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  1. S-Man

    Updates please

    JVS's system was the best overall sound at the show for me. It sounded much better than last year and was possibly the only system where there was a correlation between cost and performance. The DSD versus PCM demo was very interesting. I preferred he PCM for it superior dynamics and timing, however the DSD did have a nice 'analogueness' to it. Serge's experimental omnis were also very interesting. The omni thing definitely does something appealing with classical music. Dean's Snels sounded great as usual, and these along with the system with the old Wharfedales made me realise that there's a lot more to getting enjoyable music than, bass, treble, detail, imaging etc. that some system possess in spades but are somehow rather uninvolving. Thanks to the organisers and exhibitors!!!
  2. My preparations are: Buy a ticket Print off receipt Go out on the MTB all afternoon Shower Meal out with friends(Italian) Set the alarm clock an extra hour early :-( There are some benefits to not exhibiting!
  3. Sorry, I am a lost and lonely goat when it comes to cables - I firmly believe cables change the sound, BUT I prefer the ones most people throw away to any aftermarket cable I tried in my system! I also believe op-amps sound better than valves for line level use, CD is better than vinyl, most toroidal transformers are unsuitable for audio and lot's of other stuff that means I am not even welcome on the lunatic fringes of the lunatic fringe that is the Wam.
  4. No, most Wammers are nowhere near at scary looking as that guy. Although....
  5. You are not permitted to swear or attempt Wam style humour until you have undergone the iinitiation ceremony and exceeded 1K mindless posts.
  6. Those with a high post count and early joining date :-)
  7. There seems to be an assumption that the number of posts and time on this forum is a reliable indicator of hifi knowledge.
  8. Blimey, that was well hidden. Thought about exhibiting this time but it's fully geeked before I even saw the spreadsheet.
  9. In: 6 X 10nF caps in my electronic crossover to customise the rolloff to match my main speakers. Best £1 I ever spent on hifi!!! Auditioned at home, but did not buy: 4 or 5 expensive DACs LS50 P3ESR 2015: Might investigate BMRs. STRs
  10. S-Man

    First Watt diy amps

    I built an Aleph 30 some years ago. I have also tried a couple of Aleph preamps. I have built many 10s of amps and the Pass stuff is the most dissapointing - very "hifi" sounding i.e. super clarity, holographic imaging etc but somehow rather poor at portraying melodies and rhythms. Must admit I seem to be very much in the minority with this view.
  11. S-Man

    Wigwam Proverbs

    Very good! Or alternatively: People who live in glass houses shoudn't throw Shatki Stones
  12. S-Man

    Wigwam Proverbs

    One good turntable deserves another
  13. S-Man

    Wigwam Proverbs

    He who flounces last flounces best
  14. S-Man

    Wigwam Proverbs

    The other thread about what people have learned here got me to thinking it might be mildly amusing to have a few Wam proverbs... 1) At least eight box swaps in nine are a waste of time 2) All that glitters is not Nordost 3) A journey of a thousand systems begins with just one box swap 4) Better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to post and remove all doubt 5) Hell hath no fury like an audiophile scorned 6) If God had meant us to listen to test tones he'd have given us spectrum analysers 7) If at first you don't succeed buy, buy and buy again and my favourite: 8) In the kingdom of the deaf the one eared man is king
  15. Not sure if this is the done thing... http://www.hifiwigwam.com/showthread.php?103358-F-S-Usher-S-520-White&highlight=usher Plus a pair of these: http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-brackets/btech/bt77/btec-bt77-white
  16. Not hifi but about 20 years ago the R+D director at the electronics company I worked for (so he should have known better!) was in his garage about to do some soldering. He pugged the iron in and and waited a little while, it did not seem to be heating up so he went to dab his finger on the bit to test it. Unfortunately iit was hot, even more unfotunately, it was also live! The electic shock made him close his hand aroud the hot bit and he couldn't let go. He managed to stagger backwards and eventually was able to pull the plug out of the socket by repeatedly tugging at the cable. Double ouch!!! BTW I have built many 10s of amps and whenever I try something new I always leave the one speaker connection out on first power up in the system. When everything is on and music is playing I then dab the lead on the amp terminal as briefly as possible. Any nasty noises make you jump so much that you move the lead even further away. This has saved damage on the odd occasion when an earth is missing or the volume is on max etc. A cocky twerp on another forum told me it does not work, 'cos you can't move quick enough. Works for me, and I cannot see any reason not to do it (unless it's a valve power amp).
  17. I'm impressed you tried so hard with CA. I gave up at SB3 and SB+ level, other than for the kitchen. It was not a conscious decision, just got bored with the ever so slighlty bland sound and the pratting about. WRT CrApple, I came across this earlier: http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/apple/26-reasons-apple-fanboys-have-got-it-all-wrong-689379 I don't claim to understand it all, but the jist of it is that they are indeed basteards.
  18. Third Commandment: Thou shalt not be tolerant of other cliques. :-)
  19. I'm now gutted that I evaded this room.
  20. Ah, that'll be me, Mike and Simon. It's become mandatory in the last couple of years for us to stop you packing up at 5. Mike, in particular, operates on mid Atlantic time. Also, you just happen to have a "just one more" type of system!
  21. I think I might have you confused with Clarkson.
  22. I'm not sure TBH, but the same chromie owners seem to have fixies as well! [video=youtube;mW9kRgQO-XE] Maybe they have other affllictions, although it's getting a bit tedious now?
  23. Funny that the ones who have "chromies" etc are exactly the same ones that don't have fancy cables. Sio, ask yourself, are you a chromie user or do you have poncy cables?
  24. Van Damme Blue claims to be designed for stage use. That is why it has tough and flexible outer jacket. For domestic use it will be fine without this jacket, although it is probably best to try to keep the inner conductors twisted, or at least parallel, to avoid increased loop inductance. It's worth bearing in mind that, worst case, the conductors could short together and cause the amp problems (depends on it's protection circuitry). This seems rather unlikely in a normal domestic situation and under a carpet. Hacking the outer insulation off can be tricky and it's easy to damage the inner insulation. The cable will also be much reduced in value - of course you can always sell it as a shorter "complete" piece. In terms of sound, VD Blue is very decent.