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  1. I'll take it a big step farther. Klimax LP12 into a Rega io integrated amp into your choice of $400 a pair speakers (I'd pick PSB Alpha P5 but I don't know about worldwide availability and pricing) will outperform Akurate LP12 into Klimax hub into the speaker of your choice. There is no circumventing the crucial nature of the source.
    9 points
  2. [1985] Kate Bush - Hounds of Love [CD]
    9 points
  3. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells. CD
    9 points
  4. [1993] Vangelis ‎– Blade Runner [2013 SACD]
    8 points
  5. My first listening test for anything here is a decently recorded piano piece. It sorts the wheat from the chaff very quickly. Strings are more subtle, but a system has to be 'right' to make a piano sound like a piano. It always suprises me how many things fail this test.
    8 points
  6. Personal view is the shortlist of speakers is more of a side step than a major step up. I guess it depends on how many steps you want to make to get to the level you desire but IMO taking time to save pennies and make major moves forward is the cheaper way in the long run (and less hassle). It will be interesting to hear your views when you have demmed the choices you have made against the PMCs ...
    8 points
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  10. Kraftwerk - The Man Machine. on cd...
    7 points
  11. New Order - Power Corruption & Lies.
    7 points
  12. 7 points
  13. Bob Marley - Exodus deluxe edition. on cd...disc one.
    7 points
  14. [2013] London Grammar ‎– If You Wait [2 x LP's]
    7 points
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  17. I’d go for Klimax LP12 into Akurate Hub/DSM Come to think of it that is what I did. I did economise with Akurate Radikal & Krystal and not Karousel’d yet, but I really like what I have. Important thing was expertise of great dealer to make it work so well (not something I could achieve myself).
    6 points
  18. This is where it all goes wrong. I am convinced I've heard mains cables make a difference. However, I'm convinced I've heard all sorts of things make a difference, only to return to them the next day, swap things back and change my mind. Simple really. I use some relatively 'serious' mains cables and blocks, but only because I didn't pay much for any of it, it's well made and I can discount any of it actually causing problems. That way, I can obsess about other things that probably don't make a difference either. The one thing I can prove is that close to my vinyl system, shield
    6 points
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  21. R.E.M. Was Out Of Time now Green
    6 points
  22. [1974] Steely Dan ‎– Pretzel Logic [LP]
    6 points
  23. 5 points
  24. Just found this article on stylus profiles - some may find it interesting (some may not) https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/audiophile-insights/analog-insights/phono-cartridge-stylus-shapes/ ‘troll
    5 points
  25. 5 points
  26. Current stack. Top to bottom ... Khozmo passive pre (arrived a few days ago) Holo Audio Spring Level 2 R-2R DAC (arrived today) PrimaLuna Prologue 5 (been around for well over a year now) fitted with a quad of GE USA 6L6 and TAD input tubes. All sounding rather good.
    5 points
  27. [2005] Kraftwerk ‎– Minimum-Maximum [SACD]
    5 points
  28. [2021] Nitin Sawhney ‎– Immigrants [flac]
    5 points
  29. Orbital - Snivelisation. on cd....
    5 points
  30. A few small points, coming from someone with a reasonably balanced objective/subjective attitude. First, no cable or connector can possibly 'add' anything. However, they can take things away. I have seen a number of mains cables over the years that appear never to have come within a mile of any copper, and I've also seen loose fitting IEC connectors and plugs that make a mockery of the standards. I've had mains plugs here that get slightly warm when carrying a relatively small current, which suggests localised arcing of contacts. An absolutely first class way to introduce an amazing array
    5 points
  31. Finished setting up my latest toy today. Heavily modified Gyrodec with Orbe platter upgrade. Rebuilt motor unit with new industrial grade dc motor and controller, DIY psu, 2 belts. SME V with Lyra Delos making some beautiful music. SME IV with Nag mp500 for backup. Downsizing project turned into sideways move...
    5 points
  32. This situation sounds crazy to me. A home demo of Klimax DSM and 350 is in reality a very simple thing to do. With sound optimisation and only 6 cables the whole system can be up and running as well as having the room acoustics sorted within a couple of hours. Sure there is more to do to ensure things perform to their best. That's our job as a retailer and that's how we make a living. In the olden days retailers had to spend a day soldering resistors and positioning every system. That was done because that's how we got the best out of them. Things are a little different now with SO.
    5 points
  33. Brian Eno - Music For Films. on cd....
    5 points
  34. [2016] Radiohead ‎– A Moon Shaped Pool [flac]
    5 points
  35. The best shelf I used was made by Audiotech. If I remember correctly, Alan Gibb of Stereo Stereo Glasgow and latterly Chord Company fame was the distributor. I'm pretty sure they are not around anymore unless Peter at Cymbiosis still has the ones that were on the wall at Hotel Street. It was really simple but worked brilliantly. The only weird bit was that it mounted onto bolts that had to be inserted into your wall and the shelf frame was the attached. If you see one it would be worth just buying it. If you don't like it I will buy it from you.
    5 points
  36. What is important to the miniscule number of hifi enthusiasts won't make the slightest difference to the overall market. Betamax and 8-track didn't fail because of quality, they failed because of a lack of universal support by manufacturing companies and also because alternatives that were far more convenient came along. That they happened to be higher quality was a good marketing point, but nothing more. People bought CDs rather than cassettes because they were similar price, didn't need rewinding, didn't constantly twist, unspool and stop working and were easier to store. CD isn't
    5 points
  37. Couple from the garden with the XF10 clicker . .
    5 points
  38. For some people, it’s important to own the book. Others are happy enough to borrow it from the library & read it when they want. I think when I was growing up, your music collection was part of your identity, along with your clothes. Were you a mod, a rocker, a new romantic, a punk, indie kid, etc etc. Mates came over & browsed through your record collection. I Don’t think that’s so relevant any more.
    5 points
  39. Just wait till Russia China or North Korea unleash some kind of virus that kills the internet we'll all be glad we kept them old cds and players for old times sake.👍👍👍👍👍
    5 points
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