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    Dire Straits - Making Movies Vinyl
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    Dire Straits - Dire Straits Vinyl
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    Paul, from Definitive Audio, one of the top Linn dealerships in the USA told me I could use a two foot or a 250 foot Cat-5 cable between my Exaktbox and Akurate System Hub and I would not be able to tell the difference...
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    [1983] Mike Oldfield - Crises [flac]
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    soul ii soul - club classics vol. one
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    OK guys, look away if you're of a sensitive disposition or collect Welsh dressers. Here's my present system. It's in several chassis since I change things around constantly. It's a 2-stage amp, driver and output. Each stage has its own PSU with a mesh rectifier and all-polypropylene caps, plus plenty of chokes. Then there are the filament supplies for which I use bench power supplies when I'm experimenting. On the table in front is my latest solution - EL12n output tubes. The input tubes are 10Y now. Previously it was EL12n into 300b but I prefer it this way around. Oops - seems I can't attach the photo. Back to the drawing board - I haven't used up all my attachment space but it's telling me I have.....
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    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...
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    Asleep at the wheel... This is going back a bit (to the last millennium) but I used to work for BSS, before they got swallowed up into the Harman group. They were perhaps one of the pioneers of active crossovers, and their kit were used extensively by the likes of Pink Floyd in the 90's for there huge rigs. I had particular experience of the FDS360 which was a stereo 3 way crossover (well not actually... more of a mono, max 4 way) with cards for setting up crossover frequencies, slopes and even a limited amount of EQ, also the FDS310 which had front panel knob adjustable crossover frequencies. I also have a more recent far eastern cheap and cheerful 2x3 way active crossover. Some of these BSS units found there was back into engineers home for "evaluation". The 310 was an unpleasant sounding unit. The 360 a bit better but had a significant fingerprint. A few years ago Serge and another had a 360 based active system at Kegworth. I recognised the fingerprint. I am sure the 360 could be tweaked a bit with some better opamps, bypassing parts of the circuit, like the balanced inputs and outputs and limiter for example, but a lot of work. I have a Behringer DCX2496, and currently plumbed into my all valve system is a DEQ2496 (equaliser not a crossover). These are significantly better IMO, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend one over a 360, 310 or the cheap and cheerful. I also had some experience of the 926, a computer controlled analog 2 channel parametric equaliser with 6 eqs per side. that was a thing of wonder and didn't sound that bad. Its pink noise auto speaker calibration always seemed to work wonders. I can't say the same of the DEQ unfortunately, but that may be because I am not really familiar with it. I have no experience of Dirac or mini DSPs. In my list of back burner, may get round to it one day, is a valve active crossover, most likely first order 2 way, with some limited EQ. One day................
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    MQA is a solution looking for a problem, IMO. Forget it, get Qobuz and you’ll be in the best place to then upgrade dacs, , streamers, etc.
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    The Smiths - The Smiths believe it or not this is my 1st listen...
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    [1993] Kate Bush - The Red Shoes [flac]
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    @JANDL100's pic of the Melody SP3 and Sooty reminds me of my first cat. His favourite place was on top of my Marshall guitar amplifier - after I'd had it turned on for a little while, of course.
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    Is Covid going to put Christmas on the scrapheap? Covid Christmas by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Iphone XR, PP in ACR & NikCFX.
