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  1. Dear Fellow Wammers, My name is Roo, I am the son of the owner of HiFi Wigwam (Rachel). The purpose of this post is to inform all forum members of some important changes. Effective immediately, Peter (the previous admin) no longer has any involvement in the forum. There are aspects of the changes you may consider positive, but one you most likely will not. Some members may be aware of my mother and Peter’s relations and other business. Unfortunately, everything has been left in somewhat of a mess, and my mother is also currently in hospital. First and foremost, I do not propose to make any major changes to the forum or to promise things that are impossible or that go against the wishes of the majority of forum members. I am now aware of some of the problems with the forum and of issues members have raised. My main work is as a developer, so the site itself will be my first focus, with the aim of resolving the problems. The bad news is that although it was my mother’s strong wish for the 2021 show to go ahead, with a heavy heart I have to announce that we have no option but to postpone it until the spring. We are aware some members would have anyway preferred this, though we also know it will be a disappointment to many. Regrettably, most of the arrangements appear not to have been completed, to the extent that the hotel cannot actually offer the required space, as they are carrying out some works. We initially propose making it a two-day event again (i.e., setup on Saturday, ticketed visitors on Sunday as it used to be), which seems to be most people’s preference. We also suggest running the show on the 26th and 27th March, but we would be happy to be flexible to suit all the exhibitors. Under any circumstances, we will refund any exhibitor payments made by any member who does not wish to continue participating. We appreciate and are grateful for the support of the forum members and we understand that the forum and its future depends on you, more than on us. The forum will return to being the best of its type, and to being run primarily as a forum for its members. With our thanks, Rachel and Roo.
    51 points
  2. The Mods do NOT want to stop (vigorous) debate but there have been too many recent threads/posts that disintegrate into name-calling, abuse and repetitive message after message saying the same thing over and over that adds nothing to the discussion. Enough. The AUP states: The moderators have the right to edit, move, lock or delete any posts or threads deemed to be in breach of the AUP, or that fall outside the standards expected of members. The right is also reserved to ban, for any length of time, any member. The decisions of the moderators and forum admin are final in this regard. We will therefore take action and delete those messages in future and tell the poster they are on holiday from the Wam. And the MODs decision will be final. Also, a reminder that dealers promoting commercial products is not allowed. However, posts outside the relevant trade sections, evidently promoting commercial products without due context, are not allowed. This applies to theirs or other commercial products. An occasional comment is OK, but persistent promotion is not. We are trying to make the Wam more interesting, discussive and informative and constant negative, repetitive messages spoils that.
    26 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. ****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
  8. 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
  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. Here’s the most recent iteration of my modest little system: Pimped Bluesound Node 2i (with Fidelity Audio ‘Pro’ PSU) into a Hegel HD30 DAC/Pre, into a Bel Canto Evo 2 power amp feeding ProAc Tablette 10 Signature speakers, oh and there’s a BK XLS200 sub tucked into the corner.
    20 points
  12. 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
  13. 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.
    18 points
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  15. Finally set up my new speakers after the decorating . Kudos X2
    18 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
    17 points
  19. 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
    17 points
  20. Don't know if this has been posted before but really inspiring.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNrcb-9Gi8c&t=47s
    17 points
  21. 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
  22. 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.
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  23. new house new room right at the top floor. Thought I was lacking bass so kept pushing the speakers back to the wall with tiny improvement. Just for a laugh I pulled them out 1m from the back wall and suddenly I’ve a massive soundstage and much stronger bass too! Acoustics is a funny thing and I’ve never had the space to pull speakers out this far. Loving it
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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.
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  27. 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.
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  28. 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
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  29. 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.
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  30. err, ‘Show us yer sideboard’.
