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Looking for input from people who have compared the sound quality from different dedicated music servers/streamers/renderers... ...and people willing to participate in GTGs for future comparisons. In particular, this is for people that don't want to tweak a PC or Mac; would rather buy a solution from the likes of Antipodes, Aria, Auralic, Auraliti, Aurender, Ayon...just to mention a few starting with "A". A few of us kinda hijacked a thread from a guy asking advice http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/index.php?/topic/77785-setting-up-a-digital-front-end-without-a-cd-player-some-advice-please/ ...so moving the conversation here. Cheers, JD
I was reading all about Keith Eichmann's new plugs and ICs and such a few days ago and it got me to thinking. I can't argue against anything I've read on his site (check the link below for details) http://kleinnovations.com/kle-innovations-klei-products/klei-harmony-plug/ but I can ask the question "What does it mean to me?". A bit of knowledge is all well and good but if it isn't used for something then it might as well have never been learned in the first place. Now I could buy some of KLEI's products and give them a shot but I don't exactly have any spare cash floating about (and the pic of the copper plug looks like it's silver coated to me so I don't like it) so is there anything else I can do? The answer seems to be "yes" (I say seems to be because I haven't tried it out yet). I can take this 'knowledge' that all copper, or silver, is good and brass/rhodium/gold is not-as-good and reverse it to see if I can DIY an interconnect that sounds significantly worse than a control interconnect. I've still got my old CCI (Cafads Crappy Interconnect) pair, manufactured from thin speaker wire using some old don't-really-know-where-they-came-from RCA plugs that were given to me in a box of old cables by an ex work college. So, after not a particularly large amount of thought, I've left one as standard and cut the other one up into sections and joined those sections again with some big old lumps of brass (actually they're banana plugs from Jaycar, I was going to solder in some brass speaker jumpers at first, but the use of banana plugs requires far less burning of fingers, and I had a few spares lying about, so I settled on them instead) So the signal will have to jump from copper to brass and back 3 times in between components, if this is going to be a significantly bad thing then I should be able to hear the difference between these two interconnects, yes? And if I can't, well, I may just have to try harder.
I seem to have bad luck buying LP's. Too often the pressing is atrocious (bordering on damaged sometimes) or the general sound quality is mid-fi. It puts me off in no uncertain terms I tell you. It's not the hifi or my ear. My mates seem to have better luck; their LP's sound better than mine on the same hifi -- speaking generally. Rather than give up on LP, I would like some assistance with choosing wisely. How about some LP Hall of Champions recommendations please? My tastes are broad but stop short of shouting thrash, so don't hesitate to recommend pop-rock, classical, jazz, blues. Esoteric/rare pressings are not in my budget. It's more about choices I can buy online at 'normal' LP prices. Also feel free to add your recommendations for the LP Hall of Shame -- for me and others to avoid. (I will probably find I am about to buy half of these, going by my recent luck!) Thanks for your time and assistance. I expect to follow up and buy a few of your recommendations over time as my budget allows.
Item: EIGHT SPEAKER JUMPERS Location: SYDNEY Price: $5 including postage in Australia Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Want to retire soon Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Pictures: 8 basic speaker jumpers in excellent condition!