Mr_Sukebe

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About Mr_Sukebe

  • Rank
    Wammer
  • Birthday 01/07/1966

Personal Info

  • Location
    London, , United Kin
  • Real Name
    Mike

Wigwam Info

  • Digital Source 1
    Roon hosted on my PC
  • Digital Source 2
    Pioneer BDP170
  • DAC
    Meridian HD621
  • Pre-Amp
    Meridian 861v4, ID40
  • Power Amp/s
    Quad Artera
  • My Speakers
    Impulse Ta'us
  • Headphones
    Meridian Explorer 2/HD600s
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I'm a Meridian source user and have been for a number of years now. I've still yet to hear anything I prefer. I've heard their DSP speakers a number of times. Really rated the DSP6000s that I heard at Scalford a couple of years ago. For me, they were the backend of the best sound I heard all day, so much so that I promptly went out to investigate other Meridian DSP options. Since then, I've heard 5ks, 5500s, 6ks, 7ks, 7200s and 8ks. For me, the 5s were a little "small" sounding, whilst the 8s weren't appreciably better than the 7s, so I listened more extensively to several 7s, almost wondering about making the jump. For all that, I'd go home and prefer the horn loaded Impulse speakers that I already have. Probable more down to personal preference than anything else, but there's no doubt that the DSP speakers are damn good at what they do.
  2. I have a pair of Ta'us and have heard H2s several times. IMO they work best with "smooth" solid state, such that the SS assists with bass control. I've tried my Ta'us with a variety of kit including EL34s (Canary CA608), 300Bs (coincident mono-blocks), Quad QSP, Bel Canto Evo2. I've recently bought a Quad Artera (kind of the latest version of the Quad 606, 909). It's the best match I've tried with my speakers.
  3. Just received a Quad artera stereo power amp. A quick look at the specs makes it appear as just another re-box of the 606/909/QSP. Seemingly not quite. Changes that I've come across so far: - According to the blurb, the current dumping is there, but now with a wider bandwidth capability and more linear response across the frequency range - Now incorporates XLR, balanced inputs (useful to me as my source is balanced) In use, and without being able to back to back compare against the QSP that I previously owned, I believe that it's cleaner, with less high end glare (not that the QSP had much), more transparent and with better control in the lower regions. I really like the QSP, so very happy with this. The only area of confusion that I have is that it seems to run a good deal cooler than the QSP, despite having seemingly smaller heatsinks. Does make me wonder if Quad has lowered the power capability in pure Class A (which I read was circa 3 watts in the 909). The only caveat I'd add is that my speakers are fairly forward. I'm guessing the artera wouldn't match anything like as well with a really laid back pair of speakers.
  4. Mr_Sukebe

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    Bought one of these a couple of months ago: Have to say I was really happy with watch. Solar powered, so quartz accuracy and no batteries. Titanium case and bracelet, saphire crystal. What's not to like. Then just 2 months later, fell off my bike and rip it off my arm, braking a pin in the bracelet. Just wanted to mention that Citizen UK were VERY helpful and have repaired it for free, with new pins. Couldn't bring myself to replace the scuffed bracelet due to the ridiculous cost (over £200).
  5. I have a Pi3 in use for my son as a Roon "end point". At heart, the Pi is basically a small form factor computer, typically using Linux as an OS, and with the opportunity by default of connecting via Ethernet, x2 USB connections, x1 HDMI (out) and an SD card, which is basically used as a hard drive. So in theory, a Pi could be used to rip CDs if you connect up say an USB optical disk drive, though I've not seen it done. In practice, a Pi is sufficient powerful to run some server side software. e.g. I believe it will run Rune. Unfortunately it's not recommended as a server platform for either Roon or HQplayer. If MS ever builds a lightweight version of Win10 for say a Pi3, that might change. So for myself, I use my PC as a server, running Roon, then connecting via Ethernet to the Pi3 which is an "end point". A key benefit being that you get to physically separate the two devices. So no noisy PC in your listening room, and additionally some claim a reducing in digital "noise" if you connect via say USB from the Pi3 to a DAC.
  6. Is this to deal with both analogue and digital sources, or just one of them? If it's purely for digital, you could consider one of the better DAC/pre options around, e.g. the new Meridian ultra DAC, thus saving you the cost of a dedicated DAC.
  7. I recently bought a Pi3 for my son. I have a pair of old Ruarks and a Kenwood integrated in his room, and wanted to give him access to my Roon music library. The Pi3 was a very cheap way to do that. My main system is a bog standard PC with my music on it and Roon running as a server on it. It then streams to a Roon "end point", which for my main system is a Meridian unit. For my son, it's now a Pi3 with an IQaudio DAC in it. Took me maybe 1 hour to build and get up and running. Took me longer to remove the stickers from the case than it did to deal with the software. Sounds fine. For another person, you might also want to consider HQplayer. That does a similar job of separating your server from an "end point". For HQplayer, the end point is an "NAA". It's apparently possible to also use a Pi as an NAA, then output via SPDIF or USB to a DAC. My understanding is that by using a small thin client NAA, you avoid the "noise" that a PC tends to produce and so supposedly sounds better. The key benefit of HQplayer is that it also allows the use of "convolution" filters, i.e. for room correction. Really is VERY useful. I'm a little frustrated that Roon haven't already incorporated a similar capability. Final option that I've read about is Rune, which sounds like it can run as a server and renderer all on a Pi3. i.e. stuff your music on a USB drive and plug it into your Pi3, run Rune and your away. Key benefit being that Rune is free. Mega way to get a very low cost streaming solution.
  8. Now on the bay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/112187082582?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  9. Price reduced to £750. If I have no taker by the end of play on Sunday, will be moving Bayside.
  10. Big thumbs up from me. That's very cool
  11. Thanks for the write up. I always enjoy reading feedback. Have to say, I wasn't sure what all the acronyms in the Primaire range stood for or what they do. Could you please give us a quick summary.
  12. As you say, great bit of kit. I built one two weeks ago for my son's room, to use as a Roon end-point. Took me less than an hour to physically build it, install the image, wire it up and have it running. I'd never seen a Pi before in the flesh. Just works, and for the cash, just incredible. The best part being that there's nearly no risk. You don't like it for audio, re-task it for something else.
  13. For sale, my Xindak PA-m power amp. Please see the advert on Ebay for details.