Sir Triode

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  1. What is wrong with what he wrote in that article? I thought he is spot on wrt to cables, cartridges and accessories. We pay too much for very questionable gains in the High End. Those that have been in the game since the 80s will know that prices today bear no relation to the value you got back then.
  2. Highly unlikely it would be a 981 Spyder, the manufacturing window ended last year. So it will be a 718.
  3. I have often wondered... Why is it that with all of our modern technology that we are unable to replicate the quality of NOS tubes? e.g. the Siemens CCA E88C tubes Or is it that current valve/tube manufacturing companies are already making tubes of similar quality but because of a Hi-Fi/audiophile world's misguided belief that new tubes cannot be as good as those made in the Golden age? i.e. Snob appeal - I have something you can no longer buy or buy at a reasonable cost Surely, it should possible to reverse engineer the old tubes using the same materials and manufacturing processes (with new manufacturing processes which would be of tighter tolerances than processes of the 40s,50s and 60s.)
  4. Avoid anything that has proprietary parts like Sloper mentioned above - so Vitus amps are to be avoided for this reason - they use proprietary modules in their amps which are only available from them .if they go bust (the company) then you are up s**t creek. I personally would also avoid anything that uses SMT or Surface Mount Technology components. They are harder to repair for the average technician and requires specialised soldering and desoldering equipment (although some techs can work around this using traditional soldering equipment). Generally Tube pre and power amps will use traditional through hole construction or hard wired construction so you'd be safe from proprietary and SMT parts in tube amps (SMT components are not usually made for the high voltages and temps that tube amps work at). What kind of speakers are you wanting to drive?
  5. The original Koetsu Rosewood of the 80s and Alphason 100 MCS were "made for each other" i.e. a synergistic match. The Benz cartridges with a similar tonal balance to the Koetsus might also be a good match. Duc is able to make up heavier counterweights for you if required.
  6. These marketteers don't happen to be named Athos, Porthos and Aramis, do they?
  7. I meant clueless to the technical aspects of components. Also many reviewers don't state how long they have been in the hobby and their biases. I would trust someone who has had years of experience in the hobby (and has listened to a wide range of equipment over the years) over one that has been hired for his ability to write perfect prose. I wish they would compare products from the past to see if there has been any advancement in the SOTA if any. It may help to justify or not justify the exorbitant costs of equipment nowadays. More often than not, these guys are looked up to because they have access to very expensive gear which is unavailable to us mere mortals. I for one would like to know from what benchmark they are measuring the equipment they review by. Anyone can start up a blog and become a reviewer and publish reviews. It is worthless to me if that person is new to the hobby (only come into it within the 8 years) and has not had the experience listening to gear manufactured in the 80s, 90s and noughties. They would not be able to tell me if the component they are reviewing bests my 25 year old component.
  8. How does it perpetuate a negative stereotype though? buy low and sell high sounds like a very good tenet to follow.
  9. Lexicon was also caught out rebadging an Oppo (83 I think) as one of their own and selling for three or four times the price.
  10. The reviewers are probably clueless as well - most of the well known high end hifi reviewers on my FB friends list are not technical types. As an example, one is/was a former pro photog, another is an Literary academic - they write beautiful prose and come from an Arts background. Very few have electronics engineering training apart from JA. I doubt they would be able understand what the various parts/sections are in a hifi component.
  11. Couldn't agree more. Hence it is better to buy from a manufacturer that doesn't use SMD or doesn't silkscreen over their component parts if they are through hole (provides schematics for their products). I think I've mentioned this several times now.
  12. My tech and now friend has told me a lot of stories about the manufacturer's crappy designs, build quality and reluctance to provide schematics for their gear(even to him the authorised tech for the distributor of the product). He has seen quite a lot of gear through his bench over the years as the authorised tech for one of the larger distributors here in Sydney. Many large and popular brands are included in his list of stories and advice to not touch their products (I have mentioned them from time to time). His advice is to look under the hood and avoid anything that uses proprietary parts/components. He has showed me under the hood of a number of well known brands and very expensive tube amps. The build quality will shock even people with no electronics background. i.e. wiring schemes that make no sense or not tethered properly.
  13. There was a pair of M60s (I think was the model) on Ebay by a chap who lived in Jindabyne of all places a few years ago. I thought this might have been that pair, appears that it is not. So there is another pair or similar in Australia.
  14. That is why I recommended the cheap Audio Technica ANC33is ear buds - at $79, they work just as well as the full sized cans and you can sleep with them plugged in. They also come with the double 3.5mm adaptor for the IFE socket. Doesn't the QC35 come with cords so that you can plug into the IFE?