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About Stidge

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  • Birthday 02/12/1966

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    Tunbridge Wells Kent

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  • Turn Table
    Garrard 401
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME V, Benz Wood SL
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Pass Labs XP-17
  • Digital Source 1
    Roon NUC
  • Digital Source 2
    AURALiC Aries G1
  • DAC
  • Pre-Amp
    MFA Baby Ref V2
  • My Speakers
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Stidge

    Auralic Vega G2

    Thanks for all the replies. I am concerned about losing the pre-amp. I used to run a Chord Hugo directly into my active speakers which sounded good but there was definitely an improvement when I added the pre-amp into the chain. If I am going to get the Vega I would really need to sell off some stuff to generate the funds I need and the pre-amp is by far the most valuable. If I get the Vega and don't sell the pre-amp I will be about £2000 down which is not really the point of the exercise. It would be good if I could get the Vega and return it if I don't like the sound from its pre-amp but it would be an eBay purchase so no option to return. Will need to ponder a bit but thanks again for all your comments and advice Regards Steve
  2. Stidge

    Auralic Vega G2

    Hi So I am thinking of getting the above but not sure how good the pre-amp is. I currently use Roon and have an Aries G1 for streaming via wifi. This feeds an RME ADI-2 FS DAC then into a Music First Audio Baby Ref 2 and onto a pair of ATC SCM50SLT. I am assuming the DAC would be better than the RME (although that is very good) but not sure how it would be replacing the passive pre-amp with the Vega G2. I play vinyl so need a pre-amp that an accept an input from my phono amp. If the Vega is up to it I could replace the MFA, RME and maybe the Aries to free up some funds. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts on doing this? Thanks for reading Regards Steve
  3. Stidge

    PS Audio anyone?

    I demo'd the BHK preamp into my ATC Active 50s. I liked it a lot and almost bought it but ultimately it was beaten by a Music First Audio Passive. The BHK may not measure well but it sounded good in my setup. YMMV of course.
  4. I use a passive pre-amp with my active 50s. Sounds really good. It is a Music First Baby Ref 2 but I previously had the Classic V2 which was also excellent. They come up for sale secondhand fairly often for around £900 or give Jonathan at MFA a call. He is a really nice chap and very helpful. I did audition quite a few active pre-amps but the passive beat them when comparing head to head.
  5. So why do you sell other DACs? I don't understand if this is as good as it gets.
  6. What I don't understand is if Keith is correct then why does he sell a variety of DACs? Surely he should be selling the cheapest one that measures well? Any spend above the cost of that DAC is wasted money and could be construed as 'ripping off' his customers. I guess some of the more expensive DACs may have more features but most of those features will be adding 'distortion' anyway. Keith, please can you explain?
  7. Stidge

    FS: Chord Hugo

    Original Chord Hugo for sale in, the better sounding, black. This is the later model with more space around the sockets. I have owned from new since late 2014. At the end of 2016 it went back to Chord for a service and the batteries were changed. Always used in my main system, sitting on my rack so is pretty much immaculate. I have the original box, instructions and accessories so easy to post although it can be collected from Tunbridge Wells if you prefer (where I can also demo). They seem to be going for around £600 on eBay so how about £550 plus postage. If you would like further info or photos please let me know Thanks for reading Regards Steve
  8. Hmmm it is interesting. A minor grammatical error doesn't change what he was trying to say. Whether you agree with it or not. If English isn't the authors first language or it has been badly translated (by Google Translate for example) it doesn't mean they don't have expertise in a subject. This is all semantics though and I am not sure a hifi forum is the place for such literary criticism. And back to your earlier point: a person might be a good electrician even if they can't spell or are dyslexic....
  9. Yeah it was a bit. Do all posts get checked for grammar and spelling? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. But surely you have to listen to the combination to identify the synergy? And I can do that with normal listening.
  11. But how did they measure Keith?