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    Tannoy Owners

    Hi, Who are the Tannoy owners here, and what drivers do you have? Anyone with Black, Silver, Reds? 15 inch Monitor Golds? HPD 385 and 315? etc I have tried searching but too many threads and cannot make out drivers
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    Tannoy Owners

    Oh ok. I was really impressed by Montesquieu's HPD 315a in Canterbury cabs done by RFC Paul with Silvercore 833c 20w (it has good grip). So now investigating
  3. Compare notes of: Thrax Phono (17,500 Eur), with Anamighty Sound’s own 4000 Eur Le Phono, and Phasemation EA 5000 (7,000 Eur) STST Motus II (suspended DD, 7000 Euro), PTP Lenco (2800 Eur), Doehmann Helix 2 (24,000 Eur), Technics SP10r in Schick Plinth Schroeder CB and Schick tonearms Allaerts boron mk2 to Finish Gold. Allaerts, Top Wing Red Sparrow, MSL Ultra Eminent, Art 1000
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    Analog Shootout at Anamighty Sound, Paris

    Yes, the Decca, old and modded by John Wright are excellent. I have compared the London reference to some high end carts and it holds its own. I like the transfiguration but heard it is tough to set up, like the Decca. Also Deccas do best on linear trackers and fidelity research from what I have heard. The SPUs definitely have a huge signature but it is unique to them and fun
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    Analog Shootout at Anamighty Sound, Paris

    The Hana is a very good cartridge but not in this league imo. I highly recommend that and the Art 9 for good value carts, along with SPUs. I think SPUs continue to do what they do well even against higher priced MCs, but Hana and the Art 9 lose out on their attributes, there are other carts albeit at a higher price point which can do those attributes better. As for the Denon, I don't know the expert stylus mod. Anamighty does a variety of mods including completely changing the coils and retaining only the body. Their cart requires a very tough phono as it is only 0.1ish output.
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    Frank Schroeder 12’ CB Ebony tonearm

    Hi Keith, there is a CB arm built by Audio Union (used on Dohmann etc), and one built by Frank himself. Do you know the provenance of this arm?
  7. 1. Nottingham Dais – SME 3012 R with Ortofon SPU anniversary 95 and Graham Phantom with Hana SL2. PTP Lenco with Moerch DP8, one wand having the Zyx 4D and the other with Benz LPS3. PTP tweaks4. Stein Carbon Signature mat which I bought after an AB at Munich5. Will follow up with notes of Ortofon SPU a95 vs a85 in another system6. Will follow up with SPU a95 compared on FR 64 and EAT tonearm (replica of Ortofon 309) in a third system7. Will follow up with compare of PTP vs Schopper Thorens 124, in at least one other system Details here
  8. Why did people trade down from the TW Acustic Raven and Verdier to the PTP Lenco? Why did Salvatore use the Nantais Lenco as a reference for years? Why is PTP Art Dudley's favorite TT? My first trip started with a visit to Geneva, where I heard the Nantais Lenco Mk2. This was followed by a trip to rockhopper's, where we did points 1 to 4 below To sum up, I have begun ordering the PTP 12. Details here
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    Munich lots

    Guys here is a quick write up with poor pics
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    Best High End Pre Amp ( Solid State )

    The same model as now but older version. The nhb 18 ns whatever. They changed something inside and improved it, so there is like mk1, mk2.
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    Best High End Pre Amp ( Solid State )

    Three of us compared the older Dartzeel model to Ypsilon PST 1. It was the equal on the Dartzeel, the Ypsilon edged ahead when we brought in the constellation inspiration. But don't forget Dartzeel has an excellent built in phono. However then we brought in AR ref 10 and it blew both the others much more muscle, soundstage, depth, bass. The external power supply has made it much better than the earlier models. AR always had midrange and the air, but this model has much better separation, muscle, depth, and bass. In SS, other preamps to consider is Dagostino but never compared it.
  12. The notes go through Listening to Aries Cerat Diana and KR SX Kronzilla on the Odeon Nr. 38 at Christoph’s Listening to the Odeon Nr. 38 with Lamm M1.1 at Christoph’s neighbor, Michael Krell KSA 100 with Apogee Scintilla, heavily modded by Henk at another neighbor, Rolf. Hifi Hood in Liechenstein
  13. Thanks guys. A sequel to the above post, excited by the Scintilla I went to listen to the Deuttas again over Easter. I have now chosen the Scintilla over the Duetta and the Diva. So that leaves me with a Scintilla and a horn choice that I will close off in June
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    Ortofon SPU users club

