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  1. Go to the OAD Audio site and read the white paper on this subject it may put you at reast, single ended (RCA) plug is the best. Balanced cable is of benefitonly if running long cable lengths like over three metres, I have tried both using the same cable, Siltech from the mid eighties and still my favourite interface.
  2. My Focals have moved on to a new owner that's very happy with the result he's getting, meanwhile I wait for my order of open baffle design using eight inch AMT tweeters to arrive, hoping I haven't made a serious mistake, still concerned I won't get the utterly gorgeous top I'm used to, time will tell.
  3. I've heard Focal silk dome and their beryllium tweeters in the same design on very good equipment the metal dome superseded them. To my ear the metal domes are terrible in comparison, I had the option of either and went fo the silk dome, as a result my >120 Kg a side speakers used to just vanish something the metal domes didn't have the capacity do, they have a hot spot, you always know where they are. The silk also have an unconstrained airyness and are far more open immersive and unstrained. I couldn't stand listening to the metal dome for much time, they were fatiguing.
  4. It's all true, everything written here regarding Open Audio Designs gear, Astonishing airy shocking, scary bowel shaking bass (try Roger Waters ..Three Wishes to get an idea how scary, very fast and dead black quiet. Either of the above advertised components will easily hold their own anywhere individually but when hooked up to each other it's another dimension, I'm sure they are empathetic with each other. Quickly chaps, they'll be gone soon. Sorry to gush but I've owned (loved) this gear for some time, still can't find a power amp this side of fifty grand that even starts to compete. The optional integrated phono stage is off it's head fabulous btw. Like tube sound?? the top end is pure tube like loveliness minus the roll off. Try and find a bad review..... Cheers.
  5. If One has a speaker system using press on lugs why doesn't One try hard wiring, you may not think so now but I guarantee a not too subtle sonic improvement across the audio spectrum. Maybe ask some members their opinion, most people are shocked to find such a well noted brand such as B&W would be using such shoddy interface to save a little time. It's not snake oil just basic physics. No other true high end speaker manufacturer that I'm aware of have press on spade lugs in the interface, they all hard wired. This is basic advice to any real lover of music, truly you don't realize what you're missing out on. For instance JM Labs hard wire every model they manufacture from little bookshelf to their flagship Grand Utopia Reference. Sonus Faber and Osborn Speakers Australia like solder too. Even cheap crap speakers will benefit slightly,,, solder V spade lug. Regards
  6. Yea I agree completely. You are probably also aware of the fact there's no differences in cables, interlinks, and a time wasting rumors of burning in of latter and or brand new gear such as amps, phono stages. Power conditioners/filters, dedicated power supply lines Pffft! Regards.
  7. Yea I agree completely. You are probably also aware of the fact there's no differences in cables, interlinks, and a time wasting rumors of burning in of latter and or brand new gear such as amps, phono stages. Power conditioners/filters, dedicated power supply lines Pffft! Regards.
  8. Nice! What where they thinking?? One would imagine a company held in such high regard by some would realize they are degrading their product. Maybe they'll get it right and soon hopefully.
  9. And you would be correct, I watched a factory tour of the B&W factory recently on utube, they showed manufacture process from start to finished product, check it out it's there for everone to see. I was stunned to think they would use such a crude interface myself..... Cheers.
  10. All consonance electronics are very good value for money, they compete and beat some of the more well known brand names, the ones with the ugly price tags, Osborn sells a nice integrated tube amp that he raves about and it's not very expensive, If you really HAVE TO use tube gear I'd recommend Osborn, Consonance and even better AM Audio, my old 805's were spectacular, he also is very much service oriented.
  11. Line stage is any output that's not a phono stage output. Cheers
  12. Here's a tip, take a driver out of your B&W you'll find a nasty slide on spring terminal attached to the driver/drivers terminals. An incredibly bad move. Just a heads up!! I suggest you have the soldering iron heating up before removing a driver, so you can do a snip, tin the wire then hard-wire it to the driver terminal, you will not believe the difference. get back back to me if you decide to try it, I'd love to hear your comments. To all you B&W owners please take note even If you have the flagship models, they didn't discriminate, this is a upgrade, a simple no a brainier with quite a spectacular result. I have a brand new Consonance Reference 40 Tube phono stage in the cupboard, it has been used for less than a week unmarked as new, I bought it then upgraded week later to an excellent Open Audio Design Control amp that has the OAD phono stage option installed so the R 40's been resting ever since. Good luck building your audio system, it's not the easiest hobby to have been inflicted with. Cheers.
  13. Nice gear Con, Just wondering about the Beryllium dome tweeter, do you find it smooth enough? to date no metal domes tweeters have excited me too much, I've always found them to be bright, I'm about to upgrade from Epitome (silk domes)and bass bins to a new Open baffle design using an eight inch paper cone full range with a wizzer and copper phase plug, 18 inch sub driver and for the top a Dayton P4 air motion. I'm really hoping the air motion drivers. will be as nice as the Focal silk domes I'm used to. Also I've always used large Tip-Toes under my speakers in a tripod config. but have been advised using them on an open baffle design tends to soften the bass, have you tried them? if so what effect do they have, better/worse? Any setup tips would be appreciated. Regards.
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