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About rabski

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    G. Rumpty Git

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  • Turn Table
    Well (bad) Tempered
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Dynavector XX-2
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Kairsound SUT
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
  • Integrated Amp
    Leak + others
  • Pre-Amp
    Gordon Welford
  • Power Amp/s
    845 SET / KT88 PP
  • My Speakers
    Living Voice IBX R2
  • Headphones
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade
  1. As for DACs, I'm afraid that Serge and I depart here. I once bought a very well respected DAC. It cost me over £2k and 'measured' superbly. It lasted about two days in my system, as even my £25 one sounded better. The costly one had the ability to exactly reproduce through music the feeling you get in the dentist's chair when the drill hits the root canal. Totally unlistenable. Still. It measured well...
  2. Once again, I find myself in agreement. I do think that stands for speakers can make a difference, but that is largely the result of whether coupling or decoupling is suitable for the location. Overally though, a really good speaker on a pile of junk wood is always going to sound better than a crap speaker on a £1000 stand.
  3. The day you and Rick class me as close to human, I'll stick a fork through my jugular vein.
  4. Sodding keyboard. 'Understatement', not 'uderstatement'. Unsure whether the latter is a lacking cow, or some Germanic derivation. Whatever, it is proof that Maplins deserved to go under (or uder) for this bloody keyboard if nothing else.
  5. Please reconsider. I do not want to be the only one sensibly arguing against Serge (as if, as Danny states). He can be a touch unseemly at times, but he is actually a gent in my experience. Well, at least most of the time. Most audio forums are seriously lacking intellectual debate That, I add, is an uderstatement. We can all get a bit heated at times, but I was always taught that was a 'good thing'. The more decent input here, the more the chance of the forum regaing at least some of what it once was.
  6. Eh?!!!

    So... Basically, it's a X-T1 and he's printed off 'Contax' and stuck it on the body. You can find an X-T1 body for much closer to £500 if you shop around and look at forums. This is joke money and lord knows what other sins he has perpetrated on the poor thing. "Working so far as the functions I use" should be a massive no go for anyone. In other words, he's messed about with it, can't even tell you if it works properly, but wants absolutely full-up retail for it. The world is full of comedians.
  7. Ken Dodd RIP

    Old school, and superb at it. Frankly not my taste, but a brilliant performer. Doddy and Monkhouse were the best of that genre and will be fondly remembered.
  8. Bargain excellent speakers?

    Quite apart from room interaction, speakers are about the most subjective items in this insane hobby. A few years ago, I was running a modified Quad ESL57 setup, but circumstances allowed me to look at a serious upgrade. Some of the things I auditioned I simply could not believe were being sold as 'hi-fi'. I came close to perfection with Avantgardes, but realised that I simply do not have the space that they need. Another pair of horns that will remain nameless sounded like badgers fighting in a cage. The total lack of integration was hard to believe, especially at the price. Assorted Tune Audio really ticked the boxes, but the ones that worked the best were out of the price range, and again seemed to need more space. My listening room is a reasonable size, and has a vaulted ceiling, which does wonders for killing unpleasantness. However, I still sit reasonably close to the boxes, and that rules a lot out. In the end, it was a choice between Audio Note and Living Voice. I went for the latter frankly because they looked nicer. I have lived with living for more years than I care to think about. I have looked many times to change. I would consider some of the ARTs, and some others. At the end of the day, however, the Living Voice deliver what I want. They always pull the music out of anything and just vanish. They are by no means faultless, but then nor have been any of the other speakers I have tried over the years. If you are listening to the speakers, then something is wrong.
  9. Check your Allen Keys

    True. However, like everyone else I am sure, in order to repair/adjust/service, etc. I now have a full set of allen keys (metric and other), heaps of srewdrivers, and a full set of Torx. The usual mess of no common standards for fasteners or anything else. The old deep-set cross-head were perfect and at a pinch, could be removed without resorting to a drill.
  10. Maplin in receivership

    Not going to happen unfortunately.
  11. Maplin in receivership

    This. We have one close by and to be fair their component stock of standard bits and pieces was very good. Farnell, RS and the like are fantastic, but if you're in the middle of something and find you don't have a particular resistor in the box, waiting a day for one is a pain. On the other hand, with bigger bits, the local place has been a nightmare. Twice I've ordered something online that was in stock for 'pickup in an hour' according to the website, then gone there to find it wasn't. They've been good with refunds, but I didn't want the money, I wanted the item. Sad, but inevitable. The Internet is now really starting to hit hard at retailers with a physical presence, and it's going to get worse, not better.
  12. Random image of the day 3

    Medium format film stuff still delivers staggering results, as this illustrates. I've still got a couple of TLRs, but if I'm brutally honest, I can't be arsed with all the mucking about with processing. If you can, then good for you. The results can be out of this world.
  13. Random image of the day 3

    That is simply near perfection. Absolutely perfect capture of shadow detail with no loss in the highlights. Stunningly good image. Personally, I'd have shut down the depth of field a little to blur the close stuff, but that's an aesthetic choice. Any way you look at it, that's an absolute corker.
  14. LS3/5a Suitable Amplifier old and new

    I have two Stereo 70s in the pile as well. The 30 Plus is way, way better. At least, a good one is IMHO. Much cleaner top end and a more even repsone to my ears. When £2k worth of tube amps went bang, I used a Stereo 30+ for a while, and was amazed at how good it was.
  15. HELP Valve amp broke.