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  1. Rakalel, you will not regret using this hempcrete, much the same properties as aircrete. You say that using it is more expensive than 'normal' materials? maybe if your doing a self build but if your using tradesmen surely not. Normal materials mean lots more operations, especially where insulation is concerned. What width of block will you use for the internal walls? I ask because I intend to use 15cm. This means that using the half bond makes installing electric cables and boxes very easy - the perp on one course of blocks is chased for the wire and a long drill bit takes care of the block above. Cut out the boxes 50/50 on the beds of two blocks on a bench and wash with a Unibond 5-1 mix, this will toughen the area and make life easier. So, you install the cabling at the same time as building the walls. You do not need to use a hard plaster finish, skim any defects, then size the walls and use 1200 grade lining paper. I know it's more expensive but batten out the floor and notch where nec. and you can run your wiring along the floor and finish with t & G floorboards, stain them/varnish them any way you like. You'll havr a much quieter home than using tiles and especially the music will sound a lot better.
  2. Thomo, couldn't agree more. Never liked Litz multi-strand wire for anything. Maybe one of the reasons the Kenwood KD/KP decks sound so good is that the Kenwood engineers chose solid core silver wire for their tonearm wire not sure if that wasn't unique then or now. I bought a whole reel of sat. cable - 1.25mm solid core copper conductor held inside an air gapped plastic structure - so that the conductor was always exactly centred from copper foil and copper mesh sheilding. I think I paid about 70p pm, that's the basis of the UBYTE 11 speaker cable. I intend to strip out the centre conductor to make my new cables. Multi-strand copper is fine for power cables, they have only one function, to transfer electricity from point A to point B any interaction between the strands is irrelevant. A proper 100% shield is essential to stop any interference with weak signal/i/connect cables nearby - you pay your money and make your choice - -.
  3. recur - why go on using timber even if it's treated and what kind of toxicity does this treatment present. Termite control in the US involves really nasty chemicals, I can't imagine it's different in Oz. No wood = no termite problem. Why not use a material that is fireproof/insect proof and acoustically superb, the only reason I can think of is - vested interests. Here in France they introduced new 'improved' building Regs. in 2012. Did this include stopping the use of dense concrete blocks - no or the awful honeycombed clay blocks - no or the use of 3" clay blocks for party/internal walls - no. Apartment blocks allow for zero privacy, same in Spain. Just how much privacy (sound insulation) do you have in Oz. If anyone is thinking of having a new home built or for those poor sods who lost their homes to fire check out how much using Hebel blocks it will cost, don't be blagged by builders. When they answer look them straight in the eyes. No toxic chemicals are needed for an aircrete built house. Life is strange - if I hadn't gone to work in the Netherlands I would never have learnt about this material for decades. It is now mandatory to use this material in construction in the UK. Remember all building Regs. in any country are not the optimum just the minimum required. Many new build houses in France have problems with the foundations especially those built on clay. The most important part of a house are the foundations, that which you cannot see. A home is for most people the biggest investment they will ever make, trust no one, do the research, everything you need to know is easily accessed on the net.
  4. About 16 years ago on the old WAD forum various members tried different types of damping the h/shell/cartridge. At the time I saw that Lidls (a German discount supermarket present in most EU countries) was selling drinks coasters made of s/steel with a bonded composite rubber under surface. This material had just a little give. These coasters were easy enough to cut to size and many found that it's effect was positive on the sound. Fast forward to now and I wanted to lower the arm mass on my Kenwood KD990. The arm is superb in it's design and engineering and comes with a sturdy aluminium h/shell. I bought a lightweight h/shell to replace it and this has indeed lowered the arm mass. I replaced the brass screws and nuts that came with the AT 33EV cartridge with an aluminium set. I then saw that plastic sets were available. The plastic set tightens up just like a brass/aluminium ones but i believe it has an advantage in that it will have a higher damping factor. Both the aluminium and plastic sets are considerably lighter than the brass set. I have a contrarian opinion on h/shell arm combinations. A one piece arm means that any vibration/resonances will be fed directly into the cartridge - there is nothing to stop this happening. With removable h/shells a rubber washer/small amount of Blutak will nullify this effect. Rather than pay £19 + postage why not take a look at what's available in packaging that comes with so many products. The s/steel coasters also provided h/shell weight that many desired for the cartridges they were using. Getting the cartridge/h/she;ll arm combo right makes all the difference to the vinyl sound - have fun.
