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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. Don't count on it! 11 years ago I bought a cheapie as I was curious about vinyl. I liked it. A lot. I spent an awful amount of time and money in firstly upgrading the cheapie, then replacing it and then in upgrading its replacement. 99% of my listening is now on vinyl! Enjoy the journey! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    845 replacement valves

    Thanks to everyone who contributed. Since my last post, another 845 valve failed a few hours after the first one, so I took this as my cue to get the monos revalved. After considering your responses and doing some further research, here are the highlights: As expected - Icon Audio was not overly enthusiastic on the improvement that better valves could make I got in touch with a number of radio amateurs, they definitely belong in the Serge camp, absolutely swear by their measurements and hate anything related to Chinese made valves (and some also hate the Russian made variety - although I am not convinced that this sentiment was entirely based on technical parameters) I have not come across any Audiophile who has tried one of the better Psvane valves who was not overjoyed with the improvement, including 300B users Some people swear that the signal valves make a bigger difference than the output valves, and then of course you get people who swear by the exact opposite I got in touch with Rachel at Grant Fidelity, who said that they don't sell the Psvane 845 T-ii anymore as they had reliability issues, but rather a special black bottle addition of the T-ii's, which not only improves reliability but also improves the sound according to her Anyway, after getting more confused and in the absence of a clear contender, I decided to order the Shuguang WEplus 6SN7 and 6SL7 (with red bases) for the signal valves, and the black bottle Psvane 845 T-ii's (I'm going to miss the glow!) from Grant Fidelity They were delivered today, so I will plug them in tonight after work and keep the ones interested posted on my findings. Touch wood nothing is wrong with the amps that actually caused the valves to fail in the first instance! I probably won't write a review, but I will confirm whether the reviews are BS or not. Chivas
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    saga continues

    I take it you've fallen back in love with hifi again..? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    audionote thread

    No sorry. But I noticed that AN finally got a decent'ish website if that is of any help... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Cartridge upgrade, 2M Black, Hana SL?

    I would love to, only issue is that I will have to get a SUT with it as I only have a mm phono stage and AN SUT Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Cartridge upgrade, 2M Black, Hana SL?

    I don't have experience of a Hana in my own system, but they have always sounded sublime in other systems that I have heard. I thought the IQ3 is a big step up from a 2MB from personal experience if you don't fancy the faf with SUT's and matching the cart Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Amp for B&W 801d speakers

    I would consider the Icon Audio MB90's in the classifieds, or see if you can get a home demo. They fit the description of smooth and powerful and are definitely more powerful than the specs would suggest Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    845 replacement valves

    Yup that's right, that's what I have in my signature editions Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    845 replacement valves

    Thanks for your reply Fourlegs, I was actually going to pm you as I know you also use the IA 845's (or used to?) Did you feel the the Psvane WE 845's were worth the extra outlay over the std Shuguang 845B's? The Icon branded ones seem to be a good option, I'll email David for his opinion. Btw have you rolled any if the signal valves? C Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    845 replacement valves

    I have been using my Icon Audio MB845's now for a number of years (they are the original version, i.e prior the "i" and mk2 versions). Recently one of the 845 output valves stopped working, but I had a spare to hand. I can only assume that the valves are near end of life and that the others will start failing in due course, so I'm being proactive in doing my homework. I currently use the Shuguang 845B valves. Are there any alternatives that I should consider? Research has suggested the Psvane T-ii and WE replica series which may be worth considering. I also noticed that Icon Audio has their own brand 845 valves on their website. Any personal experience will be greatly appreciated I'll be looking for matched pairs, but not sure if matched quads will be worth the premium, or am I missing something? For what it's worth I like a warm, detailed sound with lots of space and air Best Chivas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    New Preamp, Croft or Tron?

    David Wren from Radlett Audio is your man. He sells both brands and has fantastic demo facilities if you can get there. I had a Croft RIAA R in my system which I thought was very good. The only time it did not sound good (absolutely crap actually) was when I tried it in a friend's very high end all AN system, but I think it was a synergy thing, rather than an indication of the Croft's abilities, so be sure to demo it with your Vindicator. If you're willing to consider an external phono stage you can add a Pure Sound L10 to your list of pre's - it is superb and great value. I would be interested to hear why you won't consider an AN pre. An M3 replaced my Croft phono, Icon Audio pre and later Pure Sound L10 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    For Sale - Origin Live Encounter 3C

    Hi Jamie, I'm still running the Conqueror and IO and couldn't be happier. Cannot see myself change unless I can afford an Enterprise. Highly unlikely but one has to have dreams! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    For Sale - Origin Live Encounter 3C

    Glad to hear you are still enjoying the arm Jamie. I hope you are doing well? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wiring diagram for AN S8 transformers

    I'd like to share the info I received back in case anyone is interested. Please note I take no responsibility for the accuracy of the info or if you manage to blow your stereo up, just sharing what I've been told as the info proved much harder to come by than expected. Based on the photo above: Input Red- Signal live Black - neutral Output White - signal live Blue - neutral Green - earth Loading resistor 82k connected in parallel on each output if SUT is connected to 47k input device Hope it helps someone Chivas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Wiring diagram for AN S8 transformers

    All I really need to know is where these wires go, i.e which are the inputs/outputs and signal/neutral and I presume the 5th goes to the earth post. Also what loading resistors I require. I've read in one of the reviews (believe it was Stereophile) that there are 12k resistors connected in parallel on each output If a kind owner of an S8 SUT could take a peak inside that would be appreciated beyond measure! I've not heard back from ANUK or Hificollective and the person I'm buying them from has no paper work either C Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk