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Fitter Stoke

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About Fitter Stoke

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    De de de DUUURRRR!

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    North East England
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  • Turn Table
    SME 20/12 with V-12
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ortofon 2M Black LVB
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Linn Uphorik
  • Digital Source 1
    Linn Klimax DS/3
  • Digital Source 2
    Linn CD12
  • Pre-Amp
    Linn KK/1
  • Power Amp/s
    Linn Klimax Solo x 2
  • My Speakers
    Linn Klimax 350P
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. All I remember from today’s trip to Morrison’s was Elton’s overplayed ‘I’m Still Standing’ and the Eurythmics’ godawful ‘Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This’ (the store opened in the 80s and has seemingly stayed there). How I’d love to shop to Yes and Led Zep instead!
  2. What you said. With only a few exceptions I can think of, pre-digital recordings always sound better on vinyl, clicks and pops or not. Digital recordings generally (but not always) sound better on a digital format. Since the majority of my listening consists of pre-digital material there seems little point in my investing any further on Linn’s digital road, particularly given the ludicrous cost now involved. My system sounds great as it is. Time to sit back and enjoy it!
  3. I wouldn’t worry too much about Katalyst, fine as it is. Linn themselves seem to have moved on from Katalyst with their latest DAC revelations. To me, these things seem to be so transitory that I’m starting to question their validity, particularly given the ludicrous prices asked for them. I heard 530s at Linn’s factory shortly after their introduction, and they sounded excellent. They still will. If they suit your needs from all other perspectives (as they seem to from your own analysis) then why hesitate? By Linn’s standards they’re bargains, and my experience of Linn’s digit
  4. It’s only four and a half years since Katalyst was introduced and marketed as the last word in DAC technology. It would seem that it’s now a (rather expensive) memory - or at least that’s how Linn wants us to consider it at Klimax level. Well, sorry, but I’m not playing. I expect several more years of enjoyment from what remains a superb product and, if I’m no longer the owner of the flagship DAC, so be it. Doubtless Organik will itself be defunct in another five years or so, when Linn’s next generation DSM will cost £50k! Seriously, how much further can this go?
  5. Fair enough but, as you mention it, what is all this bilge about "noise floor" anyway? Granted, I'm an old(ish) man with reducing hearing facility, but I don't register a load of extraneous noise coming from my KDS/3. How much less "noise" do we need? And is it worth £30K not to hear it?
  6. Despite my initial reservations over the new DSM's appearance (biased as they'd always be by my love for the original), what I can't get over is that the new model costs nearly TWICE AS MUCH as the old one. Whatever the merits of the new DAC (and I should add that I can't wait to hear it), I can't see how Linn can possibly justify a DSM that costs as much as a major house extension. Jeez, we're talking thirty grand here! How many of us who aren't rock stars or Premiership footballers can afford one?
  7. Well, it’d have to perform twice as well as the present Klimax DS(M) fo justify a £30k price tag which, let’s face it, it won’t. My lugs are 60 years old now so I doubt I’ll ever notice a difference anyway! As for the look of the new DSM, well, I’m afraid I’m distinctly underwhelmed - at least compared to the outgoing model which I consider one of the most beautiful inanimate objects on Earth. Sorry Linn, but my journey has ended.
  8. Most of my Linn gear was bought from Peter Tyson (and its forebear Newcastle Hifi) in Newcastle, aside from my Uphorik from Cymbiosis of Leicester and my 350Ps which were Hidden Systems’ ex-demos. As my Tyson contact (Mark Benson) has now left to work at Kudos, and my Hidden Systems’ contact (Chris) is sadly unwell, I’m not really sure who to contact for any future Linn business. That said, I’m very happy with what I’ve got anyway, helped by the sterling service and advice from all of the aforesaid dealers.
  9. I’ve still got lots of cassettes and wish there was still a decent new deck available to play them on. My trusty old Denon deck has, alas, seen better days and I’m not confident of playing tapes in it without damaging them. I’m not inclined to risk money on a used deck.
  10. Being permanently committed to Klimax level passive (and short of a lottery win I have no choice), unless there’s an Organik board upgrade option to my KDS/3 I guess I may have reached the end of the line on my Linn journey now. If so, no matter, as my system is singing and my ageing ears are now probably past the point of being able to discern any significant aural improvement anyway! Now to buy some more music.
  11. Life is indeed short with (as several in our online family have found, including myself) unexpected turns that can cause radical (no pun intended) changes of perspective. Therefore if audio is a priority for you - and it clearly is - go for the best that you can afford. You can’t take that money with you!
  12. Which perhaps means some potentially good deals on ex-dem Solos. Whatever, I second others’ earlier recommendations for Solos over a Twin. I made the move a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back. The best I can say for them is that they get on with delivering more music from whatever source without adding any sonic signature of their own: also true of the Twin, yes, but with so much added detail thrown in.
  13. Thanks for the update, Paul. Please pass on my best wishes to David for a full and speedy recovery.
  14. I have a custom-built slate rack built for me a few years back by Slate Age of Burnley. Solid as a rock - which I guess is what it is!
  15. I have the same CD box set as Paul and it sounds fine. However, I also have a first gen CD of ‘For Your Pleasure’ from the 80s when Polygram pressed EG’s discs and it has a little more volume and presence than the box set version: not necessarily better, just different. Of course, nothing compares to the original Island vinyls where the first five studio albums and ‘Viva!’ are concerned, though mine are starting to sound a bit, er, well played these days! I’ve never warmed to the last three albums, mind: far too commercial and sanitised for my liking. ‘Avalon’ started the dull “vibe fi
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