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  • Turn Table
    Project Debut Audio
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ortofon OM20
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Rega Fono mk2
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz 5005
  • Digital Source 2
    Yamaha WXAD-10
  • DAC
    Micromega DAC 1
  • Integrated Amp
    NAD C368/Puccini SE
  • Pre-Amp
    Feliks Echo
  • Power Amp/s
    Modded Quad 306
  • My Speakers
    Quad S2 Revolver M1
  • Headphones
    HD6xx/Marshall Monitor
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Schiit make a number of DACs and head amps, probably also combos in this price range. UK Schiit has no stock currently. Arcam rHead is a nice headphone amp if you can source one. I think there may also be a combined head amp/DAC. Rega and Project make headphone amps, add a DAC from somewhere like Schiit. I think Cambridge Audio do similar. Lots of options....
  2. If you're going to use jumpers with spade and banana plugs you may as well use the jumpers that come with the speakers. If you don't have the jumpers then just use very short runs of speaker cable without spade or banana plugs. Buying jumpers with pre-fitted banana and spade connectors surely just adds extra to the signal path and makes no sense. I was about to buy a load of spade connectors before I realised the best way to connect speaker cable to terminals is bare wire, that's unless you need to unplug regularly.
  3. Really interesting story this one. Now having a dedicated listening room something along these lines appeals to me. I'll second the question how much did he charge if I may, feel free to ignore or say 'tis private. Rooms have a huge impact imo.
  4. Headcoat

    Room measuring

    Oh please stop, I'll be buying an apple camera adaptor, a umik-1 and AudioTools at this rate. Not that I'd have the first idea how to read the graphs.
  5. Not sure about Yamaha receivers but my WXA-D10 can stream apps such as Spotify and Quboz from the MusicCast app or direct from from the original app i.e. Spotify or Qubuz. Not even sure if that was unclear but thought I'd add it. I've found the WXA-D10 to have a rock solid connection, though sometimes the third party apps themselves play up.
  6. That's all good. Just been reading some of the ASR reviews; it did puzzle me where he estimates an in room response - I'd have expected every room to have a different effect on the speakers fq, no two rooms being the same in all manner of ways. My heads now spinning from looking at fq graphs. Think I'll go back to enjoying or not enjoying and eq'ing as I wish.
  7. Lol. Just looked at the Klipsch measurements and they mostly echo exactly what I do by dropping the mids centred at 2k between 3-6db on all recordings! I also leave the highs flat (mostly) and boost the bass some. If I switch the eq off it all sounds tinny to me! Lots of detail but no music. Taking my hearing into account this is fits with the slope from lows down to highs that apparently most people prefer. Maybe I ought to demo some Klipschs 😎
  8. Read the whole article in reasonable depth. In amongst it all one quote from 'Jules' by the interviewer struck a chord with me: "A Hi-Fi system is not a a microscope. A quote: “It is not obvious that the musical point requires anything like uncovering ‘details’; it requires uncovering musically relevant details. And not just as details, but as parts of a resolved musical whole. Something capable of conveying musical information, or expressing a narrative – in words or music or both."" I'm with that. These really are, to me, immeasurable qualities: feel, flow, resolve, coherence etc The flowery stuff that stops it being clinical. I've said it before but I think I can sometimes tell when an engineer is too focussed on precision measurements in their work and when they also get the feel or the groove. Pushing detail and seperation in the mix at the expense of the whole really kills it for me. It's a balance between the two. Detail is great, as is seperation but too much and it's ingredients and no dish. The Leonard Cohen Live in London lp posted up recently captures the right balance; my sense is if the engineer had purely come at it from a measurement perspective they'd have destroyed the mix, they also got the groove and the feel of the performance - that's art, and some science.
  9. Yep, I'm guessing once any speaker is installed in any given room the sound is going to change considerably, even that two identical measuring, but different, speakers will sound remarkably different in the same room.
  10. High end is what sounds good to the individual. And maybe what also looks good on the rack. As simple as that. Well at least it is for this slightly more than slightly hard of hearing person. That might be more expensive and it might not be. That might measure well conventionally and it might not do. Anything else is simply pretence or measurement. They (budget/mid/hi end) are marketing terms without guaranteed relation to your enjoyment, or lack of.
  11. Just playing the Kenny Burrell and loving it. Will give that Ini Kamoze a spin, I've still got Call The Police on 7 inch somewhere, a blast from the past. And then came Wayne Smith and Sleng Teng which I actually like/liked... even enjoyed Tippa Irie's 'Sleng Teng Finish Already'... but I agree it wasn't long till it all went wrong.
  12. Interested to hear your perception of the sq of these beauties, they're in my list of being considered...
  13. I'm in GL5 as well, just north of Nailsworth. Can you hold for me for an hour or two while I just check out a few things please?
  14. Hi,

    How would you describe the sound of this Yamaha?

    Could you send the word doc from the technician to me at mikesherwin@mac.com please?

    Many thanks,


    1. peachathome


      Hi Michael

      I have just sent you an email with the information requested.

      Best wishes