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  • Turn Table
    Acoustic Solid 111
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    AN Arm 1/AT33PTG/II
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    ifi iPhono mk 1
  • Digital Source 1
    Pioneer N50A
  • Digital Source 2
    Fiio X5ii
  • DAC
    Meridian Explorer 2
  • Integrated Amp
    Musical Fidelity M3i
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    Audiovector 5
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    B&O HP6
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. bigfool1956

    Best ABBA track and why

  2. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    They provided the banging theme to the Lost in Space film, they also had a hit with Stop the Rock, which was a Status Quo mash-up. It's something well outside my normal fare .
  3. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    Apollo 440 - Gettin' High on Your Own Supply CD ripped to FLAC
  4. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    Peter Hammill - Loops and Reels CD ripped to FLAC. This is the CD remaster as the original was a cassette only release (which I have somewhere).
  5. bigfool1956


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  6. £90 ! For four LPs. Pepper was expensive at £35 for a double LP... 90 f***ing quid jeez.
  7. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream 24/48 FLAC ripped from DVD-A
  8. bigfool1956

    Passive vs. Active

    Some big assumptions there, like the one where I haven't had the LP for years and years and played it on a multitude of turntables with different arms and cartridges, or else the one where you assumed I'm using my Blu-ray player for playback. So, the flat transfer has been ripped and is played back in the same way as I play any digital file, and there is no lack of bottom end. The LP of Octopus is quite striking in the bass impact. However my point is not dissimilar to yours, in that if you're comparing a mastering to reality, such as an acoustic instrument, this could easily be a false comparison, depending on what was done either during the recording or else during the mastering. It's worth noting that in past days the mastering engineer was pretty much left to do his thing, so even if the recording engineer struck a perfect balance on the master tape, the LP (or CD) could be quite different.
  9. bigfool1956

    Connecting RCA Phono output to 3.5mm portable amp input

    The line output of the Fiio DAP is quite high, which you'll find out if you accidentally plug your headphones into it. (I think my ears are still ringing 2 years after I did it ). You won't have any problems with your full-size DAC, and you shouldn't have any headroom problems either.
  10. bigfool1956

    Passive vs. Active

    It's quite interesting to compare early pressings/masterings with flat transfers from the master tapes, which are starting to become available. A good example is Octopus by Gentle Giant. I have an early pressing of this, and I also have the Blu-ray, which contains a flat transfer at 24/96. Based on the assumption that a flat transfer is an accurate representation of what is on the master tape, it becomes very obvious that the mastered LP is not. In fact the LP has a lot more bass slam and impact, which is presumably because the mastering engineer decided to goose the bass. If pushed, I'd probably say I prefer the LP, but it's clearly unbalanced compared to the flat transfer.
  11. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    Sleeper - Smart CD ripped to FLAC
  12. The problem for me on this is that they are now at Pink Floyd levels of taking the piss for the pricing. I mean, the only reason I don't have the remaster of Sgt. Pepper is that they want £10-£15 more than everybody else for a 2 LP set.
  13. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    Beggars' Opera - Pathfinder CD ripped to FLAC
  14. bigfool1956

    What are you listening to right now?

    Free - Fire and Water CD ripped to FLAC