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About petecallaghan

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  • Turn Table
    Linn Axis
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Akito AT-VMN95C
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Lejonklou Kinki
  • Digital Source 1
  • DAC
    ESI Gigaport HD+
  • Integrated Amp
    Lejonklou Boazu
  • My Speakers
    Linn Espek limestone
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I don't know the answer to that. I used the DAC in the Kinos at the time, and it was better than the DAC in the AV5103, but now I'd just use the analogue output of a USB DAC into the Kinos
  2. I agree: it's a really good pre amp, especially the blue display DTS version. I had both versions. The Kinos however can be had for not much more and is significantly better than the AV5103
  3. I'm using Linn Espeks. They stuck with me through all the amp changes. I'm very fond of them
  4. My journey started with majik-i, I added an Lk100, then a Kairn, then klouts, then Av5103 pre, then c4200+c2200, then Kinos, then KCT. Now I have a Lejonklou Boazu integrated. Everyone recommends based on their experience, and my recommendation would be to consider a Boazu. Brand new it's over your combined budget for pre and power amps, but used it's probably cheaper, though rare. In my view you'd have to go to klimax level to get a more musical amp. You have a lot of choices for external DAC, but if you're using a PC you can use a USB DAC. I'm using an ESI Gigaport HD+. These are hard to find, but the ESI Gigaport EX is almost as good. The components you use for your PC, hardware and software, have a big impact on musicality. There's a lot of information here: https://www.lejonklou.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=10
  5. That sounds very plausible to me. Quadraspire offer a 'bronze' upgrade that places downward facing bronze spikes that connect to the upright columns. I think I will probably end up buying the Quadraspire parts, and dispensing with the extra shelf.
  6. I tried another experiment, this time with my streamer. I screwed downward facing steel spikes into a 35cm x 35cm x 8mm birch ply and placed it under my streamer, unsecured on the shelf on small pucks. There's nothing to stop the subsidiary shelf from sliding around on the quadraspire shelf, and resistance between the shelf surface and the pucks is pretty small, so it slides easily. I suspect this is bad. This set up made a much bigger difference than my previous experiment and was unequivocally a step backwards. Tonally noticeably harsher and instantly out of tune.
  7. I've tried two experiments with my spare Q4 shelf. First I placed 3 isolation cones on the top shelf, pointing upwards, with the spare shelf on top. This sounded like a step backwards. I went back and forwards a few times, and overall it sounded less engaging, and at times little discordant. I used these: I added some threaded inserts and downward pointing spikes with pucks placed on the stand upright columns instead of the shelf: This sounds as engaging as without the extra shelf, and brings a bit more apparent detail. I am wary of tweaks that bring more detail, as they tend to be fatiguing and ultimately a backwards step. This one is not a big difference. I'll spend a few days listening to hear how it beds in. Right now I want to keep playing, but then again it's one of my favourite LPs...
  8. I have a spare Quadraspire Q4 shelf and I plan experimenting using it with downward facing spikes on top of my Quadraspire rack to support my turntable, which is currently on the top rack. My thinking is that the spikes will further isolate the turntable from vibrations transmitted by the rack. The turntable is pretty well coupled to the shelf by three cylindrical feet with inset circular rubber pads. The rack already stands on spikes, but I can feel the shelves vibrating at high volumes.
  9. Have you considered mounting the spikes on the plywood shelves so that the point sits directly on the steel frame, with a 1mm drilled recess to locate the spike? That way the spike disperses vibration from the frame. With the spike upside down won't it amplify vibrations from the frame to the shelf?
  10. With recent tuning of my set up I am finding music that was previously missable and unengaging is now surprisingly emotive and compelling. I found myself enjoying a David Gilmour solo track!!!! With each significant improvement I find I can enjoy more music that previously was boring.
  11. It's probably the next generation, building up their collection of 'vinyls'. My kids (hmm they're in their 20s now...) are gradually adding classics to their collection of discs. Sadly this means I have contrived over my lifetime to buy some albums more than 5 times over, on different media. ... as an aside, I'm a convert to calling them 'vinyls' now. To my mind the new name emphasises what is unambiguously unique about the medium.
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