Richard A

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About Richard A

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  • Location
    Guernsey
  • Real Name
    Richard

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    LP12/Keel/Radikal/Tr
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ekos SE/ART-1000
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    G.N. PSU-10/PH-10
  • Digital Source 1
    Cyrus CDXT Signature
  • DAC
    Border Patrol SE
  • Pre-Amp
    Modwright LS36.5
  • Power Amp/s
    Modwright KW150SE
  • My Speakers
    Boenicke W8
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Richard A

    Hard to find Hifi?

    That’s a brilliant price for a fantastic piece of kit. But the seller who is in Portugal says EU only. OP is in Dubai I think. But i use the PH-10, astonishing value and even better with the PSU.
  2. Richard A

    Jokes, old or new

    An old man is walking in Amsterdam and passes a hooker standing at her door.
  3. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Hi Nigel, Yes, we have our own patois here - my mother learnt English at school - but it is dying unfortunately. Sorry for the extra A, that was a phrase I’d not used for some time. Aurally exciting of course! What I like about the W8, perhaps above everything else, is their ability to express vocal emotion. I am a fan of Lucinda Williams and there is a real “catch” in her voice that the W8 portrays vividly. I also love being able to follow individual musicians and, again, the W8 excel at this - this is particularly noticeable with the ART-1000 which excels at detail. I agree with Nick that there is a forward emphasis on percussion but I like this, if anything, I’d be happy with more. Horses for courses I suppose but as he is called Four Legs he probably knows this. 😬
  4. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Hi Nick/Fourlegs, That's an interesting summary and pretty accurate I'd say. The reason you don't like them is probably the reason I do. At 66 I need all the excitement I can get! I have recently bought an Audio Technica cartridge for the same reason, wonderful attack and an exciting sound. Maybe I will grow tired of this, I don't know, but I think we will have to agree to differ for the time being - though I have never heard ATC speakers so can't bring them into the equation. A chacun a son gout, as they probably don't say in Kendal. R
  5. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Hi Nigel, Interesting comments and agree that the W8 like a lot of current. Like Paul I’m a bit bemused by the treble issue. Do you mean the rear facing tweeters? They are very analytical but I’ve never found them harsh. If Paul is willing to lug his to Kendal then maybe you can see if it’s an issue with your particular units. I’m currently running in a new cartridge. Said to take 80 hours but I can’t of course just leave a record running! So I’m keeping fit jumping up and down changing vinyl! You are always welcome for a weekend break in the Channel Islands of course.
  6. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    I'm poor but happy!
  7. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    This is very well put Duckworp and my main reason for choosing the Boenicke W8. Yesterday I stood between the speakers while a record was playing. It was slightly spooky, I had musicians to my right and left, ahead of me and behind me, as though I was standing in the middle of the band. OK, this is not my normal listening position (!) but it reminded me of why I like them so much. And as someone said, they sound very un-hifi. I recently chose an Audio Technica cartridge for exactly the same reason, it was initially unimpressive (in a HiFi sense) but I came to the conclusion that it was playing music, the others I was comparing it to were playing hifi. I'm a tad excited as Peter Swain from Cymbiosis flies to Guernsey tomorrow to fit it for me - and a couple of other LP bits.
  8. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Of course Nigel, though as I have never stepped into a gym in the past 40 years I can’t really comment on the music played in them. It may have been Flanders and Swann last time I went. I’ve not worked out copy and paste on an I Pad so here, sort of, is what you asked for. My previous speakers were Spendor S6E which I had owned for 10 years. My three reasons for picking the Boenickes were 1) Their size and the WAF factor (Sorry that’s two I suppose but linked) 2) Their imaging and transparency - I have yet to hear anything that comes close. 3) Their ability to portray emotion -to my mind it is emotion that differentiates high end audio systems and decent sounding audio systems. Don't know if that helps at all.
  9. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Nigel’s are active too
  10. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Were you able to listen to both Paul?
  11. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Probably not, particularly as you’re a Tannoy user!
  12. Richard A

    boenicke Owners Club

    Just catching up with the thread. Nigel, don’t panic! The W8s will improve considerably initially then gradually over the next few weeks. I have not the foggiest idea of why but they do. As Maverick indicated I’m pretty sure that the full bass took around six months to arrive with my pair. As far as stability is oncerned I would not even worry about that. I have now had my pair for 18 months and I don’t think they’ve changed much, if at all, in the last year or so. There are days when I think my system sounds better than other days but I’ve no idea if this is just my mood (possible though most days I’m just a grumpy old git) the electricity supply or a component in the system. I was interested in your (Nigel) comment about the imaging. It was the imaging that sold me on these speakers. What I love most of all is that the musicians are spread out in front of you. The W8s replaced some old Spendor speakers and I put the Spendors back in the system to demonstrate them to the guy who bought them. I was back to listening to music coming out of two boxes. I understand that the W8s will not be appreciated by everyone - I doubt if heavy metal or Wagnerian opera fanatics would find they have enough oomph. But they are stunning on female vocals and acoustic guitar - and more melodic rock, which is what I listen to. I’m a very happy bunny. Keep calm and carry on Nigel.
  13. I’d like to add my plus one to those comments and this was my first chance to listen to Gauder. I loved the sound in your room, possibly the most natural/unforced of them all. I don’t need more speakers but I’d buy those in a heartbeat if I did. GLWS those are a bargain.
  14. Richard A

    great show!

    Mental dereliction perhaps! Computers, pah.
  15. Richard A

    great show!

    As I explained the concept of the Wam Show to my wife, the look on her face was perfect elucidation. “You’re all effing bonkers”. This from a woman who, since our first day of wedded bliss, has accepted quite happily my other hobby of high speed morse code (I hold an amateur radio licence) and considers that a collection of two large RF amplifiers, half a dozen transmitters, a large antenna and a collection of more than 20 vintage morse keys to be reasonable behaviour. I had to explain that my head is completely level compared to the two Mad Men of Mull. To stick three systems, one of which included some rather large Quad electrostatics, in a trailer, on a small island, sail for an hour and then drive nine hours south shows a dereliction beyond the call of duty. Not only that, but they were still smiling Friday evening when we got in some curry practice. Apart from a landing at East Midlands airport in a Force 7 gale which required a rather urgent change of clothing, I had a fantastic weekend. I live in a Hi Fi desert, so the opportunity to hear other systems, if only to evaluate how mine is coming along, is priceless, so a huge thank you to all the exhibitionists (I think that’s the word I’m looking for). And a very grateful thank you to Peter for enabling the mechanism to allow this to happen. This was my second Wam show and it is great to be able to put faces to names. My final thanks must go to my local airline for putting a 20kg cap on my luggage allowance. Vinyl is thankfully quite heavy. A load of blokes, music and alcohol. Of course there was no chance of anything going wrong. See you all next year.