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  1. Really pleased you seem to have fallen on your feet with this one, @Joss, hope that it fuels a longer-term love affair with the old black plastic discs
  2. I would imagine that most people turning a system on and off will do so only one or two times a day, rather than multiple times. Any component that's going to fail after a couple of thousand power cycles because it's not properly designed to manage the power cycle probably isn't fit for purpose, I'd suggest
  3. @bencat the filters on the D33 seem to be quite subtle to my ears, it's not some huge and immediately obvious difference. I ended up leaving it in the "off" position when I had mine. I'm not sure I could have described what I thought Filter 1 was doing, but I did feel Filter 2 was a little more "mechanical" and less refined / sharper in the higher frequencies. I think you can end up tying yourself in knots over filter options on DACs, ending up changing the setting for each different album you play (or worse, each track - arrrrggghhh!). That's why I decided to leave well enough alone, the D33 is a pretty special bit of kit anyway. YMMV of course, perhaps a more resolving system than mine might have shown greater differences between the filters. Glad you're enjoying it though
  4. I may have missed this somewhere in the thread, but genuine question. What qualifies as "vintage" equipment? Is it just simply over a certain age (and if so, what is that?) or are there other factors in play, such as something a bit more recent and definitely discontinued, but widely considered to be a notable component in some way, perhaps performance-for-price, aesthetic design, "leftfield-ness" (if that's a term?) or some other characteristic? Can something from the late Eighties but from a defunct manufacturer be vintage? Is there a difference between "classic" and "vintage"? I have a 27-year old amp and speakers but I wouldn't consider them vintage, for example. Or classic, for that matter! Give it another 20 years and I might though
  5. For me the cost of standby is zero. All the hi-fi is switched off at the wall when not in use. If it takes a little while to "warm up" when I want to listen, then I'm fine with that. I'm gradually trying to adjust my way of thinking to turning off all unnecessary appliances when not in use. My Sonos Connects (old ones) are apparently 6W each in standby so there's a small saving to be made there
  6. I don't see anything wrong with owning 36 turntables... Just a curious question though, Adam, do you actually use them all (in rotation, perhaps?) or are some strictly for show? Are they even all in one piece and working? I see you list the TX-1000 in your profile so is that one permanently in place in your system?
  7. Wow, we have veered a fair way off-topic again! From saying how expensive it is to get a half-decent vinyl setup to reminiscing over getting our kicks from catalogues! I love the way the forum conversation goes sometimes... Poor @Joss, don't be put off by talk of how important it is to have multiple thousand pound cartridges etc to enjoy vinyl - you don't. You really don't. A decent modestly-priced setup, will definitely give you a taste of what the magic LP has to offer, and if you like it enough to want to go further then yeah, sure, the sky is the limit. It's true of course that you can definitely get better results from a more sophisticated setup but it's not true to say that anything less than a maxed-out Linn setup or a fully pimped-up DD in a custom plinth is incapable of giving you any pleasure.
  8. Thanks @Amormusic, I hope I managed to inspire and encourage those Wammers who have not (yet!) fallen for the charms of good old fashioned analogue replay. I do want to stress though, as I mentioned, and as others have also alluded, vinyl is not some sort of faultless holy grail - it comes with its own challenges and limitations just like any replay method, and for some I can understand that there is a lot of frustration to get it right, perhaps too much. Myself - I'm miles away from having a setup that I think is at a VG+ / EX standard - but I'm still learning as I go. Some days I can't deal with it and walk away, some days I put on an LP and just get swept up in the incredible music my system presents to me, and in those moments I'm reminded why I love LPs so much. I think the trick is not to try and aim for perfection from the "off" - treat it as a fun journey, enjoy the process as much as the results, and don't be afraid to make mistakes, apart from ones that trash your stylus! That's annoying enough with an MM, potentially catastrophic and financially ruinous with an MC - a few unfortunates on here have found out the hard way the true cost of long-sleeved garments when aligning a cartridge... Vinyl, done well, just makes you feel the music. OK, so more expensive solutions should, in theory, take the basic and turn it up to 11, just be mindful of not losing sight of the musical connection in search of more "hi-fi" traits. I always think back to some of the shows I've been to in the past, where I've found myself being far more impressed and engaged with a system costing £1500 all-in, than a flagship 6-figure jobbie that technically, was probably light years ahead, but left me rather bored. Sometimes simpler is best, and musical enjoyment comes from affordable kit like the Regas of the world, rather than the Goldmunds. One other thing - as with most flaws in life, if you deliberately focus on them, they will annoy the pants off you. I've learned to "listen past" most of the clicks and pops and background noises - whether that's a benefit of my musical education or not I don't know, but unless there's a real "doozie" of a pop, they rarely bother me. I think that if you deliberately try to listen out for the noises, you'll be forever bothered by them, but allow yourself to get caught up in the music and they'll fade away. Now, go treat yourself to this https://www.hifi-forsale.co.uk/moreinfo7.php?prod_title=Dunlop_Systemdek_iix&p=&prod_id=94322&q=systemdek&offset=
  9. Jules_S

    One Track

    I've changed my mind about seven times already since I started thinking about this, but I am going to nail my decision down now to.... Learn to Love - the final track from the album Satellites by the amazing Scottish band The Big Dish: It's a good but not outstanding recording (so no "special" audiophile trickery) and the recording level is a bit low. But the combination of Steven Lindsay's heart-melting vocals and beautiful, lush musical arrangement is sublime, and always makes me well-up.
  10. Oh stop taunting me!! Amazing bit of kit, outperfored the DAC in my Gato and also in my CA 740C, which I'm currently using as a DAC only (the drive has failed). The D33 is what I'd call a "fit and forget" component - once it's in place in your system you just don't worry about DACs any more. GLWS - someone will be very happy with this
  11. How are you accessing this, @AlmaAtaKZ? I used to love this station and then it disappeared from TuneIn (at least from TuneIn within the Sonos app anyway). Would love to listen in again. I note that the website also says "not available in your region" - are you also using a VPN?
  12. John, from memory you're not really a classical music fan, but if you fancy giving it a spin, try Sonatica (http://sonatica.fm). It's only available at 160 kbps unfortunately but it's reasonable, and they tend to stick with the "lighter" side of classical, so it's not too taxing.
  13. I'm sorry but I completely disagree with this. The problem I have here is the phrase "equivalent digital sound". Owning and using a turntable really should NOT be about trying to get an equivalent digital sound. Why would you? If you want digital sound, stick with digital. It's great at what it does. By the very definition of what a turntable is, it's NOT digital, and that's the whole point. A half-decent TT will give you a very different perspective on music, and is absolutely worth pursuing. Will it have a background that's totally silent, devoid of pops clicks, hiss and rumble? No. Will it completely lack pitch variability? I very much doubt it. Will it stir your soul and connect you to the music on an emotional level in a way that even top-notch digital replay can often fail to do? As long as the deck isn't a total duffer, then absolutely. Owning a TT is not a hassle-free process, it does demand some careful thought even at the entry level, but entered into with an open mind and a willingness to accept the shortcomings in return for the positives, then it's incredibly rewarding. @Joss by the sound of things you are looking to put a toe in the vinyl water and see if it works for you. I would say that the advice you've been given to look for a popular used purchase is the way to go - if you decide after all that it's not for you then you can sell it on again with little or no financial loss. And if you fall for the charms of vinyl, then you have a great starting point from which to continue your analogue odyssey. A Rega Planar 3 or P3 is perhaps a more straightforward start point than the aforementioned Systemdek, being a solid plinth (i.e. no suspension to set up or go out of balance), although it will be more sensitive of the environment in which it's placed. You will need to consider where you site it quite carefully to avoid potential problems with footfall on a bouncy floor from sending the stylus skating across the LP every time you move. (if you have solid floors, you're probably spared this terror!) I do agree with @radiant red though that the suspended subchassis-equipped Systemdek is a terrific deck - the IIX/900 was my first "proper" TT and I loved it for a number of years until I could afford to indulge in a more esoteric deck. It's very capable, and will support future upgrades to arm and cartridge - personally I'd say probably better than the Rega would. Don't discount the Pro-ject decks though - while it's true what @Lurch says about the Rega outperforming the equivalently-priced brand new Pro-ject, you could also get some of their more sophisticated decks used for similar money. Something like a Debut with the carbon tonearm could be had for similar money to the others and is a good deck. If you need to select a cartridge I'd stick with an MM (moving magnet) type - Audio Technica have a large selection (there's plenty of experience on the Wam of which models would work), or an Ortofon 2M, a Goldring or perhaps even one of the Nagaoka range. Hopefully though a second hand deck will come with something suitable so at least you can get going. One thing I would strongly advise is to make friends with a local Wammer who has all the setup kit for a TT - cartridge scales, magnifying glass, Allen keys and tiddly screwdrivers, and a good alignment gauge. Even if you buy a deck pre-fitted with a cartridge I would want to double-check everything, just in case. A TT bought from a longstanding Wammer will almost undoubtedly be a safer bet than an eBay purchase. Oh, and get something to clean your stylus with - we all have our preferred devices from a simple stylus brush to remove day-to-day fluff, to something like the Vinyl Passion sticky stuff for removing more resilient gunk, or (if you can get hold of one) the Audio Technica 637 "vibrator". Have fun choosing, and have fun enjoying vinyl - that's what it's all about at the end of the day
  14. The Gato's internal DAC is good, but I wouldn't say it was the best by any means. Having tried it myself (on my non-NPM version) I found an improvement using my old Arcam D33 DAC (your own personal "flavour choice" may differ of course). Comfortably within your budget I'd suggest looking at the Cambridge Audio 851N as a streamer / DAC to try in place of the Gato's NPM module & internal DAC. I'm looking for one myself (although "pre-loved" at a lower budget) so can't actually give you any indication yet of how well it mates with the Gato but those owners I asked rate the 851N highly.
