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Before I get started with this topic as new member here, I must for the record state that I am not 'in the hi-fi industry' as manufacturer or seller of my own product (anymore) but merely operate as freelance adviser with my own established client base, built from 36 years in and out of the industry from sales through to installation; the latter now being my present remit, including design with preparing house wiring schematics and furniture design and sourcing random product by putting my client's in-touch with suppliers while I piece together a planned system in their given home, - and that's it. I will not be talking about anything with regards 'promotion' that is of benefit to this author or any other operation that I have association with on this forum; as is the policy of any such forum as I understand. Being fully aware that this forum probably covers every discipline within it's membership that doubtlessly require absolutely no help from what I do, nor the desire to get involved with the likes of any operation of this kind in the first place, then should anyone find the content I write giving cause for issue, then any subsequent complaint will find me a most obedient and compliant newcomer who will respond in kind. I also have a sense of humour but wished to get that all off my chest beforehand. Now, my gripe is about certain overseas operations and their loose & fast marketing approach, almost overnight, with long established, reputable and highly successful UK-based hi-fi manufacturers whose ethic was based upon credibility of product, heritage, position in the marketplace, and goals. Said new controlling arms taking it into their belief that all of that was nothing worth bothering with and simply hiring a firm of web-designer IT-based consultants, (read: barely out of school/Uni or 20-30-something Yuppies/Hipsters - delete as applicable), who proceed to rob the brand of it's identity; destroying and ultimately alienating decades of goodwill or reputation said brand enjoyed almost overnight to all who see the supposed 'idealised' model of white-teeth shiny people in modern £multi-million riverside high-rise interior shots. This self-aggrandising model of general all-round BS marketing is not representative of the home UK market, but rather the imagined Manhattan high-life 'dream' existence, - right down to the use of non UK English spelling, and on a UK product. Frankly, it turns my stomach. As dear old Tel' used to say, "Is it me?" - or am I just sounding old and not moving with the times? Any feelings on this. I know that many aren't happy with a certain French take-over in Wiltshire and the ex- Tulse Hill boys in Strathclyde are now having their heart pulled-out. The web-site is dreadfully wide of the mark!
Hi all,I hope you can assist me & offer some advice. I am looking to upgrade my current system, my set up is:-Amp: Cyrus IIIiTurntable: Rega RP1 (standard with Carbon stylus).Speakers: B&W CDM1 SEI also hook up a Nakamichi Cassette Deck 2 and an Astell & Kern AK70 for lossless digital on occasion.I've had the amp & speakers since about 1997/8 if I recall and these have been teamed up with CD transport plus DAC and iPods etc over the years. After years of collecting records, 3 years ago I finally got myself a turntable, vinyl is now my main format.I've been very happy with the amp & speakers over the years but feel it's about time to upgrade. While in Audio-T recently for a Linn LP12 demo/tease I mentioned that I would perhaps be looking at the Rega P3 as a system upgrade. The chap in the store enquired as to my system and suggested that I upgrade either the amp or perhaps the speakers first as they are much older and things have moved on a lot. He believed that I'd see a real improvement from the RP1 with newer amp/speakers.Realistically I have £600-£800 for speakers or £800-£1000 at a push for an amp as a budget. I'd be upgrading just the one component with this budget to get the best for my money. I'll upgrade the other components incrementally over the next year or so. My questions is.. Do you agree with the Audio-T advice to choose amp or speakers or should I upgrade the turntable? If so, what should I replace first, amp or speakers and do you have any suggestions or recommendations with my budget in mind?My research (if you can call it that) so far has steered me in the direction of: for amps, the Rega Elex-R (£898) and also the Music Fidelity M3si (£899 ex-demo) as they both have built in phono stage and seem to have good reviews (Rega slightly better on reviews). Regards the speakers I had my eye on either the Dynaudio Emit M20 (£599) or perhaps the KEF LS50 (£800).Thanks for reading and I hope it all made sense Adam
Hi please can you folk help me need to buy a pair of active speakers to connect to a turntable for a simple set up- as a present. But I don't know enough to make an informed choice. What would you recommend? What's best between those two? Would they good for what I need? Roth Oli Powa-5 Or the bigger Edifier studio 7 R2700 cheers!