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  1. bhobba

    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Absolutely. A number of people mentioned to me how great the sound was. If you are seriously considering purchasing anything please arrange with Mike for a proper listening session. He will warm the gear up first and allow settling time between switching components. I say this a lot - but must say it again. Air fares are cheap these days - it cost AJ not very mush at all to come all the way from Perth. Mike has a room out the back you cab stay overnight in. Really it's the only way. Thanks Bill
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    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Both - as made clear in each point, Thanks Bill
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    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    Ok my view. First AJ loves not only his beer but red wines as well. At the dinner after I got two bottles of Petaluma Riesling, and AJ 2 bottles of Elderton Shiraz. Brilliant. We all got a bit under the weather, some more than others, and I had to sleep it off at Clay's place after. The Riesling was enjoyed by everyone with the seafood or pasta we all had, and the red was just excellent by itself. Ok here is my take. 1. Forget the $75K Grandinote monoblocks - everyone I spoke to, including me, thought the small Shinai at $18.5k was better that the $75K monoblocks and pre. Yes the monoblocks were not burnt in, but IMHO they really did sound better and drove all the speakers to ear bleeding levels with ease. Didn't have time to try it with my Perfectus which should have been interesting. We did hear a 30w valve amp someone bought along but it wasn't my thing - nice midrange but a bit too rolled off and the bass one note. 2. Forget the Quads - the base level ML5's left it for dead and is quite a bit cheaper. Nice midrange from both but the Quads were simply dull and lacking in life. 3. Unfortunately my Magnesium's were not tuned and it didn't sound anywhere near as good as when I heard it last. We will have to wait until Mike finishes them for a proper comparison 4. Clay MUST MUST get some ML5's - heard his speakers. He desperately needs some😜 5. Mike started with some newly made basic level ML5's. I went to a chair at the side to let others who had not heard Mikes stuff as much as me. He put my ML5 reference, which hasn't got his latest upgrades such as a special plate at the bottom for his new isolation platforms - there are others upgrades Mike does as well in the new reference version, but that was the only difference here, except capacitors - mine had Duelunds everywhere. Mike changed the speakers to my ML5 Reference and I heard the much better harmonic resolution typical of Duelunds which my speakers are full of. Nothing out of the ordinary here. But Keith and some other guys came to me and said Bill do you mind if we change it back to the standard ML5's - we think it sounded better. I said sure and I will take the prime listening position to see how true it is. By gee, by gum - they were correct - yes my reference speaker was harmonically and organically better - but in the good listening position the new speakers with the better base-plate projected better with better depth and three dimensional staging. Well I will be stonkered - Mike had told me this before but I didn't really believe it. It's true. Mike knows the order of the options regarding sound improvement per buck. Strange but true. 6. Then we had Mike and Keith's cables. Both very good but slightly different - Mikes cables have better detail and clarity. Keith's cables better sound staging, depth, harmonic and organic richness. I know Rawl99 would call it harmonic detail. Mike mentioned he had been listening to Keith's cables for a while now and thought in many ways they were quite close - both heading in the right direction. Really you have to hear both to make a decision - Mike sells both so you can hear them and make up your own mind. I know both guys well so wont give my opinion except for one case I will mention next. 7. Now for the most stunning surprise I have ever experienced, and I suspect everyone else at the GTG ever experienced. Keith said lets try my new cables the triple infinity. Its the only cable Keith makes that uses a new connector he has come up with. Nobody was expecting what happened next. The sound was at least 3 or 4 db LOUDER. What the fook - how can a cable make the music louder? We all sat their eyes open wide. Anyway we had to turn the volume down. This was - well amazing. I asked both Mike and Keith - how could it be - Mike had a few ideas but nothing concrete. Keith just a knowing smile - they flow better and this leads to the sound being projected more naturally. I immediately took central listening position. This was one fine cable - a must hear. I think it was above any of the other cables there - but that requires careful listening. Mike sells it along with any of Keith's stuff, and since I pop in there every now and then will give my view at some time - Mike wont - its unfair to the other person - but Mike and Keith have known each other for a long time so they are pretty cool about differing views of their cables. 8. Assisi came up as well and thought the ML5 + Volta + Shinai was better than is ML2 Limited and BHK 250 - so Mike is definitely making progress - no doubt about it. You hear something you think is the Bee's knees then later its ho hum. 9. Everybody agreed Clays Gross DAC would have to be the best price/performance DAC on the maket. The Volta was better - but most definite;y not the price difference better - not by a long shot. When putting together a system start with a Gross and upgrade later. Anyway that's my recollection of a fantastic GTG - I know Mikes busy but he should do as many as he can. At least 3 people came interstate - its well worth it - but AJ next time we will take it a bit slower with the wine and please lets have some others stay behind for dinner? Thanks Bill
  4. bhobba

