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    Linn Akurate DSM (3)
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  1. Pedro2

    To preamp or not

    There used to be a long running debate on the Linn forum regarding the merits or otherwise of adding a preamp to their streamers where most employed dvc. Many argued that dvc at lower volumes led to a degradation of sound quality. Since the introduction of their latest Katalyst dacs, this no longer appears to be an issue. I currently use an Akurate (Kat version) controlling a pair of active speakers using dvc and the sound quality is excellent at all volumes. The pre Kat streamer could sound a little uninvolving at lower volume levels but I’ve no idea if this was down to problems with dvc or other factors. edit - Forgot to mention that Linn no longer supply analogue preamps as they are convinced that their dvc based streamers have made them redundant.
  2. Pedro2

    Impressions of KEF LS50?

    I also heard them under less than ideal conditions. If I remember rightly, it was a branch of Superfi and they were being driven by a Roksan amplifier. They may have been on stands (can’t remember) and the room was a narrow rectangle packed with kit. They sounded ok but boomy and I was looking for a monitor type speaker that wouldn’t emphasise bass. I do remember the big sound, however as well as their ability to project the music into the room. I wasn’t allowed to bring them home for a trial so they remained in the shop and my wallet remained closed! I ended up with a pair of ATC SCM11 that I did audition at home (thanks to a different retailer) but since then, have always wondered what the LS50 would have sounded like; particularly on good, heavy stands and with the Linn Space room correction system taming any wayward bass boom or high frequency edge.
  3. Pedro2

    Snake oil

    I think you're best dropping it carefully into your ears . It will undoubtably alter sound quality - for better or worse; take your pick!
  4. Pedro2

    Nord Upgrade board

    Owned a Nord amplifier before going active. It drove a pair of ATCs with consummate ease and was highly transparent. My dealings with Colin echo the above. The latest upgrade must be very,very good if it improves on previous excellent sound quality. These amps are well worth a listen , especially if you've never heard Class D at it's present day best. Also provide amazing value for money.
  5. Another option would be non Linn actives (not aktivs). I can strongly recommend Acoustic Energy AE1a. They sound superb and are amazing value for money.
  6. Pedro2

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    Just noticed that Colin from Nord Acoustics is now selling the RME ADI-2 DAC along with his excellent Hypex based amps. I imagine that the combination of the two would be something special. Apologies if this has already been mentioned earlier in the thread as I've not read it all. However, this discussion is hyperlinked on the Nord site.
  7. Pedro2

    CD Alive and Well?

    You are almost certainly right although their last ever CD player (CD12) garnered great reviews and is still regarded by some as a classic so the decision must not have been taken lightly.
  8. Pedro2

    CD Alive and Well?

    Or why a ripped file can sometimes sound better than CD - Linn stopped making CD players some years ago.
  9. Pedro2

    CD mats- WTFoo?

    Think I once placed one of these inside the cd drawer of a computer when I was ripping the CD. The computer ate the cd and mat. A complete waste of time ...... and money.
  10. Pedro2

    Amp recommendations for up to £3k for magnepans

    You could try one of these. I had one of the power amps and it was brilliant. Absolutely bags of power, will handle difficult speaker loads and sounds excellent: http://www. Reviews include users who’ve moved from some big Type A and AB amps with favourable results. If your interest is piqued, give Colin a ring. He’s a good bloke.
  11. Pedro2

    My First Streaming experience.

    Spotify appeared to trial CD quality some time ago but I’ve all but given up on this becoming an option. This is a pity as we use Spotify everywhere (main home system, dining room and kitchen through Gramofons and even in our cars). We have made numerous playlists over the years and find Spotify’s interface as well as their catalogue very good. I appreciate that Tidal and Qobuz will give better SQ but a second monthly subscription is pushing the boat out a little too far at present. Is there anyone using both out there?
  12. Pedro2

    My First Streaming experience.

    Maybe I should have said, it took ME a serious amount of money to better it as I went from a squeebox touch (I upgraded the duet) to a Linn Majik. Didn’t plan to buy the Linn however as I went into the shop to buy a new amp (Rega or Naim).
  13. Pedro2

    My First Streaming experience.

    The Squeezebox Duet was an amazing piece of kit and incredible value for money. It took serious money to better it!
  14. Pedro2

    superfi gone under?

    I actually remember a friend of mine working at the Nottingham branch way back in the late 70s when we were both at the Uni together. The place was then rammed with the top kit of the day including IMF transmission line monitors. Am I correct in thinking that Nottingham was where it all started for Superfi? Anyway, he dropped out of Uni and went into hi fi sales. This latest news is rather sad and I must admit to being hit by nostalgia! Days of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (on its release) and Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, The Doors and Neil Young all played through big, serious kit. I know that Superfi changed a lot in the intervening years but back then, they had some top notch equipment.
  15. Pedro2

    My First Streaming experience.

    Spotify Premium (about a tenner a month) sounds rather good played through a top notch streamer (that has Spotify Connect built in) and a pair of quality active speakers. I've got to say that Spotify is used over 70% of the time now in our household. The rest of the time is either internet radio (25%) and very occasionally, I'll stream from a network attached storage device that holds CD rips in FLAC. Once in a blue moon, I'll stream something in HD from the NAS but I never bought that much as I didn't think the additional cost over CD was worth it in terms of sound quality improvements. Just noticed that you've got an LP12 so you'll know what Linn think about digital music reproduction!