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Ed Howarth

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    Isle of Mull

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  • Digital Source 1
    Marantz 63 Mk2 Sig
  • Digital Source 2
    SBT x 2
  • DAC
    Mini dsp DDRC24
  • Power Amp/s
    Quad 405
  • My Speakers
    Quad 2912 2xREL S3
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    Sennheiser HD540 ref II
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I've made a shortlist of what I think I will be playing. There's a CD player for people who think my choice is rubbish. I have: Black Sabbath, Wishbone Ash, Rick Wakeman,Yes, Frank Zappa, Vangelis, Santana, Patrick Moraz, Edgar Broughton Band, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Curved Air, Boris Blank, Chantel Macgregor, Dream Theater, Jeff Healey Band, Robin Trower, Barclay James Harvest, Fairport Convention, Beatles, Focus, Colosseum, David Bowie, Roger Waters, The Mentulls, East of Eden, Carole King, Supertramp, Yello, King Crimson. Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix. So a bit prog, then.
  2. The entrance to the hotel car park is at what3words ///kitten.campsites.mothering That should keep you occupied for a bit
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    That one? \/ \/ \/ \/
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    Didn't know that.
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    Imgur. No, I don't know what it means either.
  6. I wouldn't have thought there would be any difference in sound between amps with different makes of smoothing capacitors, and the amount of ripple a 10,000 uF is going to filter out compared to a 15,000 uF is going to be minimal and just not likely to be audible. I would think that tolerances on components in the signal path will be far more audible. Are the boards in both amps the same generation? There are numerous "issues" documented HERE Much more likely that would lead to more pronounced differences in sound.
  7. A Quad 405.
  8. Jeffrey, Hi. I won't lie, losing my hearing is something I am not looking forward to. Loud concerts in the 70's have probably contributed to some losses, and also minor (so far) tinnitus . It's very encouraging to hear that you are enjoying music so much and that hearing aids are a definite help. I won't be unplugging my 2912s just yet. Beautiful set up you have there.
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    Oh, and with mains powered gear especially, the eyes are pretty useful. Look for blackened components and skid marks. Use your nose as well!
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    I have messed around with building and repairing stuff for 50 years: VHF transmitters, receivers, amps (audio and RF), digital frequency counter, etc etc. And I've never used a signal generator per se. Most used instrument is, of course, a multi-meter, but an oscilloscope is very useful. Probably your best instrument is a circuit diagram followed closely by your brain. Have an understanding of what different components do and how they affect the signal/voltages/currents. Working on a stereo amp where one channel is working and the other is not, is a huge help.
  11. Yes, I think the second post you put up is over the top. Start with No1 (or a slight rise in the bass) and get settled for a week or 2 is my opinion. I know what you say about subs, and a lot depends on the music you listen to. And the sort of room you have. No point complicating matters if you're happy as you are. Borrow a sub in the future and say Nah, I knew I wouldn't like it. Or, D'ya know, that doesn't sound too bad......
  12. Am I right you aren't using subs? If not, I don't think you're going to get that 30 dip to go away. That's just the limit of the 57s. If you have enough power in your amp, maybe just drop the target curve a midge more and incorporate a slight raise from 200 down to 40Hz. Maybe 3 or 4dB above what you have at 250Hz. Try that and see what it sounds like. Having had the 57s and now the 2912s, Quad seems to put quite a lift in the bottom end, presumably to make them appear to go down a bit lower than they actually do. Maybe sensible to keep that effect. But only your ears can tell you!!