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  1. I own the La Voce S3, and fwiw my brief experience of the La Scala convinced me that there were very marginal gains to be had in some areas, but overall it was less suited to my setup than the La Voce (possibly my preamp being slightly on the warmer side of neutral?) - system synergy is the key, and you already have a superb DAC in the Luxman - I'm not sure what exactly you are looking to achieve by "upgrading"/sidegrading, but speaking for myself, I found my money was better spent elsewhere (improving my streaming setup - not a straightforward proposition, but I am delighted with the final outcome) - if you are convinced that your DAC is the weakest link, then some sort of bake off would be the ideal solution - MH Edit to add: having said all that - I'd happily tweak my system to accommodate the La Scala if I had unlimited resources - although, if that were the case, I'd probably go straight for the Formula
  2. I used to have one of these back in the nineties - a fantastic thing, and unbelievable build quality - mine is now the mainstay of my brother's system and has never missed a beat - an excellent match with B&W speakers (CDM1SE sounded fab) - I can't imagine what you'd have to pay these days to get this kind of quality - GLWS etc. - MH
  3. trying hard to avoid the obvious joke here more seriously though - one of the most difficult aspects of this hobby/obsession is the issue of apparent correlation between changing a particular variable, and an accompanying change (either positive or negative) in sound quality - some feel the need to be able to fully explain this perceived mechanism, others are perfectly happy to fudge the issue if the results are what you are seeking to achieve - I tend to slightly adapt my perspective on this according to the level of financial jeopardy involved.....
  4. there's a very straightforward process going through the Auralic menu - I was only interested in a few functions, so assigned them to the most prominent buttons - I will look out for a slightly neater looking remote at some point, but I mainly just do everything in Lightning: I am highly Apple averse, but I do think it's worth picking up an old ipad and running Lightning - I paid £65 on ebay for mine (directing the last comment @Psilonaught ) - I also found it worthwhile going through settings and disabling all the unused functions/inputs - some of the default settings for handling MQA also needed changing, but I'm away from home at the mo, and can't check the details until I get back - it's all pretty intuitive stuff though - MH
  5. you don't even need a learning remote - literally any remote will do - I found one in a drawer from an old DVD player, and it works just fine
  6. If you configure a remote control, there's a 'display off' option that you can assign to a button
  7. Absolutely this: the Sugden/Proac combination is simply magical - get it right in your room and you'll have to go a very long way to do better - I ran a pair of 1SCs with my Musicmaster for nearly 20 years - it was only domestic objections to their positioning in the room that forced me to eventually look elsewhere - you really would be missing a trick if you didn't at least try some - the D2 (or D2R) would be my choice from the current models, but there are lots of older s/h options - MH
  8. Yes - I had a cable made up to do exactly this for my Perpetual Tech DAC - MH
  9. I think you need a few more power supplies....
  10. At least Serge had decent manners
  11. The environmentally responsible approach is apparently to cancel all your streaming services, switch off all your filthy polluting audio equipment, and simply play everything yourself on a kazoo
  12. Wow - you really are providing a masterclass in how to win friends and influence people....
  13. Interesting point this - the acoustics at Coventry Cathedral are amazing (certainly when it comes to the human voice), and witnessing Carlo Curley playing the Father Willis organ at my father's church was awe inspiring... (for the sake of clarity, my father was a parish priest, not a cult leader)
  14. Spot on - even in the digital domain, the idea of introducing a DSP unit into a very carefully balanced chain of painstakingly selected devices brings me out in a cold sweat - I have been focusing on physical optimisation of the room, and I am certainly receptive to the idea of using in room measurement as a tool in this process - the main obstacle is managing this in a domestically acceptable manner....
  15. Seriously underrated decks these - came surprisingly close to my (now dead and departed) TT-101 - I run mine with a unipivot arm and Cartridge Man MMIII - it sounds far, far better than it has any right to... GLWS etc - I'm sure some suitably astute wammer will spot this before long - MH
  16. I've just ordered the new Mod Womble album, I hope it arrives in a more timely manner....
  17. Not strictly on topic, but I was given one of these a little while back: https://www.beerwulf.com/en-gb/p/beercases/belgian-beers-case very much recommended to those that do imbibe - I can also report a perceived improvement in SQ following judicious application of same
  18. I've been doing a bit of experimenting using some of the Duelund cable (using KLE connectors) with very good results - I'd be very interested to try some decent OCC to compare - any chance you could post a link to the stuff you've been using? I have also found litz speaker cable to be extremely effective - I bought a quantity of AN Lexus - a real pig to solder, but definitely worth the trouble - MH
  19. Indeed - I no longer need a subwoofer, but this is a cracker and an absolute bargain - (infinitely?) baffled as to why this hasn't been snapped up
  20. New addition to my Aries G1 (this can be done with any Auralic streamer running Lightning ds7 - which includes the Aries Femto) https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-turbodrive-external-blu-ray-dvd-cd-burner-bd-r-16x-write-speed-bdxl-plus-m-disc-support-usb-32 I bought the accompanying 12v/3A linear power supply from the classifieds - frankly, I'm astonished at just how bloody good it sounds - up there with my reference CD transport (PS Audio PWT - which I was regretting having sold) - brilliant to have the facility to play CDs - I have yet to test drive the ripping facility, but given the relatively modest outlay, it already seems like an excellent move. Just in case you weren't fully up to speed with this facility, here's a link: https://community.auralic.com/t/firmware-7-x-cd-playback-ripping/5846
  21. Another (very budget dependant) suggestion would be these: I've had great success with the AN/Sugden combo - and near wall (corner) placement is actually required rather than merely tolerated.
  22. Bloody hell - people talking actual sense on a cable thread - what is the world coming to ...
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