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  1. A few more random comments & observations. Noticed quite a few rooms used power conditioners but did not see any of them who connected their power amplifiers into those conditioners. Guess that confirms the suspicion I had that power conditioners are not good for power amps. Really liked making regular visits to the Yamaha room. Good room. To the best of my knowledge they just keep playing that Fleetwood Mac album. Loved just sitting down and being transported back to the past with all its happy memories! Everyone who could play my CDs did. The guy from one room explained to me how some people's demo tracks are just room clearers, and some are ultra extreme room clearers. Like the guy who wanted his test tones played!!! I waited until the room was empty before asking them to play my tracks. Never had any problems. Everyone was happy to help me out. Hey, some people remembered me from last year by my test tracks!!! Don't know why any one would drive except on the Sunday. Last year I stayed at the hotel for the entire show and had discounted parking at the hotel. This year just travelled by tram. Quite relaxing! Another interesting observation was regarding room treatments. Some rooms had zero room treatment and others almost made a second small room with their room treatment! Yes, it is amazing what you see at HiFi shows! Bruce
  2. I have had some time to reflect, and, see other people's comments. I wonder it the difference between this year and last might have been that this year it might have been a bit more relaxed? In fact, relaxed and friendly might be my assessment of the show. What do you guys think? Bruce
  3. Looks like Marc can't win. The parameters are all improved on last year but it is not good enough!!! Maybe it is just better & different!!! Yes, it was different. I don't want the same. Well, this punter is happy. Good job (again) Marc. Bruce
  4. Had my Akai deck repaired by Tubularbells. I have it back and had a good listen and I am super pleased. You know, in life, sometimes your expectations are met and quire infrequently they are exceeded. Well, mark this one down as exceeded!! Did a great job and I am very happy. I recommend him wholeheartedly! Anything I say just does not do him justice! Thanks again. Bruce
  5. Just back from my second day at the show. Arrived just on starting time both days and left with less than an hour to go both days so they were long but most enjoyable. I would like to take the opportunity to offer some thoughts and make some comments. Thought things were a bit quiet yesterday but it certainly did get busy today! Could hardly get into some rooms and there was a lot of standing room only - even in the big rooms! Noticed a bit of a change of demographic, still plenty of the 'old codger' audiophiles like me but also a surprisingly high number of young people and especially young women - that has to be good for our hobby. Found that the people manning the rooms were universally friendly and helpful. This was really good because I met the odd grumpy one last year. Was pleased with the variety of gear on offer. Was pleased to see the Avantgarde on very prominent display both visually and audibly. Really like them. The two guys running things were incredibly helpful and friendly - thanks guys, really appreciated it. You don't see many horns at HiFi shows and there were two this year! The VAF guys were at their usual super friendly best. Looks like I will be buying from them again this year. They seem to have the knack having appealing gear and prices. Well done again. Yeah, I love going to their room. Their special presentations were also great. Thanks for being your usual wonderful selves guys! Loved Bill's room - thought his $4K Maggies were best of the show as well as best value! Bill and his very nice wife are always a treat to talk to. Liked the Osborne and the B&W rooms. Felt there was the usual mixed bag. Got listening fatigue after 30 seconds of listing to one set of expensive speakers, some other high priced speakers sounded real 'HiFi' in the worst possible sense. Found it hard to believe that my 'demo' CD sounded so different!!! But that is all part of the show, certainly not complaining, don't expect everyone to have the same listening preferences, AND, what would we do if everything sounded the same??? I have rambled on a little, but let me finish with an amusing little story. There was a room run by two really nice helpful guys who were giving AB, actually black & white, demos of their special speaker vibration dampeners. The demo that I had clearly showed the differences between the damped and the undamped speakers. However I actually liked the speakers without their dampeners. But I did not have the heart to tell them!!!! If you have not gone to the show already, or, if you have only gone once - go back tomorrow. You will enjoy it. Might follow with some further observations later. Just wanted to get these off nice & quickly. But a big thanks to Mark. He always does such a good job. Did see him from a distance and he was busy talking. Here is the 'hi' that I didn't say. Great job Mark!! Bruce
  6. Been able to find someone from this forum. Delivering my cassette deck for repairs tomorrow. Looking forward getting it sorted. Thanks for everyone's help. Bruce
  7. Thanks for the help Doug. Look, I'm thinking that the problem with being stuck on record is like a motivator. I am thinking that, after forty years, it might be time to get it thoroughly check out including alignment, a good clean and checking any electrical components (maybe capacitors?) that might need replacement. I can't say that I am looking to get another forty one years out of it, but another twenty would be fantastic!!! Yes, I have a collection of tapes that only ever appeared in cassette form and it would be nice to listen to them. So, if I could find some Melbourne guy who could check it out, fix it up and return it to me 'new' that would be a great outcome. Thanks again for your help Doug. Bruce
  8. Have an Akai GXC 760D Cassette Deck. Built like a tank and has heads that more or less never wear out. Purchased it 41 years ago would you believe? Been happy with it down through the years. However, when I turn it on now the red 'record' button is permanently on. Would like to get it repaired and serviced to return it to its original condition. Can anyone recommend someone good in Melbourne. Thanks. Much appreciated. Bruce
