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Nestor Turton

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  1. I used to have a Rega Fono - measured well and sounded very good with Rega TT and Nait 5i. I’m sure it will be ideal. When I upgraded I went for a Dynavector P75.
  2. In the digital arena ND555/555PS + NAC552 is £42,000. Chord Electronics DAVE is £8,000 and includes a superb headphone amp. OK you need something like a Mac mini or JRiver ID to feed it so add £1k. There is no question, which sounds better to me and it doesn’t cost £42k. Naim makes Linn’s Next Generation KDS look a real bargain. I don’t think Naim sell on the basis of VFM. There is some other factor at work that draws Naim folk to the brand. I suggest those who love Naim will be drawn to the Solstice.
  3. Interesting. Perhaps there are better ways to connect my SkyQ, BluRay and TV to my ADSM than through HDMI ARC.
  4. My thoughts regarding the design are it's not for me. Linn has a huge advantage in its power supply designs (my biggest gripe about Naim). This new TT has traditional noisy Naim PSUs so beware unless you live in carefully controlled lab environment. There certainly doesn't seem to be anything particularly innovative: it's no Townsend Rock/Excalibur, Garrard 501 or Rega Naiad. Still it would be interesting to hear one if I ever get the chance: it has to be better than Naim's disappointing streamers and I might be surprised by it.
  5. 100% - excellent suggestion. As an ex-Naim owner, it is not a brand I would want to return to as it gave me far too many problems and had more than its share of idiosyncrasies. If you do decide to go that way then a home audition is essential: ideally keeping the one you have auditioned if it works for you without buzzing or radio break through. The Nait 5i was very good and did not suffer these problems. Personally, I prefer the Majik DSM on all counts - especially the way it plays music. @TrebzUK Have you considered a Sugden A21?
  6. Linn Series 3 is more expensive than Naim Mu-So. Having heard both demo’d then the Series 3 looked and, more vitally, sounded superior to me in every way. These were demos conducted by Linn and Naim respectively. In a department store they had a Mu-So, Sonos and Apple HomePod playing. If I were buying such a device then I could see no reason to pay the premium for the Naim. I have no idea what the Naim TT will sound like and probably never will get to hear one. I suspect any demo’s would use Naim amplification and Focal speakers so not really for me. However, I’m sure it will make its owners very happy. My assumption is it will sell 500 unheard.
  7. Sorry to hear of the tinnitus and hope you can still enjoy music. The Nait integrated amplifiers are excellent. I had a Nait 5i. It was when I upgraded to Naim separates (282-SC 200) that buzzing started and I started to pick up interference. Naim support blamed by electric supply: my dealer was very helpful and the final solution was a swap to Linn amps. Only other amplifier I had a radio break-through problem with was a Sinclair Project 60 which I put together myself (so I take the blame for that). I did have NVA which buzzed a bit, but no radio break through. With Linn (and Chord Electronics), these annoyances are in the past and there are no distractions from my systems to stop me enjoying the music. I notice Naim has frozen its forum to stop discussion about this new TT. I do wonder why anybody would buy it instead of buying from the OEM, Clearaudio, if that’s what they want. However, I suspect they will have 500 customers.
  8. Unlike my LP12, I’m sure it will buzz like a good ‘un. And I wonder what radio stations it will pick up? I’m sure some folk will buy it and make the necessary structural alterations to their property to get a half decent sound from it. By the way, why isn’t it on a Fraim? The only Naim item I kept from my misadventure with that troublesome brand (it neither buzzes nor picks up stray radio signals).
  9. Absolutely right - all switches will regenerate data (by definition). If noise reaches the audio system then the switch is the (main) culprit. I have 2 HP switches between my router and Linn DSM - one adjacent to my router in the office and the other adjacent to my Linn system. I use high quality Connectix Cat 6a between them (from Cable Monkey) about 20m around the cottage. BJC Cat 5e (1m) between switch and DSM. Everything is very stable and I cannot hear any deterioration in sound quality from keeping the music server and DSM apart.
  10. The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own. But Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to 'Guard' Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, Then It's Done, and the Boy Bands Have Won
  11. Try before you buy headphones may be difficult to find at this present time. I would be very reluctant to buy used headphones. That said if you are able to then you might want to try some Audeze cans. i use LCD3s and they work well with MSDM.
