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MrSammy

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    Wirral & London,
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    Nick

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  • Turn Table
    Orbe, Gyro, Hydr Ref
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    OL1, GR 2500, AN IQ2
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Trichord Dino Mk2
  • Digital Source 1
    Micromega Stage 6
  • Digital Source 2
    Naim Uniti2
  • Pre-Amp
    MusicalFidelity A3CR
  • Power Amp/s
    MFA3CR WAD K5881
  • My Speakers
    Magnepan MG12, AE1s
  • Headphones
    Oppo PM 3
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. If I was paying 2 Grand for a Phono stage it had better support a fully balanced input and have load changing via relay switches whilst the device was powered on.
  2. Try Stetsasonic in the 80s or Jurassic 5 for 90s early 00s. I'll grant you a lot of hip-hop is rhythmically driven but then so is a lot of the funk and soul that it sampled. There is a surprising amount of heavy metal and hard rock sampled by rap artists as well. I remember being quite surprised finding a Free sample in the first Blackalicious album and not the most obvious track from Fire and Water to sample either. Early Queen Latifah is melodic as well and thinking about it so was the first Boo Ya TRIBE album as, like Stetsansonic, they also played their own instruments. Early Jazzy Jeff st
  3. I am more concerned about the longevity of transports than the sound quality or otherwise. Modern DACS can reclock and reconstruct awful output these days so it is not so much of an issue. The ability of a transport to last multiple years with no skipping and failure to read is what impresses me. Plus being able to read CDs that are not quite perfect, be they scratched or non red book. My Plextor could read almost anything but it was flimsily made and the plastic draw has snapped. Very few transports are made of solid metal parts, even some of the supposedly more expensive ones. Phillips
  4. I managed to get this working almost a year later. In fact I had 3 CDs I had issues with. One was A-HA the Definitive Singles collection. One was a 2005 pressing of Goldie Lookin Chains' Safe as F*ck and the other was a signed CD-R of Grandmaster Caz's Mid Life Crisis my sister picked up from Grandmaster Caz himself in New York (he is most famous for having his Lyrics stolen to use in the Sugar Hill Gang's Rappers Delight.). An odd mix but we have an eclectic collection in the house. I ended up digging out my old Plextor CD-RW which is a good 18 years old or so. I tried DbPoweramp o
  5. If it is like the Hugo then the answer is no. It voids the warranty and they use unusual values as the circuit runs at a non standards voltage. You would have to take it apart to do so. It is not designed for the user to do this although anyone with decent DIY skills could do it.
  6. I agree with of lot of what you say Keith but bias can work in different ways. If you are determined that you won't hear a difference it may mean that you actually don't when one exists. Everyone has expectation bias even when they think they don't there are multiple papers on the subject and it is fascinating . My issue with a lot of measurements is that they are often over simplified. Is a worst case distortion of 1% in a frequency range the ear is sensitive to actually better than 5% in an area outside the audible range. A graph at least gives you a bigger picture than a single numbe
  7. I am very happy with my Oppo PM3s but they are no longer made. My mum like them too and would like a pair. As they are no longer made what would be a reasonable equivalent? Ideally it would be planar magnetic. Is the Quad offering the closest to the Oppo even though it is more expensive? Is there anything in the Audeze range that isn't too pricey?
  8. Give Acton-Gate a call in Wrexham. They have repaired stuff for me in the past. If you have car it's just tunnel fare and then M53 and A483 for a bit when you get to Chester. Less than 1 hour from Liverpool.
  9. Who was buying their arms anyway after the doubling of the prices? That cannot have helped sales. They had added thousands to the price of something that has had no improvements done to it based on a sunk development cost from 30 years ago. I like SME arms but they are not worth it now especially since Audio Note worked out how to make a reliable Helius tonearm clone for less than a grand.
  10. Do the Quads comes with the overload protection circuit (clamps) to prevent modern ( solid state ) amps from frying the treble panels? If not I suggest you add them pronto. Arcing a panel is the bane of ESLs. If it happens you will see a spark especially if you turn the lights down. This means the panel now has a hole in it and will need to be replaced/repaired, not cheap and not really a DIY job unless you are very hardcore. Electrostatic panels do age even if not used. The adhesive that bonds the material that holds charge onto the mylar panels does weaken over time, in fact some p
  11. We have to be careful with terms here as slow can mean different things and have different causes. The delay added by a complete network from start of packet transmission to the reception at the destination is not constant and if you ran monitoring on it you woud get a graph of delay in seconds against the number of packets delayed by this amount. What you hope to get is a bell curve but you often get a bell curve with a smaller spike to the right of the graph. What this shows is most of the time the delay falls with in a certain range but sometimes you get much longer delays. This is not
  12. PM me if you are interested. This is way off topic for a hi-fi forum.
  13. I just read the link NoPiano posted. Wow. Not sure how a switch can improve signal to noise ratio or why standard RJ connectors aren't good enough. Almost all network vendors will let you take kit on trial to evaluate it but I doubt any audiophile brands will. If we could get one on evaluation we could measure it for you. For audio on a home network your 15 quid switch would be more than fine. The improvement over wi-fi is huge and wi-fi is good enough most of the time anyway. The geekiest network thing I have seen is the layout of some of the exablaze network interface cards where o
  14. Not sure if this is directed at me but I use the above switches at work along with Corvil monitoring (https://www.corvil.com/products) of the packets to ensure accurate latency measuring. I've no idea what an audiophile switch is but I have a lot of experience of Ultra Low latency networking and the various vendors operating in this space. None of this is required for Audio but being able to do a basic measure of the network performance comes in handy.
  15. Page 5 is where it gets interesting. The NAS can change the protocol being used if it detects a slow consumer due to packet drops. In fact this thread is pretty good anyway as you see people arguing why there cannot be a difference until it is proved that there is.
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