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Goodaye all

 

Are you happy with your setup or are you a fiddler?

After reading another thread l had to ask the question, are people chasing a unicorn or just have to much money and bored?

 

Me l am very happy and dont plan any changes at the moment.

Hey l got vintage Sansui, l pity those who dont.😁

(Vintage stuff is a habit with me)

 

regards Bruce

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Just want a bigger and better room. Been looking for a new house for a while...

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Delighted with my main system and in the process of getting rid of all the extras. Downsizing everything else just now.

 

That said I'm curious to see what difference an OCXO Master Clock makes in my main system so have one on order. I can't imagine better though you never know  :)

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Need to paint my speakers, sound great but zero WAF

 

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I’m very happy with my system. The last couple of years have been more about optimising what I have but I’m now I’m finished with that as well. No further changes are planned.

 

However, if I could find a way of treating my room that would be acceptable to my better half . . . . .

 

 

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Always looking ... its damn addictive 🤔

 

To combat surges of the urges I just listen to my main system and then I am happy.

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Yes!!! Finally 😃

I once joked to my brother that the pursuit of hifi is about learning to hear music in a way that means you will never enjoy a track again ha!

 

But I'm proof that you can come out the other side... eventually 😀😀

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Always wanting to fiddle (even if I don't have the money), but need to hold off long enough to buy more music...

 

In same camp as above - would like a new space for the system.

 

Feels good to be happy with the system. Good place for you to be. Usually lasts a while (probably until spending a certain amount of time on here 😭).

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I’m the happiest with how my system sounds right now that I’ve ever been, and I’ve never spent more time listening to music. This doesn’t mean I couldn’t be happier, especially when there are potential weak spots that need to be explored and put to rest :)

 

For me, this rarely involves spending money on swapping components or anything like that, but rather investing time and effort on experimentation and improving/refining what I’ve got.

 

My next project will be recapping my 20yo amp, mostly because I need to find out whether it’ll make a difference.

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On 24/02/2021 at 4:11 PM, sloper said:

Goodaye all

 

Are you happy with your setup or are you a fiddler?

 

Hi Bruce,

 

a fiddler who is "currently" happy with the setup.

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Definitely happy. My system is sounding great, it's well set up, imaging is fantastic and it sounds very balanced and real (I value these things quite a bit). Having said that, I still have plans. I'm discussing room treatment at the moment. It's been in the works for a while and I'm really excited about it 

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I do have a problem with my system though at the moment....  I can't turn the damn thing off and stop listening.  I keep wanting to do something different but as soon as I hear a song I have to sit down and listen. This will get me in trouble before too long 

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yes and no, lol.

I did a couple of major upgrades over the last 4 yrs,  speakers and amps. Re-capped the speakers, recapped the power amps, just recapped the pre-amp, replaced the main volume control with an attenuator (there are individual L/R pots, instead of a 'balance' control that are yet to be done). This is to be my 'final' retirement system (that's the intention). So once the upgrades are completed, the only thing likely to need replacing will be the OPPO CD/SACD/blueray player when it becomes unserviceable.

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1 hour ago, MattyW said:

I do have a problem with my system though at the moment....  I can't turn the damn thing off and stop listening.  I keep wanting to do something different but as soon as I hear a song I have to sit down and listen. This will get me in trouble before too long 

That's me. 

 

Head downstairs to iron a shirt at 9pm, think - I'll just put it on while I iron, then suddenly its 1am and I haven't started yet. 

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Mostly, but keep having ideas. 

 

Running 4.0 for movies and 2.0 for music for 6 years using dual stereo hifi components. Now have a plan to see if I can use the rears in 2.0 to help with base control... 

 

Need a circuit made up to low pass the base for the rears. 

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26 minutes ago, Graywulf said:

replacing will be the OPPO CD/SACD/blueray player when it becomes unserviceable.

This scares me! Hoping at least if part of it dies its just the tray and laser, these units are the R2D2 of my system that gives me hifi cros over to HT as it is effectively my 4.0 HT pre processor. 

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Happy over here and yet still planning to make a few (well researched and planned) upgrades.

 

I love my Quadral Galan 9 speakers (I'm still in awe of how big they sound!), yet I've ordered a pair of Osborn Epitome Reference Elites. 

 

I believe that all components have a performance ceiling and I want to see what my amps are really capable of. If my speakers are capable of a '5', then my amps are capable of a '10', so I need (want) speakers that will unleash their performance and 'balance' the system.

 

TBH, I'm about at the peak of what I'm comfortable spending on my system and so instead of chasing ever more insane highs, I'm working to release the performance of my current best components and hey, if that means a new pair of speakers, I'm not going to moan 😁

 

After this, it's all about refining and tweaking what I have.

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Are you happy with your wife?

 

No, it never happen, or never happen for a LONG term, but same as wife, sometimes you just need to deal with it until you are loaded enough to change to a 'better' one.

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@NIN , it's never a better one , only another one, now as for the system, have been happy ,BUT, fortunatly/unfortunatly listened to my brothers and thought ,WOW, so new amp on the way, this may change which is system No1, which is tube amp, No2 SS amp, No3 vintage Sansui, the tube amp may be No2, time will tell, might consider selling some components, maybe.......

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8 minutes ago, wen said:

@NIN , it's never a better one , only another one, now as for the system, have been happy ,BUT, fortunatly/unfortunatly listened to my brothers and thought ,WOW, so new amp on the way, this may change which is system No1, which is tube amp, No2 SS amp, No3 vintage Sansui, the tube amp may be No2, time will tell, might consider selling some components, maybe.......

