simon g

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About simon g

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  • Digital Source 1
    Gato CDD1
  • Digital Source 2
    Sony 1000ES
  • Integrated Amp
    Audionet SAM G2
  • My Speakers
    Raidho X1
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    B&W PX
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. simon g

    Zingali Feast

    Zingalis can be truly excellent; best driven by a high quality SE valve amp, IME. I used a pair many years back with a decent AN front end/amp. Lovely, open, natural yet dynamic sound. I can't remember the exact model number.
  2. For the OP: It may seem counter intuitive, but the resistance of a wire decreases as its thickness increases. So, using a thicker (i.e. a wire with a larger cross sectional area) will reduce the resistance of the cable you are using. As an amplifier uses Alternating Current (AC) as opposed to Direct Current (DC) to drive the speakers, then this 'resistance' becomes 'impedance'. The speaker cables become part of the load seen by your amplifier. So, the total load will be your speaker's impedance, plus your cable's impedance. If you weren't aware, impedance can vary with the frequency of the signal, so the situation is a bit more complex in reality. However, it remains true that a wire with a greater corss sectional area will have a lower impedance than one with a ssmaller cross sectional area. Of course, the degree to which you might actually hear the difference is open for debate (well, it has been researched but let's leave that well alone here). Capacitance and inductance also come in to the equation. I've always found that having as low a possible impedance from the speaker cables is preferable. Impedance can also be affected by the terminations, but this is very minor. Theoretically bare wire is optimum, but there is a real risk of shorts due to unseen small wire strands. Plus it's a pain every time you want to swap speakers, or whatever. Z plug bananas work well and usually provide excellent contact.
  3. simon g

    How much snake oil can one buy?

    If you really want to see some real, first class, quality snake oil then search ebay for 'ansuz'. Now, I like a bit of foo from time to time, but £18,500 for some RCA interconnects and, wait for it, £700 for a single cable lifter?. Apparently my hifi will just get better and better the more of these I add. Sadly though, not a carpet gripper in sight.
  4. Sorry; this is now withdrawn
  5. simon g

    The integrated option

    Did you not see this topic just a few posts below yours? Seems pointless having two, or more, threads discussing the same topic.
  6. simon g

    Luxman v Vitus v Plinius

    That is just incorrect. There's one negative feedback within the feedback qualifying period, i.e. 1 out of 2, so 50% score. Low feedback % is a problem with a limited transaction history. There are many, many on ebay with 99-100% feedback, but very many negative reports. they just get 'lost' in the transaction volume. I happen to know who this seller is.
  7. Thanks, Keith. If you lot don't look out you'll persuade me to keep it! Seriously though, it's got to go. I just don't have room in my flat for all these large hifi boxes. I'll be listing on ebay at a higher price soon, as they have a £1 final value fee promotion at present. I'd much rather sell it to a fellow forum enthusiast though. It may well end up going in to (mainland) Europe, as the weak pound makes buying from the UK look particularly attractive at present.
  8. Thanks. Yes, this is an excellent amplifier. It's tough times for hifi sales, so I'll reduce the asking price to £2,400
  9. simon g

    Luxman v Vitus v Plinius

    If you're looking at this level of amplifier, then you really should also include the Accustic Arts Power 1 and, what would be a fine choice for me (save for the weight again), the Audionet Watt. Both in the EUR10-12K mark.
  10. My new amplifier will be with me shortly, so it's time to offer up my wonderful McIntosh MA252 tube hybrid integrated amplifier. It's just too tall for where it will go in my new home, plus I decided to upgrade my amplifier with the arrival of new 'speakers. This is a UK authorised dealer supplied amplifier, bought ex display by me. It hasn't had that much use; I've had it for around 6 weeks or so. It comes from a smoke and pet free home. It is in very good condition. It will come in its original very sturdy original box and packaging (the foam that protects the tube cages is missing [it arrived with me like this], but I'll use substitute packaging for that; it is not a critical part of the packaging.) Remote control and manual present. No mains lead. This really is a very accomplished hybrid amplifier. It's very easy to use, has some useful facilities (tone controls, balance, decent headphone amp, et al). The remote control reminds me of an Apple type device; very ergonomic and responsive. The MA252 uses a pair of 12AT7 and 12AX7A tubes in the preamplifier, combined with a solid state power amplifier section, offering a conservative 100W/channel in to 8 ohms. This amplifier has received many awards and has had some great reviews. This is an accomplished amplifier that is built to last, from a well established and respected audio manufacturer. Full spec and details from the McIntosh web site here: A review to get you going: These retail at £4,500. I'm asking for £2,525. Collection from me in Bexhill is fine, with a prior deposit to secure. Cash or prior bank transfer on collection. I'm willing to have this delivered by courier at the buyer's risk. Cost with UPS via Interparcel is £11.82 with £25 of insurance, or £106.62 with full cover. Buyer is welcome to arrange their own courier (collection date to suit me though!). Size is 43x39x55 cms and c 18Kgs. I could possibly arrange a meet up in Se England; again a deposit to secure with cash on collection.
  11. simon g

    Wtd: digital stuff

    Presumably you've seen this? They might take a cheeky offer!
  12. simon g

    Amp advice

    if you're intending to regularly use this for party work, thus the amp may be running at reasonable levels for quite some while, I'd go with a pro amp.The speakers you have are more low quality PA style than hifi, to be honest. The Behringer A500 would be worth a close look. I think you'd have a fun party system with that and the Jamos. The Behringer has level controls for each channel to boot. You'd get a new one for aorund £180 or so and a decent used one for £100-120 I would think.
  13. simon g

    Luxman v Vitus v Plinius

    You're going to need to be more specific on particular models in question. Having said that, all three have rather different 'house sounds', to an extent. If budget isn't an issue, your speakers aren't really difficult to drive, you're not running a night club and you can handle the weight, then the Vitus would be the one that would be top of my list. I'd have one if I could handle the weight. Try to get yourself to a bake off or two, or a decent show, to try to get at least a taste of what these amps can do.
  14. simon g

    Do your “standards” go higher as you upgrade?

    What I find changes is my understanding of what perfromance level that can optimally be obtained at a certain price point. Is the £10k system that I'm listening on right now as 'good' as the £35k AN system I had in the past? No. But it's equally an enjoyable!