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  1. Check these 3 videos. Guy shows powerline adapters communicating perfectly with one running off a generator at the bottom of his garden and the other connected to the mains in his house... no physical connection at all. Also shows 2 powerline adapters supposedly connected together via mains wiring being completely shut down by broadcasting a radio signal on the frequency they actually use to communicate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utfUEEhmHYY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-Ge61BXsaQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xAxvJILDIE
  2. These things are actually radio transmitters/receivers and use the mains wiring simply as an antenna. They work just the same with no physical connection between the devices at all. So not at all surprising that they cause interference with some equipment.
  3. The way it *allegedly* works now is that if the value of the package is over £135 then import duty/VAT is applied at UK customs as it was before (only with the cut off level now raised to £135). If the value is £135 or less then the business selling into the UK has to register for UK VAT and charge you the VAT directly at point of sale, then pay that VAT to the UK treasury. Hence why some EU companies are no longer shipping to the UK, until they get their systems and registration sorted out. (That same system of paying VAT directly to the buyers country is being adopted within the EU in July B
  4. You could try cross referencing the list of CD player mechanisms here : https://www.dutchaudioclassics.nl/the_complete_d_a_dac_converter_list/ and perhaps find a used player of a different model with the same laser to use for parts.
  5. I was recently contacted by a guy who'd seen my old post on here about the saga of getting the digital input board to work in my Wadia 830 CD player, including having to program my own firmware chip. He had a Wadia 781i and the digital input board had suddenly stopped being recognised, so the player wouldn't allow selection of any of the inputs and would only play from the internal transport. The solution was fairly simple (skip to the end if you just want to see that), but getting to it definitely wasn't so thought I'd give a few details here in case anyone else has a similar problem in
  6. Was so sure this was gonna be a link to this video:
  7. The review at soundonsound.com has an interesting anecdote, maybe in my mind it could never recover from that first listen as I found it didn't improve at all over time.
  8. 2 for me, both DAC's. My first proper hifi, Technics CD player, Denon amp, Mission speakers. Read absolutely rave reviews of the new "Audio Alchemy dac-in-the-box" external DAC, probably cost as much as my CD player at the time. Despite trying very hard to convince myself that it really must sound better, I couldn't tell much (if any) difference at all. Very disappointing after reading the great reviews. Second one... Benchmark DAC1. Had a Wadia CD player and was trying streaming via a Squeezebox touch so wanted a DAC to bring the SBT closer to the Wadia in quality. Benchmark DAC had
  9. You could use 2 solid 5mm copper bars with 3 banana plugs soldered on at 90 degrees in just the right positions and a banana socket soldered on facing downwards at the bottom end, to slot directly into the back of the speaker. That would at least be robust enough to support any cable from the amp side.
  10. Can't help with opening them up, but you can get stackable banana plugs, as shown below. You could make 2 short cable sets to connect the lower to mid and mid to top sockets and then plug your speaker cable into the back of any of them to make the connection to the amp. Just an idea.
  11. Didn't make nearly enough difference in the case of the 52SE's, still waaaay too boomy when against the wall. I do use the foam bungs in the Contour 1.1s though. Maybe having them on a big desktop against the wall concentrates the bass response even more than just being against the wall on a bookshelf.
  12. I tried Dynaudio Audience 52SE's for my office system (on deep desk against the wall) and there was way too much bass boom. Switched to the smaller (and more expensive) Dynaudio Contour 1.1's and they're great in the same position. Maybe something like a Contour 1.3 or 1.4 might work for you, but I'd try to demo them first if possible. I specifically got a streaming amp (Cambridge Audio Minx Xi) with bass adjustment just in case and on the occasional CD with heavy bass mixing I can adjust the bass just -1 point and it cleans it right up.
  13. Martin Brennan was one of the guys who designed the disaster that was the Atari Jaguar games console. That would be reason enough for me to avoid any of his music players.
  14. ^^ Yes it's getting silly with the "off site sale" thing now. If you exchange *any* sort of details such as address, phone number, email address or even an off ebay web link they will automatically charge you fees as if the item had sold. I had someone contact me asking if I had an item similar to the one I was selling, but for a different model of car . I replied that I didn't but directed them to a website where items for that type of car were sold, just trying to be helpful. Ebay mailed me saying I was attempting an "off site sale" and charged me the fees as if I'd sold my own item.
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