Newton John

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  • Digital Source 1
    Klimax DSM
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    Roon ROCK NUC
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    Klimax Kat Ex/boxes
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    Klimax Solos not Dyn
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Thanks, Paul. That’s good know. It seems that, in terms of Linn’s pricing, the Exaktbox-i is a snip at £5,000.
  2. I am struggling to understand Linn’s pricing for the Exakt Akudoriks. They currently retail at around £17,500. Yet the passive Akudoriks (if they were still available) and an Exaktbox-i which appears to be essentially the same kit in separate boxes would total around £10,000. The difference of £7,500 seems a high price to have the electronics put in a pair of stands. There is an even greater differential between the Dorik Stand Exakt Upgrade at £13,200 and the Exaktbox-i which does the same job. Am I missing something here? Are the electronics in the Exakt Akudoriks of a much higher quality than the Exaktbox-i?
  3. Thanks for your comments guys. I have noticed that when watching TV with sound on stereo speakers, it is essential to sit on the axis through the TV. As you move off axis, the dialogue moves with you away from the TV. I suspect one of the main jobs the centre channel does is to lock the dialogue where you expect to be in near the TV for all listening position. If that is the case, the centre channel may be less important for listening to music alone
  4. I have Roon Rock NUC that can play FLAC, DSD files etc into an HDMI on the DSM. Similarly, I watch TV (BBC iPlayer, Netfix, etc) using apps on a Sony X800 that converts to PCM. Therefore, I can get away without the surround module which I might add later. I already have the HDMI module. Many thanks for the excellent suggestions. Also, thank you Suffolkboy. I hadn’t thought of the 520s. I can see I’m going to give this a lot more thought. The problem with trading in the Komris and Klimax gear is that the values are so low it is hard to make it work. I really need to see how they sound in my new room. One possibility would be to change to two pairs of two way speakers. Thus I could split the Exaktboxes and power amps between fronts and surrounds. Maybe I should dip my toe in the water with an Exaktbox-i with a view to replacing the Ninkas as surrounds with a second hand Akudoriks at a later stage.
  5. Thinking ahead to after an imminent house move, I am considering adding Exakt surround speakers to my current Exakt stereo system for both music and TV sound. I wouldn’t bother with TV much myself, but I have to compromise with my wife who prefers it to music. This all touches on some of the issues previously discussed here so I thought my ponderings may be of interest. I already have some of the extra gear needed to achieve this in the form of a pair of Ninkas, C2200 and AV5105 power amplifiers, Exaktbox Sub and Sizmik 12.45 subwoofer. Hopefully, it can be done cost effectively. I am going to try to get away with no centre cannel given the high cost of matching it to my stereo set up. I have tried in the past before Exakt with an Aktiv Ekwal and the mismatch was jarring. I see two obvious paths I could follow: Akurate Exaktbox-i or Akurate Exaktbox 6. The ExB-i route would cost a little over £4,000 net because it has its own internal power amplification so I could sell the C2200 and AV5105. The ExB-6 route would cost a maximum of £5,000 to get started. That might ultimately rise to around £7,500, if I added say four more channels of Chakra amplification and Dynamik upgrades. It could be even more than that, if I went for the latest Akurate amplifiers. The ExB-i route is a cost effective one box solution. I have already had a demo of the AExB-i in my system with the Ninkas as surrounds and it worked well (despite the handicap of a blown tweeter). I thought it was an amazing little box of tricks. On the other hand, the ExB-6 route may offer better sound quality owing to the separate boxes and greater power rating for the amplifiers, albeit at considerably more cost to get the best out of it. The question I am asking myself is which path should I follow: the elegant one box solution or the more intrusive one that maximises sound quality? Is absolute sound quality that important in a surround system given that most music is only available in two channel form? Is the more expensive route using a sledgehammer to crack a nut? Might it eventually cost so much that I end up thinking I should have gone for Exakt Akudoriks with internal amplification and no separate electronics or obtrusive speaker cables? Incidentally, my dealer argued that surround might be a distraction from my enjoyment of high end stereo. Having said that, he was impressed with our surround experiment with the ExB-i and Ninkas. Our friend, Paulsurround advises allowing time to assess the stereo system in the new room before making any changes or additions. This is good advice, but I never could resist reading ahead. Sorry, if this post is too long winded. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated. Regards, John
  6. Ultimately, the only opinion that really matters is your own. You need to listen for yourself - none of us here can do that for you.
