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  1. Thanks to the slowing of COVID-19 and vaccines, I have finally been able to come out to visit Paul. As usual, he has tinkered and fiddled, and with a keen ear, has improved the sound quality of his system. I have been fortunate to hear his system pretty much every year or so, and know what has been accomplished. He has made many changes over the past two years, and one that stands out is the addition of Vicoustic bass traps and other wall treatments.  When I arrived, we had a very nice listening session: this is the first hearing of his Akudoriks as rear channel speakers [which, as is consistent in our ability to cause one another to spend money we don't have 😅, that I had put him on to]. Yet again, he has managed to find another level of sonic excellence for his system. Each recording exhibited great detail, fine rhythm and pace; a massive sound-stage is to be heard with deep, resonance in each note conveyed.

    The next morning, Paul asked for help to finally switch the fuse in his Forrester F1 power supply for his Bonn 8 network switches. On his encouragement/advice, I too have an F1 and Bonn 8, and indeed they have made a valuable improvement to my system. Paul has two Bonn 8s, and hearing them, I will eventually add a second one to my system when I feel the need to upgrade. Anywho, Paul had discussed with me a few months ago the Synergistic Research Never Compromise SR.Quantum.Orange fuse he and our friend Al purchased to use in their F1s. Al switched his out immediately, and both he and Paul reported a significant positive difference. [More on Al's system later].

    Let me preface further elucidation by saying that Paul had offered to purchase one for me at a nicely reduced price. They are $240CDN MRSP. I, of course, being of sound mind and body, immediately, but politely replied, "let me think about it; I may get one down the road some time": which is my polite Canadian way of saying, " Not an F# chance in hell am I paying that much money for a fuse that will likely make 0 difference to the SQ".

    I helped Paul make the change, and.........WOW WOW WOW. To begin with, the bass went from being punched to being kicked--with two feet😳

    There was, I would estimate, a 20% improvement on every aspect of the SQ: greater detail: a mellotron appeared in one of his test songs [a Steely Dan recording] that neither of us had heard before; voices in the Akudoriks sounded more refined, clearer and stronger: he had not increased the volume. During the testing, the volume had to be reduced to get the same volume we had been listening to before the fuse change. Everything had more depth and resonance. Wallace Stevens' line: "I do not know which to prefer, the beauty of inflections, or the beauty of innuendo; the blackbird whistling, or just after" came to mind as the notes, "just after" remained suspended in the air a tad longer than before. It was difficult for me to imagine that his system the night before could be improved much, if at all, and low, said improvement occurred with a dime sized fuse: who would have thunk? Needless to say, on my coercive "suggestion", Paul immediately called Vince to see if he had one in stock that I could purchase: fortunately one was available🥳🥳🤠

    We spent the rest of the day visiting friends, who too have wonderful stereos.

    First we visited Peter, PDW. If I lived in Vancouver, I would likely spend much time in his company [if he would have me]. His mercurial, erudite and artistic nature is concomitant with mine, as is our taste in music: classical, opera, etc. He has managed to set up his lovely Akudorik ExaKt system with a full spec Akurate LP12. He has added a sub-woofer [Linn Sizmik], as well as Vicoustic bass traps and diffusers, and his system sounds wonderful. I brought out a few LPs I still have in my dwindling collection for him. [As some of you know, I sold off my LP12 many years ago]. I managed to find a few pristine recordings to bring to him as a gift: included is Solti's Rheingold. Much to Paul's consternation, we put on the first act. Indeed it sounded sublimely beautiful. There was such a smooth conveyance of all. Indeed, I do miss the sound of the LP12 [analogue], however, selections and trade-offs had to be made.....🤔 Peter's system is one that would excite the ears of any music lover: cheers to him for the level he has brought his music listening to with the combination of SO2, room treatments, and the addition of the F1 & Bonn 8, etc.

    We then went to visit Vince so I could purchase the SR.Quantum fuse. As a distributor, he has some wonderful kits on display and set up to hear. Before I get into the speaker I heard, the CUBE cross-over-less one drive units made in Poland, I must comment on the Silent Angel Munich M1 streamer. Coupled with the Forrester F1, it is a magnificent streamer: the sound quality is top shelf and, when compared to a $30K unit from Germany [crayon audio] , the M1 was so close in SQ, that it would be an easy selection to make. I plan on getting this unit for my son once he is in a place of his own, and not rooming with others. The CUBE speakers were an ear-opener: terrific top and bottom notes, super punch in the bass line, terrific separation and clarity: these would be at the top of my list for a two channel speaker without a doubt. Many thanks to Vince for his hospitality and making the fuse available to me.

