Sotosound

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About Sotosound

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  • Location
    Aylesbury
  • Real Name
    Ian Shepherd

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Thorens TD 166 Mk VI
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB250, Goldring 1042
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Inbuilt Croft RIAA
  • Digital Source 1
    Rega Saturn
  • Digital Source 2
    Rotel RCD 965BX LE
  • Pre-Amp
    Croft Micro 25
  • Power Amp/s
    Croft Series 7 90W/c
  • My Speakers
    Russell K Red 150
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I'll have a look. Many thanks.
  2. Many thanks. I'm loathe to swap the Russell Ks at this time after all of the trouble I had choosing them in the first place and also considering the additional cost. So a pair of party speakers could be an option but perhaps I need to do a little more critical listening first to work out whether or not I'm misinforming myself.
  3. Another interesting option. Many thanks.
  4. Now that's worth a punt. Many thanks.
  5. An update. Today I had a chat with my local dealer (Peter at Deco Audio), and he suggested that I should have an amp that serves me 99% of the time rather than 1% of the time. (Wise words.) He also talked about some people who have a "party amp" that they wheel out when volume is more important than quality. Whilst chatting with him I also worked out that perhaps my amp is playing louder than I think it is due to lower distortion than one might expect when playing really loud. This might be true. What I therefore need to do is to play it as loud as it will go without appearing to lose quality and then try to talk to my wife and see if she can hear me without me shouting. Additionally, I need to step out of the lounge and see how loud it sounds around the rest of the house which, fortunately, is detached.Then I might have something solid to think about.
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    New Preamp, Croft or Tron?

    Hi Many thanks for this. (So you never had Croft power amp.) Today I had a chat with my local dealer (Peter at Deco Audio) and he suggested that I should have an amp that serves me 99% of the time rather than 1% of the time. He also talked about some people who have a "party amp" that they wheel out when volume is more important than quality. Whilst chatting with him I also worked out that perhaps my amp is playing louder than I think it is due to lower distortion than one might expect when playing really loud. This might be true. What I need to do is to play it as loud as it will go without appearing to lose quality and then try to talk to my wife and see if she can hear me without me shouting. Additionally, I need to step out of the lounge and see how loud it sounds around the rest of the house which, fortunately, is detached.Then I might have something solid to think about.
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    New Preamp, Croft or Tron?

    As per my own current thread regarding Croft pre, Russell K speakers and the possibility of switching to a more powerful power amp, I'm trying to solve a problem that I hear in my own system. With this in mind, please could you share a bit more about what led you to your Croft / ATC combo? Many thanks.
  8. Many thanks to everyone for bake-off explanations. Not sure if I’ve got scope for one at present but it sounds like fun.
  9. I've seen bake-offs mentioned on here before. What do they entail?
  10. Many thanks. Great suggestion. My local dealer is a valve specialist, however, which complicates things. I bought my Red 150s from them but, to be honest, they don't seem a good match for most of the amps that they sell, e.g. 12W/channel Audion Sterling, or 18W/channel Audio Note Conquest etc. I'll ask, however, just in case they've received a suitable trade-in from a customer going in the opposite power direction to me.
  11. My system has some nice (to my ears) pieces of kit in it, including an Audio Note DAC 0.1x, a Croft Micro 25 preamp, a modified Croft Series 7 power amp producing around 90W/channel, and a pair of Russell K Red 150 loudspeakers. In between are a Chord Shawline digital coax cable, some Atlas Navigator interconnects, and some single-wired Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cable. At “normal” listening levels, I really enjoy the sound produced – it’s well-timed, neutral, musical, detailed without being too analytical, impactful, full of emotion, rock'n'roll and boogie factor etc. etc. The newly acquired AN DAC has added an extra something and I just sit and listen to the music without pondering whether the source is my Thorens turntable or my Bluesound Vault 2 etc. It’s that good. However, last weekend we had some friends round and I got an opportunity to turn the volume up. What I worked out is that, when playing loud, the sound just isn’t as good. It loses detail and is just a bit less enjoyable. What I’m aware of is that, with an 87db 1 watt 1 Metre sensitivity, my Red 150 speakers aren’t as efficient as some and that, therefore, they might not be the best match for my Croft power amp and vice versa. However, since I spent so much time choosing the Red 150s, and since they sound gorgeous at more relaxed volumes, I’m pondering whether or not the right thing to do would be to change my power amp for something more powerful. The challenges that cross my mind are whether or not the blame does lie with the power amp, and whether or not I’ll be able to find a power amp that’s a good match for my Croft Micro 25. I’m reluctant to consider replacing the Micro 25 because it’s a great sounding pre with a fabulous phono stage and also because it’s been modified to have a mono switch plus a remote control driving a single, motorised volume control. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. For instance, is the Croft Series 7 clipping? Is there anyone who uses a Croft preamp with a non-Croft power amp? Would something like a Chord SPM 1000B 200w power amplifier (there’s one on ebay right now) be a good match? Has anyone gotten a more potent power amp modification from Glenn Croft? Could it be the speakers? Am I expecting too much?
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    Harbeth or Revel

    My Croft kit is neutral sounding and rocks out when it needs to. No relaxation there unless it's in the music. To my ears, the R version adds a bit more control to things, which suits some and not others and might be quite speaker-dependent. But never relaxed....
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    Harbeth or Revel

    Your Harbeths are quite inefficient speakers and I suspect that the Croft will struggle to drive them at higher volume. The Revel speakers will, however, go quite loud with more ease, thus enhancing dynamics. You might also want to ensure that the valves in your Croft are all operating at full efficiency. The original valves in my Micro 25 preamp lost a lot of power, which noticeably diminished the volume in my stereo. New valves sorted that. Without getting into musical styles etc., you either need more efficient speakers or more powerful amplification or both. (Could Glenn Croft upgrade your amplifier? He upgraded my Series 7 power amp from 45 to 90 W/channel. Huge difference.) Also, floorstanders make a lot of sense from both bass and safety perspectives. They can also accommodate more drivers, giving more efficiency, potentially better timing, more dynamics and generally more boogie factor and Rock’n’roll. More power and/or more efficient speakers will also enhance low volume listening. Win, win, win.
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    Speaker placement problems

    Many a true word is spoken in jest....
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    Speaker placement problems

    How high is the back of the sofa? I have this situation wherever I sit on my sofa because, as far as I can tell, it has a high back which reflects back sound in such a way to create an inteference pattern. It also affects (that's old English for "b*ggers up") imaging a bit. (I've also noticed that many listening rooms have sofas with low backs.) A possible fix might be lots of cushions behind you. More seriously, if you can move the sofa out of the way and sit on something else of similar height but with no back, e.g. a pouffe or similar then you might find that this solves the positioning question but leaves with you with a different, furniture-related problem.