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  2. Need Amp & Dac suggestions

    I’m using the same scanspeak illuminator driver in my 4-way system, although I went with the 4 ohm version rather than the 8 ohm. I can’t recommend this highly enough if you’ve got a 5k budget, a digital system, you don’t mind second hand and you want serious improvements… I’d turn the speakers active and run digital linear phase crossovers by buying the same set-up that I have. A Linn Akurate Exakt DSM and a Linn Majik Exaktbox. This will: 1) provide an exceptional streamer 2) offer a 2 box solution - combining power amplifiers, a dac for every single driver and digital DSP processing all in one box (via the Linn Majik Exaktbox). The exakt design system will 1) correct the natural timing errors of any driver 2) provide full room optimisation including dealing with first point reflections and bass issues in your room. 3) it will provide perfect group delay (even correcting for the time of flight differences due to the positioning of the individual drivers and also the individual speakers) 4) it will produce a perfect linear phase response across the whole frequency range – meaning that every single frequency arrives at your ears at the exact same time. 5) provide a direct connection between the speaker drivers and the amplifiers, increasing their control and removing all the unwanted negative effects of a passive crossover. I could go on. The dac and the amps in the Linn kit are amazing, I was previously using amps and dacs above your budget and this Linn system has provided the biggest overall improvement that I’ve ever know (without changing speakers of course). This approach isn’t to be taken lightly as there is a little bit of work to do. Thankfully Linn has provided a nearly automated system where you design and implement the crossovers online (at but you still need to use some tricky software and take impedance measurements of your drivers which can be done with some wire, a resistor and a laptop sound card. The system takes this info a digitally models every driver creating custom filters to perfect it whilst providing a true linear phase crossover. I’d be happy to help you walk through the process if it’s something you’re interested in. It sounds to me like it will tick every box and bring untold extra benefits.
  3. These are cheap enough to experiment with and did the job for me:
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    Cheers=) Monkey bikes are fun, more fun than Laverdas, those are scary! I'm not 100% on the orange yet, to my eyes it looks a bit too yellow, but that might just be the lights in my kitchen. I'll have a better look tomorrow in daylight. I hope it's good tho, because trying to mix colours, in a large enough batch to redo all I've done so far, and all that's left (the big bits!) sounds like a recipe for wasting a lot of paints to me=) It's so much easier to just use the jar that's marked "Orange" and say it's close enough=)
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    Wow, it seems you've been busy Dik! That chrome effect paint looks very good indeed and I'm impressed with what you've done to the wheels and spokes. I used to have a Honda Z50 (1970's) monkey bike that I sprayed a similar orange colour (it looks exactly the same orange on my screen), although the monkey bike is a far cry from the Lav!
  7. "Last" mc phonostage recommendations - up to £2k

    This - best phono stage I’ve ever owned. A proper listening event. I would like to spend some time with the Aurorasound Vida though 😄
  8. Logburners Spiel.

    3 things for fire. 1/ A source of ignition 2/ oxygen 3/ fuel Cold air for fire will increase the flames not decrease. Your stove markings or yourself is wrong. When your fire is up and running, you will hear a loud roar from the fire sucking in air from the front control wheel when it's fully open, if its not your either closing it down or it's actually not moving. It's really not that hard to figure out.
  9. What are you listening to right now?

    This seem to have calmed my nerves after Carabao Cup final. Ironically the title of the album was the only thing I expected from Arsenal and they couldn't even do that much. Gregory Porter - Be Good
  10. Bristol Sound & Vision Feb 23-25th

    I think you're referring to my comments above and what I heard was definitely the active model in that room. I know as I looked at the back and saw the power lead, and then asked what model they were and was told the SCM40 actives. Possibly they had the crossover with them to be able to swap over to the passive version as well? They didn't change the model names for some reason but the modern SCM40 has curved sides rather than the older ones that were just flat sided boxes. The current version was released in November 2013. Thanks. I can now pretend that the ATCs at about a tenth of that are in fact a bargain and so a totally justifiable expense .
  11. Considering Making a SBT

    I did exactly what the OP is talking about, worked great, faster than the SBT and a 7" screen. loved it until the screen died I have not bothered since, but maybe I should.
  12. What are you listening to right now?

    Nils Frahm - All Melody Excellent
  13. That is my experience, previously perceived differences disappear if you can compare unsighted. keith
  14. Bristol Sound & Vision Feb 23-25th

    Loose change no wonder I haven't seen them in the richer sounds sale
  15. HiFi Lounge Goes Motor Racing!

    Cue Drum Roll …….. So just got back from a day at Brands Hatch and I am pleased to say that I passed my ARDS Test. Not sure that quite makes me a racing driver yet but it is definitely a step in the right direction and I can now look forward to a year racing in the Radical SR1 Cup around the UK. In the end I was surprised how relaxed I was, I was expecting to be riddled with nerves but they never materialised, I think listening to Bruce Springsteen live at New York on the way must have helped :-) In the written exam there were a couple of questions that were designed to catch you out but I got a 100% pass here then it was on to the driving exam, this was in a turbo Peugeot that was a lot softer sprung than I am used to but was still fast and I got commended on my speed, consistency and awareness, especially as I had never driven Brands before and passed with flying colours. I have to say that driving Paddock Hill Bend at speed is awesome, so much steeper than you realise, can’t wait to try that in the Radical, could be quite scary. So all in all an excellent day, the next steps are for me to head over to UPE Motorsports tomorrow for my first time to sit in the car so we can adjust the seat, peddles and belts etc and get me as comfortable in the car as possible before my first days testing at Snetterton on Tuesday, there could be a major fly in the ointment here though with the impending snow that is due to hit so we’ll have to see how that pans out. Anyway really pleased that the ARDS test is out the way, such a small stamp below should hopefully unlock a year of fun :-) Cheers, Paul.
  16. "Last" mc phonostage recommendations - up to £2k

    I have an early 'tester in development' Accession MC and it is brilliant. Yet to try the final one. My GSP Reflex C is available for £500 if anyone is interested. Three years old.
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  18. What are you listening to right now?

    Hollie Cook - Vessel Of Love Thank you to Matt for showing this. Great album. She used to be in The Slits.
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  20. Guess the album cover

    Bit more :
  21. Guess the album cover

    No , quite a bit off
  22. Conjures up a mental image of you leaning to one side and toppling over, John, which is both comical and sad...
  23. I have a Art Audio Vinyl One Reference phono stage & I am very very happy with it.
  24. What are you listening to right now?

    Tidal MQA Just love Royals
  25. Guess the album cover

    donald fagen kamakiriad, Guessing a bit??
  26. What are you listening to right now?

    Claro Intelecto ‎– Neurofibro
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