batteredhaggis

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About batteredhaggis

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    Wammer
  • Birthday February 6

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  • Location
    East Sussex
  • Real Name
    Jamie

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  • Turn Table
    SME 10 / 2 x SME IV
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Cdnza Blu AT-33 Mono
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Sutherland20/20/Moon
  • Digital Source 1
    Luxman D-08U
  • Digital Source 2
    Primare BD-32
  • DAC
    D-08U, 230HAD
  • Pre-Amp
    Modwright LS 36.5 DM
  • Power Amp/s
    Plinius SA103, A34.2
  • My Speakers
    Revel Studio 2
  • Headphones
    HD-700
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. A bit of background, further detail and opinion for anyone interested in this particular amp: When I first met Graham at his place (being my first bake off), he and I both owned one of these amps. It drove his Amphion Xenon speakers extremely well. I heard that combo with many different front ends at several of his bake offs, and it was always transparent enough to reveal the differences. His system itself had a brilliant vinyl front end (Basis TT, Koetsu cart and SUT, NVO phono stage) and some of the visiting equipment was of a calibre that any red-blooded hifi geek nearby might experience a... well, let's just call it a 'Pifany'. Once, a tiny Nagra CD player came in, barely noticed, yet slipped out leaving memories of sounds even the die-hard analogistas would not forget in a hurry. Graham's Pathos kept some very exalted company, but such was the foundation it held over his excellent system that I never once saw it moved from its spot, as so often happens when swapping fever breaks out at a bake off. He wasn't one for getting in a flap, nor was his amp. It just got on with its thing, unphased by all the audiophoolery around it. That, and as Graham always said, it was just so damn heavy. To me, the amp's strengths are that it has real grip (that 110W/8 ohm rating doubles down properly into 4 ohms), yet this is never at the expense of subtlety or rhythm. The valve preamp stage does seem to give a hint of valve warmth, but it is not a cuddly, over-romanticised sound. Valve rolling produced very small gains for me - the amp seemed well-balanced with readily-available, inexpensive 6922 valves. I used Sovtek, Electro Harmonix Gold and some older valves Graham gave me, I believe Amperex, all with good results. It treated all musical genres equally with immediacy, strong dynamics and a large, stable soundstage. It was an excellent at simply getting on with making great music - sweet but not soft, neither overly analytical, nor too laid back. To me, it's strengths are that it has real grip (that 110W/8 ohm rating doubles down properly into 4 ohms), yet this is never at the expense of subtlety or rhythm. The valve preamp stage does seem to give a hint of valve warmth, but it is not a cuddly, over-romanticised sound. Valve rolling produced very small gains for me - the amp seemed well-balanced with readily-available, inexpensive 6922 valves. I used Sovtek, Electro Harmonix Gold and some older valves Graham gave me, I believe Amperex, all with good results. It treated all musical genres equally with immediacy, strong dynamics and a large, stable soundstage. It was an excellent at simply getting on with making great music - sweet but not soft, neither overly analytical, nor too laid back. In my system, the Logos stayed for quite some time through various changes of speakers, mostly from Revel: It brought the best out of standmount Revel Performa M20s. Later it happily drove large F52s to ridiculous levels, yet brought them to life even at low volume, something not all amps were able to do. Its essential character remained through smaller (but no-less demanding) Revel Ultima Gems, whilst their greater transparency and finesse was clearly revealed. The Gems are (IMO) capable of quite lofty results with top class electronics, so this was no mean feat. It compared very favourably for SQ with a Mark Levinson No 383 integrated (not quite as controlled or ultimately transparent but the ML was much more expensive, with even larger transformers). Concurrent with the Logos I had a Musical Fidelity KW250S which had greater dynamic control but was neither more revealing nor musical. Both were a good step up from the MF A3.2 series pre/power I had before. I briefly owned a Gato DIA-250 Class D amp which had some real strengths, but if I were to have them again (ignoring the Gato's onboard DAC), for SQ I'd choose the Logos. For convenience and size the Gato won hands down. It took a large leap into more esoteric pre/power amp territory before I could say I had comprehensively better sound than with the Logos. It is a lot of amp for the money, especially at used prices. Knowing MF gear as I do, I can vouch for John Sampson's work. The fact he has worked on it can be considered an added bonus with this particular amp. I also know Graham took great care with all his hifi equipment. Aesthetics aside (I loved mine, my wife referred to it as the Italian power station), the Logos is very sturdily made, inside and out. After an initial hiccup caused by poor packaging and rough courier handling, my second hand example was perfectly reliable in the 3 years or so I had it, more than could be said for the Levinson. It runs fairly hot - those charismatic heatsinks are fully functional - so some space above the ventilated top plate is essential. Warm (very warm) recommendation from me. Also, I've known the seller many years; he is a highly regarded member of this forum and will be a pleasure to deal with. GLWTS
  2. I could supply you with one of my patented 7200rpm fluid dynamic bearing hamster wheels (much, much quieter than anything Pets at Home can manage). When we had gerbils, they queued up to take turns on it, tiny legs ever faster until centrifuged out before going around for another go. It was like watching Kubrick in silence - one minute the Blue Danube, next Also Sprach Zarathustra. Only downside is you then have to deal with an over-G'd hamster in your internals and nobody wants that on a Friday.
  3. https://tidal.com/browse/track/125377740
  4. O god, I used to try to play my flute like her, we had a uni band called 'The Skelfs'
