Nestor Turton

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About Nestor Turton

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    Nestor Turton
  • Birthday 01/05/1969

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    Agios Nikolaos
  • Real Name
    Nestor Turton

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    LP12
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    EKOS SE & Krystal
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Urika II
  • Digital Source 1
    JRiver Media Centre
  • Digital Source 2
    Chord Blu2
  • DAC
    Chord DAVE
  • Integrated Amp
    Chord Etude
  • Pre-Amp
    Akurate DSM/3
  • Power Amp/s
    Klimax Chakra Twin
  • My Speakers
    Spendor/Magnepan
  • Headphones
    Audeze LCD3
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I have two systems: upstairs and downstairs. Upstairs, I use Chord Electronics and play CDs: probably not very interesting, but I mention it so you know my Wigwam Info is not all connected as one very complicated system. Downstairs, I use Linn to play records. I have LP12 with Akurate Radikal, Keel, Ekos 2, Krystal and Urika Ii. I use a Blue Jeans Cables Cat 5e lead to connect to the Exakt connection on an ADSM/3 which has balanced Linn Silvers into a Klimax Kontrol, which drives a pair of Spendor D9 loudspeakers. I can also stream through the ADSM and use a Blue Jeans Cat 5e lead to connect it to a HP network switch, which connects to my home network. Streaming is from a Mac mini running JRiver Media Centre MC25 - my music files are 16 and 24 bit FLAC. Additionally I have a Blue Jeans Cables HDMI lead connecting HDMi ARC from my TV to the ADSM so I can send audio from Sky TV, DVDs and BluRays to my Linn system. I like Linn kit a great deal and always use Linn wires with it if Linn supplies them. However, there are no Linn network cables so I had to look elsewhere and settled on Blue Jeans Cables. I asked Linn if these were suitable and they said Yes. Hope that all makes sense.
  2. Cat 7 and Cat 8 are different from Cat 5 and Cat 6 - not better. They are data cable standards and different categories are suitable for different applications. One important factor is the quality of the cables and connectors (avoid metallic ones). The Linn Exakt application was designed and tested by Linn with qualified Cat 5e and Cat 6. Other cables may work, but are not endorsed by Linn. One fact is BJC Cat 5e measure better than AQ Vodka or Chord Sarum streaming cables. Whether you regard measurements as important is another matter, but my view is BJC Cat 5e and other Ethernet cables that pass Fluke tests are better than those that fail or barely pass. Linn appear to share this view by advocating qualified cables. Urika II is a wonderful phono stage by the way and has the potential to improve further through software updates. For instance, a click and pop filter, for those older less than pristine records.
  3. I use Blue Jeans Cables (BJC) for every patch lead I use on my network. I use BJC Cat 5e between Urika II and ADSM. BJC Cat 5e, 6 and 6a are fully qualified Fluke tested cables. The quality of construction and choice of connectors is also first class. I use BJC HDMI cables too. I wouldn’t use anything else. It does not surprise me you were unhappy with AudioQuest or Chord Company cables as I’ve tried both, not with Urika II, but between switch and streamer and after trying BJC quickly sent the audiophile cables back.
  4. We all have our own preferences so it’s definitely not disrespectful. Problems I sought to solve were ones such as Mothers, Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa and the Mothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats, Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, Captain Beefheart, Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. I felt the need to group these together in a similar way they used to in my local record store before it closed down. My drawer, folder structure is derived from tags. So my Kazoo view mirrors my directory structure. The advantage of tools such as J River MC and dBPowerAmp (didn’t know it could do it until Timster pointed this out), is once you get the tagging correct you can generate a filesystem that suits. So with tags in place you’re home and dry: any structure you want is a few clicks away.
