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samd

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About samd

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    Junior Wammer

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  • Location
    Chesterfield
  • Real Name
    Sam

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  • Digital Source 1
    Oppo 203
  • Digital Source 2
    Cambridge CXN
  • Integrated Amp
    Anthem AVR
  • My Speakers
    Q Acoustics C 500
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Keep us posted - looks an interesting ride!
  2. Jules I know this was not the main part of your underlying reason for change but is it not the case that the non-stereo separate amps in an AVR will not be using any power at all when, for example, a TV is outputting in stereo within a 5.1/7.1 system? Admittedly, though, the power supply would permit greater headroom for the stereo in such a situation?
  3. Not really but they are STILL showing passages of play that astound me!
  4. I hesitate to write this cos I'm a firm believer that the much improved performance, following changes, I have experienced with my 500s, could well be down to the acoustics of my room and may well not follow through in another environment. However... .. on first acquiring them (replacing C40s) I had them about 30cm from rear wall (using half bungs) and around 2m apart. The sound was excellent and for many a while, I was over the moon with them. Following a slight change around with other things in the room, I increased them to just about 3m apart with about 10 degrees toe in and 30cm to rear (as before) and the soundstage improved significantly. I was fair smacked in the gob as they say! The left speaker is quite close to the wall showing no detriment. I am thrilled with mine but as mentioned earlier, they will show up poor recordings but, apparently that's to be expected.
  5. Exactly - shoe size not mentioned!
  6. Adna, Kristina Train, Eva Cassidy, Beth Rowley, Fenne Lily, Our Nora, Elkie Brooks
  7. Yes, it does look a nice place!
  8. Truly brilliant catch!
  9. Straight answer for me is 'Yes'. Very similar in many respects (for me) to increasing standards for car purchases. As earning power increases over time, better cars show better performance and that becomes the new benchmark to improve on. Still looking for a car capable of cornering on 2 wheels.
  10. Another long shot may be someone here with a 3d printer?
  11. Very useful - thanks. Did you notice I said tow-in - that's the caravanner in me!
  12. Fred Drift but hey ho! How much have you messed about with tow-in please? I've tried a few angles but still keep coming back to firing straight ahead which, for me, gives a slightly better sound stage. Maybe I should re-run room correction after every move but I have little time left over after turd-polishing
  13. That's interesting and a darn good job we're not all the same! Big is certainly the case but the style was a clincher for both of us - I water at the mouth without turning them on (or me!). A negative I have not mentioned is their ability to identify poor recordings more readily. I have tried re-flac-ing and pushing the cd through Oppo and neither work. Luckily only on a few Cds and none are favourites.
  14. 500's are excellent! I, in a previous life(!), spent hours and far too much money in mainly a duty-free environment chasing hifi excellence with a divorce putting an end to all that but left that era with a bit of knowledge of speakers. Determined this time not to step on same treadmill but have gone through the QA range (3010s, Concept 40s and now 500s) and I think they are all real value for the cost. I also recognise that my Anthem Room Correction has helped significantly.
  15. Very much like yourself in space etc restrictions and have sold off 2 channel amp, previous AVR etc in favour of current setup taking on both duties. I also have the 20s as rears but no atmos. No regrets whatsoever and the clincher, for me, is that I have no desire to do any further upgrades (at the moment!!)