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  1. The crossover is second order for both LF and HF. I would leave the inductor as it is (it will have a resistance that has probably been accounted for), but you could see if you could get a decent 14uF cap if you can find the value. A decent one might not need the 0.01uF bypass, but you could get something anyway. Don't spend much here. You could replace the lamp network with a single resistor, just measure and replace. And again replace the 3uF and its bypass if you like, and leave the inductor. The HF is probably more sensitive to improvement in components. Changing the values will change t
  2. I agree with Serge, the analogue volume control will end up giving sub optimal results for a high price. I don't have much of a problem using a digital volume control, despite listening at a range of volume levels, compressed pop and quiet classical. Just set the digital volume max to your max listening level, assuming that you have gain controls on each amp. If you don't have volume controls on each amp, you can end up with significant digital attenuation on some channels. This is to be avoided if possible, although it may not be audible. Choose your amps wisely! If you are desperate to ha
  3. AmDismal

    Big TDLs

    I thought they were OK - the deep bass was nice, but the mid bass lacked impact iirc. Be OK for a three-figure comedy punt, or maybe a swap to active, but don't expect your last speakers ever
  4. Agreed, although it's not normally corruption that is the problem, but user error. Most data loss is because someone deleted it by accident, or buggered it up in some way (MP3Tag actions anyone?). Raid provides no protection against this, whereas a daily backup, with a weekly archive, and a quarterly long term archive, should sort you out. Then the worst that can happen is that you lose today's stuff.
  5. It's actually not possible to make anything better
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    If you agreed to buy them, and sent across the money, then you have a contract, I would say. If then the vendor agrees to keep hold of them and send them to your purchaser, to save postage, it seems reasonable. I don't really see how you can claim you didn't have a deal.
  7. Beethoven put tempo markings into his scores. I'm pretty sure that every single conductor looks at them, has a bit of a think, and ignores them. We should lynch them all!
  8. What a bizarre comment. Anyone knowledgeable can comment about the quality of performance. The whole purpose of a performance is to provide an interpretation of the music, adding something to the composer's intention - otherwise we'd not bother with new performances, we'd just scan the music in to playback software and hit play! As for comparing conductors, I don't think anyone would say one was better than another, but certainly you would say that one had a superior interpretation of a particular piece. You should listen to building a library on radio 3 Saturday mornings, they go through al
  9. The quality of performance is a musical aspect, so generally subjective/personal, I agree. But the extent to which the HiFi allows the quality of performance to be assessed is what I was getting at. Although I don't see how it can be readily measured.
  10. I'm not sure I quite understand the question. A commonly asked/disputed question is, "should a HiFi sound nice, or be accurate?" To which the answer is that the best HiFi should be the most accurate, but the most enjoyable may not be so (although there is usually a high correlation between accuracy and enjoyment). Each individual chooses his preferred position on the accurate/nice scale. Your question also puts me in mind of the HiFi News record reviews, which had separate scores for recording and performance - some stuff sounds great but isn't actually that interesting musically (pop) or br
  11. My local timber merchant does 25mm from stock, but the next size down is 18mm
  12. Oh I just assumed you would. Just add a soundcard to any old thing and it should be fine unless it's a real dinosaur.
  13. Once you have the settings sorted, you can improve the quality by adding an M2Tech Joplin, say - that is an A-D converter designed to digitise vinyl - or a better soundcard, Nadja, whatever. Or you could get a pro analogue active crossover, or convert the settings into using passive crossover components. Digital is *really* good for ease of changes while you play about. Personally I think it's good enough, and indeed Pete uses it with some nice TTs. Enjoy the journey
  14. It allows digital sources to be fed into the DSP, but since it's a digital crossover, they will of course be converted to digital. It makes sense to get things working with J River, spare t-amps etc, as you'll be makes a lot of changes quickly. Very cheap experimentation.
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