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About martinm

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    St Albans
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  • Turn Table
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    AN ARM1/2 DV10x5
  • SUT / Phono Stage
  • Digital Source 1
    SB Touch
  • Digital Source 2
    Pioneer DV 868
  • DAC
    DAC 3.1x
  • Integrated Amp
    Oto SE
  • Pre-Amp
    AV: Denon X7200W
  • Power Amp/s
  • My Speakers
    Heco Direkt
  • Headphones
    SUB SVSSB2000
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. Heco Direkt demo

    I suppose the only other thing is on the odd occasion you are over here is to give those of us that own a pair a shout. It may be that you can at least hear in a home environment even if not your own. Failing that it will be tacking I punt I guess.Very happy with mine on a 10w SET. Proper bass, lovely big open sound, and unfussy placement. If you like the looks ( which I do ) then you'll likely be pleased. Though I've no idea how they would compare to your current speakers!
  2. Was all going well until I plugged my stuff back in. I can't downsize based on what I heard. I could have done a sideways move as my DAC into the elicit r sounded very very nice. The Brio is a fabulous little amp for the money, lovely mid range but a little closed in at the top and bottom compared to the more expensive amps. The Naim Atom I think is going to fly out of the door. It's stunning in the flesh and sounds very good. Extremely even handed and it's only in comparison to my current kit (and my objectivity) it sounded a bit sterile. I did have a few connectivity issues but I suspect this was to do with my network. I did nearly swing for the Atom. It is brilliant, easy to use, and totally won over my better half. She came out with a classic when I was dithering. "Who makes it; Naim? Well, it's hardly sh*t then is it!" Made me laugh. She conceded that my current system sounded nicer I learned that I'm unable to take a step back, despite the gear all sounding good I can't do it. I think having spent so long getting it to this point I just can't do it. I've also put myself in a position where I'm probably going to have to spend MORE money as having used the Atom "a streamer thingy with a screen would be very nice. Oh and you'll need to get rid of that CD player if you are keeping those boxes, as your current one looks horrible." She's not wrong the big old DVD is silver to an otherwise black system, and rather large. Works nicely as a transport mind.
  3. and back on Think the newness of the Atom is causing a few demand issues
  4. Looks like this weekend is now off (dealer canceled it) so the wait continues.....
  5. Finally about to start deming. Rega Brio and Naim Atom this weekend. Two very different items but figured it was somewhere to start, and if I'm honest I'm intrigued by the Naim box. Something I could possibly justify on looks alone. If it sounds decent then it could win based on that and the swiss army knife factor. I'm interested to hear what the little Brio might be able to achieve. I don't expect it to sound as good as my current kit but I am hoping it may have that Rega trait of just sound very very listenable. if it does it may be hard to see past the cost ( could add an Apollo and something like the Auralic to do streaming for a very compact system)
  6. 2 different things you are dealing with; 4K and HDR. 4K is number of pixels and this will be determined as to how close you sit to the screen as to if it's worth it or not ( as has been mentioned) HDR is different, its to do with peak brightness and the levels displayed between white(bright) and black(dark). Things encoded in HDR are supposed to give a much better and brighter range of colours (I say supposed to as I've not seen it yet for myself) People say that they've been more impressed with HDR than they have with 4K. As I understand it though HDR is only currently available on UHD bluray ( so 4k!) and on streaming such as netflix and Amazon). No doubt Sky will follow suit at some point It looks very much like if you want HDR you'll be getting a 4K tv by default
  7. ahh so it does - use mine in the av setup. annoying! JL audio (as has been mentioned) keep cropping up as small and powerful. Another here
  8. I run an SVS SB2000. which I got in preference to a BK as it is very compact for a 12 inch sub. It's maybe not a beast that some of the others suggested but it's pretty good for the price. Others to maybe check are M&K, XTC or Adrenal. These have a good rep too
  9. if it's small you need this one may do.
  10. Great. I'm hopefully listening to the new kit next month, will give you a shout after and let you know what I decide to do
  11. Hi Simon, If I do the deed I'll give you shout - if you are still up the road from me I can always bring it over for you have listen to in your system or you are welcome to mine.
  12. I'm going to be listening to few new bits in the next couple of months with the intention on downsizing my kit to reapportion to my AV. If I can bring myself to do it (and it's a big if!) then my 3.1X will be up for sale. I was told by AudioNote ( three years ago when I purchased it) it would sit somewhere between the DAC2.1x/II Balanced and the DAC3.1x/II Balanced so may be of interest?
  13. Check out seating options too. Good home cinema seating can hold your popcorn and massage your butt Helps get your room layout sorted and the decor police get to have some input. If I was doing it now I'd probably be looking at a Mk speaker set up on an Anthem receiver. Other options aplenty but that would be good start IMO. Check out any fire regs on cabling and speakers locally if putting in walls and ceilings
  14. I'm lucky enough to have to an av system and separate HiFi system. Both of which impress and sound fantastic ( audiophillia nerversia aside) but I still cannot get over the sound from a a diamond and a bit of plastic. It's f'ing bonkers that a bit of crappy plastic being dragged over by a diamond sounds so f'ing awesome (sometimes). Honestly blows my tiny mind
  15. My direkts are up against the wall (with toe in). They sound light and airy but with deep bass. Probably a good match for the sound the want but not sure if the bass might aggravate the neighbours and what the impact of the sofa might be.