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  1. quick question to the brains trust ref volume on the unit. I am i right that some people recommend that your amp (I assume they mean the separate power stage) should be set and left at full gain/volume and the pre-amp input used to set listening levels accordingly?? the specs for this state - 160W/ 4 ΩTHD = 10%; so far from fantastic as you move towards its red line currently I've got it set at about 20% / 9 o'clock as per the pic below. should i a) set it at max, b) leave it as is, or c) set it somewhere in between (say 12 o'clock) ?? cheers
  2. i remember seeing these a year back or so. i was going through another period where everything i come across was scoped for potential vinyl use. so its good to see its been picked up and put to task
  3. freaky I was in a very similar situation a few years back - late 70's TT, Onkyo integrated amp, eyeing off a 2M blue.. and the first external phono stage I moved onto was the wee fono mini. its not an overly refined unit but its... i would say fun - has a tight sense of rhythm and cheeky bass swagger. (its sitting in its box in my draw - PM if you want to talk). I've now settled with entry level Graham Slee Gram Amp 2 SE with the additional upgraded power supply. to me it just gets out of the way and lets the music and other components shine thru. while i'm running a Bronze 2M now, I'll still
  4. Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon 2xVinyl, LP, Album RCA, Sony BMG Music Entertainment88697 32712 1 2008 Europe if only all recent (i.e. since the LP "come back") vinyl releases were done this well. i don't froth over KoL but this grabs your attention and wont let go.
  5. Black Mountain - IV 2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi Jagjaguwar, Jagjaguwar JAG277, JAG277LPC1 2016 US
  6. yeah go for it the time spent analysing this or that could be spent happily enjoying the music often coming to terms and appreciating any subtle differences comes with... listening experience over time (funny enough), and the fact its used means should you desire it can be replace with minimal hit to the back pocket
  7. what no vinyl spinning? that is very sad (unless you mean to say you've not installed it yet)
  8. i got about 1/2 way through, I'll probably watch the rest but it was a bit of a jerk-circle especially those getting all gooey but not necessarily because they like dedicated listening to good sounding music. sure they touched on hi-fi side, but I found it ironic that while trying to shift the stereo-types (no pun intended) they kinda re-enforced several
  9. any progress, activity thoughts on experience with the newly acquired items?
  10. nice how did you terminate the rods at very bottom ends at the floor? I thinking of a similar project but it will rest on carpet over concrete slab not wood
  11. are you considering 2nd hand? if you are based in the UK I'd have thought local options from Rega or Graham Slee would be on the table for consideration as they are in comparable class and price to the Mani (and there's likely other UK based and made options to consider also) the mani is widely regarded so I think you'll be fine
  12. i'm temporarily running such a combo in my living room system, the wxc-50 with a simple class-D amp. very versatile, takes up no room, really enjoying the grip on the bass, i can see the attraction of a good pre/amp combo or rather the ability to try options till you find a keeper to your tastes
  13. > an external phono stage - there are many 2nd hand options in the $200 ( hell i got a wee Rega mini not being used, i see you is in Bne if you want to dabble - just PM) > new cart - the AT95 /(newer) ATVM-95 options would be top of my list they are in the area of $100 new > odds and ends: platter mat (leather or the fancy branded mystery mixture ones), carbon brush, cleaning spray, you might need additional cables to incorporate the phono stage, cart alignment and tracking force tools, test LP, etc, etc. these should yield noticeable changes but aren't immedi
  14. yep on my watch list maybe even tonight's viewing if i got time after spinning the compulsory minimum of 3LPs nightly
  15. Wow these look awesome Psb so under rated Can't believe not sold yet Glwts
  16. to a degree I tend to agree regarding gas vs charcoal/wood but if its to be used 2-3 times a week say for just 2.5 of us (the little fella don't eat much yet), then that's bit of effort. My mate has a kamado, I forget which fuel he's using but said he could readily starve of the air to shut it down but it didn't take much effort to light it up and get going again. does that sound right?
  17. I managed to locally pick up one a SMSL SA-98e for just under $80, the external PS is bigger than the unit itself. I've had to run it in my main system with the Yamaha WXC-50 streamer/pre-amp and its doing a great job. volume set at 9 o'clock / 20% and its clean with plenty of volume for arvo listening levels, as loud as i dare to go. it does have poor THD at high levels - Output power: (DC 32V) 160 W/4Ω;THD = 10%) but there's no need to get anywhere near that level. the grip on the bass is dynamic and agile. sound stage doesn't have the width and depth of the other amp (Classe Sigman
  18. so i'm wanting to get into more BBQ so I hope I can pick your collective brains regarding what to invest in. I don't currently own BBQ but we're moving into a new house early next year with the kitchen space being upstairs and opening onto a 6x3m balcony overlooking the neighbourhood. so I plan to use that frequently for you everyday meals but with something than can scale up to handle larger get togethers and grillaxing. the balcony has a gas line plumbed in. At the same time I'd like to dabble more in coals, smoking and slow cooking etc. here's the kic
  19. very nice, tempted to spin my copy. always impresses on so many levels
  20. Tame Impala - Currents 2xLP, Album, Gat Fiction Records 473067-7 2015 Europe
  21. Various - James Bond Greatest Hits McCartney's Live and Let Die really stands out from the more orchestral driven pieces with its gusty guitar riffs, Bond '77 is also on another level funk wise
  22. this goes out to you Sir enjoy that big mango tree in the sky Various - James Bond Greatest Hits LP, Comp Liberty, Liberty EMTV 007, 0C 062-83 029 1982 UK
  23. that's solid! i had similar tonka-tuff yellow going with a steel NS hack together i used for trails and work commuting. was a duel-single speed: I had 2-rings up front and the chain tensioner let me manually move the chain over depending on road or mounting riding.
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