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  1. Country Life - Roxy Music. Vinyl. These chaps were such inventive musicians.
    7 points
  2. I'm failing to understand the concept of people just not turning off things when not in use. With regards to a car whatever your choice its primary purpose is it get you from A to B. If we followed the example of leaving an amp on then why not leave your car running on the drive when not in use . I know before you say " it wouldn't be there in the morning. "
    6 points
  3. [1986] Paul Simon – Graceland [LP]
    5 points
  4. We managed to catch a nice display of aurora this evening - a tad off focus-wise but you get the general idea!
    5 points
  5. Porcupine Tree Octane Twisted vinyl
    4 points
  6. Yello - Touch. On double Vinyl original pressing.....
    4 points
  7. Could be because they both use Noratel transformers. And please do NOT try to build one unless you know exactly what you are doing. Getting new members is difficult enough without..... Buy a good one and be safe. Remember, it is only a bloody hifi and not worth getting electrocuted/dead for.
    4 points
  8. For balance, I do remember RA producing a pamphlet (pre internet days) with lots of tips for improving system performance for very little / no money, in most cases. One was quite a lengthy article about using furnishings / wall coverings / furniture etc instead of buying wall panels / bass traps etc. It was good stuff. You can probably find it online.
    4 points
  9. fairport convention who knows where the time goes?
    4 points
  10. The 'louder' effect that I initially heard with the Sbooster was cured by plugging it in to a socket fed by my balanced mains unit, rather than the distribution strip that I usually have my 'digital' components plugged into. I get around 245v from those sockets, whereas my balanced mains unit has a step down to 225 (which is usually nearer 230 in daily use). I listened to a selection of albums throughout most of yesterday, a few hours at a time with each power supply, and some more listening this morning I have a tiny preference for the Sbooster; the music has a fraction greater ease and flow, to my ears. Not life changing, not essential: if you like the RME with the Sbooster, I think you would like the RME with the stock supply.. and if you dislike the RME with the stock supply, I think you would dislike the RME with the Sbooster. Buying secondhand pushes the Sbooster into viable territory, for me. Also, I'm on my third RME power supply (previous two replaced under warranty) so I hope the Sbooster will be more durable (and I will have the RME as a spare). When I had a Chord 2qute, an MCRU supply made an obvious difference. With the RME and Sbooster, it's a much, much closer call All in the context of my own system / room / ears, only. Don't read any more into it than that.
    4 points
  11. I have to agree, yet there are people who post videos of their systems on youtube and expect us to to be able to experience the glory of their system that way. Eh?
    4 points
  12. When traditional dealer act like internet dealer: yes. So they should offer services and information internet can‘t deliver.
    4 points
  13. Kandid has always worked best for me at dead nuts 1.75 grams. But the same procedure of setting it on the dial and then adjusting the counterweight to actually be 1.75 (or maybe 1.76) using an accurate gauge will give the most musical results.
    4 points
  14. I fully agree with this. You won't have to go very far from 1.75 if the arm is balanced correctly. I found most Akivas to be most musical at 1.72 grams but some at 1.75 grams. It would be best to check this with an accurate stylus force gauge. Dial the force to where it is most musical, again I'd say between 1.72 and 1.75 grams, then check with a gauge. If it reads high, which it likely will on an Ekos SE, then move the counterweight until it reads the same as the marking on the dial. It may sound counterintuitive but it works.
    4 points
  15. I think to point is being missed that if every household in the U.K. reduced their energy consumption by 100 watts each day that would equate to approx 26M x 100 ie 2600 Megawatts -that’s around 100 onshore wind turbines to coin an ad phrase EVERY LITTLE HELPS !
    3 points
  16. Various Artists - Blue Note Re:imagined
    3 points
  17. I have the exact same thing. It's absolutely outrageous isn't it? There are a group of legal eagle ex-pats who are perusing the case in the sense that it represents illegal disenfranchisement.
    3 points
  18. Decent. A lot more old school 'Stranglers' than I thought it would be.
    3 points
  19. [1989] Chris Rea - The Road to Hell [LP]
    3 points
  20. Music to cheer you up and on a Sunny Day
    3 points
  21. 3 points
  22. [2000] B.B. King & Eric Clapton ‎– Riding With The King [flac]
    3 points
  23. Wells next the Sea, Norfolk. Phone
    3 points
  24. Rutland Water. Normanton Church. Phone.
    3 points
  25. Several years ago your work on HFWigwam inspired my attempts at landscape. I used to post here often. I bought some pretty serious kit. After being thrown out of The Wam by he whos name I wont mention, kind of fell out of love with photography & forums. However he's gone, I'm returning and I'm bloody thrilled to see your work back on the Wam Mark.
