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  1. Before you go looking for a new chair, have you tried moving your current chair forwards the same as the "distance you sit forward in the chair"? When dealing with speaker and listening positions, accuracy of positioning for the sweet spot can be down to a few centimetres.
  2. Interesting, but is he any good? 😀 😀 It's good to know there are people out there who can work magic on old turntables. I agree that classic turntables will out-perform some of the best new turntables. No surprise either that the record can sound better than the CD. Your bright blue for the plinth is not what I would have chosen, but it looks like a fantastic job and I'm pleased you like it. On his website Bruce didn't mention which suburb he's located in, can you share where he is?
  3. And for the record, a link to the extensive thread here on DIY audio racks:
  4. This would be easy to improve by filling the tubular steel with sand. Turn it updside down, remove the plastic stoppers. Pour sand in the tubes (dry it first in the oven), tapping the sides so the sand will settle. Leave enough room to replace the plastic stoppers. I will pour some PVA glue on top of the sand once it's filled before putting the stoppers back to prevent the sand accidentally leaking out (eg. if the plastic stoppers are damaged).
  5. There are some classic recordings in this series, it's a great blues primer. Many of these disks contain the classic recordings by the artists, and the sound quality's comparable to big-label releases. The missing disks are probably the disks that weren't allowed to be sold in Australia due to "copyright" restrictions. GLWTS
  6. I hope you have put some adhesive felt or similar to the weights and the sling buckle so they don't damage your speaker's woodwork.
  7. No experience with castors, but have always thought they would be too unstable for best sound. When I moved, with floorboards in the audio room, I had my speakers sit on felt as a temporary measure to get them positioned. Then I put them (again temporarily) on the Whites rubber anti-vibration pads. Finally I got around to installing the spikes. Each version is successively firmer than the previous, and each resulted in quite noticeable improvements in the sound quality.
  8. Agreed. However, if it's properly restored, and you invest in a good arm/cart, it will reward you with audio reproduction beyond your expectations, and will be a turntable you can expect to enjoy for life. It will be one that you can enjoy the music with, rather than one to "play a record" on. Given your budget is currently limited, invest in a good quality arm (there are good secondhand ones appearing in the classifieds here), and put an AT3600 cart on (approx $25 from ebay). This cheap cart is quite exceptional for the price (it competes with carts costing hundreds, so do be w
  9. Sensational find, I hope it can return to it's former glory. You have a good mate to rescue this and pass it on to you.
  10. The RCA Living Stereo (like the contemporary Mercury Living Presence) records are very highly regarded by audiophiles. They were very carefully recorded live using two (or three) microphones, which is why they are regarded as having good imaging. Classical music recording later moved to close-microphone multi-track techniques, which gives a very different sound. So the Living Stereo recordings are a representation of being in the concert hall audience, which is why you might feel it's a bit unexciting in comparison to the more modern technique which is more of a representation of sitting on
  11. Mrs. Feline's not one to sit and listen to music on the stereo. She will go to a concert. She will also enjoy listening to the music I play at home, while she is in her office working or doing other things around the house. However, there are some times when I'm playing certain records when she will put on noise-cancelling headphones. I don't understand why she would want to do that.
  12. I buy records/CDs for the music, and I play it for the music. Have bought a few "audiophile" disks because they were available and I was curious about the sound quality, but haven't played them after one or two spins because they were not to my taste. Don't get me wrong, I will always enjoy my music more if the audio quality is better, and will celebrate when these two coincide on a disk. But also really enjoy recordings from 78s and bootlegs where the quality may not be the best, but if that's the only way to enjoy the music, all the better. Not that I will accept anything, th
  13. Given that 50% of your listening is music, get good quality stereo speakers, don't dilute your quality - more does not mean better! I have (what I consider to be a good) 2.0 system, with music as my priority. It shares the room with the TV, so I will run the TV/DVD/BluRay audio through the stereo for movies and music video. Given my stereo system has a good frequency response, good dynamics, and good imaging, I've never felt the need to go to multi-speakers. The good two-channel sound gives movies plenty of imaging, depth, drama and volume; for my use I don't need anything more.
  14. Could this be associated with the capacitance of the cable? Capacitance increases by length, so a short cable will have low capacitance compared to the same cable in a longer length. The BlueJeans LC-1 cable was designed to have very low capacitance, so it would still be low in a longer length. However, capacitance is usually discussed in the context of analogue cables (esp. phono cables). I'm not sure it is of similar significance with digital signals, and will defer to other's expertise in this matter.
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