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About CnoEvil

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    Northern Ireland

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  • Digital Source 1
    Linn Majik DS
  • Integrated Amp
    Arcam AVR600
  • My Speakers
    Harbeth Monitor 40.2
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. CnoEvil

    Speaker cover, off or on?

    With Kefs (LS50 had no covers; IQ9 and 205/2), I preferred them with covers off (sounded cleaner and more detailed). The New Refs sound great with no covers, which are an optional extra that I've never seen. Harbeths have been designed to have their covers on, so that is what I do.....which is just as well, as they are not easy to remove.
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    one word daily

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    New beginnings

    I'm glad you are returning to some sort of normality. When I went through a really bad time, I felt I was silently screaming inside, but without showing it on the surface....and being left alone with my thoughts was a killer. It was like everybody else was living their lives as normal....while i was behind a one-way mirror, with my nose pressed up against the glass, watching on, but invisible to the rest of the world. It is not a good place to be. ....but remember, we are always spend your money! Take care, my Friend.
  4. CnoEvil

    If you did believe in power cables..

    I picked up some Cardas Golden Reference at a big discount, when there were $2 to the £ and was able to get them without VAT......but they are no longer made.
  5. CnoEvil

    If you did believe in power cables..

    My name is Cno.......and I hear differences in Power Cables. I am working hard not to, so I ask forgiveness until this happens. I also hear differences in Amps and Sources.....but this mostly acceptable. I hear differences in Speakers.....which is always totally acceptable Thank you for your understanding and patience.
  6. CnoEvil

    Spendor speakers

    I'm a pessimistic ol' git.....and am expecting Bass trouble with the D9s. This doesn't mean you shouldn't try them though.....we need something to get our teeth into, that isn't bloody B***it!
  7. CnoEvil

    Spendor speakers

    It will be interesting to see if they trigger the same negative bass issues, as the speakers with more scale, that you tried. Logic says that they will....but.....
  8. CnoEvil

    New album releases

    Eric Bibb may have found the perfect formula, where his own groovy contemporary blues fuses with African roots as well as reggae and gospel. About 15 musicians of the highest calibre, Americans, Europeans, Jamaicans and two African stars, the Malian Habib Koité and the Senegalese Solo Cissokho took part in "Global Griot", a most unusual treat and a milestone in Eric Bibb's outstanding career. Pursuing a career spanning five decades, never resting on his laurels, always on the move, Eric Bibb has a full bag of stories to tell from around the world. So, here comes Global Griot, global indeed, recorded in France, Sweden, Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, the UK and the US! If the expression "World Music" were not so problematic and much misused as a marketing tool it would suit Eric's approach. But don't get it wrong: He is first and foremost a "blues brother"- an old school bluesman who finds ways to expand his domain. Along his journey he's been fortunate enough to meet incredibly talented musicians who he regards as kindred spirits. Some of them have been reunited for this album such as Sweden's guitar ace Staffan Astner, reggae legend Ken Boothe from Jamaica, top-drawing Americans Big Daddy Wilson, Harrison Kennedy, Michael Jerome Browne, Linda Tillery of Cultural Heritage Choir fame and two remarkable West African musicians Malian guitarist/singer Habib Koité (who contributed so much to the success of "Brothers In Bamako") and the Senegalese Solo Cissokho whose omnipresent kora playing is one of the beauties of this double-disc album. And let's not forget wife Ulrika Bibb contributing celestial harmonies. This is Eric's most collaborative work to date with all songs (besides four traditional tunes and two covers) sharing writing credits with various musicians involved in the album. The two covers were originally recorded in the '50's: Ed McCurdy's "Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" was an anthem of the peace movement. Children were filmed singing it at the destruction of the Berlin Wall and it was covered by (among others) Simon & Garfunkel and Johnny Cash. Big Bill Broonzy's "Black, Brown and White" was his most committed song, alas still relevant nowadays. As Eric tells us in "Hoist Up The Banner": "I don't think of myself as a flag waver and here I am, wavin' this one" because he felt he had to, confronted with the ugly rhetoric spreading like prairie fires, here and there. Always the entertainer, the educator and the motivator, Eric Bibb, more than ever, continues to resonate with what is currently happening in the world today.
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    It is always worth experimenting with different, preferably cheap, solutions. The right solution will depend on floor type/construction and speaker type/ design. I have had success with Auralex Gramma....but currently using Something Solid "Missing Link" isolation feet.
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    If you did believe in power cables..

    Amp brands often warn against using Conditioners: Plinius (FAQ): "Most mains conditioners or filters act in series with the mains and will starve the amplifier and negatively affect the sound. Look for a brand that works in parallel. If you need this treatment to your mains supply, this is a better option for you." Sugden “We don’t use mains conditioners but if somebody wants to, they need to make sure it has the correct power rating. Line level equipment such as CD players and pre-amps have very low power consumption but Integrated amps and power amps require a mains conditioner of much higher rating. Using a mains conditioner assumes the equipment needs it. We spend a lot of time designing our power supplies and carefully choosing the rectifiers, transformers and smoothing capacitors. From my experience, most conditioners used on power amplifiers reduce the dynamic range. The best power supply for a system is a separate spur from your fuse box, this might even be less money. I am of the opinion you need to be as direct to the mains as possible with our class A amplifiers. Experimenting with an isolation transformer is interesting and quite a big one isn’t too expensive to run amplifiers from. Sorry I can’t offer any definitive technical support but as our mains conditioning experiences have been quite negative we have left it alone.” Gryphon Audio Q. Should I use powerline conditioners with my Gryphon? A. "In our experience, most external powerline conditioners do more harm than good. The sound may be very different, but not necessarily an improvement. Listen very critically and for an extended period of time, before making a final decision about purchasing a conditioner. Gryphon products incorporate heavily regulated multi-stage power supplies which act as effective mains conditioning filters and will in most cases not be improved by the insertion of an outboard powerline conditioner in the signal path."
  11. CnoEvil

    Spendor speakers

    The Classic line uses the thin-walled BBC cabinet design, like Harbeth.
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    New Amps to Consider

    @Timbo21 Congratulations.....And you have gone the Class A route.....which is absolutely the right match for those Refs.
  13. CnoEvil

    Interesting and Unusual Facts

    The "Great" in Great Britain, derives (rather boringly) from being called "Britannia Major", to distinguish it from "Britannia Minor", which is roughly the area known as Brittany.
  14. CnoEvil

    one word daily