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About smarti

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    Ian Smart

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  • Turn Table
    Thorens TD166mk2
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    linux MPD
  • DAC
  • Integrated Amp
    MF M6i
  • My Speakers
    PMC Fact 8
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. As far as I understand then yes you can. You have to say so in the thread then pm me. Please let me know if you send a pm as I don’t think tapatalk supports them. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I’ll get them out over the weekend. Any bit you’re particularly interested in? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Hi, Free to anyone who can collect in Bath. The midrange drivers are in need of replacement. I did start a refoaming attempt at some point but after removing the foam one of the cones developed a crease which would make it challenging to work on for me at least.. The bass and tweeter drivers are in fine cosmetic condition and the cabinets (black ash) are ok but refurbishable I would think. The sponge grilles have long since decomposed into dust. I have owned these from new, so they have some sentimental value and I would love to see them go to a good home as they have been my all time favourites..
  4. I have an xls200 connected to my fact8's. I don't always use it but for those moments when I need a bit of oomph it works great. Much better than I expected and it doesn't need to be turned up much to improve things. In my setup and room it sounds pretty musical. I play bass in a blues band and a sub is the only way I've got close to the sound I get out of my Ampeg rig. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Unfortunately not the battery version, just the standard one. Glad to have my rack looking tidier as well. I'm looking forward to listening to all (well some of them) my old records again. It still amazes me how good some of them sound after all these years! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Well, I got the Angle audio for £60. Reasonable price I reckon. Got to say it's good for the money. It sounds a bit bassier than the Quad which is not a bad thing. The main thing I can notice is that it's not as quiet when at rest. But not too significant. Anyway, thanks all for your advice. This'll keep me going for a while! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Do you have experience of the schiit? By all accounts it seems to have a good following. Also at this price level would it be fair to say that they're all pretty similar? Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  8. I access the forums via Tapatalk on mobile and ipad as I rarely use a regular computer at home. The classifieds do not appear at all for me. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks for this I'll keep an eye for both on eBay this weekend. There's also an Angle audio currently at £20 that finishes at 9:30 am sunday so may be worth a try too. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. This has neen on my radar, have you heard one? Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  11. As much as I'd like to get the M6si, unfortunately I think it would be a more costly option. I did wonder about a MF phono but don't know much about them. Project phono box ds looks interesting and its very cheap at the moment at about £160. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. There's a reasonable amount of room round the back as its in a corner. The only reason the Quad can't go there is because you need to select phono every time it's turned on, and I prefer to swich it on via the front panel switch for probably illogical reasons! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I'm currently using a Quad 34 via tape out as my phono stage into an MF M6i. I am now looking for a box I can setup and hide behind my hifi rack as the Quad takes up too much room. So, I'm looking for something not too expensive that at least matches the sound quality of the Quad. Most likely funded by the sale of the Quad. I'm unlikely to go to MC as I'm quite happy with my Nagaoka MM. I'm quite interested in having a stage with a subsonic filter as flapping my speaker cones sounds a bit scary. Not sure though if it would be an issue with my setup. I'm also interested in being able to change loading and capacitance to get the best match although not a deal breaker. Anyway, any suggestions please? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. My post is a bit unfocussed, I guess my main point was that having run the test LP - I was wondering if the sibilance is due to the age of the cart or something else. I totally accept that my hearing is now a mere shadow of its former self, I had a hearing test last year that confirmed this! However, the funny thing is that I don't notice it except for me having less tolerance of toppy or high frequency energy in some recordings. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk