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Everything posted by andrewinbriz

  1. My 2c. When I first heard a good stereo in the late eighties, as a very poor uni student, I thought WTF??! A new and different experience. Perhaps then was the start of the sickness. On the other hand, imagine 'Bruno" was into hifi. I've come across a few. One must chuckle at the label-obsessed pseudo-esotericism. Tho the fun and curiosity gets sucked out of it. Synergy is the most critical factor IMO. I appreciate the DIYers. And I wish there were many more blind comparisons in tests (but yes, maybe only relevant with the same components). Who said never to excess?? Aristotle? And there are problems, and then there are first world problems. And yet, at night, with nobody home, lights dimmed, the tubes glowing, a comfortable chair and a glass of refreshment, I de-stress. .
  2. If that is the case, good luck trying to prove that in a court! How many successful prosecutions have there been?? I deal with retailers on the phone, 750 to 1000 calls a week (we are very busy). Increasingly, their number 1 complaint is unreasonable, not within a cooee of 'market value', rent increases. Aside from the fact that I really enjoy old record shops, rather than the supermarket type of shops (eg JB), retail is very important, vital indeed, to the heath of the economy. If it is the case that the taxpayer is subsiding (thru negative gearing) some kind of speculation or scalping in rents demanded, that is unacceptable.
  3. Please re-read what I said: . . "I did hear that the old building owner had a number of investment properties. ." Negative gearing is relevant to your taxable income, and you can certainly negative gear one commercial property against the profits from your other commercial properties. Such is the true facts. hey, don't mess the story up with facts
  4. For sure two sides to a story. I work for a wholesaler (not in the audio industry), selling thru retailers. I know of a shop that closed because their rent was going to be doubled. After the shop closed the building was vacant, no tennant, for more than 2 and a half years! And I believe the building was then owned by a new owner. I did hear that the old building owner had a number of investment properties, and it suited them for tax purposes for that building to have no tennant. A little thing called negative gearing. If it is the case that rent is dramatically increased, over and beyond a 'market value', but to suit the taxation strategy of an investor, it is disgraceful.
  5. Hello I'll take Who's Next please. To 4340. regards Andrew
  6. If Goatboy changes his mind . . . Joe Jackson-Trio Live Europe 2010 (2LP's) still sealed $32 Pete Townshend-Empty Glass 2017 1/2 speed mastered @abbeyrd clear vinyl $30 Pete Townshend-White City 2017 1/2 speed mastered @abbeyrd blue vinyl $30
  7. If you have 4 x 6922 (or ECC88 or E88CC), please let me know. For a Custom Analogue Audio FVP=5B. regards andrew
  8. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead – 12” single black vinyl. UK repress. Very nice all around. $20 Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Back to Black 2014 repress version. Very nice SQ on this one, and all most will ever need. W/download card. $35 Postage to 4340. Thanks Regards Andrew
  9. They wouldn't have come 'biased'. They may have been matched (tubes with similar testing characteristics selected), and unless your amplifier has auto-biasing, you need to bias them. See your amps owners manual.
  10. If you intended to keep the yamaha, I'd suggest tubes. My KEFs sing with Prima Luna power amp, custom analogue audio pre amp. I have a transistor integrated (saving for, maybe, a Naim or Rega), but the SQ and listening experience with tubes is a mighty fine thing.
  11. I wouldn't have sent it with the cartridge in place. Cartridge not required to be in situ for the work to be done, and unless I know the person doing the work, or have previous good experience with the shop, I'll set up the cartridge thank you. But you'll soon know when you troubleshoot.
  12. I assume the cartridge was removed before sending it, and re-installed when tt received back. Have you gone thru a full cartridge set-up again? Have you tired another cartridge (if ok, problem is cartridge). Have you tried another tt in your phone preamp (if ok, problem is in the tt). Probably, could be leads etc EDIT: I shouldn't do this while I'm doing something else.
  13. In my experience (I have re-wired a 5.1) the wiring was absurdly fragile, and the solder at the connector box was applied with a butter-knife ( I also replaced the RCA connectors). Is the clip connection to the cartridge secure?
  14. Yes, I understand that. For good reasons people will have their own cartridge recommendations, but which may or may not be applicable to your tt, and the rest of the system. FYI, the best sq I got from my 5.1 in my system, were ortofon blue and nagaoka mp110. Both are cheap-ish. I just feel that with the 5.1 one rapidly reaches a point of diminishing or nil return, so a high dollar cartridge might be a waste of money. But please buy and use a record cleaning machine. I only have a $150 cheapie. It helps IF you're OCD. I find record cleaning a chore, but I sure can hear (for the better!) the results.
  15. Despite trying 4 different cartridges and 2 different phono preamps, the sound from the 5.1 was always thin and constrained, with an absence of detail and musicality. I currently am using a 1983 Thorens TD146 with a Nagaoka MP200, and it is wonderful, at least compared to the 5.1. I have heard a Sota comet in my system, and I was astounded. I have heard an Acoustic Solid Wood in a friend's system I know well, and I was equally impressed. Of course they are dearer, tho the comet is only a bit dearer in RRP. But the 5.1 will never sound as good, no matter the money spent on a cartridge. I am saving money for a new TT, and I will be first looking at Sota. And I will be trying it at home. I realize and accept synergy is vital, and your system might be a fluke where the 5.1 performs well.
  16. Speaking as a current MMF 5.1 owner, tho it is in a wardrobe as an emergency TT, don't waste your money on a top cartridge. The 5.1 will clearly be the limiting factor in sound quality. Definitely buy some kind of record cleaning machine (vinyl must be clean, doesn't matter how good your tt or cartridge is, if the record is dirty), and save up for a better TT.
  17. Incredible. Most praiseworthy.
  18. With electricity pricing only ever going up, I'm not sure I really want to know! I do remember reading a review of an American power amp where rms power output was given as (I think) 250 wpc, and power consumption as 1000 watts. Just got to look at the "american" car to understand I guess. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_amplifier_classes#Disadvantage_of_class-A_amplifiers Disadvantage of class-A amplifiers[edit] Class-A amplifiers are inefficient. A maximum theoretical efficiency of 25% is obtainable using usual configurations, but 50% is the maximum for a transformer or inductively coupled configuration.[5] In a power amplifier, this not only wastes power and limits operation with batteries, but increases operating costs and requires higher-rated output devices. Inefficiency comes from the standing current that must be roughly half the maximum output current, and a large part of the power supply voltage is present across the output device at low signal levels. If high output power is needed from a class-A circuit, the power supply and accompanying heat becomes significant. For every watt delivered to the load, the amplifier itself, at best, uses an extra watt. For high power amplifiers this means very large and expensive power supplies and heat sinks.
  19. Isn't 500 wpc the sound output? Power consumption may well be much much higher (imagine 500 wpc at Class A! Power consumption would light a suburb).
  20. Love to read a review from the purchaser! Hopefully they'll post after a while. By all reports world-class.
  21. Good luck with the sale. I'm enjoying my copy. I've read some people weren't impressed with the CD release. But the vinyl is an astonishingly good release. I am looking forward to getting the next parts.
  22. what deanB said. Be familiar with the stock sound before switching out tubes. In my personal experience 'tube rolling' can rapidly become OCD! (precious, precious!)
  23. I'd like a female doctor to succeed. I neither like nor dislike any PC stuff. But I've found the writing generally to be uninspired. Bored and uninvolved I currently feel.
  24. Just reiterating: there is often fantastic value in the classifieds. As far as specific recommendations, I'm sure someone will drop by (I'm more vinyl).
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