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  1. Classifieds Poll - Have Your Say

    as per Marc and the vox populi - seems perfectly reasonable, not overly or underly categorised. And can always move with the times according to demand, increased items or public outcry! I wouldn't rule out the browsers - bet there's a significant amount of window shopping going on - and a decent market to hook into.
  2. Classifieds Poll - Have Your Say

    Quite like the way it is -no to subcats. thought it was better a week ago with commercial separate too. Too many subsections can be a royal p.i.t.a there are already lots of subsections of stereonet and I think it's quite 'enriching' to have to look at NS1000, a Gryphon amp or a chopping board even if you're looking for a dac. And the comments that people make are actually useful and sometimes dare I say mildly amusing - you can talk to others about their take on the item and get another view point. So I'm all for GLWS and those harmless comments it's a 'community' after all isn't it? You can always start the add with "poweramp" or "DAC" "Tonearm or whatever 6 Key words you want if you are worried of wasting peoples time - If you have to go into 5 or 6 subsections just to get an overview of 20 items for sale that day seems poor 101 web design to me and DAC/receiver DAC/Bluray, DAC/stereo amps all go together and could be classed as "front end" these days so you'll end up flicking painfully thought all the subsections "just in case" you missed the steal of the century.
  3. @powerav What is the model of your Integra? DRX-R1? you driving Focal Sopras too if you don't mind me ask or which speakers?
  4. Maybe the naim stuff wasn't on a Kmart chopping board?
  5. Thanks Spider - that makes sense as these lookalikes sound **it! but they definitely smooth a sharp system by removing all the details
  6. I was pointing out that even if they look the part, they could be NQR. Like here are mine (that I think are probably fake?? - they are about 10 yrs old) next to "the Wave" (green) which I know is the real thing - see how the RCA are different? Anyone got the real thing - do the RCAs look like the green one?
  7. no misleading - all good. I got a pair that look like the real thing just like spider (writing, connectors, direction label) but I reckon they are one of the many fakers that floated around - came in a black bag from the Bay, without any packaging. They seem stiff compared to another model of VDH interconnects I got from here (with the packaging) and when you undo the gold connector they seem slightly different.....
  8. Probably how they used to be!
  9. hmmmm - I didn't know they looked like this - thought they were bright yellow with Gold RCAs with writing?
  10. I don't mind Arcam bashers - I have a graveyard of Arcam stuff from half dead to DOA to mostly functional. I did have a marantz receiver that was over 2K new 12 years ago and that power stage went dead after 4 years. I tried the A38 for a night - polarised reviews some good some bad e.g. WHF sent it back. I preferred my old AVR300 by some margin on stereo with my speaker combination and found the A38 far more clinical, not enough grunt & narrow sound stage. So that is a case where I preferred the AVR to the same brand more recent/quite decent amp. I almost convinced myself that this must be the way of higher end sound and I should be splashing out and getting better source, better speakers and doing something with my ears. I ended up with a second hand AVI S21 (also got good reviews back in its day) that I shipped from UK without even listening to one. Lots of power for my speakers and loads of detail and far bigger soundstage than the A38 (much more musical, but neutral?) and I'm pleased I trusted some old reviews but also trawled through old forums to try and get a better idea of people who 'lived' with it. I knew it was a little on the detailed side but could drive any speaker apparently so I could change speakers too. Now I just combine it hotch potch with an old avr300 for bluray so no fancy HT (>5.1) surround setup. Even with the trade in thing - that's a whole lot of de niro - and the 850 should be very special for that price. could get a rather nice old dual mono MF "blingy" amplifier - only if you were quick mind you and I bet it would probably be a bit better than 10% of the 850. @ al.
  11. Interesting - For example I thought John Dawson said of the old AVR300 "Another way of putting it is that it is different from, but comparable with, the A80/A90 in terms of stereo performance". which means probably that such an AVR was likely punching above the base integrated so some AVRs can stand out from the crowd e.g. the AVR600 got some storming reports from people and those in the trade (bar the notoriously bad hdmi/heating/popping issues etc) and punched way above the bottom end integrated from any manufacturer. I'm sure we could vote a resounding "yes" (no not like that) that you could be the voice of reason to test out the AVR850 or older 750 for stereo with your current range of decent integrated as comparators - at least the AVRs could be tested directly alongside the current A19/29/39 series - After all It's not as if you are coming from low end amplification stuff or have only one kind of good sound at the homestead to judge? - I mean like if it was me that did it, people would think "ah he couldn't tell the difference between a red-wall and a brick-book" and I do find amplifiers hard to judge compared to source things as they kinda grow on you or you on them. I listened to the A29 recently but I was distracted enough with curvy speakers covered in leather that made my vegan tummy churn so I left to get some more kale.
  12. SOLD: SOLD: FS: Hi Fi Footers

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OuF-WB7mD6k You may find this interesting.

    Good things come in small packages. I think I'll keep hold of my small thing for long time. good result!
  14. I agree - this is becoming one of my favourites - when I put on my slippers and reach for the pipe.
  15. rushed out to get JB - need to spin it a few more times - it could be a grower - something a bit happier added. 1. Faces: A Nods as Good as a Wink 2. Radiohead : Kid A 3. Jodi James :Things I leave Behind 4. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms 5. Depeche Mode - Exciter 6. 801 - 801 Live ( album ) 7. Gorillaz: Humanz 8. Tangerine Dream - LOGOS 9. Robert Fripp - Exposure 10. Midnight Oil - Bird Noises 11. The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky 12. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue 13. Beck - Sea Change 14. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run 15. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks 16. Queensryche: Silent Lucidity 17. Roger Waters: Amused to death 18. Robag Wruhme - Thora Vukk 19.Eagles - Hotel California 20. Mike Oldfield-Ommadawn 21. Malia & Boris Blank - Convergence 22. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream 23. Justin Bieber - My World 24. Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin 25. Queen - Innuendo (LP) 26. Phideaux - Doomsday Afternoon 27. The Band - The Band 28 Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows 29 Guns&Roses Lies 30 The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - Here Be Dragons 31. CCR - Cosmos Factory 32. Fennesz - Venice 33. The Tesky Brothers - Half Mile Harvest. 34. Pink Floyd. Dark side of the moon 35. Dope Lemon - Honey Bones 36. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan 37. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia 38. LORDE - Melodrama 39. Massive Attack - Mezzanine 40. Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors 41. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf 42. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems 43. Jethro Tull - Aqualung 44. NAS-Illmatic 45. Destroyer-Poison Season 46. St Germain - Tourist 47. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones 48. Steve Hackett - Voyage of The Acolyte 49. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King 50. Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life 51. Low - Things We Lost In The Fire