wildwildWes

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About wildwildWes

  • Rank
    Aspiring Linnie

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  • Location
    Ottawa

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    QNAP NAS
  • Digital Source 2
    Tidal
  • DAC
    Katalyst
  • Pre-Amp
    Majik DSM/3
  • Power Amp/s
    Akurate Exaktbox-I
  • My Speakers
    Majik 140s
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Now that I've been listening to the Akurate Exaktbox-I in my system for over a week, with a v2 Space Optimisation that I like, I can give some more impressions. The soundstage is wider and deeper. The sound is more lifelike, the musicians sound more like they're in the room. The exaktness lets you easily distinguish the different elements of the recording. I noticed things in well known tracks that I hadn't heard before. The separation may not appeal to everyone, but I love it, and it seems to me that the way the music hangs together given the wide soundstage and precise detail depends on the recording. The sound bubbles out into the room with you; you are not listening to a surface presentation, but instead the sound is meeting you more than halfway. A spatial experience. I had to listen to a variety of tracks before hearing all the benefits. It won't instantly blow your pants off; it seduces you. Is it worth the money? My short answer is yes. You may have to play with the v2 space optimisation a bit to get the results you want. With just an hour of experimentation, I got a wider soundstage and more powerful sound playing with the "Shorter Decay Time" slider at the end. I found this slider made a big difference. However, even without the S.O., the superiority of the new box was evident!
  2. Thanks again guys. Mr. Turton, I think that is good advice to sit back and enjoy it, and I won't forget it. I want to play with Space Optimisation V2 a bit more first, because I feel like it was sounding better with the S.O. off, perhaps. I'm going to try ethernet cables at a later stage of tweaking. Does anyone have an opinion on whether I should treat a staircase going up from my room as a wall or an open space? In reality it's a diagonal half-wall
  3. Yes sir it's Katalyst. I've got my first exakted S.O. calculating right now! Will report back soon.
  4. Ok I'm seeing the exaktbox in my Linn Account now. In the General section under Devices, I'm seeing this: DEVICES Network Player Majik DSM Front Left Linn Majik 140 Front Right Linn Majik 140 Exaktbox Akurate Exaktbox-I Front Left Linn Majik 140 Front Right Linn Majik 140 Is it a problem that the Majik DSM is showing front left and front right outputs? Shouldn't its output just be "Exakt" or something? Should I remove the speakers from the Majik DSM in order to do a proper Exaktbox space optimisation?
  5. I now have the Akurate Exaktbox-I set up in my system with the Majik DSM/3 and the Majik 140s! So far I'm happy, the sound is more natural, and I'm hearing details in familiar tracks that I didn't hear before. It's been less than an hour of listening (I will post again after more) but the most I can say is before the exaktbox, it felt like I was listening to a surface presentation, beautiful but surface so that I was inclined to listen hard to the system to get the details. Now I'm not hearing surface, I'm hearing depth, and it's easier to listen to, more real (better timing?) and more natural. Question about space optimization for this system: I can do it through my Linn Account or through Konfig, but the Linn Account doesn't seem to recognize that I'm Exakt whereas Konfig does. What's the right way to go? Thanks guys!
  6. Ok Brown Rice is dope. I feel my jazz consciousness floating, expanding out towards the horizon...
  7. I love Selling England by the Pound because it's beautiful, experimental, unique, an interesting combination of refined and rough prog, a high point of the Genesis sound, with all members firing on all cylinders.
  8. I upgraded it to 16.6, and it still didn't work. The latest version is 17.1 I think, and I'll have to pay for that, which I may do if it's reasonable. Which ripper are you using?
  9. I've been ripping CDs for 3 years with dbPowerAmp, but yesterday a new problem stopped me in my tracks. When I first open it and put the CD in, the CD spins, it gets the metadata for the album, but when I click to Rip, the CD doesn't spin, the screen greys and the cursor spins endlessly. What should I do? Not sure if it's a hardware or a software problem.
  10. What album should I start with for The Fall? I listened to The Man Whose Head Expanded once and I wasn't that impressed, though it did make me laugh.
  11. I'm 36 but I agree that most of the best rock albums were made before the eighties. Video based promotion of artists is responsible in my opinion. At some point the suits figured out how to market music to people who aren't interested in music, and we've been in dance-pop land (and I include hip-hop in that) ever since.
  12. Some have been concerned that there's just the baby boomers here. Well fear not because I'm of the younger generation and here's my list: Ariel's Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today Bach: Johannes Passion, Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, New 2008 Recording, Angela Hewitt Beach Boys: Friends David Bowie: Blackstar Chico Buarque: Construcao Miles Davis: Water Babies Mac DeMarco: Salad Days (and Salad Days Demos) Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind Donald Fagen: The Nightfly Faure: Incidental Music & Orchestral Music, Michel Plasson, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse Gentle Giant: Interview Liszt: Piano Sonata, Dante Sonata, Petrarch Sonnets, Angela Hewitt Poulenc: Voyage a Paris - The Melodies of Francis Poulenc, Felicity Lott Elis Regina & Tom Jobim: Elis & Tom Rolling Stones: Tattoo You Scriabin: Complete Piano Sonatas, Marc-Andre Hamelin Steely Dan: Gaucho Yes: Close to the Edge Frank Zappa: One Size Fits All
  13. Andrew Hill "Black Fire" is really good and interesting music.
  14. Contours by Sam Rivers is dope.
  15. Thanks guys. I'm going to see if I can audition some of the power conditioners mentioned.