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David Walker

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  1. I suspect that for all the raves about how great they were for the time, people underestimate how great these still are when kept in good condition. If you like a warm and solid sound, the 3020/7020 series is still the goods. External appearance suggests this one has been living a good life. Plug in a cheap Chromecast Audio off eBay, plus an affordable DAC, and it's the equal of plenty of modern equipment.
  2. Also interested if your other buyer falls through. Message me if available. Cheers.
  3. Apologies - I was referring to the screenshot of the Appliances Online offer of a "single" SPFS52 for $257. Original comment now edited for clarity.
  4. The Appliances Online ad refers to a "single" SPFS52 - first reaction is that a pair would be $514. But feel free to explain why I'm wrong (I'm good at being wrong, 'cos I've had lots of practice).
  5. Hello right back. Enjoy the forums.
  6. Quite possibly. They were made by KEF for NAD in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I have the almost identical-looking 8020e, also made by KEF but front-ported. Mine still sound great, with a classic NAD richness to them. Ideal for a small room.
  7. I can recommend calling Open Ear Audio in Fairfield. They work on a bunch of different brands and are honest and knowledgeable.
  8. +1 for the RELs, with only an old Sansui sub for comparison. You can dial it down for music and up for movies. REL actually recommends you wire it up to your normal speaker connections using the Neutrik Speakon cable, so make sure that's included (or budget $80 to buy one).
  9. FWIW and IIRC, the Neutrik Speakon cable’s recommended config is to wire it to the same posts as the stereo speakers.
  10. Looking at this a bit more - because I too covet those LS50s - KEF's specs say they measure +/-3db at 79hz. Below that, according to published figures, they roll off fairly quickly. All that suggests a sub, set low and with the right crossover, might add a lot. Warning: I'm not an expert in anything here. But here's some evidence worth looking at: Amir Majidmehr notes that despite their reputation he can measure "a good sized drop in bass frequencies between 50 and 150 Hz" on-axis and concludes "a subwoofer with proper EQ is well advised": https://www.audioscien
  11. Hi snub from another ex-lurker. Experimenting with the placement of the KEFs is a good idea, but you might also try borrowing a friend’s amp and speakers for a few hours to see what’s off in your system. Even pretty cheap gear would tell you something. And before you do that, two silly ideas: Have you checked that the speakers are wired + to + and - to -? (I once made this mistake). Have you tried the whole setup in a different room? Rooms make a big difference that can go overlooked in all the tech talk. The REL sub is a great notion for music. I added a
  12. "Wife is keen for me to upgrade ..." Quality partnering is vital for a good system.
  13. I'm not surprised that this sounds great. It's an extra-output version of NAD's 7020 receiver, with the power output boosted from 20 watts to a very conservatively claimed 25 watts per channel. The "PE" stands for Power Envelope, a technology that NAD claimed would allow the amp to handle greater power loads for a brief period. And the 7020 is essentially an early 1990s version of the legendary NAD 3020 amplifier, with a nice 4020 AM/FM receiver attached. There are people who swear that the 7020 family sounds even better than the 3020. I doubt that's true, but it certainly sounds a
  14. I'm coming around to the "no need to rush and find a replacement" view, not for the first time in the past three decades. Contrary to my expectations, the bloke who cleaned it out for me last year - Dick at Fairfield's Open Ear Audio - recommended against me paying him to recap it. His report ended: "Reassemble, clean exterior and run tests. All channels perfect." He was running a 7225PE in his office for day-to-day listening, while surrounded by one or two hundred thousand dollars worth of other people's gear, and he seemed to know what he was talking about.
  15. I'm a MusicBee user, because it has the odd but likeable quality of not getting in my way once I set it up to my liking. (It's very customisable.) That said, JRiver worked nicely for me as well.
  16. Hello. I'm a newcomer who has had basically the same system for 32 years. Yes, I am starting to think about upgrading more of it. I'd really welcome suggestions. But it's also possible I won't take them, because ... well, it's complicated. Back in 1988 I bought a NAD 7020e and a pair of 8020e speakers. I considered it a starter rig that I would replace a few years down the track. The 8020es are front-ported 2-way bookshelves actually made by KEF. The 7020e is a sleeper, a 3020e with a no-drift tuner added; the late Martin Borish, long-time NAD MD, is said to have regarded it as t
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