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About Andrei

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  • Turn Table
    Modded Technics 1210
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Jelco, Charisma Ref1
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Benedict Hothead C
  • Digital Source 1
    Custom PC
  • Digital Source 2
    Oppo BDP 105
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    Wyred DAC 2v2 SE
  • Pre-Amp
    Emm Labs Pre2
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    Pass Labs X150.8
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    Magico A3
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    Senn HD650
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Andrei

    John Darko appreciation thread

    In my opinion Darko is a lightweight. Well presented and subjective, and he makes no bones about that. I watch some of his reviews and they are entertaining. However if it comes to purchasing you have to combine objective measurements with the the subjective. Darko's are a dime a dozen on the web but a resource like ASR is a rare thing.
  2. Andrei

    Three Words Daily

    just like Macavity
  3. Andrei

    Three Words Daily

    with one leg?
  4. Andrei

    Amp recommendations for up to £3k for magnepans

    Perreaux as previously recommended. What I found (the the Eloquence 250) was a supreme sense of ease. My first choice though would be the Onkyo M-5000. Only rated at 85 watts but subjectively seemed more powerful. I would also prefer that to the ATC P1 (that I have). The striking thing about the Onkyo is its razor-blade accuracy - probably something to do with the darlington transistors.
  5. Andrei

    Three Words Daily

    Topic to avoid
  6. The one thing you will get with the Boenicke's that you don't get with the spouse is a threesome.
  7. Andrei

    DIY Record Flattening??

    Yes I have done it. I cleaned the record thoroughly and then placed it between two sheets of glass. A couple of books were added for weight. I did this in an unfrequented corner of the house. About a month later I returned to find partial success. It was still slightly warped but playable. The remainder of the warp was ameliorated by the Michel clamp.
  8. Andrei

    Michael Fremmer, stereophile

    I recall him saying somewhere that some of 'his' cables were on loan. The most fabulous 'loan' was Harry Pearson's loan of a Clearaudio Statement. A contraption so wondrous that it looks like it belongs in a 1920's version of futuristic steampunk. Costing over 6 figures I believe. You aint gonna get no bad reviews while that mama was wit de boss. BTW has anyone any gossip / followup on the robbery whereby said contraption was purloined.
  9. Andrei

    Help on phono stage.

    Thanks for input guys. I am reluctant to consider the problem the cartridge as I have tried three. The resident Benz Wood (MC), Charisma Audio REf-1 (MC) and an Ortofon 2M Bronze (MM). Conceivably I could be doing the same thing thing to all the carts. Over the weekend I will swap out the phono stage. I do have another - it is a Benedict Audio Hothead - MC only (and 100 Ohms loading only). It is a bit of a faf undoing it from my main rig, installing it, and then putting it back again. If that fails then I can swap out the turntable. If that fails I can stick my head in a toilet, flush it, and thereby come up with a fresh idea.
  10. Andrei

    Help on phono stage.

    I have a Perreaux VP3 Phono Stage. When I first got it, it was fabulous! But now there is a problem. My office system consists of Technics Turntable - Benz Cart - Perreaux Phono - Ayon Eris Pre - ATC P1 Power - and Spendor D1 speakers. The problem I am having is that there is a grungy sound. It is as if the record grooves were filthy. I have limited the problem down to the turntable or the phono stage. (I have done this by plugging in a digital source - everything sounding good. So this limits it to Cart, Phono, or TT. I have run three different cartridges, same grungy result - so it is only the TT or Phono who may the guilty party.) At one point I swapped out the cart for another by way of comparison. This involved different loading. Then I swapped back. When I went to re-enter the loading I have done it incorrectly. Or rather, I did it correctly for the left (or right) channel and incorrectly for the right (or left) channel. Not germane to the problem but how the hell could I do this? I had to flip some tiny dip switches and at one one point instead of counting from left to right, I have counted from right to left. My question is this: Can this damage the Phono Stage? TIA
  11. Andrei

    Help on renewal of turntable platter.

    Jason, I can second the Autosol. They make at least two types; one is Aluminium and that works a treat. The other is just for 'metal' and that works a treat too. They are not especially expensive IIRC. You may be familiar with the Technics 1200 series turntables and the platter side has dots to be read by a strobe. I had a particularly shabby looking platter so I used an abrasive brush and acetone to strip off the paint. Then I polished it with autosol and it now looks really good.
  12. Andrei

    Three Words Daily

    so she said
  13. Andrei

    Pre-amp for newly acquired ATC SCM40A's

    I have invested in an Emm Labs Pre2. It was an upgrade over an an Ayon Eris which was in turn an upgrade over an ATC CA2. It has two balanced inputs (via XLR) and one balanced out to the power amp. It is totally quiet, unobtrusive, and is very user friendly. The remote is a long aluminium jobbie that is easy to use. The display on the unit is legible and looks smart in businesslike way.
  14. You have wisely moved from calibration to 'quality' of the sound. Even so it does affect the quality of the sound. Louder is different from soft, right? Louder is better for climaxes, right? More to the point is that the tone on live music changes according to the volume. The most striking example is in strings. When a violin plays a note loudly it is a different sound from when it plays softly. It is different from a soft violin played with volume turned up. But artificially assuming that there is no difference in the type of sound when the volume changes from, let us say 'soft' to 'loud' that will, as a generality, increase the tension, unless of course you divorce the data from human experience. Also I 'am sure' about your 'not sure' about an analogy. I did not make an analogy.
  15. You calibrated your sound last time you used the volume control. And why not calibrate a non-original image? I am sure you can think of examples yourself.