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  1. You know the score.. somethings wrong, the garage quotes you an arm and a leg so you decide to do it yourself. How much did you save and was it worth it? I had a leaking water hose and got a main dealer quote for £1200. Replaced it myself for £40. Plus knuckle skin - lots of!
  2. Never a Jag produced with a dodgy cylinder head. I know more than a few dead Rovers but it was addressed albeit too late for a reputation to stick. Production of the original engines went to Korea or somewhere that way - possibly Kia. The ZT used the Ford V8 which wasn't bad and something I was tempted with but I stuck with Jaguar. Only 25% of the Jag X-type is traceable to Ford, mainly ancilliary components and the chassis was originally from the Mondeo but was so heavily modified that it was unrecognisable as a Ford unit. I agree with the comments on here about French comfort, I cant think of anything more comfortable but after that things go downhill.
  3. 17.3" screen (as new), 500Gb SSD, 1Tb HDD, 8Gb RAM, Intel quad core processor, HD graphics, great condition and in original box. Fully reset ready for new user details, £350 posted in UK or collect Blackburn Lancs area and save postage.
  4. I use Plex, and although I don't want to do what you've written I think it will do it. You could put your formats in different folders within the main menu and name them as such then you know what format is playing. Also you can tell Plex the maximum bitrate you want to stream at to another device, which might negate the need to rip down to 160k mp3 or whatever. This would need Plex server installed on your storage device. Give it a whirl, its free.
  5. I have a Nikon D80 with 3 lenses, tubes, remote etc heres the link
  6. The 425's are fantastic on detail but never were, as per the Shure website, great on bass. Can't you EQ the problem out? Even the 215's have more bass but aren't as accurate, I've not heard any of their other IEM's. A tight fit is essential to maximize bass output though, and I had a steep learning curve on how to get the right fit.
  7. Thank you for that info, the IPL's go deep.. deeper than anything I've heard at the same physical size, it's sometimes incomprehensible that a 5" driver in such a small footprint sounds like it does. You've saved me a lot of time, I thought the PMC's were bass heaven? Anyway, I'll be onto Ivan for some dome tweeter ideas. I even considered a double ribbon but that would be double politeness! I've even tried +EQ on the tweeters but they remain sweet and smooth. Edit I don't want to push the tweeters into destruction, I think they're just too laid back as you pointed out and nothing can change that.
  8. Must agree on that, I have the s2tlm's and I'm contemplating 'stitching in' a dome tweeter alongside the ribbon, will need to get in touch with Ivan before I progress with that idea. Very interesting reading your thoughts on the PMC twenty5.23 as they seem to be a straight swapout for the IPL s2's, sizewise anyway which would be my major hurdle. Edit would you swap the IPL's for the twenty5.23's?
  9. 25% off Plex lifetime pass, ends tomorrow.
  10. You like the PMC's and you're a stay at home dad? Maybe you could build your own from the IPL Acoustics transmission line range? Room sizes are there as a guide, too.
  11. As nopiano says, the Vincent DAC-7 can be had on home trial, and if the exchange rate is good you might pay less than the current £1395 RRP. For comparison purposes I had an Arcam D33 side by side with the Vincent and although I could have lived with either, the Vincent has a slightly more forward top end than the Arcam, or as my partner said 'it sounds clearer'. Whether the midrange detail is enhanced because of that or it is better by design I'm not sure, but it sounds amazing in that respect. Not sure how it would mate up with your Sugden, though.
  12. I agree it sounds a bit odd at times, like cold and clinical, not close enough to the mikes, then sometimes sounds as if it was recorded in a huge Leslie speaker. Very strange indeed but still highly enjoyable.
  13. I used to use WD TV media players which wouldn't play gapless, so I just ripped relevant CD's as one track. It worked well as they had a 'jump to time' option and 32X fast forward.
  14. The metadata thing almost drove me insane in my system using Plex as a media server through to Nvidia Shield media players, and I very nearly threw in the towel but once I got super strict in the ripping and naming process things got a lot easier. Plex and Nvidia are always updating their software/hardware thankfully, but there are plenty of alternatives I could turn to if needs be.
  15. Having just gone through a 'decide on a final DAC' phase and thankfully my ears didn't throw a benny during this time, of course they sound different. It's up to the listener to decide if the difference is worth the extra money or not - and a downgrade is always on the cards. What I would suggest is that any comparisons are done in conjunction with headphones, I found it really easy to hear differences (especially the finer details) this way. Through my speakers differences in general presentation were pretty easy to conclude without straining to detect micro-differences, so combining the two findings made a decision a lot easier to come to. My ears are nowhere near perfect, they're getting on a bit and they've heard a lot of concerts so YMMV on that. Really enjoying music now and having foot-tappin' fun.
  16. Currently have IPL Acoustics S2tlm ribbon floorstanders which can sound anything between mehh and superb. The D33 sold this morning and currently a very close to BIN offer on the Audiolab.
  17. Very true, I feel the need for some new speakers but I need to REW the room again before I go silly
  18. Its actually on the bay @Jules_S very close to the BIN price!
  19. Well, after more listening the Arcam will be leaving. The Vincent just has a little bit more 'shine' in the treble, the bass sounds more organic but still hasn't quite got the leading edge that the Arcam has, not yet anyway, but the midrange is stunning. The Arcam unearthed more detail than I'd heard before, until the Vincent that is. I can only assume it's the topology, however the Arcam D33 is a superb DAC, and I'm glad I gave it a whirl. All in all myself and my partner prefer the slightly more forward sound of the Vincent over the Arcam, and the amount of detail listening through Oppo PM1 cans is phenomenal. I think I've got as far as I want to go in the 'search' for now so we're just going to enjoy for a while. Happy Hi-Fi'ing.
  20. Yes, but.. shitty mixed stuff is so frustrating it makes me want to turn everything off.