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    Dear Ll, I'm rewllly sorrt for not gettig in touch with all oy you. I unforyunatiely sufeered another injury wihch lieft me in aniyhrt coma. This time I;ve futhre damaged thor real brain. Sorriy for speling. I will be Ok when I fer srugs biyt I'm still in hospityal so jope to join the forumn again my soon. My friend to dire to contact people ai think Michael
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    There is a lot of bullies on here also The only difference is most over at ASR don't believe in bs
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    Tannoy Cheviot Legacy So I've had the Cheviots for a couple of weeks now and luckily I've been able to get in some nice long listening sessions. Just to say I'm no reviewer, just a hifi fan so I'm writing purely from my own experience and how I listen to music. I'm not going all charts and technical or going to talk about materials or drivers etc. There's plenty of better reviews online that give all those details so I'll leave that to the pro's. I've also written using my previous speakers, the Klipsch Cornwall IIIs as a comparison. I've noticed there's quite a few people out there who have owned both speakers or at least both brands and it might help to give some context if you know one or both of them. My setup is Bluesound Node2i (not pimped!) / Music First Classic Copper V2 Pre / John Howes Quad II's / Cheviots / RFC speaker cables / home made trolley stands, plyboard and rubber wheels / Leather Omersa Rhino / Don Quixote figurine bought in Brighton flea market. It vibrates and dissipates true stories which helps control negative sonic frequencies according to the guy who sold it to me... A friend of mine who's a studio engineer came over and helped me try out some settings. We started with all bass ports plugged and the treble energy and roll off maxed to the top and bottom options just to see how it sounded (not great if you're interested). From there we worked our way through lots of combinations and ended up with one bass port plugged (the speaker on the right hand side as you look at the photo). This helped with some of the bass boom due to the corner position without taking too much of that nice bottom end out, still plenty of thump. We also took the treble energy setting to -1.5, we felt the top end needed a bit more and helped to liven things up a bit. We did try positioning the speakers closer together and very toed in and this gave a very intimate sound and improved vocal prominence and positioning but for me it was too much of a studio monitor setup. The whole sound became very narrow and it suited my friends studio mixing tastes more than mine. I ended up keeping the bass / treble settings but taking the speakers wider (about 3 meters apart) and only toed in a tiny bit. This brought back the scale and wider image without losing too much of that nice focused vocal sound. My go to tracks for speaker testing are listed here with speaker/s preference for each song- Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer - Babar - Cheviot Marvin Gaye - What's happen brother - Cheviot Steve reich & Pat Metheny - Electric Counterpoint - Cheviot Nick Hakim - Cuffed - Cheviot Tim Buckley - Look at the fool - Cheviot Laurie Spiegel - Patchwork - Cheviot John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts - Cheviot / Klipsch tied Ry Cooder - Paris, texas - Cheviot / Klipsch tied Ali Farka Toure - Soukora - Cheviot / Klipsch tied The Comet is Coming - Summon the Fire - Klipsch Muddy Waters - My home is the delta - Klipsch Love Birds - Want you in my soul - Klipsch Disclosure - Latch - Klipsch These are my test tracks for all speakers I've tried over the last few years and between them cover a good freq range and the genres I like. The Klipsch is leagues ahead with something like Muddy Waters / My home is the delta. The live room sound the speakers give you is really spine tingling, genuinely as if you're in the studio with him. It's the same with The Comet is Coming / Summon the Fire, just an incredibly exciting and large scale sound that conveys that wild energy of the band, the saxophone sound in particular . When I give the Klipsch something not so well recorded like Tim Buckley / Look at the fool the Cheviots really sound better, much more flattering, much smoother. Nick Hakim / Cuffed is a complicated track, modern yet sonically messy and the Klipsch struggle here, too harsh, too cluttered. The Cheviots work so much better with this song and seem to put all the frequencies in the right place and still find some air and space in the song. Marvin Gaye / What's happen brother is a pretty smooth recording but with the Klipsch could be a touch too harsh for me, with the Cheviot the overall sound is much more appealing and more fitting to the style. I've always focused on the glockenspiel on this track when testing speakers as it gives me a good indicator of what's happening (no pun intended) in this freq range as well as detail and imaging. For you glockenspiel fans I can reassure you it sounds excellent on the Cheviots, just the right amount of brightness and detail without bleeding my ears. After owning the Klipsch Cornwalls for the last couple of years the sound of the Cheviots was very different, not better just different. The Cheviots win in the mids especially with vocals but the Klipsch do scale far better especially with live recordings. My problem with the Klipsch is what they do well they do very well but they are not all rounders for my listening tastes. They can also be a bit fatiguing after a few hours due to the slightly harsh top end and I would often end up listening to what the Klipsch did well and not always what I