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  1. It seems the Akurate/1 line of amps are not the indestructible work horses that Linn gained its reputation with LK series amps. I have two 4200/1 amps and both developed background static & slight buzzhumm noise on the same side of each amp. It is noticeable only when I get close, and only from the tweeter and mid in the 3K array on the 242s; the other side of each 4200 is for the bass drivers, and they are silent. Will wait and see before considering correction, for I don’t notice behind the music: it is not affected by the volume control.
  2. The phrase “snake oil” has been bandied about these parts a fair bit. It must be this of which you speak: https://www.highfidelitycables.com/Nanoparticle/NPS1260.php?utm_campaign=draudio_20210604&utm_content=draudio_20210604_message_a&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zaius&zm64_id=bHNpbHZlc3RyaTRAY29nZWNvLmNh Only $599USD. Act now so you too can be suckered.
  3. As long as you are overwhelmed by the beauty of the music, what does it matter? These kinds of threads are really a “my source is better than your source” competition. As Linn has suggested for years, “just listen”.
  4. No one really cares about your system, except you, Michael; and that is how it should be. Why are you attacking Paul for no reason whatsoever? Your posts illustrate why I rarely view this forum any more. Are invectives and under-handed sleights the best you can do?
  5. You assume that Linn dealers work only with Linn products and therefore have the extraordinary amount of time required to become adept with a Linn system’s fine tuning needs. The reality is that many Linn dealers also sell other equipment, and more of it, so they will spend their time where the best return can be had. There are Linn dealers who simply stock and sell Linn kits, but have not a clue how to measure and set up for SO; not how to use the SO sliders to best effect; nor do they even know what “Tune-dem” means, let alone how to do it. Nice to see you passing underhanded insults at someone who is both passionate a knowledgeable about Linn kits.
  6. I have the metal QED air locks on K600 cabling. They were the plug of choice for my old Linn dealer, Gary. They seem to do an excellent job: they indeed are crimped on with a special tool and, it seems, cannot be reused. The K600 is a massive improvement on the K20, which the 600 replaced. I can’t comment on the 600 vs 400. As much as the K400/600 series are abject failures on the WAF scale, they pass with distinction on your hearing scale
  7. I can attest to both of these systems. I have had the pleasure to listen to them in previous states. While there is a gap between Klimax and Akurate (more relaxed, refined, detailed) it is not a monumental jump (as found between Majik and Akurate). Both Craig and Paul have put a great deal of effort to bring-forth as much as they can from their systems. Indeed, it is amazing at how well Paul’s system does sound: no music is left in the components. Paul has figured out how to get everything to his speakers, and positioned them maximally to deliver it. Kudos to both for their passion about music, and willingness to “tweak” for greatest SQ.
  8. Thanks for all the work to provide such a comprehensive review for us. Are you still planning to sell your car to buy one? After this discussion, I am looking for as large a cardboard box as possible to live in for the next five years so I can afford one.
  9. Get ready for the “expectation bias” crowd to try and publicly shame you. The cables do make a difference to the sound. I am glad you have found a nice improvement.
  10. I use streaming services as an introduction service to music that I go on to purchase. I think of it as like going into an music shop from the 1960's when there were turntables and headphones set up so you could listen to an album or track before you made your purchase. Via Tidal (that I have more for my partner than me) I have gone on to purchase Melody Gardot's recent release of Sunset in the Blue; from Primephonic, Parker Ramsey's recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations performed on Harp. These are the most recent examples of many. One interesting development is that Presto Music Classics, from whom I purchase 95% of my music, has just launched an online service and an attendant streaming app. It stores for you every item you have purchased from them, and makes them available as the highest resolution possible for streaming via their app, or via your computer directly from their website. This is a wonderful way to pay in full for the music, and be able to stream it without the attendant Flac file player, etc.
  11. You need to update to the latest version of Davaar.
  12. Billz, glad to hear all is back to normal. I did the software updates last week. I use only the NAS for music, so never open multimedia. I keep two copies of all my music files as backup separate from the Qnap. It is a pain adding to each whenever I purchase new music, but should I lose it all, I will be grateful for that extra time spent.
  13. Is this the same kind of expectation bias one experiences whenever one brings new gear into their setup, as you will inevitably experience when you (and therefore others) get a new Klimax level hub?
  14. I would think it will be available for both ADSM and ExaKtboxes. It would likely be the current or slightly refined boards with the Organik DAC. It would be a cash-cow for Linn. Most of us would likely do the upgrade; not as many would out and out purchase an entirely new ADSM. I would guess a two year wait before they might be offered.
  15. Thanks for the thorough review. You have given us all something to dream about as sugarplum faeries dance in our heads.
  16. Many years ago, I was in need of an extra input and there was only XLR left on the AKontrol. I had my Linn dealer take a set of RCA Linn black interconnects are replace one end with XLR. No problems. I think I was using it for a cassette tape player I still had.
  17. The destroyed by mastering: so true. I recall wandering into the Grigorian Latelier, a classical music shop in downtown Toronto, many years ago. When I entered, I was enveloped by a voice I recognized and loved, but it sounded fuller, more expansive and alive. The voice was that of Enrico Caruso, and it was coming from a desktop Victrola. I was amazed at how good it sounded: conveyed from thick shellacs by heavy needles that were more like something used to hold a roof in place. The 33rpm remasters of his recordings were missing the top and bottom ends of his voice. It is true that some recordings do sound much better on vinyl than as a digital transfer. I began a hunt, and finally found a floor standing model. I then began to scour and cobble together a splendid collection of not only Caruso, but Gigli, Flagstad, Armstrong: whatever was in good shape. Alas, I had to abandon it when I moved, but it did find a good home.
  18. When the enjoyable and the less enjoyable aspects of digital and vinyl are assessed, as well as the physical space to store music and place an LP12 are taken into consideration, the digital avenue wins the day for me. It is only a matter of time for digital reproduction to at least equal that of vinyl, and it is close enough now, that it will be preferable in all aspects of comparison.
  19. Well: I have made a conclusion as well. I still am within my 30 day money completely refunded period to try out the Silent Angel N8 & F1 combo. Guess what: they are staying. I love how many posters make their conclusions without first hand experience; and then become belligerent about it when discussing with some who actually has first hand experience. My days here are few, for I am now spending my energies discussing music with people who are gracious, open to opposing positions, and who leave their egos at the door. ta ta
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