• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


f1eng last won the day on January 5 2018

f1eng had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

79 Excellent

About f1eng

  • Rank
  • Birthday 03/04/1950

Personal Info

  • Location
    Wantage, U K
  • Real Name

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Goldmund Reference
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Goldmund T3f/Ortofon
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    T3000/in Devialet
  • Digital Source 1
    Goldmund Mimesis 36+
  • Digital Source 2
  • DAC
    in Devialet
  • Integrated Amp
    Devialet O d'A
  • My Speakers
    Tune Audio Anima
  • Headphones
    AKG Q701, Stax Lambd

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. I started, like most, with the interconnects that came with the kit and 2 core mains cable for speakers. In 1968. I subsequently usually bought what the dealer recommended until I changed my Goldmund amp, which had special connectors so my speaker cable wouldn't connect to my new amp. Bought some specialist speaker cable on ebay to replace it for the first time. This system sounds superb. For the system with my Tune Audio Animas I got cable to match the internal cotton and wax insulated ones. This sound fabulous too.
  2. f1eng

    Schiit TT

    Seems they have a lot of faults, looks like maybe they didn't get the manufacturing tolerances rigfht, they are offering refunds and the opportunity to be beta testers to early customers.
  3. f1eng

    Schiit TT

    I think they have given a great deal of thought to the brand name, and loads of the product names, it is one of their key marketing strategies.
  4. I suspect it has a lot to do with availability of alternatives. When I was a student (1968-71) anybody who wanted a gadget basically had only a hifi as a choice to engage their hobby. Yes, if you were a music lover you needed one to listen to your LPs but in my college digs almost everybody had a hifi of some sort though it was very eveident that by no means all liked listening to music more than fiddling with the kit. The guy in the room next door had a wealthy family in Iran and he bought pretty well everything that was well reviewed in the mags but owned only a tiny handfull of LPs and at least half of them were test or demo ones. Nowadays this sort of person may be able to buy something to fiddle with that does something they actually like as a side effect, computers, video games and so forth can all be indulged from a gadget pov as well as doing their purported main function. I think a lot of people are still in this hobby because they enjoy playing around with and evaluating kit at least as much as listening to music, even if they don't admit it to themselves. Nowadays with modern technology the SQ possible from relatively small boxes using DSP is astonishing and, I am sure, more than satisfactory for "mere" music lovers, if somewhat scorned by long term enthusiasts, particularly those who don't like digital. At the WAM show one exhibitor was playing 3 pairs of small modern speakers and pretty well everybody who listened when I was there was astonished how good they were and probably would never have even listened to anything like that if they weren't at the WAM show - I probably wouldn't. I have largely abandoned streaming and having plenty of stuff I enjoy music on, so old fashioned hifi is fine for me, if I were young but with the same interest in listening to music I would probably be listening to the newish Apple powered speakers, which are a technological marvel but need an Apple music subscription, which won't be happening for me.
  5. f1eng

    Richard Dunn

    Very sad. I spent a lot of time in his room in Kegworth chatting about this and that. He told me he was not well.
  6. Not for me they weren't, I like classical music best so listening to a whole piece of music without having to get up and turn the record over at least once whilst listening to a symphony was a godsend with CD. Since the tagging system was standardised for pop music finding a complete set of files to listen to on a streaming service is a pita, as it is with ripped CDs unless 20 minutes is spent tagging the rip each time. I can't be bothered and have pretty well gone back to only listening to CDs and LPs, so I hope it isn't the end of CDs.
  7. When I decided I wanted to try high res at home a few years ago I looked for a DAC to replace my 20 year old model. I tried 4 normally and well engineered models at home. The most expensive was a Linn Klimax DS then a Resolution Audio Cantata "music centre", a Weiss 202 and the DAC side of a Metric Halo recorder. The sound quality was so close I certainly could not discern one from the others blind on the sort of music I listen to. I could perhaps - just- detect a bit more detail on the Cantata, which is what I bought because of its versatility and styling rather than any impressive SQ. I hear big differences between microphones, various tape recorders, speakers and speaker location. DACs, if there is a difference it is so minimal as to be negligible to me.
  8. Linn TTs are actually quite well isolated from external influence. It is TTs with a "solid" plinth which add the most bass reverb picked up from the environment. The -8dB figure was a Garrard 401 with SME 3009 Imp arm in a "rigid" wooden plinth on an oak workbench iirc (it was 1975). The TT I preferred in the music room with the speakers to in my study next door was a Technics SP10 in a rigid plinth with my SME 3009 improved with detachable headshell (the fixed headshell measured better but I had already had the detachable version for a few years and didn't know that when I bought it)
  9. If there is sound when tapping the deck there will definitely be feedback while playing music, I remember 8dB down on the signal being measured at Garrard for one deck. It isn't enough to cause a horrible noise, in fact it is rather a nice addition of bass with a little delay, like reverb. I actually prefer the sound of my deck picking up a bit of mechanical and acoustic reverb. I once moved it and the electronics to a different room with just speakers in the listening room and the sound was much more flat and uninteresting than with the deck in the room adding a bit of reverb. But that is just me.
  10. The corner of a room is the very worst place to put a full range speaker for exciting the main room modes. I usually start with the bass unit about 1/7 of the room length from the wall behind it and 1/9 of the room width from the side walls. These fractions reduce the excitation of the fundamental modes though the can’t eliminate the excitation altogether. Moving the speakers about an inch or so at a time, listening and measuring to get the least bass peakiness My current speakers ended up about 2 meters from the wall behind them and 0.9 meters from the side walls in order to minimise their excitation of the room (by ear and measurement). Where these are located may help to flesh out the bass of a small stand mount but is completely wrong for full range speaker. Anybody forced to have a room layout like that should not use full range speakers in it.
  11. Well the guy who owns the ones I have here is a pro who has 3 pairs of actives. He does assist Harbeth sometimes and did check about selling them to me and that was OK by them, but I decided the deep bass was not for me, even though the problem only raised its head on a few recordings. No mention of any adjustments being available to set them up for the room was made at any time.
  12. The ones with unacceptable bass (for me) are the actual Harbeth actives supplied with Harbeth active crossover and amplifiers in a sealed box. I don't think they made many and were only available as a Pro model with matt grey paint and side handles on very tall stands intended to mount them above a mixing desk pointing downwards a bit.
  13. Not necessarily Keith. I tried the Harbeths all over my room and the bass problem was always there, just as it is with the big 2 way Rogers. The bass of other speakers in the room has not been a problem (for me). The Harbeths are unlistenable for me. I am still storing them for their owner...
  14. f1eng

    Quad price hike.....

    I reckon money has lost about 95% of its value since 1972, based on typical starting salaries, so £960 for the preamp and £1160 for the amp. A Garrard 401 was £72 when I worked there in 1976. I actually think people's expectation of hifi prices has been boosted by the US kit, like Krell and Audio Research being imported at inflated prices a few decades ago. Almost everything is absurdly over priced nowadays IMO, and since some people equate more expensive with better that seems to be the way it will continue to go. It is shocking to realise that a millionaire today has the same amount of buying power as somebody who had £50,000 back in the early 70s :(