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About Chivas

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  • Location
    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
    Cambridge Audio 840C
  • DAC
    AN DAC2.1x Balanced
  • Pre-Amp
    AN M3 Phono
  • Power Amp/s
    IA 845MB sig
  • My Speakers
    Harbeth M40.1
  • Headphones
    Grado PS1000
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Like most of our systems it is a perpetual work in progress and has changed considerably over the past 10 years. It is slowly morphing into an all Audio Note system as that seems to be the sound I like. But I also love the Harbeth sound and in my humble opinion they are better allrounders than AN speakers. They do need more oomph than the AN's, hence the Icon monoblocks. I'm a bit of an Origin Live fan, so there it is. An eclectic mix made up of gear that I like that seem to gel pretty well, other than a bit too much gain in the system for my taste.
  2. audionote thread

    I've been told that the SFz is better than the AN-s6c. Is that true? For £3k and under 2nd hand it becomes a viable option... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. audionote thread

    I'm confused sorry, it was an AN-s6c Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk That's interesting! Guess I'll try to move up the SUT ladder as far as possible before I let go of the IO2. I agree, won't buy a cd from Russia! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. audionote thread

    Cheers, very helpful reply and echoes my thoughts. There was an SFz on Ebay the other day, but that specific one has done the rounds and has been for sale on numerous sites over the past few years, and the guy wanted £6k+ for it so I refrained. S8 appear now and then for around the £4k mark. Unfortunately mostly from Russia. Any idea how the S8 would compare to the SFz? I believe there if I'm going to make the jump it should be to a silver wired SUT, rather than a "better" copper one Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. audionote thread

    I currently use an IO2 through a copper Slagle SUT for IO into a M3 phono. The Slagle is excellent value and has been compared to a S2 by people in the know. I've never done an AB comparison in my system, but I like to believe the Slagle is slightly better than the S2. I'm probably still some way from pulling any trigger, but just out of curiosity, what upgrade would bring the biggest improvement (hypothetically speaking). Upgrades I'm considering include: - IO gold - one of the serious AN SUT's, e.g S8, or - M6 phono, e.g the one in the Megastore My gut says: SUT, M6, IO gold in that order. Any opinions will be appreciated Many thanks Chivas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. For me it must be the Harbeths M40.1. My dad was interested in them and we had a demo at Radlett Audio. My dad was very keen on them and contemplated it for a few weeks, but in the end decided not to pull the trigger to my disappointment. That demo kept me up at night until I ended up buying the exact same demo pair from Radlett audio 12 months later. Been happy since! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Living Voice alternatives....maybe

    I'm surprised it took so long for someone to recommend Harbeths. The sound signature seems to be up your alley and don't read too much into their sensitivity specs, they are very easy to drive and not too fussy about placement. I think you'll miss a trick if you don't at least demo them. I'd start off with the SHL5's if I were you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Help Required: Origin Live Conqueror

    I used a Conqueror 3C arm on a 1210 for a few years with great success. From memory I used a cable clip screwed into the bottom of the rubber underside of the TT, but cannot be 100% sure. Rest assured that your problem is not insurmountable though and I'm sure there is an easy fix Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Harbeth club

    I'm sure AS did not take too kindly to the criticism! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Harbeth club

    Only once at KJ West when Alan Shaw did a demo, but he flicked through tracks every couple of seconds and it was mostly BBC speech, so I could not really form an opinion Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Harbeth club

    Harbeth speakers was a home coming for me too after years of trying several speakers. I tried the M30.1's which were nice, but I preferred the SHL5's which I kept for a couple of years before moving onto the M40.1's when I got a bigger room. Cannot see myself change to anything else unless maybe a nice pair of horn speakers for a 2nd room if I win the lottery! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Where are the classifieds?

    Same here. It shows on the mobile site but not in Tapatalk or it is impossible to find Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. SALE Garrard 401/Hadcock

    Hi may very well be interested in the Hadcock and Decca if you can find a buyer for the 401? Please give me a shout if you do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Which Headphones?

    I'm afraid for wireless headphones I'm not the best informed, as I would never consider them for home use, nor would I consider closed back cans for home use. I prefer wired and open back cans. As said earlier, I will probably get a pair of Sennheiser Momentums for travelling. I also have the Senn PXC450 for travelling which I preferred to the Bose at the time (this was about 8 or 9 years ago), but both of these are noise cancelling and I believe excessive for your needs Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Which Headphones?

    To add to the above and in answer to your question - if you don't need the noise cancelling, then don't get it. It's very effective at cancelling out constant low frequency noise, like the drone of an aeroplane engine, but passive noise isolation on good closed back headphones will be just as effective in the living room. Bose has a market in relatively wealthy business travellers, but I think they are over priced, not tonally neutral and have a bass hump. I think you can get better hifi cans for a similar outlay. In saying this, I don't think they are bad, and if you enjoyed them, then by all means go for it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk