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  1. I think the build quality of Naim stuff is incredible. The Uniti Nova especially, is a lovely piece of brutalist kit. But at least with the speakers I demoed with, I found Naim stuff a bit brittle and forward sounding. And too expensive for what it is. On the plus side, It's foot tapping and engaging. They do seem to get an incredibly loyal, if polarised following though.
  2. I wish I'd given the LS50 Wireless an audition now, as I've been so impressed with the LSX in a bedroom setup. They suffer none of the faults (to my ears) of the passive LS50s, in the setup I demoed them in many years ago, or the R3s I demoed with various amps more recently. If the LS50W are a more dynamic, bigger sounding LSX then they should be amazing. But whether the LS50W is voiced like the LSX, I'm not sure. From what I've read, the LS50W are more airy, bright and less warm/smooth.
  3. Thanks for the tip. Just ordered the dedicated stands (not cheap at £300!). May get a sub in due course, although love the current depth and tautness of it just on their own. But as you say, it would open up the mid range a bit too.
  4. I know what you mean - if I go back down the "proper" setup route again in the future, definitely going to explore the more moderate, old school sound like Harbeth, Stirling, Graham Audio etc. Reckon in time, that modern hifi may end up evolving back to that style of sound again?
  5. I’ve demoed a fair few speakers (with various amps) over the last few months, convinced I was that I wanted to upgrade from my previous set up of Kef R100 / Arcam A19: Spendor A4 Dynaudio Special 40 PMC 21 PMC 22 Kef R3 Kef R5 Q Acoustics Concept 300 B&W 700 series Dynaudio Evoke 10 ATC SCM11 Russell K red 50 (wanted to demo some Harbeths but couldn’t find an easily accessible dealer; I suspect though they could be too far the other way for me, as I listen to a variety of music, with classical, Jazz and singer/songwriter probably being the least listened to) A couple stood out, leading to further home & shop demos and lengthy yo-yoing between them. But even with demoing with a variety of amps within budget, there was just something not right (realised more in hindsight), that didn’t really click at the time. The top 3 (Dyn S40s, Kef R3/R5 and Q Acoustics Concept 300s) all excelled at a smooth, detailed presentation, albeit all tuned slightly differently, excelling in different respects. But it was all just a bit ‘hifi’, too spotlit on detail for my tastes. Bass too, was just a bit fatiguing; I learned that I have no need for deep frequencies – taut and tuneful, but reasonably rolled off is fine with me. In the mids/highs, everything was simply too clean and explicit. Sure, different amps made a bit of difference, but the general character of the presentations remained. I found myself getting quite jaded with the whole thing. Here I was, willing (but somewhat reluctant) to shell out between £3,500 - £4,500 for the total set up, and for that sort of money wanted to be delighted, wondering why I ever sold my previous set up and feeling that I was falling down the rabbit hole somewhat. It also felt an excessive amount to spend, especially after my old car recently died. As a stop gap, I therefore decided to jack it in for now and just buy a wireless speaker for background music; maybe I’d revisit the ‘proper’ hifi thing if I ever move house with a dedicated listening room and no neighbours. Considered an Audio Addon C3, but just took a punt on a pair of Kef LSX after hearing good things, and really didn’t expect too much. To my great surprise, they have been absolutely superb. They aren’t as detailed as the Kef R3/R5. The soundstaging isn’t as vast. They aren’t as neutral or faithful to source. The highs are slightly less refined perhaps, but are very close, the bass doesn’t go anywhere near as deep. They sound generally a bit smaller/closed in. The dynamic shifts and slams aren’t as great. So on paper, they are the notably ‘worse’ speaker. But… Despite having metallic drivers, powered by internal Class D amplification, they sound seductively smooth, analogue and rich. The midrange may not be strictly neutral, but it’s got such an inviting warmth to it. Back to back with the Kef R series, and the latter sound cleaner, more pristine (and more neutral) in the midrange, but with a subtly clinical, thin and metallic edge. The highs too, whilst smooth on the R3s / R5s, to me sound a bit more unnatural and tinny; I find the LSX’s highs sweeter and easier to listen to. The bass of the LSX may not go as deep (a good thing in my book, in this bedroom setup), but it is well integrated, always taut, punchy and agile – and that is placed on a sideboard! On dedicated stands, they will improve further. They are still excellent in terms of detail retrieval, dispersion and soundstaging (so retain the virtues of modern speakers), but accompany this with a romantic/euphonious, smooth and warm tone across the frequency range that makes listening to a wide variety of music pleasurable. Voices sound stunning and are nicely projected. I don’t find myself avoiding certain recordings, or occasionally wincing at the in your face detail of more resolving speakers. They are just fun, forgiving and pleasurable to listen to and I catch myself just enjoying the music more, without analysing the sound. As above, they aren’t strictly neutral – clearly there is some tuning going on, with the internal amplification and digital processing. So it’s not exactly purist hifi, but it sounds good! The tiny size, being able to move them round the house easily, great looks and complete avoidance of a separate amp/streamer are the icing on the cake. Ok, so the app isn’t the most intuitive, there can be some frustrations with this, but to me that’s a compromise I’m willing to make. I suppose it’s partly a matter of expectations – at £925 (with a discount code online), maybe it’s the performance per pound and lack of accompanying buyers remorse that has swayed me slightly here. But they are without a doubt, the most enjoyable hifi solution I’ve listened to this year. IMO, Kef excels when they take the edge off a bit. The Kef R100s were the same years back – they were in most ways, ‘worse’ than the LS50s at the time, but their warmer, more laid back and forgiving nature won me over in the end. So it’s interesting that they release the LSX today with similar tuning in mind – I had assumed they’d strive across the ranges to get closer and closer to the immensely detailed and resolving reference series, via trickle down technology. Personally though, I see it as a virtue when manufacturers deliberately voice certain ranges differently.
