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  1. DarkNark

    Anthem AV Owners Thread

    Have you run ARC yet? If I remember correctly, when you run ARC you will have some tabs that you can rename and alter the settings as you require. I have a MRX510 so I only have two tabs and thus two profiles, but later generations allow four profiles. Once you finalise ARC and upload the settings the 2/4 profiles will be available to choose in the menu. @Snoopy8
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    DarkNark's System

    No, unfortunately not. However, I am about to. This has been planned for 3-4 months and its finally arrived today. I probably won't be able to get into my system till the weekend as I need to sort out some longer speaker cables. Crappy pic, I know, I will try and do better in the daylight.
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    ELAC Element EA101EQ-G Integrated Amplifier

    Just bought one today. Not expecting miracles, but it is only for a little "mini" system in a spare room. Will update the thread once I have it set up and had a fiddle around.
  4. Sorry mate, I don't want you to take this the wrong way but I don't think your budget for the amp is realistic. Not saying it can't be done but I think you may be looking at more like $300, and even then it will be difficult. Speakers? What about these? Just as a side note, you do realise the cost of vinyl? It's not the cheapest way to get into hifi. I don't want to curb your enthusiasm but I think you need to reassess your budget
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    Yes speakers

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_van_speaker_scam A "low end" speaker being sold as a "high end" speaker
  6. I apologise for being the member that stopped you posting as much. Certainly difference of opinions, can at times, be difficult to express while typing. I keep this in mind when I get roasted.
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    Music vs Audio?

    Agreed it's about balance. It's not up to me to decide what is the correct balance is for anyone. If someone kept on the upgrade/swap/tweak path,"forgot" about the music and missed the soul of the music, and it made them happy then thats all that matters. Do I think they are possibly missing out? Probably, but that is here nor there. This hobby has many facets that attracts people for different reasons. Music v Audio? I think the correct answer is a personal one and more than likely a mix of the two. I just don't see a right and wrong answer. Certainly if the OP is a gentle reminder to sometimes slow down and smell the roses (Or the music) I whole heartedly agree. Nice that you found your balance and rediscovered your passion for listening to music Snoop! 👍
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    DIY speaker cables - show us your stuff!

    With associated psycho-babble? 😛
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    Music vs Audio?

    If one person gets enjoyment out of the specs, the tweaks, the changing out the gear for their perceived ultimate synergy/resolution and misses the soul of the music because they are too busy critically listening, then I have no problem with that. Personally I enjoy the research, the changes, the tried tweaks, educating myself, reading about other peoples journeys on SNA as well as the music. I have a friend who calls me an audiophile, (I detest that label), and he considers himself a music lover. Does that mean I am not a music lover? Does that mean I miss the soul of the music? Possibly. The reality for me is that I critically listen for 1% of the time. I find it takes too much concentration and is not relaxing. A lot of the time I have my system playing while I do stuff in the house. I am not fully absorbed in the music and I would definitely be missing the soul of the music, but it still gives me enjoyment. Regardless if I am critically listening, enjoying a beer with friends, listening on my own in the dark or washing the dishes in the kitchen, when I turn my system on it makes me smile. I don't understand the need to put a label on people, or indeed perceived seperate camps in the same hobby. This hobby is many things, too many people.
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    DIY speaker cables - show us your stuff!

    This is the way I made mine.
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    DIY speaker cables - show us your stuff!

    No unfortunately not. I purchased mine from the UK, from Ebay.
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    DIY speaker cables - show us your stuff!

    Some of my efforts. I haven't got to the stage of auditioning cables, so I have no idea how my home made interconnects compare. That said, music comes out of the speakers so that's always a good thing. 😃 Van Damme Silver Series Low Cap 55 interconnects. Mogami 2534 / Neutrik NC3 XLR's Mogami 2549 / Neutrik 373's RG213 speaker cables
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    Roon software

    My apologies Mick. I have a Giesler Groß which can play DSD, not do the conversion. I have edited my post to reflect that.
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    Roon software

    Thanks, for some of the options there, Snoop. I am trialling Roon and to be perfectly honest I don't see it having that many advantages over Audirvana+ that I currently use. The info about the artists is a novelty but the reality for me is just that. It's a novelty. I am failing to see all the love for Roon, to justify the price. Quite possibly I am missing something. I will say that using my iPhone/Ipad for the remote works flawlessly compared to Audirvana, which tbh doesn't work very well for me. My DAC can play DSD, but I don't use that function. In my case, I don't hear a difference. I may have not been clear when I asked about users experiences with Roons DSP. I was referring to the convolution filters for room correction. Anyone tried it?
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    Roon software

    That's how I am doing it. Running the software on my MacMini and I can use my phone as a remote