Chivas

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About Chivas

  • Rank
    Wammer

Personal Info

  • Location
    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

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    I borrowed an old Dynaco ST70 from my dad and am listening to it right now in my system. At 30W/channel I was not expecting much, but I have to say that I am mightily impressed, for a relatively budget 60 year old amp it is astounding. It does not quite have the dynamics, scale or soundstage as my Icon Audio’s, but the midrange is great and works a charm with the 40.1’s. when things get busy the presentation can get somewhat congested as expected, but I cannot hear any distortion to speak of. If I had to live with this amp I wouldn’t cry myself to sleep every night. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Chivas

    Can I use an audio lead for digital signals?

    I find that sometimes the 0’s get stuck in the cable. The advantage of using an audio cable is that they can return to start via the second conductor, and not cause a pile up like they do in single conductor digital cables Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Yikes!! Okay scratch that idea off the list! You also made a good point re second hand value Richard Thank you for the helpful reply! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Ahhh man, what have you done? Now I am becoming curious to see how the Icons can be improved with some DIY and selective component upgrades! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Would it be possible for a competent tech to modify a circuit from capacitor coupling to interstage transformer. I presume it is not as simple as replacing the cap with an appropriate transformer? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Chivas

    Are you music or hi-fi first person?

    Interesting you say that. My overwhelming feeling when returning from a hifi show is that I am very happy with my system at a fraction of the value of the systems I just listened to at the show. High end gear loses its appeal and desirability at the shows for me, and in a way almost feels “cheap” to me. All bling with little substance Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Hi George Many thanks for your insightful comments as always. I will add the UR and AR amps to the list to consider. Do you know why the AN 211 amps are so expensive? I would’ve loved to try AN amps in my system, but unfortunately the more affordable amps are all flea powered and seem to be only suitable for AN speakers or other HE designs, so probably won’t be seen in most real world systems. I will not completely discount switching out to all AN amps and speakers to complete an all AN signal chain from cart to speakers, but it will have to be cost effective, which is probably an oxymoron when used in the same breath as AN. To do the rest of my system justice, I will have to be looking at level 3 I guess C Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Thanks for the reply Richard. As above, the Puresound 845 is in the same price league as the Icon mk2, provided you can find a pair like you mentioned. Do you think they will be an improvement on the Icons and more importantly, be able to drive the Harbeth 40.1’s with grip? The interstage design will be a massive plus as I’ve had my issues with the capacitor coupling as you know Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    It’s a good shout and something that I have considered. The issue though is that if you go up to the latest mk2, there is also a massive jump in price, which opens up other possibilities, for instance the Pure Sounds. The Icon mk2’s are on the shortlist though, so thanks for the recommendation Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    I know where you are coming from. I think we are on the same page, so please feel free to hijack the thread and ask your own questions. We can consider it as a joint effort to beat the Icon’s. Btw I also have the signature versions (the first incarnations), but am “de-signaturing” them by replacing the Jensen PIO coupling caps with polypropylene Audyn True Copper Max caps. The Jensens are just too unreliable and I have had 2 caps that leaked DC and sent the 845 valve into red plating and I once fried an output transformer when this happened. So keep an eye on the output valve bias voltages! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    That’s what my gut tells me, but trying to see if I can prove it wrong and is really the purpose behind this thread Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Snap! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    I also value the current delivery capacity of valve amps, and the weight and texture to the sound. I do not wish to start a valve v SS debate though. I couldn’t give a damn about accuracy, it’s about what sounds pleasant to me and makes my music enjoyable Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    I’m afraid so. I’m a sucker for that mesmerising coloration [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Chivas

    Valve amp suggestions for Harbeth 40.1

    Good shout, but I am not a great fan of the aesthetics - I know this should not play a role, but it does unfortunately. Whatever I end up with should have good bottom end grip as the 40’s can be a little loose on a bad day. I believe Harbeth have tidied them up in the next version Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk