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  1. Aye im still here dont worry, any service requirements for my speakers will still be honored under there original 5 year warranty, the address is the same as where they were purchased from, the write up on the website as you have probably all guessed was nothing to do with me and as you can see, it doesnt even have my contact details on it, i cant say much about those 2 as not much of it would be nice, there is an ongoing solicitors battle taking place to try and resolve things, but yeah im still here wife is doing great after she had the heart attack in May when all this crap started and at some point i will get back to doing what i love doing and wont be daft enough to let anybody into the business again.. cheers for all your support over the years, its great to know there is a bit of back up out there...thanks guys...
    26 points
  2. One week ago, we adopted a dog from a Swansea based rescue centre. We have named her Bess and she is a former breeding bitch from a puppy farm in Ireland that was closed down by police and animal welfare. She is just two years old and already has been forced to have at least two litters. She has never experienced the joy of a walk or a stroke and has been fed kibble soaked in water to make her feel full. Naturally, she has been forced to have multiple litters for the profit of the inhumane. She was malnourished, infested with mange and has boobs down to her knees. She would not allow any human contact but has now settled into a forever home with us and our dog, Blue, who has been an absolute star in teaching her how to be a dog and that she will be loved. She has made huge progress in just one week. Blue just goes from strength to strength after she, herself, was rescued from a turbulent start to her life, eighteen months ago. I have attached a photograph from the rescue centre (she was there just one week) and a few throughout the week at our home. The rescue centre shot is obvious. Before you spend £4k on a designer dog please realise that this may be the impact of your purchase and ensure you see both parents of any puppy you are considering.
    25 points
  3. Some of you may have read my thread on the electrics at my rented house and on Friday, the Electrician was here to replace all the sockets and fuse box to the house. Well, on completion, it’s allowed us to stay here for three months buying us time to sort out either another rental property or hopefully be able to sell my Mrs home (which is still occupied by her ex). This house still needs a full rewire to pass the audit for rental but the landlady wants to sell which is fair enough because the costs associated with a complete refit including boiler, kitchen and bathroom are just too much to justify. So I sold my Luxman amp as you know to @deggie to fund the possibility of a new rental deposit etc which was a sad day for me but good for Keith. Talking to one of my customers at work who I can’t name because he is in the music business came to a rescue by offering me a loaner amp which I can purchase in six months if I want at a really, I mean REALLY good price and it is this lovely Pathos Logos MKll amp below which at first, didn’t work as it needed some valves and a few other tweaks and with the help of @rabski vast knowledge of valves, I have this now up and running and I have to say, it’s a bloody good amp! Glorious timing and mids are in tune with the Harbeths. Compared to the Luxman 507, it is different and that’s all I will say at the moment and definitely still missing it but I have no complaints at all of the Pathos so let’s just say it has a different presentation but equal in power. I will definitely buy this Pathos when the time comes. Also, just yesterday, we received an offer on my Mrs house which is more than acceptable for us to start our new life after the pains we have been through including my long illness. So, potentially all may end well and may not have to rent again. Not jumping the gun yet but the signs are good. Cash buyer and no chain. Hoping Deggie is enjoying the Luxman and maybe I’ll get there again after moving. Fingers crossed. Music has definitely kept me sane over the last few years and slowly starting again to appreciate life a bit more and it’s amazing how things can give you such a lift in life. Jon
    25 points
  4. Ten years ago I decided to build my own turntable. I had always wanted a Nottingham analogue Hyperspace, but back then funds would not allow. So I decided on a heavy Aluminium platter which I turned in 2 pieces and then bolted together from underneath around the outside edge to give extra weight and momentum, the total weight is 9kg. I also turned a phosphorus bronze bearing, which the platter would sit upon, a ball-bearing was placed in the sleeve for the spindle to turn on. I had decided to buy a separate motor pod and controller in kit form, which really just involved some soldering for the control board and putting together, I had also decide to use fishing line as the belt. All good so far, and now the plinth. I decided to use a dense hardwood, and was recommended lroko, so I bought some that was55mm thick, and the appropriate size to fit the platter, and arm, on. After blunting a couple of drill bits, drilling the holes (it really is a dense and hard wood) for bearing sleeve, and arm board. I had an Origin Live Illustrious for arm duties, so I was now ready to assemble all the parts and see if we had a working TT. I used 50mm sorbothane hemispheres for feet. Well to my amazement it all worked as it should, and just like the Nottingham decks, you had to push start the platter before switching on the motor, due to the weight of platter! How did it sound? Well suffice to say, soundwise the best deck I have ever owned. I ran this for 5 years, and then it just stopped running properly, I have a few TT's, so I put a Technics 1210 into service, and put this on a shelf, where it has stayed for the last few years, till yesterday. I had always assumed the motor had given up the ghost, due to the weight of the platter, and that I would need to source a better one. So yesterday I dismantled the motor pod, to familiarise myself with the motor specifications. Anyway I tested the motor and found it to be fine, but it would not run up to speed or keep a constant speed when In circuit. Well a pleasant surprise ensued ,when I replaced the 2 trim pots in the controller, and all was well again, result £4 for parts! I decided to change the oil in the bearing, and treat the old girl, to some new fishing line, 2lb breaking strain if you are interested 😊. Set her up with a Goldring1006 cartridge, well all can say is wow she is as good, if not better then I remember.
    24 points
  5. Thought you might like to see my lockdown side project, to say I’m pleased would be an understatement. The shelves are 40mm solid walnut block wood and are made from an old kitchen worktop. The dividing pillars are taken from the black toughened glass TV stands that nobody wants these days. Once the SL1200 is sitting on top, it will really be the icing on the cake...Total cost was 99p, 20 hours and a little love. I still have 3 shelves and numerous pillars left for another or to extend this one.
    24 points
  6. ****ing hate depression. As a naturally optimistic, happy go lucky kind of person having something that stops me enjoying even the things I love most is frustrating to say the least. I love photography but sometimes don't get out for weeks to do a session, I live building models yet have kits left unopened and un-started, I am trying to learn to fly RC planes and it's took me two years to knuckle down and find a club and most of all I love music however hadn't turned the hifi on for a good 6 weeks or more because of depression getting the better of me. It sometimes takes a lot to fight back and get on with it but last night I managed to get half an hour in and could sit back and thoroughly enjoy some Brad Meldhau - Live in Tokyo. I forget just how good my system sounds and how lucky I am to own it. And just how much I love listening to music. Now I am back in the mood and will hopefully get some proper listening sessions in. Got a fair few new (to me at least) albums saved up in my Roon library and recently won The Beatles White Album Japanese vinyl pressing in a raffle and I love that so will get that played too. I also need to continue on my quest get my record collection cleaned and all tucked away in new inner sleeves etc. Music has seen me through some very dark days though and it will continue to do so and it's the reason I invest reasonably heavily in good kit. Sometimes, given the lack of use it gets for periods of time I think about cashing it in but then when I do get a few good sessions in the smile returns and I banish such thoughts . Have a couple of bits I will be changing round in the coming weeks - new power amp is on the cards when it is finally released and a new hifi rack - again, yet to be released but the core of my system will stay and I will hopefully learn to enjoy it again. So to all those fellow suffers of depression - keep fighting and keep pushing to enjoy what you love and grab the moments of pleasure as and when the opportunity presents itself
    24 points
  7. There are a few points here. With moderator's hat on, we 'police' this forum extremely lightly. A lot of people posting here would have been banned from a great many other forums for their posting 'style'. We have all pointed out beforehand that there is a major difference between friendly insults between people who know each other, and provocative attacks between those who don't. We would be very happy if everyone remembered that. Moderating this place is at times becoming a time-consuming, tiring and thankless battle. And in case anyone is unaware, we all have other things to do with our time and this is not something we have any financial interest in or benefit from at all. There have been a number of discussions about whether we should clamp down harder and make our lives a lot easier, but that goes against the ethos of this place and we would prefer not to. However, carry on abusing the site, and it's inevitable. There is a limit to everyone's patience and tolerance and ours is wearing extremely thin with some people posting here. Think before you post please and if you're incapable of doing so, you will be quickly joining some others who are no longer able to post here. If you don't like what someone has posted, either respond sensibly with a proper argument against it, or put them on ignore. If you respond aggressively in future, try to start arguments or make any personal attacks, you will be banned. Unwarranted snide attacks and comments will earn you a holiday from here. That's a final warning for a few people who think the rules don't apply to them. They do. People are getting fed up with being treated as though they are idiots by other people who behave like worse idiots themselves. Please remember, this is a hobby. It's not working in the front line of the NHS. Everyone has opinions here, but they don't concern the proper approach to invasive heart surgery, they concern whether some totally unimportant bit of metal and plastic makes something sound slightly better. Despite what some people seem to think, this place and hobby is not full of facts. Some of us are old enough and experienced enough to realise that. Among the people posting here who generally fall into the 'I have an opinion but that is all' camp, there are a number who hold, or are retired from, positions that would surprise many. There are also a number of people posting here who have some rather high academic qualifications. You won't find them generally posting things as 'fact', because they are well aware how science works. What people buy for their hifi systems is their own choice. Nobody else's. And nobody has any right to accuse other people of making decisions for some strange reasons, or because they are somehow too stupid to make their own minds up or are 'prey' to advertising and unscrupulous dealers. That last comment is requested to be taken note of by all the trade sellers posting on the forum. Posting in other sections is a privilege, not a right. On most forums, it is not allowed at all. Some people are taking advantage of that privilege to the extent that it is potentially damaging the forum as a whole. Anyone posting anything for any reason in any section needs to follow the same basic rules of common sense, as well as observing the AUP. As the founder of this place was fond of saying, above all, it's just a hifi. With everything going on in the world, you might imagine this would be a place to come and relax, have a light bit of banter and get away from the horrors out there. If people insist on trying to spoil it for others, the result will be inevitable.
    23 points
  8. Then I guess...I will go first.. Fondly hope that you all join in please. Will be really nice if I can associate a face to the voice
    23 points
  9. I'll post this in the Linn Facebook group as well - it's where this started!! Please be gentle with me! Sorry it's a long one. JB ‘No, I’m serious. I’ll bring it down. We’ll play some music and compare my demo Klimax Organic DSM to your Selekt’. You see, I’d moaned on the Linn Facebook forum page that there were no reviews. Realistically I wasn’t ever going to buy one. Out of my league. But I love hearing about how science, design and engineering are improving our enjoyment of music. And being a part of the Linn family, I just hope that some of this new technology will trickle down to an upgrade for me in 2 or 3 years. So, there we were, arranging a time. Simon Wigginton from Grammo had challenged me – ‘I’ll bring the hardware; you write a review’. Simon was both kind and foolish enough to follow through on his word. He was keen to get some end user feedback, perhaps from a different point of view to the target market for this high-end streamer, phono-stage, DAC and Pre-amp (I said that in case any non-Linnies read this). His bad luck was my good fortune (sorry Simon) and an accident meant that he had to leave the Klimax with me for a couple of days - a member of his team brought it over (thanks Marcus). Throughout this experience, Simon has delivered on his promises – that’s not a plug for him. Before this I didn’t know Simon at all, but I appreciate it when people demonstrate that they care about the service and want to leave a good impression. For me this was fun, and he never once did anything other than make sure I was happy. I appreciate your time Simon. Thanks. So hi-fi journo I am not. Words I won’t use here. Dynamics. Smear. Phasing. Or phrasing! I also don’t understand PRaT so I can’t tell if this has it or not. This is just an ordinary listener. Albeit one lucky enough to be able to afford some gear that I find incredible. I have a Linn Selekt, one of their more basic streamers, but it is blessed with a Katalyst DAC upgrade. Balanced XLR out to my other favourite things - my active ATCs. Again at ‘entry’ level as ATC put it. SCM40As. But they are amazing. I’ve been an active fan for a long time - I think it’s a great way to get the best bang for your buck in hi-fi terms. I’m not saying they, or actives, are the best. But they work for me. Selekt into Actives. Simple. Elegant. Blissful. I’ve never been a vinyl fan, so I can’t tell you whether this is an LP12 beater. I can tell you it’s an ‘everything I’ve ever heard