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  1. Hi All, I am a new member, and would really appreciate a bit of advice. This weekend my wife redesigned the my house, and I have been given carte blanche to upgrade my audio setup. So I am aiming to build a new system around my 2014 LP12. I will be discarding a Marantz PM11s2 and Chario Constellation Cygnus speakers which have served their time. This means I will be left with a Turntable and Motor and nothing else. Base System Linn LP12 + Linn Akita Arm + Dynavektor XXV mk 2 + Radikal Motor + Trampoline Future System Streaming: I want to add an appropriate level Network Player (along lines of Linn Selekt DSM) Phono Amp: A phono preamp which does justice to the LP12 (not sure whether there is a case for Urika / Urika 2) Amp: A quality amp - either integrated or power (but ideally aiming to keep box count low and keep signal chain clean as possible) Speakers: Standmounted monitors I am open to going etiher Passive or Active (maybe Exakt / Akudoric?). Can anyone on the board here give me a suggestion of possible expansion paths? I am a bit out of touch with recent developments on Linn or other audio products. I am also keep to stay as close to Linn as possible - although speakers are a question for me (I also like Harbeth / Graham / B&W / Focals etc) Thank you very much for any help, and I appreciate your patience in case I have broken any message board taboos Kind regards, Billy
  2. Superb speakers by Totem. I’m only selling these due to upgrading to some Pro-Ac speakers which cost much more than these. I’ve had these a number of years and they are lovely sounding speakers. I’ve tried numerous others in the past (Kef, Wilson Benesch, Spendor) but always preferred and stuck with these. I’ve had to spend a considerable amount more to better the Totems so it’s time to move them on, reluctantly. £499 Price doesn’t include delivery but happy to drive and meet within say 30miles of Stockport to drop them off. Happy to demo them at mine also. I have the boxes so they can be sent by courier at buyers own cost and arrangements. Happy to keep hold of these if they don’t sell.
  3. …. I just wanted to say a big thank you to the various people on this forum who have been a big help in informing me, suggesting new things, and encouraging me in finding some new kit. These thank yous are specifically because without this forum I probably would not have embraced streaming the way that I have. The first step was a Quad 909 from @Mikeandvan and that would never have occurred to me even though I had one previously Then Auralic Altair G1 - my first streaming platform Then the slippery slope started….. Auralic Aries Mini from @Griff500 SBooster Wave digital cables from @Fourlegs Innuos Zen Mini mk3 from @Fourlegs Innuos Power Supply Tellurium Black 2 speaker cable Quad Artera Stereo ATC SCM11 QAcoustics 3020i (thanks to @Lurch insistent promotion of these) And so a huge thanks to everyone and the special thanks goes to… well you know who you are. Am off on holidays this week for a month or two back in Portugal.
  4. Unbelievable opportunity here in the UK to own a pair of these legendary loudspeakers. These are normally found in the wealthy homes of North America and the Far East and as the former UK distributor for Von Schweikert loudspeakers I am not aware of many of these existing in the UK at all! Don't be concerned about the exclusivity making these difficult to obtain customer aftercare for, Damon Von Schweikert has already confirmed that they will cater to any needs the customer may have for servicing and upgrades. These speakers were personally imported by me from their owner in Canada and come shipped in the correct original manufacturer shipping crates. These are very heavy and at least a two man lift per crate is required. It is also recommended that two men unpack and setup the speakers too. For a full taste of what these loudspeakers can do please see the review below: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superioraudio/equipment/0108/von_schweikert_vr_4sr_mk2.htm The finish is an upgrade to what was offered as standard as this is a dark burl wood and looks amazing. There are a couple of fine marks on the sides of the bass cabinets but once in place you will not notice these. Otherwise these are in perfect order. The sense of scale these speakers can produce when matched with the right electronics is astonishing, soundstage is wide and realistic with the timbre of each and every instrument superbly defined. These are truly a speaker for life! You will never require another loudspeaker ever again. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Reason that I am selling is because we are now emigrating overseas and I cannot take these with me. New here in the UK with this finish you would have been looking at a retail price of around £14,000. £6375 obo (Don't be afraid to make me an offer). Thanks for looking. Shipping: this may be possible but these will probably need to be shipped as a pallet load due to size and weight. Note: Images show unpacked speakers with their original owner in Canada prior to shipment to me. Images with shipping crates were taken when speakers were delivered to me.
