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Everything posted by JANDL100

  1. Anyone else here like their kit? I bought a Restek Consens pre-amp a bit over 2 years ago. T'was an eBay whim, as many things are for me. Just curious to try the brand as I'd heard positive opinions of them every now and then over the years. Most of my eBay whims come, stay a brief while, and then head onwards again. But not this Restek pre. After 2+ years it's still chez-Jerry and I'm looking forward to getting another power amp to try it with. At the moment I'm all integrateds, so the Restek is resting. There's an open natural unforced high-rez-ness to the sound that just suits me down to the ground and that seems to go well with all the power amps I have owned during its stay. OK, it is a little on the 'brightly lit' side, but tbh I'd rather that than rolled off Other pre-amps have come and gone, and I have enjoyed many of them. But the Restek seems to be a keeper.
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    What no CARY owners thread?

    Wow! - very nice. Martin Colloms in his Stereophile review regarded these as the big brothers of my old Cary STE-572se amps. I'm a bit jealous. Going back quite a few decades (probably circa 30 years, I guess) I had one of these CAD 5500 valve preamps. A very warm and cuddly presentation!
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    New Headphones for Xmas ?

    How much are you looking to spend? Used or new? Are you bothered about sound leakage?
  4. Yes, they have a way of filling the room with sound that is quite surprising for their size. I suspect that is something to do with the omni-directionality associated with a downfiring woofer.
  5. Not classic British - but musical Italian. 34 inches tall. 3-way - downfiring woofer arrangement. Chario Syntar 100T. £200 - Glos.
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    T'was suggested to me that there was excellent synergy between the Podiums and class D amplification, so in line with Deggie's not-very-serious suggestion I plumbed in my Amptastic Mini-T t-amp..... yay, result! It sounds fab. Have now remembered my Wadia 151 PowerDAC - not class D but pure digital till it gets to the speaker output. Ooooo. Very nice indeed. I'll settle in with this for a while.
  7. I've heard the Podium One's at a couple of hifi Shows over the last year or so - 6 foot high by 2 foot wide panels - just my cuppa tea ! - and I liked them a lot - I spent over an hour listening, all told, I reckon. But what is it with the review in the latest (July) HiFi World?Ibarely recognise them from the description of the sound ... and the price! First off - the price has more thandoubled since the Show less than a year ago - HFW say £6,895, they were about £3k, I'm sure. And the description of the sound ... "imaged better than any loudspeaker I've heard" "ability to .. place images in space is peerless in my view" - at the Shows the imaging was the worst aspect - a bit woolly and vague .... mentioned by all comers, including Paul Messenger. And David Priceplaced them 10m (yes, that's over 30 feet!) apart and toed in really sharply .... I really don't know what to make of that ... ? Mind you, I don't know what overall size room he was using anyway - was he listening 10m from the front wall? - or were they "best" at a really wide angle to the listener? But, great with classical, he said - and I have to agree there at least. Most odd. Perhaps the product has just had a total re-vamp since the Shows I heard them at ... including a price re-alignment to match them to the big Quad stats, which are perhaps their natural competition ...? Adam Smith had a "Second Thoughts" 1 para review included - I'd be most interested in any comments from that quarter.
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    Now there's a thought! I think it would work rather well.
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    My goodness, that little bit less tilt has made a big improvement to the tonality (fuller now, less brightly lit) That's actually quite a transformation, they sound like a substantially bigger, more powerful speaker now. Starting to be really impressed with these. Maybe that cheque really will be in the post!
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    Quite lightweight in tonality - bass is about equivalent to a not very big standmount box speaker. Subwoofer needed, really - and I have a small one plumbed in now. It needs that little extra tonal weight in my system/room. But very, very lucid and articulate. And the soundstaging .... astonishingly good - 3D with excellent depth and image focus. I find so far that they are best facing straight ahead. I was trying out various 'test tracks' as one does .... then I just settled down with one of my favourite albums, and got carried away and submerged in the sheer musicality of it. Which is what matters, imho. It took a couple of hours, or more, of listening to start to adjust to the presentation, which is quite individual.. So, yes, a very good start. I look forward to the coming days of re-exploring music Podium-style!
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    I shall give that due consideration (i.e. can I be bothered? - they are good enough that I just want to sit here and listen )
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    I'll send a cheque. It might be a bit bouncy. Yes, the Hifi Hangar ones. My MBLs are having a bit of a rest after over 8 years.
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    Podium One speaker review in HFW ...