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  31. Hi all, Just thought I’d share my recent LP 12 adventures. My table has seen an extraordinary amount of love in 2021: in early March a new Karousel, Kore and Krystal ... and just last week a pre-owned Ak Radikal and Urika 2 were fitted. I was previously using a Lingo 2 and the ASH built-in MC stage. Arm is an Ittok LVIII (mk1). Having upgraded to Exakt early this year with Linn Winter promo (new ASH w/ surround module and 2x new Ak Exaktbox-6s) + the fast follow LP12 upgrades, I wasn’t really looking to spend more $ for new gear ... but I wanted to upgrade my motor, so I was on the lookout for a pre-owned Ak Radikal. I saw @akamatsuwas upgrading to Klimax Rad, so reached out if he would sell his Akurate. Alas, he’s keeping for another system, but connected me to Ron at Definitive who had a customer looking to upgrade to Klimax. Fortunately for me, that customer was also willing to part with his Urika 2 :-) (being replaced with a brand new one in his system). Ron was super helpful, fair and knowledgeable ... he boxed up the used gear beautifully and shipped to me in Chicago from Seattle. Fortunately for me, that Ak Rad also had a recent motor swap out (that Ron informed me of in advance) so I contacted Linn to verify date ... it was produced August 2020, so like new! So a huge thanks to this forum, @akamatsuand Ron for helping me find exactly what I hoped for and more! Then, also by the goodness of this forum, I learned of @ThomasOK and that his shop is “only” about 3 1/2 hours drive ... so I made the trip. Wow was it worth it. Thomas is extremely kind, knowledgeable and skilled. We took about 5 hours and left NOTHING to chance with my LP12, testing and torquing everything that could be. I learned so much just watching Thomas, and he is what makes this hobby great for me. So full of fun stories and Linn history, and welcomed any question I had, including sharing a number of useful tips. His experience was put to great use as my Ittok arm stand bolt was too long, and my plinth not tall enough for everything to simply plug-and-play ... he wasn’t deterred in the least, and smartly deployed his tried and true adjustments on the fly. We renewed my cartridge leads with the latest Ekos versions (mine were brittle and one lead had partially snapped), a new belt, installed the Ak Rad, installed the Urika 2 (which brings a Tramp 2 type base with it - bonus for me since I previously had only the fixed baseboard) ... even replaced/affixed my missing tiny lid feet! And of course, in true Thomas fashion, checked torque on everything including the electronics. Everything Thomas does is with great intention. I felt like he was setting up his personal table, and he wanted everything to be right. I love finding serious, experienced people dedicated to their craft. I know many on this forum have personal relationships with their local dealers, and there are certainly a number of pros out there ... so let me add, I’m fortunate to have met Thomas and proud to now essentially have his “signature” on my table. I added a pic while my LP12 was in his workbench. You can see his (in)famous torque screwdriver in the bottom right of the pic. Most shocking discovery: we found my Karousel was absolutely cranked wayyy too tight (different previous installer), and making the change to a torque 2-3x less (around 3.2ish) was instantly FAR more musical! I also didn’t know there was such a thing as outer platter sweet spot alignment, but as Thomas diligently dialed in, you could definitely hear it’s worth the discovery effort. Our most comical moment was needing a DS/system hub to hook up for testing with Urika 2, so we sourced a Klimax from a listening room. Lol, not bad for just some old test bench kit! I have it home now, and it’s just amazing. I couldn’t be happier, not only for the improved sound, but also for the experience. Had I just dropped for later pick-up, I would have missed a rare chance to be part of what makes this hobby great. Thank you again Thomas and forum members who share all your stories, wisdom and good humor. (yes, that’s Steely Dan Gaucho on the platter. First 15 secs of Hey Nineteen frequently repeated as the test track).
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  32. Hi, this is Jim (Col's eldest) thanks for all the lovely comments about Dad. His funeral will take place on Friday 5th Feb at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe at 2:40pm. Due to covid restrictions this will obviously be limited numbers, as such there will be a web cast of the service, should any of you wish to join us celebrating Dad's life through the web cast, then please feel free to drop me an email at wilsonjr81@icloud.com and I will send you the link when we have it. Thanks again Jim
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  33. The morning sun causing the pearl dark gray to shine silver caught my eye.
