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About sunbeamgls

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  • Turn Table
    Ariston RD80sl
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    LVX+ / G920IGC Jelco
  • Digital Source 1
    Linn AEDSM
  • DAC
    Akurate Exaktbox 10
  • Pre-Amp
    Linn AEDSM & AK/0
  • Power Amp/s
    2x Akurate 4200/1
  • My Speakers
    PMC Twenty.26 Exakt
  • Headphones
    Mojo & Nighthawk
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. sunbeamgls

    Give me some slam!

    Before you spend any money... How old are your new speakers? Are they fresh out of the box? Apart from the following ideas, I wouldn't make a conclusion on their performance until they've had at least a month of pretty constant use. Some speakers seem to take a while to "break in" as the materials get some use - perhaps the Focals are such a design. You can do a lot for little further cost by making sure you've spent a lot of time positioning your speakers relative to your listening position - move them in big movements first then gradually move in the preferred direction in smaller increments. Even 5mm can make a difference. Also make sure, once you've found the best position, that the speakers are stable and level and there's no rocking. Do you have a suspended floor? If so, try paving stones under each speaker and if that helps then you can go and find something more attractive like marble slabs. Make sure your deck is well isolated from the floor. I would also suggest borrowing a good quality CD player from a friend or dealer to try and narrow down if there is a source issue or if its the amps / speakers. if the CDP helps then you should consider what to do with the turntable to improve things. If it doesn't, then look further down the chain.
  2. No no no, it sounds terrible. Not much to do with the electronics though.
  3. sunbeamgls

    What is a good alternative to a Rega arm

    Not necessarily. A 1300 might be the same block as a 1600. Or, as you say a 1600 could have the same block as a 2000 but assuming the only difference is in stroke is far too simplistic. And if you think a 1600 conrod should be the same materials and thickness as a 2000 then I'm glad you didn't engineer my car. A I wouldn't be holding up the cost cutting exercises of BMC engineering as an example to prove a point! But far too many assumptions being made, even by a subjectivist!
  4. sunbeamgls

    What is a good alternative to a Rega arm

    So the larger engine block costs no more in terms of materials, machining time, energy consumed? And a 2000cc engine can get away with the same thinner rods, crank and smaller bearings as a 1600cc engine? And the gearbox strength and materials, prop shafts, axle, engine mounts etc.? And a twin turbo 1600cc engine producing the same power as a single turbo 2000cc engine doesn't contain more expensive components and materials? Your analogy doesn't stand scrutiny.
  5. I have two tickets available due to a change in priorities. Roundhouse, 17th May 2018, Main Space standing £19.50 each which is just recovering the face value and you avoid booking fees. Please PM me if you're interested.
  6. sunbeamgls

    acoustica hi fi show 14-15th april

    Well, for me, I've heard them many times at a number of shows - Bristol, Chester, Munich, and every time they've been shouty, harsh, hard, overblown and lacking any kind of naturalness or musical flow. Enough for you?
  7. sunbeamgls

    acoustica hi fi show 14-15th april

    Photos of each room at the Chester Show and the usual guff that I write here:
  8. sunbeamgls

    acoustica hi fi show 14-15th april

    Its a good little show - never gets too crowded. Kudos put on a consistently good showing here. Hopefully no Utopias this year...
  9. sunbeamgls

    one word daily

  10. sunbeamgls

    Three Words Daily

    End this thread
  11. Just be thankful it was A duvet not THE Duvet!
  12. Can someone who contributed some CDs to the bring and buy please PM me? I owe someone for a CD. If I get no PMs by the end of next weekend, I'll make a donation to MacMillan in lieu. Thanks
  13. Thanks to the organisers, fellow exhibitors, the hotel, visitors and my family for a great weekend. Special thanks to room co-host Kathryn (nope-dragon) for her enthusiasm, hard work and getting into the spirit that is The Wam Show.
  14. I handful more pictures with apologies for the poor photography: