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  1. 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 in a beautiful house near Worksop who had worked for deBeers in SA for years and had then moved into industrial diamond cutting tools in the Chesterfield area.... 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!
  2. :-) 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.
  3. Hi, I will buy it please, at the asking price. Will PM you. Thank you!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!)
  6. 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!
  7. I have a Panasonic SA59S unit and an older Yamaha unit. The Panny would be around £220, and it is a lovely unit, very powerful and capable. The older Yamaha (non HDMI, not that it really matters, as it is still a quality unit, would be £40. Both plus postage if you're interested.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. That’s the question, in a nutshell! Why couldn’t I have put it like that instead of using a thousand words?! :-)
  11. I agree...It seems daft that you can't get the full dsd signal from a digital output.....
  12. I would have agreed with you before I looked into this. However, in the case of teh Arcam MultiDacs, the upsampling chip is BEFORE the DAC chips. WHich would mean, presumably, that the digital output could be taken from end of the upsampling chip, straight to the digital output socket, thereby putting out an upsampled signal. I'm not saying that's what they've done....just that I would think that could be a logical way to go about things, and a huge selling point.
  13. I do love dCS stuff, but had never heard of the Victor DAC. A very interesting unit!
  14. Thanks Nopiano. That is useful. I have three DACs....only one in use....but none of them have a screen....
  15. OK, got that. Thank you. Is it a Verdi or a P8i or what?
  16. That is useful to know. Thank you! The reason I asked is because I have a couple of midrange CD players which include upsampling to 96 or 192. However, I also have a PS Audio DAC which upsamples to 96 or 192. The PS unit doesn't have a 'screen'so I cannot discover what frequency the incoming signal is. And I didn't know if, by using one of these players connected via SPDIF to the PS Audio unit, that the PS unit would be genuinely upsampling from a 44.1 output, or whether the upsampling process was actually unnecessarily being repeated to no advantage. I do find it difficult to explain this!
  17. I should have made my question clearer and shorter. Sorry! what I am trying to find out is: Do spdif digital outputs on integrated cd players always put out 44.1/16? Or, in the case of cd players with internal upsampling chips, do their spdif output sockets actually put out those higher rates, or are the 96/24 or 192/24 only used as part of the internal circuitry en-route to the cd player’s analogue stage? Anyone know for sure?
  18. My PS Audio DLIII is advertised on this forum and on eBay...
  19. Question re: Digital outputs from CD players.... This is actually specifically a question to do with upsampling CD players. The output from a Redbook CD laser is at 44.1 16 bit. Some CD players have an upsampling or conversion chip which changes the signal to 96kHz/24 bit or 192kHz/24 bit before the DAC, and then it is fed to the analogue output stages. My question concerns the digital output socket of such players. Arcam, Astin Trew, etc, etc. I had always been under the assumption that ALL CD players put out a 44.1kHz signal through their digital output socket. Am I wrong? Or do some CD Players actually send an upsampled 96 or 192kHz/24 bit signal to their digital SPDIF output socket? (This is a quote from Arcam's website re their Wolfson Multi Dacs: "An Analog Devices AD1896 second generation asynchronous sample rate converter is used to upsample the incoming16bit, 44.1kS/sec CD data stream to a 24 bit signal at a rate of 192 kS/sec, which is then fed to the left and right DACs.") So in most cases, where is the digital output socket connected? Almost straight to the cd drive itself? Or after the upsampling chip? Or to the DAC itself? help, please!