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  1. Springsteen, U2, Counting Crows, Eddie Vedder, R.E.M,
  2. I confess, I tried out Shun Mook Mpingo disks many years ago. I never really understood the theory behind them which seemed to be about transforming bad or unpleasant resonances into good or pleasing resonances. But the idea seemed fun at the time. I did feel they made a difference when using them on a pair of Duntech PCL15s in a small room, and a smaller difference with a pair of Sonique 5.5 SEs in a slightly larger room. I didn't notice anything when I I tried them on Meridian 500 CD transport or my old Micrex hybrid valve amps. I did try a blind test of sorts, by getting an audiophile friend at the time to listen ( blindfolded) while I placed them on the speakers, and then moved them around. He did ask what I had done to the soundstage . Prior to this, I didn't tell him what I was going to do or what I was playing around with so hopefully that eliminated some of the potential bias. I also tried the same experiment with my wife ( who has no interest in Hifi) with similar results. I would add that I didn't feel that I was enjoying the sound of my system any more, but rather that they did make a slight difference. Recently, I pulled them out of the drawer where they'd been for about 5 or 6 years , and tried them with my current system, but didn't notice any difference, though I haven't tried this again with a blind subject. I've added a link to the original Stereophile review of them, as well as the follow up letters/articles/etc. The article by Barry willis seemed quite interesting and well balanced as well, discussing the psychology versus the possible science behind tweaks, and how they may actually work.
  3. Were any other SNAers at this show on Sat night? Amazing show in a grate venue. An evening of almost all of their best songs. Axl Rose's voice was superb, Slash's guitar work was sublime, and the rest of the band was in great form. They also managed to get the sound just right. Surprisingly good for a large venue, and not so loud that I felt I needed ear plugs. It also occurred to me that it was the first concert in many years that I'd been to, where it was just a night of pure entertainment, rather than having to listen to the artists drone on about whatever left wing, socially progressive, touchy-feely cause that they were interested in ( not that I'd expect that sort of thing from the Gunners !) Just a night of great rock that took me back to the late 80s and early 90s.
  4. Hi Mark Welcome. We're a friendly group of local SNAers, so should hopefully see you at a GTG sometime soon. Cheers
  5. I'm not sure, sorry. Some sort of stone paver I found in the shed!- I don't think it's concrete or slate . Any outdoor paving place should have them for a few dollars each. I've also had good results with large granite slabs under my speakers . The paver under the TT sat on an inner tube from a kids bike tyre. Very effective and cheap Cheers
  6. A paver on a inner tube from a bike tyre was a cheap and easy isolation solution for my old Clearaudio table.
  7. Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding and Highway 61 Revisited The new Mofi Mono 45s
  8. Hi I'll take this if its still available will PM you cheers
  9. I suspect that if you're habitually listening at over 100dB, you're ears will be having a good time but not a long time! I agree that some things just do sound better loud, but I am seeing an increasing number of younger patients with noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus who are incredulous when told that there's not much that can be done except for a hearing aid... Once it's gone, it's gone.
  10. Mine arrived this week - I agree - superb set, beautifully pressed and packaged and so far sounds great.
  11. I had a listen to the Santana album on my system and on sound quality alone, I think it's worth the money. It was really something special. Given that I love this album, I'd be happy to pay that much for it if its better than the AP 45 version.
  12. Sorry for the late reply to this.. Straight out of the box, I didn't think there was a huge difference between the 2 carts when playing the new mono LPs. With older/less pristine records, the mono cart seemed to significantly reduce surface noise,etc. As they've had more hours put on them, I do prefer the presentation of the the mono cart for the newer mono LPs as well. The caveat with this comparison is the difference in the arms - I haven't tried the Miyajima on the Brinkmann arm, and that may well be a significant improvement. Doing the comparisons between the two has been interesting - I've had them both playing on the record at the same time, and just switched inputs on the phono stage with the remote ( after ensuring the gain is set appropriately for each input so that the volume remains the same). Once the settings have been saved, this pretty much allows a blind comparison between the 2.
  13. In all seriousness, the topic of cables has come up may times before, and I'm sure will continue to do so. This is a link to a previous thread where some comparisons were made between a number of different cables ( mostly sensibly priced) using @johnmath's cable switching device. There's also a fair bit of technical information in that thread about the various properties of different cables, which may be of interest to the OP.
  14. But can you prove that with a double blind trial?
  15. I'm using a Miyajima Spirit on my 2nd arm ( a Jelco750) and am very happy wth the results.