  5. Having a bit of a spring clear-out, so starting with some speaker cables. Both excellent sounding cables but not long enough for me now. First up..... Audio Note AN-Lexus LX 3m stereo pair Copper speakers cable.....pics 3&4.....96 strand Litz cable.....with original packaging, excellent condition....banana plugs both ends. £350 ovno inc RMSD (UK Only). Second..... Audio Note AN-SPa 2.5m stereo pair (256cm tip to tip) Silver speaker cable.....pics 1&2.....13 strand Litz 99.99% pure silver cable.....no original packaging.....These were re-terminated at Audio Note early this year, proof of works will be included.....excellent condition.....spades at one end, banana plugs at the other. £695 ovno inc RMSD (UK Only). PM me if you need any more info or pics.
  6. Location: Wigston, Leicester. Elegant floor-standing two-way reflex design with sloping front baffle, using a doped paper cone bass/midrange driver plus a fabric dome tweeter, both produced in Scandinavia to Ruark's requirements. Superb quality sound, great for all genres of music from Classical, to Pop, Jazz and Rock. Check on line reviews on these outstanding loudspeakers; they are all good. You cannot find anything comparable in the present loudspeakers for this price. The loudspeakers are in Rosewood and were purchased by me about 20 years ago. I am selling them - with some sadness - because I've upgraded my hi-fi set up. It’s time for somebody else to enjoy this stylish set of loudspeakers. The speakers are fantastic order. There are a couple of little marks on the veneer at the front base of each speaker where my rug has caught them over time but this can easily be masked with some coloured wax/ touch up wood product. I do not have the original boxes now and I need to note that the speakers are weighted with sand so weigh a good 25kgs each. The speakers also have their floor spikes attached. Happy to answer any questions you might have. I will be sad to see these go. Priced to sell at 220. Specifications Ruark Talisman II made in UK by RUARK ACOUSTICS LTD System Type: Bass reflex, 2 way Drive units: Bass/Midrange: 170 mm treated paper cone high loss pure rubber surround, precision cast chassis, high flux magnetic system. Tweeter: 26mm precoated textile dome, dual chamber construction ferrofluid cooled and damped. Frequency Response: 46 Hz - 20 khz ±3 dB Sensibility: 88dB / Watt Crossover Frequency: 2,8 kHz (Precision audio grade components a six elements) Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms Recommended amplifier power: 25 - 100W Cabinet: Floor standing ACD, Critically damped MDF double layer construction Colour Finishes: Veneers in Rosewood. Dimensions (HxWxD): 840 x 230 x 320 mm
  7. As the title suggests, a stunning pair of Kralk Audio BC30 MKII with matching PAW Stands. Both speakers and stands come in Walnut veneer. The stands were only available in black originally but these have been bespoke veneered to match the speakers. They're fantastic in their own right, but paired with the PAW they transform in to something really special. Words or pictures don't do them justice, they were and still are a sensational performer. Rare chance to own and very rarely come up on the used market, that's testament to the builder as to how good they are. Hand built in England. They have recently been given the once over and everything is in A1 condition. Only selling as I've the chance of a big upgrade to another pair of Kralk Audio. Looking for £850 ono Collection from Shrewsbury. Payment via Cash, Bank Transfer, or PayPal F&F
  8. Selling these great speakers to fund a new purchase. They are in perfect unmarked condition, look and sound fantastic in Rosenut finish. I’ve had them boxed up for the last 10 months or so, as I was reluctant to sell them, but needs must! I could include my Atacama stands filled with Atacama Atabytes if required. All packaging, grilles and bungs for the speakers included, but no packaging for the stands. Location: Collection only from London E16 (beside Excel). Price: £650. Payment by bank transfer. Advertised elsewhere.
