nomore landings

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    Marantz SA14S1se
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    Marantz PM14S1se
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    Dali Rubicon 6 GAIA3
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    Wireless streamers.

    Hi PP, FWIIW, had a similar experience auditioning the Rubicons with Cambridge electronics - was shocked as already owned Opticon 6s.The demo room/setup was poor. A home demo fixed that and they continue to delight. the RS installer/salesman then bought some himself. Agree with others and a home demo with your own kit is the only way to eliminate all the other many variables. I had a Squeeze box touch for many years - feeding my Marantz via coax.Mainly listened to internet radio as prefer the silver disk. Have considered a relatively posh streamer, but adding its cost to Tidal/Qoboz subscriptions buys an awful lot of Cds and SACDs. Will continue to rotate through the various free offers to check out new music - Spotify now has one for 99p for 3 months following Tidal's similar deal! I now use my iPad to stream Radio Paradise into the SA14s "ipod optimised" usb. The FLAC stream is superb and yesterday was updated to add ALAC lossless. A bonus is that thus connected, the stop/play/skip on the remote controls the app - skipping tracks on radio is an added and welcome bonus. IMHO streaming is dependant on many factors, bandwidth, ethernet/wifi stability, bluetooth, airplay but mostly the DAC you feed. Add in MQA (not heard personally) and there is plenty to ponder. Good luck. Blurry photo of my streamer: SQ superb!
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    Just bought an MK/Duraplug 4-way extension with £31 off.

    sorry, second, in focus, photo was not allowed so joke a little flat. Bye and happy listening To answer the quiz, Sweet Child in Time, Deep Purple at the beeb, 1970 - not quite 4K !
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    Just bought an MK/Duraplug 4-way extension with £31 off.

    Hi Uzzy I must put my hand up for having the temerity to post on Chebby's thread, having borrowed some power cables. Little did I know that it would generate so much discussion. All, Having grown up with a hifi enthusiast dad and owned my own since 1973, I am fairly capable of discerning a change or improvement in what I hear. I played 3 SACDs today, Norah Jones, Nick Drake and Dire Straits - all superb recordings. I have absolutely no doubt about the effectiveness of the cables, but no clue as to how that is achieved and really do not care. "Fit and forget" items, as are interconnects, isolation feet and bass traps. That the music is beautiful is all that matters. There are posters who only post with direct experience and then there are the dogmatic naysayers for whom I have little time, especially when they resort to childish insults to boot. Expressing opinion as fact was a common irritant on the WHF forum which seems to have found its way over here. Shame, so I'm bowing out. For the hard of understanding, here is pictorial evidence: Before new cables:
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    Just bought an MK/Duraplug 4-way extension with £31 off.

    The power of anti-placebo. After all if you know you can't hear a difference you won't! Thanks. far more subtle that my full scale troll mitigation response! Hi Rabski, Agreed that the flowery marketing language leaves a lot to be desired from this California based company and that to my mind, even a grand for a power block is ludicrous. Despite Muck spreader's dismissive questioning of my hearing capability, to my ears their £179 mains cable is money well spent. A month ago I would have sided with the cynics. Possibly the ability to drain RFI to earth? Don't really care, the proof is in the pudding, as my gran used to say. More effective on my all analogue amp that the digital bits, but would have guessed that from a career in aviation. Much effort is spent on shielding much of the @100 miles of wiring on a 747 and for good reason.
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    Just bought an MK/Duraplug 4-way extension with £31 off.

    FWIIW, Apart from a couple of Tacima blocks for AV and hifi, I have only ever used OEM supplied power cords. A call from a local dealer tried to sell me an Audioquest Niagra? power block. A snip at £800 reduced from £999 - not including the power leads. I politely refused his kind offer. However, I do respect his advice, having installed my Rubicons and then buying a pair himself. He suggested trying the new Audioquest NRG Z3s on 30 day trial. Despite very low expectancy, the difference is very obvious and they are not going back. A mains cable agnostic converted! The last meter can make a difference, which I find hard to believe coming from a technical background. Edited to add; no in room wifi devices or switch mode wall warts and power cables already routed away from speaker cable/interconnects. No induction loops. I was very happy with my system and not looking for improvements or upgrades as none required.
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    Blank Canvas

    +1 Marcus. I have just purchased several new SACDs at a premium over CD. Money well spent for my future listening pleasure. Given your "Blank Canvas" situation, I would probably abandon discs and go for Tidal/MQA.
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    Blank Canvas

    Left field option - especially if considering class d amps. Active floor standers - although I have little personal experience John Darko has recently reviewed several new models: DALI Calisto 6 would be in budget with the wireless hub and BlueIOS streaming module. Does MQA first unfold, but not second if that is an issue.Analogue input for future TT. I admit to a strong DALI bias! https://www.dali-speakers.com/loudspeakers/callisto/callisto-6-c/ Elac Navis -Class A/B amps https://www.elac.com/product/navis-arf-51/ Also updated Dynaudio XEO, LS50s + sub
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    Bass gone south

