George 47

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  • Turn Table
    Voyd Ref 0.5
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME V/ IoII
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    Audionote s2
  • Digital Source 1
    dCS Bridge
  • Digital Source 2
    AN CD4T
  • DAC
    Audionote DAC4.1x
  • Integrated Amp
    Nord One NC500DM
  • Pre-Amp
    Pass Labs XP22
  • Power Amp/s
    Pass Labs XA30.8
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    Audionote E/HE
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    Stax 303
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. No. You are meant to take the duck out of the speaker first......
  2. My understanding was Tannoy was taken over by the parent company of Behringer, Music Tribe. They had a grand paln to move all the production to China and therefore decided to make the staff redundant as they were no longer needed. The senior engineers formed Fyne Audio. However, (so the story goes) they went to China and other counries and informed them that Tannoy speakers would be made in China and therefore cheaper. The Chinese dealers (and others) were totally unimpressed and made their feelings known. Behringer reversed their decision and restarted making Tannoy's Prestige range in Coatbridge again. The cheaper speakers are made in China. So selling the factory land is odd and of course could be a new development. I am unaware of any change, but it is possible and no one in the industry has been informed.
  3. Simon, good write-up. I have heard these speakers separately and I would say you have summed them up well. You used a wide range of music and listened. What's not to like. I suspect now is the time to just relax and enjoy the speakers in your system as their high efficiency will go well with your valve amplifiers. I have just bought a high power valve amplifier and you do a get a more relaxed and in control sound but some of high power valve amps can sound a bit weak as they use inadequate transformers. Just chill, enjoy the new speakers with some great music and go for 8-10 hour sessions! Food, drink and comfort station visits allowed.
  4. And that is the key. Forget the waffly measurements as we all know that manufacturers make it all up, magazines do not want to upset all their advertisers so always agree with the companies and amateurs like ASR are inconsistent and never agree with anybody else, even those with better calibrated measurement equipment. What is a poor Wammer to do? Well you can go there and enjoy the time. Forget level matched nonsense, they will throw you out of the shop (and quite right too). Take your favourite music, listen to the tunes and hear the differences (if there are any). You are NOT on trial, the equipment is. If you hear no difference do not worry. You can leave with the one you like the look of and save money. If the more expensive DAC sounds better then only you can decide whether the difference is worth the money. Remember it is ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC. Enjoy it and have fun. And remember if the salesman sounds more convincing than the equipment, it is time to leave.
  5. Not for test driving a Porsche GT3.
  6. Search around. There have been some bargain prices for new Chord TT2s making your decision even more difficult!!
  7. Could I dispel the cheap components Linn argument.?A few years back Linn agreed to come to the Wam show with a few of their engineering team and set up a demo or two of their active systems. They were free with their time, stayed at the hotel and were all available for discussions. Having spent some time talking to their Head of Electronics I can ssure that their digital engineering is second to none. Their manufacturing capabilities are also some of the best there is and whilst you can always argue about UK made products and compare them to Chinese made products on VFM it can be a bit more hit and miss in that market. Linn led the 'digital can sound good market' with their original Linn Klimax. i have owned the Akurate anf the Linn Klimax and they have superb sound quality. They know how to make excellent switched mode power supplies. Yes they will be more expensive being made in the UK, they have a huge R&D department and do not forget the customers (or are canny marketeers) with their upgrade route and gave away their room optimisation software which others charge a lot for. And no I am not a 'fanboi', I do not own a Linn product now. You clearly had a bad experience, it happens.
  8. Griffo 500: The input sensitivity of your speakers is 1V for full output, all 112db of it coming out of your speakers. The output of your DAC will be at least 2V (if balanced could be 4V) so all you need is an attenuator. That can either be in the Linn, the pot in a preamplifier or the volume control of a passive preamplifier. Now the biggest bang for the buck will be the passive as there is so little in the circuit although a lot do not have lots of facilties. The choice between an Allegri or an MFA is a bit like angels on a pinhead as to which you prefer. They sound different but which is better? There is a third product in transformer volume controls, the Icon 4 which uses the same method as the Allegri but has a lot more facilties such as remote volume, balance control, A/V, sleep mode etc. And it is about £1,000 less expensive. About £1.6k vs £2.4K. The Linn DSM is a great one box solution and has a built in volume control, done properly. And it has a few added bonus features like room correction that will match to your specific speakers. Despite that some do not like the 'honest truth' of passives and prefer something that 'flavours' the signal with active preamplifiers. In your postion a DAC and an Icon 4 would be my choice. Small, neat and you can control them remotely. The MFA is manual unless you spend a lot and buy a motor to attach onto the volume control.
  9. And to spice it all up there is a great deal of discussion going on in the USA where some dealers are charging for demos. If you buy you get the money back otherwise it is a cost of buying.