before’ beater though. This quite beautiful piece of metal is luxurious - both in how it looks and feels, and of course how it sounds. Oh, how it sounds! If you are lucky enough to be able to buy one of these, you are in for a treat. You may not care for the detail of how this plays so exquisitely, but I can tell you that if you just want to collapse into your plush chair with a glass of wine at the end of hard day of surgery, flying or barrister...ing, or something equally exotic, you just want to enjoy the beauty and know you have something that is pure class playing in front of you - this is it. Touching it is surprisingly enjoyable. Those grooves. That will keep the vinyl lovers happy. You can caress them and run your dirty fingers all over them without having to rush off, berating yourself, to get your record cleaner. You have to see it in the flesh. Personally, I prefer it to the old Klimax DSM. I realise that many people don’t. But I do think most people who will get to see it in the flesh will end up liking it. They certainly will once they’ve heard it. They may not be able to lift it though. It is proper heavy. I really like this thing. I mean…really, really like it. There are some things that I don’t like - more about that in a sec. So how does it sound. A few tracks I’ll mention to give you examples. This wasn’t a blind or scientific test. Mainly me doing a lot of plugging and unplugging. It’s my opinion, and it’s valid only in the context of my room, my system, with my cables and my ears. I did blind A/B my wife on one track. She found it easy to pick out. It sounds live, she said. Not recorded. So did my 2 teen/preteen girls. “What’s your favourite track ever lovely?” I asked my 10-year-old. I doubt Carl Douglas’ Kungfu Fighting has ever sounded so good. I turned SO (Sound Optimisation) off on both devices. I could get SO Konfig working for the KDSM and SO2 online working for the Selekt. Not enough time to get both working at the same time. All tracks were from QoBuz - a mix of various hi-res and also 44.1/16 tracks. That’s it! I played some tracks I love. Not test tracks. Tracks that you judge by how hard you wave your arms about. How they continue to surprise you with how much joy they can bring. My first - Boomtown Rats, ‘I don’t like Mondays’. It sounded like a studio session. My wife’s comment above was Independently delivered, and a day later than my immediate and first text to Simon. It just felt like I was in a session with Bob Geldof. Honestly, it sounded so much more ‘real’ than my Selekt. You can hear the energy on the piano keys. I know that sounds silly and pretentious, but you can feel it. The treble has an amazingly twinkly naturalness. I’d never felt like I was in a studio until that first play on this incredible unit. ‘Into the Mystic’ next please. Pick a part. Any part. You want to follow the bass line, pick a guitar, hear Van Morrison’s voice in all its wonderful imperfectness. Swap between them. Or just listen to the whole thing. Separation of instruments - they all have their discrete places around the room. ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ from Radiohead - delicate individual cymbal hits rather than just treble. I mean, I hear this in the Selekt. But it’s so much more defined and easier. Detail I’ve not heard before. These are my ‘test’ tracks. To me they don’t get better than this. I’ve heard them a million times. I’ve heard all they have to offer. Or so I thought. ‘5.06am (Every Strangers Eyes)’. Roger Waters. The angry or coughing customers at the beginning. The Klimax really evokes the smell of the café and the steamed-up windows, you can see yourself there, perched on an uncomfortable chair. Then she speaks. ‘You wanna cup of coffee?’ You hear the movement and moisture of her mouth - that sound when dry lips slightly stick together when someone talks. Then you forget the softness, there’s a great big slam to the drums - more attack than on my Selekt. If you want to find out if you’ve got room nodes, try this one. Nakhane and ‘Presbyteria’ - an airiness and beautiful tone envelops you until the bass kicks in. Or even ‘Xanny’ by Billie Eilish - don’t forget that the distortion isn’t your speakers breaking!! The KDSM was controlled, but deep. In all the songs, the drums snap with an impressive thump, bang or beat - take your pick on your genre! ATCs are not too shabby at the tight bass thingy. The Klimax enjoyed showing me that they have lots more to give if ever thought I was hard enough! Enhanced ethereal sounds float around the room, especially when you find one of those tracks that has a solid wall of syrupy lovliness as a background, and hear the tune played out in front of it, never clear on where this blanket comes from. I thought the Selekt gave me a pretty immersive experience for 2-channel. The KDSM really took it broader and deeper into the room. A simple example is the slightly more sophisticated drum and bass sounds of Bicep with ‘Atlas’. I didn’t like the unforgiving nature so much. Sometimes you want a ‘de-wince’ button that takes a little off the top and adds it to the middle. But it’s really poor recordings, or those mastered for different equipment!! ‘Too Original (feat Elliphant)’ by Major Lazer is a track that needs something less neutral. Less revealing. Like a massive ‘sound system’ rolling along in a carnival. It doesn’t need the KDSM. It’s a shame. If you have to suffer having an inferior system (like most of us I should think) give it a play. It’s not for the fainthearted but it’s a mover! I’m not sure if you can turn the display down but at night the screen glows too brightly. I suspect Linn had to make it brighter to be seen behind the mirror finish. The glazing looks fabulous, but it’s lost when the lights go down and it looks like no-one remembered to test the KDSM in a darkened room. I think the dial on top looks high quality, in keeping with the engineering of the beast and it’s really nice to turn (are you like me and can’t help yourself but compare washing machines by how well the dial turns?) However, pressing it feels inaccurate, like a cheap joystick from the 80’s. It’s the same on the Selekt. I thought mine may have had coffee spilt on it at one point as it just didn’t feel right. More work needed for me on the control mechanism. The most annoying thing was that the IOS app seemed to lose contact with the KDSM more than my Selekt. Perhaps the software needs a few bugs sorted out. That wouldn’t be uncommon for a new product. Often my playlists would be offline for ages. I used the new app, not Kazoo. Overall, though, the Linn app remains an ‘acceptable’ user interface. I do hope they continue to develop it further into something more engaging. Other than that, I can only congratulate Linn and the whole design team. You’ve delivered something really special. Hats off to you all. The Selekt is a lovely bit of kit. But the Klimax is an excellent and sophisticated bit of hardware and software, brought into a single, highly evocative package. It’s just more involving. More rounded. More everything really. For those familiar with SO, you’ll know it can really enhance the soundstage and pinpoint detail - but sometimes it feels that is at the expense of some of the lower frequencies. The KDSM gave me SO level delicacy but then with the bass added back in. And a little bit extra midrange for a big warm hug to make you feel loved. Getting SO on this thing, if you need it, will be awesome! Last track – ‘Another day of Sun’ from the La La Land soundtrack - really joyful. I think the way this track sounded helped to sum up my opinion on this extremely capable box of magic. The percussion instruments were swirling around beautifully, everything was sparkling - you know that feeling when it’s late spring, the clouds open and everyone has to take shelter from the downpour. Then, when it clears quickly, the sun emerges and instantly you can feel the warmth on your face. The water is dripping from the leaves on all of trees, the grass seems greener and lusher, the trees have a little more swish, the birds are happier and sing a little louder. Nature starts showing us how beautiful life is. That’s what it’s like listening to the KDSM. It’s all just more.... well….Organik.
    22 points
  10. 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!
    21 points
  11. Just a nice little story to share... We have been in lockdown for many months and I think that from all the bad, there has been some good. It’s allowed us to get to know each other better in some ways. My partner, I have been with for the last four years and with the busy life we all lead, it has given me a bit more time with her Son. I’m not saying he is well into Hifi or anything now at 11 years old but I have spent a fair time with him on bike rides, sorting out his PlayStation etc. Anyway, yesterday he apparently went out with some of his pocket money and got me a magazine for Father’s Day. He doesn’t know which was the one I read but it was irrelevant because it was the thought that counts. Both of them know music has been good for me. nice to share some positivity through this period in our lives. 👍🏻
    21 points
  12. Both my neighbour and I are still at home due to previous conditions in health. He likes his gardening and plays the piano. Now due to the change in my kit recently, I have turned up the wick a bit (too much probably lol). Anyway, I was trying out a track by Gary Karr, a great Cello player by any standards. In the track it’s backed up by organs and it puts chills down your spine. So, I get a knock on the Door and it’s Pete the neighbour! He said he could hear the detail from his garden and it sounded like I had a live concert in my house lol. Anyway, he came in and I made him a coffee and put some piano on and he sat there mesmerised by the sound. Track after track after track. So often musicians don’t listen to their love on something able to produce music as close to the original. He has just left with notes in hand on my kit and has said he was going to get a new car this year but not anymore. He is coming back later with some vinyl and advise. As his house is identical to this one, acoustically it should be the same. He has a rough idea of pricing. Just a story to share to you all. I can hear him playing some vinyl on his music centre as I type, yes, you heard right. Too many negatives in the world right now and definitely music brings happiness
    21 points
  13. I wrote a nice long reply. But it got lost. I think I’ll just say this. Keith ... go get some help. You need help. You mess up threads with your darn insults/snide remarks. World out there is in a mess. Would be nice to come here for a bit of escapism but end up reading your shitty remarks. If not for forum rules, I would love to use the most vulgar language now. But again, people like you got their head stuck up their own arse that they will never see how ugly they make things. Just learn to respect others. Can’t you do that? Do we need the shitty remarks?
    21 points
  14. Having owned Harbeth in the past I knew finally the sound I wanted but when I divorced, everything went. Had no audio for years until last year when I started to rebuild and then got seriously ill but touch wood, I’m on the mend. Anyway, I’ve said I just cannot afford to buy the 7es3’s again so messed with multiple speakers and felt the sound was ok but deep down, I really missed the sound from the Harbeths. My ilness was life threatening and probably will always be on the radar and the other day I thought 💭 f*** it! So I ordered a pair from HiFi Corner and a good deal! I’ve got 5 weeks to figure out how I’m gonna pay the balance lol! Basically, what I’m trying to say is if you know what you like, get it by hook or by crook because you will always be chasing that sound you once heard or had. The 7s are probably the best average domestic model they do for an average room and as much as I love the HL5s they won’t work in my current room. The dealer has said when I move, he will give me my money back on the 7s if I have eventually a big enough room for the HL5s.. Can’t argue with that.. anyway, just thought I’d share the story
    20 points
  15. Seeing the garden pictures- and sharing them with my wife - made me realise that we have developed a kind of quid pro quo relationship between our respective hobbies. A nice little addition to the hi-fi will be countered with a suitable statement in the garden, for gardening is her thing. A particularly indulgent patch on my part over the past few months has been stored up for the big Spring garden project. The mini digger is arriving Tuesday and what is left of the lawn will be sacrificed for more planting space. Beth Chatto for her seems to be held in as high regard as I might consider a Japanese master valve amp designer. And credit where it’s due , she has developed quite a talent for it...
    20 points
  16. Had depession when i was 15,from a build up of stress.My father was a hardcore navy piss head.Who liked to beat up my mum.Used to call me ,mummys little soilder,and a little ginger -unt .Lots more ,and to say i lived life scared,feeling i could not go home,and feel safe.Back then ,not so much was said about wife beaters,and if you had some clothes on .whats to moan about.One day i had to much of why my father was so hard ,and nasty,and i was so weak ,that i could not handle it.Blamed my self .Took an ovedose aged 16 .and my mum found me ,and got my brother to take me to the hospital.Life was so hard from then on .Like i let everyone down ,and i was just weirdo or something.Had problems later on in life when working with what you would call ,real men ,get the beers in ,shouty types .Judt reminded me of my father,and took me back to a place where i was sleeping with one eye open most nights.Fast forward to to when i was 32.Changed jobs from a boat builder to a postman .So i could be outside ,and have some freedom,own boss when stomping the streets.Was a postie for two years ,whan at 2.30 am on my way to works .Some guy speeding lost control of his turbo escort ,and knock me of my motorbike.Just got the bike for ,it was new and reliable for work.Ws written off ,with less than 100 miles on her.Was in a wheelchair from lots of broken bones.Cut a long story short .The day i was meant to be going back to work .Ws having a fag out my kitchen window,a little bird flew by.Broke my heart ,burst out crying ,could not understand this.Went doctors.had ptsd,and they put me on prozac for about six years.If i was not messed up already.This tablet made me loose my identity.Used to sit in the bath thinking of endiding it all.This took me right back to when i was 16,and the guilt i had to deal with.Broke my marrige,lost my job ,and my own house.Met my lady Helen who i have now been with for 13 years.Managed to come of all tablets,and now for 10 years ,i have hardley even taken a headache tablet.So sorry this is a long story .But i could tell the story ,and be here all night.But my point is to anybody feeling crap with depression etc .There will be dark days ,but there will be sunny days.Reach out and talk,dont think your not a real man if you break down and cry,and would like to think im here for any member who needs a talk,cry ,laugh ,Mat.
    19 points
  17. Me and my stuff.... All safely tucked up behind a firescreen aka anti grandchild thing.
    19 points
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  19. Finally set up my new speakers after the decorating . Kudos X2
    18 points
  20. As a rejuvenated super wammer (never cancelled my fees 💪), I should share my main system again as suggested by Jake 😅
    18 points
  21. New deck turned up just in time for Christmas, all 57 Kilo's of it Really happy with how it sits with the amps. Hopefully will get some decent hours on it over the next week or so.
