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About Shakey_Studioincar

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    Carl Shakespeare

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  • Turn Table
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    Meridian DAC
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    Plinius Hautonga
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    Dynaudio Contour SE
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  1. Shakey_Studioincar

    Just an update for those who may be interested

    Did you figure out why 9/10 fuses had blown?
  2. Shakey_Studioincar

    I'm getting the hump...

    Put her in the classifieds if I could mate.
  3. Shakey_Studioincar

    I'm getting the hump...

    Those big boys are just sat in the corner of the summer house not being used, I had them in the living room for around 24hrs a couple of weeks ago and my wife didn't speak to me for 2 days. Poor things, they're possibly my most sentimental piece considering the work it took to bring them back. The 911 is just an example as I'm working on one at the moment. Not sure I really like the way they drive. Half my problem at the moment is the business bought a van so I'm just driving that around all the time bored out of my mind. Keep the old Yam kit, sell the rest I reckon So, I listen to music constantly, its always playing in the house, the car, my workshop etc. I've got a Naim Unity Nova and Dynaudios in the living room which gets a couple of hours a week, at work I have two systems, Ns1000 + Arcam and a Peachtree Nova 300 with B&W 803 Diamond. These all get fair use but my main system has no home really, it's sat in a summer house outside at the moment and not really getting used at all. That said, music means more to me than any of my kit so with or without a system I'll still be constantly listening, and singing, likely dancing... My kids have a great time listening to music and even with them being 5 and 2 they understand daddies hifi bits. It may be time for a thin out, quite like you've done. I feel there's too much squeeze and not enough juice in my HIFI habbit. The only way around it I can see is to reduce the Squeeze to even up the ratio. Wise words Rabs, cheers <3 It's looking imminent! I think I have a list to write! Joolz, I'd rather thumb lifts than own a kit car. I think you've hit the nail on the head there, that's exactly where I'm at, it feels like it's just sat there and is not being used, it's through no fault of anyone really its just life at present. Money wise it's not really that I need or could do with the money, it's more so as hobbies go the amount for enjoyment it currently returns to me for the cost I could be doing other things I'll get more enjoyment from. God knows it's pissing me off. I think a lot of it spans from the fact I sold my M3 and Clubsport to fund the house, so now I'm without them to give me my fix, the house is nothing but a pain in the arse and ironically it's sucking up all my listening time. It's likely I've just got the hump for a few weeks while real life kicks me in the arse, it'll all come good in the end haha! ======== Cheers for all your input though lads, I knew I wouldn't have been the only one that's been here! Carl <3
  4. Shakey_Studioincar

    What's yer bits'n'bobs ?

    They look fantastic ^^
  5. Shakey_Studioincar

    I'm getting the hump...

    Nigel, I'll likely just end up in the same position if I try and assemble a very best system. To be honest I can see my self being happiest with my old Yam CA1000ii and NS1000's and rid myself of the rest. Hi Danny, I have a headphone set up too. I'm a vile spendthrift. That said, it gets by far the most use. Actually, come to think of it I'm using it right now!
  6. Shakey_Studioincar

    I'm getting the hump...

    Found myself having a chat with one of the lads tonight about the fact I've got a ton of kit that I listen to around 1hr a week. Truth be told I've got a decent Porsche 911's worth of kit sat in and around various places not being used. Kids take up most of my time, which I absolutely love. New house eats up most of the rest of that time and my business has the rest. Maybe life's just in the way at the moment? Wondering if it's time for ten years off HIFI and put my pennies into something I'll actually get the chance to enjoy, rather than constantly buying equipment, persuading myself I need it and then never bloody listening to it! I'm having a meltdown. Anyone else got the hump? Previously had the hump? Help a brother out...
  7. Shakey_Studioincar

    Dynaudio Special Forty

    Absolutely. I agree on it being a better system than the majority of the others, in the most part I find it's the dynaudio drivers forcing their smooth house sound, but the VW system needs firing into space, it'll likely still piss people off up there.
  8. Shakey_Studioincar

    Dynaudio Special Forty

    I wouldn't let that trick you, the Dynaudio system installed with a pre-equalized useless VW head unit is nothing on the experience of a true Dynaudio speaker. Think big brands getting together to sell cars and you're on the right path. Their aftermarket car audio speakers, however, are incredible. Here's a part of what I do - Dyanudio - Mercedes E400 Burmester removal More than happy to speak at length on the topic. I have a set of special forty's also, and contour 60, and audien..... Oh god, I may have a problem.
  9. Shakey_Studioincar

    I need another service man.

    This sounds like my guy. Superior knowledge of onions is always a winner with me.
  10. Shakey_Studioincar

    Man caves...

    So, with our new house we inherited a 3.5x4mtrs summer house, it's a little bit more than useless as a room for me to do my thing in. So, my wife agrees that we need a 7x5 hard standing putting down the bottom of the garden and I can build on this for a home cinema and hifi room. Now, excuse me if I've missed other similar threads but I have a few questions I would like to ask, and maybe strike a discussion! 1, Is there a specific company people have used for such rooms? 2, A normal "summer house" affair is way to thin, leaks sound and is just no good. What sort of spec's am I looking to be quoted for to keep my sound in, keeping neighbours happy and keeping their noise out I suppose. 3, Who's been through this and done it before? What did you learn? I'd appreciate any help, it's not something I've done before and would really like not to have to do it twice. Many thanks, Carl <3
  11. Hi There,

    I don't know if I can help you but i run a repair, upgrade and new build service from Wimbledon, so reasonably easy to get to from Pompey! I specialise in valve equipment and Dacs, but do some other solid state stuff as well particularly upgrades. Here's my Website      If you search on HiFi Wigwam or AOS you'll find plenty of recommendations.



    1. Shakey_Studioincar


      Hi David, 

      I'll have a read through the website and get in touch!



  12. I'll have those stands off you Nigel if we can figure out a way of getting them down here!
  13. Shakey_Studioincar

    Advice on streamers via external DAC

    Good topic this, I love chopping and changing different streamers/DACS. I've never understood higher-end integrated streamers, I just see them as awkward to use usually with some form of remote control or app control and clumsily trying to put all of my music into one control software for no gain in SQ. Alas, I'm not sure as I've not listened to enough of them I think, in the same scenario, for me to judge.
  14. Shakey_Studioincar

    I need another service man.

    I'm pretty sure Robin and I have already had the conversation, Pete, but something put me off. I can't quite remember what although I'm sure we'll cover it again if/when he has seen this post.
  15. Shakey_Studioincar

    I need another service man.

    Or woman. Truth be told I'm really fed up with the service I'm getting from my current amp repair/service/mod man. I go through a fair bit of kit, I like to keep my kit serviced and I have no preference on what kit I own really so it can vary as to what I have done. My question to you lovely lot is this - Who do you recommend to service/maintain my kit as if it were their own? Who can, if the case arises, be prepared to take equipment back if the fault/work isn't complete. I'm certainly not looking for cheap, I really don't mind spending money for what I want, but I detest wasting money on inferior services. Any help would be great, I'm the kind of guy that will keep a reliable source forever, but a bad (or at least badly managed) job will only ever be done once. I'm on the south coast, Portsmouth/Southampton, local(ish) would help but I'm not shy of travelling. Many thanks, I hope you've all had a great weekend. Carl.