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  • Turn Table
    Rega Planar 3
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB300 Ortofon 2M Red
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    Rega Fono MM MkII
  • Digital Source 1
    Apple AEX
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    Onboard Amp
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    Primare I22 DAC
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    KEF Q700
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    Klipsch M30 Noise Cancelling
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. chris_bates1974

    What's yer bits'n'bobs ?

    My recent addition in place for those that didn't see the other thread.... Yes, I'm pretty pleased with them! KEF R3
  2. chris_bates1974

    KEF R3

    No, not as yet..... Aaarrggghhhhhh!!! The number of variations!!!!! For clarity, I haven't owned a pair of standmount speakers (for my own set-up) since 2001. I had JPW Mini Monitor which were replaced by Mission M73, then the KEF Q700, and now I have the new standmount. So in all honesty, I'm not sure where to start in terms of playing around with them!!!
  3. chris_bates1974

    KEF R3

    The stands are on Granite chopping boards at the moment. Which is what the Q700 used to sit on. I haven't had the chance yet to test without them. I also am loathe to place the spikes directly on my floor which was fitted only one week ago!!!
  4. chris_bates1974

    KEF R3

    Can't upload any more as keep getting the 2MB error....
  5. chris_bates1974

    KEF R3

    A couple of pics. Fairly large toe-in just at the moment - will need to see how things develop further with more listening. Time is, unfortunately, very limited at the moment!!!
  6. chris_bates1974

    For Sale: KEF Q700 Floorstanding Speakers

    Please move this post to SOLD, as these now have been. Thanks.
  7. chris_bates1974

    F/S: SME Model 10a turntable and arm

    Gorgeous - would have been sorely tempted had I not bought new speakers on Saturday. GLWTS, someone is in for a treat....
  8. chris_bates1974

    KEF R3

    For those that contributed to, and read, the Monitor Audio PL100 thread.... So, I got the R3s home last night, and managed a set-up and listen (for about an hour). KEF recommend toe-in, so that is what I have gone for initially. I dare say I'll play with position. Intial impressions are that the demo did not lie. They are pretty thrilling, and with a replay of voices I've not heard before. Until last night, I don't think I had truly understood what people mean when they say that the speakers "disappear". I'm sure some running-in, and some position play will make things even better. And it may be that the bungs need to be adjusted. At this point, they are fully "bunged" due to the bass seeming a little much initially. However, it remains to be seen how this develops. Will try and get some pics added over the next couple of days.
  9. chris_bates1974

    For Sale: KEF Q700 Floorstanding Speakers

    Need these gone to free up the space, so will drop to £330 before I put them on the dreaded ‘bay....
  10. chris_bates1974

    Monitor Audio Platinum 100

    I’m not really set up to host bake offs, but if I can get to one in the near future I’ll be happy to bring them along!!!
  11. chris_bates1974

    For Sale: KEF Q700 Floorstanding Speakers

  12. chris_bates1974

    For Sale: KEF Q700 Floorstanding Speakers

    SOLD PRICE DROPPED TO £330 Selling my Q700 as have replaced today with KEF R3... a combination of upgraditis and a new fooor requiring prettier speakers for WAF have led me to make the change. These are located just south of Leicester, and I don’t have the boxes so there is zero chance of me arranging a courier. I’m in Coventry a couple of days a week though also. They are in almost mint condition. As far as I can tell the only blemishes are than one of the eight plastic spigots on one of the covers has come off, and there is the tiniest ding in one of the drivers, which I struggled to photograph. It’s literally a 2mm depression that everyone in the house swears they have no knowledge of!!! A listen before purchase is of course possible. Looking for £375 for these very capable speakers. Pics not attached due to upload limit.. they will follow below.
  13. chris_bates1974

    Monitor Audio Platinum 100

    Well, a not unexpected result. I’ve only gone and bought a pair of KEF R3. They’re really rather good (to my ears!).... The B&W 705 S2 and Dali Rubicon 2 did come very close, but ultimately the KEFs have both a house sound I love, and these stand mounts are truly 3-way with that making a clear difference. Cheers for the input everyone, it’s been an interesting thread!!
  14. chris_bates1974

    Monitor Audio Platinum 100

    Managed to find a place that has a few models in my price range (which has been adjusted down slightly!) and will be heading in for a listen tomorrow.... Looks like a change could be a-coming. Thanks for the input everyone!!!
  15. chris_bates1974

    Monitor Audio Platinum 100

    No, they're a little out into the room, and by playing with position, spikes, granite etc, I have made them much tighter and cleaner than they were when first out of the box. One of the (other) reasons for going to standmount will also be that they can be moved back a little. I won't be going for Harbeth - the looks are very much not to my liking. At all.