BillShatnersToupee

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About BillShatnersToupee

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    aka MajorFubar
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  • Location
    Lancashire, UK
  • Real Name
    Jon Vincent

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  • Turn Table
    TD160
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    TP16 + Ortofon MC3
  • Digital Source 1
    AirPort
  • DAC
    DM10
  • Integrated Amp
    DM10
  • My Speakers
    DM10
  • Headphones
    Senn HD650
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. BillShatnersToupee

    My latest cover: Heart of Glass

    Yeah there's so many mixes of this it's ridiculous. The original single and album version just has the 'nah nah nah...' section repeated on a tape loop 7 times to fade out, though there is a version in the 80s which finishes differently, with "OO OO Oh Oh"s over repeated drum breaks 'til fade. Thanks for the kind comments everyone.
  2. BillShatnersToupee

    My latest cover: Heart of Glass

    Anyone interested has probably already seen my previous posts of my self-recorded cover versions, usually of synth tracks. Here is my latest. With vocals (vox nicked from the internet, singer unknown): https://youtu.be/R8Xkrw5dvWg 'Karaoke' / instrumental only: https://youtu.be/VDmhZdW-t_0 Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment, should you choose to do so.
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    I dug out something very old from the loft.

    Lenco didn't make the cartridge, Lenco was a Swiss company which made the turntable, and Goldring was/is an English company (founded in Germany) which made the cartridge. I don't fully know the history behind the tie-up between the two companies when it came to the GL75, though I would like to. I have a G800 body (the turnable's original) and I've ordered an aftermarket elliptical stylus for it. Be interesting to see how it performs. It's scary how cheap hifi has got these days, like you say the G800 was considered a budget MM cartridge even when new, but its 1974 retail price of £12.21 would translate to £145 now. The G800E would be £210.13 and the G800 Super E would be £276.49. Scary stuff.
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    I dug out something very old from the loft.

    Yeah they weren't cheap that's for sure. According to a C.C Goodwin's advert in the April '73 edition of Gramophone magazine, a HFC101 was £178.00 without speakers. I don't have a price for the Dynatron LS4038 speakers, but the same speakers sold as Wharfedale Dovedale 3's were £95 a pair, so I expect their Dynatron versions (same drivers and x-over, different cabinet) were at least the same or more. So that's £273 all in. According to www.thisismoney.co.uk that would be £3,246.48 now.
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    I dug out something very old from the loft.

    Possibly but even Lenco themselves recommended the G800 in the L75's instruction manual. I don't fully know the history behind the tie-up with Goldring; I would be interested to hear it if anyone does know it. But in this country there seems to be more GL75's (Golding-Lenco) models, invariably sold with G800's, than L75's.
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    I dug out something very old from the loft.

    Dad used to have it on a home made wooden stand, and my two year old self used to kneel in front of it with headphones on watching the record go round. I became hooked on music at this very point, before I could even wipe my own backside.
  7. BillShatnersToupee

    I dug out something very old from the loft.

    It's a Dynatron HFC101 that my dad bought new in circa 1972. It originally came with Dynatron LS4038 speakers which sadly are no longer with me. These were speakers built around the Wharfedale Unit 5 kits, in Dynatron cabinets. The speakers were also available as the Wharfedale Dovedale 3, but in Wharfedale cabinets. After 20 years unused, it's remarkable that everything still seems to be fully functioning, other than the FM indicator, which had a habit of blowing its lamp every few hours even when the unit was new. I'm going to fit the GL75 with a suitable vintage cartridge, likely a Goldring G800, with an aftermarket elliptical stylus. It would be nice to source some LS4038s or Wharfedale Dovedale 3's, but really I do not have the space.
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    Digital Source Question.

    lol point proven. Come talk to me when you've auditioned a £50 Crosley with a plastic platter and shite-o-matic ceramic cartridge, then maybe we'll talk again about how the difference between cheap digital sources and expensive digital sources doesn't come close to the chasm between cheap and expensive analog sources
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    Digital Source Question.

    An old ex alter ego of mine called MajorFubar would once have wasted countless keyboard presses arguing the toss with people who think transports have the capacity to sound different, because if two transports truly do sound different, then one of them is broken. Maybe even both. But what MajorFubar learned, and passed on to me, is that virtually no one comes here to have their cast-in-stone opinion changed, so it's a futile exercise. If you (or anyone else) are someone who hears 'analog style' differences in SQ between different digital transports, or even between cheap and expensive digital cables, or 'audiophile' LAN cables (!), no problem, enjoy. It's your money and your hobby. My contribution ends here I think, I believe I've made my point, and further contributions would only be labouring/repeating it.
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    Digital Source Question.

    You did miss a very important key word: comparatively. If you think the difference in SQ between cheap DACs and expensive DACs isn't comparatively small compared to the difference between cheap turntables and expensive turntables, you have obviously been blessed with the fortitude of never having heard a shit turntable.
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    Digital Source Question.

    My opinion: if a transport is making a difference, then it's not doing it's job properly. A mass produced USB drive costing £15 from China can rip a CD bit perfectly. I expect a dedicated transport to be no less competent. Remember the days when we installed computer apps from CDs and DVDs? If the CD/DVD drive couldn't read them perfectly, then the apps would generally neither install nor run. There is no middle ground. Even though data discs are recorded differently to audio discs, fundamentally the same rules apply, because he Reed-Solomon error correction either fixes a read error perfectly or there is an audible artefact (skip). There is no in-between, where one CD transport has e.g. better bass and a more open sound stage than another. That couldn't happen, and would require some element of real-time digital signal processing. Those kind of differences are confined to analog sources, but by and large for the last 35 years the hifi media can't and won't acknowledge that obvious fact, because they obviously have a vested interest in selling you new kit. DAC is where it's at with digital sources. And compared to the differences between turntables, cassette decks and other legacy analog sources, even the difference between a £10,000 DAC and a £10 made in China eBay special is comparatively small. Other opinions are available of course, and I can't and won't argue against them, because one of the fundamental rights of freedom of opinion is the right to be completely wrong :-)
  12. BillShatnersToupee

    Whatever happened to DAB?

    Not sure we've ever owned a car radio with DAB. If we have then I never noticed, and certainly never used it.
  13. BillShatnersToupee

    Whatever happened to DAB?

    DAB basically got replaced by internet radio. Good riddance. It nearly always sounded crap anyway.
  14. BillShatnersToupee

    Jokes, old or new

    I'm on a musician's forum so they probably adapted it.
  15. BillShatnersToupee

    Jokes, old or new

    Stolen from a FB forum I am a member of... Husband and wife in bed: Husband: If I died do you reckon you'd remarry? Wife: Hell no! Husband: Why, don't you like being married? Wife: [struggling for correct answer] Ok then, yes. I'd remarry. Husband: And would he live in this house with you? Wife: [shrugs] I dunno...possibly, if I had the better house. Husband: And would you sleep with him, in this bed? *Our* bed? Wife: What? Guess so? Where's this going?! Husband: And if he liked playing bass guitar like I do, would you let him play my '74 Les Paul Signature Sunburst? Wife: No! He's left handed. Husband: [silence] Wife: Damn.