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  • Digital Source 1
    Hackintosh Mac Pro
  • Digital Source 2
    Audirvana software
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    Leema Elements
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    Leema Elements
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    Audio Synthesis
  • My Speakers
    Kef 105.1
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. Ias Beaulieu Speakers

    That's a brilliant introductory post! I have to say (slightly ot): why keep it short? if you have something detailed to say then why not express it fully as you have done! I personally always find longer detailed posts much more enjoyable and interesting to read. I'm sure there will be many others other than myself who would find uploads of the brochures most interesting.
  2. NXT panel speakers

    Podium Sound Model One This is quite similar to NXT- yet has quite high sensitivity compared to electrostatics. I love the sound of these- I think perhaps adding a supertweeter would make things "perfect" for me as I think they sound a little rolled off above 10Khz. The sound is just huge and enveloping, fantastic for classical music, and there's more bass (real bass, not low mids) than you might think (though quite dry and not at all bloomy). Rushing out just now but read the Six Moons review, it's very interesting indeed.
  3. RIP Glen Campbell

    There's a gig he did in the late 1970s shown on BBC4 quite a few times....I have forgotten the title, but if you can find that, his outstanding guitar skills are much in evidence for all to see.
  4. RIP Glen Campbell

    A wonderful voice, a truly effortless relayer of emotion....and I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned his stunning guitar skills.
  5. Where are the classifieds?

    I don't think you're supposed to ask that question However, I'd say....when you change the feeling amongst people of being part of a "community", for one that feels like unabashed's a turn off. I contend that this is exactly what has happened here. The old sale forums used to be full of life, opinions, friendly banter, and (more importantly) gear. People talking to each other whilst selling/browsing.....the lifeblood of any forum. That's all ended now. For something that looks like... a shop. A mundane, slick, middle of the road shop like any other. The appeal is gone. Not to mention how slow and clunky it is for me to actually look at what little there is for sale. I've pretty much stopped bothering. Before anyone mentions it, I know that discussions on equipment for sale are still possible (there's a tab for it on each item listing). In all honesty though, it just feels so convoluted compared to the simple format of before. Faceless, and uninviting. About as much personality as a colourful town centre turned into a generic high street....and maybe that's the point. I'm surprised that I actually took the time to express my feelings on this matter. I watched what was happening to the classifieds with a feeling of resignation. It's just that when I saw you confusedly cry "What happened?" (a most logical reaction), it made me react too.
  6. Recommend me some speakers?

    Shuggy, I'm not too far from you, and I have quite a few sets of speakers you can listen to, including the B&W DM2s and KEF 105s mentioned by uzzy (and a few other ones too). It is perhaps time to cut the herd down a bit so maybe a happy solution for both of us awaits....
  7. KEF Reference 104/2 model development

    I have to agree, it's a great forum with a wealth of knowledge on all things KEF.
  8. As requested guys, anyone have any spare binding post screws for TDL Studio range, ie 0.5, 1, 1m, 3, 4, Monitor, Reference Monitor. I am in need of two. These are the brass type, not the cheaper plastic as used on the RTL range. Similar era KEF Reference ones look almost identical, but are slightly wider diameter and don't fit. Will try and post a picture later. Thanks!
  9. Klark Acoustics active studio monitors

    Very nice! Any specs? I wonder if these are related to the name Klark Technic which is popping up in my mind for some reason... Correction- Klark Teknik (British, surprisingly), pro audio innovators. i recalled the name but couldn't remember what they had made.
  10. SOLD Rega Ela Mk2

    A fantastic little speaker. So musical, just sounds indefinably "right". My pair were donated to my girlfriend, who found that they helped her rekindle her love for music. Here they are alongside my "old faithful" KEFs.... Tempted to get these for my parents. GLWTS!
  11. Sgt Pepper is 50 yrs old. THE greatest album ever?

    The thing that some people don't realise about the mono on stereo versions is that...they are actually different mixes of the now-legendary album. From what I recall reading in the past, far more time and care was spent on the mono mix, as in these days stereo was still new and something of a novelty. You can hear the differences if you listen to both. Of course, by the time of Abbey Road, the idea of stereo had become more accepted as the way forward. But for me I would much rather listen to mono versions of any Beatles album up to and including Pepper- I believe they more closely reflect the wishes and intentions of band, producer, and engineers.... I love DSOTM just as much, and Yes' Close To The Edge for that matter, as being somehow very significant albums. But for Pepper (and indeed the Beatles themselves), it is not just a case of creative genius, but also very much one of....right place, right time.
  12. Modifying KEF 105.1- heresy? Or time to go modern?

    This is what I have always told my best friend (a fellow music-lover, but admittedly a bass player)- they are an unhyped presentation. I tell him he is biased. He heard a set of TDL Monitors in my room and thought they had the right sense of scale. Perhaps a more accurate translation would be "gigantic bass".
  13. Dedicated DAC Opinions

    Giving another thumbs-up for the Leema Elements here. Very together sound-wise, detailed without being harsh. The dedicated volume control means you can do away with a pre if you desire (it has remote control too). Plenty of input options, balanced XLR outs if you need them. Great value secondhand relative to the £1200 new value.
  14. Modifying KEF 105.1- heresy? Or time to go modern?

    I thought about this many times actually, as I mentioned in the original post. I was very impressed with the refurbishment/improvement he did on a pair of Impulse H2 that was well documented. He always seems to be highly spoken of! I see the consensus is "don't change/modify them in any way". I was never one for consensus thinking but I try to be a follower of common sense too, so will take those opinions on board. As I mentioned they have already been recapped unbeknown to me before I got them...some fancy-looking Wilmslow Audio jobs. So regarding the other part of my I missing anything by not listening to more modern speakers? I would not be looking to sell the 105s, ever. They have earned a place in my heart. But I definitely would consider a modern addition to the "fleet". About 6 months ago I had a set of Duevel Planets that were unfortunately just a little too small for my room, but I did notice what i considered to be superior treble detail from the modern tweeters. So it's things like that that i am thinking of. I did give some details about listening preferences and circumstances in my original post. So (especially who knows the sound of this era of KEF and has changed/moved on), any recommendations to check out? I think/imagine the lazy/correct/obvious answer here might be Harbeth....but they would have to sound bloody incredible for me to get past the looks. Looks like that I can accept in a £200 secondhand gem from yesteryear, slightly less forgiving of this in a modern >£2k product....shallow, aren't I?