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  • Digital Source 1
    Vitus SCD-025
  • Digital Source 2
    Naim CDX
  • DAC
    Vitus SCD-025
  • Integrated Amp
    Vitus SIA-025
  • Pre-Amp
    Naim NAC 82
  • Power Amp/s
    Naim NAP 180
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    Boenicke W13SE+
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. That budget is tough if including a DAC as the amp including dac configuration is a fairly recent concept in the quality end of hifi so it excludes most second hand amplification. I know that it is beyond budget but Hifi News gave a rave review for the Gato Audio DIA-250 NPM this month - another product exclusive to Elite in the UK I believe. At 250W it has enough power for a Boenicke, and it also has a network streamer included. Seems remarkable value for money at £2900. Review attached.
  2. Yes you are absolutely correct, soundstage is never ‘recorded’. Mic placement in acoustic recordings, or sometimes in studio placement, may try and create a soundstage but it has no definitive objective recorded reality, unlike say an instrument timbre or tone.
  3. I have used HFC cables - they are very detailed and produce a wonderfully crisp sound which goes well with the Boenicke sound. In the end I changed to Townshend cable, so I have ended up with a couple of lengths of HFC CT-1E cable on my second system if you are in london and want to borrow it for a couple of days.
  4. I bought a second-hand Cisco 2960G, which is the smallest I could find (8 inputs) in this range which seems to be getting a good reputation in digital Hi-Fi circles. They are a few hundred pounds new but around £50 on eBay. It performs a lot better than a cheap Netgear switch I had which didn’t improve the sound. It comes with an internal mains powered power supply and is built very solidly.
  5. Thanks for the detailed info. It seems I may have to wait a while.
  6. Please could you explain how to run the Keilidh active? Do you simply run two stereo amps, with one set of cables from the first amp going to one of the two bridged top inputs on the speaker, and the second stereo amp wired to the bottom inputs? Do you need an external crossover too?
  7. I have found the relatively good value Pro-Ject Streambox S2 Ultra to be very good indeed. It is designed by John Westlake, of M-Dac fame. It is a small Raspberry Pi based streamer, with no DAC. I have compared it to a Cromecast Audio and an Auralic Aries G1. It performs better than the Chromecast and I could hear no difference between it and the Auralic. I believe Westlake spent a lot of effort getting the switch mode power supply to integrate noiselessly. I did try the Streambox with a Project battery power supply and heard no difference so I think he has been successful here. As an aside, at the suggestion of an electronic engineer friend of mine, I found installing a good quality (Cisco) switch between the router and the streamer improved the sound noticeably. As did my engineering friend’s other suggestion of using Cat 8 cable rather than Cat 5, due to its better shielding - and again the difference is noticeable.
  8. I demoed many cables, I found some big names like top spec Tellurium and Transparent were bland. The two that stood out were HFC for speaker cable (but not interconnects) and Townshend F1 for both speaker cable and interconnects. The latter speaker cable is phenomenal.
  9. How do you think they compare to the ideals? I had Ideals in my room and w8s and w13s and would be interested in your comparison. A lot of shops do speaker cable on a 30 day money back basis so it should be possible to try a few.
  10. Thanks for the pictures, it all looks great. I don’t know your amps, the power amp has a good load of power there. Does the pre amp have a direct XLR out to the amps in the w13s separate from the feed to the power amp?
  11. I have had many speakers through my listening room/lounge. I always start by standing them on carpet. Without exception every single pair of speakers has improved their sound by standing them on granite slabs.
  12. Hey Parmaham, Congratulations! Nice to have another W13 owner in the house, it’s only been me on here to date. What amps are you running them from? Could you post a picture of your room and set up?
  13. I have just found this thread, linked from another Ethernet threat on pink fish. I read the first 20 pages then gave up, but coming to the end I see @Metatron is using Cat8 Ethernet - so were you converted in the end? Did you test and hear the benefits? I have a non-Linn system and have cat5 throughout the house. I found, to my disappointment, that cat 8 offers a big improvement. It is annoying as it means I can’t use the hidden cat5 and have to have cat 8 over the carpet. I also found introducing a Cisco network switch between the router and the streamer improved the sound too. Is that as controversial as the Ethernet making a difference, or is that accepted by the 'measuring' people? A few comments from the thread: It amuses and slightly alarms me that the people who disagree that Ethernet makes a difference get so worked up and spend so much time and effort making their claim. Can’t you people just let others enjoy their discussions? I stuck cat 8 in and instantly heard a difference. Same with the Cisco switch. It is pointless telling me I am not really hearing a difference. It serves no purpose to do that. Why waste your energies doing so? Second comment - there were a number of posts from moderators that were fairly rude. I am not sure that is the role of moderators!