    We then visited Al, whose system I have heard over many years. He replaced last year his Linn 242s for PCM Fact8 Signature speakers. He has an Akurate DSM ExaKt system driven by two Linn Klimax Solos. He too has added some nice Vicoustic room treatments as well: they certainly make a solid improvement. He too has developed a most impressive sounding system that would be the envy of most music lovers. His passion, like Paul's, to maximize the SQ in his system is evident, and his hospitality is first-rate. I was fortunate to enjoy a great breakfast with him, as well as spend an afternoon walking through Pacific Spirit Forest yesterday on our way to sample some locally brewed IPAs.

    Today, we visited Craig, Craigas. I used to see him back in Ontario, but he is now in Vancouver: it was so nice to see an old friend. On our way, we wandered by Kitsilano beach, Grandville market, and had lunch on the patio to enjoy this sunny, warm day.  Craig has been able to get his ExaKt Akudoriks with KDSM to sound magnificent given the very difficult space he must manage. His system has wonderful sound that is resonant and nicely detailed.

    Most important to all of this is the dear friendship Paul and I share: we spend the days laughing and smack-talking one another. He makes me feel like I live here all the time: his hospitality is gracious and warm. We have been getting out for long walks, discussing everything and anything: all interjected with much mirth. As is always the case with close friends who live afar, one wishes the distance was not so much, nor so costly to traverse.

    Many thanks to my dear partner Anju, who spent the day before I left baking peanut butter,  and almond cookies, along with almond flour dark chocolate brownies with pecans to help Paul in his efforts to resist everything but temptation.

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  2. I had a similar experience several years ago. A friend who played in local touring bad [festivals, bars, etc.] came over and asked to hear "Nights in White Satin". Part way through, he blurted out "Holy Crap; that is the first time I have ever heard that guitar in the background. I know it is there because we play it. I have never heard that from any stereo or radio in my life". And that is the essence of Linn: to hear it all and just listen.

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  3. While it might be a good thing, it is also a bad thing. As a Primephonic supporter, not only have I [and I likely speak for all Primephonic users] lost all my saved favourites and playlists, I have also lost their newly created Forum that was a magnificent place. There was no bickering fighting nor ego wrestling matches [sadly, that cannot be said the same for this site/forum]. People were respectful, kind, polite and erudite. Any discussion about music often included references to literature, art, history, etc. and all references were recognized by some in the thread and genuinely engaging conversations occurred. Many of us had developed new friendships around the world. It was shut down without notice: we never even had a chance to share email addresses with those we wanted to keep in communication with. It was a sad and sordid end to what was a very good streaming service. Its curators did a magnificent job in selecting new and old albums to post each day/week. They also contributed positively to the forum and addressed app issues as quickly as possible. Now, it will be on to the behemoth that is Apple: the support-less, indifferent beast that listens to its clients as well as Astell & Kern: and that, of course, is not at all. 

  4. You may have a problem with your altered AV5140s. You might have to somehow identify it as an Espek, however the serial numbers you need to put in to configure them may not take, and this may be a problem. As I recall, the only identifiers available in an ExaKtbox configuration is a change to the soft domed tweeters. As Zee9 has pointed out. You may wish to consult Linn before you start spending 🤓

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  5. Does anyone mind if I simply CLAIM that I am going to order a new KDSM so I can rack up rep points? I always thought they were given because you actually helped someone with information. Perhaps I should simply mention that I have, for example, a Klimax level LP12 (in part) to get a point for every time I mention it?

    😳😂😵💫

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  6. On 29/07/2021 at 13:05, akamatsu said:

    I think I really just want to get the money spent so that I stop thinking about it. :D

    If the funds are burning a hole in your pocket, you are welcome to e-transfer them to me. I will happily then purchase the KH, and patiently await its arrival, smiling all the while.:D

  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 4 hours ago, MickC said:

    For me it’s not about endings, it’s the journey. I’ll probably watch a familiar film every month or so.

    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? 😂😂😂

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  10. 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.

  11. 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😳😵💫😆👍🥳🥳

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  12. 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. xD
     

    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. 😂😂🥳

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  13. 6 hours ago, akamatsu said:

    This thread is an insult to LP12 (no hyphen) owners, especially Klimax LP12 owners, and especially Klimax LP12 owners who happen to know a little about engineering design. You don't show up with a copied design and better an established product that has been refined for decades through skillful engineering. I suspect this Naim TT was conceived in the marketing department, and it's design focused on being a money grab.

    Edit: Removed redundant redundancy.

    But this thread is not about you.

    It is about a new product developed by Linn’s one time partner Naim. That is all.

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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.

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