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  1. 6 points
    I thought I had got myself an "endgame" system in August 2016 when I moved up/on from my original longterm kit. Manticore Mantra & Stan Curtis era Cambridge C50/A50 Pre/Power combo (bought 1987) Technic CDP (late 94) RB300 & Kef Cresta3 (early 2001) To a system comprising Origin Live Aroura Gold Mk2, Encounter 3C and MP500, Cambridge CXC + Modded Dacmagic Plus, Node2, Icon Audio PS1.2SE (phono) & LA4 Mk1 Pre, a 4 pack of Tag Maclaren 125M Monos and B&W 683 S2. A combination, which to me sounded way better than anything I had heard before and was amazed that it was all mine. Then I stupidly joined the Wam and started holding bake-offs, and the kit brought along to the first one in November 2016, showed me that what I had assembled was infact pretty mediocre. Yes it sounded way better than a Currys midi system or what I'd had before, but damn!! The sound being produced by the kit brought in for the day showed me how far away I was from where I now wanted to be. I've now spent a further 2 1/2 years down the rabbit hole, and the system has seriously evolved, with the only items remaining from my original 2016 setup being the Node2 and the Encounter 3C arm. More importantly, my Music collection has also grown in that time from 40ish LPs & 50ish CDs to around 600 LPs & 400+ CDs along with 120Gb of music on a NAS. Ive also learnt a lot about what sort of sound I like and how to go about achieving it at minimum cost. Am I there yet?? Pretty much. There are some nice to haves, that I think about when daydreaming (Mk2 version of my MB845s & Mastersound Pre, a Kuzma 4 point, Koetsu stone body cart, and a pair of Quad 2912s) but all in all, and using my head, all I really need to add going forward is more music.
  2. 3 points
    Portishead - Roseland NYC Live, CD.
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    Wooden Shjips ‎– Back To Land
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    Honestly, Just listening again to this 50 year old album and still have to say "F*ck Me!" - I have not heard a better rock album in all those years. One that has stood the test of time like this. There is not anything that remotely approaches being a "filler" on the whole album. The 2002 remasters by Bob Ludwig (especially the dsd ones) still blow the mind. Fifty f*cking years!!!
  5. 2 points
    First time listening to this. Fallen in love with her voice all over again !!!!
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    I can quite understand scepticism about the reduction in bulk resistivity without confirmation, I would feel the same . I observed the measurement between the two samples of copper strip taken from the same reel one of which had been cryo treated . I thought it was TPC but could be wrong. It was not loudspeaker cable. As a physicist I think it s feasible that cryogenic treatment could affect the crystalline structure of copper which in turn could affect its resistivity. However Im sceptical that this could affect sound quality in any way. Lets leave it at that.
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    Pink Floyd ‎– A Saucerful Of Secrets
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    So true, all of this. I really don't worry about 'end game' any longer. I have heard what I consider is the end game system, and it is so utterly and competely beyond my means that even any aspirational thoughts in that direction are out of the question. The speakers alone cost more than our house is worth. All I now do is try to build stuff in order to go in the direction that suits my tastes and gets me close enough to end game for it to no longer be of concern. Of course, there is always 'better'. I'm in the middle of a better pre and next will probably be a better phono stage, but these are improvements to something that already sounds mighty good to my ears. In turn, building stuff gives the added pleasure and satisfaction of making something worthwhile and saving (sometimes a lot of) money in the process, which I can then spend on more vinyl and CDs with a clear conscience. Win-win. As for Hope, like many people I first heard it as a 'show off your system' recording and went through a stage of getting bored with it after hearing it so many times on so many systems, many of which managed the near impossible trick of making such an incredible recording sound very average. Then I had the good luck to see the man live and it was such a wonderful performance that I started to enjoy it again. Was playing it last night in fact, and loving every second of it.
  10. 1 point
    We call that a purchase... with a return-and-refund stipulation. Most dealers just provide a demo pair of speakers free of charge. The ATC SCM40's only come in black, white and cherry wood. If I were asking for a demo pair and they were coming from the factory I'd request that if at all possible they were in the finish I wanted, so I could imagine them in the room aesthetically as well as sonically. There then might, just might, be a conversation about keeping the demo pair, either at RRP to avoid waiting (if they're new from the factory, why not?) or at a modest discount to reflect their non-newness. Agreed!
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    Love a little harsh light 😌 The Dark End of the Street by -DaveBailey1-
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    Been trying to think how to describe the sound of the big Drieklang Heco’s in words. Not sure I can but here goes. They are fast and full sounding with amazing balance and control over the whole frequency range. That’s about as good as I can do, you look at them and expect them to dominate the room with huge bass but actually they are surprisingly delicate and transfer so much musically that I could have listened to them all day. They are brilliant. As others have said the Led Zep ii R2R was amazing and when Guy put it on the room immediately filled with people. We went back later in the day and he played Booker T and it was just the highlight of the show for us just all enveloping and ultimately musical which is what matters. In conclusion I hope he will bring them to Settle in September that would make us all happy boys.
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    The Cure @ Glastonbury Brilliant !
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    [1998] David Gray ‎– White Ladder [CD]
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    Got the Blu-ray video of that , not sure if it includes the soundtrack , I'll check.
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    [2015] Roger Waters ‎– The Wall [3 x 180g LP's]
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    Thanks Manicatel. ATC are now sending a pair for me to audition with various sources / Amps. So excited about that. Great service from both so far
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    ZZ Top - Rio Grande Mud 24/192 FLAC
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    On the Ancient Greek theme (and seeming apposite here :
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    XTC - Oranges & Lemons ripped CD
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    Tony, I'm trying to get pics up shortly. Apologies for the delay. The trio is aluminium fronted with a fake wood grain casing.
