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  1. I get it through the BluOS app that my NAD M33 uses. I doubt it's available online or via TuneIn, etc
  2. In the 1970s a preamp needed a full-size box to accommodate all the resistors, transisters, capacitors and maybe even valves. Similiarly the tuner needed a big box, as did the CDP (if invented), cassette machine, etc. Now, each basic componant (streamer, DAC, DSP, preamp, power amp, etc) is so compact, they can all share one enclosure and even share the same power supply. Now this has the additional benefit of ditching all those costly interconnects and the untidy snake-pit behind your multi-box stack of kit. And remember that the cable that IMPROVES sound quality has not been invented - and NEVER WILL. Go out and borrow a top line single box device and compare with your present system - you may surprise yourself. My single box does justice to my $32K speakers - in fact I can only afford such luxury as I don't need to invest in multiple fancy cases and loads of cables.
  3. Why change the speakers if you like them? Look at all-in-one electronics to reduce your box count. I used to have valve monos, preamp, CD player, streamer and ripper/HD store. Far too many boxes, so now have a NAD M33 that offers all I need and (after buying or home demo'ing a dozen other amps, found it offers exceptional sound quality, abundant features and the BluOS app that's as good as any. Peter
  4. Dealers must be convinced you are a genuine potential buyer and not a time waster. They are less likely to obtain a new item from their supplier (manufacturer or distributor) specially for you to borrow unless they have a demo unit, but if a demo unit (or a used one) is available at your dealer, they should offer to lend it - with finantial guarantee. Best also to visit the shop first to rule out the ones on your list that don't perform as well as you'd hoped, but borrow the good sounding ones only. Don't expect a dealer to loan stuff if you've borrowed in the past and bought nothing. It's all a matter of ecomonics and trust. Don't buy costly speakers without a home trial - amps, etc much less room critical.
  5. What Class D technology does your Lumin use? Perhaps it's the amp rather than the speakers that needs consideration. My streamer / amp uses a Purifi Eigentakt Class D module and it sounds very good with my Avantgarde Duo speakers - far better than most A or AB ones I've had in my system.
  6. As others have sufggested your amp is either so old, it nowhere near meets curreny UK specs when in standby (0.5 watts I bvelieve) or it's not going into standby but is stuck in idle. Solution - turn it off at mains sockets, or ditch it, or possibly get it repaired to Standby really is Standby using a fraction of a watt.
  7. Far better than Ebay to get an idea of equipment's worth is hifishark.com. It collects ads from all over the world (you can filter) and lists them all. There are lots of M3s listed. You can ask for prices to be shown in your own currency. Buyers beware - there are scammers that use this platform, so take care if buying from links from Shark. I have bought stuff without problem (eg my very good and very well priced Avantgarde Duos) but there are obvious and not so obvious fraudsters there too. Peter
  8. Mogami, Canare and Belden are the main suppliers of cables to the professional recording industry and are sensibly proiced and very good quality. XLR being balanced has an easier job of carrying the signal so there's less need to spend tons of cash on an XLR lead than a single ended RCA phono one.
  9. Yes, Autofill will achieve what the OP wants but it's a PIA when you want to make a playlist of lots of single tracks. I usually have Autofill off and use your walkround of choosing Play All, then clicking the first track you want from the right hand playlist of tracks. Even this is a PIA if you have other tracks you still want further up the list. Then it's a laborious right click and Delete each unwanted track. I've suggested that BluOS should allow a block of unwanted tracks to be highlight and deleted with a single click - standard Windows procedure!
  10. Total rubbish! Where are all the valves so often quoted in forums such as this and equipment makers' specs? No mention of output valves - 845, 211, PX-25 (granted rare), 300B, 6C33B, etc. Either these valves last for ever and never need replacing (obviously not the case) or the table is a waste of effort by someone who hasn't the wit or recources to make a half good job of it! Sorry if I'm being unfair, but what's the point.
  11. Here's an expensive adaptor - https://www.audioaffair.co.uk/atlas-banana-plug-to-spade-adaptors-4-pack Here's the one I mentioned earlier but in black and red (they do it in yellow too) - https://cpc.farnell.com/search?st=banana socket to spade lug connector adaptor -
  12. This is the nearest I've found so far although Ebay has some cheap ones that are sent from China. and some very expensive ones withough plastic protection. Mine are slightly angled and the spade prongs are designed for small or large diameter terminal pins. Also mine are in red and black - these seems to be black only but red shrink wrap would fix that https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293352232960?epid=26008030087&hash=item444d27d800:g:vr4AAOSwXAFd37L5
  13. I'm not too keen on spades as they are a faff to fit and remove compared with bananas. However consider this as an alternative - buy spade to banana adaptors. This gives the excelent connection between the amp's terninals and the spades and the bananas on your existing cable simply plug in to the adaptors. I have a set and if I find the l;ink I'll post it later. This will give you the extra inch you're looking for. Peter
  14. Yes, good to use Profile to show what kit you have, etc. You're speakers are lightweight - mine are 95 Kg and almost impossible to move even on slippery wood flooring specially when fitted with IsoAcoustic Gaia feet! A tip though - get a couple of air wedges from Amazon or Ebay. These make lifting heavy objects easy making it possible to slip something like a tea cloth under them so they slide easily to alternative positions. Peter
  15. Gosh - don't you have staff? Most of my 945 sq ft living room is close-boarded solid timber on concrete but 40% or so is carpetted - 1 patch in front of the speakers 4 m square and an oval of similar area under the dining table. Easy to clean both - damp mop on the boards once a week and vacuum over the carpets once a week. My "staff" does all that in 15 minutes max.
