Sotosound

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About Sotosound

  • Rank
    Wammer
  • Birthday September 29

Personal Info

  • Location
    Buckinghamshire
  • Real Name
    Ian

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    N.A. ACE Spacedeck
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB330, Goldring 1042
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Inbuilt Croft RIAA
  • Digital Source 1
    Rega Saturn
  • Digital Source 2
    Bluesound Vault 2
  • DAC
    Audio Note DAC 0.1x
  • Pre-Amp
    Croft Micro 25
  • Power Amp/s
    Croft Series 7 90W/c
  • My Speakers
    Russell K Red 150
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I auditioned Studio 148s with my Croft kit and the issue for me was that they seemed a bit too bassy for the room. Otherwise, they sounded great. I also auditioned some SM100s and found them a bit harsh sounding. I also auditioned some Response D18s but found them a bit cold sounding with a slightly detached bass. What I’d like is a chance to reassess the Studio 148 based upon what I have learnt since about positioning, but the chances of an opportunity arising are zero.
  2. The Vault offers a back-up facility. I back mine up to a My Passport portable USB drive. I’ve ripped around 2,000 CDs to my Vault 2 but kept the CDs as a second back-up, for sleeve information that the Vault will never be able to provide, and as source data when the Vault gets the metadata wrong during a rip and I need to fix it. In essence, I see my Vault 2 as a convenient way to access the music on my CDs rather than as a replacement for them.
  3. Content is just content. It’s simply what’s contained in some kind of container. Also, of itself, the term “quality” has no meaning. There are many, many different qualities from which to choose, and each of those has it’s own range of values such as high or low or good or bad or pungent or sweet-smelling etc. Moreover, quality is actually an attribute of content. Having said that picky stuff .... When I choose a piece of music to listen to, in essence I’m choosing content, although sometimes there might be a quality consideration, especially when choosing a specific performance of a song or composition. When I choose which format, which mastering etc. of a specific recording, I’m normally choosing quality, but the quality that I’m choosing isn’t always straight-up “best quality”. Instead it’s whatever quality I’m seeking to listen to at that time, be that “highest fidelity” or “best emotional communication” or “trashiest sounding” or “mono” or “stereo” etc.
  4. Stereo separation is normally good and authentic-sounding on classical recordings. In the 60s, separation on pop recordings was normally artificial and unnatural sounding with stuff either far left, far right or dead centre and not much else. When mono was dropped and stereo became the norm, playback equipment hadn’t really caught up and, therefore, compromises has to be made so that stereo records still sounded ok on mono gramophones and radios. To some extent, that is still the case today for many recordings, with most information near the centre and just the odd instrument or ambient effect to the left or right.
  5. Sotosound

    Exited vinyl

    With over 8,000 7” and 12” singles, and with more unavailable-anywhere-else single mixes than you can shake a stick at, it ain’t gonna happen. Consequently, my vinyl collection is a fixture in my will.
  6. You’ll have find someone prepared to part with theirs first....
  7. Back when I was a mobile DJ, a lot of people experimented with placing objects on top of my loudspeakers - mainly glasses of beer. The result was always the same - the glass would be shaken until it fell onto the floor, smashed and wasted a good pint. The cabinets of my Disco Supplies Black Knight speakers were definitely very "live"!
  8. We have decorative figurines on top of my Russell K Red 150 floorstanders, but those figurines come off for any serious listening as they rob the bass of some of its life and generally make the speakers sound relatively shut-in and congested. The Red 150 design is such that the cabinet is "live" and contributes to the overall sound. Placing an object on top therefore defeats the purpose of the speaker design. You might, therefore, consider asking Linn what their advice is. Above anyone else, they would know.
  9. Please let us know how you get on.
  10. My mother was a musician, so my love of music is probably hereditary. It does a number of things for me such as making me feel good and allowing me to explore various emotions, including some darker ones, from the safety of my armchair. Perhaps, in a way, some of us are music addicts. However, this addicition doesn't lead to people doing bad things so that they can get a fix, satisfy their cravings, and stop the shaking and sweats. Unlike with an addictive drug (so I'm told), a musical "fix" is always a positive, life-enhancing thing. I feel happier after a good "sesh".
  11. @Karcam Jules and myself have differently interpreted your description of where your speakers are placed. Do your speakers back onto the long wall or the short wall?
  12. I think 80 cm out is quite a long way for stand-mounts and will limit bass response. Also, your room isn’t too small for the right floorstanders IMHO. My own room is 3.5M wide at its maximum and 7.4 M long. It’s also a lounge diner with the lounge bit being the front 4.5M-ish, and I currently have Russell K Red 150 floorstanders in place. The Red 150s sit 43cm from the front wall in which there is also a very wide bow window. Not the simplest acoustic space, but I call it home. The Red 150s replaced some Monitor Audio GS60 floorstanders. I‘ve also auditioned a pair of Proac Studio 148s, a pair of Proac Response D18s, and a pair of Spendor D7s in the same space. Of all of these floorstanders, only the Proacs were a bit too bassy at times. The Reds, D7s, D18s and the MAs all have lots of bass but it’s nice bass and good bass and not boomy or overbearing. The bass in the Red 150s is also slightly less in yer face than, say, the more rock-orientated MA GS60s. Instead, it sounds more linear and keeps going down to near-subsonic levels - a place that the GS60s don’t go. Great for organ lovers. I also have a pair of Q Acoustics 2020is, and they struggle a little in this room wherever I position them. Further than this, I’ve also auditioned Proac SM100, Russell K Red 100 and Dynaudio Contour 20 stand-mounts, and in all cases I’ve missed the bass that I get from floorstanders. The Concept 40s are more compact than my Red 150s and I suspect that they might do the trick for you. But..... please start by re-positioning your Concept 20s. If you can, then use “Walk On The Wild Side” by Lou Reed as your test track. This track has a lovely and well-recorded upright bass by Herbie Flowers as the lead instrument. Upright bass has a far more complex and multi-layered sound than electric bass, and if the speakers are in the wrong place then that upright bass won’t sound right. Instead, one or other part of its sound will be overly prominent, with other parts suffering from under-emphasis. My suggestion is that you start by listening with your speakers where they are. Then move them closer to the wall one inch at a time. After each move, listen to Herbie Flowers again. You’ll probably find the sweet spot by overshooting it and then returning to it. Once you’ve found the sweet spot you’ll then be in a position to decide whether or not the resultant bass is enough for your ears. Hope this helps.
  13. Q Acoustics Concept 40s might give you that bass whilst not significantly changing the quality of sound that you like. That would be my chosen direction of travel. Monitor Audio would probably take the sound off in a different direction and you might or might not like the results. It depends upon what floats your boat. Also, a home audition with an extended listening period is essential. By the way, how far are your speakers from the various walls in your room? Stand mounts need some augmentation in the bass, and optimised positioning with respect to the wall that they back onto is important.
  14. I'm told by a certain Peter at a certain dealer that coax output is better than USB.