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About Chivas

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    Knebworth, Herts

Wigwam Info

  • 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. Chivas

    Fantasy upgrade

    I have to agree with this. The role of the tonearm is often underestimated. Upgrading from an OL Encounter 3C to Conqueror 3C was a jaw dropping experience for me. I think it makes a bigger difference than a cart upgrade. Secondly I’d look at the cart. If you don’t feel like going down the MC route, something like the AN IQ3 will be quite a bit better than the 1042. Saying that, I think your system is great as is! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I agree, you should have quite a special setup now! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Keep us posted. I’m very excited by your system on your behalf. Remember to post pics, also of the speakers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks George, very interesting observations and quite a bit to ponder Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I once heard the Aspara speakers at Walrus when they were still in trade. To this day I cannot get them out of my head - 3D soundstage like you cannot believe! One of the few horn designs that did it for me. I hope you enjoy them. PS. Unfortunately I have to side with Steve on the Land Rover as I am more of a Toyota man myself.. I think the new amps will take your system to a whole new level. Enjoy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. So what amp did it replace George, I presume this is now in situ in your AN setup? Apologies if I’m being presumptuous, but what I took away from the review is that this could potentially give you some of the AN magic on the “cheap”..? Would also me interested to know how it compares to the Mastersound Chivas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Not sure I understand? I was seconding your pick in terms of its industrial appearance. I made a few picks higher up in the thread. I also think the Brinkman below is a great pick Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That is indeed industrial looking Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Diane sounds awesome and she gave you a decent enough budget Avid, Michell gyro, Origin Live all fit the description Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. It looks like you have enough room to rotate your setup by 90 degrees, which at first glance appears to be a sensible thing to do? The 5’s can work very well in much smaller spaces than you would be led to believe Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. How did the CEC compare to the AN transport Rabski? There seems to be a school that believes they are as good as the AN’s for less £. Interesting to note also that AN is working on a new belt driven transport Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Chivas

    845 valves

    They wouldn’t be my first choice aesthetically, and I miss the glow, but in real life they’re not too bad. Mine are hidden under a valve cover in any case. The Lexus speaker cables were a revelation, relative to my previous cables that is. I’d the combination of the speaker cables and the valves definitely made my system sound much more lush and pleasant sounding, whereas it used to be on the dry side before that Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Chivas

    845 valves

    I had to replace my Shuguang 845B in my Icon Audio MB845’s about a year ago as they reached end of life. After doing a bit of research I contacted Rachel at Grant Fidelity in Canada and enquired about the Psvane Tii’s (the WE replicas were too expensive and the Acme series definitely so). She mentioned that the Tii’s had reliability issues and that they stopped supplying them, replaced by the special Black version, which according to her solved the reliability issues and sounds better. Mine have been going for 12 months + (touch wood) and sound great. Very happy with them and much better than the Shuguang 845B’s my amps came with. I also feel that they are reasonable value for money Reports on the Acme series look very promising if you feel flush Hope it helps Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Could it not be a ANUK kit version? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I have to agree with this. Inhad SHL5’s in a smaller room than yours and they worked beautifully. Considering your music preferences I think they could work very well for you. The SHL5’s just sound more effortless than the smaller boxes, and although I really like the M30.1’s the 5’s just worked better, even in my small room Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk