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  1. 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 great reviews but sounded awful to me, very thin, cold and basically lifeless. Gave it a fair go for a few weeks but it never sounded any better than it did in those awful first few minutes. Eventually got the digital input board for my Wadia so was able to use the internal DAC with the Squeezebox touch and all was well.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. cynix

    Brennan B2

    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.
  7. ^^ 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. I get people asking for the manual or fitting guide for items I sell so they can have a look before purchase. But it's now impossible to answer these requests as it means asking for "outside of ebay" contact details or sending an external weblink, which immediately result in fees being charged. I used to send people my email address as text in a picture file for pre-sale support but they detect that as well now (must be using OCR type scanning on image files) and had my account temporarily suspended. The abuse of their monopoly position is just getting worse and worse, we're paying more and getting less with worse service every year.
  8. No, definitely no dead short. It's reading just over 11K ohm at the speaker end when disconnected from the amp and just under 13K ohm at speaker end when plugged into the amp. Measured again with a different meter and it's giving 10K ohm disconnected (across speaker end) and 10.5K ohm (across speaker end) when connected to amp. Cable looks like this : BTW the "V" marking next to the "OCOS" text at the amp end of the cable was me marking them for left and right.
  9. I use the OCOS cables that came with my Contour 3.3's and they have the coaxial plug at the speaker end but just 2 bare wires (red/black) at the amp end, so they fit the normal binding posts like any other speaker cable. Maybe you could cut off the adapter and use the bare wires in the same manner? I think mine are how the original OCOS cables were designed and later they started using the adapter thing.
  10. I once bought some used kit from a guy who had easily over £100K worth (he told me what some of it cost including the 1" thick mains cables and upgraded "hifi" mains wall sockets etc.) of hi-fi gear in his living room and I was amazed by how small his music collection was. Maybe 100 CD's sitting on a rack in the corner... I asked if that was just his current favourites and he said no that was everything he had. Maybe that made him more of an audiophile than music lover.
  11. Audience 70's finally sold. Found a dealer with a pair of beech Contour 1.8's and they're taking the 70's in part exchange. Happy days.
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  13. The Dynaudio Audience 70's are still available for sale. I'm also still looking for a pair of Dynaudio Contour floor standing speakers (1.8, 3.0 etc.) only in beech finish, if anyone has some they'd considering selling.
  14. <bump> Heard nothing further from SL10 so the Audience 70's are still available @ £300 collected, or arrange your own courier for collection.
  15. No problem. Yes, still available. Would you like to have a demo and collect them yourself or arrange a courier? Thanks,