jhud

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About jhud

  • Rank
    Wammer

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  • Location
    Rutland
  • Real Name
    Jon

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Thorens TD125
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME + AT33sa
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Angle Audio Phono .
  • Digital Source 1
    Audiomeca Obsession
  • Digital Source 2
    Meridian 596
  • DAC
    Perreaux DP32
  • Integrated Amp
    J Sound Lab 300b
  • Pre-Amp
    Heron VTSP-2
  • Power Amp/s
    Parasound A21
  • My Speakers
    Gamut L3
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. My most recent purchase - A Heron Audio VTSP-2 valve preamp which has proved to be the single most effective upgrade I have ever made in over 40 years of box swapping . Brilliant amp.
  2. Firstly , let me say I have absolutely no connection with Elite Audio other than being a very satisfied customer of theirs on more than one occasion. Having just seen Peters very welcome announcement about his recently negotiated deal with Mark Cargill at Elite for a 15% discount for Super Wammers on selected equipment for sale by Elite Audio it has prompted me to write this short post to explain my recent buying experience with this company. A couple of weeks ago I was scouring the 'for sale' ads. for a good quality valve pre amp.as the next upgrade for my system. I have been without any sort of 'glowing bottles' in my rig for over 12 months and was aware that the addition of a valve pre to go with my beefy Parasound SS power amp. might well be a step in the right direction in terms of ultimate sound quality . I was specifically looking at two models of pre. , both valve , both second hand and both for sale at Elite Audio , one for £1495, the other for £500 more . On speaking with Mark at Elite I was initially keen to try the more expensive of the 2 amps. in question until Mark convinced me to try the cheaper one which was the Herron Audio VTSP-2 which he was selling for a knock down price of £1495, a significant saving on buying a new one for around £4000 ! "You wont regret it" was Marks opinion when I agreed to take his advice and try the cheaper Herron amp. instead of the more expensive one I had originally thought of. Well, the bottom line is - no, I certainly don't regret it - not one bit. Even though the Herron was completely unknown to me, having listened to this American made Valve pre amp. in my system for about a week I have formed the opinion that the VTSP-2 preamp. is without doubt the single most effective upgrade I have ever experienced in over 40 years of box swapping madness. All I can say is that it is a very special amp. indeed and one which has made a simply massive difference to the level of musical enjoyment I get from my system. Far more so than I ever thought possible. Thank you very much Mark for your most excellent advice and recommendation to buy the Herron. As you said,I will never regret buying it. Sometimes, some dealers get a bad press from us members of the buying public , and sometimes justifiably so. I simply thought it would be nice to give credit where credit is due to Mark and Elite Audio who in my particular case gave a really fantastic level of advice and service which I am truly grateful for. Thanks again Mark from one VERY satisfied customer. Jon.
  3. That Sir, is one very fine system indeed.
  4. Hear all, see all, say nowt. Eat all, drink all, pay nowt. Its a long time remember, from January to December. So hear all , see all , say nowt. Eat all , sup all , pay nowt. And if ever thy does owt for nowt. Always do it fer th'sen. Count me in
  5. Blimey Ian , That's a very low price for one of these. Personally I thought the Vitus with the Grahams sounded sublime at Scalford last week.
  6. No shot fired by me Rick because I reckon you've hit the nail right on the head. What you describe as 'synergy' has been exactly my experience as well , based on 44 years of being involved in this hobby of ours. Can't begin to explain why this is though .
  7. A couple of great/outstanding/interesting experiences in room 239 that I can recall are as follows: When I asked a visitor/s for any requests music wise on 2 separate occasions they asked "got any Jazz ?" To which I had to reply "sorry afraid not, I didn't bring any " ! 10 minutes later, when I asked the same question of another visitor he replied "anything, as long as its NOT Jazz " ! When I apologised to a room full of visitors for the boomy bass in my small bedroom one chap replied, "this isn't boomy bass , if you want to hear boomy bass you ought to go into room *** " ! On more than one occasion a visitor commented to me that in a lot of the rooms the music was being played at too high a volume level, at which point I grabbed the remote control to turn the volume control down on my amp. Now't so queer as folk. The greatest thing for me though as an exhibitor was when at least 5 separate visitors earnestly and very kindly told me on leaving the room that my system was the best sound they had heard at the show . Of course , there is always the chance that they had said this in every room that they had visited .
  8. Yes, Scalford 2017 WAS a great show. The music and equipment are always the number one priority in an event like this but in my view it was made great by all the PEOPLE who put such a lot of hard work in to make it happen. So, my thanks go firstly to Peter as the main man and also to Rachel and Carol who worked so hard at the front end. Thanks also to the Hotel and its staff and everyone else, including the Wam moderators who had a hand in organising such a complex event . The energy and effort put in by all was truly remarkable. But my star of the show was none other than Danny "Duvet" who seemed to be everywhere at once putting huge amounts of effort and enthusiasm into the smooth running of the show . He worked his B***s off and I'm not surprised at all that he was so knackered at the end. So, my biggest thanks go to Danny, seriously well done mate.
  9. SOLD at Scalford to Carl - Top Wammer and all round fine fella.
  10. No, but I'm definitely GETTING excited
  11. OK, if they aren't sold before I will take them to Scalford.
  12. For sale is this pair of the sought after Dynaudio Contour 1.3 Special Edition speakers in lovely Birds Eye Maple finish. There is a slight blemish to the cabinet at the rear of one speaker , see pic. pointing this out. It cant be seen easily but just want to be honest. Also both the tweeters have 2-3 small dimples in each of the soft domes. Its common enough with this type of tweeter and I am convinced that it does not affect the sound of the speakers one bit. I cant hear that it does anyway. The 2 main dive units are in excellent condition . Before I bought these from the previous owner in Austria I had a pair of the Contour 1.3 mk11's and comparing them with these SE's I was staggered at the difference in sound quality between the two. The MK11's are a highly regarded, very good speaker but the SE's modifications place it in a higher league altogether IMO. I don't have the original boxes but do have the box that the speakers survived their journey from Austria in so could be posted at cost. Alternatively they can be collected from post code area LE15 or taken to Scalford Show in a couple of weeks time. Looking for £800 which is what I paid for them and will chuck in a free pair of stands.
  13. Hi,

    RE your post about looking for a phono stage.

    I have an Aqvox Phono 2 CL that I will sell for £450.

    Its a very high quality and very versatile MM/MC stage that retails for 1900 euros , loads of info. about it on the internet.

    Please get back to me if interested.

    Cheers.

    Jon. 

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    2. robbie010

      robbie010

      I read a little about that. My TT is a Kuzma Stabi which has fixed RCA terminated cable, so the cables may be useful. However, my integrated amp only accepts RCA so not sure the xlr cables will have any benefit?

    3. jhud

      jhud

      If that's the case you will need to use the supplied RCA to XLR cables as I do.  Whether there is any benefit going fully balanced who knows ? Some say there is , some say there isn't.  !  The unit sounds fabulous to me using the connecting leads. 

      Have to mention that a guy on pink fish media was interested in the Aqvox 3 days ago, I suppose I ought to let him have first dibs on it so have just messaged him asking if he is still interested in it. 

      Cheers.

      Jon.

    4. robbie010

      robbie010

      That's fine.

      I'm tossing up, been offered a Musical Fidelity MX-VYNL and a WhestTwo so have a bit of thinking to do.....

      Thanks.

  14. Thanks very much for the input Jag.