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About Nopiano

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    Veteran Wammer
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Personal Info

  • Location
    Monmouthshire, Wales
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Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Michell TecnoDec
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Rega / Grado
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Rega Fono II
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz SA14s1 SE
  • Digital Source 2
    Linn Sneaky DS
  • Integrated Amp
    Primare I32
  • Pre-Amp
    Linn Akurate DSM/2
  • My Speakers
    ATC SCM40.2/KEF LS50
  • Headphones
    Grado SR60i & AKG K550iii
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Nopiano

    Any ideas or pointers to building a media cabinet

    You have such a diverse range of kit, I’m not quite sure where you’d start. For example, some people put their Devialet on the wall. Conversely most people leave a Krell power amp on the floor or a low, dedicated stand. If you had a system of standard sized separates it would be fairly straightforward, but I’m not sure there’s an obvious answer (to me)! There’s bound to someone with more imagination along shortly!
  2. Nopiano

    Phono + Integrated or Pre + Power?

    As you’ve recently upgraded your speakers, I think the most important thing is to find an amplifier that suits them and your ears. The configuration is pretty much secondary, if you find the sound you want. If you go to a MC cartridge there are, of course, several ways to support that, even if you have a built-in MM stage. It would be interesting to try a better phono stage with your existing amp, as Rabski suggests, as that might avoid the search for a ‘better’ amp. However, if that doesn’t do it for you then a trial with your speakers is surely essential, given that a valve amp will often have a highish output impedance which will react with your speakers in a particular way.
  3. Nopiano

    Maybe be interest if you own a Linn

    I had expected the Lambo to be included at that price!
  4. Nopiano

    Blank Canvas

    Here’s another view...
  5. Nopiano

    15 inches

    What is it made of and what speed does it play at? I’m curious if it’s from the shellac 78rpm era or something newer?
  6. Nopiano

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    Crumbs, I wasn’t expecting that! I’m not sure they’re really my cup of tea, and I’d be worried the insides were rattling! Thanks anyway, and to Cno. I don’t recall seeing them before.
  7. Nopiano

    WTD: 7m pair Speaker Cable

    I’d second Van Damme. This guy supplied my 4mm version, but I only needed 2.5 metres. He does any length to order. Should come in well below £100. (Works well with LS50s too!)
  8. Nopiano

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    I don’t suppose you recall the model number do you? Or any pics?
  9. Nopiano

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    I hope I’ve not been a bad influence...! When do you get them, and which finish are they?
  10. Nopiano

    Vincent V-237 MK amplifier.

    Our Volvo V90 is Chinese made, afaik. They put a little Swedish flag on the seats to remind you where it was trimmed.
  11. Nopiano

    Harbeth or Revel

    Ha, ha! It’s a type of vicarious expenditure, isn’t it?!
  12. Nopiano

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    Thanks for the thought. It’s a newish house with concrete flooring, although I believe there is still some type of beam structure involved. It’s definitely not suspended though.
  13. Nopiano

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    Yes, I do have plans, as above! Funnily enough, the black is a bit sombre to my eyes after the nice cherry ATCs, hence the appeal of those ones with the oak columns. They are more stealthy than the rose gold ones, I agree!
  14. Nopiano

    Pro-ject new turntables

    I’d not seen those yet. I had read they were simplifying the range, which I’m sure is wise. It’s terribly complicated at the moment, as though they feel the need to update all the time. The Classic still looks far and away the nicest!
  15. Nopiano

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    That’s true, it’s not critical with the dual concentric design. Nevertheless I think I will get a couple of those granite worktop savers tomorrow. Argos has them on sale for for under a tenner. Then I’ll pop them under the stands, and I’ve also got some of those metal discs to support the spikes. Then jack up the the front spikes a bit and we should be a bit nearer the mark. The stands that KEF recommended until they launched the Performance model were these