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  • Turn Table
    Trio L-O7D
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    SME V & Cadenza
  • SUT / Phono Stage
  • Digital Source 1
    MF KW25
  • DAC
    MF DM25
  • Pre-Amp
    Burmester 808
  • My Speakers
    Meridian M10 Active
  1. Stick-on foam around tweeters? ?

    The M2 and perhaps some M100s did. I don't think the M10s have foam around the forward facing tweeter. I don't remember seeing any like that. My M10s didn't as supplied, but then I did have special tweeter mounting plates for the T33s made for mine along with a few other modifications by Merdian when I ordered a pair with my dealer. I have though added felt pads to cover the tweeter baffles on my M10 speakers, although not stuck down (so they easily removed for comparison) just fitted around the tweeter mounting bolt. The felt lays perfectly flat. It does offer the improvements you describe, so is a worthwhile tweak.
  2. You win the lottery, what hifi?

    Well first just as bigfool also wants, a house with a large external solid building to dedicate as a music room. With its own power supply etc. Then I would keep my L-07D turntable. Add a fully restored Micro Seiki Sx8000II and Nakamichi TX1,000 in addition. Upgrade my old Burmester 808 pre amp to the latest MK 5 version with 6 phono modules (to accommodate two arms for each turntable). SME 3012R , Reed, Graham and Bruer 8 tonearms. Selection of cartridges, including SPU's, Koetsu's and Ortofon A90's. Probably add a Audio Research 6 pre amp as well for contrast. Fully restored Krell KM 100 Mono power amps driving fully restored Apogee Sintilla speakers. With all this great vintage kit around to play I don't think I would have time for CD. I just need first pressings of all the Blue Note, Impulse Jazz records and Classic Decca Blue Backs to keep me going. Or I could settle for a Beolab 90's also.
  3. I have not had an opportunity to listen to a pair yet, but from reports they are excellent for the price. Any comments from users on how well they 'image' as they have a 440mm wide front baffle? If that sound aspect is important to you?
  4. Record centre hole too small

    I insert a tapered nail file in the hole until it stops and turn once. That enlarges just slightly.
  5. So which upgrade made the biggest difference?

    Back in the 1980's going from passive B&W DM2A speakers to active Meridian M1's with a 101 pre-amp. Moving from them to Meridian M10 actives was a difference rather than an improvement, but changing the pre with them to a Burmester 808 was.
  6. Girl at her Volcano

    Well luckily we were mid terrace at that time and they had to come over the fences in three back gardens to get to us. This limited what they could take. No money or jewellery in the house, but they seemed to target the HiFi and records. All the HiFi was to heavy for them to remove by the route they came as they could not get out via the front door and porch, but it did sustain some repairable damage. They did seem to be fairly knowledgeable as from about 1,500 records I had at that time they took virtually all the Japanese pressings I had, about 20. Luckily not totally knowledgeable or possibly no time to check as they left some greater value original pressings.
  7. Girl at her Volcano

    Yes this is a fabulous 10" LP that I play often. It is a digital recording, but sounds great on vinyl. I did at one time have two copies an original UK pressing and a Japanese pressing. The Japanese mastering and pressing was better still. Unfortunately it was stolen years ago when I was burgled. At least the burglar had good taste.
  8. DL-103 or DL-110?

  9. Vintage Ears

    Easily adjustable to what you want with the loading plugs.
  10. Vintage Ears

    I am 70 and my last hearing test showed only slightly better upper frequency loss than expected for my age, but I still find that too many modern speakers have an upward tilted upper frequency balance and sound to 'bright'. So I would probably running from the room if I had my 20 year old ears back!
  11. DL-103 or DL-110?

    I am in the camp that thinks the DL103 (no experience of the DL110) is one of the few real audio bargains (I run one alongside a Cadeza Blue and Koetsu Rosewood), but as has been said above it really needs the correct arm (fairly high mass i.e 16g+) and correct loading to sound anywhere near its best. If you are using the Thorens as in your profile then the arm mass is nowhere near enough (7.5g) and it would not be a good match. You can add extra mass to the headshell, but not ideal probably with that arm. I not sure your phono stage would be ideal either. A new stylus would be the best bet.
  12. Ikea "Lack" Tables... anyone bought these??

    Yes as long as any weight is evenly distributed they they will take a heavy loading without any problems. I have had two marble slabs, just about the full size of the top and a 35kg turntable (probably about 70kg total) on mine for years without problem. These setup has been better for isolation of the turntable than any commercial 'proper' racks I have used in the past.
  13. Record Cleaning Which Water ?

    Ph of 4 seems a bit acidic, well enough to kill some fish, but not enough to put on my chips. I'll have to find some litmus paper. I was really talking about well over 25 (some) years ago when we had a still (time flies). We had pretty much moved all of our QC type of analysis to NIR by the time I left. With some HPLC done in our central research lab.
  14. Record Cleaning Which Water ?

    If you really want to have water of reliable purity you need to know that the supplier is producing it to an agreed standard on the levels of impurities and carrying out regular testing, e.g. Reagent Chemical grade (what we used to call ANLAR). Also if you store it for a time and keep opening the container it is not going to stay pure for very long. When I managed a QC lab some years ago we distilled all our own water with a large glass still and used it straight away for critical analysis. This still had to be taken apart cleaned and decontaminated ever couple of weeks and that was a time consuming procedure. Then if I needed any pure water I could just take some home. Unfortunately not available to me now, but as in my post above IMHO water from a clothes dryer condenser, if you have one, is likely to be a safer bet (and fit for purpose) than from some uncertified supplier off ebay. Some guidance on water purity here: https://www.orf.od.nih.gov/PoliciesAndGuidelines/Documents/DTR White Papers/Laboratory Water-Its Importance and Application-March-2013_508.pdf
  15. Record Cleaning Which Water ?

    If you have a condenser clothes dryer then the water from them is virtually distilled. Should have no mineral content as just condensed steam. It is worth filtering through a paper coffee filter into a cleaned and flushed (with the condensate) container just incase a tiny bit of clothes fluff manages to pass the condenser.