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About jimcan

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  1. I live in a place called Lindsay Point, 6 km into Victoria, but Renmark is the closest town, 25 km away Yes Luc, about 3.5 hours from Adelaide Somewhat confusing no doubt. I really enjoy my Topaz with my open baffle speakers, which are about 95 dB. Plenty loud in a large treated room. Source is mostly vinyl these days, rock music, but also have digital front end as well. The Topaz has no difficulty with the VAF DCX 63 either, but they are about the same sensitivity. I am semi retired these days, so there is no real issue with timing, if you wish to audition at some point.
  2. I have had a Weston Acoustics KT 120 Topaz for 3 years now (as well as Yamaha AS 2100) If you were prepared to venture as far as Renmark, I would be happy to demonstrate it, with Hawthorne Audio OB speakers or VAF DCX 63 (I have two mix and match systems in my mancave/listening facility.) PM me if interested. Jim
  3. I have one of these also, with a Rega RB 301 arm. Had Johnmath set it up recently with a Denon DL 301 Mk2 cartridge and I have been enjoying it immensely. Not sure where he is currently. He was planning to relocate to KI I think, which might make it a bit difficult to prevail upon him in the future. Good luck/listening with yours.
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    Arm in use is a Rega RB301, which I already had. Country of origin is the UK. I believe SRM is the initials of owner, Stuart R Michell. I thinks it sounds pretty good too, but I may be biased, hence my deferring to someone more qualified to comment on the things that may contribute to that. In the tradition of some other other UK TT's, there is an upgrade path should one desire it, but the Arezzo is pretty good in basic form and will keep me satisfied for some time.
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    Yes. I have had one of these for about 2 years now. Listening to it right now in fact Just had John Matheson (johnmath) set mine up properly with a new Denon DL 301 LOMC cart. He may care to comment when he is able to (recent bereavement), as to it's measurable performance. He indicated to me it was quite good, and I am enjoying playing my newly ultrasonically cleaned records on it (thanks Simonon) Plenty of good reviews online also. If you feel like venturing to Renmark, you can check one out. Happy to show you. Cheers, Jim
  6. Nice system I have two of the same components myself ie. the A-S2100 and CD-S2100, purchased from Challenge HiFi just over a year ago. I did exactly the same as you with the volume knob on the amp, because I could not see where it was or where I left it at turn off The only issue I have had is with the amp, going into protection mode after a momentary power interruption. Ended up having to send it to Adept Electronics in Adelaide, for a reset (at no charge of course). The tech was good, and said he would walk me through the process over the phone if it occurred again. Love the Yamaha gear and the amp shares duties with a Weston Acoustics Topaz when I feel like something different Cheers, Jim
  7. I concur with frankn. I have quite a few of Peter Grave's (Audioprincipe) cables, both IC's, speaker and power, and have some more under construction as we speak. I think his cables are in a bit of a sweet spot in terms of solid, no nonsense construction, and value for money, although there are no doubt other excellent boutique cable makers out there. Peter is pretty well thought of around here, and is fairly local to me. Good luck with sorting out your hum issues. I had some unshielded IC's at one point and they gave me some noise issues as well, that went away when I replaced them with shielded ones.
  8. I have had both the A-S2100 and the CD-S2100 in silver/black for about a year now and paid around $500 more for each item, so your pricing is very good. The products have proved superb for my needs and I won't be parting with either any time soon. The stand alone DAC function works very well with my PC and JRiver. The warranty provided by Yamaha on these products is also very generous and reassuring.
