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    2250 + 212 (Bedroom)
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    350A + 345 (Lounge)
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Amusingly, I did actually join Facebook not long after it sprung into existence and back in these day, it was really quite fun communicating with my friends (typically by depositing home drawn cartoon style 'story lines' on their pages) but as time marched on, I could see it becoming more and more of an unpleasant space and these days, I regard it as being a force for evil. Actually, come to think about it, I must have deleted all my personal data - leaving the account active so nobody could re-use my name - and set a crazy long password (and I didn't note it down) then logged out for the last
  2. Hi Back in the day, I remember someone at Linn (actually, I think it was Murray Smith) telling me that the original KDS chassis designer enjoyed designing it such that everything just fitted (machining spaces for components that stood tall off the PCB). The one issue I do vaguely recall was that the top section had - I think - two cylinders machined out such that the case just fitted over the two large electrolytic capacitors on the original SMPS (switched mode power supply) board and that this was what caused the main problem when they brought out the Dynamik; its changed component layou
  3. Hi Folks Apologies for the lengthy delay. Paul did send me an electric mail thingy but I was fighting with tech at the time (radio, not audio) and although promised to respond later, I completely forgot to so do. It's quite a few years ago when I stumbled across this issue (it was - of course - when I ran the original KDS) and thus please excuse any inaccuracies in the below text (AKA apologies to the Linn folks if anything below is technically incorrect) but here's a little history, followed by an idea that might help in some situations (though not all). Anyhow, the original KDS us
  4. PS I've just read more of the thread and thank you to the others who said hello, too (and a hello back t y'all from me)! Bri
  5. Hi All good here, thank you! I've been shielding my old mum for the last 12 months (and she sleeps in the lounge all day) so the only chance I have to play music is when I'm making dinner (the Klimax system's been used about twice in the past 12 months and the Akurate system has been switched off for over a year). The attached photo shows my latest Hi-Fi system (typically playing the Amazon 90s dance music channel) and though there's no SO to tweak it, I have carefully tuned it by optimising the position and - of course - by optimising the quantity of soap powder in its stand (I'm pretty
  6. PS Yes, I agree with Dasher about there being potential customers for a £30K source + system controller (he posted as I was still typing the above and I don't see an edit button to add that to my text). Incidentally, does anyone know if Linn still have AKM DACs in stock (https://www.akm.com/eu/en/about-us/news/information/20210122-information/) or are current DS's hard to get (I have a friend who's pondering a Katalyst Selekt or an ADSM)? Sorry if this has been covered to death earlier on this forum but I haven't been here for a very long time. Briain
  7. Hi Interesting to watch and great to see some of my friends at Linn Products (haven't seen anyone for years). I had previously speculated (both on the old Linn forum and directly to other Linn owners that I know) that the KDSM should really be built into a double-height box (something like a CD12 size, perhaps) to facilitate far better screening between the analogue and digital stages (which I've often suspected might be why the KDS sounded better than the KDSM) and also to facilitate additional AF transformers for sub users, so it was quite cool to see that's now happening. The reason I
  8. Hi Mike On paper, disk hibernation sounds like a pretty cool idea, but unfortunately, the reality is somewhat more complex (and then some). Many moons ago, I used my current backup NAS as the main unit and inside it is 5 enterprise grade disks in a RAID 6 array. It is an Intel Atom based unit and when you add the CPU power draw to the 5 enterprise disks, it totals to a significant chunk of wasted power. With that in mind, I used hibernation, but I noticed that it was spinning up and down many times per day, despite me not actually accessing it. I spent a while getting things as
  9. The main thing is not to move the unit (at all) whilst the disks are still spinning, but once they've spun down and the heads have parked they can withstand being transported. I do have an off-site backup NAS and every few months I do drive an up to date NAS to the site and retrieve the one needing updated, but I must admit to packing it in a foam lined box and belting that into one of the car's passenger seats (if I had a baby seat, the NAS would get strapped into that and the baby would just get chucked into the boot / trunk)*. It astonishes me to see how poorly wrapped modern disks are
  10. Hi Folks I recently noticed a surprising forum thread (link below) about some of this year's WD Red NAS grade disks using SMR (a system unsuited for use in RAID arrays). A few years ago, WD went through a really 'bad patch' (with WD Blue, Green and Black disks failing in RAID arrays) which resulted in many NAS forum members completely losing trust in WD (not just on the Qnap forum; I recall many other communities coming to the same conclusion) and some of the senior ones swearing that they'd never use WD products ever again. Due to that fiasco, it took quite a while before some of us took
  11. Hi Many years ago, I bought one for occasional use (from RS); it's served me very well and it's very easy to read. It came with an initial calibration chart and from memory, it was well within the +/- 6% limits, but of course, it is now way past time that I had it re-calibrated. Though it's advertised as being 1 Nm to 6 Nm, it is actually settable between about 0.5 Nm and 6 Nm and from a rough test that I rigged up back in the day, it did seem to perform okay at settings from 0.5 Nm to 1 Nm, but I've never needed to torque anything much below about 1 Nm. https://uk.rs-online.com/web/
  12. Hi Ben Ah, I apologise; I'd only quickly looked and assumed there was a course scale there (perhaps out of shot) and yes, it isn't immediately obvious how to read that one. I'd need to see it from a different position (in terms of view angle and setting). I can see at the bottom of the plastic ring a '4' at the end of a longer horizontal line (i.e. than the point something horizontal lines) and at first I assumed that was the course number (just because I could see it) but on closer inspection of the photo, it looks like there are yet another 3 of these longer horizontal lines above that
  13. Hi It's best explained by a demonstration; see the vernier torque wrench video here (just the first one I found, but it tells the story just fine): There's also a great video of a vernier caliper here: A couple of my friends have recently purchased cheap digital calipers, but I like using the traditional variant as shown above, though I must admit that having a digital one could be quite handy as assuming it had big enough digits, it would almost certainly save me the >30 minutes/measurement that it typically takes me to find my blinking reading glasses! C
  14. As a really cool 'thought experiment', over the [many] years I've often pondered having a system with speakers located either side of a fireplace (sadly, I don't have a fireplace in my current house) and the fitting of two bass units into the chimney stack (Isobarik style) with the fireplace itself acting as a nice horn type arrangement to match from chimney to room. If nothing else, it would be a seriously fun experiment to try, but it would be key to first have the chimney swept (not for its frequency response, but to lessen its soot content) otherwise the first bass-heavy tune would likely
  15. Yes, thinking back there was an Ikea amplifier rack against the front wall and Phil easily managed to fit between the Akubariks and the rack without issue (and after all the curry and ales, likely he's been piling on the pounds) so the space behind the Akubariks must have been really quite ample. Of course, I am only jesting (poking some fun as payback for him giving me such a load of grief regarding my taste in lounge carpet design choice) and indeed, for those who haven't yet met him, I should point out that despite all the ale and curry inputs, Phil is actually remarkably a slender chap (we
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