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  34. Arthur's statue, Tintagel. King Arthur by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/g DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 5D4 + 24-105L, 1/500s @ f9, ISO400 raw. PP in ACR.
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  35. I am a bit late to this but I'm a newbie to the wigwam. At the start of last year, totally indestructible, reliable, tower-of- strength me broke. Don't know specifically what caused it but it happened. Within a few weeks I was on Sertraline. Then Sertraline & Diazapan. I had to quit my well paid job and spent most of the night awake and most of the day in tears waiting 4 hours for my next diazapan. I thought about doing something stupid more than once. I had counselling every week and had the joys of going to claim benefits whilst suffering from severe anxiety. After 6 months of this I was on a visit to my doctor to renew my prescription. In tears I told him I didn't think the anti-depressants I was on were working. They should have helped by now ? He suggested we switch to Mirtazapine. I had a crazy thought in my head that if I was going to do something daft I wanted to be me when I did it, so I told him No thanks. They are not helping me. He asked me was I sure ? I said yes. He asked me what I wanted to do ? I told him I wanted off them. They weren't helping. He told me they helped lots of people and I should persevere. I said no thanks. He said Ok, we'll get you off them. Over the next few weeks we slowly decreased the doses. He then did something I did not expect. He wrote down the title of a book on a scrap of paper and suggested I read it. I had nothing to lose so I ordered the book. The evening of the day it arrived I felt a great weight lifting off my shoulders. I'm sure it isn't the only book of it's type. It was called "Lost Connections", but it's written by someone with first hand experience of the worst of it. It made me see that I wasn't a failure. I wasn't weak or pathetic and that the surprise wasn't that I had broken. It was that it had taken so long. It made me appreciate that it is not necessarily a sane mind that can feel totally at ease in a crazy world. I am now back in a good job but the depression was like a really bad cut. It may have stopped bleeding but it has left a scar. I am much happier and on days when I feel a bit low I put on some Mozart and read a few pages of the book that I believe put me back on the right track. It doesn't tell me what to do. It just reminds. I also feel that it is no coincidence that I am back into my music. It definitely eases the pain. I am learning to play the Cello and I find that after 2 hours of practicing I am much calmer. And my finger tips hurt. It has not all been negative. During the worst of it I thought my life was over and the person I used to be was gone forever. I was wrong in that life wasn't over but I was right in that the person I used to be was gone. I can see now that the me before was quite arrogant and dismissive of "other people's" weaknesses, but I've been to that place now and realize we are all breakable. And all worthy of a bit of compassion. I have never talked much about that time like this before but an avatar makes it easier.
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  36. Greetings all A few months ago, I posted about my efforts I getting sweeter, fuller and more enjoyable sound from my main system. Well that Topic started as a speaker cable discussion and turned into a more encompassing discussion. To cut a long story short, during that period I made the decision to replace my speakers (Hyperion HPS 968) with the Tannoy Ardens. And with wonderful support from Audio emotion the speakers have finally arrived A week since receiving the speakers, I couldn't be happier with my choice. I am not expert is describing HiFi gear but below are my initial observations: - This is the first pair of speakers that is able to charge the room (bring it to life/ shift air). - Although my room is not great... echoey, hard surfaces, difficult dimensions, very large...the problems of the past (echo, reflections, harsh sounding) go away to a very large extent. I am not sure if the problems are no longer there or I just don't notice them due to the ability of the speakers to engage me in the music. - This happens even in low volumes, so its a pleasure to have the system playing the background for hours and hours. Even busier and edgier music. - I guess due to their "monitor" heritage, they are particularly good from the listening position. - oh yes, and they look great...to me at least! I drive them using a class D, Gato DIA250/ 90% of my music I play using a laptop connected to the USB Dac of the GATO.
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  37. I've often wondered if there's some connection between hifi, music and sufferers. There seem to be more of 'us' than average among members here. You'll obviously be aware of, for you, what works and doesn't, so I won't make any trite suggestions. Above all, however, stay connected. On this site, you're never alone.
