Mr Underhill

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  1. Having listened to the 2.3.4 v2 profile for a few days I have gone back to the Paul inspired v1, but it is a LOT closer now.
  2. I am currently running with the v2 profile, I will use it for a few days then switch back to v1. Initial impression is that it is rather good.
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    Anyone heard the focal sopra no.2 and kef ref3

    Newlash, I will deliberately not move the debate in this direction, as it will not assist you. My overriding point is that if there is much you like about your current setup then there are avenues you can usefully explore BEFORE thinking about bigger money items. M
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    Naim ARO

    Thanks Gents, M
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    Naim ARO

    Does anyone have a pdf of the ARO protractor that could send me? Thx, M
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    Anyone heard the focal sopra no.2 and kef ref3

    This seems a mite simplistic to me, apart from any issues with the bass physics of any bit of kit and its interactions, it seems to me that the less you are forced to rely on DSP and room treatments the better; you may have complex and overlapping issues that one fix undoes for instance. In this case the OP may simply need to play with some different cables to get the result he is after, for instance. Changing his speakers may resolve one issue and open up others. I WOULD recommend getting REW and look at what is happening in the room, but I expected you to come along and suggest that. M
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    Anyone heard the focal sopra no.2 and kef ref3

    Hi Newlash, My immediate thought is that one of the most difficult things to get is a pair of speakers that works well in your room, and gives you good bass without setting of room resonances. If the PMCs are working well for you you may be better off looking at: your source and amps; and, your room. Adjusting these may give you the more liquid sound you are looking for. M
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    Spendor A4 v Dynaudio Special 40 demo

    Hi Mutz, Few thoughts: I agree with Phil, listening at a dealers gives you a flavour; but, the only way to know will be to listen to the speakers in your own room. IF the dealer is being helpful, and will assist in the home demo, then having started down that track I wouldn't then dive into the second hand market - as good dealers ARE giving a service and need to be supported. But, I would look at a few dealers with different stock if at all possible, AND bare in mind the dealers sell second hand and will also lend out that gear. If you are minded to concentrate on the second hand market then I would recommend Bake Offs to get an idea of what different equipment sounds like, but you will be more constrained in getting the benefit of a home demo. If I am reading the thread aright you have sold off your equipment and are now starting from scratch? Assuming this is correct then this may well be the right time to use a dealer, as there is synergy involved in any system, and they should be able to demonstrate something to you that works in your room; and, if it costs more than your current budget, show you the most monetarily efficient way to get to what you want whilst giving you something you can enjoy now.
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    EAR 834T Hybrid ?

    Hi M, I replied to your club post, but will repeat it here; although it reflects much of what is written above: Hi M, Here are a few thoughts, but whether they are helpful is another matter! You say you are a fan of valves, BUT that can mean many different things depending on the valves used and their configuration. EAR are not in any way warm or mellifluous. T de P is on record as saying he can get the sound he aims for using valves or SS. Does this mean that valves add nothing to his amps? I think not. I currently listen to music using either my Oppo 105D, with its inbuilt digital pre-amp OR via my EAR868pl. The Oppo is excellent and stonking VFM .....but, the EAR is better. It is more detailed and adds texture, by which I mean that voices and instruments sound more realistic and have subtle inflections and resonances that add to their verisimilitude. As to whether the 834 will work well with the ML and in your room, their is only one way to know. Can you borrow it? Be interested in your thoughts once you have had a go! Good luck. M
  10. Hi M, Here are a few thoughts, but whether they are helpful is another matter! You say you are a fan of valves, BUT that can mean many different things depending on the valves used and their configuration. EAR are not in any way warm or mellifluous. T de P is on record as saying he can get the sound he aims for using valves or SS. Does this mean that valves add nothing to his amps? I think not. I currently listen to music using either my Oppo 105D, with its inbuilt digital pre-amp OR via my EAR868pl. The Oppo is excellent and stonking VFM .....but, the EAR is better. It is more detailed and adds texture, by which I mean that voices and instruments sound more realistic and have subtle inflections and resonances that add to their verisimilitude. As to whether the 834 will work well with the ML and in your room, their is only one way to know. Can you borrow it? Be interested in your thoughts once you have had a go! Good luck. M
  11. I'd like to add my thanks. I thought it was unusual in that the gear was being set up in an unknown room with an eclectic selection of equipment. My take-aways were: Chris and Jason put in a lot of effort to give us an interesting and convivial time, thank you; The Krell and Elipson made a nice VFM system; The Kii + BXT are worthy of a loooong listen, and made the small Kii nicely tonally balanced; I would like to hear both the turntables with a selection of phono stages. Great to speak to fellow attendees. I thought the venue did work well. Good sized room for the number of people and with ready supply of drinks and food, not to mention easy parking. As I am currently using SBLs I too would love to have heard them powered by the Krell, but there was enough gear on hand to probably have kept going for three days. Cheers, M
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    SOLD!!! . Usher Dancer Mini 2 diamond DMDs

    The dangers of listening to other bits of HiFi! GLWTS
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    I waited too long to rip my CDs.....

    Hi Turk, I think there were problems with manufacturing techniques with some early CDs that I think have long since been sorted. My CDs are all ripped, so I just put them in boxes in the loft sans cases, apart from collectables. M
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    I waited too long to rip my CDs.....

    Hi Humpty, I sympathise. CD rot is bloody annoying, I had a couple that did this to me in the 90's and was one of the reasons I ripped my CDs asap. M
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    FS Living Voice OBX R

    Too true, someone will be a very happy shopper in due course. GLWTS.