    I know a couple of SPU a95, new in box, available from EU from a dealer who is closing down. 1400 EUR each, plus post, if anyone wants, PM me
  15. Did this trip just before Xmas, and just finished write-up - it focuses on: Gian’s extreme systems TAD Reference with Pass XA and Boulder 2160 Comparisons of Tenor 75 OTL with Spectral 240 and Airtight 211 on Lansche Audio and Magico Mini Kronos Sparta with a 2k Shelter cartridge vs 85k worth of Metronome CD player and Kalista dac Martin Logan CLX with Constellation Ch Precision stack with Montagna Bergmann Sindre with Lyra Atlas and Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement, and compared with a Studer Wilson Alexandria with Viva SET amps and Grand Slamm X1 with Mark Levinson Basis Audio Work of Art, a 200k USD Turntable Back to Yamamuras Back to one of my favorite WE rooms. Well there is much more, like Duntech Sovereign, Wilson Sabrina, Goldinote Systems for small rooms, and Metronome streamer, but let’s start. If you get bored, jump to conclusions and learnings.
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    Road trip report - Italian Hifi Extravaganza

    Thanks guys, was just checking if anyone was reading Will let you know when up
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    Best High End Pre Amp ( Solid State )

    Ouch. This is a preamp thread, not power amp. apologies. For SS preamps, Koda if you have a lot of money, or Soulution, else go with Luxman c900. Superb value for money. More compares to be done in this regard, have compared Koda K10 to AR Ref 10, and have to compare Soulution, Spectral, and Boulder at some point. I heard Dartzeel sounding excellent but haven't compared yet. Soulution and Darts a big plus if you also want an integrated SS phono. Phil, to your question, carmel 2s are good for small rooms but lack the body and weight of the Haileys. For small rooms like yours, Wilson Sabrina, Heco Direkt also very good and latter much cheaper
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    Best High End Pre Amp ( Solid State )

    You will find the following amps compared here; Gryphon Mephisto, Luxman m800/900, Viola Symphony, Ypsilon Aelius, Burmester 911/909, Nagra Classic, Vitus and Boulder Best bang for the buck, Luxman m900. If you are a multi millionaire, Vitus class A. I also need to write up on Spectrals at some point.
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    LFD Audio Circle

    The best source of information on LFD is Mik from Unique Audio. Google Unique Audio and give him a call.
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    WANTED Be Yamamura

    It's on my blog
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    WANTED Be Yamamura

