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  1. Thank you timster. I subscribe to Qobuz and cannot find anything on their site about recording streams. I want to avoid anything illegal but all I get from web searches is that this is a "grey area". Some talk about "fair use" but cannot find a solid or consistent definition for this. I think I will have to send a question to Qobuz. Thanks again
  2. Hello. Does anyone know if you can record streaming output from the Selekt? I can record from my PC and it is legal for home use. I get really annoyed when some of my favourites disappear randomly from streaming sites even though I am paying for the privilege!
  3. P not really sure what this means. Possibly a bit technical for me! Is it: Pissed (I don't drink any more - used up my allowance too quickly) Perversion (sex with your shoes on and no partner) Pillock (ok. you think my ideas are funny) Anyway since my last note said dealer emailed me and said demo was on if I was seriously interested in buying as he did not want to open the box. A fair point as some people may go for a listen then buy cheaper online. I would never do this as it would be neither honest nor fair and both need protection in our strange world. I will let you know what I think of the Ardens when I have heard them. Appreciate that big drivers like these need a while for the bass (in particular) to shine but so long as the essential Tannoy sound is there I will be happy.
  4. Good morning. A little update and a couple of questions! I am enjoying my search and have bought an Audiolab 8000c to go with the Radford at least on a temporary basis. Will from Radford Revival suggested this and as it was a bargain, I just did it! I am still very keen to hear the Legacy Arden before going further but am really struggling to get my closest dealer to bite my hand off. This leads to my first question as I have had no involvement with dealers for over 20 years. If you are offering to spend at least £12k would you expect a dealer to get the equipment in for audition especially as the equipment is listed for sale. I am told that the speakers I want to hear are not in the demo room and no idea when they will be in! Have times changed and am I being unrealistic. The 2nd and related question concerns a pair of Ardens on Ebay (am I allowed to say this?) It is marked as new but "B" stock. I contacted the seller company to request photo's of the cabinets but was told the Ardens were sent by Tannoy in sealed boxes to be sold at discount and therefore no further information was available. The dealer seems to be well respected and sell some really high end stuff (i.e very expensive!). Given they are still approaching £5k is it unreasonable to expect further details or do people really buy what my mum called "a pig in a poke". Sorry if these are silly questions but I am so out of touch with the modern world. Hope everyone has a lovely day - sun is shining in Bromyard so weeding calls!
  5. Forgot to say that I currently live 3 miles from Bromyard but will be moving to Worcester later this year. I suspect that there will be good dealers in Birmingham. I have thought long and hard about vintage equipment but for me, this would bring a host of potential problems that I want to avoid. Thank you so much for advice so far. I have taken the plunge and ordered a new Radford 25 from Radford Revival. I did this because it is so well constructed, very good value and, most importantly, pairs with the Tannoy sound perfectly. I had a chance to hear this combination but using rebuilt 70's 12" HPD's. I was listening to Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy and I could hear her cat purring! I am still checking out the Tannoys and am going to audition some Ardens next week. The Linn Select or Akurate that I am keen on has an inbuilt pre-amp and dac and it seems like heresy to run a turntable into a digital path but I will wait and see if my ears detect anything. Two further questions arise 1. can anyone recommend a good valve based pre-amp that would pair with the Radfords without costing the earth. I am really into the sound rather than expensive bells and whistles. 2. it has been suggested that I cut my nostalgia for the LP12 and buy a new deck. This has to be a possibility but I have not looked at decks for 20 years and from a cursory look I am totally bewildered. I thought the Cambridge Alva looked intriguing and the Rega Planar 6 or 8. My maximum budget for a new deck would be £2k which would have to include tonearm and cartridge! Can anyone direct me a little please as I am still confused but at a much higher level than before I joined this forum. Very best wishes to everyone and I hope you are all getting this glorious sun.
  6. Hello Radiant Red. You are living in the past I am afraid. Bromyard now opens just one day a week on a random basis!
  7. Forgot to say that I currently live 3 miles from Bromyard but will be moving to Worcester later this year. I suspect that there will be good dealers in Birmingham. I have thought long and hard about vintage equipment but for me, this would bring a host of potential problems that I want to avoid. On another point, wino2020 mentions record cleaning. I have never seriously cleaned my vinyl and for some time have been looking at options. Superglue on the album does not appeal to me! I have been following the development of the Degritter ( and wondered whether anyone has any views on this. Apologies if this is slightly off topic but is part of the emerging master plan!
  8. Thank you so much to you all for the welcomes and the advice. I was dreading getting a message "total crap, you are banned from this forum!" When I first posted here I was confused: I am still confused but at a much higher level! A bit more background - I am moving house in 2 or 3 months so one of my priorities is a large room for my music, library and stamp collecting! Nostalgia - yes there is a bit of that but more to do with how the music felt to me at the time. Given all your comments I am still exploring and since posting I have: not given up on the Ardens but going to explore the Quad Esl - heard them 10 years ago and they were very fabulous and different. given the price and questions about the Quad 80/80 could anyone direct me to any sites that focus on their ability to drive Ardens or ESL looking at amp alternatives for both Arden and ESL and quite intrigued by the Radford Revival amps (thanks Eaton Mess) and I have written to them for more details. I remember Radfords being talked about in hushed and reverential tones. having been brought up despising integrated amps (bad parenting) I started researching these as an alternative and I am intrigued by the Peachtree Nova but perhaps 500 watts per channel is greedy!. Trouble is I am now trying to find out whether a class D amp is "better" than it used to be. also starting to question the streamer solution - it may be the Linn is too much for my needs as I am not interested in the Linn ecosystem in its totality. I obviously have a bit of time to explore and audition and whilst I have opened a little can of worms I am after the biggest and best worm in the can! Thanks again for your comments - they have been enormously helpful and I would welcome any further advice.
  9. Hi everyone. My first post here so please forgive any errors. I am 70, have problematic heart, ears not perfect and all bones crumbling and I want to end my days with beautiful music playing! My first system 50 years ago was Goldring deck, Quad 33/303, TEAC A450 cassette, Tannoy Lancaster speakers and Stax headphones. It was wonderful but 50 years later I have ended up with a great mishmash and want to start again. I have a budget of around £20k (lucky inheritance!) and have the opportunity to put cat cable all round the house. My sources are a) load of vinyl b) tons of stuff on QNAP Nas c) subscribed to Qobuz. Given my age and the nostalgia factor my new system looks like: Linn LP12 (already have) Quad 80/80 valve amp Linn DSM Akurate Tannoy Arden speakers Electrostatic headphones (Stax again?) I know that the only real test is to listen but before embarking on this I would really appreciate any advice on my proposed system. I like the Linn Akurate but do not want to go for an all Linn system as I particularly like the Quad amp and the Tannoys. Although I am technically quite competent the new world of streaming does cause me some headaches and it may be that the Linn is over-specced for my purposes. This will be my last system so I would like to get as much right from the start as I can. My musical tastes are quite eclectic but I am a child of the 60's so Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen pop up frequently! Many thanks.
  10. Hi gheckomist,

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