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About simon g

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  • Digital Source 1
    Moon CD3.3x
  • Digital Source 2
    Bluesound Vault
  • DAC
    Moon CD3.3x
  • Integrated Amp
    Octave V40SE
  • My Speakers
    Art Moderne 4
  • Headphones
    Audeze LCD 2.2 Fazor/Chord Hug
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. +1 I use one of these. Pricey but very good indeed
  2. There are two parameters that are commonly used for matching; Mutual Conductance and Anode Current (gm and Ia). gm is measured in mA/V and Ia in mA. I suspect that these are the figures you've been provided. Take a look here for a fuller description and explanation: http://www.duncanamps.com/technical/valvematch.html
  3. They are an immersive experience. If you like to hear exact positioning of instruments, then that's not their strong point, IME. I think people tend to use Naim with them as they reflect a deal of the Naim approach; a holistic type approach, if you take my meaning. They certainly fill a room with music though.
  4. Have you ever heard Shahinian speakers Steve? They are a very different approach. Wall of sound tyoe presentation. I've heard them a number of times in various systems. Not my thing at all, but i can see why they're liked. If that kind of presentation floats your boat then they're probably the best of their kind. If you can get a listen before commiting then I would advise you to do so. Of course, if you buy at a reasonable price then they're easy to sell on. And they do take a while to acclimatise to. Naim is often used with Shahinian (the best I heard Shahinians was with Dynavector amps, but they're very spendy), but I'm not sure what you'd get for £500. A small NAIT might cut it, but I doubt it. I'd be looking at something from Exposure (2010s is a thought), or perhaps a Creek Destiny?
  5. Absolute Sounds
  6. WANTED

    Still looking. The Harbeths have gone, so no swap deals. I'm very happy with my Arts, but do fancy giving these a go. Note: I've seen the ones on ebay that have been listed again (i.e. unsold in 6 months). They are tempting, but a hassle and a half to collect, plus they're a bit spendy.
  7. I've had several PLs in the past. Fine sounding, well put together and reliable, IME. However, I've now moved on to an Octave V40SE and this is in a completely different league. OK, it is more money but I'm sure that a deal could be had that would bring one quite close to what you'd pay for the PLs you're contemplating. If you're close by, you'd be welcome to come and see/listen to mine, if it would help?
  8. For those that hadn't seen it announced, Mr Metheny will be at The Barbican later this year. There may be a few tickets still available.
  9. NOW SOLD ELSEWHERE Below is duplicate of a categorised listing, for those of you that don't look there! I'm going back to a Universal Player in this system, so this really top class CD player & DAC is now available. This is a Moon Cd3.3x/360D. The reason for the two model numbers is that there was a change of nomenclature with Moon products, so the name changed but product remained the same. Mine is equipped with the optional XLR balanced outputs, along with the SE RCA phonos. This also has a coaxial digital input, so the superb DAC section could be fed from a streamer, or whatever. Input choice is via a button on the front of the panel. The transport is virtually silent when in operation and great care has gone in to the design of this. The player reads discs quickly and plays with no skipping. I suspect that this could be used as a very high quality CD Transport, if desired (as it does have digital outputs). I'll quote just some of the reviews on this to give you a taste: "This is another revealing and refined player from Moon, one which warrants inclusion on anyone's must-hear shortlist, if resolution of timbre and timing are considered important. We think they are and can wholeheartedly commend the CD3.3." "A wonderfully listenable playerThe CD 3.3 is a wonderfully listenable player. Like most Moon products we've heard, the balance between smoothness, refinement and entertainment is spot on. This is an enthusiastic-sounding machine that doesn't prove wearing over long listening sessions." Make no mistake, this is a very capable CD player. When new this cost around £3,000. Moon no longer has a player at this level (a few much more expensive though!) The Neo 260D, whilst a fine player, is not up the standard of the CD3.3 (to my ears). Some further information here: http://www.simaudio.com/DATA/PRODUIT/49_en_detail~v~-cd3-3-disc-player.pdf Ultra-low noise toroidal transformer driven power supply with 10 stages of DC voltage regulation CD drive system mounted on our revolutionary M-Quattro gel-based 4-point floating suspension for vibration damping, allowing ambient and spatial cues in your recordings to come to life like never before Digital Audio Signal Processing using M-AJiC (MOON Asynchronous Jitter Control)Internal upsampling with 24-bit/1.411MHz processingBurrBrown PCM1798 high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz DAC and 8x oversampling digital filter All digital and analog audio circuitry mounted on a single circuit board, each with their own respective ground plane, to minimize signal path lengths and eliminate any potential for interference and signal degradation Alpha Clocking System with PLL synchronization yielding under 25 picoseconds of jitter Advanced analog signal path using a DC servo circuit and proprietary 18dB/octave analog filterRS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and (ii) firmware updates IR input for external controlSimLink™ controller port for 2-way communications with other compatible MOON components PCB w/ pure copper tracings & gold plating that yields low impedance characteristicsRigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations Optimized selection of very high quality electronic components in a symmetrical circuit design Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performanceIncludes CRM-2 remote control. review: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/simaudio-moon-i33-integrated-amplifier-cd33-cd-player-tas-198/ I bought this fairly recently from a dealer as used. It is in very good condition indeed, complete with box, packaging, remote and manual. This comes from a smoke free home. Please see categorised listing for more and better photos £875, plus £25 UK carriage (additional for NI, Highlands & Islands)