  9. Selling my pair of legendary Quad 10L. These are in excellent condition, slight sun fade where grilles have been on but not really noticeable. In stunning yew finish complete with grilles and original jumpers on speaker terminals. I’m only selling as, after we moved, they ended up in a much bigger room and sounded a little lost. They were replaced by some KEF R300s. These are not to be confused with the inferior Chinese made 11L. These were designed and made for Spendor in the U.K. for Quad to replicate their ESL speaker sound in a small cabinet. They retailed for £699 on release and are very rare. They are of infinite baffle design so can be placed easily as there is no rear bass port. If you are in any doubt, please google the model. They are universally acclaimed. I do not have the original box but I have a suitable one for packing. Listed as collection only as buyer can arrange their own courier at their own risk or local collection/delivery in the Bury St Edmunds area. I’m asking for £300 ovno. That’s what the last pair went for on eBay and, to be honest, any less than that and I’ll just keep them. Also on eBay for £350 as would rather sell them here. Thanks
  10. long time reader of the forum but have only just joined, so this is my first post and would welcome any help. Current kit is Rega Brio amp to Castle Severn 2 speakers. Fed into this is; 1) Project Debut Carbon TT with ortofon red and 2) raspberry Pi 4 streamer, into entry level DAC, then the Brio. As I ‘m increasingly listening to locally stored FLAC filesI am looking to upgrade my entry level DAC but it’s been suggested to me that I would be better served by upgrading my speakers first. Musical tastes are varied; rock, pop, country, accoustic, vocals but not classical & no heavy metal. Although not previously on my radar, I’ve been reading a lot of positive comments about the Celestion Dittons and am wondering if they might fit the bill. If anyone with first hand experience of either speaker would be so kind as to let me know what to look out for - given the difficulty in listening to anything under lockdown - then I would be most grateful. I appreciate they these speakers are probably +40 years old and depending on how they’ve been treated, they may/may not need refurb or repair. In general terms and depending on price/condition, are they he sort of speakers I should snap up or walk away from? .
  11. Hi all, I am looking for some system advice or perhaps some thoughts on potential changes I can make to my current system. My current system: arcam fmj A38 amp, arcam CDS27 streamer/cd player, Systemdek 11x turntable running through a Graham Slee phono stage into B&W 602s2. Whilst the sound to my ears is very good, vocals and sound stage are great however it seems to lack pace. I had thought speakers, but am now leaning towards the amp. Many moons ago I had a Sugden A28 amp running into Whafedale 505.2s. I am looking for the sort of bass speed that these speakers gave me. Perhaps with a bit more bass as they were a little light on bass even though it was superb. I even bought a set of 505.2s thinking it was the B&Ws but it's not the same. John Lee Hookers Boom Boom album 3rd track is my go to track. Sorry about the long rambling questions . Cheers
  12. Tidying up what had become a chatty thread. £995 (or £990 and a pint) to that man over there with too many speakers already. Most of you know the story; if not, you can do the search thing. I bought a second teak pair which sounded nowhere near as good and cost me substantial £ to upgrade to comarable to sound to these beauties. Not as imposing in the flesh as they can look in photos where the height is what attracts attention; in the wood, they are tall, slim and IMHO elegant. They also sound lovely; if I mention big soundstage you might think that is as much to do with upstream components but I'm going to mention it anyway. Dimensions including marble plinth: H 186cm (6'1") W 30cm (12") D 32.5cm (13"). Excluding plinth, the cabinets are only 20cm (8") wide and max depth at bottom is 22cm (9"). As @rabski reminded us some time ago: "Graham Tricker described them as "...probably the least compromised loudspeaker we have ever heard", which is quite something coming from the man behind Tron". EDIT: short (not "make a day of it" bake-off!) and socially distanced auditions may be possible in Leicestershire, check in-store for details.
