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  1. Do these have to be soldered? Thanks
  2. G’day, I’ve been reading stereo.net for a while and it’s been really helpful, there’s a lot of knowledge and expertise in this community. The classifieds are great too, but quite dangerous as there is a large turnover where well-priced gear sells quickly! I find myself upgrading every 10 years and have just done so. Like a few others on here (@psychometrics1 @rockeater), I’ve got the Electrocompaniet bug! Especially, the older gear, where there is definitely a sacrifice of detail and resolution for warmth and musicality. I’m running an EC-4.6 preamp with a pair of AW-180 monoblocks and it’s pretty valvey for SS gear, but with some real slam and solid bass. I’m running these with a pair of Sonus Faber Electa that are about 35 years old but image beautifully, although they do get a bit lost with complex orchestral music – I’ll look for that in the next upgrade 😊 I’ve forgotten how well bookshelf speakers image! For sources, I’m running an Electrocompaniet ECD-1 DAC, which also follows the same signature of the older EC gear, as in it is not as detailed as some of the latest dacsbut still sounds so musical. I guess that’s the trade-off between high fidelity sound and musical reproduction. I guess audio to me is a kind of aesthetic of sound. I go to a lot of live music: classical, jazz, rock, punk, electronic and I like a sound that mimics my impression of that, which I know is not completely accurate. I also run a pro-ject classic turntable and have a commonwealth turntable that I’m looking to get a plinth built for. I use Audirvana on a Mac mini via a musical fidelity v-link 192 as a streaming transport into my dac and should probably update this at some stage, although I want to be able to hear a difference between this and something like an auralic if I do. Probably, my next purchases will be upgrading my speaker cables and then an MC phono cartridge. Before that I need to sell my Elac speakers, Canary valve pre and a couple of Electrocompaniet power amps, which I’ll advertise soon. Really happy to be joining the community – Cheers!
  3. No I mean the electa without the Amator, I have a pair.
  4. Is there a big difference between these and the electa?
  5. Does anyone have any suggestions for a tonearm for a commonwealth 12d? Budget? Not much experience with Idler drives but starting to research.
  6. I have a Commonwealth 12D that I bought a few years back and has been sitting in the cupboard. I'm thinking of getting a plinth built and getting it a tonearm etc. I love owning a bit of Australian audio history....but how well do these compare to a modern turntable, for example an oracle? Does anyone have any recommendations for a tonearm and how much I should spend?
  7. Yep, that sounds like a good idea - will do. He told me verbally but I've forgotten already. I reconnected my speakers with a single strand accidentally connecting the terminals and shorted the amp and melted the speaker relays! Thinking of the smell still makes me cringe!
  8. Yeah, I've had EC stuff fixed by Tony Mckay there before, he's great but there is usually quite a wait - difficult for me to go without for so long I had a chat to Joseph ac CVE, he seemed to know what he's talking about and is an electronic engineer by training.
  9. Do they repair high end stuff like electrocompaniet?
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