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  1. I only came across this track the other day, but I've probably played it 20 times. Big maggies, big valves and some stunning acoustic music =
    6 points
  2. EAR V20 In excellent condition. Serviced by EAR August 2021 and fitted with 20 new tubes. I have the original box. The outer box is a bit tatty. Inner box and packaging fine. Collection only due to weight. £2800 Reason for sale. I do 95% of my listening with headphones (Audeze LCD4 - ZMF Atticus – HD800 – Woo Audio WA22). On the rare occasion when I want to listen with my Ls3/5a I will use my recently acquired R8 that I purchased while the V20 was in for service.
    5 points
  3. Just remembered something that I learned that really changed the way I listened to this track . This song was written for Kirsty McColl by her Father Ewan and was his response to seeing her for the first time as a new born baby . The tenderness and power of those emotions resonates with most if not all on first seeing all of our children and gives the song a depth and meaning it never had before i was aware of it origin .
    5 points
  4. I have been a naughty boy. Or a good boy and I'm being rewarded. Never have been able to tell. Having carefully assembled my 4-box Elgar+/Verdi La Scala/Purcell/Verona system at the start of the year, I have swapped it out for for this gorgeous Puccini duo at a very modest premium. I then paid an extra few hundred to unlock the upscaling from the CD/SACD transport to all digital inputs. It's like Christmas. Drop dead gorgeous to the eye and the ear. Grinning here.
    5 points
  5. I note it's not the first mention of Yello's Touch Album it's full of tracks that can come across really well on a good system. For sit down and have a listen to how this sounds the track Stay with vocals by Heidi Happy seems to gel well with my flee watt SETs system. She provides vocals on several other tracks to good effect on the album also.
    5 points
  6. Here is my listening / kids videogame room and home made rack
    4 points
  7. Very difficult to pin down a single track - my go-to band for testing my system after making changes is Yello, because the production quality on their albums is so good. So, for example, Starlight Scene from Toy would be very high on the list:
    4 points
  8. Now now, calm down dear .. the thing is each is entitled to an opinion. So one man's rubbish is another man's riches. We cannot help it if your head tells you there is a difference and the one thing I have never seen is a review or a panel evaluating the same cables comparing those burned in for 50 hours and those brand new .. If you believe that it makes a difference then fine .. but just because others do not does not make that rubbish ... now let me get back to working out what direction to connect them in.
    3 points
  9. Having recently aqquired a pair of the walnut piano veneer AE1's with matching stands I have read the review you posted with great interest. I have to agree with pretty much everything the reviewer has said from performance to appearance looking a million dollars in the walnut finish and a pleasure to sit & look at while listening to them beautifully finished and a real credit to AE. These speakers have no right to sound so good for their diminutive size and fill my music room (4.5 x 4.0 metres) with a superb soundstage and stunning bass for their size. They certainly give my Event Opals a good run for their money but ultimately they lose when compared head to head directly but as a stand alone speaker they are a most enjoyable listen and very happy to have them.
    3 points
  10. An Enlightened Audio Design (EAD) Ovation DAC / preamp has been here for a couple of days. They copied the fascia design concept, with permission apparently, from Jeff Rowland gear. The Mrs was a bit dubious to start with, but I think she's come round. Oh, and it sounds really good. It's circa 20 years old and I'd rather expected to just use the preamp functionality, but I'm seriously impressed with the onboard DAC as well. But then I do tend to prefer older digital tech.
