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About HoopsOnToast

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  • Turn Table
    Rega P9
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB1000 AT33/PTGII
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Trichord Dino
  • Digital Source 1
    Rega Apollo
  • Pre-Amp
    Rega Cursa
  • Power Amp/s
    Rega Maia
  • My Speakers
    Rega R9
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Hoops, Cheese or Beans?

    KEF UNI-Q by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Well, a week in and still liking what they do, after a little experimentation with positioning, they seem quite flexible in that regard. Bass wise, really impressed, good punch and depth, even with the Rega Pre/Power and not missing anything I don't think over the Transmission Line - Rega R9s. What I do love though, is the Mid and Treble, really smooth and extended, no harsh notes at all, certainly get the feeling thats whats coming out is pretty much whats going in! The R9s, I love them but they do add a certain gloss, and everything sounds good, if not great but never outstanding, if that makes sense. The R9 still hold up, as speakers that I have had that do the 'least wrong'.
  2. Transmission Line Speakers

    To add to that, Rega Ela, R7 and R9 are all quarter-wave / transmission line designs.
  3. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Yeah, they are exeptional speakers but a fair bit different to the Rega R9 so a bit of getting used to, the R9s are sitting upstairs in the games room for the moment. The Cursa/Maia seems to be doing OK at the moment given it seems you can't have too much power with these. They can certainly rock when they want to!
  4. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Small change, from the R9s to a pair of KEF 201/2, a very long time on my 'to-try' list and found a pair in the right finish and not too far away. System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  5. Hoops, Cheese or Beans?

    Yeah, many many years ago I had a pair of XQ1s (below), pretty much tarted up Q1s which I did not get on with that much, did start my Rega journey with a Planet Mk1 and pair of R3s though. All of the smaller KEF (and Tannoy) Uni-Q/Dual Concentric speakers I have had tended to lack something, and not the smoothest through the midrange. These 201/2s however, I think are probably the 'Highest Fidelity' speakers I've owned, more so than the ATC SCM7/SCM10 I think.... System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Other than that, KEF wise it was the excellent 104/2s System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  6. Hoops, Cheese or Beans?

    Well, a slightly unplanned change.... I had been looking to try something a bit smaller than the Rega R9s, that do image/soundstage better. This was mainly centred around looking at the ATC SCM10-2A but it was proving hard to find a pair. Since I worked in the hifi shop a good few years back, I had a great admiration for the previous KEF Reference range having heard the 203/2, 205/2 and a little of the 207/2. I had however, never heard the smaller 201/2. Basically, a pair came up, in the above Maple finish and decided to give them a go! Full impressions at the weekend once I've got over this cold! System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  7. Random image of the day 3

    Bit of a change for me, Marmots from a recent trip to the French Alps (Pentax K-1/DA*300mm f4) Untitled by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Untitled by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Untitled by Robert Seymour, on Flickr
  8. Hoops, Cheese or Beans?

    I heard the original LS50s, nice but did not do anything for me. The Frugel Horn lites were great fun, will either end up in the Games room system, or if the R9s go there, on loan....
  9. Hoops, Cheese or Beans?

    Well as mentioned, I decided to pass on the DIY Actives and moved back to the R9s. The next arrival was a set of Rega bits to compliment the P9/R9 combo, an Apollo '2000' and Mira3. Rega System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr This is how it stayed until the arrival of a Cursa (thanks Colin) and Maia3 Pre-Power to replace the Mira3. We then had a big change, we moved from my 1st Floor maisonette into a new house together, a nice 1940s 3-Bed Semi with its own living room IMGP3394 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr IMGP3393 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr In the past 6-months this has been the main system, with a nice little project, a DIY kit in the Frugelhorn Lite, using some existing little Omnes Audio BB3.AL (also Omnes Audio 3). http://www.kjfaudio.com/product/frugel-horn-lite-flat-pack-speaker-kit/#speaker-driver I used these both with the Decware Zen and Cursa/Maia, worked well with both but repsonded well to the extra power with the Rega Combo. Great fun speakers, missing the very low bass but very funky little speakers, more forward in the mid-range than the R9s. System by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Lounge by Robert Seymour, on Flickr These are currently doing work in the 'Games Room' system upstairs, with the R9s back in the fold as below (P9 not shown). IMGP3372 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Along the path now of downsizing, I would like to move towards a simpler setup, thinking of the ATC route again, although with the 10-2 Actives if I can find some.
  10. Hoops, Cheese or Beans?

    Wahey it's back.
  11. Simplifying

    My other half isn't fussed as long as she has her TV for the games console (s) and the box room for the tortoise.....
  12. Simplifying

    We moved house earlier in the year, which has been great going from a 2-bed Maisonette to a lovely 1940s Semi, with a seperate Living and Kitchen/Diner. The Room looks somewhat like this IMGP3394 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr IMGP3393 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr And how it is today: IMGP3372 by Robert Seymour, on Flickr With the Rega Apollo/Cursa/Maia3/R9 and the P9 on the vinyl end. (Frugelhorn Lite and Decware spare) I am looking to simplify/downsize and on the look out for some ATC 10-2 actives as I have a hankering after the SCM10/SCM7 that I loved previously. I have looked at the new on-wall HTS7 but nowhere locally has them to demo, and I like the idea of trying the active small ATCs having very much enjoyed the SCM50A on many occasions (well out of my reach). I'll be after ideally an integrated CD/Pre and there are loads of integrated systems such as the Naim Uniti which have everything including the amp stage that I would not need. The ATC CDA2 would be a perfect match, anything else out there thats around £1k used with ideally balanced outputs? Not fussed about half width or anything as I have the full width P9 PSU thats staying.
  13. What's yer bits'n'bobs?

    Lovely and simple! Along the same lines I'm looking at in terms of reducing boxes and going simple!
  14. DIY Speaker Bake Off

    I could make it Saturday 14th, October, could bring my Frugel Horn Lites
  15. Random image of the day 3

    Early 30th birthday treat for my and my Twin, pair of tickets to the British GP at Club Corner, a good test with the DA*300..... Untitled by Robert Seymour, on Flickr Untitled by Robert Seymour, on Flickr