    18 points
  22. Havana Old court yard. by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*, on Flickr Canon 5D2 + 16-35L f4, 1/60s @ f4, ISO400 raw. PP in ACR & SFX.
    18 points
  23. Today I found out my friend from the 1970,s Paul as I knew him died, Paul and I first met when he wanted his own amplifiers, we called them ProAc Magnum and these were the foundations of the world class Magnum product designed by me in the early days. He introduced me to what would be my Inca Tech distributor in Italy Giuseppe and to John Michael of the beautiful turntable fame, both the dear friends have know gone. I will miss seeing Pauls welcoming face at show and he will be missed by thousands. R.I.P. my dear friend and mentor I will miss seeing and chatting with you.
    17 points
  24. New Klimax System Hub was ordered today! Silver! I figured with the longish lead times, I'd better get mine into the queue sooner rather than later. Also, the dealer extended a generous offer on my Akurate Exakt DSM, and accepted a minimal down payment. Just wanted to secure the deal before anyone changed their minds. To summarize; Woohoo!!!
    17 points
  25. Well, I’m supposed to be packing and letting go kit for moving but I couldn’t help myself (you know how it is 😜) anyway, I came by this JVC QL-7 and it has never been used. Packed in is box and left for 41 years!! It’s immaculate and works perfectly. The lid is unmarked. Notice this is the armless model (quite rare) special order. Back in 1979/80, I was working at Marks and Spencer after college and Saturday and every week I use to go into my local ‘Hifi’ dealer and pay £15 towards my first proper system. When I had enough for one item, the owner would let me take one item at a time, amp, cassette deck etc. When I got to the Turntable part, I took the JVC LA 5 because it was £69 and looked cool. Each time I went into the shop, I drooled over the QL ‘A’ -7 (arm version) and loved its looks but as time and priorities changed, I never got round to getting the 7 with my hard earned cash (girls cost money you know!) So here I am, 41 years later and it’s as if this one was kept for me, new and ready to 💭 I think I will make this personal, choose and fit an arm, play it a few times and think back to those days. No need to clean this one @graham67 😊
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  26. Don't know if this has been posted before but really inspiring.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNrcb-9Gi8c&t=47s
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  27. Current setup in the 'Daddies Posh lounge" as my kids say Rega RP8 Apheta MC ARCAM CDS50 SACD Bluesound Node 2i with Fidelity upgrade and LPS Chord Qutest DAC (for Bluesound and Arcam) Luxman 550AXII integrated - using the built in phono input Tannoy Legacy Arden on IsoAcoustic Feet
    17 points
  28. Once bought a cassette player at a desk top sale at my young sons school because it looked so complicated it intriged me & later found out it was a Nakamichi Dragon I had no idea at the time it cost over 2k new. When I found out it got a good clean then sold for £765.00 on ebay😝😝😝 I gave 300 to the school £265 to the mum who sold it to me then spent the rest on tons of new music it was only fair so we were all winners😇👍
    17 points
  29. My new DIY speakers have been delivered to my friends place. Will collect them once Iam back.
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  30. Disappointing none the less. Just got back from London and there is a completely different attitude to Co-19 in govt. It is being dictated by the numbers and it looks like we are in for a tough time which won't be helped by 'internet experts' and 'panic buyers'. Please look after yourself, do not do the tuff person routine and go to work. Look after your elderly neighbours and relatives. They are more likely to soldier on instead of asking for help. Offer it.
    17 points
  31. Just realised I don't have hardly any fairly recent photos of myself , I'm always behind the camera. This is the best I can do , October/Corfu took it because all the sides of the lift were mirrors and there were loads of clones , the photo wasn't really what I was after .
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  32. The difference between a good recording and a bad one is WAY more important.
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  33. Welcome to all Linn forum users. Please feel free to discuss all your Linn questions here with the added advantage of joining in with all our other thousands of topics and conversations. This initial Linn Owners Club section is dedicated to the recent forum closure at Linn, however after a few months we are confident that you'll enjoy all the banter, arguments and above all lasting friendships that The Wam is well known for. Welcome to you all.
    17 points
  34. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Train-Stereo-Version-VINYL/dp/B0083CZQR4/ref=pd_ts_zgc_m_h__382539011_1_i?ie=UTF8&s=music&pf_rd_p=467382613&pf_rd_s=right-5&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=520022&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1XDVFPKJGRP4HY2F9R29 Be quick,this was much dearer last week.
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  35. We have been getting a spate of reports and comments about potential scam replies to 'wanted' adverts. All of these run along the same lines of someone replying saying either they have what people are looking for, or they know someone who does. The fundamentals are always the same. Payment will be asked for in advance, pictures will be provided and then the 'item' will mysteriously vanish. Together with the seller and your money. Please do your homework and take sensible precautions. If you don't know the seller, then make sure the item can be collected and funds exchanged at that time. Escrow methods and the like are often not worth the paper they're (not) written on, as the 'seller' is always able to provide what appears proof of posting, ownership, etc., so your money is unrecoverable. The majority of these scams are always for an item that is supposedly to be shipped from overseas, or at least far enough away for it to be unrealistic to collect. Most of them are obvious, but some are relatively sophisticated. It's really simple. If you cannot be 100% certain that the item and the seller are genuine, then walk away. No matter how much you want the item, what you don't want is a gap on your rack where it ought to have gone, and a similar gap in your bank account.