    3 points
  11. I've now had my Innuos PhoenixNet for a while. I thought others might be interested in my thoughts on what is a rather controversial product. Streaming is becoming increasingly popular so more people may have an interest in developing their system's streaming capability. Some background first. I've been in to hifi for around 50 years now and I've had very many different systems and components. Many dozens of turntables, amps, speakers, CD players, DACs et al. System pricing (RRP) has ranged from c£50k when I ran a fairly serious AN system to a few hundred pounds. I do have very wide personal experience of an extremely wide and diverse range of products. At one time, I must have rivalled Jerry of this parish for the title of 'Box Swapper of the Year'! I've been using network players and streamers for many years (around 10 or so). I've had loads of them; 3 varieties of Node, Lindemann, NAD, Naim, Bel Canto, dCs, Innuos, Auralic, et al). I'd read quite a bit about the effect of network switches on SQ. Like many others, I found this all rather difficult to accept at first, leaning rather towards the 'bits are bits' type of belief. However, I thought I'd take a massive gamble (well, £25!) and bought a NOS Cisco 2940. I slotted this in to the system and there was definitely an obvious improvement over my previous arrangement. Perhaps time to talk of what my arrangement was. Quite simple; around 15m thin, flexible ethernet cable off Amazon, direct from BT Home Hub to streamer (Auralic Aries G1). It's also probably useful to outline what I call 'better'. I use a concept that I like to call 'intelligibility'. By that I mean, how intelligible is the overall musical performance. Am I able to clearly hear individual instruments without 'smearing' by other instruments? Can I hear small details, without those 'details' being merely exaggerated HF (many components exhibit this trait)? Can I hear the emotion in the vocals? The precision, pace and power of great percussion? A sound stage that places instruments and performers 'in the room'? A complete lack of 'boxiness, with speakers disappearing? I have no interest in measurements, other than for basic compatibility. This review is clearly my subjective opinion, but it is an opinion based upon decades of experience of listening, enjoying and being engaged by music, both recorded and live. Back to ethernet switches. The Cisco was clearly an improvement, so I thought I'd try and English Electric 8switch. Again, an improvement, to a larger degree than the Cisco. I then started looking at the Innuos PhoenoxNet. Once I go up off the floor from seeing the price, I became interested. Another side step here. My system is already at quite a serious level, but I have been contemplating further improvements (as most of us here do!). I've had my current speakers for around 3-4 years and they are incredible 'speakers. I've yet to hear other speakers that can match them for mid and HF performance. Nevertheless, I did look at possible replacements with a view to increasing the scale of sound. Unusually, I did try other 'speakers in my room. It was a universal fail from all of them. I then looked at a possible amp upgrade. I already have a very good amplifier, but did try an amp further up the range. Yes, there was an improvement, but not £4-5Ks worth, IMO. Front end then? My DAC is excellent and my streamer is probably as good as I'll ever need. So, in the context of any possible upgrade to my system, the PhoenixNet didn't look silly, price wise. So I bought one. First things first. This is not like any ethernet switch you've seen before. it is certainly a hifi component. The casing is quite large and deep (think Cyrus like) and reasonably heavy at 5kg. the weight comes from the case and the excellent linear power supply contained therein (I won't bore everyone with the technical details of the Phoenix; that's widely available on the 'net). You certainly can't 'tuck this away' anywhere. It certainly is a high quality bit of kit; very well made and put together. So, hook it up, turn on, wait for 15 mins or so and cue the music. A further aside on how the music arrives! I use Roon (by far the best music streaming interface, but that's for another discussion). I have a Roon Nucleus, that stores my FLAC files internally on an SSD). The Auralic app is also good, but can't compete with Roon. There is no difference in sound quality between using Roon and the Auralic native app. Mine is a very revealing system; if there were a difference I would hear it (incidentally, I have recently had a full hearing test and my hearing is above average for my age). There are those on here who seem to experience a drop in SQ when using Roon. I think that may well be to do with how their systems are set up, how they run Roon and the hardware they use. For what it's worth, my experience has proven to me that the optimum way to run Roon is: have Roon ROCK running CORE alone on a dedicated device (not on a PC, Mac, Innuos streamer, etc); do not directly connect that device to your streamer; use a high quality Roon Ready endpoint via ethernet. Back to the Phoenix. Frankly, the improvement is not slight and subtle (like some cable differences). This is profoundly better. Astonishingly so. All the criteria for 'intelligibility' move up several notches. Using the PhoenixNet is like a serious component upgrade. I kid you not. My system is now performing astonishingly well. The biggest improvement is to streamed services, but network playing also shows gains. I use Tidal and Qobuz with Roon, along with my ripped FLACS. HiRes Qobuz material now easily exceeds CD playback. One of the advantages of Roon, is that all the various versions of an album are available on one page, allowing an easy comparison. I just choose what sounds best to me and put that in my library; or even multiple copies of same album in different versions. So, would I unreservedly recommend the PhoenixNet. No, I wouldn't. It's going to be system dependent, both on quality and context. I know it sounds elitist, but your system does need to be capable of high resolution to fully appreciate this product. Many people think their systems are in this category, but they just aren't. I would strongly encourage people to listen to as wide a range of systems as possible, just to appreciate what can be achieved. If your system is already sorted, it is high quality (which doesn't necessarily mean high price) and you want to optimise your streaming capabilities then you should definitely investigate the Phoenix. For those that are interested, my system, including cabling and assorted 'foo' is as follows: Roon Nucleus connected directly to BT Home Hub via Audioquest Carbon ethernet cable (sits in the hall, well away from hifi) Cheap, ethernet cable to Innuos Phoenix. Audioquest Vodka to Auralic Aries G1 Audioquest Carbon AES to Esoteric D07x DAC. Audioquest Yukon XLR to Accuphase E270 Analysis Plus Big Silver Oval to Raidho X1s, with dedicated stands on custom granite plinths Techniccs SLG 700 via RFC Pluto II to Accuphase E270, plus SPDIF coaxial out to Esoteric D07X via Van Den Hul Triaxial digital interconnect. Technics sits on a Townshend isolation platform. DAC and Aries G1 sit on Sobothane hemi-spheres. I hope the above is of interest to some. I realise that many will feel that I'm deluded and hearing stuff which isn't there. Well, I'm not going to change their minds and certainly don't want to try. I won't engage in that type of discussion at all. Their loss, is my overall feeling on that. I'm happy to field questions and feedback from those that don't sit in that camp. As a final word; anyone want to buy my immaculate 8switch?!
    3 points
  12. Over the years when I've changed any equipment/cables/rack/relocated kit or indeed when I come back from holiday this is always the first track I play. It's a simple traditional arrangement of a classic tune with contrasting voices, contrasting guitars and a great soundstage. Would I use it to 'demonstrate ' my system - yes it would be my choice but actually I think it more likely I would ask the listener what they wanted to hear - that's the joy of streaming, almost everything is available on request.
    3 points
  13. Richard definitely loved your speakers, Steve. They have the musical and emotional connection that you immediately realise is what you've been looking for. The sort of connection that can only be assessed by the ears and the heart, and the hairs on the back of your neck.
    3 points
  14. Clearlight Aspekt RDC Rack
    3 points
  15. “ Let’s Go Out Tonight” by The Blue Nile. Never fails to send shivers down my spine and put ache in my heart. Paul Buchanan is peerless
    3 points
  16. All I do is run a slow frequency sweep through the speaker's at quite high volume, and run your hands all over the speaker, you will easily feel the offending area.. then brace or repair it. If the cabinets got any vibration, I find it easy to hear, and it clearly colours the sound to my ears
    3 points
  17. OK, so a month to go-the main Kegworth thread has disappeared, no announcement yet on room allocations and our show organiser remains the busy but silent type. Nevertheless, I remain positive and preparations for my room, assuming I get one , are progressing steadily. How about generating some momentum here for the build up. Would be great to hear from the non exhibitors, let us know if you are planning to come and how much you are looking forward to it. Some good vibes for a successful well attended show would be hugely reassuring right now
    2 points
  18. What is the usual process for demonstration? What are others' experiences, good, bad? Do all dealers follow a similar process? I've just called a dealer about a terminator plus demo. He flat out said no home demos. Needless to say I put the phone down. Not a great start!
    2 points
  19. Letter from Home by The Pat Metheny Group, with the late, Lyle Mays on piano. This is a live track from the album "The Road to You" and is one of my favourites (well, if you must know........ I would like this played at my funeral!)
    2 points
  20. Fanthorpes are great for this. They travel all over the country delivering and demonstrating gear as well so quite often there's no courier to worry about.
    2 points
  21. Will check that up sir I had already considered adding some additional bitumen pad damping if required.
    2 points
  22. Think given the past run up it is best to assume that nothing will be announced or confirmed on room allocations until @Maverickcomes back from holiday when things will become clear . Like you I am working on the assumption that everything is still going ahead and that fingers crossed I will get a room . I am not sure if what I have paid already will cover the new arrangements but will have to wait to be told if I owe anything more and then ensure this is paid as quickly as I can . I am with you completely that it would be great to hear from anyone who has decided already they will be attending the show as a visitor things have been complicated and changed with not always the clearest of outlines but we are all working as if the current details will stay as they are. I do feel strongly that things have now opened up so much that there is no real element of risk in attending and most if not all attending being double vaccinated and hopefully as I will tested 24 hours before travelling to the event . I will make it clear now that I will not be wearing a mask at the event or in my room and those visiting are free to do the same or wear a mask if the so choose. I will try and keep a sensible distance while in my room exhibiting and respect other visitors space . In the bar in the evening and later all bets are off and late in the nights I will have little idea of being able to talk let alone act sensibly so my advice stear clear of me I will not be hard to miss.
    2 points
  23. My dealer asks for 50% of the value of the item (held not taken) and then ships and collects so no risk of postage issue on your shoulders. Works for me. I have done speakers, amps, DACs etc with no problem. If you don’t like the item, no problem. Generally if I do, he orders one and let’s you hang on to the demo unit until the new one arrives and does a swap/exchange when you have it. The deposit you originally paid, goes on to the new item. I have moved and now 500 miles away but still happy to do it.
    2 points
  24. Swapping amps in and out, and making room up top for a Longdog Audio PSU for the Garrard...
    2 points
  25. In regard to bracing Kef has developped a very clever and innovative approach. You can read about it in the Reference series white paper.
    2 points
  26. Jill Scott - A long walk. A great chilled out r n b track, but a real test for a system. I use it to test systems timing and fluidity. I've heard it sound awful on some really good systems - the midband can sound really hard if not done properly. It's not a terribly bassy song but poor bass issues will show a timing issue. She has a stunning powerful voice, and can go from quiet to loud very quickly - can a system portray her emotion and power, or does it just get shouty. A good test for systems and one of my favourite songs.
