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  1. Iano

    Italian car-fi

    Nice 159 mate, looks clean and tidy. Bit more satisfying to fang around than a Honda eh? I'm also a massive fan of Tidal - the quality I find is consistently excellent, even via BT (which I use in the car for sheer convenience). 9 channels of amplification? If I do my sums right it's fully active 2 way front AND rear stages, plus some juice leftover for the sub. Nuts. Have fun tuning that beast. Or not
  2. With the rise rise, and rise of computer audio I decided it was time to return to headphone listening. I'd given up 3 odd years ago, having exhausted all of my CDs and my old and humble Sennheiser HD590s slowly wearing out. Well I've rejoined this club and boy it's good to be back. The HD590s went walkabout which I was initially dismayed about. No biggie - cue eBay. I'm now the proud owner of some HD560 Ovation IIs from 1993/94. Mint condition, the previous owner had the pads replaced. And they comprehensively tear strips off my previous pair. Dare I say it these (with appropriate amplification) could easily keep pace with anything costing up to 500 bucks today. They are gorgeously neutral, just letting the music waft through. The soundstage is typical Sennheiser, deep and wide. I don't know how else to describe the sound without being overly analytical with my language, because the 560s are anything but. Warm but not lush or sticky, incredibly detailed without taking a surgeons scalpel to the recording, low bass extension without boom or thump? If I had to summarise, take your favourite recording that you know inside out back to front. Give it the longest most thorough intricate buff and polish you thought possible. Then sit back and enjoy You just can't put a stereotype on the sonic signature, because there just isn't one. In a word: linear If there's a caveat, they need a lot of juice.... I didn't think 300ohms would prove tricky to drive, although my old pair were less than half that at 120. They're powered by an Audioquest Dragonfly V1.2, fed into a Perreaux SXH-1 Sillhouette class A. Considering at some point upping the DAC to a red as the voltage is much higher. Oh, and the source (before I hook them back up to my main Rotel setup) is Tidal HiFi Masters. At the moment however - I is pig in detritus
  3. I love this, bet it sounds mint Nothing but the gear, and the records. Totally nice.
  4. Iano

    2.2 channel stereo

    Why I didn't think of this configuration before......pretty obvious lol Have purchased dedicated sub RCAs x2 and will connect them later this evening
  5. Did quick search and found this thread from 2014: Kind of answers my query but I'm still a bit confused - if someone here can rephrase it slightly? Basically I picked up an identical twin sub from crap converters for a ree dic you lus sum of money - 90 bucks and no that's not a typo. A Sonique Thunderbox 1200 in far better condition than the one I currently have.... The second sub now sits on the other side of the LH speaker below the waterfall photo. I've daisy chained it from existing one via a 5m RCA interconnect - line out to line in. I think I've managed to blend the two pretty evenly, mucked around with the 0/180 phasing and found it sounds best when both of them are an exact match.....why this is I'm not sure. I set the crossover rolloff fairly low, about 50hz give or take (because I'm sure this isn't an absolute drop off, it's simply the point where the sound starts attenuating). And because I'm now running twins, I've dropped the overall volume on both to compensate. The improvement was immediate. It's simply fattened everything up but not at the expense of sharpness or imaging. Sound simply pours into the room completely free of stress. My question: Is there an alternate way to hook them up? My preamp has dual preouts but one is already fed directly to the power amp, the other is for sub duties. I didn't want to run a Y-splitter from the pre to each sub as it would reduce the impedance each sub receives.
  6. Speakers are Dynaudio Audience 42 The sub is a Sonique - Thunderbox 1200. It's dead old (bought 2001) but hasn't missed a beat to this day.
  7. Swapped CD interconnect to a QED reference audio 40 and improvements were instant. Also running Tidal HiFi (uncompressed for the win, Apple Music for the loss) via an Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2 but seriously contemplating a DAC upgrade.
  8. Iano

    My Mancave build WIP

    This is absolutely nuts....
  9. Dragonfly black (which I now regret buying as it sucks too much current/can't run off an iPhone). RHA MA750i's, which I'm currently listening to (through the DF on a Macbook Air), which sound pretty freakin amazing for their price. Definitely has renewed my faith re: inner-ears. Also have a pair of Sennheiser HD590s that are as old as Methuselah and refuse to quit. To be honest, the RHAs beat them. Convincingly. Edit: No longer have the Perreaux SXH-1 in my avatar photo, sold it due to lack of use. USB dacs are so much more convenient.
  10. Iano