  12. I have a CD player and LP12 between Klimax and Akurate. Biggest upgrade I made to my LP rig was Urika II. Before Urika II I’d put Blu2 CD transport ahead, but now it’s even: I could not say which was better and glad to have both. Blu2 has an onboard up-scaler, which in my opinion, improves digital replay considerably. I have tried the Chord Blu2 DAVE combo with and without an active analogue preamp and found it was more musical without the analogue pre. Where my Linn system scores over the Chord is Space Optimisation, which makes the system domestically acceptable in my lounge. I have not had the opportunity to hear the Organik DAC and I expect it would raise the bar even higher. So it seems I find digital processing advantageous with both LP and CD. I tend to forget which format is in play and simply listen to the music. There are very few if any system distractions. I do not tend to listen to audiophile recordings, but what I do listen to seems to play well and is thoroughly enjoyable irrespective of format. For clarity, I don’t often play CDs, but rip them to a Mac mini and use JRiver MC to play them through my CD transport. There is no difference I can hear between playing this way and playing the CD.
  13. I agree with @Moomintroll. However, if you want an excellent external DAC Headphone Amp to add to your current setup then you could try one of the Chord Electronics models such as the Hugo TT2, which can be further upgraded with M Scaler. I use its bigger brother Blu2 DAVE (unfortunately Blu2 is no longer available) and I’d suggest M Scaler with Hugo TT2 is better than DAVE alone for less money.
  14. John Fothergill – Synthesiser, guitar, keyboards & woodwind Heman Pathak. – Synthesiser, guitar, keyboards & woodwind Nicky Rogers. – Guitar Steve Stapleton – Synthesiser, flute, guitar, keyboards
  15. Current 93 - All The Pretty Little Horses
  16. Avoiding noisy linear PSUs is probably my best upgrade. No more buzzing any more. . I know some folk love linear PSUs, but I can’t get on with them in my cottage because the usually have large transformers. Thankfully Linn PSUs (and Chord Electronics) use quiet switch mode designs and my single biggest problem with HiFi had gone. . I’m happy to eliminate active analogue preamps all together as only one I’ve tried which was transparent was very expensive. With Linn’s integral digital I get the wonderful Space Optimisation V2, which seals the deal. Paying attention to detail when configuring SOV2 brings enormous rewards. .
  17. https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/bits-and-bytes/apple-musics-lossless-and-hi-res-mess-r1022/ This article may shed some light on why Apple Music may not give as good results as hoped.
  18. I’m unsure how to configure it without an Exakt connection. I used Konfig to tell Urika Ii I was using a Krystal cartridge
  19. I would not use a 3rd party external DAC because … if you use SPDIF out on the Majik DSM then you lose Space Optimisation and the use of its on board power amplifiers so the other option is to use one its analogue inputs. The downside is it gets redigitalised by the Majik so you are still using the on-board DAC. You could try feeding the Majik DSM’s digital input from a Chord Hugo mScaler. The effect is similar to replacing a CD with a DVD Audio of the same album. I have tried this (using Chord Blu 2 mScaler) and the sound quality is excellent. You cannot use the streaming capability of the Majik DSM with mScaler so it is another case of roundabouts and swings.
  20. I use Secure Rip on XLD which uses dbpoweramp’s accurate rip database. It rips twice and makes sure it gets the same rip both times, it also compares the rip with other folk’s dbpoweramp rips and indicates how my rip compares. My thought is if I get the same answer twice and it matches those of others then it is as good as I can achieve. To be extra sure, I use dbpoweramp’s Perfect Rip to check my rip is accurate. To be honest, I compared my rips with those produced by iTunes and a dedicated ripping engine and they had exactly the same PCM. It is only a few poor quality CDs that I have found differences. it takes me 8 minutes to a rip a CD and extra time to tweak metadata and artwork. My plan was to do it once and get it right, but … i would use accurate rip for peace of mind even though I’m sure @JensA method gives just as good results as mine. Even if we get a few bits wrong, I wonder if we’d notice.
  21. I compared a Melco with my Mac mini. My preference remains the Mac mini. I could not hear any sound quality advantage from the Melco and I preferred the software I could run on the Mac. However always worth doing the comparison yourself especially as I use my Mac mini for streaming locally stored files rather than Qobuz or Tidal. I will probably try Apple Music (HiRes) when this becomes available. Mac mini is 2012 model with Thunderbolt Attached Storage running JRiver Media Server (part of JRiver MC 27).
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