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About Eldarboy

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    Experienced Wammer

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  • Location
    Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Real Name
    Lewis Silvestri

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    Akurate Exakt DSM
  • Digital Source 2
    ExaKtbox 10 Katalyst
  • DAC
    Sonos Port
  • Pre-Amp
    Shunyata Denali/1 PC
  • Power Amp/s
    2 x A 4200 + AV5105
  • My Speakers
    Linn Akurate 242
  • Headphones
    Sennheiser HD800/Oppo HA-1
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. 1. Akurate system with 242 loudspeakers. (LP12 long gone). 2. Listened to a Linn system and it was easily the best sounding when compared to other brands. 3. The detailed sound with great separation is much loved. 4. The fact that I have to play around with SO to achieve it is still immensely frustrating. It should, after proper speaker placement, sound exceptional out of the box, not shite as it does. 5. Many of us would be happy to see Linn develop an affordable headphone amplifier.
  2. Do you not have an on/off button on any devices?🤣😂🤣
  3. It is always great to try new stuff for improved SQ: and this is where the "hobby" part of our shared passion is to be found. In many respects, my system seems to be on the "point of diminishing returns". As well, all of these improvements are to enhance the direct objective: to listen to the music. I always focus on the music part and, perhaps, my "seeking and trying" involves new recordings and new sounds, but I admit to the occasional moments of playing around with things [cables, SO V2, placements, etc.] to scratch the itch of the "audiophile". I suppose it is a balanced path I try to tread....or try to.
  4. As a follow-up to my previous post, I have been using the B&W Pi7s for about two months now. They have "loosened and are broken-in". They are significantly better than when I first got them. The bass is deeper and more resonant; the sound stage has expanded and there is much space between the instruments and the vocals. There is great clarity and detail. Ultimately, they are worth every penny spent.
  5. So, I take it you are not one of those who would have had Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings simply get Gandalf to let him hop on the back of a giant eagle and drop the ring into the fire, reducing the film to about 12 minutes, including credits? 😂😂😂
  6. Sadly, Linn seems uninterested in configurations that allow for music streaming services to work seamlessly with their kits. I frequently use Primephonic and to get the best out of it, I have purchased a Sonos Port. One nice thing about the Port is that it allows you to use most available streaming services. I had a three month trial of Amazon and there was nothing special about it. I just signed up for a trial of Apple Music, and there is nothing special about it. Tidal works well as my “all-purpose” (read “my partner’s”) music: it sounds better than the others. This may be because it emanates directly from the ADSM and is not streamed through the Port.
  7. I have just auditioned the new Klimax hub with a pair of Katalyst “Aktiv” Akubariks: I am familiar with their sound signature through Paul’s, and they still have some 242 in them. I will be moving out and living in a large cardboard box that once housed my neighbors’ refrigerator so that I can afford to purchase a hub in two years or so😂😂 Everything reported about it is understated. Many thanks to Chris at Elite Audio’s Kleinburg location for the safe, comfortable and welcoming experience. This Klimax is definitely on my radar and in my long term (1-2 year) upgrade plan😳😵‍💫😆👍🥳🥳
  8. For the top end, a great test to your system is Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair”. It is extremely difficult to get a system to give the song a magical, airiness that it requires.
  9. Actually, as a "comic in all seriousness", the Sanctus from Charles Gunoud's Mass for St. Cecilia is a great piece for checking out the depth of your system. There are some very deep drum bass notes that will make their way across the floor and shake the room in a good system.
  10. I find this piece by John Cage to be most illuminating: It really allows any system to settle-in, warm-up, and be ready for what thunderously may follow. If you listen carefully, you will catch a subtle shift in the dynamics at the 3’16” mark. The great thing about this piece is that you hear something different every time you play it through your speakers. 😂😂🥳
  11. But this thread is not about you. It is about a new product developed by Linn’s one time partner Naim. That is all.
  12. Ultimately, we arrive at the point where we can't say one set up is better sounding than another, they simply sound different and the one satisfies your ears more than the other. I have heard 242s fully exalted with katalyst and SO(my system), and driven one by Klimax solos, both with and without SO. All sound damned good, one is preferable to my ears over another.
  13. That is an odd hierarchy. There are very few who would rank an online streaming source ahead of a streamed flac file of the same music, apples to apples (bit rate & frequency). In fact, streaming sources like Tidal sound two dimensional when compared to a flac file streamed from a NAS. You might check your NAS for issues if it sounds so poor.
  14. I had tried that (yes). I have looked at and fiddled with all else. Thanks.
  15. Yes. It is definitely the same side on both amps that is exhibiting behaviour unbecoming of a Linn product with so few years of service.
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