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  1. There's a follow up video, dealing with MQA's feeble response. .
  2. You are quite right and provide perfect self evidence of that, with regard to your view on the subject matter, railway rolling stock procurement. z
  3. Thank you for your courtesy, but I'm afraid with regard to railway rolling stock procurement, you are so far off reality that your reply is a total fantasy. I'll leave it at that.
  4. Where do you think the ££billions have come from to provide the hundreds of new trains (in newspaper speak, thousands of carriages) that have replaced more than three quarters of the old BR rolling stock? All of that has been provided by international private sector capital, allowing the leasing companies and train manufacturers to provide large fleets of modern stock, that could not be afforded otherwise. As for the huge government subsidies to rail, almost all of that goes towards maintenance, renewals and upgrades to the infrastructure, as well as large capital projects, of which there
  5. Pete, there's no denying that some regional areas, particularly in the North of England, have missed out on rail investment and have been left to slowly degrade in service levels. Bear in mind that was ever so, but that's no excuse for not addressing those issues. For example, south of the Manchester airport, people don't know what a Pacer is, apart from those in the S. Wales Valleys and on the Devon and Cornwall branch lines. You mention the East Coast line bail-out. I'm curious. Do you actually know or understand what happened there? It would be interesting to know if you do, or if it's
  6. Just to take two of your points. The provision of passenger services is indeed privatised, i.e. contracted out, but the lazy inaccurate narrative has been that the railway was “”sold off””, or is in “private hands”, when in fact the ownership of the actual railway, the infrastructure, having been sold off in the mid 90’s, was in fact renationalised and brought back into public ownership, a mere 7 years later. The provision of passenger services was only ever subcontracted out. Privatised, only in the sense of who provided the service on behalf of the DfT. As for the record over the
  7. Unfortunately, there's much ignorance and misreporting about the structure and ownership of the railways, ever since the mid 1990's privatisation. It hasn't been all one continuous situation and there have been several different arrangements over the last 25 years. Britains railways have been in public ownership since the ill fated Railtrack was abolished in 2002. The whole railway infrastructure, tracks, stations, signalling, control of track usage and all the land involved, belongs to Network Rail, which is a public body. i.e. the railways are already Nationalised. Apart from
  8. The VAT changes within the EU are coming later this year anyway and will present similar issues across intra-EU consumer trade, if the seller isn't geared up for the new regime.
  9. Funny, usually there’s someone or other jumping up and down, shouting “ made in China”, Hegel are another brand proving that you can have quality products manufactured in China.
  10. High 5

    Spaghetti

    I’ve just made such a move, on my lounge system. It’s very liberating to remove almost all of the power leads and interconnect cables from the equation and the removal of the speaker cables has not only reduced the visible clutter (despite best efforts to keep them tidy), but has fully satisfied the WAF. My minimum configuration now involves one box and it’s single power chord. The speaker’s power chords are discretely hidden and routed to nearby power sockets. Fantastic sound quality as well. 5
  11. Apologies Rabski. I think my motivation was a lame attempt to highlight the absurdity of this whole conversation....and no I haven’t bought one. Even if I was a billionaire I would no more waste money any of these cables, than I would buy aftermarket diamond encrusted square shaped wheels for my Bugatti Veyron. 5
  12. Siltech Triple Crown power cable - 1.5 metre long at £16,690.00 https://www.analogueseduction.net/mains-cables/siltech-triple-crown-power-cable.html 5
  13. Clearly a lot of them reside on this forum.
  14. As the true cost of producing these, in reasonable volume, would literally be a few pounds max, I can’t see that being an issue on a product selling for several hundred , if not thousands of pounds. Precisely. There is nothing to be gained. Arguably it could be detrimental to their marketing effort. Jumping on a bandwagon? If those cables made any different, they’d be included as standard. As for Naim , the less said the better. Their power supply upgrade option shouts to me “we are selling you a product we’ve deliberately nobbled by included a less than optimal vital compone
  15. Something nobody has mentioned. There are dozens, if not hundreds of companies in the “audiophile” space, selling electronic HiFi components (such as amps and DACs), competing and staking their reputations on the sonic qualities of their wares. To my knowledge, I can’t recall a single one of them promoting the sonic attributes of the power leads they supply with their products. If there was anything in this, you would have thought that at least one of them would have taken a chance, tried to get the edge over their competitors, included a fancy power lead in the box and mentioned the fac
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