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mtbmarkymark

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  1. Hi, I'd like the blue mogami AES-EBU cable if it's still available Cheers
  2. A £23 Bluetooth receiver thingy with a pair of RCA outputs. Plugged into the aux input of an ancient Sanyo mini-system amp it has brought streamed music to my mancave.
  3. I would always advise a demo and most things bought during recent years have been on extended home demo which is even better. Despite these good habits last year I ignored all this and bought a expensive P.S Audio BHK preamp. No demo, just reviews, .........flipping fab bit of kit mind so I either my judgement is improving or I got lucky
  4. A recent change to Fibre broadband meant having to add a network switch to my system to cope with the number of wired ethernet devices i have as the internet providers router didn't have enough Being a committed audiophile / loony i researched the topic and some people report improvements in sound quality from inserting a switch. Second hand Cisco 2960 / HP procurve models are often recommended as sounding better than current budget switches. So i decided to buy one and picked up a second hand HP procurve for less than £20. I got a 100/10 unmanaged type and it works fine. if you have a similar setup with your streamers ethernet cable plugged into your internet providers all in one modem / router / switch box then why not try one of these second hand switches in the system and see what you think. It's a way of dipping your toe in the water without spending loads If you could then get a audiophile network switch on demo / sale or return you could swap the switches over and compare
  5. For Sale is my Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 T c/w a matching Pro-Ject Power Box RS Uni Linear power supply This is Pro-Jects top of the line CD transport retailing at £2199. The linear power supply retails at £499 I would like £1600 + postage for them both When my previous CD player became an expensive doorstop due the the unavailability of a replacement lazer mechanism i was determined to find a future proofed replacement. Former engineers from the Philips CD mechanism development team have worked with Pro-ject to develop a range of CD mechanisms that will find their way into many other manufacturers products as well as Pro-Ject's The transport is 18 months old and is in excellent condition with a variety of outputs to connect to the DAC. It sounds excellent with a lively and involving sound. There are some good quality reviews online. I like the easy to use screen which can be set to either a white or dark background and the brightness adjusted The half size case work allows the transport and the PSU to be sited next to each other on the same shelf. The only slight downside i have found with the unit is that due to its small size and top loading lid design it is slightly more noisy than other CD players i have owned. When listening late at night at low levels i could sometimes hear the disc spinning from my seat ( 2m from the rack ). I have enjoyed my time with the RS2 T but i have moved over to the convenience of streaming I will send the unit fully insured using the Royal mails special delivery next day service. I have the original boxes You can contact me via this site or by email to [email protected] Also for sale on Ebay where the pictures are higher resolution
  6. For Sale is my Pro-Ject CD Box RS2 T c/w a matching Pro-Ject Power Box RS Uni Linear power supply This is Pro-Jects top of the line CD transport retailing at £2199. The linear power supply retails at £499 When my previous CD player became an expensive doorstop due the the unavailability of a replacement lazer mechanism i was determined to find a future proofed replacement. Former engineers from the Philips CD mechanism development team have worked with Pro-ject to develop a range of CD mechanisms that will find their way into many other manufacturers products as well as Pro-Ject's The transport is 18 months old and is in excellent condition with a variety of outputs to connect to the DAC. It sounds excellent with a lively and involving sound. There are some good quality reviews online. I like the easy to use screen which can be set to either a white or dark background and the brightness adjusted The half size case work allows the transport and the PSU to be sited next to each other on a typical rack shelf. I have enjoyed my time with the RS2 T but have moved over to the convenience of streaming I will send the unit fully insured using the Royal mails special delivery next day service. I have the original boxes It is also for sale on Ebay Any questions feel free to contact me on 07947 596673 Cheers Mark
  7. @tuga any chance of explaining what the two graphs are showing i'm intigued. cheers
  8. Bel Canto Pre3 VBS Preamplifier with Bel Canto LNS1 12V power supply and Bel Canto DC power cable The Pre3 VBS is a high end Preamp. It has a set of balanced inputs and 5 sets of single ended inputs. Input 5 can be set up as a unity gain home theatre bypass. Both balanced and single ended outputs are available. Source selection and volume can be controlled from the large knob on the front or the handy remote control. There is a useful mute function on the remote. Special mention should be made of the thoughtfully implemented volume control. It has 200 fine steps making getting the precise setting a breeze. Over its lifetime the components ( particularly capacitors ) inside an amplifier start to no longer sound their best so in April 2021 i sent the Pre3 to Coherent Systems who specialize in Bel Canto. They have replaced all the critical components. This work cost £475. I noticed the benefits straight away with a more organic / natural sound with improved transparency and better microdynamics. I have enjoyed my time with the Bel Canto Pre3. It is the best solid state preamp i have heard. I am only selling as i have changed to a valve preamp. The Pre 3 is in good general condition with no visible scratches. The LNS 1 has a few scratches I am located in Leeds if you want to collect / demo. I have the original packaging for the Pre3 so i can send by post. I will insure it for the sale price which naturally makes the post costs expensive It is also for sale on Ebay where there are more photos
  9. i think i would echo others who said by from somewhere you can return Supra USB cables are generally well regarded. They do two the "high speed" at around £35 and the Excalibur at £99 The Excalibur was apparently the result of them trying to design the best one they could. I have both in my system Which is better you ask ? ........ to quote the famous Not the Nine Oclock News Hifi sketch........"Ah..No.... No Clues"
  10. For sale : Melco N100 with Plixir Elite linear power supply in black finish and mint condition comprising Melco N100 EX 2TB Digital Misic Library / streamer with original switched mode power supply ( which i only used briefly ) / set up guide / instructions in Melco's double box packaging Plixir Elite BDC 2A balanced power supply in black finish with 1m DC lead and original IEC "kettle" lead in original packaging The list price is £1999 for the Melco and £500 for the Plixir. I'm selling both together for £ 1649 + postage Happy to split if you just wanted the Melco but i won't sell the Plixir first so that the prospective purchaser has the option of buying both If you are unfamiliar with what the Melco / Plixir combination does there is an excellent couple of reviews by George47 in the product reviews by members section of the forum. My favourite things about the N100 are Half size format / high quality sturdy construction Everything is quiet in use. ( inaudible from six feet ) Excellent quality CD play mode on the fly using a external CD drive Display is dimmable with an auto display off function Built in Minimserver music server works well. control from the couch with a suitable free UPnP control app on a tablet ( i use Bubble UPnP ) Built in Songkong program from capturing Cover art and metadata works well You do not need a PC to rip CD's to the Melco , or sort the cover art / metadata The Melco became my highest quality music source when i bought it displacing a similar costing CD transport. I compared it to a £5500 Melco N1Z and preferred the N100 / Plixir combination as being more upbeat. ( and half the price ! ) I am only selling as i have upgraded to an Melco N10 ( The N10 is about 30% better but costs 3 times as much, which to my mind makes the N100 the star of the Melco range. Happy to demonstrate ( I live in Headingley, Leeds ) It is also for sale on Ebay you can contact me via this advert or by email at [email protected]
  11. mtbmarkymark