  6. Exposure 3010s2D supposedly pairs very well with Spendor. At 110W per channel (although outputs nearer 135W in lab tests) it should be more than powerful enough.
  7. Excellent, thanks. Yeah I did notice in the conditions (who I used before) seemed pretty useless in coverage, yet also far more expensive!
  8. Anyone used Overland Express as a courier service for reasonably valuable hifi equipment? The relatively low, fully insured prices (unlike most couriers, which don’t insure for damage, just loss) seem a bit too good to be true and far lower than UPS/DPD.
  9. Personally, I don't see a problem with them, quite simply because the quality of recordings varies massively. So why not take the edge off, especially in the treble for brightly or aggressively recorded tracks. I get the impression a few years ago, tone controls and EQ were a bit taboo, taking away from what the artist intended and reducing the quality of playback perhaps. Is that still the case, or are they more widely accepted these days? In terms of retaining sound quality (without adding artificial artifice, if that's a thing), what is the best route to it? I can see the Bluesound Node2i I've just bought has tone controls, but Spotify itself has EQ adjustment. I'd presume other apps may too, although not explored that yet. Or is some separate, dedicated app or peice of equipment best? Thanks
  10. Ha, thanks - will give the above mentioned a play around.
  11. Just got a Bluesound Node 2i, and it’s bloody brilliant. What are people's opinions on the best Internet Radio app for sound quality and ease of use?
  12. Surely wireless all in one speakers will be the future (for the majority of people) at some point – when the technology is there. It’s hard to imagine separates being able to offer (enough) of an advantage over them to warrant the clutter for most. A similar analogy is mobile phones, and their annoyingly good cameras. I bought a nice Fuji mirrorless camera a few years back, just for casual photography and occasional events. And the rift between that and the latest camera phones at the time was vast, and justified the inconvenience and bulk usually. Fast forward to 2019, and the latest camera phones are so good for the majority of everyday shots, and the difference relatively small compared to a decent mirrorless camera, that hauling one about often just isn’t worth the hassle in my view. Don’t get me wrong, they still have a definite edge and certainly for specialist photography, or for professionals shooting at events, a DSLR or mirrorless camera remain the only way to go. But that gap is narrowing all the time, meaning they become less and less meaningful or relevant for the masses. On topic, I think the B&W Formation Duo sound great for what they are, albeit a bit bright for my tastes. But they look absolutely hideous.
  13. Dimensions you mean? They're 19.8cm wide x 36cm high x 30.7cm deep. To get taught bass I found they needed a fair amount of space around them. Contour range (both old and new) do look great. And are supposed to go very well with Naim.
  14. Yeah @plasticpenguinit does seem to be a no brainer, but at 21.5cm wide and going even deeper than S40 in the bass (which need plenty of room to breath), I figured they'd be a step too far in a bedroom set up. Also at £1800, they're not that far off in price to S40s so personally I'd think the latter would be worth the extra spend.
  15. Had a demo of the Evoke 10s today, directly compared to the S40s. They’re lovely looking little speakers. Solidly built, no visible screws showing around the driver and decent quality finish on the walnut veneer. I was pretty impressed overall. They are relatively smooth-sounding and detailed. There’s no sense of boxiness or nasal sound to the midrange and the tone is as expected; very natural. Bass went deeper than expected, although I detected a bit of bloom to the upper bass, presumably to help flesh out the sound a bit. Highs were smooth and detailed – perhaps not quite as smooth as the S40s, but not far off. The S40s remain the better speaker though. They’re more airy and detailed up top, more dynamic, more detailed in the mids, slightly better soundstaging. They go a lot deeper in the bass too and just feel generally less compressed. I would also say they are marginally more forward, but retain the same overall smooth, detailed and natural presentation. Perhaps it is unfair comparing a £1,250 speaker to a £2,500 one, but while the above might read that there a significant qualitative differences, they were still relatively subtle, especially when factoring in the price difference.