  10. SOLD ELSEWHERE I'm going back to a Universal Player in this system, so this really top class CD player & DAC is now available. This is a Moon Cd3.3x/360D. The reason for the two model numbers is that there was a change of nomenclature with Moon products, so the name changed but product remained the same. Mine is equipped with the optional XLR balanced outputs, along with the SE RCA phonos. This also has a coaxial digital input, so the superb DAC section could be fed from a streamer, or whatever. Input choice is via a button on the front of the panel. The transport is virtually silent when in operation and great care has gone in to the design of this. The player reads discs quickly and plays with no skipping. I suspect that this could be used as a very high quality CD Transport, if desired (as it does have digital outputs). I'll quote just some of the reviews on this to give you a taste: "This is another revealing and refined player from Moon, one which warrants inclusion on anyone's must-hear shortlist, if resolution of timbre and timing are considered important. We think they are and can wholeheartedly commend the CD3.3." "A wonderfully listenable playerThe CD 3.3 is a wonderfully listenable player. Like most Moon products we've heard, the balance between smoothness, refinement and entertainment is spot on. This is an enthusiastic-sounding machine that doesn't prove wearing over long listening sessions." Make no mistake, this is a very capable CD player. When new this cost around £3,000. Moon no longer has a player at this level (a few much more expensive though!) The Neo 260D, whilst a fine player, is not up the standard of the CD3.3 (to my ears). Some further information here: http://www.simaudio.com/DATA/PRODUIT/49_en_detail~v~-cd3-3-disc-player.pdf Ultra-low noise toroidal transformer driven power supply with 10 stages of DC voltage regulation CD drive system mounted on our revolutionary M-Quattro gel-based 4-point floating suspension for vibration damping, allowing ambient and spatial cues in your recordings to come to life like never before Digital Audio Signal Processing using M-AJiC (MOON Asynchronous Jitter Control)Internal upsampling with 24-bit/1.411MHz processingBurrBrown PCM1798 high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz DAC and 8x oversampling digital filter All digital and analog audio circuitry mounted on a single circuit board, each with their own respective ground plane, to minimize signal path lengths and eliminate any potential for interference and signal degradation Alpha Clocking System with PLL synchronization yielding under 25 picoseconds of jitter Advanced analog signal path using a DC servo circuit and proprietary 18dB/octave analog filterRS-232 port for (i) full unsolicited bidirectional feedback and (ii) firmware updates IR input for external controlSimLink™ controller port for 2-way communications with other compatible MOON components PCB w/ pure copper tracings & gold plating that yields low impedance characteristicsRigid chassis construction to minimize the effects of external vibrations Optimized selection of very high quality electronic components in a symmetrical circuit design Designed to be powered up at all times for optimal performanceIncludes CRM-2 remote control. review: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/simaudio-moon-i33-integrated-amplifier-cd33-cd-player-tas-198/ I bought this fairly recently from a dealer as used. It is in very good condition indeed, complete with box, packaging, remote and manual. This comes from a smoke free home. £875, plus £25 UK carriage (additional for NI, Highlands & Islands)
  11. £3,500 is well over priced, in a general market sense. What it's worth is in the mind of the buyer. Take the £3.5K whilst you can.
  12. Don't overlook an Auralic Aries Mini. You can install a HDD or SSD in this, if desired. Good quality DAC, or digital out to your own. Excllent app. Easy to set up and use. Tiny box, that can be hidden away, if desired. You just need a laptop, PC etc.somewhere on your network that would allow the ripping of CDs. (Mini stotage shows up as a drive on the network). Having said that, I ripped many CDs quite some while ago but haven't bothered do any further since I started using Tidal. I do still buy the physical CD of some albums I really like, as CD playback still has the edge, IME.
  13. Isn't ST an old standard derived from Telecoms? Different wavelength? It's not a matter of just a different type of connector, these are different formats. I've never seen a Toslink>ST converter, but there might be something? I seem to recall M2Tech interface accepts an ST input, but that's ot really relevant here, I wouldn't have thought.
  14. £50-£60 if sold on ebay. £40-£50 on here, maybe. just look at sold items on ebay for a guide. It's rare for a cable to achieve 50% of new price, especially when there are so many deals around from dealers for new or ex dem items. Some cables are very popular and retain value well. Most don't. 30-40% of new price, at best, in general