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  1. A useful tool that can help identify a fake ad is a reverse image search at https://tineye.com It can tell you where else on the web the image exists.
  2. I also try to avoid Amazon where I can because they don't pay their fair share of tax. It's good to consider where we buy from. Perhaps as consumers we should be more ethical. I'm sure it makes a difference.
  3. China is fast becoming the world's richest superpower, potentially overtaking the US, and it has an authoritarian regime that does not respect human rights or democracy. The West has helped create this monster. Goodness knows what the Chinese military are doing in space and in other parts of the world such the Pacific islands they created especially for military occupancy. We are mad, literally mad for enriching such a regime and making them so powerful. A price will be paid.
  4. I'm not allowing politics to decide if a product is well designed and manufactured. Products made in China can be as well designed and made as anywhere else in the world. However, I do not want to help enrich an authoritarian regime like that which rules in China. I require an Apple MacBook for work. Many things I own are made in China. Where I do sometimes have a choice, such as in luxury hifi goods, I will make a conscious decision not to buy Chinese made.
  5. Hi Folks Quite a few great well known hifi brands now manufacture their hifi gear in China. There is no question that goods manufactured in China are of excellent quality and are second to none, just look at the Apple iPhone. However, I avoid hifi products that are made in China. Not because of any quality issue but because of politics. I watch what is happening in Hong Kong and feel good about not enriching the authoritarian regime in China (Chinese Communist Party) where I can. The people of China do not have free speech, the right to protest, criticise, and change their leaders. Information in China is censored by the state. There is no opposition to the Government in China. The West has enriched the authoritarian regime in China by exploiting cheap labour but have we created our own monster? What are your thoughts? Are you happy to buy Chinese made hifi products and all the consequences that might occur from that?
  6. The demo pair I had went back to Spendor at the same time my new pair were delivered. I'm aware Hi-Fi Corner in Scotland had a pair and they are normally obliging for home demos.
  7. If you want a speaker that is more or less perfectly flat and accurate then you need studio monitors such as Neumann KH310A. That doesn't mean they will sound more enjoyable or real than other speakers. I have listened to both. Spendor 2/3 frequency response is actually pretty good, so a fairly accurate speaker that is more forgiving. I prefer this presentation for listening enjoyment. If I were a studio engineer I would probably buy the Neumann's as a tool for work then when I got home I would listen to the Spendor's for pleasure.
  8. They're beauties. The sound is equally beautiful.
  9. I love them more and more each day, highly recommend. You just forget about hifi and get lost in the music which is what it's all about. Slightly more bass than my room can handle but it's acceptable. They offer more bass than Harbeth 30.1. The surprise is the quality of the bass, it far surpasses Harbeth 30.1 imho. It's almost like listening to a sealed box speaker, the port is very benign. They are a beautifully balanced speaker from top to bottom. The What Hi-Fi review of these speakers pretty much sums them up. Also a good German review here: https://www.spendoraudio.com/wp-content/uploads/Classic-2-3-HLJB-2018.pdf Basically if enjoy long listening sessions, want to forget about speakers forever more, and have a room over 16sqm then give them a try!
  10. Out of interest how do the Harbeth's get on with the Sugden A21 in comparison to the Luxman, particularly the bass at loudish, not too loud, say 80db listening levels?
  11. I don' Good choice. I don't think you can go wrong if you already know and love the sound of these. Harbeth and Spendor both make great sounding speakers.
  12. I compared 30.1 to 30.2 anni (closer to new xd) at home and preferred the 30.1. I found the tweeter on the 30.2 was too prominent and didn't seem as well integrated with woofer. Others may describe this as more open and transparent. I'm not convinced the anni were an improvement. Certainly they sound different and some will prefer the difference. Others not so. Same for xd I expect. New old stock of Harb std range now looks like a bargain. I've since moved on to Spendor Classic 2/3 and loving every minute of them.
  13. I have recently moved from Harbeth 30.1 to Spendor Classic 2/3. I prefer the Spendor 2/3. The Harbeth in comparison sounded a little hyped in the top end. I also auditioned the Harbeth 30.2 40th Anniversary and thought they were even more hyped in the top end than the 30.1. I suspect the new XD models will be closer to 40th Anniversary models. Extra Definition may well give a false impression of extra detail and resolution simply by altering the crossover tweeter integration. The Spendor Classic 2/3 is seriously good in all departments, full, textured, and timely bass, beguiling realistic mids, with a balanced sweet and detailed top end. From the reviews I've read online it's been very well received.
  14. Sorry to hear that @bencat A reminder to all to look after our ears. I hope it improves for you. I understand listening to music at low levels can help.
  15. The first thing I do with any new cable in my system is to rest my electrically noisy laptop power cable across it and put my ear to the speaker and listen for any noise/hum/buzz. Anything other than complete silence and the cables gets returned/sold. Try it! It will be interesting to know if audiophile usb, speaker, or interconnect cables conduct any noise from a noisy laptop power cable touching it.
  16. I don't think Rob Watts is saying that. I understand him to mean all CERTIFIED usb cables will sound the same with HIS dacs. That's certainly true in my experience with Hugo TT. Though Hugo TT has galvanic isolation on USB and I use a battery powered energy efficient laptop I've tried a few different certified cables and no way would I be able to tell the difference blind.
  17. Haha I might have tried D7 if my room was big enough.
  18. What is the jewel in the crown of your hifi system and why? The one item you really don't want to live without. For me it's a close-run between my Chord Hugo TT DAC and Spendor 2/3 speakers. Ultimately though it has to be my Spendor 2/3 speakers. The speakers for me make the biggest difference to the sound and the 2/3 are a perfect fit for me and my room. They just sound so natural and effortless. The bass doesn't hang around and times really well, remarkable for a large ported stand mount, the port is very benign. They can sound dynamic and exciting as well as beautiful and beguiling. Vocals and acoustic instruments sound as real as I've heard. Top end is smooth and un-hyped yet doesn't seem to lose any resolution or detail. They are forgiving. I love them.
  19. Couldn't agree more. I've never purchased anything blind from a dealer. I'd love to try it though, sounds like fun. I'd probably feel a little uncomfortable sitting there for hours with a blindfold on. Many dealers don't see themselves as mail order companies yet for me the best way to try and compare gear is in the comfort of my own familiar room. Dealer demos are perhaps best for shortlisting but I wouldn't make a final decision based on it.
  20. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning.
  21. You were right, I emailed and asked him He said his two favourite USB cables are the AudioQuest Diamond and the Curious USB. Favorite computers are Apple MacBook Pro, fav app is Audirvana.
  22. The thing is I actually believe USB cables can sound different. However, I also believe any USB certified cable in my system would sound identical. It depends on the system and the cable.
  23. Not convinced. I interpret the news to be about the dacs. The cables appear to be a promo.
  24. Thanks. Not clear if that is just a shop promo or a recommendation by Rankin himself.
  25. Which one and for which dac? I'm struggling to find anything on the web.