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  1. I’m using Dali Helicon 400 with an Arcam amp with Dirac. Dirac is a massive achievement when used in a difficult or compromised listening room. I wouldn’t go back having heard it.
  2. I’m sympathetic towards them. Hi-fi stopped being mainstream a while ago and like everyone else, they’re probably selling fewer units. They’re built in Britain which costs money (and is something I value). I don’t see many seriously rich people in hi-fi manufacturing. As an example, I know of one make up shop in Central London that turns more profit than Meridian. It’s a big price hike but it’s the new normal and we all have the choice to go elsewhere. On the good side, source components other than vinyl have plummeted in cost.
  3. Yes, I got a message telling me that I was going to have to do this. It looks like problems if you use the MP3 stream but if you’re on Tidal, you’re probably streaming full fat. I’m pretty surprised/grateful mysqueezebox.com is still going. The project was mothballed years ago. We must be on borrowed time with this.
  4. https://www.johnlewis.com/technics-sc-c70-ottava-forte-premium-high-resolution-hi-fi-system-with-bluetooth-wi-fi-airplay-silver/p3319044?sku=237056566&s_ppc=2dx92700046622708837&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-oPmj63a6QIVhoXVCh2vNghzEAUYASABEgIjZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Technics Ottava? I’m inclined to think tough that if someone wants Bose, they should get it. Different priorities.
  5. I would probably go this route which will sound good, probably last years but doesn't have the CD. https://petertyson.co.uk/tivoli-audio-music-system-3-plus Alternatively this which will sound terrific but be about £20 over. https://www.audioaffair.co.uk/geneva-acustica-lounge-radio-and-bluetooth-speaker
  6. Yep. I've had experience of Meridian Support. You're basically on your own. I think it's built in to the price though - those are very good 'speakers for £700. Bang And Olufsen is similar - they laughed at me when I took a Beolit in for repair.
  7. Wireless 'speakers but generally without radios. Where they do have radios, they are often mono. I'm surprised at the extent that people have embraced mono again.
  8. It’s interesting that this choice which would have been easy ten years ago is now quite a difficult question.
  9. The best sculpture gallery I ever went to was Louisiana in Denmark. https://www.louisiana.dk/en/louisiana-history
  10. Broadly, I agree. I prefer a system built in Britain but HJ Leak, Julian Vereker, Allen Boothroyd and Peter Walker are all gone and this is the best we have.
  11. I wondered if it was a Quad Vena but with an upgraded DAC. That’s not a bad thing; the Vena is pretty decent within the terms of its budget and spec. The Leak has an ESS 9038 vs the 9018 of the Vena (if WTF is to be believed). If Leak naming convention is followed, it should be 75 watts a side. The rear plate is almost identical to the Vena with the exception of some remote switches. https://www.quad-hifi.co.uk/vena-ii/
  12. https://www.whathifi.com/news/leak-is-back-and-the-stereo-130-amplifier-is-its-first-modern-retro-masterpiece Not many details but I’m actually quite interested. The original and matching Stereofetic were beautiful and this looks quite liveable with in a second system.
  13. Thx. It’s an old one but I watched a Capture One YouTube video today and that was the piece I used for practice.
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