    The Next Lenehan Audio GTG

    That's me and what I wear on my bung knee. But the new medication I am on have people who have not seen me for a while saying I am looking much better. Have to say I do feel a bit better. Thanks Bill
  5. This is off topic but just so people understated why I mentioned it, its about self reference. We have a rule here about debate on blind tests is confined to the Great Debate Section. But even mentioning that is discussing blind testing. Its a strange quirk about English (and any other human language of course) that we as human beings sort that sort of thing out. Here the key word is debate - we were not really debating it, I was just mentioning if you are worried do a blind test. But if you wanted to debate it then you cant really do it in this thread. It takes you into strange realms like Godel's theorem and the halting problem - the fact you cant write a computer program to determine if another program will ever stop. Thanks Bill
  6. Of course, Ever read a book called Godel Escher Bach? You should. Thanks Bill
  7. So whats new? BTW remember discussion of blind tests, by forum rules, is confined to the great debate section. Thanks Bill
  8. Sure there is the issue of exactly what is more of a sales pitch than textbook truth. I trust Mike Lenehan - but Rob I simply do not know personally well enough, although I have chatted with him on the internet. I suspect he is on the up and up - but sure there is no way to be certain. Of course you can always trust a blind test. Thanks Bill
  9. Yes, but you must interpret them properly. Please see the following by Rob Watts: The blind test IMHO is the ultimate arbiter and they are easy to do for just one person. Unless of course you have learned to trust your ears - I personally do not do them, but if you are just starting out its a very good idea. Walk out instantly from an store that will not do it for you, What is probably going on and why I found the ISO Regen made a bit of difference, but the linear supply into it an even bigger one is noise floor modulation talked about by Rob (amongst other things) and the Explorer 2 uses the power from the USB. Just a guess - but with that DAC is was particularly noticeable. It's a really interesting video - noise-floor of 130db vs 150db you would think isn't really audible - but it actually is - quite surprising. Thanks Bill
  10. Love these mostly measurement based reviews. With a number of other audiophiles we heard an earlier one and it sounded Ok - somewhat better than without it. Then we put in a linear supply - instant quite noticeable difference. Mike sells them. Bring your DAC and have a demo. Do a blind test - its that simple. But ring him first - I will need to bring mine down as he doesn't have one in the shop right now. Thanks Bill
  11. Yes they do. For example my Grandinote Volta at $13.5k sounds better than my PS Audio Direct Stream at about $8k and Direct Stream Jr at about $4.5k and surprisingly the about $300.00 Explorer 2 with good cables sounds nearly as good. But to get this level of performance from that little DAC you also need a ISO Regen with linear supply;: https://uptoneaudio.com/products/iso-regenx http://www.speakerparts.com.au/ProductsPage/index.html You also need good cables - both USB and RCA - all up that raises the price to about 1.5-2K. That's nearly the same as a Grob DAC at 2.1K, which only the Grandinote I have found better. So yes, more expensive is generally better, but there are a few standouts as far as value goes and you do require good cables and perhaps a regen plus good power supply to go with it. I used to be the DAC guy around here and can assure you the gap between some of the cheapest and most expensive has closed. Personally if money was no object I would get a Chord M-Scaler, and Dave DAC and feed it directly into some high quality sensitive speakers. It produces 2W into 8 ohms directly but because of the ears logarithmic volume response it is lot louder than you may think. I have done a few tests on my system which has 89db speakers. I have 500W monoblocks and a Direct Stream DAC. It produces 1.25V max voume ie at 100 on the voume control. My amps produce 500W when fed with 2v but for ease of calculation lets assume the DAC produces 2V at max output. Now each digit of that 100 in the volume control of my dac lowers the volume by 1/2 db. I find the volume I listen at is about 40 - ie 30db down. Now 10db corresponds to 10 times less - so my amp is producing - on peaks - a puny .5W. See what I mean about power - you don't really need much. Personally I think its the way of the future - you feed the output of your DAC directly to speakers - no thunderous levels but for sensible listening just fine. In fact Chords new DAC, the TT2 will produce 18w into 8 ohms which is fine for virtually any speaker. Yes things in DAC land are changing and there is no need to spend much for top gear and I think cheaper DAC's will only get better in the future. Thanks Bill
  12. bhobba

    KLE Innovations USB Cable

    That's exactly what I meant by certified - they are on the databases. Keith specifically told me they were. This is my last comment on it - they are fully compliant - either that or three people I know well have been telling me porkies. Thanks Bill
  13. bhobba

    KLE Innovations USB Cable

    How do they know that? As I have said many times - Keith, a professional engineer, and a licensed electrician have all told me otherwise. I said very early on all this will degenerate into is each side retreating to their entrenched position. I have no idea how to break it. It will go nowhere. BTW I am not going to take one of my cables apart or anything like that - they are simply too expensive for such an indulgence. Thanks Bill
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