    DSP

    i must be misunderstanding your point If you have an analogue source then surely AD/DA conversion is an unavoidable process needed to implement DSP
  12. mtbmarkymark

    DSP

    I use the DSP built into my DAC. All the DSP processing is done in the digital domain before the DAC stage I find it a help in taming some room modes in the low bass and seems to have almost no downsides when used judiciously it stands to reason that a product that has to convert from analogue before DSP processing will be more difficult to implement
  13. Just picked up a second hand CD today. I'm giving it a spin on my Audiolab CDT transport currently and very fine it sounds However when i get a chance i will rip it to My Melco N100 hard disk server streaming rips from the Melco over ethernet into my DAC is consistently better with less digital glare / edge YMMV
  14. good point and having googled prices they don't seem too bad, i can compare against the Melco as a source
  15. I'd better not take the top off my Melco then !
  16. yes i read it with interest a few weeks ago. I'm not as computer literate as you are but i could follow the gist. I guess your finished "high end music pc" will incorporate a streaming function and a Hard disk storage function ( like my Melco ) but perhaps superior sound for less money
  17. Am i right in thinking the "source" for these comparisions was a streaming service such as Qobuz / Tidal fed via Roon ? Have you any CD Rips on a NAS ? If so do the rips on the NAS sound better / worse than the same mastering played from the streaming service ?
  18. I'd love to see a review that compared playing a CD rip from the Melco directly into a DAC vs the same CD Rip played on the Melco into the Aries G2.1 and then into the DAC The Qobuz experience would undoubtably be better on the Aries due to the superior App but i am not bothered as i am chasing better overall sound quality here and don't care where it comes from. I use Qobuz to discover new music. I i like it enough i will often buy it on CD and rip it to the Melco to get the benefit of the better sound quality
  19. @Scarlet Pimpernel Yes, and to good effect in the past. I used both Finite Elemente Cerapucs and Sorbathane hemispheres under various CD players. I haven't tried either under the Audiolab. I will have a try.
  20. Thanks for this.... It is starting to make a bit more sense. I have never had a NAS but i guess, at it's most basic the Melco is just a NAS made to look nice enough to sit on a hifi rack
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