  9. Hi Norman, I have been thinking about your question Whilst the dimensions you have given for your room sound pretty good from a square footage perspective, I would find your current layout a bit of a challenge to live with, but that is only because I have an obsession with symmetry I would probably have to resort to your excellent adult beverage supply in order to overlook this If that were my space I would certainly be looking at bass traps, of either the DIY or commercial variety in as many places as I could put them, as well as first reflection point absorption. I have never had to deal with the sort of materials your room is made of, but in my many years on, mostly US forums, it seems everyone over there has a concrete and block basement that they want to convert into a home theatre, and are always seeking solutions to bass problems, brought on by the rigidity of walls and/or ceilings. There is a wealth of information on the 'net as well as in forum members here on this subject. Suffice to say, I am a room treatment convert these days, and believe attention in this area can lift the performance of your system well beyond what you may have thought possible, for a lot less outlay than buying new gear. I am also addicted to bass, so I need all the help I can get Cheers, Jim
  10. Hi Norman, Thanks for sharing your system and room with us Given your description of the construction of your room, do you feel you have any bass issues? I would bet your room would really benefit from some bass traps and perhaps other room treatments, provided you could make them acceptable to your other half Where does the sub woofer live in your room? I can not see it in the front views, so perhaps in the rear? When I saw that Merlin sub, I was reminded very much of a Rob Evans (Electronics Australia) designed dual band pass sub that I built in about 1993 and still have, but have since donated to my son. It looks the spitting image and has a 12" Response driver from memory, of which I went through several during enthusiastic listening sessions Cheers, Jim
  11. That looks very much like a Weston Acoustics amp (which I also have) As Rob has indicated, just remove those connectors, twist the stranded wire thoroughly, insert through amplifier output terminal holes and tighten firmly. Doesn't matter about wire sticking out other side of holes as long as it is not touching anything else metallic, like the amp case or adjoining terminal. Pretty sure spades would work as well, if that is the way you decide to go.
  12. I feel your pain, when it comes to computers and/or software Yes, I have a Yamaha CD-S2100 purchased about 6 months ago, and I did succeed in downloading the Steinberg USB driver for it. As I vaguely recall, I did have some difficulty actually installing and running it, and I did eventually prevail, but I am not sure how. It was not intuitive for me, but I fluked it somehow. I am reminded of the line "if I can do it, anyone can" My CD-S2100 sits adjacent to my PC and is fed using JRiver MC, with the occasional CD thrown in. Sounds great too. Good luck! You will get there.
  13. Newman, I am looking forward to meeting you in the near future Not sure what to expect though Cheers, Jim
  14. Thanks for your feedback LHH. I think you are correct. I kind of freaked out when it first happened, because in my exhaustive pre purchase research, which included the A-S3000, the reviewer returned his amp to wherever he purchased it because it did the same sort of thing, except after only about 30 minutes. Admittedly I think it was the protection circuitry in his case. I would have thought it could be spelled out a little more clearly, under what conditions the amp believes it can go into countdown to switch off mode This issue notwithstanding, I am really enjoying this amp, and it is sounding better and better as it gets more hours on it, and it does have a really good warranty, should it be needed Cheers, Jim
  15. For better or worse I recently purchased a Yamaha A-S2100 integrated amp to pair up with my Yamaha CD-S2100 SACD/DAC. Awesome combination BTW, and allowed me locate the SACD/DAC adjacent to my PC, and then run 8m balanced cabling to the amp. This way I can keep the USB connection relatively short, and the analogue connection longer, but balanced rather than single ended. Anyway, I had two shutdowns during the early days of ownership, where I was listening to music using the DAC part of the CD-S2100, with my PC/JRiver in shuffle mode playing continuously for hours on end, mainly to get burn in time on my new amp. Both shut downs occurred whilst music was playing and I was not switched on enough at the time to notice whether it had gone into standby mode or the protection circuitry had activated. I did as much online searching as I could, as well as speaking to someone at the dealership, to no avail, and thought it was worth a try asking here. I reread the manual thoroughly, but the wording on the operation of this function is vague to say the least: "the unit enters standby mode automatically if not operated for 8 hours". The timing of my shutdowns was probably close to that, but I was not really keeping track. I have since turned that function off and not had a shutdown since, despite probably exceeding that run time, so I am guessing this is probably what has been happening. I am sure that this particular Yamaha "feature" is not just an A-S2100 function, and is probably something that is used in many of their amps and receivers, but what is not clear is how the amp determines that it should enter standby mode. Clearly, the presence of a music signal is not enough. I did come across a reference somewhere to "a user executed function" or something like that being necessary for the amp to know that someone still wanted it to remain on. Are there any Yamaha experts out there that know anything about the operation of the auto power standby function? Cheers, Jim Edit. Dam, put the hyphen in the A-S2100 in the wrong place and can't change.
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