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  38. A few things to look at if anyone is interested. Speakers from Jon Anderson including vertical 9844's with Yuichi horns, Altec 604's, Cain & Cain Abbys, JBL etc... Preamps from Radu Tarta, and James Burgess, amps from, Ken Uesugi, James Burgess, Ling Xiao Nan ( Lenny), Paul Birkeland, Eddie Vaughan McIntosh, Tubelabs, DIYTube, etc in tube types such as 42, 45, 46, 47, 2a3, 300b, EL84, EL34, 6l6, 6v6, F2a, 1626, KT66, KT77, and others. Vinyl, Tape, tubes horns... Analog. Digital with a Steve Davis modified DAC and external X-10 Time Machine clock. More photos:
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  39. Well we are finally in our new house and the room is up and running…. Well, not quite lol. strip the walls and change the hideous light and we will be getting there.. I didn’t realise I had so much kit and I have now been found out by the Mrs Watch this space as things progress
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  40. …. I just wanted to say a big thank you to the various people on this forum who have been a big help in informing me, suggesting new things, and encouraging me in finding some new kit. These thank yous are specifically because without this forum I probably would not have embraced streaming the way that I have. The first step was a Quad 909 from @Mikeandvan and that would never have occurred to me even though I had one previously Then Auralic Altair G1 - my first streaming platform Then the slippery slope started….. Auralic Aries Mini from @Griff500 SBooster Wave digital cables from @Fourlegs Innuos Zen Mini mk3 from @Fourlegs Innuos Power Supply Tellurium Black 2 speaker cable Quad Artera Stereo ATC SCM11 QAcoustics 3020i (thanks to @Lurch insistent promotion of these) And so a huge thanks to everyone and the special thanks goes to… well you know who you are. Am off on holidays this week for a month or two back in Portugal.
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  41. Can you or the supplier provide any plausible mechanisms that could account for the claimed abilities of this product beyond the placebo effect? I am fed up with wild unsubstantiated claims. Regards Andrew
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  42. I have backed away from reviewing cables, particularly mains cables, not for any single reason but more because having tried a few I found them confusing with some making no difference, some adding positive and negatives and for the ones that were better they were too expensive. In some cases, very expensive. That forces the question, are they worth it? If you need 4/5 mains cables that can add up to a few £K and would it not be more worthwhile putting that money into the major components of the system and you would get bigger improvements. To get out of this dilemma I settled on two really good cables that were not prohibitively expensive, the Supra LoRad 2.5mm and the Audionote ISIS. The Supra Lo Rad 2.5mm is a good quality copper cable that does a better job than the freebie and is not prohibitively expensive. And as an improvement, the Audionote ISIS, which again is a good quality copper cable but to me sounded better than the Supra. The ISIS prices do not wander into those charged for AN silver mains cables at many £Ks. Despite that, I do have one multi £K mains cable. So, when audio buddy Kevin Fiske wrote his review about the Puritan mains cables I was intrigued. Here were mains cables with claims made about dealing with RFI, EMI and microphony and not the usual nonsense you get with keywords to add ‘credibility’ like quantum and quantum tunnelling. Not only that these cables are not the usual buy a roll of standard Chinese mains cables, spin a yarn and then sell them at high prices. The description and make-up of the Puritan cables sounds credible. I also intend to add a ‘meet your maker’ article about the company because I am intrigued by what they do and they are only a few miles away from George 47 towers. I contacted Puritan and asked to borrow some of their mains cables. And they were generous, no I mean really generous, and I