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About wHIZZY

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  • Turn Table
    Clearaudio Concept
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Concept mm
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    Douk 834
  • Digital Source 1
    Innuos Zen
  • DAC
    MF Digilog
  • Pre-Amp
    Townshend TVC
  • My Speakers
    BeoLab 9s (active)
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    Shure SRH 1540
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. wHIZZY

    Wanted - Valve Preamp

    Good price. Unfortunately, I built one of these from a WAD kit probably about 25 years ago so have already had the fun of owning one and therefore it has no mystery for me, but thanks for your reply and good luck selling it.
  2. wHIZZY

    Is a passive preamp right for me?

    I'm currently using a Townshend transformer volume control (TVC) preamp driving active speakers via 5 meter cables. It gives a very different sound presenting compared to the active solid state amp I was using. In comparison the TVC is exceptionally detailed and has a lot of drive and gives a very dynamic up front sound. Frequency extremes seem fine in my particular setup. Can't comment on the performance compared to a valve preamp as I've yet to try that combination. Be aware there are two slightly different types of TVC preamps, the auto transformer type eg Townshend Allegri and the conventional transformer type as in Music First and from what I've read they apparently have a slightly different presentation.
  3. Does anyone have a valve preamp that may be gathering dust on their shelf, ideally with a MM phono stage fitted. Thanks
  4. Music comes first, hifi second.

  5. wHIZZY

    Is a passive preamp right for me?

    I would have thought it extremely unlikely that the cd player would present a problem. However, the phono stage might possibly have a lower output. On your current setup do you have to turn up the volume when listening to phono compared to cd, if not then it would suggest your phono amp has a healthy output and all should be well. On the other hand if you have to turn it up to any appreciable degree then you might have a problem.
  6. wHIZZY

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Think you have it in a nutshell, sometimes things just seem right and you find yourself lost in the music. Although for me that can also happen with digital. My problem is I find myself so involved I drift off on the music and end up falling asleep, even with rock music. This makes life difficult as my wife always questions my hifi purchases with - 'i don't know why you spend all that money it only sends you to sleep'.
  7. wHIZZY

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Out of interest how many wammers have changed there original standpoint as a result of this discussion. Just asking.
  8. wHIZZY

    Getting active and never looking back

    Changed to active around three years ago and am pleased with the results. Recently thought about trying some passive speakers again just to scratch that itch but after istening to the actives again I decided not to bother. Got a strong sense that having the power amps right there with the crossovers and being able to do away with the speaker cables is what helps to make them different. Additionaly, many actives will allow ajustment so that the speaker can be adjusted to your listening environment.
  9. Thanks newlash09
  10. If anyone has experience of either Ruark Crusader 2s or Q Acoustic Concept 40 speakers then I would really appreciate your feedback. Thanks
  11. wHIZZY

    Piano sounds odd

    You could try laying the offending LPs on top of a 'good one' to see if the holes align. Probably best done on the turntable platter if the spindle is long enough, then if the record edges don't align perfectly you'll have your answer. However I've always felt that piano music has the ability to highlight problems that other music will not (probably down to pitch). Are you sure all aspects of your turntable your are set up as well as they can be, in particular is the belt ok and the platter running to speed.
  12. wHIZZY

    Chromecast Audio Discontinued

    Thanks. Must admit I'm quite impressed with my Jitterbug but it seems to work extremely well in some combination but is less successful in others.
  13. wHIZZY

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Please let us know how you get on.
  14. wHIZZY

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Sorry I'm being a bit dense on this one. Does this adaptor carry the signal with the external USB cable carrying the power or is it the other way round.