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Billy Collins

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About Billy Collins

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  • Birthday 06/01/1974

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  • Location
    The Netherlands
  • Real Name
    William Collins

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Akito, Dynavektor XX
  • SUT / Phono Stage
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
    Musical Fidelity
  • Integrated Amp
    Marants PM11s2
  • Pre-Amp
  • My Speakers
    Chario Constellation
  • Headphones
    Various Sennheisers
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Hi Thomas, thank you for this very informative message. I never heard of Lejonklou and missed the fact that Concerto is a dealer. I had a look and it seems very interesting. I will give Alex in Concerto a call in the next week or so and ask is he can set me up for a demo with a few of the suggestions you have made. I'd be keen to test the phono stages side by side and also the Selekt (which i am familiar with) vs the Boazu above. Also noted your points about the Karousel and Keel. Really appreciate your help! Billy
  2. I am intrigued by the Sugden / Harbeth recommendation. I loved the former M30s - have yet to hear the XDs. Thanks for cautioning regarding the Keel issue - I will check with my dealer. I am in the process of drafting an email with one or two scenarios to discuss with him based in these responses. great message board - extremely informative and friendly.
  3. Thanks - I’ve wondered about buying Linn stuff second hand. How do you get the components assembled - say in the case of a Keel or a Urika? Would a Linn dealer do that?
  4. Thanks for the ideas. I underestimated (or perhaps forgot) the importance of the sub chassis. This is the problem when you’re out of the market and not using the gear for a while I think.
  5. Yes, I deal with a dedicated Linn dealer in Amsterdam called Concerto Audio. They seem to have a decent chunk of the Dutch Linn market. Very good guys!
  6. Hi Thanks very much you for this response - I really appreciate the configuration and price indication. If I wanted to go with speakers in the 5k range, would taking Kore instead of Keel be a reasonable trade off? I’m a bit old fashioned but really struggle with the idea of paying so much for a billet of aluminium. My first priority is get the system up and running, later optimised (as you suggest perhaps nee cartridge, tone arm too perhaps). thanks again
  7. Thank you - very helpful response. I think the Karousel and Keel are kind of inevitable now. I really like the idea of the Urika 2 - partly for the synergy with the Radikal, which I feel I never maximised since purchase. Have you thoughts in where you would go from the Urika (amp + speakers?) (I am also toying with the idea of an all LInn source (inc Karousel / Keel / Urika) and moving into Hegel and Harbeth speakers. Thank you Billy
  8. Thank you - the Karousel is a new product for me. I will have a look (the whole box needs a service anyway so this would be the right time to get that added). On the Selekt - thank you, for that suggestion. Very helpful. Much appreciated. Billy
  9. Hi All, I am a new member, and would really appreciate a bit of advice. This weekend my wife redesigned the my house, and I have been given carte blanche to upgrade my audio setup. So I am aiming to build a new system around my 2014 LP12. I will be discarding a Marantz PM11s2 and Chario Constellation Cygnus speakers which have served their time. This means I will be left with a Turntable and Motor and nothing else. Base System Linn LP12 + Linn Akita Arm + Dynavektor XXV mk 2 + Radikal Motor + Trampoline Future System Streaming: I want to add an appropriate level Network Player (along lines of Linn Selekt DSM) Phono Amp: A phono preamp which does justice to the LP12 (not sure whether there is a case for Urika / Urika 2) Amp: A quality amp - either integrated or power (but ideally aiming to keep box count low and keep signal chain clean as possible) Speakers: Standmounted monitors I am open to going etiher Passive or Active (maybe Exakt / Akudoric?). Can anyone on the board here give me a suggestion of possible expansion paths? I am a bit out of touch with recent developments on Linn or other audio products. I am also keep to stay as close to Linn as possible - although speakers are a question for me (I also like Harbeth / Graham / B&W / Focals etc) Thank you very much for any help, and I appreciate your patience in case I have broken any message board taboos Kind regards, Billy
  10. Hi Billy Collins,

    A very warm welcome to THE WAM - MUSIC & HIFI FORUM, you are now part of a fantastic group of music lovers and HiFi enthusiasts.

    We are very excited that you have decided to join us. It is packed full of interesting reviews, news and pictures of great HiFi systems and other tech gadgets for your enjoyment.

    Our members know just about everything there is to know about amps, speakers, turntables and all things music so feel free to introduce yourself and ask them!



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