QuestForThe13thNote

Wammer
  • Content Count

    1,062
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

136 Excellent

2 Followers

About QuestForThe13thNote

  • Rank
    Veteran Wammer

Personal Info

  • Location
    Sussex
  • Real Name
    Simon

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    Innuos Zenith Mark 2
  • Digital Source 2
    Cyrus CD-t
  • DAC
    Chord Qutest
  • Integrated Amp
    PSU:Cyrus psxr
  • Pre-Amp
    Cyrus DAC XP Sig
  • Power Amp/s
    Cyrus MonoX200 Sig
  • My Speakers
    PMC twenty5 23
  • Headphones
    Grado/Bose
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. QuestForThe13thNote

    Can you rely on trade hifi reviews?

    No because common sense must prevail. It wouldn’t be possible to work out what the reference is as someone will disagree. What you’ve got to do is pull all the threads out of the many reviews and on different bits of kit to draw commonalities. It’s difficult but inferences can drawn. distortion is a fair point but that can come into preference and be mentioned too in any subjective review. I think the methodology is a fair point but it can be stated and room acoustic layouts stated, but again it’s posisble to draw commonalities in comparisons as the system is just changing not the environment. That could have an affect on room acoustics but again nothing is set in stone. im not saying you may do a comparison and not draw one due to these effects, but equally you can and that’s what’s reflected in the review. The comparison has to be to other products simple. No overt technicalities. Take what from it as you may. It’s subjective.
  2. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    Nor do I wish to cause ill feeling . I was just making what i though are valid points and I’d refer to my comments before uzzy, if you want to ignore them or not, obviously up to you. But I’m sure we will revisit sometime! Cheers.
  3. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    im very calm and bear no malice. I challenged something. Someone stuck to their guns, then I kept on debating, then it looks like they probably got upset and took a dim meaning from me. I can’t apologise for that. No life or death situation. Just discussion. No more no less.
  4. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    We are all free to challenge others views for the benefit of working out a good way forward. I get all that and agree with you but I’m not sure you’ve understood the point I made. I do get it your view is very much a ‘dac is a dac’ or ‘a pre is a pre’ approach as if they are similar, which you’ve given on other threads. but there are degrees of quality out there and big variance in what some amps do and sound. I think others will understand the point and I’ll leave it there.
  5. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    You stated you know how the Pre amp Sounds. A Pre amp doesn’t sound. It depends on the rest of the hifi as to what the sound is and what the Pre amp does to thebsound when you swap it to another. Even with 40 years you can’t test out every Pre/power and speaker combo. That’s even before we get on what the op preferences are not sitting with their system. That was my only point to which there is no argument. The Pre amp is one of the most important parts in the chain, more so to power amps I’d suggest and second to speakers. But I agree with you it could be speakers are better too, but don’t discount the possibility of the effects of pre amps. It could tighten up the sound or offer a different presentation that equates to no need to change speakers.
  6. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    It’s really important Paul because none of use are ‘connoisseurs’ on others systems we don’t know or own, unless we’ve sat with same components in ours and can understand the sound quality considerations required of the buyers
  7. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    It’s not sanctimonious but quite important to stress if the op hadn’t thought about it, and perhaps others, that’s why I made the point. If you’ve put up a post asking for views on pre amps and people come in with this is a smooth amp, or this is a good amp or words of same effect, when it’s never actually been heard in the system and same speakers and how it may be improved on (or equally not improved on) then it doesn’t help those that would rely on that as advice to take a way forward. Nobody knows how that pre works in the system. Give meaningful comparisons That’s why I carefully stated in one of my first posts that you should take input from people who can make meaningful comparisons on stuff they have tried. Or don’t go with this warm amp , smooth amp stuff when nobody knows the speakers. To start saying it’s a great Pre amp and I see no reason to change when nobody knows about how it sounds and how it might be improved when that’s what the op wants to try and do, can’t be good advice.
  8. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    Yes but you’ve no idea whether a change of flavour or preference is needed - I suspect it it from what has been said, and we should not make presumptions about how people choose their hifi or choose it on how we would, but give advice based on best of all worlds.
  9. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    I’m sorry uzzy but you’ve no idea where the pre amp is in the system, how it fits in. Nor does anyone else except Indus.
  10. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    Perhaps then go for a different design of speaker. If you perhaps equate increasing speaker size with sound quality and to get a bigger sound, which I would too, but maybe look to smaller speakers that trade this for more accuracy and timing and dynamics. It gets harder and harder to achieve this as you go big, so you probably need to spend a lot more again to get an upgrade over what you have. I’d look to medium size single bass driver floorstanders.
  11. QuestForThe13thNote

    Can you rely on trade hifi reviews?

    It doesn’t so much matter how many stars as its a subjective review. It’s what the comparison is to another product ie 3 to 4 stars etc, that’s tells you where they hold the product. And you will get two people reviewing two bits of kit with one give 4 and another 5 as sq is subjective too.
  12. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    It was on Jason Kennedy’s system I think George, but I didn’t have a reference on my own stuff so equally i could like it, such is the fickle nature of hifi.
  13. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    Sound quality is very much flavour which pertains to quality. Like the flavour of laphroaig to bushmills. I know what you are getting at though. But sound quality has to be subjective. It’s like taste.....If you eat a lot of spicy food you can damage your sense of taste. When I was in Mexico last year I was listening to a lot of Michael Bolton.
  14. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    I think I heard the allegri on someone’s system I know. Trying to remember but he had either the avm pa 8.2 connected up to power amps or an atc intergrated , both on fact 12s, and the allegri just totally lost something in tone and as if it was a bit flat.
  15. QuestForThe13thNote

    What's the best SS pre amp you've heard?

    I definetly don’t think the speakers are ones to change as they look very good quality indeed. If you’ve spent that much on speakers you’ve probably got there through upgrades and it’s a sound you really want and thus you likely won’t get ‘gains’ changing speakers but just something different. Particularly for a class of this type of speaker at that price.