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  2. I also tried the optical bridge approach on this link. I didn't like it. I expect it has more to do with introducing 2 more low cost SMPS into the same mains as the streamer than it has to do with the network elements, although it is true that many transceivers are very noisy and adding one may be generating much more noise into the DS than a switch would be generating. Or not. I repurposed this kit to sit between the modem and the router to create electrical isolation from the incoming network, to insure against lightning strike.
  3. Stop sitting on the fence, and beating around the bush. Tell us what you really think .
  4. To be fair I got exactly the same impressions in a recent 3 series BMW. The main raw material would seem to be recycled yoghurt tubs.
  5. Linn's reference to Exakt systems in the quote is a bit misleading. They really should have been more specific about the Exaktlink itsself.
  6. MartinC

    Failing Capacitor?

    Apologies for the no doubt dumb question but here goes... I'd thought capacitance was independent of frequency? The second meter I linked to says it uses 200 kHz FWIW. There are also dedicated capacitance meters on Amazon for similar money which claim higher accuracy but presumably operate on similar principles. I guess what I need to know is if there is any not too expensive means to telling if these caps need replacing or not. There well not be. For context the closest I can see to a like-for-like replacement cap would be about £35, but there are obviously a range of options from different brands. I also had it in mind to replace these speakers in the not too distant future so I'm torn on spending ballpark £200 on a replacement driver and caps, but if the caps improved the top end there may be less incentive to replace them... I'm not expecting anyone to advise what's best here, just musing.
  7. friend of mine bought newish Octavia, the finish is dreadful.. 100% of the interior screams: cheap, cheap, cheap... same like project
  8. This is an interesting and potentially useful approach but needs to take the headphones' own response characteristics into account https://www.innerfidelity.com/images/FocalClearsnA1BRQE000007.pdf
  9. This is good , very good indeed .
  10. Yes some prefer old over new and vice versa. Some prefer other brands completely and there's lots to choose from. van Damme Blue 4mm is very close to K400/600 and is very reasonably priced. I would suggest, if the Kabers are going to be used active, the K600 would be best staying with them. Perhaps get the van Damme then spend some time borrowing cables from a dealer to see what the differences are (and be aware that a difference doesn't necessarily equate to an improvement!)?
  11. I was interested in a Bose sound plinth and asked for a demo at the York outlet. They had a disc to demonstrate it, all explosions, cars revving, loud noises played at high volume. My interest was in what speech sounded like, as my TV's tiny speakers weren't very clear. I repeatedly asked for a demonstration of speech, but the disc didn't have any. They couldn't demonstrate what I was interested in, so no sale.
  12. Did you make the changes to the internal passive crossover in the Keilidhs? There's some soldering work to do to swap between passive and active.
  13. Fantastic condition (usual fading to the nextel finish) mono power amps. Only selling as I experimented with my existing 2, for biamping. Boxed, but boxes are not great, so collection only please. £400 no offers. Yeovil, Somerset. Please pm if interested. Can take more pics etc. Interested (prefered tbh, as the wife will only steal the money 😂) in swaps, stand mount speakers, valve, mc phono stage, cd transport, turntable. For swaps would happily meet half way. Say no further than 100 miles each.
  14. Jazid

    Failing Capacitor?

    Multimeters are not good for checking caps usually; they tend to have limited ranges and fixed frequencies, and only give you a value for capacitance at that measurement point. You need to check D,Q and ESR to make the results useful IMO, and I personally like to be able to measure PSU caps (10,000 uF or more) as they tend to cause aggro more often than the little fellas. I use a DER DE-5000 and it seems to be pretty decent, but its about £100 IIRC so maybe you wouldn't want to drop that for a sigle cap. I've just looked through my stash and my auricaps aren't sticky. So saying, looking at your picture, that could be glue or resin spattering rather than cap disintegration, film caps are pretty reliable. Just my tuppence but I have had too many cheap multimeters over the years and if used beyond basic continuity and so forth I found then to be troublesome - slow, variation between readings, accuracy way below display resolution, and drift over time. I eventually plumped for a second hand Fluke 83/V for £70 on gumtree (since I couldn't justify the cost of an 87/V) and I have been absolutely delighted with it, it even had a valid calibration sticker!
  15. Uzzy’s list was certainly an eye-opener, and was very welcome, along with everybody else’s suggestions. The key is clearly to take my time, listen to lots of things and work out what I want. In the meantime I can enjoy what I have.
  16. Marantz = Honda, great engineering, flashes of excitement but inexplicable commitment to the mainstream
  17. There is a game to be played here.. how about; B&W = Audi, techy but a bit conservative Arcam = Ford, for the masses but moments of inspiration Michell = Lotus, various interesting but unsuccessful forays but ultimately relies on one core product Linn = Bentley, traditional but upto the minute tech, expensive Any more?
  18. IIRC, Bose was sold in general hifi shops. They started being more & more demanding of the dealers insisting on which competitor products could/couldn't be sold alongside their brand to the point where they stopped using independent dealers to become only available in their own stores & JL. Like B&O & Loewe they are a lifestyle product, which seem to do a decent enough job, & sold on brand awareness over being demonstrably better than similarly priced competition. So going on line only is an extension of that chain of thought. If you're not bothered about comparisons & purchase purely on the brand name alone, then high street presence is not really required. Just plenty of ads in the newspapers & whathifi etc. I see that Naim/Focal are in the process of opening a couple of high end boutiques, with more to follow, so in time maybe even they will go down a similar route?
  19. Blimey, no wonder they're struggling, you've cleaned them out of stock.
  20. Hi, I built a set of mono power amps based on the Hypex NC400 (DIY) module about five years ago. To my ears they sound dynamic and transparent. May i ask what you are planning to upgrade too? Good luck with your sale.
  21. MartinC

    Failing Capacitor?

    This one looks better for the same price actually, since it includes two types of probe and at least gives some indication of its accuracy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N9TRQI1/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B01N9TRQI1&pd_rd_w=twzmk&pf_rd_p=f7d8b8a0-45de-4093-9f0d-ac0a766b3dcb&pd_rd_wg=EJkEg&pf_rd_r=DM1SPQBYZW9WFXZW8TH1&pd_rd_r=1264fa59-d6b3-467e-befb-3e2eab8711b6&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExS0hRS0xGQ0k5U0xIJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODM5MzU3MUg4RzFCSVZDODRONyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUExMDQ2NDE2M0tMSElYTkJBUVNJWCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbF90aGVtYXRpYyZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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