  16. I think you are talking about this amp from Unison Research. I first saw them at a Show decades ago and thought how beautiful they looked and sounded. Then about 18 years ago I found a used pair for sale at a dealer who offered to lend me them to use with my Avantgarde Uno speakers. They sounded great, but just too big for my rack so I returned them. The 856 is a great output valve and (unlike others' experiences) I don't thibk it gets too hot. I had an Art Audio Carissa 845 stereo amp for a year or so, but also Consonance Cyber 845 monos for the last 15 or so. I still have these if you are interested in buying them!
  17. If a room is already well damped with soft furnishings and curtains, etc then a fully-fitted carpet may result in a dullness. My timber on concrete floor was far too reverberent at first but adding soft furnishings and carpets covering about half the 945 sq ft total area has turned out about right and music still has plenty of sparkle. If the OP decides to tile his floor, the general concensus here is that he should carpet the area in front of the speakers, perhaps leaving a few feet of bare tiling around the sides of the room. Whether this is economically or aesthetically viable is a matter for him - or his better half!
  18. I doubt your Focals will be any more uncomfortable on a stone floor than any other speaker. It's primarily the room's acoustic that will be set back a mile by a stone floor and this will adversely affect all speakers. Stone flooring is usually found in sun rooms in UK or living rooms in Mediterranean countries, though that's no reason for not liking then in UK living rooms if you have underfloor heating, but you maybe should ask yourself if any other flooring surface may be more appropriate, particularly as you want to enjoy music in the room. As others have said, a big soft carpet over a high proportion of the floor will largely mitigate the stone problem, so I'd consider this if you want to cover the floor in stone.
  19. You seem to be suggesting that all speakers are equally exciting - or dull - or whatever - and the designer has no influence over this. No, surely some speakers offer more exciting or thrilling presentation than others and this is surely down to the speaker designer. Not all speakers sound the same, thanks goodness. Some people may prefer listening to dull-sounding music but I'll chose a speaker that offers other features thanks.
  20. I don't think anyone has suggested that studio speakers are or should be fatiguing to listen to. However neither do they need to be thrilling to listen to. The aim of domestic speaker designers is towards the latter - if the listener is thrilled when he hears music played at a show or showroom, he'll be inclined to buy them and continue to be thrilled whenever he listens to his music. The down-to-earth studio engineer needs to get his masters to the state that their release onto the domestic market will add to the thrill factor we as consumers enjoy. He needs to hear where music can be improved so he doesn't want the less than perfect material to sound good. I really don't understand your problem. You own exceptional speakers that most here would be envious of, but your large investment MAY have been better put towards speakers that were designed for domestic use where accuracy is not necessarily the main factor in presenting music in the way most of us wish - to be lifelike and thrilling to experience. After owning ATCs and moving to Avantgarde speakers, I can tell you that they are as different as chalk and cheese - and I much prefer cheese!
  21. Yes, that's a pretty good description of what the DOMESTIC speaker designer is aiming to achieve. The STUDIO speaker designer will do something quite different - he'll want the engineer to cringe. thus keeping him in the job of improving master recordings such that we, the great unwashed public, hear music without even noticing these previously cringe-worthy parts of the music!
  22. That's as daft a question as "What design parameters are needed to makes a studio monitor emphasise areas that the engineer needs to correct?" It's all in the design and the use to which the speakers will be put.
  23. DSP won't solve the problem of reverberation and in my experience with Dirac, RoomPerfect and Anthem DSP systems, the additional signal processing does no favours to the music's sound quality. Yes, it flattened the frequency curve but the top end (though not adjusted by Dirac Live) is still processed such that music loses some of its liveliness and excitement factor. Avoid DSP unless it is applied only to the amp that delivers bass (only practical with active speakers and subs), to ensure the precious top end is not adversely affected. Also avoid artificial room treatment only if because it normally looks so dreadful. If clever furnishing choices can achieve what you want, you've cracked it.
  24. I moved into a new-build flat 10 years ago with a very large living roon. The horn speakers are placed mid-room and there's floor-to-ceilng glazing on most of the curved side of the semi-circular room - quite a difficult situation! It has solid timber on screed on concrete floors and the sound was terrible. The biggest improvement came with carpeting of most of the area in front of the speakers (4 m x 4 m heavy carpet with underfelt) but adding more soft furnishings and hanging curtains (although they are never closed) made a difference too. The speakers still stand on the timber flooring but the carpet starts 30 cm forward of the speakers. The sound is hu=gely improved to the extent that I prefer itt as it comes rather than via Dirac Live room correction. The speakers sound better on IsoAcoustic Gaia I feet. My hunch is that you should be looking to cover at least 50% rather than 25% with a heavy rug with underlay. Hope this helps - happy to send my room plan if it helps. Peter
  25. Precisely. I heard those big Harbeth at the Bristol Show a few years ago, just playing in the background with no formal listening area and thought it was the best sound I'd heard all day. Granted Bristol isn't exactly CES, but those big woofers knock spots off costlier speakers struggling with twin 6" or 8" to produce good bass.
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