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About manicatel

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    Veteran Wammer

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  • Location
    Herts/Essex border
  • Real Name

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  • Turn Table
    michell orbe
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Lyra Kleos
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Whest two.2discrete.
  • Digital Source 1
  • DAC
    Bel Canto DAC3
  • Pre-Amp
    Bel Canto PRe3
  • My Speakers
    ATC SCM40a
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Very Good light,( I recently bought an led head-torch, very cheap but excellent for this kind of job), maybe a decent magnifying glass, plenty of time & patience. Gently does it.
  2. The Sonos has to be set up initially with their app, on a phone or iPad etc. In the Sonos app settings page, you can get it to “learn” to work using your tv remote to control volume. Whether this also works for set top box remotes, I’m not 100% sure but I would guess it would, & I’m sure you could google the answer. Sonos stuff is great for tv sound. Not ultimately as good as an AV Amp & 5.1/7.1 speakers etc, but easily good enough for most needs & definitely one of the best soundbar systems going.
  3. Haven’t heard the Croft, but have heard the ProJect Tube Box ds2 quite a few times. I think it’s a super phono stage. Plenty of setting flexibility for either mm or mc carts, & just a great sound in general. The tubes don’t add massive globs of syrup to the sound, maybe just a hint of warmth compared to some SS stages. Plenty of detail, snappy rhythm,deep clean bass, really good vfm. Probably in short supply at the moment, as everything seems to be at the moment.
  4. As updated as the spikes have been found & so are now included in the sale. The hunt for the link bars continues.
  5. Oh blimey, I’ve added the images incorrectly….help, someone? sorted.
  6. Selling on behalf of a friend, a pair of cm4’s. Good condition for their age, with a few minor chips/ blemishes to the edges of the cabinets, which are commensurate with their age. These were used bi-wired & so the original speaker terminal links are missing, however I can make a pair of links using speaker cable for the buyer if needed. No original boxes, so Personal collection from my home in CM23 region will be needed. I may be able to meet up within 30 mins or so of my home. Asking £150 for a quick sale.
  7. ATC SCM40a’s and a decent pre amp/streamer DAC unit. Plus a phono stage & turntable if you’ve already got a record collection.
  8. And now, provisionally sold, subject to the usual. Helped no doubt by Iceman doing my pictures for me!
  9. Iceman.... many thanks for the images!
  10. Whoops, seems like I’m having finger trouble adding the images from Flickr. Must be being a bit daft. I know I have to have pics in a classified ad, but I’ve run out of time to work out what I’m doing wrong. I will get this sorted ASAP but if mods feel the need to delete the ad that’s fine, I’ll re try when I’ve got a bit more time!
  11. Selling a pair of Twenty5 21i’s in Walnut finish. Excellent condition, obviously working 100% as they should. There is a tiny scratch of the finish on the rear edge on one of them, as shown in a pic. I could have tried to repair/ hide this myself, but I’d rather show the issue to be honest. It is probably easy to hide the flaw with a dab of woodstain. All original packaging. Collection from me in Bishops Stortford, or I am willing to drive 30 mins or so from home to meet up if that’s easier. Courier would be at buyers cost & risk as I am getting a bit fed up with damage in transit from couriers. New RRP IS £2200, asking £1100. [url=https://flic.kr/p/2kXv8mv][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51167561401_e89049d337_z.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2kXv8mv]E461E3FA-0EFC-4D72-A593-BD6BA26A0B78[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/151233102@N07/]matt randall[/url], on Flickr [url=https://flic.kr/p/2kXARau][img]https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51168677610_88066f51c7_z.jpg[/img][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2kXARau]1153057E-787F-4E64-8058-8C53BE69CDD5[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/151233102@N07/]matt randall[/url], on Flickr
  12. I’ve heard a pair of tzeros with some KEF lsx’s, for a brief demo in a shop one day. Certainly filled out & opened out the lower end. The LSX’s clearly benefitted from the subs being in. Not only for the low end, but they seemed to open up the presentation giving a more spacious image as well. The tzeros are pretty small though, so don’t go as full or deep as the t5 or t7 so it may come down to your expectations of what the subs will give you. REL have some new models coming out soon, so there may be some ex demo bargains to be had. I’ve never really been able to locate a sub by sound alone & for that reason I’d guess a single bigger sub centrally located between the 2 speakers would out perform a pair of tiddlers.
  13. I’d add good light to the list of must haves. A torch, a good overhead light or even a head torch. You may look a bit daft, but they’re cheap & so bloomin useful for making sure you can really see clearly, especially if you’re eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be. A cocktail stick or similar can be useful for opening up cart lead tags if they’re too tight to fit on the cartridge pins. I have a couple of cheap digital scales which I have compared to dealers more expensive models & mine are accurate enough. Some sort of parallel line gauge to help get the cart body/arm parallel to the platter is useful.Some of the cart protractors have this on them.even a stack of playing cards placed against the arm can be used to help get it parallel.
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