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  1. Richter Speakers

    I used to sell Ralph the enameled copper wire for his crossovers in the late 1980's and early to mid 1990's. I still sell the wire but very few make their own speakers here or crossovers for that matter. In fact, there is very little manufacturing of anything here!
  2. Aha. Thanks for your reply.
  3. Were you service manager at Marantz in the early 80's, say around 1983 at Chard Rd, Brookvale? I took my Marantz CD73 there a few times when new to fix drop outs and met a few of the repair staff.
  4. Your music 'test' records.

    No, I didn't notice. I guess that's the worst thing about checking "new posts" without checking the forum type. However, I am of the generation that calls all recordings, "records".
  5. Your music 'test' records.

    Roxy Music's "Avalon" SACD Papa Doo Run Run "California Project" Telarc CD Dave Brubeck "Take Five" SACD Police "Regatta De Blanc" SHM SACD Mussorgsky "Pictures at an Exhibition" Telarc SACD Elton John "Honky Chateau" SACD Elvis Costello "Armed Forces" CD Nirvana "Unplugged" CD
  6. Vinyl v Digital

    Well, our ears are analogue too, but that doesn't mean that the source can't be digital. With the speakers and the room, you have the ability to tweak them to your desire as well. All part of the "experience" of our hobby.
  7. Vinyl v Digital

    Good video and I think he has hit the nail on the head. I am a digital listener, but I also understand the connection with the use of vinyl. I used to enjoy the "connection" of vinyl, the use of the tone arm, cleaning of the record etc. I have a Thorens TD160 MKII turntable and I also enjoyed the tweaking of the analogue system by using a different cartridge/needle, adding a different mat, maybe a record clamp or weight and trying different feet etc. The same can be said of almost everyone's desire to tweak other parts of the system, speaker wires, interconnects, cones to put under for the amp and SACD/CD player etc. Tweaking your system is our way of putting our input into the experience, taking a little bit of control from what is essentially an off the shelf product. We believe we are making a difference, otherwise, the listening experience is just a completely passive experience and not everyone is satisfied with that. It helps us "create" a result, one that we feel we have had a part in being involved in. It is a hobby and like all hobbies they generally require an input for it to be an all encompassing experience, rather than just a passive recreation. Gardeners don't just sit and look at their creation, or the creation made by a landscaper. Gardeners like to keep changing, tweaking what they have created, adding a plant here, pruning another there etc. Photographers go out and take a photo and then come back and tweak the results in Photoshop, it is a creative pursuit, being fully involved. A car person gets their enjoyment from tuning and tweaking the engine, tyres, cleaning, polishing etc.
  8. I too have a Plinius 9200 amp mated with a Marantz SA14 S1 SE SACD player and a pair of Orpheus Aurora 3.3 speakers (that I have used external crossovers) and like you, I have found it is not very forgiving of poorly recorded music. The system is very revealing or poorly recorded music but put some great recordings on, and wow, it really shines! So many recent recordings and most of the remasters seem to be dreadful, IMO.
  9. Post some pics thread...