  5. I don’t know if it will help, but J River MC can Move your music collection in to an organised file system if the metadata is sound. The details are here - https://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Rename,_Move,_and_Copy_Files i have my library as Genre/Album Artist/Album. My idea of Genre though is non-standard - Beatles is a Genre, under which I have albums by Beatles, John, Paul, George, Ringo, Wings, Plastic Ono Band etc., a bit like the good old fashioned record shop. For Classical music, I use the period as the Genre, the composer name as Album Artist and the title of the work as the Album, the tracks being the movements (the performers are track artists, but not reflected in my folder structure). You can use J River as a music server or you can ask MinimServer to index the files J River has organised. I’m not saying my scheme layout is better than an alternative, simply that it works for me. You can define your layout template in J River any way you wish. J River can also get artwork and metadata including lyrics for you and do audio analysis (dynamic range, peak levels, etc) - these data are then available for Kazoo or another client. My goal in doing this was to make it easy to find what I wanted to play both through metadata and folder view. I prefer it to Roon as it doesn’t have clutter such as reviews (no interest to me) or suggestions (unnecessary in my view). As I say, it works for me, but may not be for all. You could also use iTunes to organise your music, but annoyingly there is no FLAC support and it is not flexible, it’s Artist/Album. Whatever you use it relies on accurate metadata - for instance G Harrison, Harrison George and George Harrison are three different artists as far as most software is concerned. Programs like SongKong can sort that out for you.
  6. It is hard for anybody here to help as I doubt anybody else has seen the problem. Mine does not do that with the three 12 inch singles I have. If I were you I’d ask my dealer or mail Linn support. The flashing may indicate something such as it cannot maintain a stable speed, but that is my wild guess. Linn would know the real reason.
  7. I’m very wary of Naim boxes. I’m much happier with Linn. Naim boxes have noisy linear power supplies with transformers, which need powering on day and night. Result for me was glowing green lights and continuous loud buzz (from the kit, not through speakers). You can reduce the buzz with a DC blocker, but it got too much for me, especially when the SuperLine picked up radio stations. Naim maintains its power amps only go with its pre-amps. I have heard very good Naim systems, but Naim didn’t work well for me. My dealer worked hard to remedy the problems and came up with a final solution: why not try Linn - I did and now I’m very happy. That’s only my experience and you may find, with Kudos speakers, Naim works for you: I wouldn’t know as I use Spendor loudspeakers. So If you do go the Naim route then extended home audition is essential. As a piece of Naim kit that sounded wonderful at my dealer’s was problematic in my home. Contrariwise, a Naim piece that gave me problems, may sound superb in your home. The higher up the range you go, the more boxes and the greater the potential problems. So it may work and you’ll be ecstatic, but ...
  8. The need for wired home LAN may be off-putting for some potential customers so a wireless system is a good move. Linn has developed high quality systems that fit in with the domestic environment so it makes sense to have kit you can easily site.
  9. You can’t go wrong with either. I have a Majik DSM, but was very impressed with Linn Selekt at a Linn demo. See you’ve chosen a nicely matched Majik system. I have always found part exchanging kit works well, no hassle and decent price. You may get a slightly better price selling privately, but you may have to wait a while. I’d say between £300 and £400 would be reasonable.
  10. I don’t I use Chord Electronics as well as Linn Products. I find a nice Linn or Chord badge provides a bigger increase in sound quality than changing Ethernet cables. Sorry to be so controversial and yes I may be gullible, but I sure ain’t weird.
  11. BBC should be a subscription service. Those that want it pay the subs and old codgers like me who have no interest in watching BBC TV save £154. BBC is daft, you invent a name to use on its iPlayer apps, I wonder what they do they with that information about Victoria Queen? I can get what I listen to on BBC 4Xtra on Amazon Prime anyway: Hancock’s Half Hour, Journey into Space etc.,
  12. I have an original Seismic Sink and it works quite well, but it is not ideal for LP12. I think the Vulcan wall shelf is better, but have only heard it at a dealers and prefer not too install shelves at home. I did use a target shelf many years ago when I had a suspended floor and that was very good.