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  1. Oh yes , I see they are new and will need quite a lot of running in. I was trying to gauge their size, which is difficult from the pics in the review. Are they about Ls3 size? I understand from the review, that Alan Clark makes them from home along with help from his wife. The cabinet's look very well crafted, he is obviously very gifted. Anyway, it would be good to hear your thoughts on them when your ready.
  2. I just googled your speakers, as I never heard of them before. WOW! was my first response upon looking at the photo's in the HIfi pig review. They is beee uu tiful.... and the price... So how do they sound?
  3. I think there is still plenty about, as they were the best selling budget amplifier of the day. Trick is, as you say, is to get hold of a looked after one.
  4. Yes I remember it well, it was fun to listen too, plenty of power and good phono stage. That was quite common in the 70's and 80's, you bought a good integrated and it came with a decent phono stage, as did the A&R Cambridge A 60.
  5. I have just come across a site called stereonomono.blogspot.com . Basically it's a site which references most old and new classic audio equipment, giving all the equipments specifications etc.
  6. Pioneer SA-500 looks like a very well made piece of engineering. I think we have known how to make good amplifiers for a very long time. I won't be parting with my integrated from the 90's anytime soon. My favorite amplifier from the 70's was the amazing A&R Cambridge A60. Wooden casing and truly great engineering. Beautiful sounding amp, valve like and detailed in it's delivery.
  7. On the contrary, that is a very good quality system you have prudently pieced together . Everything well matched and at a bargain price!
  8. Yes, I will try too. Look forward to hearing it!
  9. I bet it sounds fabulous with your linn and Icon. How do you find the Pu7 on the Linn?
  10. Yes, lovely speakers if they work in your room. I fear they would terrorise my room!
  11. They were the passives. Also mk1 version, I seem to remember they improved upon them later. I tend to favour listening across the narrow width of the room as opposed to down the length of it. It's what we were taught to do back in the 1870's, whoopss! I mean 1970's
  12. Not sure if they were 2 or 3 way Martin. They were Linn keilidh. I realise that the use of Dsp and subs and how they can be integrated into a modern system is a great asset and gives us flexibility and choice. This is an alternative that I have not considered. If only because coming from old school or just plain "OLD," have never thought of it! Yes the room I use is probably not ideal solid concrete floors and wooden doors, either side of the room. room is 11ft wide by 20ft long so long and skinny.
  13. Yes, my apologies if I have been matter of fact about this. I guess I am trying to evaluate the reason I seem to prefer the sound that emanates from a good quality standmount, as they do seem to me or my listening preferences to have more expression in the mids.
  14. It's a good point you make about room correction and absorbtion of resonance. The room is often going to be something to work with though.
  15. I guess the obvious explanation for a good stand mount to be able to project the midrange out into the room is there is less box for soundwaves to get blocked. This is just my personal preference, but I have always felt the main body of sound that emanates from any speaker is in the midrange. It seems my listening preference is to hear the central information of the music. Sometimes there is a compromise in the bass, but as long as the amount of bass is in proportion to the midrange information, I feel more satisfied with that compromise. Again personal preference, but I find a floorstander that can integrate the frequency extremes more satisfying to listen too than one that can't bring it all together.
  16. Yes, This says it in a nutshell really. I remember the beguiling sound of the old Snell K and how it seemed to project the midrange way out of the box, when driven by a high quality turntable and amplification. I have often heard it said with the Audionote stand mounts that whilst their bigger speakers offer something different the magic is with the K's.
  17. Oh yes, I often hear stories of the female partner/wife, having an intuition in such things, and the fact that we love our stand mounts might suggest we all have that feminine quality in us that just loves a speaker to be mounted!
  18. Yes, I can only agree with you here. Speakers do seem to load the room and there are so many contributing floor and room issues. I have smallish rooms and have learnt there is little point in choosing a speaker without these considerations that we mention.
