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Hi-Fi anyone?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Netsmurf, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Netsmurf

    Netsmurf Well-Known Member

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    So I have just done a big renovation of my stereo and was wondering - who else is into music and quality systems?

    I have upgraded my turntable from the good old Rega Planar 2 to a German Dual CS 460 and at the same time I replaced the RIAA from a low grade Dynavox thingie to a tube model from Vincent (PHO-700).

    At the moment my Snell EIII is undergoing renovation. The edge of the bases was worn out and instead of getting new speakers I found a specialist in base repair - should give them some extra years (they are pushing towards 20, but I still like the sound of them)

    My CD player is a XTZ-CD-100 from Sweden.

    The stereo amplifier is an integrated NAD 319

    My surround receiver is a Danish Thule AV 100 (sadly the company has gone bust - the sound is great)

    The surround speakers are also Danish, Dali Ikon all around and also the center.

    Next upgrade is either going to be new speakers or a non integrated tube system. I love the sound tubes give.

    I have somewhere around 700 CD´s and have begun to collect vinyl again. Collection grows at an alarming rate but I just love 180 gr. vinyls.
     
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    Sounds like a sweet set up, I used to be into that stuff but with too many other interests my money goes elsewhere these days.
     
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    Must be Eurocentric due to import costs I suppose. Upon taking inventory, most everything I have is from US companies. Never noticed it before. Just cheaper that way :D

    The best sound I've ever heard though was from a good headphone amp and a set of Beyer-Dynamics. Lacks the thump in the chest though.

    Really like the sound of Snells (does yours have the rear firing tweeter?).
     
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    Netsmurf Well-Known Member

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    Yes the tweeter is on the back. And my stuff is mostly EU made due to all the stupid taxes on overseas products - so much for free trade:p
     
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    I note Vandersteen is now using rear tweeters on their $90,000 and When You Die They Can Bury You In It speakers. Peter Snell had a good idea.

    Eh, being a dumb American, I am continually shocked (Shocked I say!) that every one in the world doesn't drink Bud Light and drive a pick-up. There is a ton of European stuff that never makes it to our shores either (luckily NAD has. They make good stuff), and much like autos have the flavor of their place of origin, I imagine the same applies to sound reproduction. If you like Bass to End All Bass, America is where it's at. Finesse is available, but in somewhat shorter supply. Our loss.

    And really, checkout the Beyer DT990s. They are the gold standard I judge any sound system by.
     
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    I dream of getting my hands on a STAX SR-207
     
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    My Dream Sound System would be a Function One 20k Rig but am a little short of the £50,000.00-£100,000.00 I need for it :( obviously though any donations gratefully received ;)

    There was a time when I used to be a very active member of the UK underground dance music and Rave scene, a good friend and myself had a company for putting on club night events in London venues and I had a 10k sound system, along with generators and lighting for outdoor events. Those days are long gone though and while I will happily attend music festivals I cannot be bothered with any more of a role in the underground scene over here, as while the average party goers are fine the organisers have way to much politics going on behind the scenes and the different 'crews' have no respect for each other and seem in a constant state of trying to get one up on each other.

    With modern CD mixers vinyl is kind of unnecessary these days but I can respect the old school nature of it!
     
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    Sony 5520 Automatic Turntable System renovated by a pro (asphalt filling and all)

    Sony TC-WE525 Stereo Casette Deck (Dual)

    Sonab SR-3650 Receiver/Amp

    Technics CD player SL-PG590

    All of it fifteen years old or older, and bought on the premise of "cheapest that is good enough" (except the vinyl player)

    Am on the third set of speakers though. (Although the second set I bought used for a bottle of wine, and they are still in the storage room in case they should become needed again)

    Wifey's the one that really knows her stuff around music though. Still, I got good enough hearing to pick out hardware that sounds good to her. :p)
     
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    I used to be like this. Then I heard a set of Diatone DS-505s that were heavily modified, and all of my good enough gear seemed only suitable as a door stop. Pissed me off to. I had just bought what I thought was decent equipment. I never realized how revealing a recording can be beyond louder and more bass:D

    Now it's a never ending race against diminished returns :skull:, and too much cool stuff to blow money on. Luckily used gear is at least approachable (or I can at least rationalize it :p), although I'm moving towards simplifying. My instinct is to move towards everything ripped to flac, a good DAC, and a nice set of headphones.

