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21 minutes ago, Lazz said:

Just buy her a good digital set up, no f-----g washing records. 🤣

It's all worth it and it IS YOUR DESTINY! :)

 

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@darthlakerNoticed the Puccini with clock still in the system from 10 years ago. I heard one recently

and still can't get the sound quality out of my head. It must have served you well when you consider  

people swapping out front ends willy nilly.

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17 minutes ago, maximus said:

@darthlakerNoticed the Puccini with clock still in the system from 10 years ago. I heard one recently

and still can't get the sound quality out of my head. It must have served you well when you consider  

people swapping out front ends willy nilly.

@maximus, yes, still have the Puccini with clock and love it. No plans to change....still prefer analog over digital! :) 

 

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13 hours ago, darthlaker said:

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Clearly, a line has been crossed here!

 

cheers

Grant

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Obviously someone is bored or board

or has bad eye sight or a neglected family or too much money or someone else has done this or.........

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19 hours ago, darthlaker said:

Crystal and Whiskey on the rocks

 

 

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Now now stepping out on a Wiggles record is one thing but.... :ohmy:

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6 hours ago, Grant Slack said:

  

 

Clearly, a line has been crossed here!

 

cheers

Grant

Perhaps......the Whiskey glass didn't have any ice (not even melted) in it....!   :D 

 

1 hour ago, Kensell21 said:

Obviously someone is bored or board

or has bad eye sight or a neglected family or too much money or someone else has done this or.........

Now, now, the glass was very carefully placed.....LP is fine....

 

 

1 hour ago, awayward said:

Led Zeppelin 1 also, sacrilege.

Album is doing fine.....

 

7 minutes ago, Martykt said:

Now now stepping out on a Wiggles record is one thing but.... :ohmy:

....well it was only the LP jacket of The Wiggles.... :D 

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5 minutes ago, darthlaker said:

 

....well it was only the LP jacket of The Wiggles.... :D 

Maybe a Daddy daughter class in proper handling of vinyl for both of you !! :D 

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Just now, Martykt said:

Maybe a Daddy daughter class in proper handling of vinyl for both of you !! :D 

LOL, yes, well, I didn't know she would dance on the jacket when taking a photo.......!  :)

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2 minutes ago, darthlaker said:

LOL, yes, well, I didn't know she would dance on the jacket when taking a photo.......!  :)

Lesson 1.

Don't tread on Record 

 

Lesson 2.

Handle record only by the edges or label.

 

Lesson 3.

Proper cueing and dropping of needle.

 

Essential skills to be learnt as young as possible !! :yes:

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2 minutes ago, Martykt said:

Lesson 1.

Don't tread on Record 

 

Lesson 2.

Handle record only by the edges or label.

 

Lesson 3.

Proper cueing and dropping of needle.

 

Essential skills to be learnt as young as possible !! :yes:

Thanks - she's a bit young to learn this but at least now she can say the word record! :D

 

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Just now, darthlaker said:

Thanks - she's a bit young to learn this but at least now she can say the word record! :D

 

Funnily I think it was one of the first things my Father taught me as I don't even remember him teaching me, I've just always known proper vinyl use as far back as I can remember while playing records as a child.

 

It's a wonderful thing that she can share with you. :) 

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Just now, Martykt said:

BTW @darthlaker haven't seen any photos or updates on the system in while?

Any new additions? :) 

No new additions, but ya never know what may come up! Keep tuned to this Darth Channel! :D

 

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A new addition to the Death Star.....

 

I hope they don't fight over The Wiggles record!

 

Introducing Max Phillip Hoepfl, born 10th June at 7.03 am and weighing 3.33 kgs. We are both over the moon with happiness and can’t wait for him to come home and meet his big sister!

 

 

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1 hour ago, darthlaker said:

A new addition to the Death Star.....

 

I hope they don't fight over The Wiggles record!

 

Introducing Max Phillip Hoepfl, born 10th June at 7.03 am and weighing 3.33 kgs. We are both over the moon with happiness and can’t wait for him to come home and meet his big sister!

 

 

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Brand new out of the box, never been played yet!

 

 

PM SENT!

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Congrats to you and the family Mark- No more Mono kid - Stereo Kids now.

Al the best

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7 hours ago, pine weasel said:

Hi Mark

 

Congratulations to you and Michelle.

Great news

 

Cheers

 

Suresh

Thanks Suresh! 

6 hours ago, Luc said:

Brand new out of the box, never been played yet!

 

 

PM SENT!

LOL.....gotta keep it in the box!! :) 

4 hours ago, Antipodean Brad said:

Congratulations.   No addition to the star or to the system is going to be better than one of those!

Thanks - too right on that one!

4 hours ago, Galactic Soap said:

Mate - congratulations! Fantastic news. :) 

Thanks!

4 hours ago, Grumpy said:

Congrats to you and the family Mark- No more Mono kid - Stereo Kids now.

Al the best

LOL...thanks Grumps.....analog stereo of course! :) 

3 hours ago, dcathro said:

The force looks strong in that one!

 

Congratulation!

Thanks, The Force serves you well Darth dcathro...

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2 hours ago, WayneK said:

Congratulations

Maybe more to come so you can have surround sound?

Thanks Wayne....oh no! Stereo is ALL you need! :)

 

Two is more than enough!! :) 

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  • 3 months later...

Mmmmmm.......yes, it has been VERY quiet in the Darth Lake.........busy busy.......