    16 points
  36. This afternoon, I visited the HiFi Centre, which is one of Vancouver’s Linn dealers. They received a brand new Next Generation Klimax DSM A/V a few days ago. The Next Gen Klimax DSM A/V was just set up several days ago, but I wanted to listen to it as soon as possible, once it had some burn in time. The Klimax DSM was hooked up to a beautiful pair of cherry Katalyst 350’s. I heard these Katalyst 350’s a couple of months ago, when they were still Exakt, and they have recently been upgraded to Katalyst modules in the past month or so. Since the Katalyst upgrade for the modules, I revisited the HiFi Center showroom again, but with the Selekt DSM. Sound quality with the Katalyst upgrade for the 350’s and Selekt DSM was impressive, with great power and aplomb. I was very impressed indeed!!! The Katalyst 350’s, have their own built in DAC’s, in the amplification modules, making the Organik DAC’s in the Next Gen Klimax DSM redundant, for my listening session today. However, I plan to go back and listen to the Klimax DSM when it is not hooked up to the 350’s, so I can compare the sound quality with the Organik DAC. So for today’s listening session, the Next Generation Klimax DSM was being used as a Klimax Hub for its music streaming functionality. Unfortunately, the HiFi Centre sold their Klimax LP-12 recently, as the customer did not want to wait for a new one to come in, so I was not able to listen to the LP-12 today through the new Next Gen Klimax DSM. HiFi Centre has a Roon setup for streaming their music, and also have Tidal available to access additional music selections not in their library. Some of my reference go-to music includes Steely Dan’s Hey Nineteen, Janie Runaway, Jack of Speed, and Ruby Baby. I also listened to Dire Straits Your Latest Trick, Jain’s Come, The Cat Empire’s The Lost Song, Diana Krall’s No Moon At All, Yello’s The Expert, Till Tomorrow, Tangier Blue, Petro Oleum, and Oh Yeah 2009. ‘I started out with the Steely Dan tracks, and cranked it up for Hey Nineteen. It did not disappoint.The music has tremendous grip and authority. The bass seemed like it was at least 2 octaves lower than what I remember with the Selekt DSM a few weeks ago. There was great depth and power to the bass, yet it did not overshadow or overpower the mids and highs at all. In fact, this is the deepest, best controlled bass I think I have ever heard. The musical detail was brilliant and the soundstage filled the room. The closest I had heard to any HiFi system that had that kind of depth and soundstage was a pair of Komris with a Klimax spec LP-12 Even at low volume, the bass was surprisingly very present with a lot of energy, but the mids and highs seemed slightly compressed. However, turning up the volume to 55 or higher and the system was fully alive, with a seamless dynamic presentation that was stunning on every level. The soundscape was solid, with everything firmly anchored in place, with instruments and vocals. It gave a great sense of being in the studio, with superb timing, pace and rhythm. Truly a highly engaging experience. After the rest of the Steely Dan tracks, it was on to Yello. The electronica was absolutely staggering, with the speakers providing a rhythmic pace, timing, presentation and balance that was mesmerizing. I am well familiar with all these tracks, and this is by far the best I have heard these songs. It was like being at a dance club and fully immersed in the music. Dire Straits Your Latest Trick was a 16 bit version from Tidal, and sounded really good, but was not up to the sound quality of the previous tracks. From Steely Dan or Yello. ‘The Cat Empire’s The Lost Song came to life like I had not heard before, and the drums and vocals superb. With every beat of the drums, interlaced with the other instruments and vocals, a truly compelling experience. Stunning!! ‘My only real disappointment was that Diana Krall’s No Moon at All was only available on Tidal and it did not have the presence and detailI I was hoping for. That said, it still sounded wonderful, but I have been spoiled by the 24/192 version ‘Overall, the sound quality of the new Klimax DSM A/V was extremely impressive and entertaining, with an engaging, powerful, dynamic, immersive “live” at the concert feeling. ‘Hopefully, in the next week, I will bring the DSM home to audition in my HiFi system. Not only try out the music in stereo and surround, but explore all the features that the Next Generation Klimax DSM A/V has to offer. As a side note, the HiFi Centre has already ordered the Organik DAC modules for the 350’s. I am definitely looking forward to that audition at their showroom. ‘My bottom line: Linn has done a superb job in developing and building the Next Generation Klimax DSM, that is truly a giant leap forward in sound quality from the previous generation of Klimax DSM’s ‘Build quality rivals the best I have seen, and at almost 40 pounds, it is a substantial piece of kit If you zoom in on the picture of the setup I listened to today, you can see the reflection of the mirrored surface of the face of the DSM that Pdcman describes, and see the Vicoustic diffusers on the back wall.
    16 points
  37. Not so much a new bit of kit… I’ve simply added a custom lid for my SP10… Sourced direct from https://www.acrylicdisplaycases.co.uk with who I have no affiliation, apart from being very happy with the results
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  38. 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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  39. After purchasing the Wilson Sophia 3s from Steve / @Buffalo listed on here a few months ago I finally got to collect them. They will eventually be in a much bigger room than I currently have so I should be able to give them plenty of space away from the rear and side walls. Very happy and a big thanks to Steve for being patient until I could collect.
    16 points
  40. Since our house move last year, it's been a long but worthwhile wait for a Quadrapspire Qube cabinet to hide all the not so elegant bits and pieces. After its arrival on Friday, the hifi is looking much tidier. This is essential because I no longer have a dedicated music room and everything has to be wife friendly. Generally, the system is sounding great in the new smaller lounge The only downside is a less well defined central image. I suspect this is down to early reflections off the chimney breast on the right and heavy leather sofa on left. Toeing in the speakers and spreading out cushions on sofa has helped overcome this to some extent.
    16 points
  41. Due to my own actions I managed to corrupt the operating system on my Innuos Zenith (Streamer/NAS/Ripper). After contacting their helpline Innuos arranged a remote session to link to the Zenith directly and repair the damage I had inflicted. João spent nearly forty minutes repairing the corruptions whilst I watched my computer screen dance around. By the end of the session the Zenith was working perfectly. Despite the unit having been purchased as an ex- demonstrator and being well out of guarantee, there was no charge. Superb service that I wanted to share.
