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  1. what makes it super? the power, SQ or input features? does this still need a separate device for internet / local network streaming? I feel an top end integrated needs to be progressive with a good degree of future proofed flexibility otherwise it looses out to the flexibility separates provide in this regard.
  2. Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight
  3. i already had this album, the 'back to black' release from 2008, which is a bit meh... this was on sale last week at JB, so its the first time I've invested in an additional releases of an album i have already. the review consensus is its well worth it. I'd agree. very clean, very intimate, good musicianship, Curt's dark emotions come through but still has a raw rough edge to it - it is Nirvana live after all. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New York 2xLP, Album, RE, 180g, 25th Album Anniversary Expanded To 2 LPs 180-Gram Black Vinyl Includes 5 Bonus Rehearsals and Download Card/Sticker Lacquer Cut At – Golden Mastering Manufactured By – Pallas USA Pressed By – Schallplattenfabrik Pallas GmbH
  4. Purity Ring - Womb first spin sounding good
  5. Missy was to keep the Mrs happy if that's any consolation.... I did find once you moved past the pop aspect and her typical fan stereo-type the production was engaging, good piano work
  6. today's haul (picked up today, purchased from JB last week)
  7. I picked up some new albums today now Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White Earlier Yumi Zouma - Truth Or Consequences Powderfinger - Internationalist Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight
  8. ^^ where does "this Desert Life" fit into it for you? that would be my fav release of there's
  9. i had another good vinyl session of this Classe amp I've been lucky enough to have a trial on. over the week as i worked my way through some vinyls a few did stella others were a bit meh. I've kept coming back to this release by Kikagaku Moyo, a real experience, amazing production, tight musicianship, great soundscaping L+R plus depth. everything just sings. Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples I found it similar with the few CDs I put on - very revealing of the production and I guess characteristics of the genre. I spun some Simon and Garfunkel - 2 singers and an acoustic guitar are transported into the room against a empty dark backdrop, while Vitalogy by Pearl Jam was more rough mix of attitude, angst, and a bruised beat-up Eddie V. the amp brings another dimension of intimacy. it makes when wonder, when producing studio work, what's the thinking and the experience they're trying shape for the committed listener? at times it feels like a private and personal session just for me, a single listener in their studio
  10. oww ahhh these shouldn't stay on the shelf long GLWTS
  11. neat whats the one with funky micro-triangle frame decals and what looks a Reba or Rev fork? I've been running Hope Pro's on Spank rims also (HT for trail duties). Pro 4s don't have the same buzz as the Pro IIs did...
  12. seeing that nice eye candy made my day. some serious street rigs (in my wee mind mind anyway) which is the Zircus?
  13. interesting i signed up to prime the other day (just to trial their movies during isolation) but i just took advantage of the JB 25% off promo so that's all my vinyl allowance gone for now I actually tried adding a CD into the mix but it complicated the delivery or something so pulled it out This Desert Life - Counting Crows try find that on vinyl for a good price!
  14. https://www.discogs.com/Ben-Harper-Fight-For-Your-Mind/master/48584 Ben Harper ‎– Fight For Your Mind I use to listen to it a lot in the 90s at uni. I had been wanting it on vinyl namely because of the "Excuse Me Mr" track. really nice bass playing and solid lyrics. I found the CD in a folder, the case is missing. I put it on as I've got a loaner amp and had been putting a lot of vinyl and Spotify thru. I figured I'd try some CDs so on it went. As I only had the disk I didn't realise it was the album i was after so had the surprise of "excuse me mr" but there was the album itself - very emotive (not for everyone), production was great, sound from system great, plus it pulled me back to that time in my life.
  15. sweet! you just won the internet, congratulations
  16. So I just listened to some Ben Harper for the first time on CD in like... maybe since last millennium? I was rather impressed. and at least on 3 fronts
  17. I can't make comparisons with other tonearms I'm afraid. Rumors are the PS-38 is based on a CEC unit, if that helps. Arm is likely a hi-volume affair supplied to several brands. (some one may know the actual maker) Cart is a clone of early an AT-VM8 which sits in the family from AT-10 up to AT-13 (i think) so it can take a Shibata stylus or the "legionary" ATN12X - plenty of generic examples out there, very few originals that are nude square ellipticals. I put on a new generic elliptical stylus, switched to an Ortofon 2M Blue and now a Bronze. You can readily tell the difference and they go nicely. I did try a Shibata cart but couldn't get it to sing. the arm can't do VTA adjustments, maybe that was it. The Bronze on a test LP does well on all but the final "next level, not real world" amplitude test. This was with a little more tracking force than spec'd / indicated on my gauge. The arm is simple to use and set-up. It's showing cosmetic signs of age on the arm's tube - the chrome is pitting if you know where to look. I'm reluctant to admit it but I think the tube's fix in the main body has been compromised and will twist slightly if not handled gently. Probably all the headshell switches... there's no play but it wouldn't need much for the S-shape to manifest this adversely.
  18. the arm seems to be on the short side even for 9in effective length - 220mm overhang - 15mm i had a quick poke round the internets with limited joy, found a Japanese eBay shop but it was a matter of looking thru his listing pics for smallish looking items then go in to check the length - bit too tedious just for curiosity at this stage. found 2 examples at 220mm, one at 222mm, plenty of 237mm. found this about vintage Hitachi motors it would be hard work for a new player in the business, i.e. faced a with a standing start, to justify the effort to come up with something comparable. easier to grab what you can and let the marketing types white-board some magic for the ads https://www.petervis.com/gallery/Vintage Advertisements/hitachi-hi-fi-1979/unitorque-motor.html
  19. https://www.petervis.com/gallery/Vintage Advertisements/jvc-high-fidelity-components/ql-y66f.html some funky progressive tech there and a spare tonearm to play with
  20. I do this for adhoc listening You need to consider the source and how much usage time you need it for. Its going to chew through your phone battery and I'm not clever enough to block message notifications interrupting the music. I've used an old phone to stream Spotify on the wi-fi then bluetooth this to the UE unit.
  21. fair enough Chris i'll keep an eye out
  22. hot diggity! that's a bunch of body work from the M2 yeah? Love the removal of the rear doors Maybe BMW do a "M2 Shooting Brake" none of this grand coupe business they keep doing
  23. sounds a really interesting project let us know how it goes (do you have a thread already maybe?)
  24. cheers so many options i'll be sure to start a thread one day. i read about using modelling clay to add mass and some dampening absorption. mine could do with new feat and a better tone arm but i don't even know if that's a possibility
  25. i "acquired" the Hitachi TT i have from my father in law, "was top of the line" he said when he bought it late '70s. he mostly ripper tapes off it, he switched to CDs and it hadn't been used in years I've upgraded a few bits and done the odd "back in the day" hacks. I think she really sings despite the odd age related features. i'll prob move it into a second system and grab a flash 2nd hand unit. I think around $2,000 (+cart which I have already) is the sweet spot when you see some of the good deals popping up here.
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