simon g

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About simon g

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    East Sussex, UK
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  • Digital Source 1
    Bluesound Vault
  • Digital Source 2
    Marantz SA141SE
  • DAC
    in A30
  • Integrated Amp
    AVM A30
  • My Speakers
    Scansonic MB1
  • Headphones
    Beyer T5P
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. simon g

    Anyone dealt with Unilet Hi Fi?

    This, absolutely. If it is genuinely faulty, then they should have tested before listing.
  2. I'm on holiday in the not too distant future. It'd be nice to have this gone by then. I'll reduce this to £1,050 for a quick sale. If no takers, I'll list on ebay upon my return at a much higher price.
  3. simon g

    Arcam cds 27- half price yes or no?

    That's a 25 year old player and I very much doubt mechanisms are still available. Not a bad mid range player in its day, nothing special about it at all. The Arcam CDS27 will be an improvement on it. £200 for a CDS27 from a dealer? Don't even think about it, just buy it! For that price, you could probably sell on at a profit if you don't like it. Plus, this model was only deleted from the range around a year ago; it remains servicable. Plus you can play with streaming at no extra cost.
  4. simon g

    Bel canto

    I've now read of, and advised on repair of, several BC amps that are around 5+ years old. I'm no longer convinced on their reliability, plus have concerns on the potential difficulty of repair. UK distribution, having changed from Aanvil, a couple of years ago has gone down the pan, IMO. BC products are now just too expensive in the UK. I've had the C5i, Dac 1.5, 2.5, 1.7, 2.7, ref 150s and ref 500s. Ref 150s is the pick of those, paired with a 1.7. The C5i is a nice little amp, but the design is now quite old and they're way over priced at £2k, IMO.
  5. Please let me oblige; see below.
  6. simon g

    Piano sounds odd

    This, absolutely. If you have a local hifi friend that has a top notch vinyl rig, ask very nicely if you could hear it in your system.
  7. Now SOLD I've been on a quest to find the optimum amplifier, with digital inputs, for my system as I really no longer have room for multiple boxes. This is probably the 'best' I've had so far and is the second time I've had one (previous didn't have the MM30 though). I've now ordered a more costly amp to replace this. This is an extremely capable amplifier, both in terms of facilities and performance. This amplifier was fitted with the optional MM30 media board at the factory, which brings additional digital inputs and streaming. This DAC is of very high quality; more or less an i32 and DAC30 in the same box. 2 balanced analogue inputs 2 RCA analogue inputs Pre out Rec out Balanced analogue out 2 x 120W in to 8 ohms/ 2 x 230W in to 4 ohms Input 5 can be set to fixed level bypass Very flexible on inout customisation. Below is manual for amp section: The MM30 board brings: 3 x Toslink optical 1 x coaxial USB Ethernet There is a Primare app for control of the amp (easy to change inpout description using that) and another for streaming. I have streamed Tidal directly using that app. Manual here: Review here: but there are many on the 'net. This is a highly regarded amp. I bought this amplifier used from a UK dealer. It is in very good condition indeed and is complete with original box, packaging and (unused) remote control. It comes from a smoke free home. The pictures don't do justice to the really beautiful OLED display on the amp. These were £3,400. My price is £1,165. I can dispatch by courier at buyer's risk for £25, or you can arrange your own courier. Or collect from my home in Bexhill. Collection would have to be cash or prior cleared bank transfer, with a deposit to hold. Meet up may be possible, but again I'd ask for a reasonable deposit to secure.
  8. simon g

    best class d amp

    You don't mention budget, but a really good Class D integrated is the Jeff Rowland Continuum S2. Around £8k I think? Maybe more
  9. I'm now using an amp with an integrated streamer, so this Moon MiND 180 is for sale. This is a network player/streamer that is effectively a 'transport' only. In other words this only has digital outputs; no analogue outputs. This is a high quality device, made by SimAudio of Canada. It can be controlled using the Moon MiND App, or other control is possible I believe, but I've only ever used its dedicated app and streamed TIDAL. This comes in its original box and packaging, complete with wi-fi aerial (although works best with ethernet) and power supply. Instruction sheet is in French; plenty of info about this on the net though. It is in very good condition from a smoke, pet and child free home. Manufacturer information: Significant Design Features: ●Allows local playlists, gapless playback and silent track scanning●Universal Plug And Play (UPnP) Renderer ●Support for DLNA 1.5 ●vTuner Internet Radio ●File Support up to 24-bit/192kHz for all file formats ●Supported file formats: WAV (PCM), FLAC, FLAC HD, AIF, AAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA-9 and OGG Vorbis ●S/PDIF (RCA), AES/EBU (XLR), and Optical (Toslink) digital audio outputs●Wired network interface via 100 Base-T RJ45 Ethernet ●Wireless network interface via IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption support ●Software and firmware updates via simple auto run update buttonApplication Control Features: ●Independent control for each zone using a SimLink equipped MOON Preamplifier or Integrated Amplifier ●Zone selection, zone grouping and Permanent zone naming●iPhone, iPad, iTouch compatible control software ●SimLink controller port allows for 2-way communications between other compatible MOON component £365, inc RMSD postage in the UK
  10. simon g

    Amplifier dilemma

    here's what you need to do: Get the Chord fixed. The heat thing may be relevant in that thermal expansion/contraction is causing an intermittent make/break soemwhere. A soak test should reveal the problem. I'm amazed Chord can't sort; it may be that they think the time spent doing that, thus the cost, would make repair uneconomic. There are many good techs around that could fix. if you don't get it fixed, then its value is severely limited. One fixed, sell it. Get the Sugden serviced by Sugden and then sell that. Put the proceeds from above together with the other funds and buy a decent integrated (the Krell you've mentioned needs great care; these are now quite old, they run hot and you'd need to make sure that any example you were considering had been properly and competently serviced. Very good amp, but I'd give it a miss, tbh. Decide what kind of presentation you like, with an eye on properly driving your 'speakers. Chord and Sugden are miles apart. If you do like Sugden, then look at A21se Signature, or possibly ANV-50. Depends on what you want to spend; if you're thinking Masterclass then you're in the £3-4K mark for a decent used example. Be aware that Class A amps run very hot. Heat is the enemy of caps. Re-capping/servicing of Class A amps often needs to be carried out more regulalrly/sooner than AB, etc. If you want a really good all rounder amp, with a new warranty, then take a look at a Leema Tucana II. Fanthorpes did have a deal on those; not sure if still valid. The Tucana II is a very nice amplifier. Loads of other choices though. Get your existing amps fixed is the first thing to do.
  11. simon g


    Safest way is to buy a power meter that displays voltage, amongst much else. You can then leave that in a visible position and check from time to time. Around £10
  12. simon g


    I'm not sure of the spec of that kit. I would never buy a kit and build myself as I'm not technically or legally competent to do so (I do completely understand the theory, but am not qualified technically in electrical or electronics engineering). Perhaps you are though? Using a DIY device in your mains supply is just asking for trouble with your insurance company, if the unfortunate day arrives and you have a fire, the kit becomes live due to a fault or you damage your kit in some way. That to one side; some of these (often cheaper) devices have a very low current handling capability and are only suitable for sources. Is that the case with yours? I use a ISOL 8 Powerline Axis. Not cheap new, but they do come up used and they do work. Plus you get a very nice multi way block thrown in! Also, have you checked the required supply voltage on your amp? Then checked your actual supply VAC (not the theoretical value)? It is possible that the transformer is vibrating at a resonant frequency? If you feel confident you could open up the amp (after disconnecting from the mains and ensuring caps are discharged) and tighten the securing bolt. Soemtimes slacking it off slightly and re-positioning a couple of degrees can help. Good luck with all this. Amp hum bugs me as well, as I often listen at low levels. You've a good amp there (I had the Pre/power version for a while, which was excellent and was mechanically silent)