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Thanks for the photos Andy, I barely got out my room, which to be fair was the plan given I was showing for the first time. Great day, great people, erm, great sounds of the 2 rooms I popped into !

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Gromit and Lodgesound as good as usual. Grimms and Zingalis very impressive as were the Harbeth P3ESRs.

No big Tannoys that I could find this year but some great sounding ESL-63s (apart from the pair that sounded as if they were arcing.) I'm afraid the "wall of sound" ESL57s didn't do it for me. I tried the room twice, but...

Onlyconnect's DSD v PCM comparisons were fascinating. I preferred the PCM.

Vinyl was interesting. Lots of megabuck turntable/arm/cartridge combos. Nice to see and hear the vintage Decca FFSS on a Lenco, but for me the standout vinyl sound was from the 1970's Thorens td160/Shure M75 setup in Mikhail015's room. Go figure!

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If I had to chose I'd go for Bandit Pilot's room as edging it for me. Excellent from either digital or analogue sources and plenty of challenging material you wouldn't regard as "standard" demonstration fare. That said, I'd be happy to have brought home any of a number of the top notch set-ups on show.

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Pmacs room was the first I went in absolutely fabulous in sound and looks (his turntables and speakers not him), and because of that his and Bandit Pilots were the benchmark.

Chelseadaves horns and Lodgesounds open reels and Quads playing Miss Sarajevo by Passengers was out of this world.

Evolution Audios "Little Beauties" were the surprise for me. Such a big sound from them.

Thanks to everyone for exhibiting and making the effort, hugely enjoyable day.

Oh...and had a lovely intimate 15minutes of gorgeous female vocals in Occassional Thinkers room during the downpour. Real clarity and presence.

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Loved all the ESL rooms. I thought the ESL 'wall of sound' room was a bit of genius.

Also some great experience rooms, Serge demonstrating the omnis and the reel to reel were just 2 examples of why Salford is so unique :^

Top music from Dean as usual.

Nice to see so much charity sales and the raffle do well - picked up some lovely vinyl from gingermrkettle's room and a nice pair of cans in the raffle :cool: Bad luck for Jack in the raffle - maybe next year mate :D

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Really enjoyed Ian's little harbeths, Keith's large home brew speakers, Des's bastanis and jims acapellas demonstrating their quality playing Timbuktu.

Thanks to everyone exhibiting for bringing all that kit

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My first Scalford and hugely enjoyed it (despite the very long and very cold walk back to the car on the grass verge on 'main' road). Thanks to all organisers and exhibitors - can't have been easy.

My top rooms (for what its worth) were the Harbeths and Dovedales by Dave and Ian for demonstrating how enjoyable small and (in the Dovedale's case) inexpensive speakers can be. Really enjoyed the Audio Notes and music from Rmsshipbroker, the Kefs (plus the turntable porn) from BobC and was totally blown away by the reel-to-reel room. Could have stayed there all day.

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My first year of not exhibiting/ demoing -(previously in combo with Freefallrob . ) We know of the work commitment required to make a room sound out so my thanks to all those in the teams for making this an epic Scalford of superb variety .

I'm clear on the sound I like---it should be agile and have clarity and have subtlety at all audible frequencies and volumes ie it should be alive .

Vinyl tables and valves in variety today with splatter of t'other devices.

The JVS lineup starred for me with MF 1000 kicking with scale and also Lodge sound did big room old style vibes so well .

SCIDB played old blues vinyl and his system dynamics won intimate attention. Cosy valve sounds were likeable in many rooms and beguiling in Cobbler/dipsticks demo.

Speakers came in every possibility but Serge with FI eng shocked me having laid a couple of " eggs" that hatched a sound so impossibly huge that rocked my ears off.

Costs of good sound do not have to be prohibitive esp if DIY is a skill as with jandl/ fatmarleys livelytowers and Edd9000 tri-amped 3 box stacks

and the previously owned market was mentioned frequently as source including the excellent Wammers swop shop

Dealers are strictly limited but much appreciated esp vinyl sales and with" Evolution " demoing stand mount fed by ortofon Quartz black good value MC making a clear room filling sound pleasing those enjoying plentiful bass.

