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  1. lindsayt

    Are you keeping your old stuff alive?

    Asking me if I'm still running old equipment is like asking if the Pope's Catholic. The oldest components I still use are 80's. As in: they're 80 something years old. Those 1930's radiograms had some valves that are capable of unbeatable midrange realism (in my tests so far).
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    And now for something completely different.

    For speakers, I'd acquire some cherry picked dead body parts and bring my Frankenstein creation back to life during a thunder storm. First track up would be Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
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    Wanted - bloody good speakers for little dosh

    For a turnkey system, classic Yank 1950's to 1980's speakers from Altec, EV, JBL, Bozak, Urei. Like the Urei's and big JBL's that featured at the last 2 Kegworth shows. Aim to buy at well below the going rate. Look out for bargains. Or, with the possibility for something even better, a DIY'd Frankenstein system made from the body parts of various different model (classic) speakers. The equivalent of the brain of Stephen Hawkins, the legs of Usain Bolt, the arms and shoulders of Lennox Lewis, the cardio-vascular system of Chris Froome.
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    To preamp or not

    In my bedroom system, my 1970's Pioneer adjustable active crossover IS my pre-amp. This means that every time I adjust the volume up or down, I have to use my ears or memory to get a reasonably neutral tonal balance. With practise you soon get to the stage where you know how much to adjust each volume contol. I used to have a volume control in front of the active crossover, but it sounds better without. Sound quality trumps convenience in my house.
  5. lindsayt

    To preamp or not

    It's all iffs and buts and seems to be very system dependent. Some systems thrive on active pre-amps, some on passive pre-amps. My systems are in the passive pre-amp or no traditional active preamp camp. Other systems are the opposite. It's very much a case of giving it a try both ways. Preferably without spending any money that you can't get back in full. And seeing what you like best in your system with your ears.
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    great show!

    You are being too modest. I thought that the way you demo'd the 3 pairs of speakers you had in your room against each other worked very well and demonstrated what you get as you go up in price and size in the fit-in-a-suitcase sized modern actives sector nicely. I'd also like to give a big thanks to all the exhibitors and organizers at this year's show. I enjoyed every room I visited. Visitor numbers seemed higher than last year. And so they should be with the less snowy weather this year.
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    So have speakers really got that much better?

    Dust up all the time - at bake-offs, not just Kegworth (which is a great event). Between different hi-fi equipment. Which I see as the equivalent of cockroach racing. Sometimes my cockroach wins, sometimes it loses. I'm happy if I win, as it means I've bought a better cockroach / hi-fi component. Happy if I lose as it indicates how I might modify or replace the cockroach / hi-fi. And at the end of the day, it's only hi-fi or cockroach racing. There has been good bad and mediocre speakers made during every decade for the last 70 years as Steve 57 quite rightly said. However for my tastes and my ears and my music in my house I find it easier to cherry pick 1950's to 1970's speakers that I'd be happy to live with than it is for me to cherry pick modern speakers. I do prioritise dynamics and clarity over getting the ultimate in flat frequency response, although if the frequency response filters out entire instruments then that needs looking into. For someone with different tastes and a different house to me, I can understand why they might find it easier to cherry pick modern speakers than classic speakers.
  8. lindsayt

    So have speakers really got that much better?

    Keith, and until you hear your Kiis or 8C's against some cherry picked classic speakers, you can't appreciate how much speaker design has gone backwards.
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    Is a passive preamp right for me?

    The TVC type passive pre-amp that I tried had a good midrange but was relatively poor in the frequency extremes. I strongly prefer the stepped attenuator resistor based passive pre-amp that I own. There could be a certain amount of horses for courses. When we tried an old cylindrical Musical Fidelity phono stage with a passive pre-amp at a bake off it sounded terrible, as if all the life had been sucked out the music. An active pre-amp with that system was far better. This sucking the life out of the music has not been an issue with my CD players and professional analogue sources.
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    Aside from your own system...

    Steve57's DIY'd speakers. Not just his current ones, also his previous efforts. And him and Nick Gorham (Longdog Audio) have made some fine SET amps. For the money, the Urei speakers that have featured at recent Scalford and Kegworth shows were great. Really really nice sounding system for c £700. Coming to think of it, there have been a few Scalford and Kegworth systems that I've thought were equally good as anything I've heard (taking into account show conditions)....
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    Getting active and never looking back

    In my bedroom system, I have my source, then my adjustable active crossover, which is also acting as a pre-amp / volume control. The upper frequencies go through 8 watt SET monoblocks and the bass frequencies go through an 80 watt 1980's PA solid state amp. All in separate boxes, 9 metres from the speakers, as the cable flies. I have a general preference for using SET's in the midrange and solid state for the bass. My valve amps are microphonic. Some more than others. I keep mine well away from my speakers. I have no faith in most manufacturers selecting the best sounding amplifiers for their active all in one speakers. I have every faith in them selecting amp packs that fit inside the box and do the job for reasonable manufacturing costs. I have every faith that some manufacturers will market their active speakers as having ideally matched amplifiers, when the reality is that that is stretching the truth from an ultimate sound quality point of view. And some active speaker manufacturers simply aren't good at making great sounding amplifiers. For sure, all in one actives do offer a neat, tidy, convenient solution.
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    Getting active and never looking back

    Active or passive? It's relatively unimportant. Choice of speaker drivers and cabinet are far more important to total system sound quality than whether a system is active or passive. The claimed advantages of active apply more to inefficient speakers with bass drivers with insufficient mechanical damping. They apply less to speakers that are high efficiency and have sufficient mechanical damping on the bass drivers. The biggest downside to actives for me are the number of additional active amplification devices (most commonly transistors within op amps) that they add to the signal path, resulting in some transistorised hash. How much hash will depend on the active crossover. I started a thread on this here: One thing about actives is that it does produce some advocates that are dogmatically active. As that avforums thread shows. But then it's hi-fi. Where enthusiasts get hot under the collar about cables. For me I'm happy using an active crossover in my bedroom system and passive crossovers in my main, kitchen and AV systems. For my next speakers I will probably use a digital active crossover, at least initially as it will be a DIY 4 way effort and I'll be looking for an easy way to blend the drivers together.
  13. lindsayt

    So, if you could go back in time...

    I enjoyed listening to the system you exhibited a few years back at Scalford that featured a Garrard 401. But then I also enjoyed the system you exhibited with the big Japanese professional direct drive.
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    So, if you could go back in time...

    From that list, I'd be happy with a Garrard 401, Akai AA8500, Goodmans Magisters, Quad Electrostatics, Decca Mk5. From kit that was selling new in 1973, I own an EMT 930 and a pair of EV Sentry III's, both of which I'd take over any kit on that advert, as long as I wasn't paying the new price for the EMT. And yes, it is fair to say that the price of new hi-fi has generally risen by more than the rate of inflation. To adjust for inflation, multiply the prices in that advert by 12.3 to get to today's equivalent prices.
  15. What, so you think that all you need to measure timbre, as defined by Paul McGowan, is some frequency spectrum measurements done over a period of time and some phase measurements? If so what phase measurements? And then how would you interprete the results of these measurements for 2 hi-fi systems to determine which was better at reproducing timbre?