they disappeared as soon as one came in sight.
    3 points
  10. Elbow - Asleep in the back Qobuz
    3 points
  11. I just noticed that the OP is not asking about ExaktLinks, rather just an ethernet cable between router and DSM. So any cable of good quality will do. I like Blue Jeans Cable simply because each cable assembly is tested before shipping, and the test result is included with the cable. This makes for a lot of peace of mind.
    3 points
  12. St Vincent - Daddy's Home Qobuz
    3 points
  13. Interestingly enough after I read this comment it reminded me of another recent comment somewhere on the internet (not sure If I can bother to try to find it) about the recent Colonial Pipeline cyber attack, where the observer noted that "real" hackers are interested in bypassing the "air gap" that would be typically implemented in a network of any importance. And I concur with all of the recommendations here as to the OP's question, and would avoid spending a huge amount on a cable for this application. If you are looking for performance gains I would think the dough would be better spent elsewhere.
    3 points
  14. Linn say Cat 8 is a definite no go for Exaktlink. I can't recall quite why, but it might be to do with earthing arrangements not being compatible at one end of the chain
    3 points
  15. Well. Interesting. A cautious success I hope. I have given Mrs Pinkie her certificate for audio electronics engineer first class. Owens bright idea to get her to assist given my PD problems. She was on resistor pulling and refitting, and did a good enough, if not perhaps the absolute tidiest, job. I was soldering iron operative. The slight anxiety I have is that according to One Thing, the 820K resistors we fitted should "do the job" 99% of the time. Sometimes it needs 1M. Here's hoping. They are crackle free and sounding beautiful at the moment. It was interesting once again comparing the Ventricals. First impression is they sound the same, and Sue was muttering how much less light they block out and how lovely they are. But even without going back and forth I realised they lack bass (and its not as if the 63's are competing with the bass bin from a rastafarians hatchback parcel shelf). Plugging the 63's back in this morning and, well, no more talk of the light being blocked out. Rich, warm, REAL and just so lovely. Let's hope they continue to stop crackling. They were silent on the Variac before...
    3 points
  16. The Phonograph 1877 The Microphone 1877 Headphones 1910 The Victrola Phonograph 1925 MagneticTape 1928 The LP 1931 Stereo 1937 The Williamson Amp 1947 The Transistor Radio 1954 Multitrack Recording 1955 Quad Electrostatic speakers 1957 Pirate Radio 1958 The Cassette 1963 The CD 1982 The World Wide Web 1989 The MP3 1995 The iPod 2001 Garageband 2004 YouTube 2005 Sound Cloud 2007
    3 points
  17. She's got her bounce back already.... Here she is emerging from the specialists on Saturday afternoon: The problem is trying to get her to stop doing it! Rox is meant to be resting for the next four weeks - it's day 3 after the op and I'm already struggling to stop her wanting to play with toys, run around, wind Poppy up.... My nerves will be shot by week 4 I managed to get a photo of her scar today - usually she's laid down in such a way I can't see it, or she's bouncing... It actually looks pretty neat - she has dissolvable internal stitches and it looks as though the wound has been glued, so there's no dressing, and hopefully should be less prone to infection creeping in. Poor girls looks sore, but I think a lot of the pink colour is actually where the antiseptic wash they used has stained her skin and fur. For info, the operation was done from underneath rather than from the top of her neck (I've watched Noel Fitzpatrick do this loads of times on the telly) I hope this is now the end of the troubles - assuming that daddy can make sure she behaves herself then with luck when she is seen again in four weeks time we can begin to let her exercise a bit more. She is already pretty stable on her paws - the first day she was a little wobbly still (although much improved), now you'd probably not think that anything was ever wrong - no stumbles, no uncoordinated legs, no knuckling.... head held up, tail up, she even has her "dressage" trot back (she moves like a show horse when she gets going!) The final bit of good(ish) news is that the final bill was at the lower end of the estimate, so "scary" rather than "terrifying"! Just over £3300 in total. I'm too scared to add up every bill we've had but I think it's equivalent to a pretty damn fine hi-fi system! Roxy thanks you for all the love and kindness you've sent, and returns it all tenfold!
    3 points
  18. [1973] John Martyn ‎– Solid Air [CD]
    3 points
  19. https://www.whathifi.com/news/amazon-music-hd-hi-res-audio-tier-is-now-free-for-all-amazon-music-users I'm not sure that this is good news really. I'll be sticking with Qobuz and it's excellent integration with our Linn streamers and Kazoo.
