Tune

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About Tune

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  • Location
    Maidenhead, , United
  • Real Name
    Michael

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  • Turn Table
    Fruit Box
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Devialet
  • Digital Source 1
    Flash Drives
  • DAC
    Tascam DA3000
  • Pre-Amp
    N/A
  • Power Amp/s
    Devialet 400
  • My Speakers
    JBL K2 9800

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  1. Tune

    Harbeth or Revel

    Don't worry about brand names or reviews, audition at length and at home and do some work on where your most troublesome room modes are. Look into the specs of the loudspeakers to narrow the field. Choose something that will not interact badly with the room and look to use both listening and speaker positions to even out the bass response. After that, things are so subjective. I would personally aim for the higher end of average efficiency though if low level listening is you thing - I often listen at less than 50db late at night. After all that, it's just down to personal preference. Whatever makes the music grab you.
  2. Tune

    Harbeth or Revel

    Square 20ft room? A home loan is essential and the ability to move both listening position and speaker position are likewise important. Forget model recommendations - find something that works in such a difficult acoustic environment first. With regards to low level listening, decent loudspeaker efficiency undoubtedly helps there IME. Neither manufacturer is known for that.
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    Blank Canvas

    Choose your loudspeakers based on how they will interact with the shorter dimension (3m) of your room at the bottom end and the assorted room modes. Don't buy one because it looks good, has great reviews, or is heavily discounted.The rest is easy.
  4. The thing is, many speakers like the Gerbils don't need big rooms - in reality they are designed with the Japanese market in mind as much as anything. Look at the f3 point. They work in average British rooms. I had the 4338 before and again it had something that brought music to life. I have heard many 4 Series over the years. I am not sure where we have gone since those days. We have made swoopy shapes and smaller loudspeakers but at a cost. I was one of the first adopters of DRC - certainly on forums as I was a friend of Peter Lyngdorf - then of TACT. I wouldn't swap my JBL's for any of that for all the tea in China. The developments appear to have been aimed at domestic acceptability and the change in priorities in many Western homes. It's different in Japan IME.
  5. The funny thing in reality is that my own speakers were an ' homage. Created to mimic the design of monitors half a century before (by the same designer) but using the tools and materials available to them now. Many of the original materials (Doped paper cones/ Alnico magnets etc) were retained - there is in reality just one materialistic change and no design changes to monitors available the best part of a century ago. They will eat almost any modern loudspeaker for breakfast and spit them out. Modern "high end" audio is a diversion. It is created with domestic acceptability and indeed desirability as main drivers. You need to remove both of those before you get a good cost/performance level. Think of "High End" as W*nk Fi.
  6. I have a pair of loudspeakers that date from 17 years ago. There is nothing I would swap them for. I had a friend around today who has been a high end salesman for decades. He just smiles and laughs then jokes about the shit he sells for tens of thousands.
  7. Tune

    Three Words Daily

    Wisdom of Heseltine.
  8. Tune

    Hearing Loss

    Unless I'm missing something Mr Neds, surely that's what Bluetooth or Wifi is for? Apologies if our posts are overlapping.
  9. Tune

    Hearing Loss

    With DSP as it is, why not get yourself a digital source with that built in or simply download an app that works on a laptop? The top octave or two are, musically, a waste of time IMHO.
  10. Tune

    Is a DAC upgrade worth it?

    My honest opinion. with Analogue back in the day it was source first. With digital sources in the twenty first century it's source last. I usually listen to a laptop through £20k loudspeakers.Get the speakers of your dreams and power them properly. The rest is easy IMHO.
  11. Tune

    Your Pet Photos

    Hide and seek at home.
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    Your Pet Photos

    Just thought I would share an experience I had with Latte, an adopted short clawed otter ,whilst staying in Thailand. One day I had a seizure whilst in the shower room and fell, unconscious, against the door. The door had a vent at the bottom. Latte the otter seems to have tried to remove the vent but to no avail - they are not called short clawed for nothing! Whilst concerned, Latte left the house and ran some 600m to where my wife and staff were working. He screeched at them time and time again, making it very clear, to Lek at least, that something was wrong. He wanted them to follow him. They did and he took them to the house where they saw my predicament. Whilst my wife went looking for a friend with a saw, Latte stayed with me all the time, apparently again, trying to remove the grate and screeching in my ear. My wife returned with a mutual friend, An An, who (equipped with a saw) managed to remove the lock and gain entrance. As soon as the gap was large enough Latte the otter jumped through and tried to bring me around by running on my face biting both my ears and nose. Eventually I recovered consciousness, was helped to the bed, where Latte refused to leave my side until I was fully over the seizure and able to drink and talk. Now we know that the otter is one of the most intelligent animals on the planet but still this was (to me) remarkable. Humanity has wiped out 60% of the world’s otter populations since 1980. I would most likely be dead were it not for that one. It does rather make you think who is the plague on this planet. Here he is trying to get through the sawn out part of the door.. Sadly he's grown somewhat and piled on the pounds...
  13. BCD Engineering 3 Shelf Rack for sale . Rare. As used by many high end dealers in years gone by. Hi mass support. Possibly the best TT support ever produced. Solid granite base with two laminated glass shelves. Columns are lead shot filled and made from aluminium. New this cost in excess of 2k and is as new. It will transform many people's TT - particularly if you have floorboards. Looking for £750 ono. Cannot deliver sadly due to losing out to the DVLA...
  14. No longer using vinyl. I used this phono stage to rip to DSD and it really is an outstanding stage - both from the musical perspective and the hifi perspective. Make me a fair offer. I have seen them sold from around £2,400 to £3K. New it's £5K and, to be honest, we could not hear the difference between this and the newer Mk2. This stage has not been used since 2015 and was only used for the ripping process prior to that. Demo irrelevant when it comes to phono stages but I'm confident in saying it's one of the finest you can buy regardless of cost. I had a Lyra Connoisseur prior to this and the Groove Plus more or less matched it with a Lyra Kleos on SME 30/12a - slightly more body to the Lyra and slightly better timing and imaging with the Groove.
  15. Tune

    Your Pet Photos

    Latte's cute side... In all seriousness, when you are lucky enough to have a wild animal accept you and treat you as a Mother or Father (we've had a squirrel as well), it is a remarkably joyous feeling. Difficult to describe. When I left after 6 months, the squirrel left home too but for your entertainment here is a true story from earlier this year: I thought I would share an experience I had with Latte, an adopted short clawed otter ,whilst staying in Thailand. One day I had a seizure whilst in the shower room and fell, unconscious, against the door. The door had a vent at the bottom. Latte the otter seems to have tried to remove the vent but to no avail - they are not called short clawed for nothing! Whilst concerned, Latte left the house and ran some 600m to where my wife and others were working. He screeched at them time and time again, making it very clear, to Lek at least, that something was wrong. He wanted them to follow him. They did and he took them to the house where they saw my predicament. Whilst my wife went looking for a friend with a saw, Latte stayed with me all the time, apparently again, trying to remove the grate and screeching in my ear. My wife returned with a mutual friend, An An, who (equipped with a saw) managed to remove the lock and gain entrance. As soon as the gap was large enough Latte the otter jumped through and tried to bring me around by running on my face biting both my ears and nose. Eventually I recovered consciousness, was helped to the bed, where Latte refused to leave my side until I was fully over the seizure and able to drink and talk. Now we know that the otter is one of the most intelligent animals on the planet but still this was (to me) remarkable. Humanity has wiped out 60% of the world’s otter populations since 1980. I would most likely be dead were it not for that one. It does rather make you think who is the plague on this planet.