  15. CHVRCHES - Screen Violence - LP. Massively disappointed with the SQ of this, not sure if there's something wrong with the pressing but it sounds horribly compressed, rolled-off at the top on the vocals and almost (unintentionally) distorted. It's going back for a refund
  16. I would suggest that, for those who are concerned about the amount of additional global storage space being occupied by hi-res music, I'd be a little more concerned by the quantity of complete crap being generated by imbeclies posting pointless photos of what they ate last night on Instagram instead. Or videos of next door's cat falling off a wall on YouTube. Or suchlike. That's a damned sight more space occupied unnecessarily on datacentres than a recording of the Chicago Philarmonic's latest work. Just reading some stats about global data generation. I haven't seen figures for this year-to-date but last year the world generated 59 Zb (that's Zettabytes) of data. Most of that was probably a waste of time. Or how about this (quoted from theconversation.com): "Each day on Earth we generate 500 million tweets, 294 billion emails, 4 million gigabytes of Facebook data, 65 billion WhatsApp messages and 720,000 hours of new content added daily on YouTube" Miles Davies in hi-res kind of pales into insignificance, methinks
  17. I had Teatrack in my previous system and found it to be good - basically neutral, perhaps a touch "smooth", although I wouldn't go as far as to call it rolled-off. My WB Curves could still rip my eardrums apart on bright recordings! I'd be interested to hear it comparison to my current Kimber 8PR (which is only the entry-level cable from RA), although in truth I have some bigger purchases to make before I go messing around with cables and the like
  18. TV aerials are not designed for efficiently picking up the frequencies that FM radio is transmitted on. FM is in the VHF frequency range, whereas TV is UHF. While it's true that that an aerial designed for TV may work for FM, it's not optimal, and a lot is probably dependent on which transmitters you are picking up from. So you may find that it's simply down to the aerial therefore, rather than the tuner. A dedicated FM aerial (or a dual-purpose one) would probably fix your low signal strength issue. This article was an interesting read: https://www.smartaerials.co.uk/blog/can-you-use-a-tv-aerial-for-fm-dab-radio
  19. In fairness it probably looks better as a shirt than as wallpaper. I'd wear it... As a short-term fix there's always a big can of white emulsion
  20. Starting to look amazing, Jules, been following this with interest and can't wait to see the finished reuslts
  21. Apologies, should have clarified as I thought we were discussing the standard C13 "IEC". I was sort-of referencing back to @Radioham's original post talking about what I assumed was a normal C13 but without the earth connector, perhaps I misunderstood what was being said. That picture is a really useful reference, @MartinC and now I've learned the names for all the other types of connector
  22. As indicated by the printed wording just above the left foot, it's double-insulated (the square-inside-a-square symbol means this even without wording) so it's fine for this not to have a connection to earth via the third pin. However the connecting lead itself should always have three conductors for live, neutral and earth (a.k.a. "CPC"). As you said in an earlier post, if that lead were to be re-used with equipment requiring an earth connection it could potentially be disastrous.
  23. So glad to hear that you have finally moved, Jonathan, after all this time it must be a huge relief. It looks like you will have your work cut out for a while with all that, er, specific decor to deal with but it will be worth it in the end. And think of all the fun you're going to have setting up your system again!
  24. Extra brownie points and for the choice of replay medium!
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