    2 points
  20. Hello all, my apologies but I ended the previous thread as it had taken quite a steer off topic (thank you for your positive comments) and I thought it best to restart a new thread. The amplifier is immaculate and comes with The Gryphon DAC module (a £5,000 option) which is based on their own £20,000 Kalliope DAC. It comes with all the accessories including a stunning remote control, unused gloves, unmarked hardback owners manual and wooden crate. Retail is £18,500 new, looking for £10,000. Collection preferred due to weight and value of item. Many thanks. Oh and it sounds rather good.
    2 points
  21. Good evening all! I got this in the end... I've been using Waterman Pens for 24 years and they have always been so smooth and comfortable to use! Thanks for the tips and links!
    2 points
  22. David Bowie - Heathen LP, first pressing
    2 points
  23. Not Volumio, but maybe have a read of this thread and contact the Developer for details, I believe a subscription is required. https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?111016-Announce-MediaServer-*certified*-Alexa-skill-for-LMS Logitech media server allows for room syncing and the slimdevices forums has a helpful bunch of contributers. I now nowt about Alexa thingy and I'm not sorry I think you budget is set a little low Good luck ronnie
    2 points
  24. We have one. This is what happened: Yes, that's our other dog, Poppy, taking up residence while Rox lounges on the cushion outside! D'oh. In fairness, Roxy had never seen a cage before, whereas Pops was used to it because we used to crate her when we were out at work (never more than four hours tops without being let out for a walkies). We took the thing out when we got Roxy as there's not room for two crates, and as we are both working from home pretty much permanently, no need any more. Having seen Pops use it, and having her blankets and toys in there, Roxy has actually begun to lay in it, and this morning my other half caught them cuddled up together, enjoying the sun:
    2 points
  25. It took me less than 5 minutes to establish an effective network throughout a 3 storey house costing me about £60 with TP Link Powerlines. Given that it provides exactly what I want with minimal effort what’s not to like. If I was affected by the noise issues people identify I would have installed cable but in the absence of that there’s no need.
    2 points
  26. This never surprised me, given what SO aims to do which is to tame energy peaks below 80Hz. I always considered that the issue for Linn and the dealers was that, prior to SO, everyone chose their system and set it up with those bass peaks present all the time, so losing that level of bass was a big deal for people. And probably still is. It’s only when you pay attention to the tunes being played by each instrument that you can begin to appreciate how these room modes are masking detail at higher frequencies. ‘troll
    2 points
  27. Funny that I have a Turntable and it has no effect whatsoever , then again lots of people complain about problems with these type of units and sit there and tell me how awful they are while listening to my system . Their face when i tell them i am using them is truly wonderful to behold. Please let me be clear i am not saying these will work for every body and I am not saying that others do not have problems with there systems and there music and there ears. What I am saying is I have not heard any of the noise or other issues that people tell me I will hear in my own system with my music and my ears. It is important that we do not state that things will be the same for all when we have no idea if that is true . It is great to pass on that you have issues with any item and warn others about possible pitfalls but please do not make statements that seem to imply that it is universal when you have not heard everyone's system that uses an item .
    2 points
  28. If you had already checked the website why were you asking about if the drivers are made in house ? This is clearly stated on the website and was the reason I had added a link as it seemed from your post you had not read the website details . Apologies if this seems a bit pedantic but i was really only answering to your original post . Frankly having read the details about the Neat feet I would give them a very short shift for being the only way these speakers can be made to work . Have a check on Aircraft Isolation Springs they would do a very similar job for an awful lot less . @lostwinstarted a post on them and they work very well .
    2 points
  29. [2014] Various Artists - Electric 80's (The Electrifying 80's Mix) [3xCD's]
    2 points
  30. To some this may sound oversimplified, but it truly is the actual differentiator when it comes to a music playback system. Interestingly enough when I first was exposed to Linn and TuneDem (though we didn't spend much time on speaker setup back then, it was more time spent with listening to the differences between the sources, preamps, amps, etc.) I immediately started using it in evaluations, and it applies to any brand of equipment, not just Linn. I put food on my table selling many other brands using this exact same method, it is a tool that has been virtually ignored in the general world of HiFi in favor of people listening to "sounds" and not music. And, the best part is, you really don't need to be a guru, you simply have to take the time and invest in learning how to actively listen properly. Many clients I helped learn this method have nice sounding music systems based on their own ability to evaluate. With respect to the comments to the effect of "most people aren't concerned with getting that last bit of performance" I would mention that not once during my career in HiFi, regardless of how little or much the individual was an enthusiast in the category, if I offered to set up their speakers or install a product and optimize it for free, that service was never declined (except in rare circumstances). You can bet that they took me up on that. It was only when they had to pay for it separately that some chose to decline such service, which is where I think much of this problem lies. The retailers feel that they aren't making enough on the sales to include the service, and when the few that want to do SO and/or offer fine tuning happen to charge for it, the customer thinks they shouldn't have to pay extra, especially when they read on an internet forum that a guy from Canada will front expenses and such just to tweak their Linn system, for free. I used to take the approach of including the service as an initial courtesy and then if the client wished to take things further (i.e. tweak things) they already had a pretty good idea by that point that I knew what I was doing so they very rarely hesitated to pay me for it. It doesn't seem to me that many retailers think along these lines.
