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  • Digital Source 1
    TEAC CD-3000
  • DAC
    TEAC CD-3000
  • Integrated Amp
    Marantz PM15
  • My Speakers
    ProAc Studio 1 MK II
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. What are you listening to right now?

    Various ‎– Afrobeat Sessions
  2. What are you listening to right now?

    Cheers for the tip. I will check it out, along with their latest release.
  3. What are you listening to right now?

    Shpongle ‎– Museum Of Consciousness I'm not keen on the album cover artwork but the music contained within is very good indeed. I have not heard all their work, some of what I have heard in the past has been a little bit cheesy for my tastes. This is not the case with this album at all; a most enjoyable listen. I'll have to get round to checking their latest release when I get a moment.
  4. What are you listening to right now?

    Radiohead ‎– A Moon Shaped Pool
  5. An audiophile restaurant?

    I suspect their audio system was inspired by the legacy of David Mancuso and The Loft. He was arguably the most influential dance music DJ of all time. He came out of the 1960's counter culture scene in the States and pioneered an underground disco sound which fused psychedelic rock, dub, electronic music, house, disco, jazz, funk, latin and ambient music. He had an audiophile approach to DJing and sound reproduction. He famously used Klipschorn speakers, along with Levinson amplifiers and Koetsu carts. Sadly, he passed away not too long ago but his legacy lives on. His 'The Loft' compilations are well worth checking out as are a number of his mixes which are available to listen to for free online. A fascinating character who had great taste and a genuine love for music. A true pioneer! He didn't have a big ego like many of the Superstar DJ's of today and never achieved their level of wealth and profile but he probably preferred it that way. RIP Mr Mancuso.
  6. Upgrade Turntable or purchase a record cleaner

    There is a used one available here: They will also allow you to trade in your current table. You could then buy a used Rega RB202 or RB303 at under £200 (they may even have one available; they have a huge stock of used items). Should all be doable within your budget.
  7. What are you listening to right now?

    Tsuyoshi Suzuki ‎– Shamanic Trance (Dada Funk Mix By Tsuyoshi Suzuki)
  8. Upgrade Turntable or purchase a record cleaner

    For me Baz, it is turntable first (up to a certain level) and then cartridge & phono stage combined, followed by tonearm (both Rega & Project arms are very decent performers imo and don't cost the earth). I would look to upgrade in the following stages: Firstly, I would upgrade the turntable to a Michell Tecnodec. IMO this is one of the best value new items in the world of Hi-Fi. It is available here with a Michell branded Rega RB202 at £896: If you sell your current table and add those funds to your budget you will be close to affording the Michell. In the first instance I would use your current cart. With the aim of saving up for a MC cart, something like an Ortofon Quintet Blue at £300 or an Audio Technica AT33PTG at £430, along with a Rothwell Headspace MC head-amp at around £300. MC's at this level are inherently superior to similarly priced MM's (when suitably phono amplified) imo. Once this has been achieved, I would then invest in a Okkin Nokki record cleaning machine (best value option imo) and not before. In the meantime, if you have any particularly grotty 2nd hand LP's I am sure folk on here will be happy to clean them on your behalf using their machines. Have a look at what Michael Framer of Stereophile has to say about the Tecnodec and this post by The Vinyl Anachronist blogger (scroll down to the end): and check the user reviews @ and elsewhere on the web. It is a universally praised turntable. It has a relatively low profile as it is overshadowed by the iconic Gyro which it is largely based on.
  9. What are you listening to right now?

    Various ‎– The Chakra Journey - Return To The Source, ‎ 2xCD Disc 2 of this set. A superb mix of high quality, ambient electronica. Chilled out and laid back but never boring or insipid.
  10. What are you listening to right now?

    The Time & Space Machine ‎– Taste The Lazer
  11. No, I have not compared the two, but I am a big admirer of ATC, especially the new range with the new in-house developed tweeter. Either the ATC SCM19 V2 (Stereophile Class A) or the ProAc Studio SM100 will be my next and final speaker. To be honest, when appropriately driven/matched/mounted/positioned, I reckon I could be perfectly happy with either. You are quite correct about ATC bass being truthful, linear and unhyped. A loudspeaker for 'mature' tastes I would suggest. I find so many ported, floor-standing speakers poor performers in this respect.
  12. What are you listening to right now?

    Recondite ‎– Placid
  13. What are you listening to right now?

    Plastikman ‎– Sheet One
  14. Kind of robotic style voice on this one. A truly epic acid/electro/TB-303 track, one of my all time favorites:
  15. It's not a good You Tube recording. It sounds much better in reality, especially on a decent club sound system. The uploaded clip does not do the track justice.