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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. Chivas

    BD Audio

    I saw this last night when visiting his website. It's very sad, but like you all said he's a top bloke and I'm sure will bounce back soon! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks for the encouragement John PS. the similarities in our systems are uncanny! I bet if you got Harbeths we would struggle to tell them apart blind folded! C
  3. Thanks Jack Good shout on MFA, I will have a look at their SUT's and whether one can be custom made for the IO Chivas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Thanks Pani Can you pm me the details please? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pity about the M6 though, I've been saving up for it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Will definitely be interested Pani. I won an S8 on Ebay last week, but the seller cancelled next day, claiming the unit to be faulty... just to confirm, when you say LM, do you mean the low (1 ohm impedance) version? Also, is it silver/copper wired? can you throw your M6 phono in for good measure.. Chivas
  6. This is probably a super daft question, but if you bought from Hifi Collective, do you need to buy two transformers, primary and secondary, or will you get both cans? I use an IO2 and am currently using a copper Slagle transformer that was made for the IO at 1:100 step up. I think it is a great SUT for the money, but am curious about what an AN silver SUT can bring to the party. They don't appear on the 2nd hand market too often which led me to this thread, hifi collective and ultimately the question above. The one that seems right for my needs is the Trans 483: "1 or 4 or 9 Ohm - 100 KOhm Audio Note? silver wired MC ultra high quality MC matching, interleaved 0.1mm laminate super mumetal 250 core" PS. Don't worry - I'll get a qualified person to build the SUT for me!!
  7. Chivas

    Harbeth club

    It's great to hear that you are happy with them and that your leap of faith was rewarded. Those are fab speakers that you got yourself. The thing about Harbeths that get me every time is what a massive sound they produce for their relatively modest size - like you said, it's hard to believe that the sounds you hear come from that little box They also don't do imaging in a hifi sense, which I prefer. Overall I'd say they are just natural sounding - the way things ought to sound Your M30.1's aren't renowned for thundering bass (although I think there is ample), bit they've got the sweetest top end and the whole spectrum is very nicely in balance. You will be happy for many years to come! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Chivas

    Harbeth club

    Experiment with stands or whatever the speakers are placed on. It can have a big impact, especially on the bass Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Chivas

    Harbeth club

    More importantly, how do they sound? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Chivas

    Harbeth club

    I used a pair of SHL5 in a 9x9.5 room and with the required room treatment worked really well. I actually preferred them to the M30.1 which sounded comparatively "boxy" in that room. They do put out a lot of bass and a big sound for their size, so need to do a home audition Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 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.
  12. Chivas

    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
  13. Chivas

    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
  14. Chivas

    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
  15. Chivas

    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