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The best analogy I can come up with is that it all sounds effortless now. The pre has certainly added some dynamics and more bass weight overall. Still a very detailed sound considering it's a tube pre, but perhaps a shade more laid back than the Arcam it has replaced.

You are welcome to visit them @@joz

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May need to.

It's like the kids leaving home. They were part of the family.

They did so many things right in my system.

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1 month on and a lot has happened. I've just acquired an Elektra pre and done a bit of a re-arrange, looks lovely with its stable mate

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I'm going to make a mini rack to separate the Cullen Sonos, Nighthawk phono pre and Apple TV

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Very happy with this system now. Not sure there is really anything to upgrade in the short/medium term

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gorgeous...the elektra focal match is a very nice one, can just imagine it sounds just lovely together :)

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Now very happy with the sound. I've got an opportunity tonight to crank the gear. 2Ch whilst I have dinner and pack for a quick trip, and HT room once I'm sorted for the night.

 

The only thing I think I'd change now is furniture related. I might do a qubeloc similar to yours for now and then get a nice blackwood cabinet when the girls are a bit older.

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May need to.

It's like the kids leaving home. They were part of the family.

They did so many things right in my system.

 

Hey Joz, welcome any time. Have you run XLR vs RCA comparisons? Are they a truly balanced design? My Dac also has balanced out so just wondering if there would be any gains... except extra gain... ;)

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Give a try but as I mentioned elsewhere, in my case it was mainly like swapping any other I/Cs.

But it's not an exxy exercise unless you go for unobtanium type cables.

Not sure though if they are true balanced, I may have to check with Arthur.

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I think I have a bad xlr, tried last night but right channel got no sound, fine with RCA.

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I think I have a bad xlr, tried last night but right channel got no sound, fine with RCA.

 

have you swapped around the xlrs to narrow down if a cable issue ? especially if cheaper band shop ones they dont even solder these . have had that happen with one of them where loose connection and then discovered its just a loose crimp. returned those and never to buy again ! 

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Loved following the evolution of your set up , Arthur does make a wonderful product.

 

The Elektra pre/pro combination is an absolute treat, punches way,way,way above it's price point.

 

Congrats

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have you swapped around the xlrs to narrow down if a cable issue ? especially if cheaper band shop ones they dont even solder these . have had that happen with one of them where loose connection and then discovered its just a loose crimp. returned those and never to buy again !

Not as yet, I'm currently near the Swiss/Italian boarder. I left 42 degrees to come to minus 4 [emoji944]

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Not as yet, I'm currently near the Swiss/Italian boarder. I left 42 degrees to come to minus 4 [emoji944]

 

had dinner there once...be rather doing that then swapping cables :D 

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Goulash soup for dinner even though I'm in Italy, it was Austrian/German territory for much of its history. Nice blend actually. and I'm now wide awake at 2:30am

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Hmmm, they're pretty tall aren't they...

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You scroll down and they just smack you in the face, what's the wife say about them. Maybe shouldn't call it a budget system any more.

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hmmm ... for trial or to stay ?  :)

 

yep sure moved past "budget" a while back ! 

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