  5. Presumably because he thinks the KEFs are going to be a limiting factor Keith? Do you not? I can't see why you made that post. I've had LS50s on the end of my Modwright 36.5DM/Plinius SA-103 amps (love your Soviet goose stepping analogy Miles, I think with the Plinius we were possibly into Vatican Swiss Guards territory). While they were there I auditioned both Chord TT and Luxman DA-06 DACs. In fact I'm writing about them for another thread just now so they are fresh in my mind. I could hear differences between those DACs, enough to be able to make a choice. Yes the Luxman I went with sounds better with my Revels than the LS50s but then so would a Fisher-Price record player.
  6. Wally Badarou - Echoes (not on Tidal though)
  7. Absolutely! I heard the crazy Io Limited in JezR's system once and it was stunning. I think it was on an AN Arm 3 V2.
  8. M2Tech Young - yep, been there. I remember plugging in the Avondale PSU and stepping back in keen anticipation. At least nothing was lost when it and the DAC sold days later, nor did I fall for the £800 M2Tech Palmer PSU. +1 for Acoustic Solid TTs: My 2nd hand 111-Wood was great bang for the buck, if not in the same league as Ian's (Baggawire) superb deck. The Audio Note Arm 1 V2 on it was pretty good I thought, not an SME V but hardly the price of one either. That arm and deck lives on with another Wammer pal still and I think he likes them well enough. Talking of fads, what happened to all the AN Io carts that were hanging off those arms at the time?
  9. I am grateful to SteveS1 who contacted me today with this very sad news. Graham and Hilary were very generous hosts when I went to my first bake off (and many more) at their house near Edenbridge. Those events were always enormous fun. I was fortunate to count both of them as friends. Graham had battled cancer bravely since 2015. Playing Wilko Johnson for you now old buddy.
  10. Horses for courses. If there's one thing I detest it's spitting treble, yet I lived for quite a few years with a Moon amp (600i integrated) and went through many amp and speaker changes while I still had it. Just not what I would have thought of if anyone asked what the Moon 'house' sound was. The various speakers had aluminium, titanium and silk tweeters, mostly Revels but also KEF Ref 201s (that I'd owned for 12 years and knew well), LS50s and some stand-mount Amphions which I had heard sounding harsh with a Bryston integrated. Spitting treble was just not one of the mental notes I have from that time with the amp or any of the speakers. I had an I-5 integrated too and didn't find it harsh either. Both Moon amps needed to be properly warmed up and the 600i was universally 'dumb' when taken to bake offs - the only amp I've ever had that couldn't replicate the performance I got at home whenever it was moved. Plug it in back home, wait 24-48 hours and all was back to normal. This phenomenon was even documented in Moon manuals IIRC and I was extremely sceptical at the time - until it seemed borne out in practice. I still can't quite believe it but the effect was heard so many times I don't think I was imagining it. Even when 'off form', the worst that could be said was that it was utterly lifeless. Not spitting! I did try it with some original PMC FB1s and you could level that accusation there, but the Mk1 version of that speaker always had a hot treble to me. Just two cents in case the OP is having doubts about his amp. Alas I never tried Harbs, Grahams, Rogers* etc so cannot comment but I will say that a pair of ears I trust (Graham67's) thought the 600i terrible when he borrowed it for a summer, and he knows a lot more about BBC-style speakers than I do. We're still friends! *with the Moon amps - have heard them elsewhere
  11. I borrowed a Hugo TT and liked it, although less so the ergonomics. In the end I bought a full-width Luxman DAC which I liked better, but I'm not knocking the TT. I use a Moon 230HAD DAC/headphone/preamp in a second system and might have been able to offer it to you if interested, but as I'm having preamp problems at the moment it has been promoted and is in use again. You might get a used one for under £1000 if lucky and they sound good to me. It's an excellent headphone amp. If you don't need the preamp facility you just use the fixed outputs. It fits your size requirements and has a remote if that matters.
  12. Hi Mike, Graham (above) has it spot on. The Audio Note Arm 1 V2 is hands down one of the best arms I've owned, and probably the best value. It cost about £700 new, more than 25 years after I bought a new Linn Ittok LVII for £500 (in black, minus staff discount)! The Linn was great but the AN no less so and probably did some things better; perhaps the AN was more consistent across the board - sounds trite, I can only say what I heard and I LOVED that Tiktok. A £200 increase in 25 years for similar or better SQ, whilst not insignificant, is almost unheard of in the world of hifi. The AN was also beautifully made and a pleasure to use. Graham and I had AN Arm 1 V2s on our respective decks at the same time. I loved mine on an Acoustic Solid 111 Wood deck but it was even better on Graham's heavier Garrard 401. For a tight-arsed discerning Aussie like him to have moved up the range says much I now have an SME Series IV arm on an SME Model 10 deck, it's slightly better than the Model 10 arm that came with it. I haven't compared the Series IV directly with the AN arm I had but I doubt it's any more 'musical', whatever that means. It might be a tad more focused in the bass. Arguably, it can give good support to almost any quality of cartridge out there (although some of those might not like such an arm 'up 'em'). I can't see why the AN Arms 1, 2 or 3 wouldn't too - many an AN arm owner would be running them with an esoteric AN 'IO' cart after all. A while ago this was de rigueur amongst a certain sect on the Wam. FWIW, my SME arm has been rewired with Kondo silver cable and the tonearm cable I've settled on using with it (from quite a few tried) is pretty much the same one Graham has with his Arm 3 V2 - an Audio Note AN-V silver cable. This in my view has lifted it a notch above a standard SME IV - at a cost. I haven't had a chance to compare it with Graham's Arm 3 V2 and despite the modifications I wouldn't want to bet on which was better. Both are very good. The SME naturally suits my deck, I suspect the AN suits the Garrard better than mine. So from an AN Arm 1 V2 to an Arm 3 V2 or SME IV is a big jump in money but you wouldn't be missing as much as you might think. I sold my Arm 1 along with a deck but alone it would have been worth about £400. I would think it would be a very worthwhile improvement over an OL-rewired RB-250, as good as that arm is. Good luck, and let us know if you have any success.