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  1. I am good for the dinner on the Saturday night. Sign me up. Bruce
  2. All legal. He was careful to make sure that everything was good. Gave me a nice certificate for the wiring and the supra based mains cables that he also made for me but have only used two of them for the subs at this stage. Bruce
  3. Just a little 'extra' information. The circuit breaker feeding the line is a 20 amp type with a built in special individual earthing. Should be good for any start up inrushing but Gavin Kindly offered to come out and check inrush current if I wanted. Hope that extra information was helpful. Bruce
  4. By the way, the shielded mains cable is in wall shielded mains cable! It is available from an Australian manufacturer, and not particularly expensive all things considered. The power outlets are socket only, that is non switched mains outlets. I used two 'types', the round type (10 amp, not the 15 amp ones) and the square types, also not switched. Think they were both Clipsal. Got them gold plated by a fantastic plating company in Box Hill. The metal boxes are the ones used for concreting, 4 small single outlet types and one four outlet type (needed space for the three earthing mounts inside). Also used metal gaskets on all boxes. The EMF shielding for the front is around the power socket, it is a peel off type of EMF shielding available on the internet. Don't think that I could have done anything more. By the way, at this stage I am using normal non shielded mins cable between the socket and my gear. Reckon there is future scope for improvement there! Hope that helps. Bruce
  5. Have just had my Music Room rewired with shielded mains cable. Had my first 'new' listen last night. Had a direct single shielded mains cable (26 amp) wired to a special fuse outlet on my mains power box. Also metal (shielded) boxes for the outlets and EMF shielding for the front of those metal boxes, not to mention gold plated heavy duty power (socket) outlets. A main outlet for my conditioner and four other outlets for (two) subs and my elecrostats - all star wired. Installed by my fantastic electrician Gavin who is, as he says, 'heavily into audio'! He is so keen he is making his own speakers including making the crossover parts himself! And what a great and diligent electrician he is! My first listen (last night) was truely revelatory. In addition to even greater clarity from my electrostats it is almost like the music has gained additional 'body'. Well, that is the first word that came to my mind as I listened. Would you believe that in two of my first three tracks I actually heard things in the music that I have never noticed before! Those are some of my demo tracks that I will be taking to the HiFi show later this year. I cannot recommend strongly enough the importance of doing the direct single line with shielded cable (not to mention the gold plated power outlets, star wiring, individual metal boxes for each outlet and EMF shielding on the front!). Do it and you will not be disappointed! Can give more details if anyone is interested. It's like buying a whole new set of super expensive gear at a fraction of the price. Very highly recommended. And yes, I am still staggered at the difference! What an improvement! Bruce
  6. Don't really care which thread the Saturday dinner is on. BUT I want to know if the dinner is at the Pullman hotel or not! I am good for a dinner at the hotel. But I can't be bothered going somewhere else. If this dinner is not at the hotel is there another one that is? I find the thought of chatting with other audiophiles and the dealers who are manning the rooms very appealing. As long as the food is passible I don't care. Couldn't care less about the drinks. I am interested in being there for the company!! For me it's all about the company! Looking forward to it! Bruce
  7. I have heavy curtains behind my electrostats with the speakers just in front of the curtain (& as close to the side walls as is possible) and that works well. In correspondence with Roger West of SoundLab he agreed that this was very good. Will say that, at least for my electrostats, it is very important to keep moving them until everything locks into place. You will easily hear it when it happens! Sometimes it only takes a tiny movement for everything to become perfect! Good luck for your electrostats. Enjoy the listening. Bruce
  8. Will add just a little extra explanation. The Show happens to be close to my birthday and my wife & daughter, knowing my interests, told me that they would like to give me the weekend at the Pullman as a birthday present. Was I going to say no? No way!! Bruce
  9. Yeah, I paid the full price. Won't say no to any refunds that are going though! Yeah, I live in Essendon but thought I would stay in the Pullman and soak all the vibes. Like getting in early & hanging around to chat afterward, go to the dinner, and maybe do a deal or two regarding my HiFi upgrades (not to mention meeting the odd member or two). Yeah, am really looking forward to the Show. Don't need to do any count downs because the time count down is already there for all to see!! Bruce
  10. AND ... Just booked my ticket for the show (the three day 'special' one). AND ... Would you believe I am the first to get my ticket!!! Wow! I am finally first in something!! I have possibly started an avalanche! Now who can be number two??!! Looking forward to the show even more now. AND ... I got a special call from Marc Yep, I am flying high today. Bruce
  11. Just booked into the hotel. Now isn't that eager? Before the show tickets are even available! Looking forward to the show already!! Bruce
  12. Like to make a few general comments. First though I would like to congratulate Marc for such a great show. Fantastic! Passed Marc a couple of times at the show. Did not stop and remind him that I had met him. Looked like he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. No, it was only the weight of the show!! Regarding the effectiveness of the show. I spoke to Anthony Holton on the Saturday and collected his details. I emailed Anthony late on Saturday night with some questions and he answered me at 1 am Sunday morning!! I am very probably going to buy the amp, in the short or medium term. Fantastic to deal with! Great product! That's what the show is all about! I thought the show had something for everyone. And that is good! One last comment about expectations. It is difficult to satisfy everyone's expectations. Reminds me of the story I read in primary school. Someone (presumably God) installed a rope that connected to heaven and this controlled the weather. One pull for rain, two for sun, three for wind, and so on. The farmer wanted the sun for harvest, the wife wanted wind to dry the washing, the gardener wanted rain for his garden, and so on. No one could agree and they yanked the rope so hard and so often that it broke! Everyone lost! Be encouraged Marc - you are deeply appreciated! Keep up the good work!
  13. Hi audiofeline No, that was not me. Vaguely recall hearing something similar around the show. But did not listen closely. Bruce
  14. Frankn, of course you are right. Most of the SoundLabs do, only three of their speakers don't reach 30Hz. Still not all electrostats get down that low, which is why some electrostats use a cone speaker to get down low. Say the Martin Logans. Still enjoyed those Halcro electrostats! Were they better than my spectra 22s? Very probably. Loved those Halcro electrostats to death and they were the only speakers that coped with my female vocal CD. Hey, they gave me goose bumps!!! Bruce
  15. Might take the opportunity to comment about the willingness to play a visitor's CD tracks. Most of the rooms were extremely accomodating. But some were not. Two different rooms had the exact same (poor) attitude. 'We only play from our server'. There was no polite smile on their faces. In fact I felt these people were looking down their noses at me!!!!! I even told one of these rooms who knocked me back that I also had my tracks on a memory stick but it made no difference!! The word that came to me at the time, and it has not left me since, was arrogance!! Didn't spend long in those rooms but I did stay for their presentation and was not impressed. And these people were not the 'little boys'!!! Let me tell a story that illustrates the exact opposite. Went into a room early on Friday. Asked them to play my CDs. Guy told me that they used some internet interface for their music. He told me the internet was not good but he would rip my CDs, do the internet stuff overnight, and I could listen on the Saturday. Talk about making an effort for the visitors. But there is more to this story. When I went back the next day. Would you believe that this guy told me that he got a CD player overnight so that they could play the visitor's CDs!!!! Guess this is all a comment on human nature, and, more narrowly on businesses. I posted above about the rooms that made visitors feel welcome. Hey, I spent a lot of time in those rooms that made me feel welcome. And, It is very likely that I will buy products from a number of those rooms!! Bruce