    The Yamamura horns I heard with the whole Yam system form part of the best room in the world. Some Italians have these electronics
  22. Started blogging about my visits. 3 of us got together, will introduce the others shortly. One is a vinyl veteran with 15000 classical LPs including original Decca and EMI Thought of names like Listening Note, Money Pit, The Natural Sound, before settling on Zero Distortion Read on and let me know feedback please, thanks
  23. To summarize, especially those in small rooms struggling to know what speakers to buy should just get the Heco Direkt, 2700 quid, and run it with SETs. Details follow. Went to the Windsor HiFi show yesterday. None of the big systems were sounding good, due to room and show conditions on the first day. There was Dan agostino and Wilson Alexx, and AR and Wilson Yvette in the same room. Magico S5 mkii with constellation centaur metronome top line transport and dac. All with top of the line Transparent. The Wilson room was playing many master copies of Peter McGrath's recordings. Ken Kessler gave a speech in that room where he was very honest that he does not use concerts to judge hifi, and does not go to classical (something I had guessed by reading his reviews). He said that according to him systems should be used to create your own definition of sound, and not try to have a live reference, else it will be self-defeating. He said that he and Peter Mcgrath were good friends, and had contrary views on this subject, Peter being a classical guy. He added that for someone who likes classical, reading his reviews was like a wine connoisseur reading a beer drinker's review. He mentioned that he sees the markets for dealers declining nad for custom install increasing, and the low end of hifi becoming cheaper but the high end becoming pricier. They mentioned someone in Colorado who had blown up a hole in the mountain to create a music room. Anyway, back to the sonics. Given how bright the Yvette sounded in that room, I was surprised how relatively relaxed the Momentums made the Alexx sound. This was similar to when I had heard the Momentums with Alexandria X2S2, with a similar Vivaldi stack and Transparent set up. The momentums are extremely fine, musical amps. Will try to compare it to some other amp, and the stereo to the monos. The Alexandria was a private set up, and had much more timbre, midbass, weight and grandeur. Then YG sonja with the Boulder 2160, a compete Boulder system with SME 30/12 and ortofon a90 also had set up challenges. I have heard YG Hailey with Luxman m900 and Nagra Jazz sound fantastic, and have also heard it sound great with the above Boulder, Burmester 911 Mk3, and Plinius. YGs are like Quads with more bass and dynamics. They sound edgy and metallic when set up wrong, but very organic and decay nicely when set up correctly. The Jadis JA 80 + Martin Logan Expression had the DCS running straight to the amps, which I think was a mistake and should have had the Jadis preamp in. It was wired out of phase, which I pointed out to them. The Clearaudio statement room with Goldfinger statement and Gamut amps and speakers was too noisy with public taking loudly, and they were again wired out of phase, which I pointed out to them because violins started playing from the right. They corrected it and violins were back to the left. All systems were sounding hard. The best rooms were the simplest. The Maggie 1.7 with audio analog 70w amp and Kronos Sparta 0.5 and transfiguration proteus, PS audio phono was extremely impressive. When I started playing my LPs of Argenta Espana, Rubinstein Emperor, Scheherazade Reiner, and Bruch Scottish Fantasia, with CDs of Bach cantata choral and other arias, it sounded great. Small room, panels close to the wall, with absorbers behind. The Maggie 20.7 was in a big room with Ayre and Brinkmann Spyder, Lyra Etna. The best sounding room was a small room run by Pure Sound. The Heco Direkt speakers, 95 db, with Pure Sound's 845 SETs of 25 watts (he mentioned he also runs them with 10w EL84 amps) and STS Motus direct drive with the Hana SL cartridge (500 quid). I went in to check the Motus, totally dismissed the speakers because of their size. I played Bruch, it sounded nice. I therefore thought I could stress the speakers easily with orchestral, so put on Scheherazade. Unflinched. Then I put on Argenta Espana, and it sounded brilliant. I was flabbergasted. Such small things should not be capable of such performance. You might not get the best piano from it, but hey, it's 2700 quid! And will fit into your bathroom if you wanted it too. And you can have a SET multichannel set up to boot. The audio shows are a great representative of audiophile set ups. Most audiophiles force in speakers into rooms that don't suit them. I clearly had an epiphany today of seeing that unless you can get your ultimate system into a proper giant room, imperative to for many to realize that a nice low cost Turntable, with Audio Technica or Hana SL 500 quid cartridge, integrated SET amp 1 to 2k used, EAR phono used 1k, and Heco Direkt, will sound lovely. You could always upgrade to whatever levels you wanted, but this will beat most giant speakers shoved incorrectly into the wrong rooms. It is also a great and much better choice for people who cannot get real big horns and settle for toyish compromises just because they have high sensitivity. These German speakers will come below your waistline, and are broad baffled, paper cone, vented bass at the bottom. Here is the The other good sounding room was Audionote, which had, like in Munich, a live Cellist playing alongwith the music. The AN TT2 with the AN IO1 and their phono was giving a lot of purity to the higher frequencies and mids tones that I haven't heard before. I have never been impressed by an AN system before, but that's mainly because I am not a fan of those speakers. Then there was the hORNS Universum MkIIII room, which are among my favorite speakers. During the day they were sounding hard, and I noticed they were placed too wide to soundstage. After show hours, the crew took them off the wheels, spiked them, brought them closer to each other, and changed the amps from 80 watt 211s which had made the horns sound aggressive to 12w EL84 monos. Then it started sounding much better. The choral on this was the best. The transport was a Lampi golden gate, which in the morning had KR 45 valves (not a fan), but in the evening had the special EML mesh globe anniversary 45s. One thing these horns do better than systems is the separation and distinction of each instrument in orchestra. Flutes, clarinets, brass, strings, sound extremely well separated with distinct tones. I have heard it sound great in Munich this year (not the previous year), and in a proper in home set up. The Sikora TT with the Audio Technica carts sounded great. I love those carts, indeed giant killers.
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    Windsor - Heco Direkt and the hORNS

    In your small front to back room with those corners behind the speakers, you really need to be carful about rear ported speakers. Try an in-house audition of the Direkt or do the Verity Leonore, with SET amps they will sing in your space. If you get the direkt you can invest the remaining in analog.