  13. Hi all, with the advent of the Karousel upgrade to the LP12 I read a lot of good stuff. I collected a few clips kindly shared by a member on the Lejonklou forum, and also my trusted dealer sent me a comparison of Akurate LP12s with Cirkus vs Karousel. Auditioning these files leaves me puzzled, as the difference is much smaller, than I had expected from the chatter in the forums, and my dealers words. But I had a similar effect, when auditioning clips of KRadikal vs ARadikal on my system. The difference appeared more pronounced, when I played the same files on my Pono player into my Beyerdynamic T51p cans. (Can't test this with the bearing clips now, as the Pono and cans are in my 2nd home 420 km away from here.) So I wonder if my amp, or speakers are holding too much back, and if spending into a Radikal to get the Karousel is the best investment for me. My current chain is: LP12 - Cirkus - Lingo2 - Kore - Ekos2 - Krystal - Uphorik - KRDSM - AEXBOX6/K - C6100/D - AV5140/EspekT I'm using SO+ which my trusted dealer and I finetuned applying tunedem. Any experiences / opinions? Cheers, TMC
  14. Quad 11L bookshelf speakers in gloss black. Immaculate condition. No original box but I have a suitable box and can post. Please ask for a quote. £180 plus postage.
  15. WITHDRAWN FROM SALE. KEF Chorale loudspeakers. £125 Have had new high voltage crossover capacitors fitted by me (big fat yellow things, not electrolytics !), new 4mm binding posts, new internal wiring. Cabinets have been lightly sanded and given 4 coats of linseed oil. A few very minor dings and surface marks commensurate with age, but nothing serious. No front grills, but I can supply the cloth that was on them plus the front grille badges. Sadly the wood that the cloth was on had broken in several places. Beautiful vintage speakers, they sound rather sublime, they have the classic B200 and T27 pairing. 47x28x22cm. My usual efforts have gone into these, so Im after £125 collect Northampton, or I could ship if I can find a box big enough
  16. Revel M105 speakers with matching stands in very good condition New these are around £1800 with stands, asking £650 Collection from North London N17 only I'm afraid, no boxes
  17. KRALK AUDIO TBD12 STEREO STUDIO MONITORS. Black ash veneer with dedicated stands and magnetic front covers. I have fitted heavy duty castors (lockable) to aid manouvering but these can be removed very easily. I purchased these direct from Alan at Kralk, these are his original pair, I took them last April. Enormous power handling and high sensitivity , 3 way design with attentuation of MF and HF drivers. Reluctantly for sale. My room just can't do them justice, they need a medium sized room as a minimum, mine is too small and whilst I could do something with room acoustics I think its kinder to set them free with a new owner. Have a look at Kralk Audios website for full specs and reviews etc. These need to be collected as they're big and heavy (very). Bring your own amp or I can demonstrated with a musical fidelity integrated (M3si). Im in Belper, Derbyshire M1 J28 / 25 £650
  18. Happy new year to you all. One of these beauties has a fault in that it makes high pitched noises ( like a radio out of tune ) I tested the other quickly on a crappy micro Hifi and it appears to work properly. The original quad stands are included, cosmetically they are in very good condition except for one small hole on the side of the cloth cover . long power cables are also included. I will post photos once I get a chance and if there is any interest. I’m hoping to get back what they owe me . £350 NOW at £200, COLLECTION BEFORE SUNDAY collection from Milton Keynes
  19. FOR SALE Vienna Acoustics Bach Floorstanding Speakers Beech Finish Fully working order Very refined and detailed sound Excellent grilles with all mounting pegs present Good condition but with a few light marks - please check the photos as these form part of the description Part filled with kiln dried sand as per manufacturer's instructions Heavy so collection only from near Chester Could probably bring to the Wam Show on 15 March Also possible meet up anywhere between Chester and Birmingham / Newbury / Reading as long as you're patient to find a mutually convenient date £325
