marlew

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About marlew

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    Sussex
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    Mark

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  • Digital Source 1
    TEAC CD-3000
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    TEAC CD-3000
  • Integrated Amp
    Marantz PM-15S1
  • My Speakers
    ProAc Studio 1 MK II
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Miles Davis ‎– Filles De Kilimanjaro
  2. marlew

    Jelco service & repairs in the UK?

    From what I can gather they are excellent tonearms; very well suited to Technics direct drive. A few years ago, I spent a fair few bob modifying a Technics 1210 MK2: SME M2-9 tonearm, modified bearing, separate power supply, upgraded platter, and plinth system. It was most definitely an improvement on the original model and it looked superb but I was by no means blown away by its sonic performance as I had hoped. The experience has kind of put me off (perhaps unfairly) Technics DD. I know the standard 1200/1210 very well, a great reliable workhorse, but sonically it leaves a lot to be desired IMHO (this is regardless of phono stage or cart used). Personally, I prefer the sonic performance of an entry-level Project to that of a standard 1200/1210. If I had my time again modifying a Technics 1200/1210, I would replace the tonearm with a Jelco, add some Isonoe feet, a Funk Achromat and a decent but not OTT MC cart from the likes of AT or Denon and leave it that. Better still, I would probably go for a Michell Gyro SE, NA Ace Spacedeck or perhaps an Acoustic Signature model. I am perhaps biased in my assessment of Technics direct drive due to my experience with the 1200/1210. I don't want to write it off completely. I've not heard the SP10, nor the modern/revised version of the SL1200 (by all accounts, both are a completely different proposition to the classic 1200/1210). The Technics 1200/1210 is great from a user-friendly and also heritage point of view but it is lacking sonically IME when compared to the higher end, well designed, belt driven tables. How have you found the sonic performance of your SP10 in comparison to your Thorens so far?
  3. marlew

    Jelco service & repairs in the UK?

    I would recommend contacting ammonite-audio, the manufacturer of the famous Jelco collar: https://ammonite-audio.co.uk/contact/ They should have very good knowledge of Jelco tonearms.
  4. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Various ‎– Sampled! A decent compilation of classic soul jazz/funk tracks, all of which have been famously sampled by various hip-hop acts over the years. Part of the excellent Verve Jazzclub series.
  5. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    John Coltrane ‎– Giant Steps
  6. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Robert Hood ‎– M-Print: 20 Years Of M-Plant Music Detroit techno at its finest! Robert Hood is one of the best producers from the genre. Wonderful sound; expertly mastered by German producer, Thomas P. Heckmann. Recommended!
  7. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Manu Dibango ‎– Afro-Soul Machine Great musician! Well chosen set of tunes (Dibango's back catalogue is vast). First rate sound quality across the set. Highly recommended for all lovers of high quality Afro-groove/Afrobeat music.
  8. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Lee "Scratch" Perry ‎– Disco Devil (The Jamaican Discomixes)
  9. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Various ‎– The Legacy Of Disco Great sound quality on this set.
  10. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Trentemøller ‎– The Trentemøller Chronicles
  11. marlew

    What are you listening to right now?

    Manu Dibango ‎– Afro-Soul Machine
  12. marlew

    children of the windrush generation

    Indeed. It could be argued the extreme Zionists are the most racist of all, if we define racism as, "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior". The extreme Zionists have an unhealthy belief in racial supremacy and ethno-nationalism. They then have the gall to describe genuine critics of the situation as anti-Semites (as you correctly point out, the genuine Semites of the region are the Palestinians) and racists. It is total 1984 doublespeak. Unfortunately, they are very powerful in terms of their influence within politics and the media; It is very difficult for anyone with any kind of public profile to speak out. Look how Roger Waters of Pink Floyd has been heavily demonised and vilified for his speaking out.
  13. marlew

    children of the windrush generation

    Don't be ridiculous! Are you seriously suggesting the modern Labour party under Corbyn is a racist organisation? Corbyn is pretty much the most anti-racist politician going. All this talk in the popular press of antisemitism is a load of hot air. Thinking people are sick and tired of the way the Israeli government/state behaves in relation to the Palestinians. Sadly, the Israeli government and the powerful Zionist establishment like to paint all critics of this situation as antisemitic racists. It's a nonsense! It's a powerful slur; a clever silencing tactic. I very much doubt there is any genuine racism in the Labour party. You are much more likely to find it in UKIP and the Conservative party.
  14. marlew

    EAR-Yoshino (Esoteric Audio Research)

    I'm sure the EAR Acute is a very good CD player. However, I would personally not spend much over a grand on a CD player these days. IME and according to my ears, it is simply not necessary to do so in order to achieve high quality digital audio performance. I'm of the opinion that once you reach a certain level with DAC's/CD players these days, it is the mastering/recording quality which makes the biggest difference to the resulting sound; not the particular disc player or DAC. If the EAR Acute is available to you at a much reduced price, my advice is try it for yourself in your system, using your own ears; compare it with your Oppo and Zen mini. The amplifier and disc player do not need to be the same brand; it is no guarantee of an optimum match. There are lots of decent DAC and disc player options out there. IMHO DAC's/disc players have greatly improved over recent years. You no longer need to spend big to achieve high performance. There are a great many decent options (both used and new) available between £500 and £1K. Spend the greater sum of your available budget on loudspeakers and amplifiers which drive them to their full potential. Hope this helps.
  15. marlew

    EAR-Yoshino (Esoteric Audio Research)

    The EAR Acute is a very well regarded, high end CD player. I've just done a quick Google search and the current version retails for £4,800. Using it as a transport only kind of defeats the object. For transport only duties, you would be better off going for a purpose built transport like the CXC from Cambridge Audio which can be picked up brand new for around £300. Have you listened to the EAR Acute in your system? Is it a good used buy in terms of price? Why have you narrowed it down to this particular model?