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Fitter Stoke

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    Junior Wammer

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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. Amazingly, I’ve just read your post in front of the very spot the Bay Hotel was situated (now a block of flats) - very much my neck of the woods both then and now. I wasn’t old enough to attend the gigs you mention, but enjoyed Geoff Docherty’s tome on the ‘Fillmore North’ as it was jokingly termed.
  2. Can I have a wide wheelbase LP12 with a 12” Ekos SE please?
  3. I’m with Akamatsu. Maybe it reflects my sad old collector tendencies (and the fact that I’ve no missus to nag my clutter) that I’m automatically inclined to want a physical format - usually CD because of its relative cost - of an album I like. Tidal is invaluable as an audition source, but I could never be satisfied with just a stream.
  4. I’ve just been watching Gary Kemp’s 2016 tribute to Mick Ronson on Sky Arts. Apologies if this has been noted here before, but I couldn’t help but notice that the deck Gary used to play his Bowie LPs was a Majik LP12, complete with Project arm and Adikt cartridge. I’d’ve thought Mr Kemp could have stretched to Akurate level at least from his royalties but hey, hats off anyway!
  5. What he said. The 530’s offer maximum bang for buck in Linn’s active speaker range, and look great too. Note, though, that they’re equipped with neither Katalyst nor Organik chips and seem unlikely to ever be otherwise, so they’re something of a “dead end” if you ever decide to upgrade.
  6. Agreed. IF it’s available, the Dynamik Solo upgrade will offer you the most bang for your buck. Otherwise, I’d go with Paul and “source first”.
  7. Well, I’ll be listening to - and watching - a bit of footy tonight, so the Linn’ll get a bit of a rest. But earlier on I played Haydn’s String Quartet Op.50 no.4 played by the Aeolian Quartet, followed by XTC’s ‘Go 2’. Loved ‘em both. Variety is the spice of life!
  8. It depends. With a few exceptions, I’m a big advocate of LP for analogue recordings, and digital for digital - if the hardware is good enough, and the LP is clean (that last element a big ask). As I get older I get increasingly frustrated by LP surface noise, to the extent that I get a much more stress-free, if less musical, experience from CD or CD rips (I rarely do downloads due to ripoff prices). Yeah, I could lash out on a record cleaner but that won’t resolve scratches, worn or off-centre pressings. So whatever the sonic implications, the practical advantages of digital formats are starting to predominate over vinyl for me.
  9. I’ve stuck a “like” on Paul’s original post out of interest (thanks Paul) but not out of any initial aesthetic liking. Put simply, it looks like an ugly SOB, and that’s coming from a SME owner. What’s the sonic advantage of a foot high platter, I ask myself? But hey, let’s not judge before we’ve heard it
  10. I can’t attest to most of Linn’s passive speaker hierarchy, having only been on the Linn wagon for ten years. However, in that time I’ve either auditioned, or owned, passive Akudoriks, Akubariks and 350s. Of those, it’s the 350s that give me the most even, musical experience across the whole frequency range. The Akudoriks (which I still own, now driven by a Quad Classic II valve amp in my second system) are just as fine in the smaller room where they now reside. I couldn’t get on with the Akubariks as the isobaric bass just didn’t sound natural to my ears. But that’s just me.
  11. My Melco M1 died after less than four years of careful and infrequent use. My Zoneripper, though annoyingly temperamental (it won’t rip Warner CDs without creating white noise) is otherwise going strong after a decade. However better the Melco may have been from a sound quality perspective (marginal at best) there’s no way I could recommend it based upon my own sorry experience.
  12. What Nestor said, especially the BJH album. A good additional one track recommendation would be Led Zep’s ‘Kashmir’ (from ‘Physical Graffiti’) which is the near-ideal rock/classical epic to my ears. I’d add Rainbow’s ‘Stargazer’ but I’ve yet to hear a decent sounding digital version of the great ‘Rising’ LP I first heard it from back in 1976.
  13. Paul’s bang on with his comments about the 3k arrays, but I find they sound even better if the tweeters are roughly the same height as my ears when sat down. That’s how I like to listen anyway.
  14. There’d seem no valid reason for its existence then, at least at an identical price point. Who would pay the same for a product with less functionality if there was no commensurate sonic advantage?
  15. Excellent review, Neil - thanks. I doubt I’ll ever be able to afford the new KDSM but I’d still love to hear one in a head-to-head comparison with my KDS/3. I’d also like to know if the Music version outperforms the identically priced AV model that both Paul and yourself have auditioned.
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