  9. I have a pair of Spectra 22s. Purchased them direct from the factory. As soon as I received them I took every thing that dismantled easily and gold plated them and put them back. Drive them with a Quad 606 - never had any problems. Tried using the built in cross over but thought it degraded the sound. These day I use two Martin Logan Dynamos running in parallel. Can't hear the subs when they are running but can hear their absence when I switch them off! Can't say that I have heard any better speakers but I am certain the SoundLabs would sound better. Have heard a variety of other electrostatic - some sounded as good and some sounded worse, and, maybe some sounded different! Suspect that I could get some sound improvement by changing, for example, the power amp and upstream sources. Just as I did by wiring my room direct to the power board with shielded mains cable (using star wiring, gold plated sockets & plus, shielding on the mains outlets, and supra (shielded) wiring for mains leads). Hey, if you improve other areas the Spectra 22s just keep sounding better! I reckon that Acoustats would have to be one of the best value speaker buys that you can make!! Just some thoughts. Bruce
  10. Another experience. I have left my acoustat spectra 22s on continuously for almost 30 years. Same with my quad 606s. Only time I have turned them off is if I needed to paint the room or relocate them to another room, or to add a new component to my system - never off for long. Can't give any specific reasons other than 'to keep them warmed up' and 'to have them ready to go at a moment's notice', or maybe 'I thought it seemed like a good idea'. Have not had any problems. Still going as good as new. One thing that has amazed me though is that the (cheap) wall warts for the electrostats are also still going strong after all that time (don't really think the gold plating I had put on them when I purchased them had any thing to do with it!). Just another experience to put into the mix. Hope that helps. Bruce
  11. Budget/starter systems/components were at the show anyway. There was those really -good-value-for-money Legend speakers for example. There was the really-good-value-for-money home theatre at the Selbys room, as an other example. I saw some great value turntables at the VAF room, as a further example. I am sure that there were more examples but these spring to mind without even working at it. It is just that they were spread out rather than condensed! Bruce
  12. I know that I expressed my appreciation to Clive on my other post. BUT ... I would like to do it here as well. There is a lot of work (& possibly personal financial cost) in doing this. Clive put his whole heart into making this dinner the success that it was. I know that he does not do it for the 'congratulations'. He does it because he loves both the hobby and the people. Thanks again. Bruce
  13. I'd like to offer some considered reflections about the show. Loved Bill's room with his warm & friendly atmosphere and his innovative Dutch & Dutch speakers. Yes, was a regular visitor to this room. The Holton/Hulgich room sounded good with Anthony being helpful and friendly with his new & updated products. Really loved it! Another room that I visited a lot! The M8 Audio was another good one. Really good sounding speakers with a great mid range and an attractive price. Ian and the crew were outstandingly friendly & helpful. Spent a lot of time there. Like Bill's room these folk went out of their way to put on music that they knew that I liked. Thanks guys! The DEQX/legend room was another room offering great value, a friendly environment & just a nice place to be. Can't believe that those Legend speakers sounded so good - and what a bargain! Enjoyed the Osborn room and a big thanks for making a special time for me to bring along my own music to play. These were speakers that are always going to sound good, no matter the music type, good value to! Thanks guys! Mid range was great with the Martin Logans, and the guy running the room was always happy to play my music. Purchased some great headphones from the VAF room, the presentation from Peter Ledermann was really good, a loverly welcoming room and always happy to play my CDs. Great. Thanks guys. Yes, there were some rooms where I felt they were not welcoming, or did not want to play people's CDs, at least one felt to me, to be a little on the arrogant side! Four rooms promised on the Friday to bring along a CD player the next day - and guess how many delivered??? ZERO! But, no names, I only want to say nice specific things or no specific (named) things! Great show! Marc told me that Saturday set an attendance record. So many wives, girlfriends, young women, older women, younger guys, early middle aged guys, not mention kids. So good! Seems HiFi is not just for old codgers!! Great atmosphere. Great environment. Great show. Big thanks to Marc. Big thanks also to Clive for all the work he did regarding the dinner. Would just like to end on the note that there was something for everyone. The Selby home theatre rooms nicely rounded things out - and their staff were also so really friendly. Just so good. Bruce
  14. Well .... Two day have passed, the dinner is eaten and we are getting ready for Day three! First off to the Osborne room where they are going to play my female acapella track and some of my other mid range testers. Maybe my 'goosebumps' test track as well. Then back to Bill's room for some nice relaxed, family environment listening. Then just general milling & listening. If anyone has missed the show so far there is still one day left! All of the rooms were at least good and many of them were great. When I get home tonight I will maybe give some overall reflections. Meanwhile I would say that this year was better than last year. But different though. And that is not just my opinion from wandering around but also based on my observations on Marc! Last year he looked so stressed. This year , whenever I passed him he look very so relaxed, like everything is under control. Great show. One more day to enjoy. Bruce
  15. Thanks for being so organised, keeping us informed & looking after us so well. See you tonight in the bar meeting area. Looking forward to it. Meanwhile back to the show. Bruce
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