 

But there has been SOME activity happening.......

 

MMMMMMmmmmmm......yet ANOTHER "I'm done" upgrade(!)

 

Coming soon.....

 

Audio Research REF 3 Phono to become an Audio Research REF 3SE Phono!

 

Will post more later....same Darth Channel...same Darth Time......

 

 

 

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Hmm not sure how I missed this. Congratulations to you both.

 

I think opportunity missed however. You could have made his middle name Power :)

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7 minutes ago, Darryl said:

Hmm not sure how I missed this. Congratulations to you both.

 

I think opportunity missed however. You could have made his middle name Power :)

Thanks mate!

 

Yes, Power would be a great middle name! 

 

My wife didn't let me name him Kobe or Jordan...........  :(

 

Ended up as a Max and both very happy!

 

 

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Had a quick listen to the the new (upgraded) Audio Research REF3SE Phono.

 

Initial thoughts: Lower noise floor, FAR more of a blacker background, more "clarity" to the music, less "hash" - smoother perhaps. 

 

VERY impressed so far. More listening to do.

 

And yes, alas, more upgrades coming as well....! Stay tuned!

 

Will it EVER end?!

 

Upgraded system specs and system pix below.

 

Equipment:

Vandersteen Model Seven loudspeakers
dCS Puccini SACD/CD player & DAC
dCS Puccini U-Clock

Bauer dps 3/Ayre Turntable

Lyra Atlas cartridge
Ayre KX-R Twenty Pre-amp

Audio Research REF 3SE Phono stage
Ayre MX-R Twenty Monoblock amps
Audioquest Niagara 5000 Power Filter
Melco N1ZH Network Streamer
 

 

Cables:

Audioquest Hurricane High Power, Hurricane Source and Thunder 72V DBS power cables  
Audioquest FireBird Mythical Creatures 72V DBS speaker cables in bi-wire configuration (FireBird ZERO and FireBird BASS)
Audioquest WEL William E Low Signature Cable balanced interconnects 72V DBS
Audioquest Diamond 72V DBS USB cable
Audioquest Wild Blue Yonder 72V DBS 75 Ohm digital cable

Audioquest Eagle Eye 72V DBS BNC 75 Ohm digital cable  
 

Misc:


Solid Tech Rack of Silence equipment racks with suspension shelves

Finite Elemente Pagode turntable wall shelf
Ayre myrtle wood blocks used under all equipment and also under interconnect and power cables to ensure they are raised above floor
Silent Running Audio "Ohio Class" Audio isoBASE custom made amp stands for the Ayre MX-R Twenty Monoblock amps
Cardas XLR and RCA caps on unused inputs/outputs
Audioquest Edison 20A AC duplex power outlet connected to dedicated 20Amp circuit

Audioquest Jitterbugs

Home Theater (in addition to above):

Equipment:

Denon AVR-3312 surround sound receiver

Panasonic DMR-BW750 Blu-Ray player/recorder
XBOX ONE
JBL in ceiling surround loudspeakers
Pioneer PDP-LX509A Plasma monitor (ISF calibrated)

Cables:

Audioquest King Cobra balanced interconnects
Audioquest HDMI cables, rear speaker cable

 

 

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Just received the most beautiful box set I have ever seen.

 

Keith Richards Talk is Cheap super deluxe box set.

 

The presentation and the thought that went into the box makes this a unique work of art.

 

 

Some details about the box:

 

They are unique, hand-built and aged by Fender, using the same technique and materials as Keith Richards' Vintage Telecaster "Micawber".

 

This 2CD and 2Vinyl reissue, in addition to the remastered album 'Talk Is Cheap', also includes 6 additional and unpublished tracks.

 

The boxed formats "Super Deluxe" and "Deluxe" also include special sheets with the tour, handwritten lyrics, posters, signed metal pick, extensive notes by Anthony De Curtis, which tell the story of the production, release and cultural impact of the album, unpublished photos and exclusive rarities.

 

It takes 37 Fender employees to make each box, plus 11 other suppliers of additional parts and services: from special wooden boxes to graphics on the chrome control board, to the sawmill that cuts and adapts it. It takes 2 weeks to produce each box. However, the first box took approximately 4 months and 20 different prototypes to correct every detail.

 

Finally, aging on the brass nameplate is done in a high temperature metal tempering furnace (temperature, time and exact process are trade secrets). The final wood finish is a multi-step process that is also patented, but is different from the one we use on old guitars, due to the precision required to age the appropriate areas that are required for their use.

 

The book cover even replicates the fabric used in the old famous Fender amps.....

 

Just beautiful!

 

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On 16/11/2020 at 9:11 PM, darthlaker said:

more upgrades coming as well....! Stay tuned!

 

 

About time you upgraded those speakers!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 18/11/2020 at 11:55 AM, darthlaker said:

They are unique, hand-built and aged by Fender, using the same technique and materials as Keith Richards' Vintage Telecaster "Micawber".

 

I hope they don't relic the vinyl 😉

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Some more serious listening over the last few days....and a quick session with @Cello Sweet.today to have a listen to the upgraded phono (Audio Research 3SE).

 

It has had some more time to "burn in".

 

Heard more transparency and a MUCH blacker background. Sound just came from thin air - which it does anyway but I hope you know what I mean! :)

 

Very happy camper at the moment!!! More upgrades to come.....stand by! :)

 

 

 

 

 

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