    2 points
  31. Sure I would also keep one of the integrated services (at least while they survive) if I was into streaming. But I think Linn now has an urgent need to get Amazon and Apple integrated. Are they really going to say ‘thanks for buying our £30k streamer. Sorry it doesn’t handle Apple or Amazon’?
    2 points
  32. I'm trying to answer your question, but it is rather difficult. When Paul was "tuning" my system, he would make adjustments that had nothing to do with the tune. I think the danger in adjusting for anything but the tune is that the tune can get lost. Some of us have experienced this as sort of "where did the fun go?" The music tends to be boring. If you want a music system that will have your TV collect dust, it must be tuneful. Having the do do do do girls sit in your lap (which they don't) is irrelevant to the tune, and won't result in good music.
    2 points
  33. Not good for the artists as they will most likely feel the squeeze of less money to go around. I will keep Qobuz and Tidal as the integration and resulting better sound quality are worth it.
    2 points
  34. It was posted recently that it's the capacitance created by the shielding of Cat 7/8 cables that will interfere with the timing. This makes sense as that is what capacitance can do. It's a tune killer.
    2 points
  35. There are two versions of SO. The one being discussed above is SO1. For both, in a nutshell, the only "measurements" are room dimensions (height, width, length, openings, windows, speaker placement distances from walls, each other and listening position, wall materials, absorbent factors could also be input, that sort of thing). SO then calculates and adjusts the wave forms (for lack of a better word) below 100hz based on these measurements. No measuring is done of the sound produced by SO, that is done by ear, and the user can adjust a number of parameters in both SO1 and S02. SO2 is quite a bit more advanced than S01 in its calculations but leaves less room to fiddle and adjust, or rather it has different parameters the user can adjust. With SO1 the user could adjust or move the wave forms produced by SO, or add new ones so it was essentially limitless in its flexibility (for the sake of argument).
    2 points
  36. And then you will gradually work up to this:
    2 points
  37. You need to warm up on this first.
    2 points
  38. https://www.analogueseduction.net/cartridges2/audio-technica-at-vm95e-dual-moving-magnet-cartridge.html This is the latest incarnation of the AT95e - well worth the extra over the AT91 - something of a bargain I think
    2 points
  39. ... the disadvantages of not owning the music. I use a SD card with music in my car, and it integrates very nicely. With Flacsquisher it's very easy to convert all flac files on my server into highest quality mp3 files. That's much better than Amazon's rips, and good enough for the car with its noise level.
    2 points
  40. You need a cage, only way to stop them running around the house.
    2 points
  41. Thanks, partly due to the fact they are completely solid pretty much with the Gaia's, at first I thought it didn't sound as good with them which is understandable, but I got a bit of money back and the old bag downstairs hasn't complained since swapping over. I think there's a performance gain with the Townshends but not enough to warrant keeping them with the giant footprint they have, and the faff of speaker positioning. I can just pick these up and move them about now. However I won't as I have them in a sweet spot currently!
    2 points
  42. I hope Linn will incorporate Apple Music Lossless in our DSM’s the same way as Tidal and Qobuz. Apple Lossless over AirPlay makes no sense
    2 points
  43. You're the first person I can remember reading who has changed from Townsend to Gaia's, did you feel they improved the sound, or was it because they simply looked better? The Tannoy's and rack look great by the way.
    2 points
  44. Michaelgate in Lincoln: Nikon Z7/Nikkor Z 35-1.8 S
    2 points
  45. Bob Dylan : Rough and Rowdy Ways. cd
    2 points
  46. Ok, so it’s not pretty but for £18? I will live with it
    2 points
  47. Nikon Z7/Nikkor Z 35-1.8 S
    2 points


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