    Rotel RCD-991 AE

    Has anybody toyed with the adjustable dither setting on these things? I can easily hear the difference, and would almost reach for the word 'profound' when asked to describe. Settings 1, 2 and 3 I find to be harsh, forward and clinical sounding, quite cold but with bags of detail. Set on 4 however, there is an immediate change in warmth, musicality and sweetness. The tiniest degree of resolution is forgone, and is in my opinion insignificant. For a modest system and one I've spent the best part of 15 years tweaking, it has never sounded so analogue. I have now spent about 30-40 hours with the 991 AE, and love it. With an appropriate disc, the player cliff dives into the mix and when it comes up for air, the presentation is just fantastic. Music just flows effortlessly and no part ever sounds forced or restrained. From the 951 that came before this player, the difference could be likened from moving out of a 3 bedroom duplex and moving up to a 5 acre resort. At the same time, the player is relatively forgiving of poor recordings. It won't make them kneel down and take 50 lashings before a large crowd, and I've heard plenty of players which do just that (ruthless, unlistenable). The 991's approach is rather "well, I told you so." You won't rush to turn the whole presentation off, but you'll quickly hear what a shoddy job the engineer did with it. So in typical Rotel fashion I rate this latest piece as a true all rounder, which is exactly what I look for in hifi. I do plan some future cable upgrades - dedicated AC cord and a better quality interconnect. Both of which I'm sure will consolidate my appreciation for it even more. One word. Bargain.
  11. Iano

    Rotel RCD-991 AE

    Ah ha, this makes sense Thank you. Absolutely correct. A few (common) examples of HDCD which you'll find anywhere, probably at KMart even: Dire Straits - The Very Best of Neil Young - Greatest Hits John Mellencamp - The Best That I Could Do All of the Motley Crue reissues Green Day - Nimrod Tool - Lateralus Tommy Emmaneul - Only Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense Very Best of ZZTop - Greatest Hits (get this one - stunning) Agree that HDCD didn't take off with any real fanfare, but neither did SACD. The latter I'd even go as far to say it was a pretty dismal failure. I don't know the science behind the HDCD algorithm, only that my 951 player supported it and at the time, was one of the most affordable players to adopt the format. This was obviously something Rotel were quite proud of, as the players all had a bright red LED which glowed with compatible discs. I haven't had enough time to see what difference HDCD discs make over standard redbooks on the new 991, but on the 951 the sound improved dramatically. Wider soundstage, bigger dynamics, better transparency. There is one obvious caveat here - don't assume that all HDCDs will sound good because quite frankly they just don't. Live - Secret Samadhi is HDCD, and sounds dirty no matter what system it's played on. Same crappy mastering as their Throwing Copper album.
  12. Seems there's plenty of press you can find on the 991 - and all of it is good. This is widely regarded as one of the finest CD players Rotel have ever made. Well I've just got my paws on one, in remarkable condition. Not a scratch or mark on the entire piece it presents like brand new. It's huge, its heavy, and it's built like a diamond. I've used the baby of the 9 series, the RCD-951 for many years and immediately swapping the two over the difference is blinding. They are clearly in different leagues in terms of detail retrieval, resolution, soundstage capabilities etc. Bass notes extend far deeper, and on well mastered discs you can literally "hear" the vocalists moving not only across the soundstage, but stepping forward and back from the microphone. True high end performance, and stuff I'd previously only heard on gear costing tens of thousands of dollars. However: I cannot find any information re the differences between the standard player, and the one I have. The Audiophile Edition. I am presuming it is fairly rare, and was obviously more expensive. If any of the SNA community have any info I'd be most appreciative, cheers In the meantime I'll simply enjoy rediscovering my CD library all over again.
  13. Slowly evolving and tweaking my much loved Rotel 9 series rig. Only original piece left is the RCD-951 CD player, but I've recently purchased the flagship 991 Audiophile Edition - awaiting delivery. Current system config: Rotel RC-971 preamp Rotel RB-1080 power amp Rotel RCD-951 CD player Dynaudio Audience 42 on SolidSteel stands Sonique Thunderbox 1200 active sub Belloggetti 4 tier rack QED Genesis speaker cable Van Den Hul / QED interconnects Thor A12 smartboard Apple iMac Audioquest Dragonfly USB DAC - outputted via 3.5mm stereo jack & QED profile interconnect Apple music subscription Panasonic 47in 1080p LED panel Next upgrade will be the dyns. They're simply too small for the room. I'd dearly love some Confidence C1s but in my dreams....The 42s currently get fed 400 watts per channel into 4 ohms and they simply lap it up. I'm honestly of the belief it's virtually impossible to overload these things! The timing, overall rhythm and detail levels went to another planet when I went from integrated to a pre/power combo. I listen to a lot of ABC Jazz via the iMac and it sounds surprisingly good! The Audioquest DAC digs up plenty of detail and leaves me constantly surprised. Also can't wait to see what difference the 991 is going to make. The CD rack I made myself, with plenty of black lacquer, and a pair of old Norstone stands supporting it out of reach of inquisitive youngsters. It's been working a charm so far.
  14. Item: Perreaux SXH-1 Class A Headphone AmplifierLocation: BrisbanePrice: $300 negotiableItem Condition: Very good - also have user manualReason for selling: I simply don't use it, nor do I own a pair of cans decent enough to do this amp justice.Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: The name Perreaux needs no introduction. Made in NZ, pure class A, dual outputs, able to drive practically any pair of headphones to ear damaging levels. I bought it new in 2005 and in all honesty, it's barely been used since. Maybe for 20-30 hours max. I mated it to a pair of Sennheiser HD590s and in hindsight, they're nowhere near good enough to really hear what this little Perreaux can do. I'm not prepared to invest further in a head-fi setup so I'm gonna let this go.Pictures: