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    Replacing my amp

    It is actually not a valve amp, it’s solid state. I can try to tweak things like remove the wall warts and everything but the hiss is still there. Even if there’s nothing connected but the speakers. I have these dimmable lights in my ceiling, I’m under the impression they are the culprits but that’s hard to prove and even harder to solve. If they interfere on the ground line, maybe I can connect my amp with an ungrounded socket. Just to try of course. With too sensitive I mean both I guess. It picks up peaks on the powerline and the volume knob is very sensitive too. It never goes past 8 o’clock...
  2. Ceko

    Replacing my amp

    It’s this high pitched hiss. I think it’s the kind you can also hear sometimes from guitar amps. It didn’t really bother me before but now with the Klipsches it’s sometimes audible at normal listening levels. It seems as if sometimes it’s louder than other times. I’m not entirely sure yet but I think it’s the ground/earthing line.
  3. Hi, I'm sad to say I'm thinking of replacing my beautiful integrated amp. I love the it but the thing is, it's too sensitive for me. I want the thing to be dead silent when it's not playing any music and it just isn't. It's part of why it sounds so good according to the creator but sometimes I'm just going mad over it. I probably have a very dirty powerline, but even a power conditioner with netfilter won't do anything for me. Anyways, why I love my amp so much is it's aestetics and the fact that it has such a tremendous 3D imaging, almost tubey. So I'd love to get some of that back. Can you guys/girls help me make a decision? Some requirements then: - I need the thing to be black :-) - It should be solid state (or at least.. a 'box' format and not run hot). - Price not more than 3000 (but it can be stretched a tiny bit if really needed) - Needs to image with great details and 3D imaging. - Dead silent when not playing. - No higher than 17cm I already got my eyes on the Yamaha A-S1200 or the A-S2200, those are beauties to my eyes. What else can I take a look at? Musical Fidelity? Analogue Audio AA Cento?
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    no Chord? What happened?
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    Cool! Another thread in which I can yell: "Chord Qutest"! :-D
  6. 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!
  7. I’ll drop them on EBay :-D Just kidding... it’s for another room. I have a separate room where I work from.
  8. 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?
  9. I think the only component I wouldn't part with is my Chord Qutest. I was longing for that thing for so long. I love the looks a lot and I can't imagine the sound possibly getting better than that unless you spend insane amounts of money.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. If you don’t hear the ringing.. leave it as is. If you do hear crickets in the background then buy yourself a Chord Qutest. Or am I confusing things myself right now?
  13. 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?
  14. @tuga shared it in another thread: https://www.hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/146092-holographic-sounding-speakers-caveats/?do=findComment&comment=2632625
  15. 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?
  16. Great to hear from you all. I never realized that Classical music had such a great big following on this forum. It’s really a whole different world than the rest isn’t it?
  17. Please don’t say such things!!!! :-D
  18. 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....?
  19. 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)
  20. 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?
  21. 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: Thanks!
  22. I understand that, but if the amp itself isn’t grounded, how does that work?
  23. Hi I was just thinking. Japanese brands like Yamaha and Marantz usually don’t have a grounded power connection. Their amps don’t. So if you were to connect a turntable to say the Yamaha s3200, how would that be grounded?
  24. This might be a weird answer but is a JBL portable speaker something for you? They can go loud for parties and have quite the oomph you might be looking for?
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