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  1. Speakers? No. Passive pre-amps? No. Tonearms and cartridges would also be a no. My Coincident Frankenstein prototype monoblocks had a switch on the back to swap between North American and European voltages. I expect it'll just switch between different windings on the power supply transformer. My Korneff clone was ordered for use with UK mains. And I'm guessing likewise with the used American made amps I've bought off UK ebay.
  2. I have the following North American gear in my home: Bozak Symphony speakers. Bought these from UK ebay. They have 2 x 8 ohm bass drivers when they should have 2 x 16 ohm. Converted them to actively bi-amped as a work-around. EV Sentry III speakers - made in Switzerland according to the label on them. I suspect they may simply have been assembled in Switzerland? This pair were in the main hall of the National Theatre for 35 years. I bought them from the person that removed them as part of a refurbishment of the theatre. EV Patrician 800's with 2 x 15" JBL's in custom cabs. I bought these off US ebay. Imported them in half a shipping container from near New York. The original owner died and the remaining family weren't into hi-fi in the way that he was. 4 x JBL/Urei amplifiers, bought 3 different models off UK ebay for prices ranging from £15 to £150. Coincident Frankenstein 300b prototypes. Pre-production version of the Coincident Frankenstein. Bought from used from US ebay, imported from California. Korneff clone. Bought this SET new from Tube Audio Labs. Various valves to keep the above 2 SET's going for a few years. Imported after buying from US ebay. A pair of American made tweeters. This is the first part of my long hoped for DIY Frankenstein raised from the dead from cherry picked body parts, 4 way, high efficiency speakers. The other 3 pairs of drivers have been hard to come by at the right price. If I lived in the USA I'd have them by now...
  3. Especially if they bought AVI ADM 9.1's. First of all they would have been looking to upgrade to AVI RS's. Then to getting an AVI sub. Followed by AVI 10's, with AVI ADM 40's somewhere along the way... All they'd need is a decent, used passive system to cure them of their upgradeitis.
  4. If you swap all the valves over, does the annoying buzz go from one channel to the other?
  5. Cool, I'd like to use Wharfedale Diamonds, because they're small and cheap. After applying this REW to them, will they have the clarity, detail resolution, and dynamics of my EV Patricians? Will they also have the bass extension at loud volumes that the Patricians have too?
  6. Steve, you ARE right on this. Good SET's, and I'd include your homebrew SET in the good SET category, get closer to sounding like there's nothing there between the source and the speakers - in the midrange - than any solid state amplifier I'd heard so far. The transistorised hash that even really highly rated solid state amplifiers put in the midrange and treble is noticeable when you do an AB demo against a good SET. It's most noticeable on vocals, pianos, acoustic guitars and cymbals. For sure, SET's aren't all things to all men. But give them an easy amplification task and it's the genre of amplifier that I'd pick to listen to if I could. THD+N distortion measurements are largely a load of cobblers. It's measuring particular types of distortion for steady sine waves at relatively high power levels. Music isn't steady sine waves. And music in the home, especially if you have high efficiency speakers can require less power than a mosquito twitching a knee. Published THD+N measurements all seem to cut off at 0.1 or 0.001 watts. Most of the time I listen at lower power levels than that. For late night listening to the opening bars of Bolero I will be listening at nano watt power levels, which is quite mind-boggling. Anyone claiming that any given solid state amp is delivering less THD+N than any given SET amp at 80 nano-watts is just guessing, or using wishful thinking.
  7. I have: Very large rooms Double glazing A reasonable distance to my nearest neighbour A 15 ips 2 track Studer Some master tapes, including some live master tapes Huge speakers that are flat down to about 20 to 25 hz that can play at a maximum of 119 dbs at 1 meter before I start worrying about voice-coil burn out I think there's still room for improvement in the speaker department. I think there's scope to eke out a bit more liveness from my recordings... As a general set of statements: Some recordings sound more live than others. Forget about anything with a red DR rating (No chance of sounding live with that much dynamic compression). Some houses and rooms allow hi fi systems to sound more live than others. Some systems sound more live than others.
  8. I agree. And I'd even take it further - depending on what's being compared. For example, I've been to a bake off where it took me a few seconds (of the first test track being played on the second system) for me to identify the major differences between 2 systems. Including which one was better and why. Every track after that just confirmed my initial findings. It helped that I was very familiar with the first system (but not the room) and familiar with the first test track.
  9. Do you think your modded Impulse speakers are as good as you can get when it comes to speakers? For me they wouldn't be. For you they might be. By all means try different digital front ends. But also keep an open mind on trying different speakers...
  10. For a while it seems that Marantz CD players were Philips with a different front panel. Philips made some really good and inexpensive CD players in the 1990's. In their case the lack of expense is a good thing because they used relatively simple analogue sections. Half an op amp per channel in some cases. Less is more. In my very limited experience the difference between CD players or DAC's is relatively small on the hi-fi system building scale. So much so that I'd rather have my choice of speakers with any of the cheapo and oldo CD players that I own than the finest digital source with typical run of the mill modern speakers. In digital systems, the old source first rule is turned on its' head. Speakers first, then amplification then the digital source. Different speakers have differences that are fundamental to my enjoyment of the music. Different tonal balances, different levels of clarity and dynamics. Different CD players or DAC's have differences that are the cherry on top of what's either a delicious Black Forest gateau or an only eating this to be polite icing covered fruitcake. I wouldn't spend a single penny more than £30 on my digital source until I've fully sorted and maxed out my speakers and amplification. I may never get to the stage of maxing those out...
  11. Ah yes, that clown Toole. How many great sounding speakers did Toole actually design? Please go ahead and name them. Toole is wedded to certain aspects of sound reproduction whilst ignoring others. I have zero respect for Toole. You can respect him if you want. I don't.
  12. The best way I can put it is to relax and let the music wash over you and let the hi-fi's speak for themselves. I am worse at auditioning when I'm under stress, or trying too hard. Try to level match. Or err on the side of what initially sounds better being played a little bit quieter. The same recording should be played on both. Playing different recordings on different equipment can still be an interesting and informative event but it's not auditioning with a view on what to buy or what to keep, unless the differences between the equipment is huge.
  13. I think you've raised a great point. All this "but it wasn't a level matched blind demo" rhetoric comes over to me as excuseitis from people when the results of sighted tests are announced and the results didn't go the way that someone with vested emotional interest wanted them to. There's also a large element of hypocrisy in it. Telling others to do blind testing where their own system wasn't selected on the basis of blind testing. And blind testing increases the stress levels of participants. Being under stress is not a good state of mind for evaluating hi-fi equipment. I have no issue with anyone doing sighted listening tests. Also, when it comes to listening tests, it is possible to get better at them with practise. To the point where you can go into a blind listening test session and take the mickey out of the manufacturer's sales rep...
  14. Pioneer Exclusive P3 or P3a. You'll probably have to import from Japan and adapt to 240 volt mains power supply. Or you might get one from Germany.
  15. There are some pre-powers from that era that I'd take a punt on for over £1000. For integrateds there are very few that I'd spend that much money on. A Pioneer A-09 is one. A Sony TA-FA777ES is another.