    Relatively new to SN Forums. However, Photography is another passion of mine. Very nice, @gat474! Recent photo at the Medievil weekend at Penrith. Peregrine Falcon.
  10. I ended up hard wiring the Isotek EV03 cable to the amp and now there is no worries about any loose connections with the IEC plug at the amp end. I removed the IEC socket from the amp and replaced it with a piece of 3mm aluminium to cover the hole and used the screws that held the socket in place. I drilled an 18mm hole for a metal cable gland to hold the Isotek 03 cable in place and then connected the wires to the power switch on the amp. I also shortened the lead by about a foot. It is all as solid as a rock, looks like it came from the factory that way, except there is a green lead! Does it sound better? I think it does, but it could be just mind over matter. Whatever the case, it is one less connection to worry about.
  11. I don't think a multimeter will give an accurate reason as to what is going on, I just don't think there is enough of a resistance going on to be readable as we obviously have contact and the amp was still delivering. Also, as I said, we are talking about 240V, not low volts. I think we would be talking of differences in the micro ohms as the cable resistance would need to be taken into consideration from any reading. I ended up using the Isotek EV03 Intium power cables, which is the cheapest in their range. The only reason I purchased them was to get a tighter IEC fit at the amp end and that 2mm squared cable was twice the area of the original cable of 1mm squared. I had no delusions of exotic insulations and the way it is wound etc that would make a difference to the sound or noise. The new cable was purchased purely for a better contact at the IEC input and more csa is better (within reason) approach. There didn't seem to be any oxidisation when I looked at the input terminals of the amp itself, they looked clean. The terminals of the original cord looked fine as well. I also inserted and pulled out the old cable a few times to "clean the contacts" as well just in case. I then also ended up using a new IEC cable from another reasonably recently purchased product and it made no difference to the sound nor the tightness. I think internal connection of the cable are generally spot welded? That would have to be checked. However, internal connections inside the cable would need to be open to air to cause oxidisation and they are in a sealed plastic jacket so I doubt that would be an issue. Not only that, but I did use a new IEC cable that I didn't use on a recently purchased product and thus would not be old enough to have oxidisation occurring.
  12. So, if the new cable isn't giving tighter mains connection but I have superior sound - extra dynamics, bass, clarity sound stage etc - then it can only be the extra CSA of the cable, rather than the connection, that is giving me the better sound. However, I am not saying that it is not the better connection, nor am I saying it is not the larger CSA of the cable. I think there are a number of factors at play here, just do not dismiss them all or any out of hand. Also, I don't think you're giving me enough credit. I am not new to this and have been involved in the game for a long time and know my subject.
  13. I realise all that. However, we are talking about 240 Volts, not low Volts where a slightly loose connection will result in more power loss and a very audible issue. However, as I said, the connection was only just barely not tight and as it is 240 Volts thus I would consider it not such a big issue. Anyway, we can go on debating this ad infinitum. I get the fact that the IEC connectors are not the best, but it seems to be ok now. If it plays up again, I will merely hard wire the cord to the amp and thus remove the connection issue once and for all.
  14. Maybe, maybe not. At the end of the day, it probably all helps. I am still not convinced that the ever so slightly loose connection would make such a difference either, but there you go. We are talking a very minor looseness, a cable that was originally put on the amp years ago and has sat there never touched for many years and thus could not have worn loose. It must have been like that, or similar, from the start. However, when I first set up the system it sounded stunning, dynamic, huge bass, great sound stage and well balanced - an amazing sound all round and everyone who listened to it agreed. However, due to other priorities in life I had not listened to it critically for many years. It was just recently when my Marantz SA7001 KI Signature (10 years old) decided to not play some SACDs and CDs that I decided to buy a new SACD player and I went for the Marantz SA14 S1 SE. However, the system still didn't sound how I thought it sounded when I first set it up years ago and I was blaming the SACD player and poor recordings or maybe a memory seen through "rose coloured glasses". This was mainly due to the sound now sounding a little thin and lacking a little bass - it was there but not as dominant/dynamic/balanced as it once was or maybe how I thought it was. I checked everything including the amp's power connection and did notice it was not as snug as I would have liked but never thought much of it. I unplugged and inserted it a few times to "clean the connection", but it was still never as tight as I would have liked - again, I must stress that this was a very slight looseness and not something I would have thought would have made such a difference. My background is electrician and electrical engineering and have dabbled in this sort of thing for many years so I do know about good contact and power requirements. As I said, it can't have worn loose as it didn't ever get moved. I even tried a new standard cable but it still wasn't a snug fit. That is when I thought I would bite the bullet and buy the "better" cables and the rest is history. Now, whose to say that the actual electrical connection itself is tighter, it may just be tight into the socket, not necessarily the actual contacts. As I said, I tried another new standard type cable and it was no better, so the contacts may not have been the issue, it might just be a little loose in the plastic housing of the socket. I even inserted a piece of thin plastic between the plug and the housing to tighten the plug into the housing up a bit. Didn't make a difference. The original cable must never have been a really tight fit but it used to sound glorious. However, with the new cable it sounds like I remember it used to. Actually, I think it sounds better, stunning in fact, I cannot listen to it enough now. So, I am thinking that the snug fit helped but maybe also the extra CSA. We can speculate all we like, but the fact is, it has worked and worked well. I am not ruling out anything.
  15. The better connection is probably much to do with the much better sound, although the extra CSA probably also helps a little. I have used those Neutrik connectors before on a car subwoofer enclosure that I needed to remove from time to time and it worked well. Don't know that I want to do that to the amp, though. Seems as though the new power cable is doing the job now anyway. Thanks for the input.