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  • Turn Table
    Nakamichi TX-1000
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME 309/MC Essence
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Anatek MC1
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz CD-94
  • Digital Source 2
    B&O BS9000
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    Marantz CDA-94
  • Integrated Amp
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    Yamaha CX-10000
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    B&O Beolab 90
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    I am in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Interesting timing that this thread should re-surface. As I have mentioned, I always use UPS through Parcel2go and have done for years without any problems. However, UPS recently suspended their operations for a week to catch up with an order backlog. As a result, I had to pick a different courier to ship an eBay item and chose TNT as they are allegedly better than UPS if you believe the reviews. Well, they failed to deliver it initially as they "couldn't find the address". Parcel2go actually contacted me initially as the delivery date passed with no confirmation of delivery and so they said they'd be investigating, which was impressive. However, TNT then updated the shipping to say they'd delivered it so P2G closed the case, but my buyer still didn't have it, so I had to get P2G to re-open the issue in order to find out where the bloody thing was. Well, it turned out that TNT gave up on delivering it to the right place and their “successful delivery” was actually to Parcel2Go HQ! P2G then contacted me to say they would ship it back to me - not via TNT, thank god. I received it back, checked it was OK then re-shipped it with UPS. It arrived safe and sound at 11am the next morning. And the craziest thing of all - where was this delivery address that proved such a challenge for TNT? Was it a remote farm up a long narrow lane in the depths of the countryside? Was it a distant crofter's cottage in the Scottish Highlands? Er, no - it was a flat in Central London!
  2. Bugger. I couldn't get to the February one because of the rain and now both this and the NVCF are cancelled. This is probably the first time in about 25 years I'll have gone to NO vintage hi-fi events in a year!
  3. It's like coppery, but less conductive.
  4. I must confess to still having a certain wariness of some Chinese-made items, which stems from years of experiencing and reviewing stuff that is, frankly, dangerous. Off the top of my head I can recall earth lift switches that put a 47 Ohm resistor in series with mains earth and a valve amplifier where the internal HT wiring and the earth wiring were the same colour! Additionally, these £20 amplifiers from eBay and Amazon that people get so excited about, I wouldn't let across the threshold of my house. That said, I recently reviewed a "European" item that is made in China (as it happens, by Shanling, who I've always found to do stuff properly) and it was an absolute masterclass in professional wiring, neat layout and adherence to correct methods for electrical topology, earthing connectivity and safety labelling. It put a few UK and European-made items I have encountered to shame. The topic raised above of where components come from always makes me smile, too, especially when i encounter a proudly trumpeted "Made in England" item that then goes on to talk about its high quality internal components. All of which invariably come from China...
  5. Do you leave your oven on when you're not cooking anything? Do you leave your vacuum cleaner on when you're not cleaning? Do you leave your car engine running when you're not driving anywhere? If you answered "No" to all of the above, then why would you leave your hi-fi on when you're not listening to it?!
  6. UK mains spec is 230V +10/-6%, giving a range of 216-253V, and CE marked gear will tested to operate over this range. And when I say ‘CE marked’, I don’t mean the ones with the China Export, mark rather than the proper CE logo!
  7. My dad was certainly an influence on me as he always had an interest in hi-fi and my blossoming fascination with it certainly dug out his old enthusiasm. He used to take me along to the Bristol Show every year until I could drive and I think he enjoyed it as much as I did. The biggest influence, however, was my Uncle Terry. He was a BT engineer with a passion for hi-fi and music but built most of his own stuff. When I was young he had a Doram international 25 amplifier and Goodmans Axiom 401s with additional KEF tweeters, the latter built into the sideboard of his lounge. This was partnered by an Ambit FM tuner and a Sharp cassette deck plus the object that I coveted most - a Garrard 301 with SME 3009 and Shure M75ED. The sound of this whole setup was wonderful but, not only that, he had a timer setup and an amplifier that piped music round to every room in his and my aunt's 3 storey house - each room had its own loudspeaker and volume control. He even configured it so that you could have the radio playing round the house and listen to something else in the lounge. All designed and built by himself in the late 1960s! Well, as a young lad I coveted a new-fangled CD player and my nan agreed to buy me one for Christmas. She did (a Yamaha CD-29) and my dad used it as an excuse to upgrade his system, passing the old one onto me, so my CD player resided in the lounge for a couple of years until he bought his own and mine moved upstairs. It was the future, I was convinced. Until that fateful day when we went to see Uncle Terry to find that his new Philips CD-371 had made him decide to give up on vinyl - I arrived and the Garrard was nowhere to be seen. I was horrified and for years afterwards my aunt laughingly recalled me asking where it was before I even said hello to everyone! It turned out that he couldn't bear to part with it and it was in the bottom of the wardrobe in the guest room where we stayed. It remained there for a few years and I used to peek at it longingly. Well, one day we were chatting about it and he said he was thinking of selling it - I naturally asked if he'd give me first refusal and he said if I wanted it, i could have it. I duly brought it home plugged it in and was rather surprised that it wiped the floor with my beloved Yamaha CD player. This was the start of a slippery slope that I'm still hurtling down today, hundreds an hundreds of turntables later, and with a current collection of 28 or so. I still have the 301 and will never, ever part with it. As a footnote, Uncle Terry changed his system a few more times and by the time he died it wasn't sounding great. My aunt died a few years after him and, as my mother was the only relative they had, it fell to us and some friends to clear the house. I took what hi-fi he had left but I was sad not to be able to rescue the Goodmans speakers - I left my details with the solicitors to pass to the new house buyers to say I would buy the speakers as I felt sure they would rip out the very 1960s brick fireplace and sideboard - as indeed they did! Sadly the message never got through and I never heard from them. Fast forward a year or so and I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted them on eBay (they were in very distinctive wood surrounds with wicker grilles!). It turned out that the house buyers had sold them on eBay and a chap bought them with the intention of making them into a project. He never did so offered them back up. I contacted him and told him the story and on seeing photos I sent him of them in the lounge in their heyday he was kind enough to stop the auction and sell them to me for he same price he paid for them. I still have them and am still pondering what best to do with them.
  8. Naim did some great ones but my favourite is still...
  9. My main loudspeakers are active and I wouldn't change them for the world. They have the advantages of huge power reserves, full room correction and tuning plus different narrow, wide and omnidirectional operating modes. It's no understatement to say that have utterly transformed my home listening experience. Downsides? Well, 132kg each is a bit of a pain (literally, at times!)'re not exactly cheap.
  10. We used to use these for power testing at Goodmans and they were indeed impressively juicy and damn near unburstable! Can't remember ever trying one out sonically but it would be a fascinating project.
  11. Ah, shame. The chap I was referring to isn't the gentleman you mention but I know exactly who you mean!
  12. Having heard Rehdekos in the past, the only advice I can give you with regard to making connections to them is - Don't.
  13. If it's a current unit there should be a user guide on the manufacturer's website, i would have thought. What's the make/model?
  14. This is a fair point. At Hi-Fi World we used to use a Celine Dion track quite regularly to check for midrange stridency. If it didn't have me running from the room, crying and covering my ears, it was a good system.