Brown Bottle

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Brown Bottle last won the day on September 9 2016

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About Brown Bottle

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  • Birthday 05/03/1968

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    The Hoo Peninsula
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  • Turn Table
    Clearaudio Emotion
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Goldring 1012GX
  • SUT / Phono Stage
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz 6005
  • Integrated Amp
    Rotel RA-1570
  • My Speakers
    Proac Studio 150
  • Headphones
    AKG K702
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. This mirrors my experience. I bought my 150s damaged. A kind former Wammer obtained a couple of new drivers from ProAc, fitted them and upgraded the crossover. I’ve had them for 11 years now. I upgraded my amp 4 years ago to a Rotel RA1570, the 150s thrive on the current the Rotel produces. I’d like to try something with ribbon tweeters in the future and fancy some big Tannoys if I ever have the room. I’ll never sell the 150s though. I heard extensively the 140s that the previous owner of my 150s replaced them with. I think the 150s are a better speaker. Cheers BB
  2. A bit later than I'd hoped. My amp: Internal shot from Rotel website: Cheers BB
  3. I’ll post one tomorrow. Cheers BB
  4. Been using a RA1570 for the last few years, absolutely love it. Built in DAC is really useful. It really opened up my Proac Studio 150s. I reckon it would drive just about any speakers. Cheers BB
  5. I missed the last couple of shows so it was great to get back into it. Big thanks to everyone who took the time to exhibit their gear, hats off and thanks to you all. Some highlights for me were: Room 121 - eddie-baby, what a marvelous little system, I honestly didn't know who'd won the suitcase challenge but I thought it must have been this one, it sounded absolutely great. I'm probably biased though being a Proac owner. Room 19 - Wizmax/Speedracer - I'd never heard BBC type speakers other than Harbeths, those Rogers LS5/9 made me re-think about the BBC sound. Not my favourite speakers of the day but probably very well suited to my room, I'll certainly have another listen when it's time to change. Room 117 - Maverick/Aejoker - read a lot about the Boenicke W8's but still wasn't prepared for the big sound they produced, one of the only rooms we visited twice. Room 101 - Audioflyer - the other room we visited twice, I could have sat in this room for hours. Real synergy going on here, great deck into Class A amplification feeding a 12' Woofer. The music just washed over you, not forced, not laid back, just spot on. I don't know Audioflyer's real name but he was a real gent too, thank you. I don't frequent the Wam much now but I'd just like to ask all members to support the show, it's unique and the high point in the year for this hobby of ours. Cheers BB
  6. Please let it be anyone but Kate Tempest, the lyrics/words are very clever, I just can't stand the delivery. Haven't heard all of them yet but nothing stands out for me so far. Cheers BB
  7. Have you tried them with the bass drivers facing inwards? I've read a couple of reviews, one preferred the bass facing inwards and the other facing outwards. Both review said the needed space around them, is this your finding too. Congrats by the way, lovely looking things. Cheers BB
  8. We lost one about 2 years ago, full of work kit in the back too. Gang was convicted last year, they had stolen over 40 IIRC. We have additional security measures now., Cheers BB
  9. We have 2 Ford Transits, bought with around 80K or 90K on them. One of them has had a couple of problems, probably spent about £2500 on top of regular servicing but otherwise have been trouble free for 2 years (now both 120K on them). One was ex AA so I assume it had been looked after. They are more reliable than the 2 Renault Trafics they replaced. We had the Trafics from new but once over 70K they had litany of problems. Sounds like your Peugeot is okay, I'd keep it going until something serious comes up. Cheers BB
  10. Moving from Epos M5 to Proac Studio 150 and then going back to the 150's after swapping them out for a while with some Studio 110's. Even Mrs BB, who has no interest in Hi-Fi, said we had a lucky escape when the other party decided not to make the swap for the 110's for the 150's permanent. Cheers BB
  11. IMHO, his best is Coles Corner, which The Ocean comes from, it's his 4th album, the first with his current label. It was pipped to the Mercury Prize by The Arctic Monkey's, their lead singer opened his acceptance speech with "Quick, call the Police, Richard Hawley's just been robbed". True Loves Gutter is another favourite of mine. Standing At The Skies Edge is a bit heavier, I really like it but I know some fans aren't so keen. All his albums have some great tracks on them. I've seen him live four times, he's a great live performer, backed by a decent band too. Cheers BB