  10. Network Acoustics ------ENO Ethernet Filter Review by George Sallit Network Acoustics ENO Copper Version I have been following a course of digital improvements recently and with a review of this product I believe I have gone as far as I would like to ‘down the rabbit hole’. There seems to be hundreds of digital improvement products on the market and to be honest a lot either don’t do anything or they are more a sideways change. Of course, some are not and Network Acoustics's ENO is one of them. The ENO is a straightforward product and consists of a plain plastic box used to avoid magnetic interference that would result from using a metal box and the filters. Its aim in life is to ‘clean up’ the ethernet data used to transmit digital music. The box has an ethernet input socket and a captive output cable with one of the highest quality ethernet plugs I have seen. The output cable has a Telegartner RJ45 CAT8 connector and it certainly looks the part. What is in the ABS box and how does it work? Well basically, it consists of hand-wound choke filters. The input signal induces an output signal but because of the design of the filters, the noise is filtered and the input signal is effectively isolated from the output. In effect, the use of these filters is said to be one of the best ways to achieve good signal clean-up but they are infrequently used as they are difficult to design and are therefore more expensive. I have to admit I was suspicious of this whole idea. Ethernet data transmission is one of the most robust ways of transmitting digital data. Also, the data goes through isolation transformers in the ethernet sockets. I guess there may be transformers and chokes. Network Acoustics are secretive about the internal design of the filters. Network Acoustics ENO Silver Version So, testing this device was easy as all that is required is to plug in the original ethernet cable into the ENO socket and then plug the captured ENO ethernet cable into the original ethernet socket. In my case the one on my dCS Bridge. I checked the volume levels to make sure they were the same and they were. Onto the listening session. I used my Melco+PlixiR, into a dCS Bridge, an Audionote 4.1 DAC/Chord Qutest, a Pass Labs XP22, a Pass Labs XA30.8 and finally the ANE Silver Signature speakers with Cut Loose silver ribbon cable throughout. I did swap the amps for an Icon 4 passive preamp and an ARC Ref 110 to make sure the device worked with solid-state and valves. I listened to my list of test music plus a few new extra tracks that have caught my attention recently. On the Game of Thrones Medley by the 2 Cellos, the ENO reduced the noise floor, kept the power and dynamics of the music and allowed me to follow the theme far more easily. Some digital filters reduce the air and sparkle in the music and make it sound duller and lessen the dynamics. Not here, the dynamics were if anything increased. The voicing of cellos was excellent and the tonal intensity was kept. Hearing the overall musical theme was not lessened or reduced and it was easy to follow the flow of the music. Ember’s WhoMadeWho is a dry electronic recording with a powerful bass. The ENO tightened the bass and gave the song much better drive. In the middle of the track, there is a musical break and some powerful bass is played. With the ENO in circuit, this bass had real power and an ability to shock. The bass provides a nice break in the music and allows the catchy theme to return and drive the song along. I was becoming more impressed. Onto Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin from their first album. The nice bass playing intro was easily heard and set up the song well with a few musical interventions across the stereo image. And in comes Robert Plant with his voice letting you know what he thinks. Real, raw power without restraint. The fine detail that allows you to hear the emotion in his voice was easier to hear with the ENO in circuit. It lets you know the difference between a good singer and a great one. Robert Plant, in his heyday, was a great singer. And then Bonzo lets rip. He really knew how to bang the drums with power and subtlety. The ENO made it easier to hear. On to something quieter, Rhiannon Giddens singing Birmingham Sunday. This sounds like a polite folk song starting with a nice piano intro. She sings with great finesse about a very tragic incident. With the ENO in circuit, it was easier to hear that this was not another twee song but one describing an event where the Klu Klux Klan bombed and murdered four young girls in a Baptist Church in Birmingham USA. Powerful. Enough of this modern stuff how about Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic? The timpanis announce the start of a big bold piece of music. The ENO made it easier to hear that the timpani strikes were different and how they were different. The brass was clearly brass instruments with the right amount of blatt and metallic sound from the instruments. You could more easily hear the separate instruments but when they all played together there was a greater sense of power from the collective orchestra. It is easy to get carried away with these changes and I hope I do not give the impression they are earth-shattering as they are not. But they are really worthwhile and allow you to enjoy the music more. With the ENO in circuit, the musical details were made more obvious and that added to the enjoyment of the music, no matter what genre of music was played. This box costs £500 and uses copper wires or £700 for the silver version. Knowing the price of these filters makes this product good value for the money. So much so I am buying one. But putting aside the cost considerations, the improvement in the music was well worthwhile and I welcome this new product from Network Acoustics.
  11. OK who bloody shot the hamster?
  12. A couple of the five valve amps here: 211 with Psvane Acme 211s on a specially made Hifi Racks table And just look at the lovely superb valves in this ARC Ref 110. Where? With 8xKT120 they are so powerful they have to be hidden and caged and defintely not seen.
  13. Same here and those little tuning bells. Zip, nadda, nothing.
  14. Sensory overload....must go lie down....