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  1. Thanks for the confirmation that it isn't a repeat of the issues earlier this month. It might have been nbn as it seems to have come good. No more dropouts or buffering issues the last 15 minutes.
  2. Tidal not good tonight again.... Anyone else have trouble?
  3. I fully appreciate the need for SNA to have ads and welcome them if it means that the site can continue providing the service that it does. The problem I am having is scrolling through threads with my Samsung S9 has been a very very laggy experience. It occurs with both Chrome and Firefox but only when this particular ad comes up on the rotation. I am wondering whether it is just me? I'm using a Samsung S9. Is there any graphics acceleration I can utilise to improve things? There appears to be a high frame rate animation of the 'smokey thoughts' animation around the dudes head that is the problem.
  4. This is a great dac and has been at the centre of good digital sounds out of @amdan's impressive system for a long time in my opinion.
  5. If so, I'll grab the Ayon. Edit.... because I've already got a Wand arm and I can vouch for their quality and sound.
  6. Looking great Unc. Slabs look great. I was thinking of trying ceiling absorbers in a white on white scenario. How are yours made and suspended?
  7. I need just a wheel if you have anything left over. Cheers
  8. Keep bombing away. That's what the thread's for! !
  9. Yes, the Holo is very clear and everything seperates extremely well. I'm driving it with I2S out of the SU1 which beats the other ways of driving it. The Ayon has dynamics that are extremely wide and has a super fast response time. Lots and lots and lots of bass which isn't articulated quite as well as the Holo. The Ayon mids are punchy enough to impress through the punchy Duntechs. The Ayon has a wide and believable sound stage and makes most recordings sound beautiful. This is all in the context of the ME1400 duntechs, of course. The Ayon doesn't have the best Usb input so sounds best with coax input from SU1. As some might ask, if you could only keep one, for me it would be the Ayon.
  10. Upstairs was begging for a TT. On a strict budget of 'Zero visibly-disappearing dollars', a great SNA-er @rantanlet me have a play with his old Hitachi PS48. It suited the room very well so was bought into the stable. It suits the room but didn't sound lively enough for me with the included Shelter 201 cart. A borrowed At150 Sa was tried as I had very fond memories of the 150mlx on the Lenco. It runs a bucket load lighter and doesn't track quite as well as the mlx did. Bass seemed a bit resonant too. Obviously the mounting on a sideboard wasn't ideal but the Hitachi has a weird arrangement where the feet mount to the flimsy plastic bottom cover rather than mount to the plynth. The feet are actually a really good squidgy design with at least 5mm static deflection so should do the trick but the bottom plate was warped, cracked and bouncy. I ripped the bottom plate off and stiffened the mounting points for the feet with galv brackets. This is a photo of the bottom cover stiffened over the areas where the feet sit so now they are tied to the plinth properly. Bass tightness improved straight away. The only problem now is that I think the arm isn't the greatest as I can hear some slight high mid zingy colour not usually a feature of the cart (and exacerbated by the mid rangey Gales, no doubt). Sounds good for a budget TT and suits the aesthetic of the room. The Duntechs are uglier but still sound much better, even with the Holo in place.
  11. I could put together a series of photos that would make you guys cry... Been too busy at work to wash it the last few weeks. Greasy rear bumper, 2mm thick dust on back window from dirt roads, enough brake dust on all 4 wheels to forget whether wheels were actually silver, kids muesly bars shoved deep into the rear armrests and door pockets, 4 empty water bottles and a filing cabinet worth of receipts in front door pockets, titanium dioxide powder on steering wheel and upper door cards, fresh scuffs on front windshield and bonnet where a D. H. from work parked an unsecured load of sand on a forklift next to my car and the wind picked up the pallet topper and scrubbed it all over the front of my car...... The list goes on. I still love pressing the "start" button everytime though.
  12. Congratulations on where you find yourself with digital sounds Clive! I'd be really keen to hear what your thoughts are on how the Sigma goes in Amp direct mode (if you can bring yourself to experiment a bit) . My old CD5s you heard at Hugh's has a 'normal' analogue preamp section and R2R dac chip plus extra valve rectifiers and 6h30 output valves. A few reviewers in Europe say that the Sabre chip and digital volume control in the Sigma isn't too far behind though so a few of us would be keen to learn how that Sigma value equation could stack up by ditching a pre in a digital only setup.
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