    2 points
  27. I believe you can use software on your PC to implement an active crossover too.
    2 points
  28. Just watching the Test match and they talked about Chris Woakes ( fast bowler) suffering from a bruised heel. The commentator, ex world class fast bowler, said “we did suffer but then we were told to put sorbothane in our boots. After that we were fine
    2 points
  29. Krista Detor - Clock Of The World
    2 points
  30. Just resurrecting this thread. I've finally got round to ordering an Airlink balanced power supply. I went for a 2000VA standard version. I will add a RCD socket to the unit for safety I have no idea if it will deliver any audible improvement, but if not I will return it! I will report back.
    2 points
  31. Always include this Sade track in any "demo"
    2 points
  32. I know a bargain when I see one..... this is not one of those occasions. Super burn in plus can only be performed at certain high end Indian restaurants. Super burnout plus on the other hand.....
    2 points
  33. That used to be one of my 'windows down, sub woofer' up songs in my Uni days driving the streets of South London in my Mk2 Golf GTI Great song.
    2 points
  34. For me it has to be Pull Up To The Bumper by Grace Jones from the Nightclubbing LP. Recorded at Island Records supremo Chris Blackwell's Compass Point Studios, Nassau in 1981, which was the go to facility at the time, Alex Sadkin's sound engineering on the track is excellent plus you have the rhythmic drive of Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass) who were at the peak of their powers in the late 70s/early 80s. It's a really good test track for the holy trinity of Pace, Rhythm and Timing.
    2 points
  35. @Shadders asked me to post his fave, (as he has problem posting at the moment)
    2 points
  36. Roberta Flack, the first time ever I say your face. From the album first take (track 2 side 2). Stunning female vocal, with a piano accompliment and gentle, slow yet nuanced backing instruments.
    2 points
  37. Digital is like a photograph. Analogue is like a painting.
    2 points
  38. Another kingfisher shot taken at my local nature reserve.
    2 points
  39. Are you sure that part no is correct …..Willy hifi is quoting £1500 for one of those ! TBH after owning the Volts for over 2 years they are bomb proof and deal with any resonant bass notes I can find etc. I was fortunate to get them and hand for less than 40% of the new cost …..and I guess if I ever had a problem would be fully serviceable by Volt. If it was me I’d go for the Volt bass unit and compromise on the midrange driver as I can’t see any advantage of the Volt soft dome over the Scanspeak unit I’m using other than a £750 saving fir a pair !
    1 point
  40. Does the software need burning in too...?
    1 point
  41. I brought a job lot of mains cables from a Scottish warmer ( apologies for forgetting who). It included Russel ANDREWS Isotech and …..hell I can’t remember but I tried each in most bits of kit. IMO the isotech was/ is the best. I wouldn’t buy anything else. Pity I don’t need more. A bargain.
    1 point
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  43. Are Massive Attack 'electronic music'? To be honest I've never heard them. I've always liked electronic music, though mostly synthpop or Euro/Italodisco. The list of genres and music I don't listen to is probably shorter: country music; whiny American teen-rock; that double-tracked monotone drone over a drum machine, with no discernible bassline, you hear in nearly all modern pop now. Have you noticed that the 'hook' of so many current pop songs has the vocal line just constantly jumping up an octave or some other interval? Vacuous stuff. I don't mind if people don't find 'classical' music to their taste, but I'd say they're missing a lot. Pop/rock music is good, I like it, but it's limited.
    1 point
  44. Till Tomorrow from Touch by Yello fantastic mix of Till Bronner on trumpet and Boris Blanks electronic magic
    1 point
  45. Isnt it odd that "burn in " is always supposed to make things sound better never worse.
    1 point
  46. Queen - A Night at the Opera LP, first pressing.
    1 point
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  48. Don't really know your arm or deck. However, Hana Carts are not harsh or analytical. imho.
    1 point
  49. There are posts on this subject from someone here who IS a fully qualified electrician. His advice was the same as mine would be. RCDs are there for protection and are compulsory on any new mains installation. Any isolating transformer, whether or not balanced, does what it says on the tin. It isolates. A balanced transformer with RCD protected mains feed will not offer any protection on the output side. The balanced output from such a device will be two feeds of 115v volts relative to earth and neutral. This means that in the event of any fault or failure that leaves something 'live', there is zero protection against electrocution. With all due respect, I would take the word of a qualified electrician, not that of someone selling a product.
    1 point
  50. Unless you properly understand what a balanced power supply actually is, and firmly grasp the safety implications, then I would recommend that you leave well alone.
    1 point


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