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    East Sussex, UK
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    Simon

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  • Digital Source 1
    Naim Uniti Core
  • Digital Source 2
    Auralic Aries G1
  • DAC
    Accuphase DA50
  • Integrated Amp
    Accuphase E 270
  • My Speakers
    Raidho X1
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    B&W P7x
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. You'd have to pay duty, VAT and fees which add say 27% or so.,plus it's likely to be a 100V unit, so you'd need a good step down transformer for use in UK. Plus any warranty would involve shipping back to Japan. I'd just go and do a deal,with a reputable UK dealer, were I you.
  2. As when starting off, speakers first is key. Choose the sound you like that works in your room. Then choose an amp properly to drive them, followed by a source. Lugging your stuff down to Richers is mostly futile. By all means take a listen to them and then, if they're potentials, try them out in your room for a readonable amount of time. In general, I feel that your choices and current system are all a bit too much influenced by WTF and mag favourites. Try to expand your horizons a bit; there is some really good kit out there. Seek out a more specialist hifi dealer and discuss with
  3. With over 200 billion having been manufactured, they'll be with us for a while yet.
  4. That's very interesting. To my ears valve amps and SS sound quite different, so it's fascinating that you compared the two technologies against each other as potential purchases, rather than deciding valves or SS and then making a short list. I have heard the VTL and I wasn't that impressed, which just goes to show it's all about what the listener experiences and prioritises, not others' opinions, specs, or much else (price aside)!
  5. You've got some very nice kit indeed. You obviously take music listening very seriously, as do I. I've had many, many systems over the many years, from a few hundred to £50k at one point. I've enjoyed them all, but some things shine brighter in my aural memory than others! The Orton has a very nice subtleness and tonality about it; the ML is a long way apart from that. If warm running is an issue, then the AF amps are heavily biased to Class A so will run warm/hot, plus use up lots on your electricity bills! I now use Accuphase. I seriously suggest you audition perhaps an E280, 380, or ev
  6. You're obviously looking to shop at Elite! Just a few things to be aware of: There are quite a few used/ex dem ML amps around. This is not a volume sales brand, so clearly buyers are moving them on quite quickly. These ex dem/used ones are not selling quickly or easily for considerable periods. Be very sure you want one and will keep long term. Audia Flight is a really minor brand in the UK. These brands tend to shine brightly for a while, especially when promoted heavily, then fade away. Both the amps you mention are enormous heavy lumps; just be sure you'll be OK with that.
  7. The trouble with that is it is heavily swayed to the buyer. PayPal scams for the seller are rife. Suppose PayPal is accepted, per your suggestion, the seller then faces a 6 month wait to see if any claim is made for non receipt, not as described, etc. If a claim is made and then buyer returns an empty box (to obtain travking confirmation to initiate a refund)? My own view is that trust is involved. I will only accept BT in general, but will accept PPG from buyers I deem trustworthy, aa I recognise that many won't necessarily have instant access to cash and need to use a credit card. Cash
  8. I think you need to be a bit clearer in your mind on 'network'. You need to distinguish between your local network (i.e. what originates from your broadened router) and the wider 'internet. If you want app control then you will have to have the device you choose and your 'phone, iPad or whatever, on the same 'network'. They need to be able to communicate with each other. On the wider 'internet' streaming front; you can use that, or not; depends on you. The app will make or break this. I would look at a Node 2i, with a SSD, or HDD plugged in to it. Or possibly a Yamaha unit, whic
  9. Sennheiser do indeed offer a repair service. I've used this in the past; https://en-uk.sennheiser.com/service-support-repairs
  10. All this noise about how Linn can justify this price is futile. They have no intention (or need to) 'justifying' their pricing decisions to members of a hifi forum, particularly this,one. I would imagine that there's not a single member here who buys new kit at this kind of pricing. Acceptability of price depends on the depth of your pockets. A Naim streamer, with two power supplies is £28k or so. A dcs Vivaldi stack is £300k! Linn products have been off my radar for many years. However, I wish them well with this. If successful, it will help them make money and thus keep
  11. A very good all rounder is the Parasound Halo Hint 6. A nice one on the 'bay at present at £2.2k, but takes offers. Very difficult to match/beat in terms of SQ and features for the price.
  12. If you're thinking of upgrading in the medium term, rather than just change (nothing wrong with that though), I would think about speakers first, then an amp to properly drive them, with the facilities that you want. So,often people makenthe mistake of choosing speakers to match an amp. Your list is all over the place. Very different performers. Select the speakers and then consider if you want Class D, A/B, power needed, etc. Then set a budget. There are foxens and dozens of good amps out there; you need to narrow things down a bit. If you're sticking with your PMCs then S
  13. If you're thinking of upgrading in the medium term, rather than just change (nothing wrong with that though), I would think about speakers first, then an amp to properly drive them, with the facilities that you want. So,often people makenthe mistake of choosing speakers to match an amp. Your list is all over the place. Very different performers. Select the speakers and then consider if you want Class D, A/B, power needed, etc. Then set a budget. There are foxens and dozens of good amps out there; you need to narrow things down a bit. If you're sticking with your PMCs then S
  14. If you're thinking of upgrading in the medium term, rather than just change (nothing wrong with that though), I would think about speakers first, then an amp to properly drive them, with the facilities that you want. So,often people makenthe mistake of choosing speakers to match an amp. Your list is all over the place. Very different performers. Select the speakers and then consider if you want Class D, A/B, power needed, etc. Then set a budget. There are foxens and dozens of good amps out there; you need to narrow things down a bit. If you're sticking with your PMCs then S
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