wanted to listen to. The Cheviots are not as crazy and as exciting as the Klipsch but so far I struggle to find a music genre they can't deal with, genuine all rounders. My personal finding is the Cheviots allow me to have much longer listening sessions without fatigue and also open up a wider range of music genre and even more importantly recording quality options. I miss some of the sonic madness of the Klipsch and if I could I would have kept both but finances (and space!) don't allow me. My only question mark with the Cheviots is I would have liked a bit more in the upper treble but I'm wondering if I got too used to the Klipsch in that area. I think if you have enjoyed Harbeth speakers (I have, C7es3) but want a more live and exciting sound, less slippers, then the Cheviots would work well. From a practical point of view the Cheviots are big but by no means massive, surprisingly thin in depth. Maybe I'm comparing with the Cornwalls which were massive so most speakrs will now seem small. Looks may not be important to everyone but I like good styling. The klipsch are probably slightly more attractive in a Danish sideboard / furniture kind of way (many times I had to stop friends putting their coffee cups on top of the speakers) but I like the looks of the Tannoy. Suitably retro for me but there's been some nice touches added in the new legacy version while still keeping the original look. So far I've only run the Cheviots with the Quads and I'd like to try them with a valve amp with a bit more power, something like the Mcintosh 252 and also a class A like the Sugden A21. Rather than try the speakers with amps I could never afford both of these amps are choices I might be able to buy (second hand!). Not sure if these speakers are lifers but they're going to be with me for at least a few years. I think my next jump will be a total change and I'll go ATC SCM100A actives but it's a serious price step up so who knows... Cheers, Simon. Here's a photo with the new trolley stands, I normally have the speakers a bit wider than this and for listening sessions I find grills off is a better sound. For you Klipsch fans I have also added the video of my old Cornwalls in their new home. A guy who owns a radio station bought them from me and will use them in his bar area. Click on the image to go to the film on flickr. Screenshot 2020-10-05 at 09.36.19 by Paul Grant, on Flickr Screenshot 2020-10-22 at 15.15.27 by Paul Grant, on Flickr IMG_5708 by Paul Grant, on Flickr
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    [2013] Mike Oldfield ‎– Tubular Beats [flac]
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    art of noise - the ambient collection 1990 Tidal
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    Linn does not support MQA. I have tried both plus a few other others. Qobuz I think has the best sound quality. It also has the most HiRes music but it does have a few gaps in its catalogue. I do prefer it’s recommended albums, Tidal is too American with mostly R&B and rap. Qobuz is good for jazz and classical. It’s also £5 a month cheaper, it depends if you can live with the missing albums. I’m thinking with the £60 per year savings I can buy a few missing albums.
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    Sometimes you get upgrades you were not necessarily wishing for, but they are presented to you, like a ring presented to Frodo Baggins. I have upped all of the power cords, as I wished, and two of them to the highest level Audio Sensibility Signature V2: I was aiming for their second level Statement cables which are outstanding as they are, and comprise 4 of the 6 AS cables I have. As well, I switched out two Marc Stager Silver interconnects for two Audio Sensibility Statement Silver interconnects for the upper and lower bass drives. An opportunity presented itself to upgrade from the Shunyata Triton power conditioner to a Shunyata Denali V1, and I accepted its invitation. In addition, a pair of Linn 242 upgraded one piece stands came my way via invitation. I also added IsoAcoustic Gaia 2 support "feet" for the speakers, and they have had an immediate, very satisfying effect on the sound quality. Overall, it has been a year of replacing travelling with stereo upgrades, and I am more than pleased with this end result. Now there is nothing for Insanity Clause to put under the tree on December 25th
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    Underworld - dubnobasswithmyheadman
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    Given the current COVID level in London, now isn’t a particularly good time to be pointing members to places where gatherings are know doubt soon to be limited again. However, during a trip out North of the Thames, I had cause to visit this intriguing venue... The Dartmouth Arms is in NW5 and has this interesting vintage set-up... and the wall furnishing below shows the system schematic... Whilst this is some of the hardware in situ... Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to stay and enjoy any music or food... but more details can be found via the link below and I definitely plan to visit again, as and when the world allows... https://www.disappearingdiningclub.co.uk/dartmouth-arms Perhaps a good venue for a post COVID London meeting... 🥳
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    I've tested it many times. CD vs. Tidal HIfi vs Tidal MQA, They all sound it bit different. Is one better? Not to my ears. MQA pushes the sould out to the sides more to my ears, giving a sense of more air and sound stage, just so slightly. I can play an MQA track right now and run it out of the Node 2 DAC (MQA) vs my Jolida DAC (non MQA). IF there is a difference, it's not worth fretting about.