    Well, over 11 years later, here they are! - although the Podium 1.5 version according to the box.
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    DALI Owners Club

    I've never been a member of the 104 Club, but I had a pair of Dali Skyline 1000 about 12-13 years ago. Open baffle design with 12 inch paper woofer, 5 inch paper mid cone and an 80cm ribbon high freq driver. Really enjoyed them, but had problems with massive bass resonance peaks in my room - about 15dB! I couldn't really shift the resonances by placement tricks and I needed to use a Behringer DEQ2496 digital tonal equaliser to remove them. Sounded great after that, though.
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    New hifi up to £30k

    Assuming you are buying new, not used .... Listen to some speakers to find what you like. Up to £15-20K I would allocate out of £30k. They all sound different, often very different, from each other. Only you can decide what you like best. Then work back from there with the help of a good dealer - i.e. what amp would work well with the speakers. Then sort out a streamer/DAC.
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    boenicke Owners Club

    I'm intrigued by the W5. Any owners out there within sensible reach of Sunny Gloucestershire who could provide a dem if I came a-visiting?
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    Experience/opinion on Rotel RP-3000 TT?

    Yup! Not from here, though. I've had quite a few queries since.
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    Experience/opinion on Rotel RP-3000 TT?

    I paid £144 for mine, inc delivery back in 2014. Pretty much minty. £350 is OTT, although I suspect the Zebrano stripiness is worth a bit more to those that like it.
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    Experience/opinion on Rotel RP-3000 TT?

    I bought one for my 2nd system - just for the looks, really. It looks like a proper turntable, and the veneer blended in nicely with the room. It sounded fine, I didn't obsess about it or do comparisons. It played the music enjoyably. Mine had the stock arm and seemed happy with a Goldring Excel mc cart - sounded very nice, actually. It did suffer from a bit of speed drift, but if there wasn't a strobe I wouldn't have known. Usually settled down to zero drift after a minute or so.
  20. I've a pair of Audeze EL8 (£600 rrp). (also Fostex TH600, Wharfedale Isodynamic and Philips Fidelio X2). The Audeze are very good, but so are a lot of others. It's just down to personal taste and what happens to come along at a good price!. But one area I have found them to excel is in the lack of leakage, in and out. They are like industrial ear defenders. Well, almost. The wife stands there talking to me - and I can't hear a word, even with no music playing. Worth their weight in gold for that alone.
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    Leema Acoustics Owners Club

    I've not tried any of the Leema electronics although I would be interested in doing so, but the Xavier loudspeaker was a major hit with me. I'd consider it probably the best box / cone&dome speaker I've owned. Very natural blend of spot on tonality and high rez, with excellent dynamic and power handling ability as well. And the imaging was great, too. The Xavier just sounded right to me, a very fine speaker. The Leema speaker line evolution over the years seems a bafflingly random affair - I've heard quite a few and the Xavier was head and shoulders above the others, although the little Leema Xen was a pleasant exception. Here you go, a bit of a speaker shootout chez-moi. - the Xavier is on the left.
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    Alan Brownstone RIP

    It was with great sadness that I heard of the death earlier today of my friend Alan Brownstone; widely known as AlanB on hifi forums. A hifi and music fanatic, and tube roller extraordinaire. He was a true gentleman, and also a gentle man. He will be much missed by the many friends and acquaintances that he has made over the years. RIP Alan.
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    Alan Brownstone RIP

    It has been suggested to me that it would be a nice idea if a few of Alan's "audio buddies" got together and sent some flowers to the funeral. I think it's a great idea, especially as it looks like I won't be able to attend the funeral. Interflora seem to provide a good service for this type of thing. For £45 or £50 a nice looking floral arrangement can be delivered to the funeral parlour. If anyone has suggestions for suitable wording for the accompanying card I would be very grateful! I will co-ordinate this. If anyone would like to contribute to this please PM me and I will give you details of how to provide funds. Any excess monies will be donated to a charity - I will get in contact with Alan's daughter and ask her views on a suitable charity.
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    Alan Brownstone RIP

    For anyone who would like to attend and pay "last respects" to Alan, the funeral details are as follows -- 4th September at 11.40am at Stourbridge Crematorium, South Road DY8 3RQ. Followed by an informal gathering and drink in celebration of Alan's life at H Porter & Sons, Old Church House, 60 South Road DY8 3UJ. Alan's daughter, Andra, says that anyone who knew Alan is welcome to attend and will be made most welcome!
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    Classical bLog Cabin

    Here's a totally superb harpsichord recording of some of the masterpieces of classical music, the Bach keyboard partitas. The sound quality here is way up among the best I have ever heard - stunning clarity and presence. One of those rare 10/10 recordings.