    16 points
  42. Just got myself a new toy (we'll two in one really). Nice early serial number on the 401 (# 1205) & the 3009 is a series 2. Even came with a cart (Pickering V15 AME2) + 2 spare STYLI, and a Garrard SPG3
    16 points
  43. Well, this is a big question with a lot of answers so let me give it a try. Since the OP is new I'll also give a little background that most on here know. I have been in the consumer electronics business for almost 43 years. I have worked for four different Hi-Fi shops and also for the US Linn and Naim distributor in the mid-80s. All the shops I worked at were Linn dealers otherwise I wouldn't work there. I have also had experience with many other turntables including the Regas that I have also always sold. I am the LP12 setup person at the store where I work now and I have been in that capacity, as well as sales, in every place I have worked. The list of turntables I have setup, and often rebuilt or refurbished, is long and includes: Thorens (including the TD124), VPI, SOTA, Clearaudio, Basis, AMG, ProJect, SME, Technics, Denon, Revox, Harman Kardon (including Rabco), Dual, Onkyo, Rotel, Benjamin (ELAC) Miracord, Lenco, Garrard, BIC, U-Turn, Schue, Teres, and I'm sure many more I don't currently recall, including a few custom built tables. I have yet to hear any table at twice the price of any version of the LP12 that I have found as musical. So is the LP12 expensive? Well it certainly isn't cheap but expensive is a relative term. To some customers we help out, like the young lady who was in yesterday wanting help to get her poorly designed Crosley to work, a Rega Planar 1 at $475 was expensive. (All prices listed are US.) To other people the Klimax LP12 isn't expensive enough, or blingy enough, to impress their friends - they don't buy from us because we don't sell the kind of gear that is about appearance, status, specs and "detail" rather than musical enjoyment. To put it in perspective, the last time I checked there were over a dozen turntables that sold for over $100,000 and that was a couple of years ago. The release of ultra-expensive gear hasn't slowed down so I'm sure there are more now. I have not worked on any of these but I have heard many of them at Hi-Fi shows and dealer showrooms and have yet to hear one that impressed me. I have had people sell $30,000 or more turntables to get an LP12 once they heard the difference. So my perspective the LP12, while not cheap, is very reasonable for the price in terms both of musical perfromance and construction quality. Linn spend money where it is important: Karousel, Keel, Ekos SE, etc. and use basic, but carefully chosen, parts where they serve their function well, like nuts, bolts, washers, springs, screws, etc. That and a design that IMHO has not been beaten allows them to provide a level of performance nobody else can match for the money or even a substantial premium above the price, and that holds for the Klimax LP12 as well as it does for the Majik LP12. That brings us to the different versions, the differences, and how to upgrade. As to the perfromance difference it doesn't make sense to me to try and delineate what each cartridge, arm, sub chassis, etc. does to the sound. The important thing is that each LP12 upgrade from Linn digs more information from the groove, lets you hear more of the music and gets you more into the groove - the emotional communication that music is all about. Sonically most also tighten up things, reducing resonances that interfere with the music and also reduce the audibility of surface noise. While Linn list three versions of the LP12, with the exception of the Majik LP12 the parts are really sold a'la carte. In other words the price of the Akurate and Klimax LP12 is the sum total of the cost of the included parts and the dealer doesn't receive a built turntable but six boxes which they assemble into a working LP12. Because of this (and for other reaons I will cover in a bit) there is no necessity of buying things in specific packages - indeed it can be musically counterproductive. So we'll start with the Majik LP12. This is the exception in that Linn subsidizes the low price, now $4995 in the US, by discounting the package and it is shipped partially assembled in two boxes, one with the dustcover, hinges, etc. This is a bargain at the price which not only represents a savings of over $1000 over buying all the constituent parts, but which I would also put up against any other turntable at twice the price. Indeed I feel so strongly about the value this LP12 represents that I would argue it makes sense to start with this as a basis and add upgrades, even at the time of purchase, unless you are looking at spending around $13,000+ right off the bat. The Majik LP12 includes the Karousel, Majik sub-chassis and armboard, Majik power supply and motor, Krane arm and Adikt cartridge. A good solid platform to build on. So how to build on it? There is a hierarchy in the importance of the various parts of an LP12. Once you have the Karousel the next most important upgrade, eclipsing all the others combined, is the motor/power supply. The Lingo 4 at $1890 is a very big upgrade, the Radikal is a huge upgrade at $4250 and with a Trampolin 2 will make the best $9500 turntable you can buy when added to a Majik LP12, while also outperforming the Akurate LP12 at $10,900 despite staying with the Majik sub chassis, Krane arm and Adikt cartridge. The next most important upgrade is the sub chassis. Once again there are two options, the Kore at $1200 which offers quite an improvement and the Keel at $3250 which takes you to the top level. There, however, is a hitch here as the Keel really only works with certain arms. The Akito 3 on the Akurate LP12 is not one of them (unless you don't mind giving up your cueing device). The Jelco and the ProJect that used to come with the Majik LP12 also don't work. The Ekos SE (currently version /1) is what the Keel was designed for but it also works with older Ekos and Ittok arms. One big question I have is whether the Krane can fit on a Keel. I probably won't know that until late November when they start shipping but it would be a game changer if it did. Only when you have the best possible motor/controller and sub chassis should you consider upgrading arm and the cartridge, again in that order. An Ekos SE/1 at $4250 with the $640 Adikt/3 will musically outperform the Krane or $2400 Akito 3 with a $4710 Kandid. I have not heard the Krane so I can't comment on how close it is to the Akito 3. Although I expect the Akito will still be a worthwhile upgrade I would tend to save up and jump directly to the Ekos SE/1 as it is truly superb and the best I have heard, although you will need the Keel to get all it can give. So once the rest is sorted it brings us to the cartridge. This is in some ways a more interesting choice. When you have a Klimax LP12 in everything but the cartridge and phono stage - Karousel, Radikal, Keel, Ekos SE/1 - any good cartridge will sound really, really good. The extra consideration with the cartridge is that it is a wear item and will need to be replaced, or have the stylus replaced on an Adikt, on a regular basis, whereas the rest of the LP12 will run for decades (with an occasional belt and tune-up). This means that whenever you wear out the stylus you are looking at $320 for an Adikt stylus, but a $1450 replacement for the Krystal and a $3510 replacement for the Kandid. The other consideration is the phono stage since a really top quality MC phono stage, like the Lejonklou Entity at $2695, is more costly than an equivalent MM phono stage, but at least it is also a one time purchase. These figures lead different people to make different choices. There are those who use the Adikt, which is an excellent MM cartridge and sounds better than most inexpensive MCs, especially when paired with a Lejonklou Slipsik 7.1 phono stage, as it is a very frugal way to play your records. Others who want the extra information retrieval of a really very good MC like the Krystal at $1900 will go for that as it still costs less than half as much to replace as the Kandid. But if you want IMO the most music money can buy, the Kandid will get you there. Partially to reduce complexity I have purposely not touched on third party cartridges, arms or especially turntable parts. The last is because I have yet to hear ANY third party "upgrade" for the LP12, other than most of the Harban plinths which are going away, that didn't make the LP12 LESS musical than with the stock Linn parts. And I have heard countless top plates, motors and controllers, sub chassis, armboards, plinths, mats, etc. Arms are a different story and there are some arms from other companies that have been worthwhile on an LP12 and a lot that haven't been. Cartridges have a wider range of possibilities as some people like different sounds than others and the cartridge will make the biggest cosmetic (not the same as musical) difference in the sound. I won't get into a bunch of recommendations here, although if you really want frugal record playing the $49 Audio Technica VM-95e or $34 VM-95c are impossible to beat. But also, my experience is that the Linn cartridges and arms perform better than anything I have heard at the price so I use a Kandid in one of my LP12s and an Adikt in the other. I think that pretty much covers the gamut but feel free to post a question if anything could use more explanation or if I left anything out.