  5. The mod was right - cable wars just put people off and achieve nothing. My advice to the OP is simple - before you shell out for anything research, start with basic science on just how electricity is conducted. Your interested in speaker cable receiving an amplified/ high power signal. This is different from an i/connect signal that is low power. You maybe someone that likes to take a DIY approach or the complete reverse, still I would rec. taking a look at TNT Audio, there you will find great articles on DIY and commercial cables. Beware of any commercial offering where they refuse to let you know just how the cables are made and boy there are plenty of these. They claim it is to stop competitors knowing how their cables are made - complete b/s. Any competitor can purchase an example, deconstruct it and find out exactly what the construction and materials are. I have used a modified version of UBYTE 11 for over 15 years, now just for the craic I'm going to make a very simple cable, no exotic materials just applying basic science, it will be very easy to make and when I've trialled it I shall give my opinion. If your not a DIYer only use user reviews to look at commercial offerings. I will say that I can see no reason for shelling out for expensive cables - you pays your money and make your choice as always caveat emptor.
  6. There you go - hebel blocks, I wouldn't use the panels, no need to stress over wildfires ever again and as the blurb says excellent acoustic insulation. The blurb mentions termites, I can't see why, there's nothing for them to feed on. A blown crepi finish which can be finished by various means is the best. Al;ways choose a crepi with a colour pigment - no painting is required ever. Interestingly this company recommends using the fixative/glue exactly the way I did and will do on my house here in France, there should be zero waste, the 'thin joint' method is the best in any kind of climate. Do not get conned into having a hard plaster finish on internal walls, totally unnecessary - skim coat any defects with a any good filler, rub down, size and line or cross line with a good 1200 grade lining paper or even simpler carefully skim coat the joints and use a good non toxic paint. This will give a wonderful non reflective finish and can only benefit the sound of your audio. Be very aware that vinyl paint is carcinogenic and doesn't allow internal walls to breathe, especially bad for young children.
  7. Franco ordered people in Galicia to plant eucalyptus and in no time land that once had sheep, cattle and oak in the valley bottoms became one depressingly grey/green forest. Eucalyptus loves fire and the resultant ash just gives more nutrients for the trees to grow faster. The other reason that these fires spread so raidly is that the undergrowth receives no attention at all and that's where the fires start. In Germany they deal with this and create firebreaks. Noe of this is any good if the same old combustible materials are used to rebuild. American homes make look sturdy but that is an illusion, apart from a brick or stone chimney they are all thrown up quickly using internal wooden frameworks and timber cladding. Aircrete blocks require no insulation, that's integral to the blocks, I know I was a brickie and there is no quicker way to build a wall external or internal than with these blocks. Electrical wiring is a doddle to use within the blocks themselves. One of the biggest causes of fires within the home is through electrical wring, insufficient gauge or stupid overloading, within the block, it can't go anywhere. With a modern society the biggest expense in house building is labour, not materials. The beauty for those who are into music is the acoustic insulation of these blocks. I cannot believe how bad privacy is within a French house old or new. Even with the 'new' regs. of 2012 to achieve a reasonable U value, it requires 4 separate operations with aircrete blocks it's a single 30cm block.
  8. I've started the ball rolling but will have to wait until April for a Warp Drive Portable SSD 1TB or 2TB to go with an Azulle Byte 3 silent mini PC, now a small monitor and choose FLAC or WAV. and a Parks Puffin. It will take a couple of years to transfer the LPs and CDs I want but then a little thingy that I can stash anywhere, including another copy with a friend and my collection is truly secure.
  9. eman I'm not making presumptions, I've seen the total destruction of homes in Oz and California, that's only possible when homes are built from combustible materials. Will building regs. be changed so this can't happen again, I doubt it, too many vested interests involved. I'm sure that the horrific Grenfell Tower tragedy was covered in Oz, completely avoidable. The fatcat Tories who controlled Kensington council didn't want to spend money on common oiks living there. They used combustible cladding, coupled with a fire service rigidly sticking to an outdated set of rules which said - stay put - 72 people burned alive was the result. I used to live in Andalucia, Spain, the whole of the Spanish Med coast is on a fault line that runs from southern France to Agadir in Morrocco in 1960 between 12 and 15000 died crushed to death and another 15000 injured - by houses not designed for earthquakes. When the two tectonic plates decide to samba again and it happens at night the badly built apartment blocks will kill an awful lot more than that - the Spanish refuse to recognise this and continue to let construction companies build the same crap. The French are the only people in western Europe who didn't stupidly cut down all their forests, they make a lot of money selling oak for wine barrels and furniture to foreign countries. As desertification moves up from southern Europe (see the forest fires in Portugal) France will burn, it's only a matter of time.
