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  1. 2 hours ago, lazycat said:

    Jeez. Just draw up a list, close your eyes and stick in a pin.

    Seems like most of us do that anyway.

    Dont add Chord or NAD tho - based on experience.

    :shock:  no Chord? What happened?

  2. On 14/11/2020 at 19:17, rdale said:

    That looks an amazing bargain, it even comes with Psvane valves. I think that would pair nicely with Klipsch R51-Ms which are about 230 euros.

    Thanks for the suggestion for the Klipsch speakers. I got a good deal on them I guess, for 210 euros so I ordered those. They don't need a lot of watts to drive indeed, so I'll try my little valve amp on them and see if I can get by with that!

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  3. As I’m working from home a lot now, I’d like to see if I can set up a little stereo system for around 500 euros. All I need is an amplifier and a couple of speakers. I’ll be streaming Spotify to it via a DAC I already have.

    It may be vintage or new. If it’s vintage, please let it be stuff that has the best chance to have survived the tides of time or be maintainable. So if it’s faulty I may be able to let it be fixed.

    Is this possible at all? Or should I just go for some active speakers and be done with it?

  4. I'm not sure where I heard this awesome tip, but someone once said "buy only components that you'll love". In other words, better save a little bit more money and buy something for the long run instead of buying cheaper and having to live with that voice in your head telling you there's something better out there.

    So my question is... what is your most loved component right now? The thing you'll never part with? Is it the awesome pre-amp? The speaker cables? Your power socket? What is it?

  5. 8 minutes ago, tuga said:

    This has already been discussed in the USB-to-S/PDIF converter thread but this sums it up:


    Maybe we’re straying too much from the main subject but.... The above article says: 

    “If the DAC does not have a stable clock reference then noise will be introduced into the resulting analog signal.”

    Are there really dacs that don’t have a stable clock reference? I can hardly imagine.

  6. Just wondering... anyone on Instagram in here? Posing with your latest bling bling :-) Or your vinyl collection? Mine is @recordcollectr in case anyone wants to say hi.

    Maybe we can even invent our own secret WAM hashtag?

  7. Thanks for all your input! I’ve decided that I’ll keep the Klipsch for sure (for now at least :-p), thanks for keeping me grounded :-)

    Keep the conversation going though, I find it quite interesting.

    What makes the Harbeths so distinctly different sound wise? I thought both speakers would have quite a laid back sound?

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  8. Folks, this should probably be in the confession thread but here it goes. Please don’t tell my wife...

    We’ve only just bought the Klipsch Heresy IV speakers but since they played the first note in my house I’m not totally convinced that these are the end game speakers I hoped for. I was overwhelmed by them in the dealer’s listening palace and I didn’t even check out the frequency response graphs beforehand.

    Sometimes I enjoy them a lot but they are quite specialists at vocal and rock. Some other music I also enjoy gets less played now. So I was carefully telling this to my wife and she already feels it coming I think, as her reply was “we’re going to keep these for a long time now won’t we?”

    But there’s this voice in the back of my head all the time, wishing we’d have listened to more speakers and wishing we’d have done a home audition. So important... we all know this voice right? “Maybe this or that sounds even better!”

    What should I do? For once just be happy with what I’ve got? Or drop them on EBay (don’t know what I can get for them), and go for the second hand Harbeths I just saw and act like a red flag before my eyes....?

  9. 22 minutes ago, The Marlin said:

    i feel sorry for people getting into vinyl for the first time. It’s getting very expensive to build a collection. Even crap pressings fetch good money on eBay. 

    True, for me at least, vinyl is way too expensive to be a no-brainer next to the digital counterpart.

    I’m making a vinyl comeback at the moment and sometimes I do get pleasingly surprised by the vinyl market. Like an included download or even a cd. And once, I bought this vinyl album that had even more songs on it than I was used to from the cd! (That was Jewel’s Pieces Of You by the way)

  10. Yesterday I was in the city I always visit to do my record buying business. I buy some things on LP and some other things on CD as I collect both.

    How do you guys choose what to buy? Is it the price? (Cds are usually way cheaper) Or the quality? (Some recordings seem to have better dynamics on LP for example)

    Yesterday I bought two albums of Agnes Obel on cd because they were darn cheap and one of her albums (her first) on LP as a tribute or something. It’s so beautiful it just deserves to be owned on LP, know what I mean?

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  11. 1 hour ago, Iceman 16 said:


    Yes man I understand that this thing has a grounding post but I thought it would connect to the earth wire of the mains. Which the amp doesn’t have as I’ve mentioned several times.

    This explains it perfectly though:

    1 hour ago, Nopiano said:

    The earthed mains wiring, or not, of the amp is not the same as grounding a turntable for hum reasons via a flying earth lead.  The earth lead will attach to a ground/earth thumbscrew on the amp.  


  12. 6 hours ago, Von Krolock said:

    This is a very good question - is it the drive & stability you get from digital that vinyl lacks?
    To be honest I don't think you can get digital's drive and stability with a record player on your budget.
    Vinyl is super but it needs good speed stability.
    Is the drive & attack your issue?

    Messing about with a different cartridge will probably not sort you out.


    I don’t mind speed and stability issues, as long as the sound is good. I usually miss the detail dynamics and sound stage that I get when playing cds or Spotify.