soon acquired enough mains cables to try them in a wide range of equipment. So I used them in my Vitus RI 101 Mk 2 amplifier, Transcription Audio 211 valve amplifier, an ARC Ref 5 preamp, an ARC Ref 110 power amplifier, a Nord NC500 power amplifier, an Audionote DAC, a Qutest DAC powered with an SBooster PSU, a Melco N10, a Plixir balanced mains PSU, a dCS Bridge streamer, a PS Audio phono preamplifier and the PSU for my Voyd Ref TT. Phew!!!! Add to that I had the Classic, the Classic + and the Ultimate mains cables to try and that made quite a set of combinations. Yep, a really big test that took some time. If the Puritan cables were going to make a big difference, I reasoned there would be a bigger impact with the power amplifiers than my Audionote CD 4 Transport (damn missed that off the list). And I was completely and utterly wrong. In my system, the biggest differences were with the mains cables on the front end of my digital system. The CD Transport, the dCS streamer and the DAC mains cables made the biggest differences. Oddly enough the mains cables on the TT front end did not make as much a difference. The preamplifier did not benefit that much and it was the least affected. For the power amplifiers, the two valve amplifiers benefitted, but not enormously. With the Vitus SS, I preferred the Ultimate to the very expensive mains cable. Now that for me was a surprise. This was a great achievement for the Ultimate (£460) as the expensive mains cable retails at £3.3K. However, on the valve power amplifiers, it was much closer and much more a draw based on preferences. I compared the Audionote ISIS against the Ultimate, the Classic + and the Classic and it was very close between the Ultimate and the ISIS. The ISIS provides a natural sound that is easy to relax into and always made most of my musical choices, sounding smooth and easy to listen to. The Ultimate reduced the background noise far more, making the music more 3D and dynamic. Musical note decays were easier to hear on the Ultimate and note fades lasted longer into what was a darker background. The Ultimate also did not ‘slightly alter’ the frequency response. The Ultimate had more sparkle, was more truthful and did not slightly reduce the higher frequencies. The Ultimate could make it less pleasant to listen to badly recorded music. Maybe the truth hurts a little. The Classic and Classic+ are warmer sounding and returned some of that smoother sound, but they were less accurate and not as clean sounding. I could imagine people’s preference coming into a choice between the Classic and the ISIS. That for me is a great achievement as the ISIS has bettered many other mains cables. I then compared the differences between the Puritan cables. There was a clear gap between the Ultimate, the Classic and the Classic +. The Ultimate had a larger 3D sound stage that was wider, deeper and had more height. The frequency response was more even on the Ultimate with more sparkle and transients on musical instruments like cymbals. The Classic and Classic + were warmer and had a slightly smaller soundstage. This difference was not huge and some may prefer a slightly more forgiving cable. My advice would be to steer you towards the Classic unless you have an expensive system. The difference between the Classic and the Classic + was small and on a lot of the components it was not easily discernible. I may have heard a difference with the DAC but I was not sure. What to conclude? Well for me the Classic and Classic + are excellent mains cables and made a worthwhile difference, for not a lot of money. At £75 and £115 they are brilliant value. The Ultimate is a significantly more expensive mains cable at £460 but it was worthwhile if you want the er…… Ultimate mains cable and do not want to pay the Ultimate price, especially for your digital front end. I would also recommend them for valve power amplifiers. So thanks to Kevin for guiding me to these cables and thanks to Puritan for making a mains cable that makes a real difference without killing your bank account. I suspect this is going to cost me as I don’t want to remove them from my system.
