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  1. So, deck, arm and cartridge are sorted. Garrard 401 in custom brushbox and Corian plinth, The Wand unipivot and Paradox Pulse bodied DL103r... My VLPS/VPSU developed a weird noise so I'm currently using a first generation Project Phono Box which is definitely the weak link in the front end. Looking at a budget in the vicinity of 1k I just can't get my head clear on where to head. I can sling solder, so a Bottlehead Reduction or Eros kit is an option, so is a Boozhound phono stage, or a TubeCad Tetra Sans phono... I can get some Silk MC SUT's, Cinemags or some vintage trannies (4722, 15095 etc). There's Ray Samuels Nighthawk, Lounge Audio LCR, Heed Quasar, Lehmann Black Cube, Tube box, Graham Slee, Cambridge, Jasmine/Salience, second hand Michell/Trichord blah blah blah blah... Looking at reviews doesn't help much. So many things get a rave review. There are so many choices and I've just got no idea what to choose. I'm over the merry go round. I just want to chill out and enjoy listening. Tired of the chase. Any thoughts?
  2. Jim Tate stereo can't assist? They were Linn/Naim dealers... Or have they closed?
  3. LOL! The day my wife watches a soap opera, I'll know something has gone terribly wrong! No chance in hell.
  4. Firstly all, many thanks for the concern over my wellbeing. It is hugely appreciated. I have suffered from depression in the past (25 years back), and one of the symptoms was simply not caring about anything. Truth be told, although work pressure is presently high, and income relatively low (the joys of small business), I'm presently happier than I've ever been in my life. But when the apathy hits, I just can't be stuffed listening to music.
  5. I don't know if it's symptomatic of depression or what, but lately I'm finding it almost a chore to actually play music. I just can't get inspired. Crazy as my system as it currently stands is the best its ever been. Current rig is a Garrard 401 on a custom brushbox and corian plinth with a The Wand unipivot arm and a Paradox Pulse rebodied DL103r. CD source is an Audiolab 8000 CDE with custom offboard PSU. Speakers are Martin Logan Electromotion ESL. Amplification wise I've got a Project phonobox running into an Audio Analogue Primo Settanta. Without doubt the amplification area is where upgrades are needed, they are certainly the limiting point in the hifi chain, problem is I'm barely listening at all anymore... I've spent 25 years getting to this point and all of a sudden I'm just going "Meh..." Don't know why, but it makes further audio purchases very hard to justify.
  6. Staticmaster antistatic brush is still available from the US. Polonium 210 source inside (somewhere there's an emoji for WTF, freaking terrifying, are they nuts?). $89 US and still in stock...
  7. The issue is in the original question: "Assuming they were the same, simply the watts were different" Arguably there's no such comparison that can be made. An amp with a higher wattage, must by definition be capable of delivering higher current to the load. That would generally mean a more generous power supply, greater number of output devices and probably a higher damping factor, just for starters. No manufacturer would build an amp with a huge overspec of heatsink, number of output devices, current capacity in the PSU and then just make one model limited in voltage swing to make it a 50W amp instead of a 100W amp.
  8. I cannot speak for the turntable, but I have one of the original Wand arms on my Garrard 401 and it's brilliant.
  9. Sorry Chanin, afraid this is the 6.5" version. I picked them over the 4 inch and 8 inch variants due to the fact that they had the flattest response.
  10. Item: Pair of Fostex FE168 Sigma Fullrange Drivers. Location: Canberra Price: $300 plus freight (50 WA, 35 NT, 25 Eastern States) Item Condition: Very good, little use Reason for selling: Bills to pay Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: No longer in production, these are the original FE168 Sigma drivers ideal for backloaded horns. 95dB/W, very flat response from 60Hz up to about 19kHz (Flatter than the new non-whizzer version of the FE168 that Fostex replaced them with). Fast, dynamic and smooth. One of the best drive units made by Fostex and the pick of the FE Sigma range for smooth response. Cain and Cain in the USA proved that these work very well in a TQWT BiB cabinet. These have had about 20 hours total light use but my ex wife wouldn't tolerate larger cabinets in the house. Never been overdriven or thrashed, were run with a 5W EL84 tube amp. Change in life circumstances mean that the horns these were destined for never happened. Pictures:
  11. I routed the Corian myself. Was for a 401.
  12. I made my own plinth. The case is brushbox timber constructed by a cabinetmaking firm in Canberra. The plinth panel itself is a slab of Corian with all of the appropriate holes and cutouts routed into it. The Corian works very well as a rigid and dense mounting material for the arm and motor unit.
  13. Item: Pair of Fostex FE168 Sigma Fullrange Drivers. Location: Canberra Price: $350 plus freight (50 WA, 35 NT, 25 Eastern States) Item Condition: Very good, little use Reason for selling: Not being used, funding other audio purchases Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: No longer in production, these are the original FE168 Sigma drivers for backloaded horns. 95dB/W, very flat response from 60Hz up to about 19kHz (Flatter than the new non-whizzer version of the FE168 that Fostex replaced them with). These work very well in a TQWT BiB cabinet. These have had about 20 hours total light use but my ex wife wouldn't tolerate larger cabinets in the house. Never been overdriven or thrashed, were run with a 5W EL84 tube amp. Pictures:
  14. Check with Manley how hard they are running the supplied EL84M. A standard EL84 has slightly lower ratings so they could fry if Manley run the 84M at their limits... Expensive to fry a matched quad of Mullard's..
  15. Allegedly, one of the main differences between the 8000 CD and its cheaper variant, the 8000CDE, was that the latter only had a single power toroid, where the first had two separate ones. Both, reportedly have had transformer reliability issues. Sadly, lower end power toroids with 20-0-20 and 12v supplies are pretty thin on the ground, so I'm running 3 20 watt IE trannys, two tapped at 0-20 and configured to give the 20-0-20 supply and a third to give the 12v feed.
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