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About gintonic

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    OL Resolution mk2
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    OL Encntr/VdH Colibr
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    Allnic H1500 SE+
  • Digital Source 1
    Intel NUC & HiFace2
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    Opera Consonance 5.0
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    Audio Note DAC 2.1x
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    N.A.F Supreme 300b
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    AV: Anthem MRX 510
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    AN/E SPe Sig Hemp
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. saw Santana at Wembley stadium back in about 1985ish is he still worth seeing?
  2. gintonic

    Your Pet Photos

    Still best of friends 2018-07-08_07-08-20 by uh_simon, on Flickr Still getting in places you don't want them to be......clean washing 2018-06-11_06-44-34 by uh_simon, on Flickr Marley 2018-04-28_11-32-35 by uh_simon, on Flickr Ziggy squeezed himself into a box barely big enough for him 2018-05-07_02-41-14 by uh_simon, on Flickr
  3. Hyde Park 20180706_204034 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20180706_211133 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20180706_213250 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20180706_213301 by uh_simon, on Flickr more here (also includes pics from the gig the day before and the gig the day after)
  4. gintonic

    Pro-Ject VC-S mkII - a mixed bag

    If I was the OP I would have sent it back regardless of whether it appears to be the norm. Pro-ject need to sort this out. I bet the setup instructions didn't say "before use polish off any excess glue from the record clamp". This is shoddy, and not complaining and sending it back just perpetuates the practice.
  5. gintonic

    What forum changes do you want guys?

    all points on the poll are valid. The forum is a complete mess, hard to use. Migrate to a nicer platform like xenforo. I have just had my invoice for member ship renewal and the site is so poor, I won't be renewing.
  6. gintonic

    Your Pet Photos

    Ziggy wants to play 20180408_092959[49385] by uh_simon, on Flickr 20180408_093007[49384] by uh_simon, on Flickr Ziggy found an Amazon box cosy 2018-05-07_02-41-14 by uh_simon, on Flickr and yes Marley still up to no good 2018-05-16_09-46-04 by uh_simon, on Flickr
  7. gintonic

    Optical Cable

    buy the cheapest - all mine bought from ebay/amazon - longest up to 4m all bought with cheapest price in mind, never had a problem.
  8. gintonic

    Streamer advice

    @MickyP there isn't really any reason to change your streamer. I used to fiddle with the things; I have had Naim, Pro-ject, SBTs, Marantz, etc and they all sound the same through my system. Now adding an external DAC may change what you hear, it depends on what pleases your ears. I use an Audio Note NOS valve output DAC, and the sound that is produced pleases my ears and brain. YMMV @SergeAuckland I still use a SBT in my "office" system, I love the large display that tells me what I am listening to. There isnt really a comparable device on the market now. Most don't have a display and rely on a smart phone app to control. I had one of these once which did everything I needed, but it is more expensive than an SBT (even a used one) would be. I also found it lost the server connection (when it was asleep) way more frequently than an SBT ever did. Nevertheless it was a nice streamer. In the end it was replaced by an Intel NUC, whose USB output goes to my external DAC. The NUC is plugged into our TV, which gives me the display and we use the default music software that comes with Win10. The NUC is also used as a browsing device, etc with the big screen. It all works rather well. But as per the Pro-ject streamer it is all more expensive than an SBT for essentially the same functionality and no difference in sound as far as my ears are concerned. There are numerous devices from Sonos, Bluesound etc..... that do a similar job, but most don't have a display......personally I am not aware of the device similar to an SBT (with a display) that does a similar job so well.
  9. gintonic

    Your Pet Photos

    got up for a minute and marley stole my seat the other day
  10. gintonic

    Your Pet Photos

    they love to climb - so I built them a door height climbing pole and raised platform bed 2017-11-16_08-25-25 by uh_simon, on Flickr the platform leads across the ornament cupboards at ceiling height 20161022_193340 [3822648] by uh_simon, on Flickr found Ziggy in the wardrobe once WP_20160620_22_47_06_Pro by uh_simon, on Flickr and just the other day, I went upstairs to find Marley sitting on the newel post 2018-04-13_02-21-29 by uh_simon, on Flickr
  11. gintonic

    Your Pet Photos

    yes I had to construct some covers - the cats destroyed the foams on the woofers, and they had to go back to AN for repair. here is a close up of the covers 2017-10-16_06-39-10 by uh_simon, on Flickr you'll see a perspex enclosure on the left, which I built to cat proof the chains from the cuckoo clock as Ziggy like swinging on them The curtains you see Ziggy climbing are now knackered. That is two pairs of curtains Ziggy has killed in his two years of life. The curtains are going soon to be replaced by blinds
  12. gintonic

    Your Pet Photos

    all grown up now, but the boys are best mates - in fact they are inseparable 20170417_130308 [13479649] by uh_simon, on Flickr 20170616_191633 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20170724_155444 by uh_simon, on Flickr 20180216_102411 by uh_simon, on Flickr and still being naughty - Ziggy up the curtains 20171011_205211[16927] by uh_simon, on Flickr marley likes to sit on top of the door, and drop on to your shoulder as you walk past 2018-02-08_10-16-01 by uh_simon, on Flickr
  13. we won't be making it either, lost a day yesterday clearing up the from an incompetent plumber, now I have a bathroom basin to fit.
  14. I go to loads in the last week we have been to two. We probably go to 30-40 gigs per year and maybe 2 or 3 festivals. I don't mind the large venues - in my mind they tend to pay more attention to the PA than the smaller ones. I also get troubled by a poor view in some of the largest venues - Like the 02 at Greenwich (unless you have standing tickets or expensive premium tickets) there seems little point going to see someone when the stage is so far away. Wembley is a tad better, but again standing tickets are a must. The London Stadium, is appalling - and devoid of atmosphere. It is all the really small ones that seem to over amplify. IME the little intimate venues like the 100 Club on Oxford Street get it so wrong. Alexandra Palace for Rag'n'Bone Man last week was a prime example of over amplification, although moving towards the back of the auditorium improved matters. A few days earlier we were at Brighton Dome, right at the front and the PA was very good.
  15. gintonic

    Logburner frustrations.

    I think I have been blocked as well.