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  1. Yeah I meant more in the 5-10m range Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. On a slightly different note. If one had to have long and/or unequal runs of cable and you had a choice, what would be more preferable, IC’s from pre to mono blocks (say valve amps) or speaker cable? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. This is a really annoying characteristic and the main reason why I am considering replacing the vol pot on my AN M3 pre with their new 36 stepped attenuators. Currently I only have a “3 hour” useable range on my vol pot and it is really sensitive, whereas the new 36 step attenuators, sonic improvements aside, don’t have a linear increase and the increments are smaller at the bottom, which is supposed to give me a much wider usable range. By all accounts they sound fab, but at £660 + vat it is not such an easy decision, and I am still chewing on the idea. If I do it, I’ll probably go for 2 mono switches and replace the balance control. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. On that note, each Lexus cable has 4 conductors inside with each conductor consisting of individually isolated copper strands, so one cable can be used per channel, which effectively halves the cost then. I am using 4x2.5m cables (1 cable + and 1 cable -, x 2 channels), not because I specified it that way, but there was a slight misunderstanding with the dealer, hence the good deal he made me. Personally I think it is slightly excessive and 2x2.5m probably would’ve been adequate. Not that I’ve compared Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. AN silver at £50/m would’ve been quite nice! The SPa is the entry level silver AFAIK and reads like £50 (on Hificollective), but this is misleading as it is £50 per mono half meter! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hi Stewart, I referred to phono stages, not carts. The point I was trying to make is that I think you are better off with an “average” cart and good phono stage, rather than the other way around. The Graham Slee phono stages are non fussy and unbeatable at their respective price points in my experience. I auditioned a number in the range and also owned one for a few years. Until I decided to go all valve in my setup for no logical reason other than I wanted to go all valve Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Just to clarify, the Lexus are copper cables with (from memory) 96 strands, each individually isolated being of Litz construction. I think it also retails for around £50/m + VAT (unterminated) The cheapest AN silver cable that I am aware of is the 13 strand AN-SPa cable, that retails at about £200/m + VAT (unterminated). Even if it did cost the same as the copper Lexus, there is no way that I would use only 13 strands for a speaker cable. Technically I probably have nothing to worry about, but my gut would always favour a fireman’s hose over a straw to carry the signal to my speakers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That would be an interesting experiment, I have not done too much research on the topic so am not aware of all the alternative litz speaker cables available. I was initially going to buy another manufacturer’s litz cable, who then advised that for a valve amp I should rather look at a solid core cable, since valve amps can be fussy about litz cables. The reason why I took a punt on the AN cable is that I reasoned it must be specifically designed to work with AN valve amps, so should be a relatively safe bet for my Icon valve amp. I am glad I did as the result was good, but I cannot comment on whether the AN cable is better/worse sounding or better/worse value for money than other comparable litz cables Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Yes you are right, the Lexus is a litz construction, although I’ve been told that this cannot automatically be accepted as a good thing, since valve amps can apparently be fussy with Litz cables. Either way, I was lucky in a few ways, I bought them just before a considerable price hike by AN on their cables, I got a really good deal on them from my dealer and my system seems to like them, a lot. Even though my individual components all reputably lean towards the warmer end of the spectrum, I always struggled with a slight and inexplicable glaring top end. I never suspected the speaker cables, but the Lexus got rid of the glare whilst filling out the bass nicely and retaining all of the detail. So a happy coincidence and surprise it was indeed Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I cannot help to think that you may be better off keeping the carts you have for now and spending your £200 odd budget on a phono stage like Graham Slee’s Gram Amp 2 SE. Fantastic phono stage and unbelievable value for money. That way you will get the best out of your current carts and any future upgrades. Even better, look out for a 2nd hand Era Gold V. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I will be a lone voice in this debate, as my experience has been contrary to almost everyone else’s on here. I used VD LC-OFC 6mm^2 for years without touching or thinking about it, until we moved house, which put me in exactly the same position you are in now. I decided to try the Audio Note Lexus cables, just for the sake of trying something different. I am not a cable believer, in fact I tend to be quite sceptic, but I couldn’t believe how much better the AN’s were. The VD sounded harsh and bright in comparison and I could never go back to them. But that is my system, so it may be different for you, as it is for most others on here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I was told the exact same thing Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Good thing you did not listen to me. You would’ve been stuck with an ungainly Rolls!! Sounds like a good result, so well done! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. And a little bit kinky tbh. Personally the experience will feel a bit too awkward for my liking Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I lived in Epping forest for a couple of years, which is notorious for dogging. I went cycling through the forest a few summer evenings and went past all the car parks, never got lucky though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. I think you will have to fit the arm yourself or alternatively ask your dealer to do it for you if you buy through a dealer. It is easy to set up though and is basically maintenance free. OL is a great co to work with, with excellent customer support Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. I’ve only ever owned 3 turntables with various arms and tweaks: a Technics 1210, an original LP12 from 1982 and an Origin Live Resolution. I have also heard many others at shows and demos. If it was my £7k to spend right now, I would probably not have to think too long before I snap up the Origin Live Enterprise arm on Ebay for £3500 (sold by OL) and buy their Resolution deck for £3300 new. If I wanted to keep money to spend on other parts of the system, I’d buy the Conqueror arm on Ebay for £1900 and spend the rest of the money on something else Alternatively I would go a completely different direction and restore one of the classic idlers, get it built into a beautiful wooden plinth and put a 12” arm on it - perhaps something like a Schroeder or similar Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Have you considered one of the CEC belt driven transports? By all accounts a worthy challenger to the highly regarded Audio Note transports, at a more reasonable price Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. I know, you are right. I cannot help myself. I used to have a mishmash of a system and have slowly started consolidating it over the past few years. As I said, I would probably have wanted AN mono blocks also had I the money, and from there it is a small step to AN speakers, although I do like my Harbeths. In my limited experience they are more holographic with more natural bass than AN speakers, albeit not at the same level of detail. Maybe I’d consider tweaking my Rolls under the hood where one cannot see it, but the Bentley wheels would be too visible for my liking.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Yes,that may be true, but if I had the disposable the situation might have been different and I possibly wouldn’t have had the Bentley wheels on my Rolls... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. After all this, I still believe you should (and probably will) go for the Mactone pre. Never even seen one, let alone heard one, but I think it makes sense. If not, it would be like buying a rare and collectors Rolls Royce and put Bentley wheels on it. Nothing wrong with Bentley wheels, and it may well be better than the original Rolls wheels, but it aint right Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Unfortunately I have to share your sentiment Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. The AN pre is definitely higher gain than average I think, but I had the same issue using Icon’s LA4 pre which was surprising. It is not keeping me up at night, but I wouldn’t mind another 3-4 “hours” range on the volume dial. Anyway, this is not my thread, so as you were. But thanks for the helpful input Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. I will definitely give David a ring, he has been very helpful in the past. The Icons have a sensitivity switch at the back, but even on the low sensitivity setting, it is still too sensitive. Would a quality stepped attenuator be less of a compromise SQ wise? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk