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  1. I have the Supratek Cabernet DHT, luv'ly pre and best amongst the collection I have, I am very happy with mine. l like the flexibility to rotate different valves for different sounds, have tried 45M and 300B tubes in it but running 2A3's in it at the moment, very smooth and detailed. I haven't heard a Consonance linear 1 so cannot compare. Then again I like supporting Aussie manufactures when i can 🙂
  2. Always looking ... its damn addictive 🤔 To combat surges of the urges I just listen to my main system and then I am happy.
  3. I have a part comparison, Supratek DHT and Accuphase A70 on my nos 1 system and Mc C22 and 2x MC75's on my nos 2 system. Sources feed an Accuphase DC37 DAC across both systems, RCA to the Supratek and XLR to the Mc C22. I like Class A amps, i had Sudgen and now Accuphase and they have a very open sound stage which i prefer over the Mc's. I have run quite a few different sets of speakers across both systems and all work a little better on the Supratek/Accuphase system. However in saying that the McIntosh system is no sleaze, its a very nice system and i play it regularly, I did swap out th
  4. Dynaudios I found need lots of grunt to really bring them alive. My experience is Solid State is best, I do have 2 valve amps but the SS works best. So a 2nd hand Bryston 4bsst did it for me which are a great bang for buck amps. I upgraded to an Accuphase Power amp but budget wise they are a lot more expensive, but then upgraded the speakers recently the Bryston is happily back on the Dynaudios on another system in the house 😆 ran beautifully for 5 hours today. My belief is that you need an amp with big power transformers and both my SS amps have huge ones 😄
  5. Sadly what you say is mostly true. especially in larger venues where the dependency is purely on the mixing and PA, i am sometimes disappointed, an example being the Steely Dan concert in Sydney, arrangements were mainly as per the CD and it didn't sound quite as good as my stereo. That's why I like more intimate and smaller venues like Pubs and the smaller Blues festivals like Thredbo and Goulbourn where the PA is generally for vocals and some foldback and you get the pleasure of hearing the amps and drums Au naturale without any additional processing. A memorable concert a little while ag
  6. What age do you define as gear being vintage ? do you include 70's and 80's ? If so I have a Vintage system that I use regularly and thoroughly enjoy, which is a Radford STA 25 valve amp built 1975 driving a pair of Apogee Slant 6 (also have Slant 8's, both hybrid speakers) which are late 80's and early 90's .. others on this forum have talk about some models of old Sansui, Luxman's, Leak and Quad to name a few being classics.
  7. As once an active muso and I occasionally still pick up the guitar my listening objective (especially in my earlier years) was to reproduce what I heard live, maybe less so now. As others say you cannot fully reproduce the full dynamics of a live session, and the days of blasting my stereo at high volume to feel the sound is now detrimental to my hearing, to the extent I now have systems that work well at low volume, something I would never had worried about when i was younger ... I was a huge fan of Direct to Disk Vinyl because they had more of that live feel. An analogy to me i
  8. They do hifi repairs, had my old Akai Ref CD player fixed and serviced while they were redoing my Apogee speakers, they did fantastic work, even sewed a new sock for one of the speakers 🙂 I have also used Chris Kimil for my Linn LP 12, fast and efficient. Had big problems with another repairer in Sydney so make sure you get references.
  9. Java Cane and Sugar Mills - working locomotives, Steam and Diesel.
  10. I have 2 Node 2i's, and upgraded one of them with the Lumin U1 mini which feeds my 2 main systems. I noticed a difference, more detail and a crisper sound. I still use the Node 2i's on other systems. You should also try the Auralic Aries streamers if you are an Apple user.
  11. Java - Sugar Mills .. a number in Central Java still operate with steam, modernised from the Dutch during 1925-1930. Amazing operations to visit.
  12. I applaud them in taking a stand. Anti competitor behaviour and bullying of retailers is atrocious behaviour. I will not buy anymore PSvane tubes.
  13. Well after the excitement of yesterdays Drug raid next door its all quiet and serene again. Scone NSW and a friends property.
  14. Very different kit to my bits and pieces I am used to, my only foray into Class D is with my PA system 🙂 Sindog is perfect help. You can also post in the https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/forum/19-stereo-amplifiers-pre-amps/ section, I have seen discussions on hypex kit. Good luck ... cheers Rosco
  15. I have 4 ohm speakers (Dynaudios C2's) and sub 4 ohm, (Apogees) and I found Parasound (pre and power) too bright. Bryston (I have a 4bsst) is a great choice, I have used 2nd hand AR, Ayon and Supratek pre, all valve, and they all work well with the Bryston. I currently have the AR LS15 pre with the Bryston and the Dynaudio, nice match.
  16. Hi Matt Welcome. You may need to give a little more information. What do you have to drive them, what budget, what sort of music do you listen to, how loud do you like your music, what's the size of your room ? Cheers Rosco
  17. Well aren't we a busy thread 😄 Change of pace ... and news not quality .. yet to make the press, a drug bust in Sydney's Southwest, and next door to me !!! A convoy of Detectives arrived at 8am this morning, followed by Forensics and then Command and then the Press. We thought something fatal. But then firetrucks turned up .. huge M crop in the Greenhouse. Newspaper report .just out 2379 cannabis plants with an estimated potential street value of more than $7.1 million.
  18. A long weekend coming up and where to go ? Lets see where there are standby seats for 3 .. Perth .. nupe .. Hobart .. nupe .. Darwin .. nupe .. Cairns .. nupe .. Auckland .. nupe .. Ayers Rock .. yep .. okay boys pack your bags .. one of the most amazing places in Australia . I found the Olgas more impressive than Ayers Rock and the the Valley of the winds Walk in the afternoon is just amazing. If you haven't been do your self a favour 🙂
  19. Charlie Great photos on your web site. Luv' your valve gear 🙂 Cheers Rosco
  20. Welcome aboard ... I see lots of valve amps, reel to reels and LP's ... and a single chair, so just you and your music cheers Rosco
  21. I had just brought my wide angle zoom, a Canon 16-35mm so with nice weather grabbed one of my boys and his friend and took the boat for a spin down Parramatta River to try it out ... was a 2-3m swell running under the Harbour Bridge so nipped into Darling harbour instead.
  22. Beijing on a work trip .. the stunning Birdsnest Olympic stadium at night and the Swimming venue. Shot with my little Lumix (Panasonic) DMC-LX3 in RAW.
  23. Thanks .. Istanbul should be on everyone's bucket list, fantastic for photography, we were going to be there for 2 nights and then work our way across to Gallipoli but stayed 5 nights as we were hooked. So much history to see and the Cisterns were absolutely stunning. I didn't have a tripod with me so was shooting at 12500 ISO with my 6D.
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