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  1. Just a thought, but couldn't you connect both +ve spade connectors and both -ve spade connectors to the respective speaker terminals?
  2. Tangerine Dream - Union Chapel, London. Saw them last night. Unusual venue, with free seating. Excellent concert.
  3. The Indulgence Show is back in London with a wide range of exhibitors. You may still be able to get free tickets (normally £15) if you use this discount code at checkout : MMAGPIE
  4. Listening to this via Spotify and really enjoying it. Thanks.
  5. You'd have to get there early (and I mean before the doors open) to ensure getting a parking spot onsite. I've usually ended up in one of the car parks to the north west of the white house. It's less than 400m walk from there to get to the main entrance.
  6. If you're looking further at the Raspberry Pi as a solution, it's worth checking out this system that a Wammer (onlyconnect) brought to this year's Scalford show. An all in one system, streamer, dac, preamp and 35w per channel amp in a tiny form factor. Quite astounding value for money.
  7. I really wish I could have gone again on Sunday to hear the drummer clinic. A little ringing in the ears would have been worth it. Me too. I think it was the most interesting show so far this year.
  8. I'm really fascinated by the 2 channel application of the Smyth Realiser. I also had a demo at the Indulgence Show. Check out some of the other Wammers impressions (plus a link to a YouTube video) in the show thread : If you haven't done so already, read this article on the Smyth site : It covers all the applications that this device can do. I’m primarily interested in using it to replicate my 2 channel system. The other functions are, to me, lovely freebies. Also, check out this thread : One of the later comments (post #337) : “This system is a loudspeaker industry killer. Why would anybody invest in expensive loudspeakers if he can get the best loudspeakers in the world in a small box?” That’s exactly how I feel about this system. It all depends on your priorities. What price do you place on convenience and consistency? I’ve spent quite a few thousand pounds on my system. Some parts of the day it sounds great, sometimes it doesn’t. If I sit in another seat, the presentation differs. Potentially, I could sell up my system after I’d taken measurements in the sweet spot (or any other system that I could get measured on). I could then listen to on my headphones : to a replication of my system to a replication of other peoples systems anywhere in the house at any time at my preferred volume level without disturbing anybody else. The world's changing, especially on how we consume media content. No longer are people locked viewing one large TV and tied into the BBC/ITV scheduling. Streaming services and the internet have changed all that. We can stream or download to view video and music content on TVs, computers, tablets and phones at the time that we want. I see this item in a similar vein. It removes the physical and time bound aspects of listening to a domestic hifi system. Imagine being able to listen to a number killer systems in a small apartment where you don't have the physical space to accommodate a full range system by simply choosing another configuration file. I'm really hoping it delivers all that it promises.
  9. Smyth Realiser A16 As life progresses, time and space dedicated to my system gets smaller and smaller. I have less time to listen to it in the evenings since the children are studying or involved in other activities. So, I started recently looking at headphones to get my music fix. I use UE Triple-Fi 10s (IEMs) and recently bought an AKG M550 Mkii to try an over the ear system. Good, but I still prefer the isolation and directness of the IEMs. After trying a number of CIEMs, I bought a pair at the show. This post by SergeAuckland (see #3 in ) explains some of the difficulties that headphones have in creating a soundstage. My perceptions all changed after I visited the Smyth room and had a demo of the Smyth Realiser A16. I just watched the YouTube video linked to by AlmaAtaKZ. Yep, I had the same gobsmacked reaction. That can't be happening with a pair of headphones! ‘What’s it got to do with me?’ I hear you ask. When’s he going to get to the point? I was talking to Stephen Smyth about its application in emulating 2 channel systems. He confirmed that you could measure your main stereo system and replicate the imagery and sound via headphones and also the following scenarios. Now, imagine this. Why not set up your system with the speakers pulled out from the rear wall and with you sitting in the (normally antisocial single chair) sweet spot and take measurements. You can then go off with your A16, sit wherever you like and listen to a facsimile of your main rig via headphones. Alternatively, ask a nice friend with an ultra-expensive system excellent sounding system and get a measurement from their rig and then listen to it at home. The A16 has a dual user mode. Two of you could be virtually sitting in the same sweet spot. Also, if you only have a pair of speakers and wanted to get a multichannel reading, you could do a step wise measurement. Measure your speakers in the front position. Move them to the side and measure again. Finally move them to the back and do another measurement and add them all to the same profile. A full multichannel system with measurements from your best (most expensive?) speakers. Now, it’s a lot of bold claims. But if it works anywhere close as promised then that’s a game changer for a 2 channel enthusiast like me.
  10. That's an excellent write up. You mentioned a few rooms that I didn't have time to get round to and wish I had. Totally agree about the system with the Pnoe speakers. Looked astonishing but the sound quality was very disappointing. I was hoping to go on Sunday too, but Dad duty calls - drafted as a taxi service for my Son's hockey match. Did I mention that a few exhibitors were offering show discounts? It's always worth asking. I'm sure that Audio Sanctuary (the organizers) were offering 15% off the Chord Hugo i.e. £399 down to £339. If only the damn thing worked with my Samsung Note 3 on Spotify. I tried and tried. Again, thanks for the write up and pictures.
  11. Back home after a long (10.30 – 19.00), excellent day at this great show. Most of the major players were there with the vast majority having really good sounding systems setup, with only the odd misfiring system in between. This show was very well organised, from the extremely slick app which I downloaded onto my phone (showing all the talks, events, interactive floorplans and booking system) to the design and layouts. My tour highlights; Visited the Headroom. After a long set of demos, I ordered some CIEMs (Cosmic Ears CE6P) from Aid2Hearing. Giselle was very professional. It’s good to get such great personal customer service. Talks. I attended the interview/talk by the recording engineers – Chris Kimsey and Gary Langan. Chris recalled his interview for his first job in a recording studio. “I’d been learning and training on a 4 track system before the interview, but when I got to the recording studio for the interview, they told me they’d just upgraded to an 8 track. I was sweating before the technical part of the interview. The question then came: ‘How do you wire a 13 amp plug?’ “ Listened to probably the most expensive headphone (£100k +) setup in the world in the MSB room. Smyth Research Realiser demonstration. This was a jaw dropper event for me. Creating effective 3d space from headphones that replicates the dimensionality and sound of your main speakers or a full surround sound system. I’ll start another thread about this item. If you can, try and book a demo. As I said, some lovely sounding systems. MSB technology, PMC, the big JBLs in room 6 on the 3rd floor and plenty of others. This is what a hifi show should be like. Well organised with lots of aspirational but also affordable systems on show. I won’t be going back to Whittlebury (after attending and watching it go downhill during the last 9 years) and I doubt I’ll be going again to Windsor this year. YMMV but I hope you have a good time.
  12. Just saw this limited offer for free tickets to the Indulgence Show and I ordered some : A free hi-fi show in London. Any other takers?
  13. I also listened to the Wall of Music speakers. As they say, it did indeed provide a wall of music that I found quite engaging. And all this from running a laptop (sometimes playing the occasional youtube video) -> Musiland Dac -> User CV140 amp (circa 1970-72).