  7. Hope it's ok to interrupt your thread to ask this related question. Apologies it not. When entering the position of a loudspeaker in Sound Optimisation, the measurements are taken from the outside front corner. I've taken that to mean the right of the right speaker and the left of the left speaker. What is the correct place to measure the position of a single mono or LFE subwoofer from? Many thanks.
  8. Enjoy your upgrade, Paul. It'll be fantastic. One way or another, I hope to join the Exakt surround club too after I've moved house.
  9. As it happens, I have some blues recordings that were transferred from the original scratchy old 78s to reel to reel by enthusiasts in US during the 1960s. A decade or so later I copied them to cassettes. Then the cassettes were copied to CDRs. More recently, I digitalised the cassettes for second time to FLAC thanks to Doomhammer. I doubt if I’ve lost too much in the process, although I’d love to hear the original 78s on a modern turntable. They are probably worth a small fortune and in the hands of collectors.
  10. I agree that the sound quality of the recordings made with Songcorder are very close that of the turntable. Also, I've preserved by digitalising some old blues recordings I had on tape. I've used Sound Forge to split up the tracks and Mp3tag to add metadata and album covers. The only downside is that turntable technology moves on (eg Urika II and Karousel) and recordings are obviously fixed at the level of the turntable used. To take advantage of LP12 upgrades, they would need to be redone.
  11. Had a vinyl copy of Bop Till You Drop together with his next couple since they were first released. Was one of my favorite albums at the time and I still like it. However, the sound is not the best. For want of a better word, it sounds a little brittle to me. Ry Cooder himself was very disparaging about the sound quality of his early digital recordings.
  12. Now you mention it, I do fondly remember my CD12 after thirteen years. Loved the smoothness of the drawer mechanism. The DS and DSMs don’t have the same class. I considered keeping it when started ripping CDs, but decided it was too expensive to keep for sentimental reasons. Don’t miss having the discs cluttering up the room. By now, the room would be all shelving. I am happier to have them boxed up in the loft.
  13. If you have an existing device like a laptop or pc that can run Roon, the only cost of trying out Roon for a year is the subscription to Roon. Therefore, there's not a lot to lose by giving it a prolonged trial beyond the free period. That way you could find out the pros and cons and whether they are significant for you. Then you will be in a better position to decide whether you want to take it further possibly with a Nucleus or a ROCK NUC or whatever. There is a great deal of flexibility about which way to go in the long term. There's no question of things going wrong anyway as Kelly has explained about RAAT and Linn. Also, I wouldn't let the fact that some us hear a sound difference put you off. Others don't so it may not be significant for your system. In any case, it would have to be weighed up against the functional advantages of Roon.
  14. Quite apart from the Airplay issue you mention, Linn Streaming, as Roon call it, is not fully supported by Roon. It does work, but some Linn users find that using Roon leads to a poorer sound quality. Whether or not this is significant and a deal breaker is a matter of personal judgement. At present, I am still undecided and use Roon with a ROCK NUC core alongside Kazoo. My dilemma is that, the doubt about sound quality aside, I think Roon is fantastic. It really needs a prolonged trial to reveal how amazing its functionality is. I didn't fully get it during the free trial period and rejected it at first. Later, I came back to it when Qobuz integration was added a couple of years ago. This was what swung it for me. Plus, it gets round the inability of Linn DSM/DS/Hubs to play surround files. Possibly, Roon is less appealing for those who listen to a lot of vinyl. Switching back from Roon to other sources such a turntable or a TV can be a little cluncky. Whether it represents value for money is again a matter for personal judgement. I find that Roon has encouraged me to use Qobuz more and I am spending less on discs and downloads. This saving more than mitigates the cost of Roon and Qobuz. As far as I aware, there's nothing to rival Roon at present.