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  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz CD17 M2
  • DAC
    I want dac64!!!
  • Pre-Amp
    CHORD CPA2800
  • Power Amp/s
  • My Speakers
    Tannoy Eyris

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  1. Steveh

    The man behind my avatar
  2. Steveh

    Chord Hugo MScaler announced at CanJam London 2018

    Are we talking evolution or revolution here?
  3. My power amp was manufactured around 1993, so it recently celebrated it's silver anniversary. I have owned it for around 10 years. It has a superb "grip" on my (relatively inefficient") speakers and is the best amplifier I have ever owned. It runs relatively cool because of its power supply(SWPS), which may help its longevity. I certainly agree with " if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
  4. Steveh

    Amp recommendations for up to £3k for magnepans

    Chord power amps will drive anything apparently. Run mainly in class A, only switching to Class B in most demanding situations. My Chord SPM800B (1995 vintage) drives my relatively inefficient Tannoys (85 db/w) extraordinarily well. Conservatively rated at 160 wpc, Runs cool too due to SMPS, and not "backbreakingly heavy"
  5. Steveh

    superfi gone under?

    Shame. The Leeds shop gave me my first introduction to "high end " CD by offering an ex- demo Marantz CD 17 for 300 squids(RRP 800). In champagne gold too! It was the centrepiece of my system, until some a*****e broke into my house and stole the lot.(MF amp, Tannoy speakers) Fortunately I was insured and got a good settlement, eventually. Some clown from the loss adjuster attempted to convince me to have a Marantz CD 5000 as replacement, claiming that the only difference was the CD text feature! To cut a long story short, my source is now a Marantz CD 17 mark 2.
  6. Steveh

    Snake oil

    ekans oil is preferable because it is non-directional........
  7. just clearing pronunciation up............
  8. Steveh

    Change of amplifier

    FWIW - Historically(, Shahinian recommended Creek amplification. I cannot find a reference to it now, but I understand that Creek amps will drive most speakers rather well. I used to own a Creek pre-power, driving Tannoy speakers. I stlll have the Tannoys, and now use a "clinical" Chord amp. which is as transparent as they come IMHO.
  9. Steveh

    2019 £10000 Turntable Challenge
  10. Steveh

    Your first proper hi-fi.

    TRIO KD1033B turntable(Ortophon FF15E cartridge) AKAI GXC 706D cassette deck ROTEL RX503 receiver GOODMANS ACHROMAT 250 speakers Deep joy(Stanley Unwin)....
  11. Steveh

    Is stereo dying?

    With a stereo system(hi-fi) the illusion created by a good soundstage is of being there with the artist(s). With a multi-channel system the illusion is of being at the cinema.. I know which I prefer, but I think that the young today would rather be at the cinema., or have the illusion of such.
  12. Steveh

    Cd separate.
  13. Steveh

    Modern speaker comparable to Tannoy R3?

    I used to own a pair of Tannoy R2 speakers.(driven by Creek. amplifier).......outstandingly good. I sold them to a friend of a friend(who was delighted with them (Cyrus amplifier). Even though I was(more than) content with the sound, I couldn't resist a Richer Sounds offer of the Tannoy Eyris 2 (my current speaker) for £199, reviewed at £1000 in HiFI World. As it happens, the R2's have a sensitivity of 88dB/watt whereas the Eyris 2 is "only" 85dB/watt, which meant (theoretically) that I would need to double the amplifier power to reach the same SPL. Fortunately, I had 2 Creek power amps bridged as monoblocks delivering 250 wpc so it wasn't as problem. I am now driving the Eyris2 's with a Chord power amplifier(160 wpc), and are giving the best sound that they ever have. I guess my opinion would be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" , but there is always the question " How long do speaker driver units last before they get "tired"?
  14. Steveh

    How many Brands/Manufacturers in your System?

    Marantz CD, source into FX Audio valve pre-amplifier via Shark cable interconnect into Chord power amplifier via Shark cable interconnect driving Tannoy Floorstanders via QED speaker cable
  15. Steveh

    How much does this power amp cost to run?

    a lot per annum, depending on usage........