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  1. Get a pair of 104/2s on the end of that Radford!
  2. The only compromise I can think of is a PLLXO, would still need to go in front of the amplification but its passive components. If you dont want an analogue/dsp active crossover, oherwise its buying lots of capacitors/inductors/resistors etc and making your own passive crossovers.
  3. Id recommend the MiniDSP 2x4 unit, its around £100. I've had the standard and HD version, they are very easy to use. The HD can be used as a preamp/DAC aswell with an analogue and digital input.
  4. Hypex and MiniDSP do plate amplifiers with built in amplification for the simplest solution.
  5. Any active crossover would need to go before the amplifiers,and you would need 4-channels of amplifier for a 2-way speaker.
  6. Thats because you would be getting actual Seas drivers made in Norway rather than cheap knock-off crap from China.....
  7. Yep, still in Faringdon, in the process of moving now actually, but staying in the same town. on the number of speakers.... 😬 I think I'm up to around 60-pairs, although a lot of DIY and some duplicates....
  8. Early 2006 for me, after Zerogain/HifiChoice/WhatHifi IIRC. Don't post too much, generally between AA, Pinkfish and other interest forums (Pentax, Classic Cars etc). System at the time, in University digs was made up of eBay and local CashConverter bargains...although at the time of joining I had a Nad L53 all-in-one I believe. Old Hifi by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  9. Yes, I'm after the stubby version rather than the later larger models like the Stirling HE for example.
  10. No, its the SRM 10B driver. The Stirling TW model onwards had the Tulip Waveguide, I would possibly be interested in that version as long as its the TW 'Bookshelf' model.
  11. Thanks for the link but still ideally looking for a pair of Tannoy 2558 based models.
  12. Still on the look out for the specific Tannoys above.
  13. Make that a close 3rd with the Sony TA-F770ES and KEF 104/2 combo, much like the Tannoy system above just a little to bass heavy for my room at the time. System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  14. Well, I have two.... (both using the Sony DVP-S9000ES as a CD source) The BEST I have owned that suited the room, was the following: Rega R9/Ania Denon PMA-2500NE KEF Reference 201/2 System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Just nothing wrong at all, and suited my 17ft x 11ft room so well. Only 'downsized' economically as I needed to free up some cash. My current system is a paired down version with a Bryston B60 (as the 2nd system below) and some ATC SCM10s, the 2nd best bookshelf I have heard after the 201/2 but a great deal cheaper. The 201/2s have superb bass extension, although they are quite chunky for standmounts, a full 3-way design. Just overall balance was superb from top to bottom, I can't really think of anything they do wrong, for a normal UK sized living room. Not going to do full dynamics in a concert hall but thats not what they are designed for. Great match with the big Denon amp, oodles of power, great DAC and Phonostage but it is a beast, certainly need a large (deep) rack! The most potential, and a system I really liked but just could quite not get to work in my room (previous flat) was the following: Michell Gyrodec SE / SME M2-9 / AT33PTGII (in this photo RB300 / 2M Blue) with Trichord Dino Bryston B60R Tannoy Stirling HE System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Tannoy Stirling HE by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Everything was just great apart from a couple of bass humps that I could not tame without DSP at the time.
  15. Not as far as I am aware, mine had an issue around a year or so after I bought it IIRC, intermittently loosing the right channel. Sent back, traced the issue, replaced a minor part and packed up back to me all FOC.
  16. This is one reason I have come back to a Bryston B60R, although my actual amp has ticked over the 20-year warranty, at least if it did go wrong PMC/Bryston could fix it. My previous B60 a few years ago actually went back to Bryston and had a minor repair done under its warranty, superb service!
  17. Would be my choice https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panasonic-TX-65GX800B-65-Inch-SMART-4K-Ultra-HD-HDR-LED-TV-Alexa-Compatible-/202988470347?hash=item2f430e404b
  18. Get in touch with Rega direct, Analogue Sounds used to have them listed for sale on their website but no longer.
  19. Depends on what speakers you are connecting it to? Personally, the standout models I have tried in that price range: Bryston B60R - Around £600, comes with 20-year transferable warranty and if you don't need monster power (>60wpc) then its the best amp I have had. Denon PMA-2000AE/2020AE/2500NE - on budget, has oodles of power, inputs, decent MM/MC stage and the 2500NE model has a great DAC built in. Sony TA-F770ES - bit older and like the Denon, loads of inputs and decent phonostage too. Audionote Oto SE - Not sure if these are still in budget, superb EL84 output amp, if you don't need much power, best all round valve amp for sensible money I have heard.
  20. For an integrated with built in DAC, the Denon PMA-1600NE would be a good shout: https://www.pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/denon-pma-1600ne-black.240508/ I had the bigger 2500NE for a while and it was superb.
  21. Yes, they are pretty good at the mid-range, although that is emphasized by the lean bass response. I still have the speakers but they are sitting upstairs in the spare room. The outriggers were from a pair of Rega R9s I had.
  22. Looking good! I have a pair of Frugelhorn Lites with some Veravox 3 drivers I already had, and they work quite well although they don't have the bass response of the Mark Audio units. In my room, I get reasonably flat down to around 100Hz and then it starts to tail off, even when placed in corners. The peaks at 32Hz and 65Hz are my room, and help to fill it out a bit, can certainly be a problem with more normal speakers where I have had issues with bloated bass. FHL Distortion @ 65dB (Stereo @ Seat) by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Frugelhorn Lite by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  23. A highlights reel... Luxman PD-272 - looked amazing but sounded a bit vauge Luxman PD-272 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Sony DVP-S9000ES - Owned now for I forget how many years, tried many CDPs and not found anything better. Sony TA-F770ES - Owned a couple of these, brilliant amps that have loads of power, decent phono stage too Sony ES System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Denon PMA-2500NE - Owned this as well as the previous version, PMA-2000AE. Both huge, battleship style amps similar to the Sony 770ES. Real one-for all amplifier. System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Toshiba SD-9500 - A great CDP/DVD player, only sold as I went back to the S9000ES. Toshiba SD-9500 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Teac A-BX7R - I had this for a fair few years, great amp and good match with the VRDS. Teac VRDS-10SE - Brilliant build, and served me well for many years but some issues with old laser System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Been quite a few other bits, such as the Sony TA-F670ES, the smaller brother of the 770ES. Also a host of cheaper bits including Sony TA-F3000ES, Teac A-H01, TA-F448e, Marantz PMA-7200A and a couple of Yamaha & Sony CDPs.....
  24. I've never really got that approach. If its a concours car and does not get driven then maybe, but if you actually want to drive it, then modern things like Electronic Ignition can be installed, and from the outside, can look pretty stock as well.
  25. Thats mainly as Saab invested in it properly, Triumph were far to bothered with all the in-fighting and internal competition in the Leyland Group. BL/Triumph had designs to replace the Dolomite in mid-70s with new slant-4 based engines in smaller sizes with a whole new model, the SD2. Remember they stopped serious development the Slant-4 engine with the Dolomite Sprint version. They had rumours of a 32V Stag based 3.0 Litre V8 for example, what a beast that would have been! You can't really compare as Saab actually developed the engine, with the Turbo for example, and the rest was history.