This is a unique show - not because of the choices of room ----Excellent tho that is

It is because of the People

-make a friend here/talk/ ask/ chat/ learn/ socialise / explain/lay a problem / get a solution / listen to experience / even meet a Rusian and hear their revealing hifi designs in UK.

I spent time and enjoyed each room entered but inevitably that limited the number visited to less than target

theres always next year!

That is supposing I'm not tempted to stand by my vinyl spinner one more time!

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My first Scalford and I got some good ideas from various rooms, for my system. Thanks to everyone. My favourite rooms:

JVS - Number one for me. Very nice Acapella speakers and my other half liked the Pass Labs amps and wants to get some (she judged these by eye though). Everything sounded effortless. Love those tweeters.

Steelhull - Again the speakers were outstanding (Grimm) with the full frequency range tested. This was other Halfs favourite.

Griffi - Nice streaming solution and lush sounding Zingali speakers. Very good.

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JVS's system was the best overall sound at the show for me. It sounded much better than last year and was possibly the only system where there was a correlation between cost and performance.

The DSD versus PCM demo was very interesting. I preferred he PCM for it superior dynamics and timing, however the DSD did have a nice 'analogueness' to it.

Serge's experimental omnis were also very interesting. The omni thing definitely does something appealing with classical music.

Dean's Snels sounded great as usual, and these along with the system with the old Wharfedales made me realise that there's a lot more to getting enjoyable music than, bass, treble, detail, imaging etc. that some system possess in spades but are somehow rather uninvolving.

Thanks to the organisers and exhibitors!!!

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“Thanks to the organisers and those who shared their systemswith us today.

I took away today that I have to learn more about digitalactive crossovers.

The speakers I enjoyed listening to most today was the LinnKatan in room 202 followed by the little Harbeths P3. The produce to my ears, asound that is fast and clear. I could have stayed much longer to enjoy themusic and conversation.

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Great show - I took an hour or so out from demming to have a quick scout round the show, so inevitably missed a lot.

But ... fwiw ...

Some of the highlights for me - Devialet's rather wonderful and hyper-tech speakers in Serge's room (now there was a surprise) - a pleasure to chat with him as well and ogle once again his gorgeous vintage Yamaha receiver, Rick's Impulse H2 and his kindness in letting me have a gorgeous JVC receiver, meeting Mark YNWAN at last, Jim JVS's Acapella speakers - much more to my taste this year - great sound, the Lodgesound Rogers speakers and stunning reel to reel decks, and Stu's (Russ) horn hybrids were sounding better than ever, really good.

Lots of good sounds, lots of enthusiasm, and a really good vibe to it all.

Nice.

I never did meet up with Gary / gizza, though. :(

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D'ya know, I had the same realisation, Jerry. I was trying to get to meet all of the guys I'd interacted with recently on here, and didn't make too bad a job of it. However, there are some I still have to meet and your were one that came to mind when I was reliving the experience last night. If the opportunity arises and my wife is planning to vacate the house for the day on a weekend, I'll arrange a bakeoff at my place. I'm also going to keep my beady eyes open for future bakeoffs here in the midlands so I may see you at one of those? :^

Great show - I took an hour or so out from demming to have a quick scout round the show, so inevitably missed a lot.

But ... fwiw ...

Some of the highlights for me - Devialet's rather wonderful and hyper-tech speakers in Serge's room (now there was a surprise) - a pleasure to chat with him as well and ogle once again his gorgeous vintage Yamaha receiver, Rick's Impulse H2 and his kindness in letting me have a gorgeous JVC receiver, meeting Mark YNWAN at last, Jim JVS's Acapella speakers - much more to my taste this year - great sound, the Lodgesound Rogers speakers and stunning reel to reel decks, and Stu's (Russ) horn hybrids were sounding better than ever, really good.

Lots of good sounds, lots of enthusiasm, and a really good vibe to it all.

Nice.

I never did meet up with Gary / gizza, though. :(

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I quite agree, Kevin. His EAR Acute was nice too, having never heard one before.

Yamaha speakers sounding great on the end of a Modright amp in Bagawires room

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