You have not experienced the better one YET,  do you know why people hardly divorce 200 years ago? Because they can't see many other 'better' woman, better figure, better look, better personality, etc.

 

Like most of us regular audiophiles are happy with a $3000 DAC, but for the high end users or reviewers, $20000 DAC is way better. 

 

Of course there is a ceiling where marginal return is so small that can be hardly noticed, but most of us would not reach it for our whole life.

 

Like  $1000000 speakers vs $1200000 speakers.

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Have decided to change my current speaker cables (Aurealis Audio Litz 303 /3 metre) and my XLR (Burmester Audio Silver 32) interconnects to a set of Atlas Cables Hyper 3.5 Speaker Cables and the Hyper dd XLR connectors. Over the last few years I've done this with Nordost TYR 2 and Lenehan Foilflex subtle differences every time.

Cheers

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On 26/02/2021 at 11:20 PM, DrSK said:

Head downstairs to iron a shirt at 9pm, think - I'll just put it on while I iron, then suddenly its 1am and I haven't started yet. 

 

This.

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On 24/02/2021 at 7:11 PM, sloper said:

Goodaye all

 

Are you happy with your setup or are you a fiddler?

After reading another thread l had to ask the question, are people chasing a unicorn or just have to much money and bored?

 

Me l am very happy and dont plan any changes at the moment.

Hey l got vintage Sansui, l pity those who dont.😁

(Vintage stuff is a habit with me)

 

regards Bruce

 

Happy as its the best as it could be for the moment...

Sad that i know that its not an end point for this journey...

Really mad because the kids are getting to that annoying stage - leaving thier mess, not doing homework, and  this is taking my precious listening time away in the evenings..  

Another sad point is that my TT rig aint getting no love atm...has been so for a few months now...  :( 

 

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On 26/02/2021 at 10:07 PM, MattyW said:

I do have a problem with my system though at the moment....  I can't turn the damn thing off and stop listening.  I keep wanting to do something different but as soon as I hear a song I have to sit down and listen. This will get me in trouble before too long 

Totally relate, a six hour session is easily done. Just don’t tell my lovely wife 😂🤣. She wants me painting the house!

And I think that’s pretty much for all of us....if you can sit and play music and not criticise....just relax into it....that’s the end 😎👌

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On 24/02/2021 at 7:11 PM, sloper said:

Goodaye all

 

Are you happy with your setup or are you a fiddler?

After reading another thread l had to ask the question, are people chasing a unicorn or just have to much money and bored?

 

Me l am very happy and dont plan any changes at the moment.

Hey l got vintage Sansui, l pity those who dont.😁

(Vintage stuff is a habit with me)

 

regards Bruce

 

I'm very happy with all my systems to a point I've found a sound I'm after with what I can afford and Geez it sounds great. I still have interests in other things in life as well.

 

 

 

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As in my sig. It would cost me hundreds of thousands to get the improvement I'd want.

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9 minutes ago, Wimbo said:

As in my sig. It would cost me hundreds of thousands to get the improvement I'd want.

I believe you have a fantastic system. For me $50k is enough for next level.

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I've always thought my speakers sound lean.

The spectrum measurement (by stereophile) is ruler flat.

 

But lately, being driven by a new digital source from emm labs I'm shocked how much low end the thing can actually pump out.

 

And while fiddling the new tpt-dac combo with a streamer, i also discovered how much the sound is being compromised by plugging both tpt and dac into the same duplex.  Putting the tpt into another ac outlet (running across the door) has allowed the sound to transcend to another whole new level.

 

Yes, I am not entirely happy with my system now, and with electrical cables running across the floor - but it will be a relatively cheap outlay to overhaul the electrical wiring of the whole house.....

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8 minutes ago, jeromelang said:

 

And while fiddling the new tpt-dac combo with a streamer, i also discovered how much the sound is being compromised by plugging both tpt and dac into the same duplex.  Putting the tpt into another ac outlet (running across the door) has allowed the sound to transcend to another whole new level.

 

 

How very interesting, Jerome.  This AC outlet the tpt is now plugged into ... is it on the same cct that the outlet which the DAC is plugged into - or a separate cct?

 

And the streamer, I guess, is plugged into a 3rd outlet?  If so ... on yet another cct ... or what?

 

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but it will be a relatively cheap outlay to overhaul the electrical wiring of the whole house.....

 

 

Several $K, surely?  :o

 

Andy

 

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30 minutes ago, andyr said:

 

How very interesting, Jerome.  This AC outlet the tpt is now plugged into ... is it on the same cct that the outlet which the DAC is plugged into - or a separate cct?

 

And the streamer, I guess, is plugged into a 3rd outlet?  If so ... on yet another cct ... or what?

 

 

Several $K, surely?  :o

 

Andy

 

 

The outlets feeding the tpt and dac came from a separate MCB box independent from the rest of the other circuits feeding the whole house. This separate MCB feeds only 2 duplexes, of which the pre-amp occupies one, while the tpt & dac used to occupy the other.

 

I will only run 1 single source at a time (to minimise electrical and magnetic field interference), either tpt=>dac=>pre-amp, or tt=>phono=>pre-amp, so ideally at any one time, I will need at least 3 or more separate single ac outlets. The power amp feeds from another circuit shared with the whole house. The dac only has 1 emmy proprietary optical link and that means either the tpt or the streamer can be connected at any time, and not both.

 

OK, so what's another few $K compared to the emmy tpt-dac, right?

 

My more immediate concern is whether the electrical guy is cooperative enough to run each single strand of ac line in the exact directionality that i specify, because as i had found out recently and chronicled on this forum - even with raw electricity, cable directionality matters (that post got deleted because of potential safety concerns to ....).

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