  10. Sorry for the OP, a long time ago I got ripped off by a friend. I know why he did it but I was careful and he didn't find what he was looking for. All I lost was a special bottle of a single malt whisky for my dad, his Christmas present. When the police turned up (they did in those days) they asked me if I was dealing - of course not ociffer😎. But it is just this kind of thing that has made me want to digitise my LP (1000+) and CDs (150 +) collection. The hardware can be replaced relatively easy even my 2 x Kenwood KD t/ts. It's taken me over 4 decades to build up this collection and I've got a lot of LPs that are now worth serious money. I live in France and the response I get from insurance companies is - where are the receipts. Most of my buys were from the golden days of car boot sales in the UK - late 80s-early 90s, of course I don't have receipts. But there is another way to get wiped out - fire. If all goes well I will have designed and had built a fireproof home ( aircrete blocks) in the next couple of years. Over the last few years everyone has said that digital will not equal a good analogue system but not getting any younger storing LPs and cleaning them with a RCM will become a hassle. The thought of just a small monitor, dedicated small silent PC, not connected to the i/net ( I have all the music I want) an amp and good speakers is very appealing. Stored on hard disc x 3, one at home, one with a friend and one in the bank means real security and peace of mind and no need for expensive insurance. Maybe something for othewrs to contemplate as well.
  11. If I lived in Oz or California a smart home to me would have to mean first that it was fireproof. I'll bet that when the rebuilding begins it will mean the same old, same old. Why on earth are people buying homes in wildfire locations built using combustible materials. I've seen the news from both locations and in Oz all that's left are the tin roofs. Why aren't governments insisting on fireproof materials used on all construction projects - vested interests? It's not as if fireproof materials are something new, aircrete blocks were invented in Sweden by 😮 an architect in 1924. They are fireproof/insect proof and acoustically superb. They are 1/3rd the weight of dense concrete blocks and are environmentally sound. The French used to use metal shutters to keep out the sun and for security. If an external fire happened the paint finish would be destroyed but the integrity was unaltered. Now they use German made electrically operated plastic ones that will simply melt in the event of a fire. These aircrete blocks need a protective exterior skin, the most common is a crepi finish but decorative stone or tile hung finish can be used. Aluminium or steel roofing is catching on in Europe far cheaper to install than clay tiles or slates and properly fixed no problems with storm force winds or fire. I feel very sorry for those who have lost their homes, here in France it is illegal not to have buildings insurance, I hope all those who lost their homes had insurance. As always insurance is a waste of money - until you need it. If you have lost your home or know someone who has, make sure to check out aircrete blocks and don't stand for any b/s from builders who don't want to change, the internet makes this search very easy. A good start is the German company www.xella.com, they have info in many languages.
  12. Good point Pim. This method really does work with suspended wooden floors. Even though I have bought a couple of furniture moving trollys, if this doesn't work I will go back to the Pozi screw method. The UK is notorious for the 'carpeted home syndrome' - great for carpet mites and very unhealthy. An old colleague of my wife who kept a very clean home had to have all her carpets removed and destroyed and a decontamination team called in. In audio terms they do nothing for clarity and detail in a sound system. I don't know of any country in Europe that has fully carpeted homes. Instead there is an obsession with tiled reinforced concrete floors, coupled with 3 inch clay block internal walls = a horrible hard echoing sound, how anyone can listen to music in such an environment is beyond me. I live in a house built in 1965 so it has wooden floors.
  13. For those who have suspended wooden floors there is another option. Once you have identified the 'sweet spot' for your speakers you can use Pozi headed screws into the floorboards and joists and locate the spikes directly into the centre of the screw head. This works very well if you want to directly couple the speaker. If you have a carpeted room then if it doesn't float your boat you can remove the screws and there should be very little sign of the experiment.
  14. My listening room is upstairs on the worst kind of floor, a suspended wooden beamed and t&g pine clad surface. At the moment they have Norwegian Soundcare Superspikes which I bought cheaply years ago from a Taiwan seller. The floor is bloody awful but as the S/spikes are threaded I can easily balance each speaker, this is so important to get this absolutely correct. Even a little bit of off balance and it will do really nasty things to the speaker o/put. Just as an experiment I bought from my local Aldi, a German s/market chain noted for quality but cheap gear a pair of wheeled furniture moving boards. Each can take up to 150K load. I can easily add a marble block onto the board and sit the speaker on top of this and use or remove the Soundcare spikes. However Sod's law kicks in, I will then have to make a box to sit my listening chair on so that my ear is level with the Toningen tweeters in my Heybrook Sextet Mk IV speakers - it never bloody ends does it! My ideal floor would be factory made reinforced concrete flooring plates (absolutely flat) with wooden battens finished with oak t&g boards, expensive but WTH you can't take it with you and a ceiling finished in pine t&G. There was a concert hall built in East Anglia using materials like this and the sound was superb - the morons forgot to add fire and smoke detectors and it burnt down.
  15. Thing is the Heils don't like to be enclosed, won't say more as this is a single transducer thread.
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