  24. 1 point
    Well, where to start? If you kept up with the news you'll know they were both heavy-scoring games. The first game was so unusual. Boston pitcher Rick Porcello chased with only one out and six runs scored by the Yankees! Then NY Pitcher Masahio Tanaka chased in the first and six runs scored for Boston! It was just unbelievable to see so many runs scored like that. And it didn't stop there - NY winning finally 17-13 in a game lasting nearly 5 hours. Sunday not so spectacular and in many ways a much better game for the most part. Boston getting 4 in the first inning, and the Yankees getting 2 until the 7th inning when the Yankees burst out for 9 runs in the inning. Boston came back with another 4 runs and then Yankee Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run in the 9th and although Boston had the chance possibly to tie the game they fell short, and the Yankees won 12-8. So amazingly 50 runs scored in the two games. Unprecedented! The two games were an excellent advertisment for the sport in the UK. On the concourse, there were lots of typical food stores - nachos, loaded with cheese and chili beef and jalapenos, hot dogs (of course), Burgers, chicken and fries, pulled pork (on fries or in a bun), sweet things for the kids too! Popcorn, peanuts and crackerjacks, do'nuts, - so many choices! Even a huge 2foot hotdog with lots of trimmings at £19.50! Of course you were not allowed to bring any food or drink with you, not even water, but empty water bottles were Ok and you could queue like a true brit for a water fountain free fill-up. Beer - cold heineken small bottles at £6.50, pimms at £10, most of the beers were £8 a pint (for an extra £3 in a souvenir plastic cup!). We found a small bar selling Deuchars for £6 a pint which at least tasted good. The atmosphere inside and around the stadium was fabulous - many fans had flown over from the states for the series. The seats were a great mix of Yankee and Sox fans, with a great sense of fun and banter! The Saturday game seats we had were a bit of a pain - high up in the stand over the Yankee dugout. You needed oxygen up there! We were in row 65 and numbers increased from the bottom with 2 steps per row! Altitude sickness! Sunday we were in the bleachers just near the right field foul pole, and the game view was actually better, and many balls were thrown into the areas round us by Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts. A little girl by the railing in front of me caught a ball thrown to her - she had brought her mitt too! When we saw the replay of DJ LeMahieu's ground-rule double to right on Sunday we could see ourselves on the third row aisle seats. It's blurred because I just took a screenshot from the mlb video of the 7th inning runs, but that is us! Picture below. Atmosphere 5*. Experience 5*. Food 5*. Prices too high! 3*. Yankee wins - Priceless! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZbsT8EIGxbNoX4wY5JMPaapT9yngM9UH/view?usp=drivesdk
  25. 1 point
    Keeps your head warm...
  26. 1 point
    Stevie Wonder - Hotter Than July ripped CD
  27. 1 point
    True, very true, and made some good friends.
  28. 1 point
    I must confess to not having any idea of the previous album cover, and the clue was totally lost on me. But... normally if no-one responds we expand the image, or add another part of the cover image or even extra clues. Please don't assume no-one is bothered and take umbrage. I haven't had wifi for more than a few minutes for the last few days, and I'm sure others have demands on their time. Sometimes it is just up to us as the ones setting up the guess image to give more. Have another go, you never know - it might be something I know!
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    Streaming doesnt have to be a streaming service, it can be a locally stored file.
  31. 1 point
    I’m not personally a fan of streaming in general and don’t use Spotify either - but then I would have a multi-box hi-fi (and, in fact, do have just that ;)) and micro components hold little interest for me.
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    It's me you would need to PM, as Eddie was quoting my post 😁 But can't see the Sony going anywhere soon, so should be there when/if you need it.
  34. 1 point
    Or they could just buy the little Kef active speakers that were on dem elsewhere. They include amps, DAC, streaming solution - they even do Bluetooth between each speaker - 1K for the lot. You just stream Spotify directly from your phone/tablet to the speakers.
  35. 1 point
    one wife + one son, the girls appreciate good reproduction and toys like Roon, eldest likes vinyl
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    That sounds scary for the ground floor peeps. The problem we had was the heating was fitted 30-odd years ago and was rubbish and not cost effective. Since we had radiators fitted they decided to leave the gubbings in place. Funny old world, but it makes for a good system tamer, assuming it does veer on the bright side.
  38. 0 points
    I'd say your skill is declining.
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    Guy Takes the Bathtub Test for Mental Health During a visit to the mental asylum, Guy asked the Director what the criterion was that defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized. 'Well,' said the Director, 'we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.' 'Oh, I understand,' said Guy. 'A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or teacup. 'No.' said the Director, 'A normal person would pull the plug. (Pause.) ... Guy, do you want a bed near the window?'
  40. 0 points
    I suppose men get to a stage in life where they pride themselves on saying "mine's smaller than yours".
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    Yes that was pointed out earlier , suitable for people who want good sound and no clutter . The show price was marked down considerably making me think that they must be asking a bit much RRP. Anyway whether £1500 or £699 I would want something pretty , they are not at all blingy to me , beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that , I thought they look Schiit-y .
  42. 0 points
    it's so old it made my great grandad laugh
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    An ancient Greek goes to his tailor with a pair of torn trousers. "Euripides?" says the tailor. "Eumenides?" says the man.
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    And best of all you met ME
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    You can't beat a good Shag pile.
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    And don't forget, dobbin the horse is an offence, but muffin the mule isn't.
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    But you have had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people.
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    Don't fall into that!
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    My wife's left me for a bloke called Gary and they've gone off to live in India. Garyarsa? I shouldn't think so.
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    I didn't realise you were that short 😱😁