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About Sir_Franc

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  • Location
    East Sussex
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  • Digital Source 1
  • DAC
  • Pre-Amp
    Pure Sound L300
  • Power Amp/s
    Art Audio
  • My Speakers
    Snell type A3
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. Isolation on the cheap

    The beauty of squash balls is they are easier to move, add or subtract so if an object is heavier towards the back it's easy to simply add an extra ball or two until it's balanced. I had great difficulty trying to bend & fold an innertube to do this, and again, if the tube deflated it just gave way at the heaviest area first. I've also found found if not enough squashballs are used they simply flatten evenly. If that's the case I just add more to share the weight and allow a better distribution. I ended up with about 12 balls per Snell A3 speaker in the end. That was enough to make them wobble just a little bit, but not make them unstable. As I've mentioned before, the sound quality jump from the squashballs to Podiums wasn't as large as I'd hope, proving to me the squashballs were working.
  2. Isolation on the cheap

    Have tried this and found the innertubes tend to deflate and also deform so it's hard to balance the speaker.
  3. Random image of the day 3

    Woodland, Bewl Water, Kent. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  4. Random image of the day 3

    Lovely photo Richard, I can almost smell the hay! Bewl Water, Kent. by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  5. Isolation on the cheap

  6. Isolation on the cheap

    My standard response to these threads is squash balls. Cheap and easy to install. The more you add, the better the sound is in my experience.
  7. LS3/5a Suitable Amplifier old and new

    When I paired my LS3/5A's with Cyrus 2 amp I was really surprised how well they sounded together. Also didn't sound bad with a Naim 70/1409 combo.
  8. Random image of the day 3

    Thanks for the comments. Here's another from yesterday. Dungeness 3 by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  9. Random image of the day 3

    The old hut, Rye Harbour by Rick Francis, on Flickr
  10. Random image of the day 3

    That's lovely Ben! Nice colour tones & of course the sea. I don't (yet) have a big stopper so using the Hoya 72 IR filter for my long exposures. TBH, I'm struggling to decide what filter system to go for at the moment. I do have some Hitech filters, but they won't work with all my lenses as it's the 67mm format. I think I'll have to go for a 100mm system and see if I can get step down rings for my smaller lenses. PS, where is it?
  11. Random image of the day 3

    Thanks Richard. It was my first real play with the Panny 12mm and as the weather was poor it kept people away. I may try to get to the coast over the weekend to try some more long exposures with more water!
  12. Random image of the day 3

    Bodiam Castle, East Sussex. by Rick Francis, on Flickr Oly Penf F, Panny 12mm (F1.4 ) 40sec F5.6 ISO 200 IR filter.
  13. My Panny 12mm lens has arrived today. I'm at work and don't have a camera body to put it on, but have to say the build quality looks really good. Can't wait to get out and have a play!
  14. Random image of the day 3

    A very short play after work this evening with a new IR filter. It wasn't sunny enough to get short exposures and there weren't any leafs on the trees, other than that it was fine! Ashdown Forest Tree by Rick Francis, on Flickr