nsherin

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About nsherin

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  • Birthday 08/01/1980

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  • Location
    Portsmouth, UK
  • Real Name
    Neil

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  • Turn Table
    Rega P1
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB100/OM5e
  • Digital Source 1
    NAD C541i
  • Digital Source 2
    Sony MDS-JB980
  • DAC
    Project DAC Box E
  • Pre-Amp
    Quad 34
  • Power Amp/s
    Quad 306
  • My Speakers
    Q Accoustics 3020
  • Headphones
    AKG K550
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. The current setup - some second-hand stuff, some I've had since new: NAD C315 - £95 S/H NAD C541i - £115 S/H Pro-Ject Phono Box E - £40 New Rega P1 - £220 New - had for a few years Wharfedale Diamond 10.3 - £300 New - had for a few years Sony MDS-JB980 - using as a DAC - £260 New - had for a few years
  2. Another tape deck fan here. I've gone retro with the main rig and use a 1979 vintage Pioneer CTF-600. Even with current Maxell URs from Wilkinsons, it sounds pretty damn good. The bedroom system has a Denon DRS-610, which is a nice tray-loading deck. Personally, I prefer recording without Dolby to avoid recessed treble and lack of detail to my ears!
  3. nsherin

    What headphones???

    Interesting to read about the 'closed in' sound of the K550s. I've had a pair for a couple of years. Originally used them with an Arcam FMJ A18. I found them to sound a bit bass-light and recessed. Having changed amps after going vintage, I prefer the way my Pioneer SA-510 drives them - a fuller, bassier sound. All down to personal preference though, so I'd listen before you buy. Build quality is superb and I do find them comfy.
  4. Decided on a major change for the main rig and went down the vintage route: Out: Arcam FMJ-A18 Arcam DV-79 Arcam rDAC Arcam T-51 Denon DRS-610 Tascam DA-20mkII In: Cambridge Audio 640C Pioneer CT-F600 Pioneer SA-510 Rotel RT-426 The Sony MDS-JB980 is also used for DAC duties. Decided I wanted a warmer. vintage sound and have always loved the fluroscan displays on Pioneer kit. The Rotel tuner was donated by my new boss. We're going to swap out the yellow bulbs for blue LEDs.
  5. Got a pair of m70s in the bedroom system connected to my dad's old Yamaha receiver (a 1996 vintage tank). Great little speakers - had them since I got into hifi in 2002. Being front-ported, they are very unfussy about positioning,
  6. Got back into playing with cassette decks last year, which must be the first time since 1996, but I'd previously never owned a separates hifi deck. Now own two Denon tray-loading decks. Running a DRS-640 in the living room system (grabbed off eBay last year for £25). Managed to grab a DRS-610 for the bedroom system this year.
  7. Horrible styling - and I'm not normally one who is too fussy about that! Looks very 80s/90s cheap Matsui or not dissimilar to the 1996-vintage Sony CDP-XE330 in my bedroom rig (acceptable there - it's a budget CDP that is pretty solid for budget kit). However, that Arcam looks hideous and certainly not £2000 worth! A complete contrast to the FMJ series - the FMJ A18 was a £600 amp in it's day and looks very stylish. As do their older DiVA products too! Seriously, what were they thinking!
  8. Also worth looking at the Arcam FMJ A18 if you like classy build quality and a sound that errs on the edge of warm, Some say they are pipe and slippers sounding, some - myself included find them engaging with a wide range of music. Definitely worth a listen - I demoed mine against a Marantz PM6003 when buying and the Arcam won hands down. I've had mine over 4 years now and have absolutely no regrets!
  9. The K550s are stunning cans! I've worn mine in public a few times and to be honest, no one seems to bat an eye-lid. Love the sound of them - very open sounding, without being fatiguing, whilst that closed back design blocks out quite a bit of background noise. I use them at home for late-night listening with the Arcam, plus for audio editing on the PC. They also get a fair bit of use every one during my radio show at the local hospital radio station - we use some rather tasty Soundcraft broadcast desks there. Portable-wise, I've used them with an iPod Nano 4G (I think) plus a Sony MD player. Got mine off an ex-workmate for £90 after 4 hours use. He wanted to go for a set of Bose!
  10. Went back to a dedicated 2.1 stereo rig earlier this year. I use the system for 90% music, so the loss of the surround sound wasn't a big thing for me. Bought the Arcam FMJ A18 for its musical capabilities 4 years ago and it still sounds great. The pre-outs make integrating a sub nice and easy. Use a DV79 for DVD/CD use plus a PS3 for Blu-Ray use and an Apple TV for streaming into an rDAC.
  11. Running a P1 TT here with stock RB100 arm/Ortofon OM5e cart. Lovely bit of kit - a doddle to set up and I prefer it to my old Pro-Ject Debut II.
  12. Yep, the rDAC is a good call to partner with the A19 - had mine about 3 and a bit years (gosh is it that long!) and still love it. I'm actually going back to stereo - i.e. selling off the AV amp, centre and rears as I find music is the main use for the system, plus it reduces the box count. Having the A18 as the heart of the system is a good thing. Always fancied an Arcam tuner - bagged a T51 for £35 inc. postage off that well known auction site. Not a huge DAB fan, so my Denon TU-1800 will be sold soon. The Arcam has a slight scratch on the top front edge on the right but barley noticable when place in the rack. Matches the DV79/A18 too! HiFi Lounge - you've got that right about cable mountains. Once I sell the above surround stuff, I'm re-doing the cabling and swapping some other kit in/out. Not looking forward to it - it's a good few hours work! Then I'll do it all again later on in the year when I move in with my other half.
  13. Yep, the rDAC is a good call to partner with the A19 - had mine about 3 and a bit years (gosh is it that long!) and still love it. I'm actually going back to stereo - i.e. selling off the AV amp, centre and rears as I find music is the main use for the system, plus it reduces the box count. Having the A18 as the heart of the system is a good thing. Always fancied an Arcam tuner - bagged a T51 for £35 inc. postage off that well known auction site. Not a huge DAB fan, so my Denon TU-1800 will be sold soon. The Arcam has a slight scratch on the top front edge on the right but barley noticable when place in the rack. Matches the DV79/A18 too!
  14. Arcam's DV79 is a rather nice CD/DVD player - with upscaling to 1080P too over HDMI for AV duties. Lovely sound with CDs and is a great partner with their A18 amplifier. Both discontinued, but should be available for a decent price second-hand. DAC options - you'd be hard pressed to go wrong with an Arcam rDAC. I've found all of the above to be superb with a wide range of music.