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About Timbo21

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  • Turn Table
    Technics SL1200G
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Technics/Shure V15IV
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Project Phono RS
  • Digital Source 1
    Bluesound Node 2
  • DAC
    RME ADI-2 + iFi psu
  • Integrated Amp
    Pathos Inpol2
  • My Speakers
    Kef Reference 203/2
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    Audio Technica M50x
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Timbo21

    Power Sound Audio Subwoofer in Stereo System?

    I have a PSA S1500 which replaced my SVS cylinder sub. I use it for films Really great sub. When it first arrived I tried integrating it for stereo, but then I realised my amp just had Tape Outputs, not pre-outs, so that was no good. I now have a new amp, and at some point will get round to attempting to integrate it. I measured with REW and it has a good 10hz in room response that was just about -3dB down from 22hz. After 10hz it dropped away and 7 hz is about -12dB down from 22hz. But my SVS cylinder gave nothing much at all under 15hz and that was ported. My room is about 3m x 6m. It can literally do some trouser flapping when cranked up around reference levels.
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    Is a DAC upgrade worth it?

    It's a funny one with DACs. Many say there is little difference between a £500 DAC and one that costs five times more. With my vinyl I can get a new tonearm, new cartridge, get it properly aligned; buy a better phono stage, etc, etc. The tweaks are practically endless. What will make a DAC sound better? A million taps? Stick it in a thick aluminium case? Design some in-house filters? Is there much scope for massively improving the output electronics?
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    Any users Technics 1210gr

    A lot over on Steve Hoffman forums have bought it for hifi. I have a 1200G and the tonearms are mid mass on that and the GR. As far as I can recall there are both MC and MM users. The stock 3mm mat is pretty decent. I have a cork mat too which I use. I haven't got round to comparing yet.
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    Anyone dealt with Unilet Hi Fi?

    Exactly. All dealer stuff I have bought on ebay they have started the auction at the minimum they are willing to let it go for. Unilet are a very experienced outlet and would be well aware an item could go for a low price if starting low. Many dealers go the 'buy it now' route, or add the offer option with it. A lot of hifi stuff is not mainstream and dealers will be well aware they may not get multiple bidders and achieve the value they are looking for. I use ebay a lot. My ethos is trust until presented with info/facts that contradicts. There is nothing at this time that suggests they have pulled the sale because of the low winning price other than mere suspicion. Therefore I am dismayed at the advice of 'just give them a negative review.' That is equally as bad as far as I'm concerned.
  5. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    Thanks. Thought it might be the Scottish one
  6. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    I plugged the original back in at the weekend and it sounded pretty muddy and indistinct in comparison. It seemed clear to me the difference.
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    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    Great news. Which linear psu are you using?
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    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    I will chip in and say try Slow or NOS. I found them to offer the most natural midrange
  9. Timbo21

    John Darko appreciation thread

    Funny you should mention taste. I was thinking our hearing is perhaps somewhere between the sense of sight and that of taste. Sight is quite scientific. Anything on your TV can be accurately measured: the colour, brightness, contrast, etc, etc. We have calibration standards. Taste is very subjective. You can measure amounts of sugar or salt, but we have quite huge differences in how we each perceive them. Take cat-pooh coffee. Many love the idea a civet has munched and excreted a coffee bean, and will pay for the privilege; others taste no benefit. How can we measure that?
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    John Darko appreciation thread

  11. Timbo21

    John Darko appreciation thread

    Is that David Beckham?
  12. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    On my system Slow or NOS sound the most natural. SD Sharp sounds a bit 'digital' for me. Whether that's got anything to do with pre/post ringing I don't know.
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    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    I found the same with piano. The attack and midrange tone just sounds more right with the RME. As you say the Qutest is a little fuzzy.
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    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    In regards to point 3 that is incorrect. The first thing you're doing when mastering is trying to make the track have the correct balanced frequency response for that type of music and make sure the bass, mid, and treble has some coherence from song to song, and for it to translate to the consumer's listening environment. Often trends dictate this. For instance, 80's pop the mid range was pretty hard and bass not full or deep. It's wrong to say you can't boost above 10khz for vinyl, you can. Something like a 10khz, 12khz, or 15khz shelf (boosting everything above the aforementioned frequencies) would be normal. It's just you don't want excessive amounts. On 33/13rpm if the cutter head amps go above 3/4 of an amp you're likely to get top end distortion. For 45rpm it can take more, and can go to about 1 amp. As I previously stated, if there is excessive treble above 15khz, etc, likely to send the cutter amps crazy, then filter that out. If it then sounds dull, add treble lower down in the 10-12khz range.
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    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    You've got a winner there uzzy Listening to my Technics SL1200G with Project RS phono box into my Pathos amp I am just enjoying the music so much. God knows I've listened to professional DACs from DCS & Apogee to Prism & Pacific Microsonics, various CD players and consumer DACs. I don't know why they don't engage me like what I'm hearing now. Do I really need measurements to reason why I prefer it? The fact that we even like something called 'music' perhaps defies 'logic'