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  1. I am afraid to say rock & politics do not mix! It amazes me that sanctimonious musicians and actors think everyone should take notice of their rants and ramblings. Who cares what they think. Mike
  2. Ralph was one of the first Aussie artists I got into when I came to Oz in the early eighties. Loved Hearts on the Nightline, Goodbye Tiger, Dark Spaces, The Great Escape etc. Have seen him on a few occasions even on my honeymoon! His recent output has been really patchy and I made the mistake of buying his last release - The House Of Orange - its bloody awful. IMHO Mike
  3. Here's a few:- Mull of Kintyre Come on Eileen That bloody gangnam Korean plonker The Birdy Song Imagine - its so twee give me Cold Turkey any day Mike
  4. This lack of tone/balance controls on most amps only perpetuates the myth that all recordings are created equal and have the same tonal/frequency range. There are some recordings that are virtually unlistenable unless they are massaged with a bit of tone control. At the end of the day who cares so long as YOU are enjoying the sound your equipment makes. Mike
  5. Thanks for the suggestion but it did not make any difference. Am still trying various permutations. Mike
  6. Bought a Jitterbug for Xmas and when connected between my laptop and Maverick DAC I get a lot of static noise with the music!! Have tried it between the laptop and my USB router which has my mouse and external HDD plugged into it I get no static but am not sure it makes any difference. When I get time I shall try running the DAC plus Jitterbug from this port. Does it matter whether the its USB 2 or 3? Mike
  7. Get an amp with a balance control - problem solved!! Mike
  8. So my old babies are up for sale. Great speakers. GLWS Mike
  9. Hi Matt The upgraded op amps and valve were an option made avaiiable by Maverick when the item was purchased so I don't know if the Op's are socketed. They don't sell the D1+ anymore - probably because it was too cheap for its stunning performance!! Mike
  10. Have a Maverick D1+ (upgraded op amps and valve) and it is the bargain of the century. Use it as a pre amp and all its inputs and could not be more happier. Best $100 I have ever spent on hifi. Mike
  11. Have one of these myself and it is possibly the hifi bargain of the century. GLWS Mike
  12. Including 'Stairway to Heaven' by a certain well known kiddie fiddler?
  13. 12" single of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Two Tribes - The Annihilation Mix. This track soon sorts out the men from the boys. In fact if you want the best from vinyl forget amount half speed masters, heavyweight discs etc etc go for 12" singles you know it makes sense. Mike
  14. I have heard these on 'Song for our Ancestors' from Steve Millers Sailor album because surely they are the fog horns from San Francisco Bay! Some of these speakers are the most ugly things I have ever seen IMHO but then again you buy them for their sound not looks. I would love to have a pair of those B & W's that look like a saxaphone. Mike
  15. Hifi in the Home by the legendary John Crabbe circa 1972 3rd edition.