  19. I think stand mounts are possibly less compromised generally, especially if well put together. I think when this is acheived by a good design, the other elements you mention, projection of soundstage, tight fast bass response, perhaps without excess cabinet colouration is why stand mounts can sound so engaging
  20. Just been blogging on the Ruark owners forum, and as I was writing I realised since I was 14, I have owned 8 pairs of audiophile speakers, 7 of which were stand mounts. The 1 floor stander being to horrible to mention. I know many of us love our smaller boxes that we sit upon a dedicated stand to get the best out of them. There is no doubt a stand mount projects a different listening experience. So what is this experience and why do a lot of us seem to get a different and perhaps more satisfying experience from a well put together stand mount? How and why is the experience different to a floor stander? One thing stands out for me, is a good stand mount feels just damn good fun. I thought this might be an interesting topic to explore as there are some amazing stand mounts on the market. The list is endless, but they all use a different philosophy. There are the thin walled cabinets from the BBC design. Then there is the thick walled design by the likes of Diapason and Tannoy using several layers of wood and internal bracing. There are brands such as Pro ac and PMC who seem to sit somewhere in the middle of these designs. Not to mention the type of crossover used and the chosen tweeter/ woofer brand to make the speaker work in such a way. Then there are the stands which form an important part of the final act to audio nirvana........... phew glad I don't make speakers!
  21. Stand mount speakers. I have a fondness for stand mount speakers. I have had a lot of good ones over the years. AR 18's which I bought in 82. Celestion SL6s Purchased in 87. These were a great speaker paired with an Onix 21 and Lp12 turntable. First speaker that gave me an insight into how a well made pair of stand mounts can project a soundstage. I wish I had persevered with the Sl6 s but I was young and impetuous, so out they went and in came Epos es14's. Another very good stand mount but offered something different to the SL6's. I stayed with the Epos for about 6 years and enjoyed them a lot! Still young and impetuous or perhaps "plain stupid", I replaced the Epos with a pair of Linn Kan mk11. Huge mistake! Not that the Kan was a bad speaker, but they need an LP12 and lot's of current to get them working effectively. I had neither at the time. For the following 5 years I bimbled about in the audio wilderness somewhat confused as where to turn next. I tried a pair of Linn Keilidh, horrible speaker, Nothing more to add. Then out of the spring mist of 98, arose the Ruark Equinox. Still got them now. Yes I finely grew up. I do listen though. I listen to them all when I go to the shows and even on you tube, Yes I know, mp3 quality, can't possibly hear what a speaker or anything else sound's like! My latest interest are the Diapason Ademantes V. These are my flavour of speaker. Great soundstage, wonderful midband, good bass. But are they better than the Equinox? I'm not convinced. Truth is I know enough about the Equinox, "I should do after 23 years", to say, I will probably never hear them at their best. I simply don't have a room large enough to get them working properly. But there it is. A great speaker, that will likely stay with me until one of us falls off our perch!
  22. Interesting topic this. My knowledge of electronics is limited, but that's not necessarily a negative thing. Here's why. My good ole analogue integrated from the 90's gave up on me last year. So I got on the internet and contacted an engineer who repairs amplifiers and gives a 1 year guarantee. Turns out he's to busy, so gives me a number of someone he knows and trusts. So I rang the guy who told me his back ground in electronics, who also said any amplifier can be fixed. Turns out a lot of components had to be replaced. He told me it wasn't an easy fix and it took a long time to complete the job. What I liked about this guy was he took the time to explain to me at each stage of the fix what needed to be done and the process of finding out along the way. Also he told me the difference between the quality of certain parts and where he got them from. Some of them coming from Poland and some from up the road. What I am suggesting here is there is always someone who can do the job, but it takes patience and trusting yourself with whom you employ.
  23. Are yes, but hand made from cabinet to woofer in ye ole village of Lindfield in Sussex and Sheffield, somewhere up north of Watford!
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