    Hi Pomster, A great shame to have high quality equipment like yours and not enjoy the delivery. I also have Danish floor standers with a hybrid ribbon tweeter and agree with MF1000 that a little toe in can improve matters - even in defiance of DALI's advice! Looking at your photo, it might deflect more of the output from the rear port into the alcove. I have used acoustic foam in the past placed against the wall behind the speaker ports and found to be much more effective than bungs. I now have very effective GIKs but obviously not an option for you, but agree with others that any repositioning out into the room will likely bring the biggest improvement. I remain amazed after 45 years of hifi ownership how even small adjustments to positioning can have a significant effect on performance. Also agree with elimination of floor-born vibration and can recommend GAIAs but are not a cheap solution. The suggested granite block with rubber type feet instead of spikes might be a good cost effective start. The other non-bass suggestions of isolating your electronics are sound(sic) as would be distancing them if possible from horrendously 'noisy' router and telephone with their wallwart switching power supplies. I appreciate that we all struggle with domestic restrictions on locating our gear and life is always a compromise. Room nodes are another problem and here is an excellent youtube video on speaker set up by the top man at Dynaudio - another Dane! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b1W7QgqhR8
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    Whatever happened to DAB?

    Look no further than New Labour. Minister T Jowell decided, in her infinite wisdom, not to adapt the superior DAB+ in favour of retaining horrible low bit rate DAB in the UK. Not the only example of dumbed -down quantity over quality decisions with dire long term consequences. Meanwhile Radio Paradise, which thankfully moved location prior to the tragic fire that destroyed the town of that name in northern California, is a trail blazer for high fidelity radio streaming. Launched 18 months ago, their app supports lossless FLAC and very good it is too, IMHO. No adverts or moronic DJs. You can also download 6 hours of content to play off line on the beach or in the car and 320AAC streams live via 4G. Hi Uzzy, I stream RP using my iPad into the Marantz SA14S1se's DAC. Cheap solution and excellent SQ. Also same method into Denon AVR6200x - much better SQ than inbuilt MP3 vtuner.
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    CD Alive and Well?

    Agree. Subjective, as always, but listened yesterday to Dire straits Sultans of Swing streamed as FLAC to Marantz's USB DAC input and the remastered CD played immediately after was noticeably more dynamic and detailed to my ears ( My original 1980's Cd would have comfortably lost). Same DAC etc so true A/B. SACD offers an even great dynamic range and analogue "feel". NB I do not own a quality streamer, but bits are bits according to some! USBs generally noisy as also a power lead? Agree whiteheart.Refreshing.
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    MGTOW

    Thanks bigfool. Saddled with a head full of technical acronyms, the Bohemian alternative had passed me by!
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    MGTOW

    Left-field question Would that acronym be: Max Gross Take Off Weight?
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    Marantz Premium Products Anyone ?

    Congrats on your purchase - cannot fault them and doubt if the se version is worth the hassle of exchange. The new Ki Rubys copy the SA&PM 10s in embracing very different technology. The SAs up-convert everything to high speed DSD which negates the need for a conventional DAC.(PS audio was first!) The PMs are class D Nord hypex 500s - a big departure from our A/Bs.The PM10 uses 2 modules per channel and the KIs one. I briefly heard the 10s with some Sopras - huge soundstage and very detailed, but in the immortal words of Kenny Everitt - I suspect too mucking fuch for my room!
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    So, if you could go back in time...

    My 4000DS also sat in a box from the late 70s until a few months ago when I gave it to a guy that installed a dishwasher. I then checked ebay prices -Doh! At least gone to an enthusiast and looked mint. Many thanks for that ad from 73. I bought the B&O Beomaster & Gram -1200 I think in that year. Plus Celestion Ditton 25s. Had long forgotten the price, but was probably best measured by how many double shifts and Sundays I worked at my local hospital! A year or two later, my mate bought the same with B&O speakers - still has it in his flat in HKG but has now got the Beomaster 4000 with the fancy tangental arm. To answer the headline question - believing the hype in 1983 and spending big on a Cd player and dozens of now unlistenable CDs. Out went my Vinyl collected over 15 years. Doh again! First press Led Zep 1-4, sticky fingers with the denim and zip, and many more.
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    Top 3 changes to your system in 2018

    Pleased the Marantz duo fit the bill - certainly keeping mine and will probably out-last me! Moved listening room from upstairs suspended floor to former dining room with solid walls/floor. Took a surprising amount of tweaking and adjustment, but singing beautifully now. Swapped QED performance for Chord Clearway. Replaced acoustic foam bass traps with GIK Tri Trap - sonic and aesthetic improvement. Tidal 3 months trial for £1.99 - enjoying long forgotten music from my youth, including Ten Years After, Blodwyn Pig, King Crimson, Atomic Rooster and Fairport Convention. Alvin Lee sure could play, ditto Mick Abrahams, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. Sandy Denny beautiful vocals - must listen more