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    NAD 658 streamer/DAC/pre in one box, £1500. It’s got balanced pre-outs, a phono stage & a few extra inputs if you need them. It now has Dirac built in for DSP facilities. I had a loan of one to use with my SCM40a’s whilst my Bel Canto pre was being repaired. I thought it was very good indeed & for the money, I struggle to criticise it. OK Maybe the remote control is not the best out there, but seriously, it’s an excellent product.
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    I used to live near such a shop - Imhofs in Tottenham Court Road. Remember them? Floor after floor of hi-fi goodles and records.
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    One of the new L Mount Sigma lenses (30mm 1.4) which has been getting decent reviews on the Leica Forums. I really fancy the Leica 35mm 1.4 TL but until I scrape the money together this at £270 I hope should be a decent interim measure.
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    ... but 2 off solid state 50W amplifiers in class A would still have kept Lara nice and warm! Cats aren't stupid, they know where to sit
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    @audio_PHIL_eMy cat, Lara, was always wanting to sleep on top of my 50wpc class A Krell amp, very toasty! - but not a good idea - so I installed a glass shelf with an inch or more clearance. She loved it! Sorry, not a valve amp.
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    Bear in mind that the 43 Hz -3dB figure mentioned above for your speakers will be in an anechoic chamber. What you actually get in your room may go lower, particularly if there is a room mode boosting the level around 40 Hz (which there commonly is in typical UK rooms). Whatever, the fact you enjoy the sound you have is obviously what matters .
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    [2017] Steven Wilson - To the Bone [flac]
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    It’s a great way of hearing how well a sub is integrated. There is a low underlying pulse which should be an audible foundation but not too obvious. It is at about 60Hz so often around or below the crossover region. Charlie Hayden’s Bass playing is extraordinarily rich and full of character when played on a system with really good bass. This is the track I use to check that I have properly integrated a sub. It is also a track that can induce the room to boom along with the music if things aren’t right! Excellent recording quality from Philips. Bryars: By the Vaar Charlie Haden (double bass) English Chamber Orchestra James Judd
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    Document - REM. Vinyl. What a gem of an album. Every track a winner.
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    Similar in looks has nothing to do with similar in sound. There are several differences in the construction of the Greenstreet compared to the Keel, all of which are there to make the product cheaper, which they do in more ways than one. The Kore gives you about 80-85% of the sound of the Keel for a little over a third the price and is a very musical unit. The Greenstreet did not overly impress me and I have installed a few.
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    Just bought some nice 600w per channel Emotiva xpa hc-1 monoblocks to help take me active. External passive crossover removed, replaced with an electronic crossover Plinus now running 150Hz and above.
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    I used Spotify for years before moving to Tidal and finally Qobuz. To my ears, on my system, Qobuz is the definitive winner in terms of high definition catalogue and most importantly, sound quality.
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    Back to world of vinyl.
