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About kukulec

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    Pro-ject DAC Box S2
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    Primare I22
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    ELAC FS 147
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    AKG Y50 + Sennheiser 202
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Checked the Krell but what is the point? If you make such an overkill part, does it not have a counter effect on the amp?
  2. Thanks! So poor EI < toroidal < good EI? How do I know that the transformer is beefy enough?
  3. Hi, I read several places that toroidal transformers are better for audio purposes. Having listened Luxman 505uxii, which uses EI and sounds great I am a bit confused. So which one is better in general? Also, how can I check if an amplifier can really have the output what is written on it? In case of the 505 the power consumption is 270 W, while the rated output is 150W + 150W (4Ω). How is that possible?
  4. Few days ago we listened the speakers Elac Vela 403 and 407 with Mcintosh 5300, Mastersound Box 2018 and Luxman 505 II. The cables were Vertere. Compared to the older 40X series, the new ones were softer and sweeter in the top registers and both had more bass. In total they sounded more relaxed with tons of details and nice space. We started with the Mc 5300 and Vela 403, but then we switched to the Mastersound. Oh, what a jump. The whole system became alive, with much better resolution, more 3d sounding, better controlled bass and cleaner voice. No question, it is a better amp. Continuing with the 407, we received a netter bass and soundstage. Then, we matched it with the Luxman 505. To my ears it sounded the best. One day I buy one. The soundstage became a bit narrower but more organized than with Mastersound, and still much better than 5300. The resolution was great, it sounded very lifelike, neutral, rounded. The piano and the voices were perfect, the sound was like in a flow. The Elacs were so transparent that we could immediately tell the differences between the amps. The systems sounded well with everything: Karen Souza, Jazz+Az, Rammstein, Nirvana, Vangelis. I wanted to see what could be my next speakers, but at the end the 505 impressed me the most. If you have a possibility, I would recommend to listen it and also the Mastersound (tube amp).
  5. Please keep us informed, I am very interested about your findings with that speaker.
  6. Dear All, my question would go first for the speakers. How can I clean properly the laquer layer and treat the micro scratches on speakers?
  7. kukulec

    Power (watt)

    I just don't get where this idea is going, however here is just a short story: I was about selling my elac 403, which is not that easy to drive. one of the interested brought his nuprime, around 80-100w at 4 ohm. at a bit louder than average volume it shut down the system (with yellow - race). we changed to cxa80 and we went util a point (not more than 12-13 o'clock) where we could have damaged our ears and our neighbours would call the police. conclusion: written watts means nothing; there are brands where you can believe the power ratings. what matters, what is the max an amp can reliably handle. don't know what loud means for others, but in my experience a proper 70-80 watt amp can drive most of the speakers even on high volumes. the power supply is quite important. if you see a nice toroid trasformer, it is a good sign.
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    Hello, thank you for the inputs. I think I will buy the AT LP5, as it seems to be easy. Tune: I don't get the deck part. What device should I buy and how would it work?
  9. You will not regret it. I had VD 4 mm and XT40. I heard them with four of my speakers and two amps. QED had more resolution, more clarity.
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    Thank you all, many great advices! What sems to be sure is that the very rare LPs would go to a professional company. With the rest: if I could connect my CXA80 to the turntable, do I understand correctly that I would only need a software? I ask that because we have a very old Elin player (I would avoid it on a longterm) and first maybe I would just try it to see what could be the result. Other question: if I buy a Pro-Ject AD Box S2 and a separate turntable, would I get better result than with the Audio Technica?
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    Dear All, My father has around 100 vinyls, mostly more than 40 years old ones. I tought that as I do not have any player I would get one. The primary objective would be to transfer the content of those to PC, into wav file. To have the best results in the easiest way what options could I have? Project Essential III Record Master or Audio Technica LP5 are good quality products?
  12. Basically I heard all the jet series up to 507. Have at home a 147 (407 size) and a 249.3 (409 size). If you have a lot of furnitures you can place the 409. However, within normal conditions the 407 would be more than enough if you pair it with a strong amplifier and it is also easier to adjust them to your room. The advantage of the 409 is that you do not have to turn up the volume to hear the deep bass.
  13. I think your setup is far from reaching the limits of your speakers. (bright sound can also be handled with cables - please do not start war here - within a small range). + 1 vote to sell both of your amps and buy the best possible you can afford. Emotiva I heared, for me they are dry as hell.