plasticpenguin

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About plasticpenguin

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    Bookham, Surrey

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  • Turn Table
    Pro-ject Classic
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Goldring 2500
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Leema Elements
  • Digital Source 1
    Arcam
  • Integrated Amp
    Leema Tucana MKII
  • My Speakers
    PMC TB2i
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. plasticpenguin

    Recommend Speakers

    Agree. They are one of my favourite small floorstanders, and only didn't buy them because my daughter was young at the time - the Arros are easy to knock over. Wouldn't have that problem now, except I love the PMCs. I wouldn't personally match a 40 watt amp with the Totems. They'll be okay at lower levels but crank it up and the Arc will start to struggle. I wouldn't recommend the RS6s either. Tonally great with Arcam but those 6 ohms just tilts it the wrong side of sounding comfortable. Other MAs (8 ohms) no probs. A number of posts ago I suggested minimum 87db and 8 ohms. If yiou have a 65 watt amp you can take a few more liberties with speaker choice.
  2. plasticpenguin

    Recommend Speakers

    But in the Arc A65's case, which isn't the ballsiest of amps, it can be tricky once you try and crank it up. I know this from owning the Monitor Audio RS6s. Although it had 91db it had 6 ohms, and it started to 'clip' when you gave it some welly. I really like the A65+ a lot but it isn't very grunty.
  3. plasticpenguin

    Interesting and Unusual Facts

    In Luxembourg it is illegal to leave your car engine idling. It comes with a 22 Euros fixed penalty.
  4. plasticpenguin

    Recommend Speakers

    That's the problem: The ohms not so the dbs.
  5. plasticpenguin

    Recommend Speakers

    I poo pood Totems because for a higher end Arcam, like an A38 they are a great match. For a 40 watt Arc nah.( I've had the Arros on dem a couple of times), they can be tricky little suckers to drive. I heard them with the older A32.... wow.
  6. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    I'm sure if someone offered me 5k I would. That wouldn't happen. I don't keep everything, only the components I've had almost a generation: Marantz tuner I purchased in 1980 and only replaced it about 4 years ago with the Denon. The Wharfedales 1982-2006 and the Garrard 1981-2004. I know the sound I like....and I'm an old skinflint.
  7. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    No, I didn't compare the 20s with any other E range because at the time they had to fit into my bedroom. I have a photo somewhere of the E20s with the Pioneer, Garrard TT and Marantz tuner (the latter two I also have in the attic). If someone offered me 1k for the Wharfedales I wouldn't part with them, even though I don't use them anymore. Like the Marantz tuner and Garrard they are engrained and part of my hi-fi history. Once they go the chances of replacing them are virtually zero. I'm a dreadul hi-fi romantic. The Pioneer amp was only dumped because it died, otherwise that would be side-by-side with my other vintage stuff. The Pioneer I had for nearly 17 years before buying the Arcam Alpha..
  8. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    No disrespect, I owned those E20s for ruddy long time: From 1982 until I replaced them with Monitor Audio RS6s in 2006. Over that period I had the Pioneer SA 706, Arcam Alpha 7R and A65+, all driving those E20s. I think I'm more qualified than most to assess the E range.
  9. plasticpenguin

    Searching for a rich vinyl like sound in digital music

    I was suggesting that room acoustics is a bigger influence on sound than you might realize, and was using the barn analogy in the extreme.
  10. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    You're probably right. I was casting my mind back to 1982 when I purchased mine. They were a very good speaker in their day.... as with anything, things move on.
  11. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    Agreed. The bass on any of the E range wasn't the greatest but for a domestic setting it was adequate. They had a great midrange and HF, though.
  12. plasticpenguin

    Searching for a rich vinyl like sound in digital music

    Indeed. How many people could live with a live sound, especially me who has the hi-fi on average about 4 hours a day?
  13. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    The only ones with more drivers was the E30 E50s And the E70s. The E70s and E90s were designed for small cinemas
  14. plasticpenguin

    vintage speakers

    Correct sir. My E20s are 97 db... great for those old low powered valve amps, and sounded pretty good with my 40 watt Arcam A65+
  15. plasticpenguin

    Searching for a rich vinyl like sound in digital music

    I know I keep banging on about acoustics but... If you live in a barn with hard floors, no curtains, no soft furnishings even a vintage vinyl set-up will sound wrong. I suppose it boils down to how one defines "a vinyl sound".