    Seems the cheapest way to get great sound.

    Then again, I seem to pick the losers for new technologies more often than not.

    I'm rather fond of the NAD M2.

    There, I've just cursed it into irrelevance :D
     
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    "Cheapest that was good enough" still meant I spent about $2000 on the setup (except the vinyl player and the follow-on speakers, those got added later), in what money was worth (and admittedly what stuff cost) a couple of decades ago. And that was on a sale. :D

    And wifey's very picky about wanting to be able to hear the whole range, and when we go out to buy headphones or computer speakers she brings along a whole set of tunes just because one part or another of the song is a "good test of quality" since bad speakers will mush them up or make them sound blurry.

    But yea, the hard-core audiophiles will always be looking for something even better :p
     
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    What do you mean by even better - why I would nev... ehh is that a new monoblock:rolleyes:
     
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    And today my new speakers came, so now the good old Snell EIII is retired and instead these are in the house:

    Vincent LS-308
     
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    I have to recommend a cheap product, it is brilliant.

    AcoustiFeet anti vibration silcone feets.

    It is amazing how such a cheap product can tighten up the sound. Since they were so cheap I have put them under all my gear and it is great. :D
     
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    Hmm, despite my promise to myself about not spending more on HI-FI this year, I have ended up with a new sub and some cables to make it all a bit sweeter for me. I got my self a sub like this one http://danstv.dk/shop/vincent-subwoofer-ls-112-3144p.html
    Its a 12 inch active sub - I only use it on low settings - it is brutal, and boy it gives away an awesome depth to music and movies alike:D

    So next year its either a new CD-player or a bold step further into the digital world with a NAS and a DA converter. I still have all the important albums on vinyl, but having 800+ CD´s would be so much easier on a NAS. What to do, what to do?

    Does any of you guys have experience with a NAS setup?
     
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    Wow wee was looking around the forum for topics other than games and I am blown away to find this thread as it my first passion vinyl some of my collection is from my youth in my opinion vinyl is best but it isn’t the only way that. I buy cds too! I’ve not counted the collective cds/vinyl is ages the last time it was:
    Vinyl 1,300
    CDs 900
     
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    I gave away all of my vinyl´s in the 90´s, so many first pressings and all in near mint condition. Now I have managed to get rid of the collectors bug, so I have used records, 7th print or whatever - I do not care and I have a lot of 180 gram records :D I do still buy special editions, but only from bands I really want to support - like Memoriam and other metal bands I have seen live.

    I work at Thule Air Base, so I have a little american system up here. Though the Amp is from England o_O
    I have an integrated Rega Brio-R - sadly an older version without a headphone socket.
    The speakers are MartinLogan LX16, little shelf speaker I like so much that I have also bought them for my surround setup in Denmark.
    Turntable is a Music Hall MMF-2 - I like it so much that I think I might invest in one of the top models

    My stereo setup in Denmark have grown with a Vincent PF-1 (power conditioner)
    Also a Vincent DAC-1, so my CD-player is only spinning the disc´s now - it will soon need to be replaced, it has started to hum and it will cost more to rinse it than it cost me to start with:confused:
     
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    I really love a good setup and spending time just listening to music.
    Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of the needed space as my living room is also my wife studio, and I cannot play music there, not even on Sunday.
    So I resorted to less ideal but transportable speaker for everyday use (old bose mini soundlink, now discontinued sadly) and when I want to really lose myself in music I just use a pair of GRADO SR80 headphones.
    A little uncomfortable if used for longer than one hour, but the quality is on par with much more expensive equipment.
     
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    Oups, I have ordered a new turntable. I was so pleased with my Music Hall MMF 2 and the sound that I have ordered the Music Hall MMF 9.3:D I was so lucky that I found it on a campaign offer in Denmark. I will pair it with an old Pick up from Monster Cable, the Alpha 1 from 1984, I got my hands on one that have next to no use on it:D https://www.gammaelectronics.xyz/audio_01-1984_monster.html Old review I found.
    review of the 9.3 http://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/music-hall-mmf-9-3-turntable/
    And manufactors praise of it: https://musichallaudio.com/product/mmf-9-3-turntable/
    I cant wait to get home and geek around with the setup:rolleyes:
     
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    If I had a decent room for music that would be yet another thing amongst the many that suck my time and money.
    I am almost grateful that I don't ... ;)