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  1. I forgot to say that I used a custom made transformer from Toroidy in Poland. It seems as good quality as Naim toroidal transformers. (centre filled with resin, cloth wrapped etc.) I recommend them.
  2. Well in the end Phonosophie did get in touch with me, gave me the transformer voltage (27v AC) and various other details. It's running right now, like a dream. Thanks for your help, guys!
  3. I remember being given a glass of Royal Oporto from a freshly opened case of bottles from 1943, with a Swastika printed on them, by a guy who had worked for deBeers in SA for years and had then moved into industrial diamond cutting tools.... but sorry to say, I have none to bring on the Sunday when I visit all you brave, hard working guys! Really looking forward to it as always!
  4. :-) Very much worth working on these speakers..... The ATC bass units are superb, and may be fine, or may need new surrounds (I think they are foam, from recollection), and ATC will do a complete proper recone for you, or if finances are more limited, you can do it yourself or get a reconing firm to do it. I have done it myself plenty of times before. The mids are KEF units, and if there is an issue with these, they are relatively easy to find. They are the HEAVY magnet versions of the B200. The number 1039 springs to mind, but you'd need to remove them to confirm. The Decca units are very valuable and you can replace the ribbons. They are the most realistic tweeters I have ever heard which is why they are so prized. It is worth recapping the crossovers. I think I used Solen caps but it was a LONG time ago. There are many more types available now. Any good quality 'made for Audio' caps will do the job properly. I also rewired internally with some Chord cable. The original cable is quite generic old stuff. And of course you really can go 'the whole hog' and make them active, removing the crossovers, rewiring and adding an external active crossover and three stereo power amps. That's the ultimate. But if you do that, keep the phasing of the speakers correct. The midrange and the tweeter should be phased identically but the bass driver should be phased in the opposite way to the mid and treble.
  5. Hi, Please can I have them to while away my retirement years! Please could you send me your payment details by PM, for the cheapest postage by MyHermes or similar, as I suspect it will be cheaper than Royal Mail. Thank you!
  6. Thanks, Rabski. It's not arrived from the land of Panzers yet, but I will open it up and maybe post a pic if I get a chance. (I seem to be going to toy shops every day at the moment then wrapping up our swag in coloured paper for some reason!)
  7. Hey, guys, I have recently got hold of a Phonosophie Analogizer without the associated external power supply. Unfortunately, Phonosophie are not responding to my emails requesting any info on this item. I am capable of putting together a power supply, or adapting an existing one's cable, but I cannot find out what voltage (single or dual rail) is required. Phonosophie use a 4 pin DIN plug, like a Naim SNAIC, but that doesn't guarantee that a Naim PS would operate it. Does anyone have any helpful info or advice, please? I need to do this cheaply! (too many grandkids to buy Xmas pressies for!) Thank you!
  8. I have an older Yamaha (non HDMI, not that it really matters, as it is still a quality unit,) would be £40, plus postage if you're interested.
  9. Just to add to the above, much of which I agree with totally, I found that when I followed ATC's manual guidance on height and angle, my SCM150ASLTs 'opened up' considerably. The manual says: "All ATC 3-way loudspeakers are designed with the mid-range dome as the reference acoustic axis. With this in mind, the loudspeakers should be positioned with the mid-range dome at, or slightly below ear level" SO....the acoustic axis of ALL 3-way ATC speakers is designed such that the MIDrange driver of the speakers should be positioned at between 0 and 5 degrees ABOVE ear level. (one of ATC's technicians gave me the 5 degree figure). To do this, my ATCs needed to be tipped back slightly. Note that the key is the MIDrange centre, NOT the tweeter centre as is often the case with many other speaker manufacturers.
  10. Actually Uzzy, I explained it confusingly! My question was as Blackmetalboon succinctly put it! It seems a waste of effort for a manufacturer to design an upsampling cd player, if the upsampling feature only applies when the upsampled signal is fed to the analogue stage through the internal DAC. Why not send the upsampled digital signal to the digital output socket too? I want to know if any cd players or transports feature an upsampled signal through their digital output socket. I wondered if it I could use a player or transport with its upsampled 96/24 or 192/24 digital signal to connect directly to a NON upsampling external DAC which could accept the higher rate signals and therefore give me the benefits of that. For example a Naim N-Dac will accept up to 384/32 I think, but it won’t upsample. Anyone else chip in?