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About michaelgb

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    kilkenny, Ireland
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  • Digital Source 1
    watch this space
  • Digital Source 2
    chromecast audio
  • DAC
    Jolida glass fx II
  • Pre-Amp
    Harmon Kardon HK680
  • Power Amp/s
    XTZ EDGE A2-300
  • My Speakers
    Vandersteen 1C
  • Trade Status
    I am in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Put an expensive kettle lead on my kettle,,,,,,,,,,, Tea tasted better.
  2. Funny enough the auto standby on/off switch works consistently perfect on mine. I really really like that I don't have to switch my amp (or dac) on or off any more, Once a signal is detected it springs into life and quickly powers down into standby if not needed.
  3. I'm no expert but would guess a lot of these differences in measurements are not audible to the human ear.
  4. Don't fret. The XTZ DOES sound really good, the guys at ASR don't listen to anything. I'd take those measurement with a pinch of salt, many people really like the sound of both these amps. Edit (I'm sure you'd be amazed at the amount of great gear that measures not so good).
  5. Got a class D amp last year (XTZ edge) and really like it a whole lot. It sounds effortless goes loud but doesn't feel loud if that makes sense. Can't see myself going back to A/B type amp unless it was really fabulous.
  6. Of course people have different tastes and different sounding rooms but is it the consensus that generally you don't match 2 components with similar sound characteristics ? For example a warm amp with warm speakers, bright with bright etc etc
  7. Just listening to "Barry White greatest hits" in my thoughts. Its ok but I'd add a subwoofer.
  8. Thanks, as long as its not a pile of dog poo and is fine , I'm ok with that.
  9. mind you apparently topping have legit CE certification.
  10. That kit looks like a fun build. Tempted. Wonder how the Hypex would sound compared to my XTZ which uses Icepower modules.
  11. I've never heard any difference between cables in my system but decided to purchase the cable below out of curiosity. Some crazy audiophile on youtube recommended it and Its cheap so no harm if it turns out to be rubbish. Anyone any experience with Chinese cables , are they fake or can I expect reasonable quality ? https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000019479143.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.628f4c4dB6i2or
  12. michaelgb

    DIY Resources

    Anyone have a link to a good basic soldering guide ? I'm fixing up an old amp and want to have a go at replacing a few caps.
  13. There's a college in my town training people to be customs officials. Huge demand for the course. Yes, we'd love to not be dependent on the land bridge so more ferries being added direct Ireland to France & Holland. they are all booked out. Wasn't Brexit sold on bullshit about immigrants.
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