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  1. Tapatalk seems to have stopped working as well. Just goes into an endless 'not logged in' loop.
  2. That is a serious amount of gear physically, must of had a van and knew they had plenty of time? Would take a good hour to do all that? Terrible news.
  3. I tried to reply to the original thread I spoke about this on, unfortunately it has been locked...so anyway... As I mentioned before I grabbed one of Alan’s March Audio amps, the 125W one. (I have 4 ohm speakers). @March Audio So here is my review of sorts.... The unit comes well packed and Alan kept me up to date of what was going on with it, build, burn in etc. I was a little surprised of the weight of the unit (4-5Kg?), coming from a big iron background where most amps are over 20kgs. The case is solid, as are all the connectors, it is a well-made bit of kit. The most common comment I heard when showing friends and family was, ‘is that all coming from that little box?’ Now this is where Alan needs to probably stop reading…. Yes I know it has THD + N of 0.0015% and an Output Noise of 30uV and a Signal To Noise Ratio of 118 dB but I have absolutely no idea how these characteristics contribute/translate to what I am hearing…So look away Alan… 🙂 The first thing I noticed when listening to music was the control, it seems to just pick the music up by the scruff of the neck and play it, there are no errant sounds waffling about, everything is played almost regimental and with great precision. It sounds cleaner as a result - not clearer but cleaner there is no muddiness to the music – although the instruments sound timbrally the same. It is mainly on single note stringed instruments (Tears in Heaven, Girl from Ipanema) and female voices (Rebecca Pidgeon, Susan Wong, Kina Grannis) that you notice it most - they seem so much more precise and controlled. Maybe this is to do with the lower noise floor the amp exhibits? The bass has become more prominent now as well, or I’d dialled it up on the speakers for the valve amp. (Genesis 501 with Servo Amps on the bass drivers) so I’ve been trying to dial that back in. Not sure if a by-product of the extra power the speakers now have? It is definitely more punchy on the bass. Bear in mind this is the baby amp of the range. The marimba on Ed Sheerans Shape of You is so tight now and the beat stops on a dime. I am still coming to terms how such a small thing can do what it does so effortlessly and there virtually no heat coming off of it. One thing I thought was strange is that it has the left and right binding posts/inputs as if you are standing behind the unit. It also has quite a definite click and almost bonk noise when turning it on and off through the speakers, not sure if normal in these amps? (it is not loud but noticeable). The power switch takes a bit of getting used to as well. The branded USB Key with the manual on it is a nice touch, although at barely half a Mb, I am wondering if some test tone FLAC's or something could be put on the other 4Gb of space? Am probably splitting hairs on those quibbles above, as I am very, very happy with it so far. I will give it a few weeks and hopefully build an audio memory, then switch back to the Valve amp and see how it fares.
  4. There is a thread on the Steve Hoffman forums. I am really struggling to understand how they are going to send them with Free postage. Like they are around 2Kg each with packaging and you would be buying 6 or so at a time. That must eat in to their bottom line.
  5. Yeah no posts on Instagram either, maybe they need a Social Media person to get the posts/photos out there.
  6. The paper says they are feeling them not hearing them. Interesting. "The hypersonic effect is induced only when HFCs are presented to the listener's entire body surface but not when presented exclusively to the listener's ear"
  7. If they only start at 20khz how do you hear them?
  8. Obvious fakes or had to know what you were looking for? Big stores within Amazon?
  9. You create a thread called "Game Changer or Hype" on a product that isn't out, listened to and measured? And then when a whole raft of people come in swinging with different opinions, you are surprised? 🙂
  10. Is filled with a special fluid and the part on the front of the cartridge sits in it to help with dampening the arm vibrations.
  11. Yes you are right in regards to Clearaudio, a lot of people have made that connection. Yes very happy with the cartridge, probably have it a bit light at the moment, need to work on it some more. Cover would have been nice, but I am looking into a perspex custom made one which will be around $150 I think so not too bad in the scheme of things. I think the stylus is re-badged also as there a number of Youtube videos discussing how to replace them and what with. https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/marantz-tt-15s1-need-a-new-stylus.699709/ Happy with it so far, only irks are the motor isolation is a bit clunky - basically centred through a hole in the plinth which always tends to move a bit and come into contact with the plinth after a while. It also doesn't have a very nice lowering action which is quite hard to control consistently.
  12. Great read, I see you have a headphone amp of sorts mentioned on your post in FB, what are the specs of that? Your website redirects to your Facebook page but am struggling to work out which is which as none seem to have headphone jacks that I can see.
  13. One for the Mac fans... https://thevinylfactory.com/features/despacio-james-murphy-2manydjs-soundsystem-interview/ " Eight speaker stacks each standing at 11 feet, 48 McIntosh amplifiers at £22,000 a piece, close to 50,000 watts averaging 100db on the dancefloor, and three nights to road test one of the most impressive and ambitious soundsystems in the world. The best thing about day one? “Nobody died”. "
  14. I downloaded the Seismograph App used in the video and it was very interesting and gives me a good baseline. I put the iPad on the TT Platter and tapped the cabinet/floor etc.
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