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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
  1. DIY Speaker Bake Off

    Any reports from any attendees please? Looks like it will have been an interesting session.
  2. So here's the upside. That extra distance will take about 30 minutes longer and cost about the same as a pint. At the same time the extra 30 minutes means time for one less pint in the bar which frees up the funds for the extra fuel. Sorted
  3. Hart Audio Speakers

    I heard a pair of these at the (now defunct) Manchester Show in 2013. Like others, not at all impressed. In fact, reading it again now, I might've been too polite:
  4. An audiophile restaurant?

    To the moaners - it hasn't opened yet. Opening in December. Having said that, the website should be clear on the opening date.
  5. Q Acoustics 2050i floorstanders £250 at Richers today
  6. I suggest to 2/3 fill the stands with kiln dried sand (if the stands are the single column type of Atacama). I would suggest a better interconnect - something like Linn Black Analogue which you should get for around £20. Good project.
  7. Folding walls to divide the room. Best for the trade methinks
  8. Network Switches

    Right. The Linn has a buffer on the network input. This is to avoid any short term network errors, packet re-sends etc affecting the stream. Try it - unplug the network and it will keep playing for 6 or 7 seconds. When the network fails in a more serious way, the Linn stops playing. Any change you hear has nothing to do with protocols or data rates as the buffer copes with those. What is much more likely is that the old switch had a fault (in the switch or more likely the PSU) that creates noise on the network. Noise that has no impact on the data transmission, but if it finds its way through to the DS and influences the DAC or analogue stage performance. Possibly. I have no science to support this but there is some research out there that discusses this (perhaps I'll track it down when Im at a PC). See if your network bod can think outside the network side and find other noise passing along the network. Also, try a Friiwo medical grade PSU on your new switch when you get a chance. A cheap bit of Foo for fun.
  9. Is there still likely to be the sub-£1000 competition for youngsters?
  10. Danny - I've put my daughter on the list for the sub £1000 competition, but I don't know if that means a separate room as we won't want to pay for another room - there was some talk about a special room for these systems, funded by the Wam, but I'm not sure if that's still the plan.
  11. Hard Copy v Streaming. Which do you prefer?

    To answer the OP, a locally stored rip of a CD sounds better than the same track and mastering provided by Tidal at "CD" quality. This is because Tidal use files that have watermarking which audibly distorts the signal, right in the vocal range. So even when you pay for a subscription and don't copy music illegally, they screw you over. Tidal Hifi is very good, but a locally ripped CD is a good bit better. CD vs locally ripped CD streamed also seem to show the rip as better. And to help the measurists with that, its because CD isn't bit perfect when you spin it "live" - the error correction has to fill in gaps using interpolation. Also, a CD player is a mechanically and electronically noisy place for analogue circuits so you get noise in the signal.
  12. Hard Copy v Streaming. Which do you prefer?

    Try listening rather than looking.

    That's a rather extreme over reaction.

    Why would you want to? Enjoy a change or don't enjoy a change. Why would you need to measure anything? And how many parameters are you going to measure just to find out if it correlates in some way or not? I see the corroboration through measurement as completely pointless compared to if you want to listen to it or not. You might want to measure to work out a problem (like room modes or reflection points), but just to prove that you were right to enjoy something or not? Pretty pointless.

    Or the speakers can be moved and the OP can decide if they like the change or not, then move them some more and so on. The enjoyment of the listener doesn't need measurement corroboration. One of the key points was about saying it as you hear it - that doesn't need measurement. Does the listener find it perferable or not? That's what counts. Oh, and a system is about a lot more than FR. An FR plot only tells you about FR. Listening tells you about FR and all the other things too.