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    Looking out at the dustmen... Watching by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
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    I tihink the issue is simply that musicians qua musician do not have the same interests as audiophiles. As an amateur musician my interest in music is primarily in performance: So when I listen to music I may look out for a good performance of a particular piece, The system I use needs to be able to let the performance come through. For that a fairly modest system is usually sufficient, if there is an issue it is mostly outside noise. You should bear in mind that when making music you usually are not in the best place to hear everything in the way you do as audience: it suffices that you can hear the relevant instruments, but you won't have the balanced sound that the audience has. Musically I may enjoy an old Heifetz recording even though the sound almost drowns in the noise. As a (modest) audiophile I like to hear a clean recording with detail, balance and emotion. I can be pleased when my set-up lets me hear the violins turning their pages collectively during a pianissimo, and I can enjoy a well-mixed album that shows off various instruments and sounds, even if these are musically boring. I like how I noticed that my Harbeths actually conveyed the impression that the Beatles were singing in my room, something that my old speakers didn't do even though they reproduced the sound perfectly as far as I could tell. So it depends a bit on which 'hat' I'm wearing, and I can well understand most musicians not particularly caring about their systems, especially as modest systems are already providing very good sound. There is some truth in that audiophiles like to listen to their system while musicians like to listen to music. Actually I think musicians listen also to the performance, which is why a violinist may enjoy virtuouso pieces like Paganini's Caprices and Ysaye's Sonates, which show off technique but are musically not especially pleasing.
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    For some of us it's the thrill* of building something that performs as well as, or better than, commercial offerings. * In a sad geeky kind of way.
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    I know and have known several musicians. Male and female. I'll attempt to answer this question, but there are several caveats which must be listed: I am not a musician myself I've never directly asked them the question you are asking, but it is a good question The musicians I know perform or have performed in public, but they're not exactly Itzhak Perlman, Herb Alpert, or John Eliot Gardiner The musicians I know are not full-time performers. The closest to full-time musicians I know are performance professors and teachers The musicians I know mostly perform classical or jazz music None are conductors except for one performance professor who does some conducting So, with that said, here we go: I don't think any of these musicians have anything better than what can be described as being 'good department store stuff'. That is to say fairly mainstream components from the likes of Pioneer, Sony, Technics, Kenwood, JVC, Yamaha, Akai, Polk, JBL, Bose, etc. Some just have those shelf all-in-one systems. The musicians who have Pioneer type stuff think they have very good equipment. They probably know it's not the best, but they think it is good. It's hard to argue with them, it is pretty damn good stuff in some cases. Like I said, these musicians aren't Herb Alpert. Most have other non-musical day jobs and so there are financial and time limitations. Money spent on Hi-Fi is money that can't be spent on instruments, albums, concert tickets, travel, sheet music, and so forth and all of those may have higher priorities. A couple of musicians would rather be instrument snobs than Hi-Fi snobs, I do know that. Also, a few musicians I know are also record collectors. For some of them, really involving themselves in music means reading it and not listening to it. At best, it involves reading and listening, but perhaps with more focus on the former. I have known a few musicians who have been interested in audio equipment, but on the recording side of things instead of the playback side. It seems the issue there isn't so much about having the right equipment, but rather the knowledge of how to make it work the way it is supposed to work. I don't think any of the musicians I know listen to their home stereos all that loudly. They may push their work systems a little louder if they are teaching a group of students, but they aren't paying for their work stereos with their own money. So that raises some questions: Perhaps the ultimate musical experience for them isn't just listening to it? Perhaps they feel that there are some limitations with recorded music and so a pursuit of perfection in that regard will always lead to a dead end? Perhaps they feel the equipment they have now is accurate enough? Perhaps with extreme knowledge of music, one does not need to hear in high detail to really get a deep experience with the music? With their knowledge, they can mentally fill in some gaps which exist in the recording or in the playback? Perhaps they think audiophiles are more concerned with electronic tinkering than music?
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    jon wrote: The fact that the disc is a plastic unit with between 50-100nm of aluminium, I would be very interested to know how it could become magnetised in the first place. Never mind how this gadget works. But hey! This is audio. The normal rules dont apply.
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