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  43. To make up for the fact that I've just trashed two cartridges in a week (both now off to ESCo for some tlc), I'm drowning my sorrows and limiting myself to my other formats, especially my new Cambridge CXN V2 streamer: C402E3C2-9F97-4835-8E09-02763620A4C4_1_201_a by call_me_theo, on Flickr 85305A4E-1421-444E-BAEF-70C7C39B662F_1_201_a by call_me_theo, on Flickr 5163BE76-6527-482A-A054-79D11087F2EF_1_201_a by call_me_theo, on Flickr Bar my old cassette deck (in the attic), I think I've got all formats covered
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  44. This is meant with no disrespect to anyone who loves ,black, white any colour speaker it’s always personal ,but c’mon when it comes down to it I could teach my nephew to programme a spraying robot in a couple of hours .My uncle once said to me”.Solid colours hide a lot flaws” The finish has no effect on the sound .unless it’s a bad vinyl wrap ?? music is analogue by nature Natural wood needs a great deal of care to make it look natural ...No super sheen gloss to stop you focussing on the grain. .No tinting of the lacquer.. A great choice of veneer beautifully cut.. Using a natural matt finish over the veneer means it’s impossible for any flaw to hide I brought these speakers for the mancave second hand because of the absolute quality of the veneer and the finish I could achieve . now fully restored I have a thing about wood of this quality ..I said this before ..The walnut tree that was felled to make this pair of speakers.was probably around as a seedling during the civil war ..And now its playing me music.. Analogue music is nature . Show us close up pics of the Finnish porn ..Doesn’t just have to be speakers. All sorts off gear has wood on it .. kindest regards Julian
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  45. I just thought I’d put this out there My granddaughter who is 6 , while out shopping out with her mum asked why there was a young man sleeping in the M&S doorway .. My daughter tried to explain as best you can to a 6 yr old ..Anyway unbeknown to us all she’s been practicing on her skipping rope she had for Christmas and then asked her mum if she could raise some money for the young man at M&S . . When asked why , she said “ everyone deserves a home as I have “ Crikey !!!! She has even picked the Charity Pathways of Chesterfield. Radio Chesterfield have taken it up and have spoken to my daughter and Eva live on radio She will also be on radio 5 live tonight at 5 :30 if anyone out there would like to support this such empathetic little girl PM and I will send you the just giving link . Or it’s on Radio Chesterfields site . Hopefully this little girls insight gives a brighter future to all those in need ... kindest regards Julian
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  46. Ok, as heart breaking as it is, I am forced to let these go. This could be a bit of a rare opportunity for someone who has dreamed of owning a set of these legendary speakers but neither has pockets deep enough (like me) to buy them new (£12k) or the skills / confidence to tackle the DIY jobs required to build them. Below is a link to my original project thread if you're interested to see / read what went it making them. The cabs were built using 18mm ply, which has been stained with a medium oak and finished with a satin polyx oil that really brings out the best of the Fir grain. Originally, they were made using all original Klipsch drivers and horns, however, I have since upgraded the tweeters to the Bob Crites CT120. https://critesspeakers.com/new-tweeter-replacement-for.html At the same time, I took the opportunity to front mount the midrange horn, which gives a better driver integration. The current driver complement is: Klipsch K33E Bass Drivers Klipsch K55V Midrange Drivers partnered with Klipsch K401 midrange horns Bob Crites CT120 Tweeters The passive crossovers are Type A and I can also supply the additonal components for these to be converted to the Type AA, should you wish. I am currently running them in an active setup, using Hypex Fusion FA123 plate amplifiers with onboard DAC and DSP capabilities. The plate amps integrate 2 x 125Watt class D amplifiers to run the bass driver and midrange respectively, as well as a 100Watt class D amplifier for the tweeter. https://www.kjfaudio.com/product/hypex-fusionamp-fa122-copy/ I am offering the speakers with a number of options and costs as follows: Klipsch La Scala with Passive Crossovers only - £950 Klipsch La Scala with Plate Amplifiers only - £1,400 Klipsch La Scala with both Passive Crossovers & Plate Amplifiers - £1,550 If you are interested in taking the speakers in a passive setup only, I will happily remove the current active setup and revert them back to the standard crossover before they are collected. Collection only from Oldham, Greater Manchester and a van will be needed!!
