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    Technics SH-X1000
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    The Lentek
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  1. Two albums that I really love are both great recordings too: Timepeace by Terry Callier and Meshell N'Degeocello's Peace Beyond Passion. EST have some superb recordings and modern jazz doesn't get too much better. Etta James - Etta James on Chess from 1973 features some deep soul/funk with quality. Hail H.I.M is a great reggae recording from a genre that doesn't feature that much. It happens to be my favourite reggae album too which is a bonus. It's hard to choose a favourite but these are albums worth seeking out for their quality and recording quality IMO.
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    Denon PMA2010ae integrated amplifier

    I had the PMA-S10 which is very, very similar. It drove B&W801's in a ballroom without breaking sweat.
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    An upgrade or sideways move??

    IMO it would be a sideways move. The Orbe is a beauty though.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    My apologies then.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    The difficulty I have with that Nick is that Keith sells the Kii and D&D speakers. That's not to say that they do not provide startling difference but that I, as a private buyer, not in the trade, will always treat such claims with a degree of scepticism. It also not to say that the startling difference will be one that I enjoy. I do believe that there are differences between components, yet I don't understand how if their measurements are identical. I have heard many components that do not sound the same, yet their measurements suggest that they should. I suppose a sceptical subjectivist would be my current category of audiophile!
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    I agree Nigel. I suppose my point is that some of the improvements that are being discussed may be measurable, or delivered with the best manufacturer intention, but if they are not audible, the improvement is useless to the listener. We come back to the point, oft recommended by experienced Wammers, that blind testing within your own system is really the only way of determining whether your spend is worthwhile. The arguments between subjectivists and objectivists are rendered futile, under these conditions.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    You are correct Flash. Is there an improvement in sound quality or not is the only point. Actually, the measurements can prove or disprove any improvement but they don't matter anyway if you cannot hear it. The point about where to spend your money does have a relevance though. £3,500 is a lot to spend if the improvements are very small, unless you believe you have peaked elsewhere and have plenty of spare cash.
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    When Hifi designers get it “So wrong”

    Sounds the business in my back passage.
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    JBL L40 speakers for sale

    Really nice sound these speakers
  10. I was thinking that! No, the hobby is cool and it brings more out of the music which is where my real interest lies. I have also met many brilliant people as the result of the hobby, and this forum.
  11. I was saying the opposite to what you thought I was saying. There is no 'typical' vinyl sound: a combination of factors contribute to a very varied sound from analogue so the myth that analogue is warmer than digital is just that, a myth. There are too many variables to produce a typical sound; from stylus profiles to VTA to VTF to resonance frequency to platter design and drive method. The list is almost endless. I have been in the hobby since the age of 13 and I am now fifty. There are many myths and typical sound is absolutely the definitive one IMO. People talk about preferring the sound of valves; it's shite, because valves and their design sound different from each other. People talk about preferring analogue to digital and that again is bollocks IMO; there are too many different design methods and implementations for there to be typical sound.
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    Streaming / Digital Advice

    Like you, I use a vintage high end DAC. I have heard a range of modern DAC's and I will not be replacing what I have. A chromecast or an SBT plugged into your ML is all you will ever need IMO.
  13. This reads like the beginners guide to audio mythology! There is no sound typical of valves, digital or vinyl. Vinyl and valves are not naturally warm, unless you count wrapping your hand around a glowing glass bulb. Digital is not harsh unless badly designed. All systems and design topologies are capable of delivering excellent sound quality. They are also capable of delivering poor quality. There is no sound typical to each medium. Experience teaches us that the right blend of components can create a sound that is appealing. My experience tells me that the biggest single factor is the loudspeaker and its interaction with the room. All other factors contribute but make a smaller difference to the overall sound.
  14. IMO there is no such thing as a vinyl sound.