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Bake offs - hmmm....nice idea in theory, not so good in practice as I wouldn't fancy unplugging my gear, chucking it in the car and taking it to someone else's house...isn't it a better idea - a la The Riders (cf Naim Forum ;)) to each check out each other's systems with a collection of fav tracks and then write reviews based on what has been heard?

If anyone - particularly Naim sceptics - fancies popping round mine in Highgate North London with some tracks and to listen to a "one rung up the naim ladder" sistem I'm up for it :dude:

I'll supply food and beer (or rather my missus will) or we can hit one of the many pubs around here :cool:

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Woody, I would love to take you up onm that offer., Shall I move this to the bake off thread?

It's almost a bake off after all.

Bake off's are great fun though. You get to experement and geek out. You also get to listen to different buts of kit actaully IN your own system, in your own room, without a dealer pressurising you etc.. plus a curry and a couple of pints with forum folk too.

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Woody, it's more a social thing, it's good to listen to the kit of others, but it's also good to see what another component does in your system, if you don't fancy throwing stuff in the car, then host one, lotta guys down your way would be up for it, and it's a nice day.

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What's the point of hi-fi if you can't swap boxes around and try different mains leads/cables/valves etc? Or grin with envy at other peoples more expensive system or chuckle inwardly with glee knowing that your kit is the coolest?! :P

He he... but seriously, I do take your point. I think you do learn to listen to other peoples sound or personal taste in presentation. I've also been to Supercapman's place more than a few times now just to listen to new CDs and hear his new kit. But the temptation to swap valves and/or cables always get the better of us... :D

JJ

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wooders if I'm ever in YNOW i'll take ye up on that, but more for a chinwag and some choons.

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Bake offs are cool :cool: , having all that different kit in your room makes me feel like a child again in a sweet shop :D.Seriously though, I have made some good friends from just a couple of bake offs and it's always interesting to hear other peoples opinions on your kit (good or bad). It makes it easier to assess wether certain pieces of kit are worth the extra outlay.

SCM

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reasonably often I'm in the smoke on business, but usually not time to wipe my arse, never mind taxying accross to the other side of london, usually fly, although had the chance to spend a friday night but in 3 weeks but never thought to arrange something with one of you London guys, maybe next time.

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I understand woody's pov, and with naim kit its not quite as easy to plug things in and out. The newer kit has phonos so switching sources isnt such a drama, but pre/power switching is really a no go area... Generally there isnt that much cable changing either for Naim owners.

All that said forum members ever in my neck of hertfordshire are always welcome to listen, mock or be suprised by my pile of black/green boxes ;)

Cheers

Hawk

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I tend to agree with woody as I don't fancy the hassle of moving my turntable, but with amps and CD players its not too much hassle to unpug and transport.

I would welcome people to come and have a listen to my system, and to get some feedback on how it sounds.

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Wimps.

Been to two bakeoffs now and took the whole system with me. Mind you the first time my power amp and speakers got scratched, the second time though I boxed everything up properly and nothing got damaged;)

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Effem wrote:

Wimps.

Indeed. If the thought of disconnnecting one or two components in your system is too much for you then you clearly need a new hobby ;)

I can see where Woody's coming from, but usually at a bake off everyone has a good listen to the host's system first, and then the box swapping starts, so I don't see why it needs to be an either or really? I've certainly learned useful things about parts of my system hearing them in direct comparison to others at bake-offs, plus of course they're great from a social point of view :).

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