DavidHB

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    Isle of Wight, UK
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    David

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  • Turn Table
    Linn LP12
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ekos SE/1, Krystal
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Urika II
  • Digital Source 1
    Klimax Exakt DSM
  • Digital Source 2
    Kiko
  • DAC
    Akurate Exaktbox 10
  • Pre-Amp
    Akurate Exaktbox 10
  • Power Amp/s
    Akurate 4200s/2200
  • My Speakers
    Akubariks (active)
  • Headphones
    Grado PS500
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Which URL were you using? Was it the same as in my .m3u playlist, that is http://icy-4.radioparadise.com/flac David
  2. The suspicion is always that ISP-supplied 'free' routers (1) are made down to a price and (2) come with settings that suit the ISP's convenience (i.e. minimise the number of support calls), rather than the user's needs. Routers that have to compete directly in the marketplace have nowhere to hide. David
  3. Good news; fingers crossed that it stays that way. Did you fit the new router? David
  4. That's all quite fascinating, because my experience has been in some respects the same as yours and in other respects exactly the opposite. I started with an ADSM/0, which I upgraded to /1 standard, and ran with the A2200 amp and Passive Akubariks I still have. I upgraded to Exakt using the component approach, partly because of what I already had and partly because Linn were doing a summer offer - an A4200 for the price of an A2200, and I needed two of them. Jumping ahead, I upgraded my Exaktbox 10 to/1 standard as soon as that option was available, and I'd say that it was the single biggest step change in quality in my system, though I did of course have to do all the other things first to get to the Katalyst upgrade. Thus far, our experience is pretty much the same. But, before Katalyst was released, my dealer demonstrated a KDSM in my Exakt system, which, to my surprise and that of the friends who were also present, was a significant improvement even in the Exakt configuration. (Its quality in the A to D department also paved the way for me to replace my Basik TT with an LP12, but that is another story.) So I part exchanged my ADSM for an ex demo KEDSM, with which I am still very happy. In that respect, and for reasons I cannot even guess at, my experience is exactly (or should that be Exaktly?) the opposite of yours. I don't ever see myself replacing my Exaktbox and amplifiers with their Klimax counterperts, as that would offer far too little sound quality benefit for the huge cost. So I'm actually very happy with a mixed economy system, the opposite, in other words, of your conjecture as to how components are best combined. Of course, one swallow does not make a summer; there are going to be differing views. But it's interesting to start a discussion with such a complete antithesis. David
  5. No, never a schoolmaster, just a pedant. That one I couldn't resist ... I think that I managed to get past 4,000 posts on the old Linn forum. All gone now. David
  6. As the instructions warn you against platter movement in both words and pictures, the answer to that question is probably yes. It's just that platter movement is easier to prevent when all you are doing is gently lowering the stylus into a pot of gel. David
  7. The REL subwoofer I had for a while was a T-1. The instructions made it clear that the sub was intended for both stereo and home theatre use, and I was very happy with the way it worked in conjunction with the Majik 109s, especially once Space Optimisation made adjustment easier. It took the Akubariks I still have to replace the M109/T-1 combination in my affections. David
  8. That's always going to be a matter of personal opinion. Have you heard your speakers with either an Akurate System Hub (or its AEDSM predecessor) or a Klimax System Hub (or KEDSM)? And have you heard the "component" alternative to your speakers (Akurate Exaktbox 10/1, 2 x Akurate 4200 plus an Akurate 2200, Akubarik Passive made Aktiv)? In my opinion, the latter system (which I have) does have a bit more clarity and spatial definition than the integrated Exakt Akubariks without losing any of the Akubariks' ability to produce engaging music. Some people would of course say that a Klimax standard LP12, Klimax Kontrol, Klimax Solos and a pair of Komris is the most musical system Linn have ever produced. I've never heard that particular setup (though I'd like to!), so I'm not in a position to judge. But the example does illustrate that the list of contenders for the title you propose is almost endless. David
  9. If that's US dollars and the condition is as new, that's a reasonable price. Certainly enough; I managed with one, with no ambition to double up, for 25 years. You'll find plenty of folk here who argue that two are better, but they both need to be positioned close to the respective primary speakers for best results. A single sub allows more freedom of positioning, albeit with some compromise if the sub is remote from the primary speakers or off to one side. Exakt, with its time of flight correction, makes a better job of compensating for this than the phase adjustment on the sub. Not without reason (I speak from sometimes frustrating experience). SO made the process easier. Exakt/SO+ makes it easier stil. Once you have the positioning sorted out - which may be a question of practicalities more than anything - and you have the subwoofer set up in SO, the only adjustment you will need to set by ear is the gain on the sub. There, the art is to set it at a level where you can't hear it separately, but you miss it as soon as it's switched off. There is useful information at https://docs.linn.co.uk/wiki/index.php/ExaktBox_Sub. David
  10. In REL's early days (which some people feel were their great days), BK made the electronics of REL subwoofers. The companies started with quite similar philosophies, though REL devices are aimed at both the audio and home cinema markets; BK is mainly for audiophiles and a bit more traditional in its approach. I have heard some models from both manufacturers, but not enough to prefer one brand as a whole over the other. My instinct is that the available RELs are likely to be the better complement for your fast and lively 212s than much of the BK range, as well as being locally available. If you can get an Exaktbox Sub and find, say, a pair of second hand REL T5s (for which there are dedicated filters in the Exaktbox Sub), I reckon you would be on the money - bass extension without loss of responsiveness. David
  11. Nah. The goal is that the music is so enthralling that you forget that you are even using a device to play it, never mind how that device works or what it cost. David
  12. I know what you mean. Is the stickiness of the goo, the vibration of the ultrasound or the abrasion of the green paper going to cause the least/most damage? FYI, the gel in the 617a has almost a solid feeling surface, very sticky to the touch, but not at all damp. You are supposed to place the jar on the platter, lower the stylus tip (only) into the gel, and immediately lift it up again, repeating the process a few times if necessary. I find that, on my Ekos SE/1, the lift/lower device does not provide sufficient clearance for this process, so, with the arm on its rest, I lower the mechanism and then do the lowering and lifting by hand, making sure that nothing moves apart from the arm itself. This is easier than the very careful positioning required for the 637, with the danger of movement when you use the somewhat stiff slide switch. David
  13. FLAC can of course be at resolutions even higher than the maximum 192kHz/24 bit that Linn DS(M)s (and the Urika II) can handle, though AFAIK the amount of recorded material available at 384kHz and above is infinitesimal. I certainly find that, while the difference between an LP in good condition and digital material at CD quality and below is most definitely audible, at the higher resolutions it becomes more difficult to make out. I think that, in choosing 192/24 as the resolution at which they would digitise analogue inputs in the Klimax and Akurate DSMs, Linn probably made a good call. David