  20. https://www.stereophile.com/content/thiel-cs2-2-loudspeaker-john-atkinson “From the very first note of the very first record played via the Thiels, I was bowled over by the ease of the speaker's sound” ”It was in the area of midrange and treble transparency that the Thiel perhaps scored its most longlasting impression” “Normally, the critic ends up with a shopping list of faults that he just has to assemble into some kind of logical order. In the case of the Thiel CS2 2, however, it seemed that the longer I listened for flaws, the less I heard—an enjoyable task for the music lover, but a frustrating one for the professional reviewer. At its price, the CS2 2 is a sonic bargain. Beautifully finished, with a sound that is smooth, tonally well-balanced, and extended at both extremes, it is musically one of the most satisfying loudspeakers I've heard” ...... .......... I dug out that review when I spotted a pair for sale, even though it's more likely than not they will just be passing through. Intriguing design, fabulous cabinets, with binding posts underneath giving a smooth rear to the cabinet. Installed in the lounge this morning alongside the ATC SCM40A's. I expected them to be slightly smaller than the SCM40A's but as you can see they're not. Obviously sub-optimal positioning so I won't be commenting on soundstage! I've only listened to a couple of Jesse Cook tracks but they're really rather nice. Crisp and clear in the highs and mids - to the point where I'd need to listen longer and more analytically to spot weaknesses vs the ATC's, which was a surprise. Very nice shape to the bass though this is the biggest difference from the SCM40A's: it's strong, possibly too strong, but (a) I've yet to isolate them from the oak-on-concrete floor and (b) I know some people and some types of music which these would suit fabulously. Will report back further. Windows make geting a proper photo a pain. The rear shot makes the wood look lighter than it is, side shot is accurate.
  21. Helping a friend to sell his Mission QX-2 speakers. They are in walnut finish. They are just a few weeks old and, as such, are in mint condition with all original packaging. Brilliant speakers for the money. £275 but open to sensible offers. Prepared to deliver but please ask for a quote. Alternatively, cash on collection or prepared to deliver close to Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
  22. We have recently moved to a small townhouse and the listening room (lounge) has been drastically reduced in size from 8x4x3 metres to roughly 4x3.5x2.3 metres with the speakers firing across the 3.5 approx 1.5 metres apart. My current Rogers LS6 on Atacama SL stands have been banned on the basis they are too big, fair enough they do dominate a bit... I was thinking of a small pair of floor-stands that would work well with my QUAD 34/405 setup, they would have to be able to cosy up to the rear wall as there is limited space so probably no rear firing ports. Budget wise would ideally keep it under a grand and more than happy to buy second-hand, any suggestions greatly received. Oh yes, nearly forgot... have to be Wife friendly, ideally nice quality veneer.
  23. Inherited these but want to sell them as they are not my style. Others may find them lovely. Unused but open box. We wired them up for a quick listen. Lovely, warm, retro sound. Beautiful condition. Like new. Comes with original box, packaging and documents. Will deliver for free. £300 or nearest offer. Thank you.
  24. Good evening all, Wonder if I could ask for some recommendations, please. I've recently bought the Audiolab 6000a and the accompanying 6000cdt. I've been running it through some KEF R100s - which are great little speakers - but I need a bit more scale, insight and separation in a 4.5 metre squared room. Has any body got any recommendations to add to an audition list. As I said, room is 4.5 x 4.5 metres and well-furnished. I listen mostly to classical, chamber, choral and acoustic music so booming bass is not required. A natural, airy and neutral tone is. I like to hear every instrument and voice in its own well-defined space but without harsh metallic highs. I've tried floorstanders but the room simply isn't big enough or suitable enough. Initial thoughts are: KEF LS50, Dali Opticon 2, B & W 606 Any other suggestions or views on the above are very welcome. Thanks in advance for your help.
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