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About Chivas

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    Knebworth, Herts

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  • Turn Table
    OL Resolution mkII
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Conqueror 3c/AN IO 2
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Copper Slagle
  • Digital Source 1
    Oppo UDP 203
  • DAC
    AN DAC2.1x Balanced
  • Pre-Amp
    AN M3 Phono
  • Power Amp/s
    IA 845MB sig
  • My Speakers
    Harbeth M40.1
  • Headphones
    Grado PS1000/ Icon HP8 mk2 Sig
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I’m not sure if you know anything about the Audio Note IO cartridges, or whether it will work with your TT, arm and phono stage, but I’m with Jazid, it’s a cart to build a system around They almost never come up for sale second hand, and the fact that there is one with a matching SUT in the classifieds close enough to your budget, seems like a straight forward decision to me. But that’s just my 2 pence.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I know, it can be quite confusing, but I think Rabski explained it well Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. You’d have to be nuts not to IMO. The Slagle transformer in the classifieds will be a worthwhile and cost effective upgrade over the S2 too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I think the clue is in the title Fernando. And also the fact that it is paired with the IO, I guess it is safe to assume it is the L (high gain) version SUT Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. This... [FS] Audio Note Io1 + AN-S2L (step up) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. This is a great deal. Anyone looking to get into top class MC sound at a reasonable price should look no further! GLWS PS. You are selling very tasty gear at the moment! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Chivas

    845 varieties

    I recently replaced by Shuguang 845Bs in the Icon mono blocks with the Psvane 845Tii black version (got them from Grant Fidelity in Canada) and I am very happy with them. It’s hard to judge as I think the Shuguangs were well past their best, but like yours, my system became quite harsh with significant glare. The Psvane replaced it with the warm valve sound, whilst retaining enough detail (for me anyway) and the soundstage was bigger and more 3D. Apparently the normal Psvane Tii’s have reliability issues which the “black” version has solved with the added bonus of sonic gains (according to Grant Fidelity). They weren’t crazy money and about half the price of the WE replicas in my recollection Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Fantastic looking setup! If ever you get the opportunity to try an OL Conqueror (or higher) you owe it to yourself. Upgrading from the Encounter to the Conqueror was one of the most profound upgrades I’ve done to my rig! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. +1 I’d like to add that Gary crossing some of the forum rules I don’t think was intended or intentional. I and a few others really enjoyed his educated input and engagement, and to be fair, he was never coy about working for a dealer either. So no harm done hopefully and I’m sure now that he is better informed it won’t be an issue going forward and we can continue the enlightening discussions Best, Chivas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Many thanks for the input Gary, I once again cannot fault your logic or argument. My conclusion is that I will probably not gain much (or at least achieve the full potential of my DAC2.1) by swapping the Oppo out for a CDT zero or 1.1, and it is perphaps worth waiting longer until I can afford the CDT2.Just to clarify my view on the Isis cable loom, that is not really related to my digital chain (for which I agree it is probably overkill), it was more aimed at lifting my analogue chain up by a notch (the digital side will be a happy coincidental beneficiary). My analogue chain is IO2 -(Origin Live Linear flow2 copper cable)- S8- (Mark Grant G2000HD copper cable) - M3 phono - (Mark Grant G2000HD copper cable) - IA845 mono blocks - (Lexus cable) - Harbeth 40.1 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I’m with both of you on the buying vinyl thing over digital, as vinyl is also my main source for serious listening. I think what drove me down the path of looking curiously at transports is 1. that I feel that my analogue front end is pretty well sorted and probably the last place I should look at upgrading in my system, and 2. My DAC2.1x balanced is not standard, but a factory super charged version with BG caps, interstage transformers etc etc, and although it sounds really good (for digital) I don’t believe I’m getting the max potential out of this DAC, which led me to believe the Oppo may be holding it back a bit. Looking at Gary’s earlier post, perhaps the CDT zero or 1.1 will not give me that bump up that I’m looking for, and it may well take a CDT2 to get the potential from the DAC Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I wouldn’t let the bi-wire thing put me off giving a single run a try. By all means, if you like it you can always buy another run at 2x the outlay for the last 5-10% refinement. I expect you will get way more than 10% improvement with a single run of Lexus over the bi-wired VD’s. but that is purely guess work based on my own experience and gut feel Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hi Gary, just want to echo the sentiment of others here and tip my hat to your attitude to customer service. I believe and hope that it will serve you well, as it has unfortunately become quite scarce in this market. My go-to guy for all things AN for both sensible and genuine advice and competitive deals used to be Jack at BD Audio, who is unfortunately no longer in the trade. It is good to know that there is now another alternative. Power to you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hi Andy Just want to state for the record that I am no cable believer (or did not used to be anyway) and I lived with the VD UP-LCOFC 6mm speaker cables for years. The only reason I changed was because I needed longer cables and over the past few years have been introducing more and more AN components in my system, so thought I’d take a punt on the Lexus. Got quite a good deal and no need (cannot) bi-wire with my Harbeths, so probably more cost effective for me. I was gobsmacked by the improvement they brought, I did not expect that all. Most of all it removed so much glare and has a much more natural sound. If you can find a relatively good deal on a pair, I’d say it’s definitely worth a try. I’d expect you to get an improvement even if you single wire. The cost of the Isis cable is a different matter altogether. PS. Just want to add they I did not compare the Lexus to the VD Blues, but I’d be surprised if you don’t get better synergy with the Lexus and your speakers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I was also wondering how the CEC transports would compare to the AN CDT’s. they seem to be highly regarded and better VFM than the ANs Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk