simon g

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About simon g

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    Senior Wammer

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  • Location
    East Sussex, UK
  • Real Name
    Simon

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    Naim Uniti 2
  • Digital Source 2
    Cambridge CXU
  • DAC
    Naim Uniti 2
  • Integrated Amp
    Naim Uniti 2
  • My Speakers
    Scansonic MB1
  • Headphones
    Beyer DT1770
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. Moon Neo Ace/AT MM's

    I almost bought a new Neo Ace recently, as I wanted to get off the hifi merry go round and just get back to a simple system, with preferably only one box. It's a great sounding unit. Very neutral and natural I would say, but not harsh. More than good enough DAC. 10 year warranty in the UK. Nicely put together. Great display. So, why didn't I buy it? Well; No CD player (I compared to Naim Uniti 2) and I do like to play CDs I had a close look at the MIND module and its app. It doesn't integrate with Tidal as well as the Naim app and I use Tidal extensively. So, just be sure that the MIND aspect will offer the streaming functionality you need. I've got to say that I'm enjoying the Uniti. Having a single box, all controlled from one app (or the remote), makes life so much easier. Great sound as well. Maybe worth considering? (there are a few Uniti 2s around with dealers at a good price with full 2+3 year warranty; the new Uniti Star is a bit too spendy, IMO)
  2. Which is about 59 minutes too long
  3. Jaga Jazzist at the Southbank Centre tomorrow. Properly good music.
  4. AudioNote DAC making funny noises

    You're welcome. I had a complete AN Zero system many years ago; great memories of that. Best value kit AN has produced, IMO. These tubes do have a very, very long life. If it does indeed need replacing then Watford Valves have some Philips on special offer at present, I notice.
  5. AudioNote DAC making funny noises

    The Audio Note DAC ZERO has a 6111WA valve, not a ECC822.
  6. Unison Research Preludio

    I'm pretty sure that these amps are Auto Bias, so to answer your question; you don't need to check it! Just make sure you sue matched pairs when replacing. Nice amp when matched with the right 'speakers.
  7. BBC speakers and Class D Amps ?

    Good to hear. Like you, i was totally underwhelmed by the M30.1. The P3ESR is a nice litte speaker, but vastly over rated, IMO. For what it's worth, I used a Primare i32 when I had my P3s; probably the best overall result with them. Don't be too concerned with all the 'Class D is rubbish' stuff that is spouted. If properly executed, Class D amplifiers offer excellent sound quality. I've had all manner of types of amp (probably 50 plus amps over the years, maybe more!) and I keep coming back to Class D (using Lindemann currently). I particularly like Bel Canto, but they're now very expensive in the UK.
  8. Lindemann Musicbook 25

    The MB25DSD is a superb unit, as I've commented elsewhere. I've had loads and loads of kit. This, with the MB55, is by far the most impressive on the sound and build quality vs pounds spent front. If you regularly play CDs, then it's worth shelling out for the 25. Merely as a CD player (forgetting all its many other capabilities) it easily competes in the £2-3K market. I have comapred various transports (BC CD3t, CEC TL5, Cambridge CXU) with the internal drive (via one of the digital coaxial inputs) and it comes out on top every time (with the same CD). Really not much of a contest. I suspect much of the difference is that the SPDIF is involved with the external transport. I suspect, but don't know, that the player uses I2S internally, plus buffers the data.
  9. DSD upsampling- worth it?

    Using it upsampling to DSD128 the music seems a touch more natural, with more space and ease of presentation, if that makes any sense. You shouldn't really be comparing this to a DAC at £x, as the Lindemann does so much more than being just a DAC. It's a very good pre amp, headphone amplifier , streamer, CD player and a DAC!
  10. DSD upsampling- worth it?

    I have a Lindemann MB25DSD which I bought with my own hard earned. I prefer the sound when set to upsampling. That aside, it is a very high quality, flexible bit of kit that sounds superb. I use it with an MB55.
  11. 8tc 5m - should I try biwire

    You've a strange notion of cheap. Around £400 for a terminated 2.5m pair is not cheap in my book. I doubt anyone would consider that 'cheap'. Cheap is a few quid a metre, not hundreds of pounds a metre. OK, there are plenty of much more costly cables, but that fact does not make Kimber 8tc 'cheap'. To answer the OP: don't bother with bi-wire.
  12. Selling in classifieds

    But perhaps not needed when Megastore opens?
  13. Classifieds

    It'll be interesting to see the detail of how that works. It would seem from the announcement that it's open to all, forum member or not. I'll wait until it appears before passing judgement though.
  14. Horny 'Phones

    Apologies if this has already been highlighted, but this could be just what every audiophool needs:
  15. I'm interested in the Davone Riva speakers listed on the bay (perhaps owned by a Wammer?). They look great and Davone has a good reputation in these parts, in general. Has anyone listened to these and would like to comment? Any feedback on reliability of these? There's no dealer listed in the UK, so support would presumably have to come from the manufacturer. Speakers, in general, are rarely problematic iME, but it is a concern as these aren't exactly cheap. Another speaker of interest is the Heco Direkt. Again, any comments/feedback? (and please see below for detail of room/system) I would be using these in an average size lounge, 5.2 x 3.1m, firing down the room. They'd need to be quite close to a rear boundary, but I could allow around 40-50cms if necessary. One drawback is that one speaker has to fire towards the flat end of a low sofa (around 50 cms away). This is far from ideal, but it is what it is for the time being. I'll be moving within a year or so, so don't want to faff around with a different room layout. My current Art Moderne's work very well like this, but their drivers clear the top of the sofa, as it were, hence nothing to directly impede propagation. With the Riva's the mid & top would probably be sufficiently high (physically!) , but the bass would fire directly towards the sofa. Bass frequencies being not so directional I feel I may get away with this perhaps? Related to this is some confusion on the porting arrangement on these. The pictures in the seller's listing clearly show a front mounted port, yet description calls these sealed boxes. Were there different versions of this speaker perhaps, or is the seller merely incorrect? ( I have asked the question, but others may be able to offer some knowledge). I'm looking for a slightly more dynamic sound, that has a touch more air/HF openness (not brightness) than the Arts. The amp is an Ocatve V40SE, which is spectacularly good so I don't want to change that. I like, fast, accurate bass but not too prominent (extended bass is a problem for the room and this is a flat, with neighbours to consider). I listen at low to medium volumes.