    3 points
  26. The Bel is a unitless number expressing a ratio. A decibel is a tenth of a Bel. Decibels are generally more useful than Bels because you don't have so many decimal places to worry about. Decibels are used to describe various things, so you have dB SPL (a measure of how loud acoustic sounds are compared to a reference level), and dBV, dBm, dBu which are voltage levels referenced to different standards (though strictly speaking the Bel is a power ratio, not a voltage ratio). It can get confusing, but this advice is essentially correct:
    3 points
  27. Big thanks to you all. It's really a pleasure to receive so much informations from this forum. And with no judgment at all… as it's clear that I didn't know anything about all this LP12 care… I figure that I was not in the mood 15 years ago to go with all this analogue care and gesture. Again, the CD12 is a plug and play in comparison, and a pleasure to see and use since 20 years now, with thousands of CD around. But I could see more now that the LP12 is an instrument you need to love and care to be happy together. I've used it all these years – with plenty of LPs but not played too much in the end – like it was an other CD12, and it's not. Not just the slowness in the use – that I understood with difficulty at that time – but the necessary synergy you seem to have all with your LP12. Not sure of my vocabulary, but you see what I mean… And this special way of leaving is beautiful indeed Again, it's a real pleasure to meet you here!
    3 points
  28. Marillion With friends at St Davids
    3 points
  29. Quite deliberately Brian Eno chose his own hi-fi system to be of average quality so he can check-out his studio tapes on the sort of system most people will be listening to the final product on. His monitors follow the same philosophy. "The monitors I've found appealing are Lockwood's with Tannoy Reds. I find a lot of the newer monitors with horns and whatever are very exciting to listen to but are also very tiring when you have to monitor on them for ten hours a day." Brian also likes Eclipse single driver loudspeakers “I first heard these speakers in Mostar, (Bosnia) playing a record that I helped to produce, so I was quite familiar with the music on the record. What impressed me more than anything else was how tight the bass was and how absolutely accurate it seemed. There was no hang over of the bass. It seemed very sharp, very short. The bass drum sounded fantastic. In fact I pulled the drummer of the band, who had played in the record I produced, in to listen. He said, 'I've never heard a bass drum sound like that on a recording. There is something about the very high speed [response to sound reinforcement] of those speakers. I guess, because they're small speakers; they move very fast and they damp [finish moving] very quickly as well. That seems to be an important part of the sound. The operating principle seems to me to be excellent. It's a completely new idea as far as I can tell in speaker technology and, having listened to them for a little while, I am extremely impressed by their potential. They are also very accurate in getting close to the real sound image and the actual positioning of each instrument. It is a new principle; a different kind of idea from other speakers and, I suppose, it's the beginning of a new road towards a new way of listening to sound. One thing I like is they are not in speaker boxes. I am sick of boxes. I like the fact this is a beautiful shape and it looks like something from this century, the 21st century, not from the last century and it sounds like something from this century as well” I have a MDSM in my bedroom with Eclipse TD510s and the result is very good. I bought the speakers some time ago. I would be dubious of recommending them as the price for a new pair is more than double what I paid.
    3 points
  30. Modeselektor - Proudly Presents "Modeselektion Volume 1. CD...... Empty house this aft so giving it large on the volume dial
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. One of the things I do try to think about it the country of origin. Not from some political stance, but because of the sheer waste and damage caused by long-distance shipping. With a lot of consumer goods it's practically unavoidable, but I do try and take a stand over food. A lot of that is, mind you, for other sensible reasons. Most soft fruit out of season that has been shipped halfway round the world in nitrogen-filled cold storage has about the same taste and texture as blotting paper. Similarly, seeing as half the countryside is covered in sheep, why the hell would anyone consider buying lamb from New Zealand?
    2 points
  33. Whilst not disagreeing with you i think that it might be that a person’s overall carbon footprint is the more important matter to discuss. When I buy food I buy it grown in the uk. I can’t remember the last time I took an airplane to go on holiday or indeed anywhere. I think long and hard about such things and I think it is possible to cut a little slack to a guy who decides to leave his hifi powered up. That guy might have a much smaller carbon footprint than some of the people who are outraged at some active speakers being left powered up whilst they are at the same time booking their next exotic holiday or tucking into their non uk foods. Non of this is aimed at you because I know you take these matters seriously but rather to illustrate a general point.
    2 points
  34. Evening on Holy Island, Lindisfarne Castle with Bamburgh Castle in the distance. Canon 5D4 + 24-205L, 146s @ f16, ISO100 raw. Long exposure with 10 stop ND. PP in ACR & NikCFX.
    2 points
  35. It always feels as though something is missing. I guess owning physical media since in the 6th grade formed a habit.
    2 points
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