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    East Sussex, UK
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  • Digital Source 1
    Bluesound Vault 2i
  • Digital Source 2
    Sony 1000ES
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    In amp
  • Integrated Amp
    Gato 250s NPM
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    Raidho X1
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    Audeze + Beyer
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Sorry for the late reply, Matt; only just seen this. I don't think an NP5 will bring much, SQ wise, over a Node. I use a Vault 2i myself, using the digital out to an i15 . I can detect no difference in SQ between Tidal from the Vault and via the inbuilt Chromecast. The Prisma works best when an integral part of a Primare amp, as it allows control and adjustment, along with streaming, all from the Prisma app. One advantage is that you can use the Tidal app itself, rather than using the integration of Tidal in to the Bluesound app. Much greater flexibility and user friendliness. As requested, please see screen shots below: First shows app when first opened, after selecting device to Use (in this case my i15) Second shows effect of clicking on 'cast services'. Note that Tidal is shown. Clicking on Tidal launches the Tidal app. Within the Tidal app you then click on the playback choice icon; in this case showing the iPad as the playback device, along with the other options. Clicking on the i15 then directly connects the Prisma to Tidal. So, it uses the Tidal app to control, but it's a direct connection.
  2. Just a note on functionality of Prisma that some may find useful. Prisma does not allow or feature direct access to music services. When selecting the chosen music service, the appropriate App is opened on your device. Built in Chromecast (needs Google home app installed) or Spotify Connect uses your Prisma as the controller . Built in Chromecast allows 16/44.1Khz FLAC, Qobuz 24/96. This seems like a good solution as you get full Tidal app functionality. For Roon users, using Chromecast as an end point, then 24/96 on Qobuz and Tidal. When full Roon ready upgrade available (Q1/2020) up to 24/192, with first unfold of MQA on Tidal Masters. Airplay is streamed from your device. I'm going to conduct some testing of using Tidal HiFi via Chromecast vs from my BS Vault 2i in to a coaxial digital input on my amp. The app works well; seems stable, recognises amp quickly; controls the amp and its settings (if required), has USB and local network connection capability.
  3. Karma AV, the UK distributor, will do that:
  4. I bought this Gato DIA 250S NPM new around 3 months ago. It is excellent condition, as you might expect. I unboxed, slotted in to my system, and there it's been ever since. Mine is a smoke, pet and child free home. This comes with a manufacturer's warranty until October 2024. This warranty travels with the amplifier. It is complete with all original double box packaging, remote control, quick start guide and aerials. This is a truly excellent amplifier that has been very well received and reviewed. It combines a top class amplifier, DAC and streaming module (which is Roon ready). To match the performance of these three aspects of this amplifier/DAC/streamer would cost you multiples of my asking price. HiFi News Outstanding product: The Ear best buy: HiFi Critic Best Buy: Full details from Gato web site: My price for this 3 month old, fully warrantied, amplifier/DAC/streamer is £1825 Collection, paying cash or BT in advance, from me is Bexhill is fine. I can send this by courier, strictly at the buyer's risk. Insured cost of this is £32.50 I can possibly meet up within an hour or so of Bexhill, but I am quite busy at present. For any meet up or collection I would ask for a deposit in advance to secure the deal. For those that are interested, I am selling as I'm downsizing (physically) ready for a move in the next few months.
  5. Cheapskate. A Pivetta Opera is a snip at around 2 million USD.
  6. I think that the OP may be able to achieve what he wants using a Meridian 518. This is now quite an old bit of kit and is usually available for a few hundred.
  7. You need to be a bit more exact on what you're doing. You speak of using an amp in to a pre amp?. Clearly, the pre feeds in to a power amp, not vice versa! The tape out provides a line out signal only, so not sure what's going on there. I really wouldn't bother with trying to use two integrateds as two separate power amps,. Just asking for trouble and probably of no benefit. Why not just sell the Arcam and buy a power amp? Wouldn't need to be that costly to better the power section of an Arcam Alpha.
  8. If you can live with two inputs, or would consider using an additional source selector and 35kgs isn't a problem then take a long, hard look at the below. Seriously good amp
  9. This is just not correct. SPDIF is a protocol and spec for data transmission. Bit depths other than 16 bit are OK, as are different sample rates. It may alao be of interest to others that the SPDIF connection can be coaxial and also optical. To answer the OP; no, not all SPDIF outs are at 16/44.1. For example, the respected Bel Canto CD2 transport does not output at 16/44. Usually they are, but not always.
  10. Over the many years that I had many different valves, I absolutely concur with above comment that most sound differences arise from the amp, not the tube. I've tried most of the UK suppliers with mixed results. I ended up using Tube Amp Doctor for 4+ years; I would certainly recommend them. If it's relevant to your amp, then their testing and matching is excellent. This may well suit you: If this is for that pair of amps, then if you can accommodate them and understand that valve amps can require the occasional fettle, then just buy them. I had a pal with these, playing into some large Spendors. Epic sound. Frustratingly, I no longer have the space or physical strength for these, otherwise they'd already be mine.
  11. Here's a full manual with specs, full details and schematics: That is a very good price for these. If you can handle the size and weight of these, then these should be a genuine bargain.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.