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Zen Monkey

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Zen Monkey last won the day on October 8 2016

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About Zen Monkey

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    Experienced Wammer
  • Birthday 02/06/1975

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  • Location
    Welsh Mountains

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    PS Audio DMP SACD
  • DAC
    PSAudio DirectStream
  • Pre-Amp
    MFA BabyReference V2
  • Power Amp/s
    Sugden Sapphire
  • My Speakers
    ProAc Future Point 5
  • Headphones
    Grado RS1
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. WireWorld Silver Starlight 7 HDMI Cable Cable offers approximately 85% of the performance of WireWorld's reference Platinum Starlight 7 (arguably the best HDMI cable in the world) for about 25% of the price. I used the cable between my SACD transport and DAC via I2S connection where it sounded very nice indeed. 0.5 metre length. Specs & Features: HDMI 2.0 18Gbps HDCP 2.2 4K UHD 3D Audio Return Channel Ethernet Channel 10-48 Bit Deep Colour 120-600Hz Refresh Silver Clad OFC Conductors Silver & Gold Connectors 24-Conductor DNA Helix Condition: Excellent condition and perfect working order. Includes instructions, original packaging and zip case. Collection (from north Wales) welcome or will send fully insured via Next Day Special Delivery. Price is £175 delivered. Thank you.
  2. Besides the obvious virtues such as speed and imaging, stand mounts are typically more accommodating regarding room setup and can (usually) be positioned closer to walls than floor standers - and that can really matter in smaller rooms.
  3. I love Gillian Welch. She's a poet.
  4. I recommend the PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player SACD transport. As the name suggests, it's a memory player, so rather than outputting data directly from discs, it instead outputs data from a very low-jitter buffer system. It's pricey but sounds so good and is unique in that when partnered with the DirectSteam DAC, it can play the DSD layer on SACDs which sounds incredible.
  5. Very informative. Thank you.
  6. Siltech G7 Classic Anniversary 330i Balanced Interconnect Cables Stunning sounding interconnects from this most respected cable manufacturer. 0.75 Metre pair (approximately 80cm tip to tip) Factory terminated with Neutrik XLR plugs. RRP: £680 Reviews: https://www.soundstagehifi.com/index.php/equipment-reviews/158-siltech-classic-anniversary-330i-interconnects-and-330l-speaker-cables http://hifi-unlimited.blogspot.com/2009/08/tale-of-three-heavenly-fairy-sisters.html http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0718/Siltech_Classic_Anniversary_Cables_Review.htm Condition: Very good cosmetic condition and perfect working order. Note: I have either misplaced the box containing the certificate of authenticity or they had none when purchased pre-owned (I can't remember which) but if you are interested in the cables, please let me know and I will provide photos of the serial numbers on the barrels for you to forward to Siltech for authentication. Collection welcome or will send fully insured via Next Day Special Delivery. Price is £350 delivered. Thanks.
  7. What are the sonic differences between the Tablette 50 Signature and Tablette Reference Eight Signature? I'm looking for some small speakers to partner a PS Audio Sprout in a bedroom system and have an opportunity of purchasing either model pre-owned for a fair price.
  8. I searched for a pre-owned DirectStream DAC on various sites earlier this year for a few months and the average price is between £3K and 3.5K so please don't be tempted to pay £4K. I was lucky enough in the end to purchase a unit with the optional bridge (mk1) together with the matching PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player SACD transport for £5k so it's worth being patient.
  9. I've a 3.5 metre pair of Chord Odyssey 4 bi-wire speaker factory terminated 4 x banana to 4 x banana (so suitable for bi-amping) going spare. Message me if interested.
  10. The mk2 Bridge, as well as having increased functionality, supposedly sounds better than the original Bridge which sounds inferior to the DirectStream DAC USB input.
  11. Thanks for those. Very nice. I hadn't heard either artist before. Eliza Edens' delivery reminds me of Laura Marling who I adore, particularly her album Once I was An Eagle which I consider a masterpiece.
  12. Amy Speace I love the lyrics to this which has the sea and the shore in conversation with one another.
  13. Thanks for recommending Katherine Priddy. She's really good.
  14. I currently use an Atacama Evoque Eco hi-fi stand but plan on swapping it for an AV stand in order that the components can be placed side by side which will keep the system lower to the ground and increase the free space between the speakers which dramatically improves imaging and depth.
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