    14 points
  47. My Hifi Racks Podium: Rack by Rob Moores, on Flickr
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  48. i had known Tim since the late 70s - he came into Guildford hifi when he was developing the EAR 501 which we then stocked. I was in communication with him until a few weeks ago - he had stage 4 Liver Cancer (spread from Colon cancer cancer which was discovered in an operation to clear a blockage) and went to Japan for alternative treatment (as conventional treatments had failed). He was the Tim we all knew right to the end. His last note to me was 4th November when he said his "condition not good at the moment". That statement shows his resilience and that he fought to the end bless him. My condolences to the family he leaves behind He was an eccentric genius. He designed the fabulous Lux Valve amps of the 70s and his legacy will live on in the EAR products sold to date. I do not know if the company will continue now he has passed but I hope it does - his designs are timeless and I hope will find a market for years to come. The Dunlop brothers at Art have had their EAR 509s for some 40 years now - a testimony to the forward thinking and battleship build of his products. RIP Tim you will be sadly missed. Farewell to the "KIng of Tubes" https://www.stereophile.com/interviews/1107parav/#YuBZkSkjO3KFgpJL.97
    14 points
  49. I got this email today, it reminded me how good I've found Richer Sounds customer service to be. In particular recently I tried an Arcam SR250 and they let me keep hold of it until the store reopened, which ended up being over 2 months. Dear Lawrence, I hope you and your family are safe and well. In view of the extraordinary times we find ourselves in, I thought it timely that I update and thank you for bearing with us during what has been one of the most challenging times in Richer Sounds’ 40+ year history. Firstly, and most important of all, I am grateful for the loyalty and patience that you, our customers have shown us. In those early stressful and worrying days, right up until the present, your continued support has meant that we have been able to keep our company on track through this period of uncertainty, right now with close to 90% employment in the stores of those who are both able and willing to return to work. I am both confident and hopeful that we will soon be back to 100%. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our teams we reinvented every area of our business literally overnight by shifting sales from our stores to the internet and the phone. We mobilised nearly 200 colleagues to do this by setting them up to work from home, across the country, which meant that we were also able to continue to offer the expert local advice for which we are hopefully renowned. I’m so proud of how our colleagues – now part-owners of our business – adapted and stepped up to keep all of you at home entertained with the tech we know you love. TVs, home cinema and hi-fi are now more important to many of us than ever before, for both communication and entertainment, especially for those living alone, so while we will never begin to compare ourselves to the care workers who have stood out as heroes during this pandemic, we do take our responsibility to you seriously. Inevitably, some areas of our customer service may have slipped and this is one of my biggest regrets. Freepost suffered delays during lockdown, which meant customers could not write to me directly and which must have caused some frustration, so if you have an issue that has not been resolved to your satisfaction by your local store or our Customer Service team, you can now contact my private office team by emailing julian@richersounds.com. We also experienced stock shortages due to manufacturer supply problems, with too many customers having to wait for their goods to arrive. Thankfully, this is much improved now and if you were one of those customers who were inconvenienced, please accept my apologies. I’m proud to say that our average call waiting time remains well under 2 minutes. We have also improved our service by putting in place video calling via mobile devices so we can ‘virtually’ provide advice as required. Just give your local store a call to line up your virtual appointment. We know how important a face-to-face experience is to so many of our customers, with the benefit of an in-store demonstration to help you make the right choice. Since our stores reopened, we had originally chosen to limit numbers with an appointment-only service. However, as customer demand has increased, and with many unaware of the need to book a time, we have now decided to be in attendance 7 days a week and will welcome and accommodate walk-ins whenever we can. We will, of course, still continue to work to the capacity limits set for each store, for your safety and ours. In the coming months, we expect that autumn and poorer weather will bring further local (if not national) lockdowns, causing more worry and difficulties for us all. As always, we will face any adversity head-on and will continue to make sure that your home entertainment needs are met. It just remains for me to express my gratitude to our wonderful customers and colleagues for keeping the show on the road throughout. We appreciate that we have been luckier than so many others through this pandemic, and do not take this for granted for a moment. With very best wishes, Julian Richer, Founder and Managing Director Sent from my HRY-LX1 using Tapatalk
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  50. Had to get a rack to get my centre speaker at a decent height, the rest is just fine just plonked on the floor, which has saved me a reasonable bit of cash.
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