    16 points
  44. My Stax UA-9 arm mounted on my SP10 courtesy of a custom armboard made by Magna Audio.
    16 points
  45. I have finally received my Buchardt A500 so thought I'd post on here to show them off.
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  46. They’ve arrived and look just great: Well the Dentons have arrived and to my eye look beautiful. I do like traditional looking speakers with a wood finish and these take on a really classy appearance in this regard. The overall feel really does reflect quality. I was aware that they were deeper than the Harbeths but surprised at the actual proportion when seeing them in the flesh. It’s perhaps likely you’ve seen images of these but here's one anyway..... And here's one with the Harbeth grilles on just for a laugh..... Sat as they are in the photograph is of course far too close to the wall but this is the reason I bought the Hi Fi racks stands, well one of them anyway. Our living room is small (12 x 12 feet) and the stands can be slid in and out with ease when I fancy. I also think they look lovely, I’m not a fan of the aesthetic of the open frame stands. The Dentons came with Tuneful Cables speaker jumpers (a brand I’ve not heard of) and this was a nice touch as I don’t have anything in I could use. I’m no cable freak but can’t help thinking anything is better than the brass links that come with bi-wireable speakers. Specs: Both speakers have a 6 Ohm impedance. The Harbs have a sensitivity / midrange driver dimension of 83.5db/110mm a opposed to the Dentons 86db/125mm. The Dentons therefore have a higher sensitivity and the driver is 30% larger in area. They're rear ported. Burning in: Prior to review I placed the speakers facing each other connected out of phase, playing white noise through them for several days to burn in. No I didn’t ! Whenever I read this it always sounds like a load of cock to me 😉. Anyway they’re not new ! Music: After staring at my CDs for seemingly ages I went for: Moon Safari – Air: It has most things going on, synths, acoustic guitar, plenty of thuds, a bit of woodwind and airy (no pun intended) vocals. It’s also one of those albums where the presentation seems etched in the space before you and is one I know really well and adore. The Art of Gerry Mulligan: beautiful music, beautiful vocals, beautiful recording and plenty of top end refinement going on. Give Out But Don’t Give Up – Primal Scream (the Memphis recording): Some rock, plenty of horns and some gorgeous mellow honey dripping guitar. So, how do the Dentons compare then ? After an initial listen for an hour or so my first impression is that these speakers are mightily impressive - a lovely, lively, detailed presentation that’s a joy to listen to. Woolly and relaxed I do not believe them to be. They are certainly no slouches and equally are not an ultimately transparent speaker, erring on the warmer side of the spectrum. To my ears this a good thing. For example the Harbeth Anniversaries, a remarkable achievement, are wonderfully open and transparent though I let them go in preference to my regular P3s. It was a tough and very close call and I miss elements of what they did, but off they went. In terms of presentation they lack the distinctive ‘out of the box’ presence and vivid quality that the Harbs are known for. The ultimate resolution and depth of instrument timbre that the Harbs. have isn’t there either. But, and that’s a BUT, these elements are by no means lacking by a huge margin. The mid-range, perhaps emphasised, is where thee speakers excel. It’s been a long time but I found myself being reminded of the Quad 11 and 12L and perhaps this isn’t surprising given their stable. Bass is not as well controlled but it’s all there. I found I simply couldn’t (or didn’t want to) criticise the Dentons because of how much I loved what they did along with what they cost. There's something very endearing about listening to a great pair of speakers that cost the same as a posh interconnect. Let’s factor in the mindset…………….. And of course I was relaxed about the whole thing, I wasn’t critically listening to an expensive component I was considering whether or not to keep in my system, I was simply having a bit of fun. This I believe was a most significant factor, we can tie ourselves in knots sometimes ! This reviewer was currently stress free, content and sober, though ingestion of alcohol at 6pm was being considered. Initial thoughts and conclusions: These speakers are not the quality turn that the Harbeths are though I don’t believe them to be a mile away inferior to the Harbeths, in fact they remind me lot of what the Harbs do. Yes, read that bit again ! Comparison didn’t really cross my mind in the first instance, they were just such an enjoyable listen. We may smart at the fact that the UK Hi-Fi manufacturing base has shrunk and is perhaps considered ‘boutique’, but these speakers and other similar gear make great Hi Fi accessible to a whole lot of us. And some of these may be at the younger end of the market (don’t get alarmed, nobody here 😉) who may be just starting out on their Hi-Fi journey. I’ll conclude for now by repeating what I’ve said a number of times of the ‘wam. I believe that at a certain level (generally dictated by cost) the components we try are not better or worse, but closer to what we may prefer. Think of it a tasting decent wines. The biggest impression that the Dentons leave me with is that this level (and let’s think of it not as cost but accessibility and enjoyment) is a lot easier to reach than I may have originally thought. These speakers are that surprise six quid bottle of wine that blows your tastebuds away ! It’ll be interesting to see if my initial impressions wane over the coming days.
    16 points
  47. Whilst I feel sure everyone appreciates your erudite contributions to this thread, it seems to me you are being somewhat presumptuous - has the OP said that he is buying this device? Has he extolled its virtues and composed an ode praising its astonishing value for money? No - he has it on trial, and is going to assess it and report his findings - I for one am interested in the potential of this sort of technology, even if I might have to wait many years for it to trickle down to any kind of affordable level - there is a massive amount of kit I could never afford and have no direct experience of that I don't feel the need to randomly denigrate, but I suppose we all have different ideas of what constitutes polite/acceptable behaviour - it is a little bit tedious, though.
    16 points
  48. Me, from last week, dressed all festive for my works christmas do
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  49. I adore this place. First went here in 1990 to play in a series of concerts and fell in love with HK almost immediately. I've been back once more with work, and now twice on holiday - this time for our 25th wedding anniversary (we had our honeymoon there). Took the bairns this time who enjoyed the trip too. It's also a photographer's adventure playground. Went 'all-Fuji' where the X100F took nigh on 80% of the stuff: Symphony of Light HK by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Street drumming HK by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Cultural Centre HK by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Kowloon Velvia by Boxertrixter, on Flickr After the storm by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Star Ferry Pier by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Night Bus by Boxertrixter, on Flickr HK by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Molly on MTR by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
    16 points
  50. You listen to Krell and B&W, that tells a lot about you and your perception of good sound and value.
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