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  1. I change mine probably every 4 to 5 years. Sometimes less. I’ve bought used items as well, but same again, sold it and moved onwards and mostly upwards. Probably as I don’t expect the stuff to last decades.
  2. Seriously, how long do you genuinely expect consumer electronics to last? I would have thought 10 years was long enough, before that technology was either worn out, unreliable or obsolete. 20 years seems a lot to expect .
  3. I don’t know which made me laugh the most, the “8 years later” or the “then after 12 years “ 🤣🤣 brilliant!
  4. I had always wanted to try Marantz, it took many years before I finally bought my first piece. A TT15S1 Turntable. Utterly stunning looking and had a sound to match. A few years later the PM14S1SE was on offer, I had no reason to upgrade as I had been very happy with my Leema amp, but I went for it and was amazed by its build first, and the musicality was in another league. Finally added the SA14S1SE and completed the setup. The SA14S1SE is remarkable, even the USB port with mp3 320 files sounds incredible.
  5. After several years of disappointment with the Clearaudio Cartridge, and a few experiments with other similar carts, I decided to take the Audio Technica generator out of this cart, I added a Linn K5 Generator to the Clearaudio Ebony Body, and attached a cut down ATN95EX stylus. After running this in for around 10 hours it is now absolutely singing. What an amazing difference. I’m not sure whether the original generator was faulty or not, but it never sounded right. And for £15 it was worth a punt. And it worked, way better than I expected.
  6. I had a Rega Apollo 2000 for a few years, sounded really good. sold it for more than I paid for it too.! Rega CD Player of any sort is well worth a try out.
  7. I recently tried doing this with a Bluetooth receiver, and couldn’t get my apple devices to connect to it. Nor would my Sony laptop, so I sent it back.
  8. Selling my Focals as I’m going to upgrade this year. They are in great condition, apart from a light mark on one edge, this is hardly noticeable from a few feet away. They come with original boxes, and covers. I really love the sound of these, im still using them every day. Any questions, fire away £875 ono south/west yorks area
  9. My daughter FaceTimes me yesterday as she’d had a record player bought, a cheap Goodmans thing, the motor speed is all over the place... it sounds horrific. So I told her to take it back. Today, daughter FaceTimes again, she’s bought another record player, it’s one of the vintage looking ones, (not a crossley) and she’s so happy with it. It looks the part, on its own legs, stood in the orangery in her house. She’s beaming with happiness. Thats my highlight of the year.
  10. Amazon for Vinyl (price Match promise for new releases) juno, for vinyl. Ebay, for 2nd hand vinyl and cds and the odd cassette. Hmv Meadowhall when I’m dragged there with the Mrs. Elsecar heritage centre, when I’m dragged.... you get the point. Music magpie. What Records, for vinyl. Nuclear Blast, and Earache, for vinyl. I do try to buy direct from artists too, a lot of what I listen to is output from lesser well known bands.
  11. If it’s like my old rega Apollo, the red display is just a piece of plastic in front of the display. Should be able to remove it.
  12. No preference at all. Whatever takes my mood really. CD Vinyl or Cassette, the thing I use most is the Front USB port on my CD player. Purely for convenience.
  13. There’s literally hundreds of cheap and cheerful cassette decks on eBay. Just try and find a newer model. I saw a technics deck go for £6 not long ago, anything is worth a gamble at that price.
  14. Bluetooth dac unfortunately wouldn’t connect wirelessly to anything so it’s on its way back to Amazon. Just trying Spotify on the TV, through the Marantz DAC. Vocals are definitely clearer. I’ll see how things go. And what other apps I can get on the TV.
  15. I had been using a mini dac Connected to the amp via rca for a few years, but just yesterday I thought I’d utilise the onboard dac in the CD player.
  16. This morning the Amazon driver was here early, so I have connected the optical cable from the tv into the CD player. The display is showing 48k. I’ll give the apps a try later, I have Spotify on the tv, see how it sounds. The bluetooth dac also arrived, so I’m going to connect that to the amp via rca and test that out too.
  17. Got a couple of albums from wife and daughters. Still searching for some Sonus Faber Venere S. But not in any particular rush for them.
  18. Uhm, I’m really not sure what the best option is going to be for me. I didn’t want a laptop permanently connected to the Marantz cd, or have cables trailing through the living room. The optical cable will be used to connect the tv to the cd, and use the dac within for sound. Im also connecting a Bluetooth receiver to the amp to send Spotify and Amazon music from my ipad and iPhone. Ill have a play around with things tomorrow and see what works best for me. Hi res is a step further away than I thought.
  19. Cool, cheers. I’ll have a look now.
  20. Finally got round to ordering an Optical cable for the Marantz SA14S1SE. I’m a little late to the whole Hi Res thing. But it’s an option on the SACD player, so I thought I’d give it a go. If anyone has any pointers for me, i.e where I can get a sample of hi res music, or what sites are out there that’d be good. Cheers
  21. The front USB port on the Marantz SA14S1SE. This one thing has led me to listen to far more music in general than before. I’ve loaded almost 500 albums onto a Samsung 64gb USB stick, practically all my Cd collection. It’s easy to use, and sounds amazing. One thing I wish it had is a bigger display. Like my old Moon Equinox.
  22. I do enjoy reading while I’m listening to music, or researching, or hunting albums down. Or car shopping. Motorbike shopping, reading product reviews etc. Reading hifi reviews etc. I couldn’t sit and read a book, that would be a bit too much.
  23. bigfish786


    If the motorbikes have sidecars, can I still hear them?
  24. Just a thing that has happened to me today. Ive put the turntable on, chilling with Stone Sour - Hydrograd. The Mrs has joined me, so I turn the volume up and begin to read. After a few mins, I get distracted by a noise on the left channel, a crackle... its really prominent, like the stylus is picking up loads of static. i lift my head and stare at the speaker, then out of the corner of my eye I see the wife. Muching away on her overcooked homemade cookies!!! Crisis averted. 🤣
  25. I’m gonna hazard a guess that the runners that the laser is on will be gummed up, and need cleaning.