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  1. Headcoat

    Quad 34 Service ?

    I've a 306 that I had serviced third party - new caps and resistors, tweaked to 1v input sensitivity. Entirely subjective but I feel it sounds better: punchier, more dynamic, still warm. Fully agree it could be my mind imagining this to justify cost. I did have a 44 and a 405-2 serviced by Quad way back. Quad don't automatically update capacitors etc. One cap in the 405-2 was replaced. Neither sounded any different whatsoever before or after. No right answer here. I'd say if you can afford it get someone to change out all the capacitors and replace key resistors etc, amps old and given the age quite possible things will blow anytime...
  2. Do cables make a difference - I have no idea. Can all acoustic differences be measured - I doubt it, But if speaker cables can change frequency response then for certain that would be measurable, would it not?
  3. Buy a reasonably priced 'neutral' cable and add tone controls or mini eq. You can then add or remove as you please to take into account your preference, the room, your speakers and other kit, even the recording if you so choose.
  4. @Phobic Listening now, great stuff. Quick read through the list of tracks and surprised to see they have left out 'Rated X' and 'Lord Send Me An Angel' both b-sides to singles, both acosutic.
  5. Cheers. Must have a listen. Always enjoyed his acoustic White Stripes numbers.
  6. You could always look at the NAD C388 or adding a C268 to run as a mon bloc with the C268 - both options will give you a fair bit more power. I agree on the C368, it sounds excellent for the price.
  7. It's strange that someone, not the buyer or as afaik a Harbeth owner, is getting so worked up about this and going to such lengths to criticise the customer service when the actual customer is perfectly happy. Take a step back plasticpenguin.
  8. Good point. Originally, it was really just a passing comment/observation re. the 405-1's. I think the Celestion 44's look gorgeous and am now tempted to try a pair one day...
  9. 9.2 mbps for 192/24 bit wow, that explains a lot; if I stream Qobuz at that rate whilst another streams TV I get bad buffering - we only get 12 mbps or so wirelessly. Thank you. I'm still not convinced, recording/mastering aside, even at that bit rate it sounds any better than Spotify. Certainly it's not a significant enough improvement for my ageing ears!
  10. From the ASR review, and this sums up my experience in which the CCA at least matches various CD players as transports: "4. Using a well-designed Dac like the Topping D50, there is no difference at all between Toslink from Chromecast or higher fidelity sources. All the jitter is filtered out resulting in the performance of the DAC itself being the limit. #4 is a great news here. It means that if you have a good DAC and use Roon, you can turn your DAC into a streamer/renderer using the Chromecast Audio. For just $35, that is a superb addition. As such, the combination of Roon and Chromecase audio is highly recommended! "
  11. Possibly. Couldn't understand using 405-1's when almost everyone says 405-2's are superior.
  12. Interesting point on 1 star reviews is people are also paid to negatively shill the opposition i.e. 1 star reviews are sometimes, even often, fake. Don't have the link to hand but read an article recently on exactly this subject, third party marketing companies hire people to both promote product and slate the opposition online more than we could imagine, it was eye opening.
  13. Good point, might it depend in the type of product rather than the site?
  14. To be honest, customer reviews are a scourge; there's even an entire industry built on shill reviews where reviewers/pluggers get paid to promote brands/products online via a third party. It may seem harmless, but it is imo more than shifty. You can even hire fake protestors to support your cause these days...
  15. Lovely, absolutely lovely. Those Dittons look gorgeous. Though I am puzzled why they have 2 x 405-2's and 2 x 405's, rather than 4 x 405-2's... especially as one of the 405's is also driving a pair of 44's.
  16. ps if you're on the old ADSL2 rather than fibre you won't realistically get any better than 18mb.
  17. Yep, Talk Talk costs me half the price. BT had been creeping the cost up year on year, I took my eyes off the ball and was shocked how much cheaper others were.
  18. That's not good. There are street cabinets around here, one about five minutes walk, that are now super fast fibre. Unfortunately for us we are direct line to exchange so missed out. Makes me recall that our BT speeds on ADSL2 dropped at the time the fibre was put in.
  19. More people back at work means less sharing of bandwidth?
  20. It is, but all ISP's go via Openreach's lines at the exchange. Same lines and Talk Talk provide me with 15mb, guaranteed 8mb; BT can only guarantee 3.7mb and now deliver just that. Only explanation I can think of is limiting speeds from BT, only reason I can think of for that is they don't lease enough capacity from Openreach - if that makes any sense.
  21. We can't get fibre as we are a direct line ti the exchange, rather than a street box, odd but true. Anyways, had always had BT but speed dropped from 15mb to no more than 4mb recently - less using wireless. BT told me that was the fastest we could get, other ISP's promised upto 8mb guaranteed, BT told me that wasn't possible. I changed to Talk Talk and lo and behold we've had 6 weeks at 15mb again. I can only assume BT are capped at the exchange due to not purchasing enough capacity from Openreach.