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About Nopiano

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  • Birthday January 23

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    Monmouthshire, Wales
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  • Turn Table
    Michell TecnoDec
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Rega / Grado
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Rega Fono II
  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz SA14s1 SE
  • Digital Source 2
    Oppo BDP-95
  • Integrated Amp
    Primare I32
  • Pre-Amp
    Linn Akurate DSM/2
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    ATC SCM40.2
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    Grado SR60i & AKG K550iii
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Looks like @rabski and I were writing at the same time! I agree it definitely doesn’t tell you what you need to know. Unlike listening!
  2. You’re applying a subjective interpretation to the word ‘damping’ that’s all. It’s just a label. What it actually tells you is the the output impedance of the amplifier is low, in fact lower than most. Typically we think that can help control the bass, especially with speakers that sound warmer or flabbier than average. It has nothing to do with ‘detail’. The opposite extreme is most valve (power) amplifiers where their output impedance is so high that the interaction with the loudspeakers’ own impedance is significant enough to change the overall frequency response. That’s why valve amps will invariably sound ‘different’. And if you like that difference you’ll be a convert (not that I’m recommending one).
  3. I’m happy with 4mm Van Damme OFC, but mine are only 2.5 metres. Here’s what it looks like, with jumpers too. In your shoes I’d get the 6mm, just to save wishing I had, but technically it’s quite unnecessary!
  4. ...or odour absorbing? Now that would be useful!
  5. And, similarly, that is pretty much the basis on which all audio has been sold for the last sixty or more years. Lower distortion, higher power, better damping factor, reduced TIM, extended bandwidth, supertweeters, lighter tracking weight, lower signal:noise ratio...the list is endless. It’s quite easy to attribute much of this to simple sales tactics. Identity a problem the consumer didn’t know they had; market a product that solves the hitherto unheard of problem; sell product! What we seem to generally agree on - as audio consumers - is that these better things are desirable, but the consequences are sometimes undesirable. I’m thinking immediately of expert solid state amplifier designers who find that slightly less quiet amplifiers are subjectively perceived as superior. And obviously any tubed equipment is technically flawed but invariably adored by its users. Apologies to Kubs for going off-topic!
  6. This is an interesting one. Talking recently to the marketing director of Primare, he explained that their products assembled in China are all shipped back to Sweden and individually checked and soak tested by a resident engineer. Their permanent workforce in Sweden in under 10, as they commission most designs on a consultancy basis, based on the discipline. For example, the guy that does digital streaming doesn’t do the phono stage. As you say, there are a few early glitches, but they seem to have found an economic model that works. Funnily enough, I believe our Volvo was made in China and trimmed in Sweden too!
  7. You may have seen this before, but this is me (on the right) with John Atkinson, when collecting my gear from the magazine’s Croydon headquarters. The SL600s had the Aerolam cabinets, another first. They were incredibly light, but rapping them with your knuckles was like hitting a concrete block.
  8. You’re making me nostalgic for my SL600s, which were sadly nicked in a burglary the night I left for a trip to the USA. I guess someone saw me putting a suitcase in the car. They had been a prize from the lovely folks at HiFi News c.1986, from a draw at the Penta HiFi Show near Heathrow. To wake them up, they also gave me Musical Fidelity’s beefiest power amp, the Studio T (a Dr Thomas on steroids). The preamp was a Meridian MLP, the modular nextel-coated series. Both were recent award winners, along with the SL600s. I quite envy you being able to reminisce with your SL6s. They still fetch good money when the rare ones in decent condition appear for sale. Thanks for the write-up!
  9. How do you suppose anything changes? What mechanism is at work, I wonder.
  10. I think you’ll find members including @bencat @Camverton @MartinC often contribute about Dirac. I recall you’ll need considerable patience and familiarity to get the best results, but it looks like a very versatile product. Good luck with it!
  11. I bet you are! Did you get yours from Elite? I’m not surprised the demand is high after the price reductions.
  12. Actually, I can see why that might be the case, perhaps with Klimax ranges, because they may have had it installed and had the butler take out the boxes! But genuine enthusiasts, as opposed to lifestyle buyers, I find tend to keep the boxes. The only Linn items I bought used and by post were my Sneaky DS and my Akurate DSM. The Sneaky came from a Professor in Devon, who not only had the box, but double-boxed it in an old Oppo box. The ADSM came from a dealer when it was about 18 months old, in the original box, wrapped in plastic and sent by Parcelforce. I would be quite happy to buy from you in one of your custom boxes!
  13. Indeed, including lots of lime scale in hard water areas.
  14. I read somewhere quite recently - and I regret I don’t recall where - that the cardboard boxes typically used for HiFi are only fully adequate once or twice for shipping. Apparently they weaken on re-use, and something new or additional is necessary. I can certainly appreciate that many old boxes are stored in garages or shed, rather than a nice dry room, or well ventilated attic/loft. That certainly makes them softer, presumably as they absorb some moisture? If I buy secondhand, I certainly like to see the original boxes. Often it tells you dates of manufacture or shipping, and can be quite revealing. I often imagine that expensive kit without the original packaging has been stolen!