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  1. Good to know you're approaching the evaluations with an open mind
  2. .......and it sounded sh!t I'm only joking of course. I reckon quite a bit of mains flex was used at that time - the first decent hi-fi I heard was probably using it too. In fact, who hasn't tried some type of mains cable? Anyone still using it?
  3. How about a Variac? You'd be doing manual regulation. Or you could just leave it set to bring your worst case volts to an acceptable level (albeit then sometimes dropping too? low at times).
  4. True, LEDs bring it all to life. Fantastic telly with the mountain scene Eddie. That would really amaze people from past decades, to see how tellies are now.
  5. . I wanted some 'transport controls' for Volumio on my Pi. So I went for these subtle ones (I have got smaller rectangular buttons wired in parallel at the listening position):
  6. Gray

    6 way Extension

    Are you sure your cat's not just deaf?
  7. Gray

    6 way Extension

    No unnecessary switches, surge protected and reassuringly (but not stupidly) expensive. Looks OK to me. Assume that's an LED power light (as opposed to an arcing neon).
  8. Anyone know the name of the band?
  9. Understood Tom thanks. I can say that for Rothwell at least, their 'normal' attenuators go at the destination (power amp) end. They sell different types for the source end. They're directional (by virtue of in/out socket to plug or in/out plug to socket) to maintain appropriate impedance matching between source and destination. Hope you get normal listening level at around halfway on the control (you'll certainly be closer to that than you are now).
  10. I welcome anyone challenging my thoughts on this. Look at the specs Tom's posted for his Cyrus power amps, specifically the input sensitivities. You can see that to get an output of 50W into 8 ohms, you need to put 380mV into the RCA inputs or 775mV into the XLR inputs. Inside the attenuators Tom's considering, are simple attenuation circuits. I'm saying that he's effectively already got those attenuation circuits built into the Cyrus amps, behind its XLR sockets (think of them as being attenuated versions of the RCA inputs - because that's what they are). I reckon, if anything, the RCA to XLR idea might mean he can't put enough into the power amps, but I guarantee it will be quieter for him at his 9 'o clock position on the volume dial......and like I say Tom, it will cost you less than £5 to find out .
  11. I've got no problem with attenuators tommortr - indeed I know Rothwells to be very good. I can understand if you think you wouldn't be able to connect RCA to XLR but you can - it may be all you require. It will cost you under a fiver to try it, but it's your choice......go straight for 40 quid attenuators if you want (I'd choose -10dB myself).
  12. There are no balanced outputs involved. And he wouldn't be using the balanced capability of the Cyrus XLR inputs....just their lower sensitivity, when compared to the RCA inputs.
  13. Note that my suggestion takes advantage of the lower sensitivity of the Cyrus' XLR inputs. (as opposed to any 'advantage' of being balanced - which of course it won't be).
  14. I know it is, which is why I selected a lead with RCA plugs! (did you look at the link?).
  15. Before buying any attenuators try connecting to the Cyrus XLR inputs using these: See if that suits your requirements. (Choose more fancy, expensive leads if you're that way inclined, but they'll do for a test).