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  1. Sounds MELOdic to me brother! I'll take your word for it. I have to totally be in a different place before I pull some of that out. MELOdic is right though!
    3 points
  2. So...my father-in-law reclaimed ownership of his Sansui TR-707 I restored so I was left with a desire to scratch my solid state itch. A couple days of patient browsing led to a two month old listing for a Harmon Kardon 430 at a dusty record store I'd never heard a 30 minute drive away. Yeah, sure it had some issues but I figured a drive was in order and sure enough, it was still on the shelf. Being the day before Thanksgiving I didn't even negotiate but still got a discount. Opening her up, few spritz of DeOxIt fixed all the sticky buttons and scratchy pots, but a few caps showed the unmistakable signs of age. Replacing the puffy caps with some Elna Simlic IIs I had sitting around in the proper values (side note: I'm now that guy - "let me check the parts bin, I think I have what I need, oh, look at that!") and plugging her in....wow. Been playing now for a couple days with the Heresy IIIs and I'm in love. My poor Elekit TU-8200 sits forlorn like a spurned lover as the middle-aged solid state beauty sings with the voice of a Siren. Dare I say my father-in-law can keep his Sansui - the H/K has it beat in every metric. Planning on replacing a few more caps and the transistors, but to be honest that is fixing problems that aren't there (yet). Obligatory photo below because I can't get enough of this glow...
    2 points
  3. Here in Belgium, we're waiting with the Christmas Tree until after Saint Nicolas has visited the homes and brought presents to the children, which is on the December 6th.
    2 points
  4. I've left extra terminals and space in the high voltage power supply section for upgrades & mods, if desired in the future.
    2 points
  5. They purchase parts knowing the specification needed so that the inductor will not saturate under normal use, say up to 100 watts. The iron core vs air core was a no brainer for them really, the price is cheaper and there is less DCR for better damping. If they did get an air core with the same DCR and inductance it would be huge and expensive for no benefit. The problem is someone reads somewhere that air core does not suffer the same core interaction problems and so they are superior. Although this is true, it is much more prudent to just use an iron core inductor where it is sized appropriately to not saturate the core. You end up with the same low distortion signal but with lower DCR and for less money which the savings is passed onto the consumer. It's the same as someone reading that silver has a lower resistance vs copper. Yes this is true but instead of purchasing a silver cable it is much more prudent to just increase the size of the copper conductor and you will lower the resistance much more than just using silver. So a 14awg copper speaker cable, non-engineer says I know more than everyone because silver has less resistance so I am going to use 12awg silver. Besides even the cost of silver going with a 12awg copper will yield a lower resistance than 14awg silver. I know, why not just use 12awg silver cable, here is where price comes in, it is cheaper to just go down to 10awg copper. And don't say you will purchase 10awg silver cables, that is ridiculous but the same argument keeps going in circles, just go to an 8 or even 6awg copper conductor. Jumping up a size in copper is always better than switching conductor material. The layman says silver has lower resistance vs copper so it is better, you can't tell me otherwise. An engineer asks what are we trying to do? Lower resistance. Ok, well we could use silver but that is expensive and doesn't gain us much or we can just jump up a size in copper conductor and lower the resistance. The latter is the better way of doing it of course but don't tell an audiophile that, silver is always best so if you don't use silver you are not hearing your stereo at it's best.
    1 point
  6. My wife is just in her Christmas happy place 🤪
    1 point
  7. I’m on a bit of a Genesis phase right now But my wife is just about to take up some listening room real estate with the Christmas Tree But the system still sounds great even if the tree is obstructing one speaker Artist - Genesis Title - A Trick Of The Tail Album ID - https://www.discogs.com/release/3389349-Genesis-A-Trick-Of-The-Tail
    1 point
  8. Is it your car in your avatar? I have a pair of original ALK Universal xovers from 2006 that have only played for half a year. Freight costs from Germany to Mars should not be higher than from the USA.
    1 point
  9. Ok, here is how it currently looks: I was afraid that putting absorption will decrease the subjective width of the soundstage and decrease the liveliness. But the soundstage now feels even more wider, highs are even more pronounced which will have to be dealt with the housecurve (speakers are EQed flat 1m on axis currently) and the amount of detail that has emerged after those treatments is kind of spooky - can't think of any other word. I moved the speakers into the room away from corners about 30cm in AND installed traps across the corner - maybe this is the reason low end is kind of lacking. I do not have a lot of experience listening to high quality setups. This is probably the closest I have ever approached to a "quality setup", but I haven't heard a system that is so crisp, detailed, so loud and images as great as this. Will get back with the measurements later today.
    1 point
  10. Is that a humidor and box of cigars? Are you going to smoke them?
    1 point
  11. Whaddya think? Oak, hickory, maple? Of course they all have different inductance values…
    1 point
  12. Well maybe someone from here was the winning bidder. Bidding was very slow until the last 2-3 minutes, when the price jumped 2k-2500 in the last 5 minutes. Hammer price was $6500 +up to 13% buyers premium. Oh well. I'm not quitting; just have to keep looking/watching.
    1 point
  13. 1.5" of snow on the ground at 28.9F in Twinsburg. JJK
    1 point
  14. Thank you Billybob, I'm going to spend a few hours time listening to them tomorrow. I have some good caps on hand If I decide to recap them. I am going to mess with the finish on the bottoms tomorrow to see if I can remove some of the stain put on before repairing the veneer chips. Somewhere in my shop is a small collection of Klipsch Birch from old cabinets that were salvaged so maybe I can make some work to improve the looks. also have some Mid driver Gaskets to put in. Also picked up a few old Pioneer receivers in the deal so more stuff to play with.
    1 point
  15. Rach's second symphony is wonderfully MELOdic... :-)) Have had this record for a while, but only today listened to it after reading about it on Wikipedia. Azhkenazy is a formidable pianist, but here he's conducting. Decca is an amazing label. I never hesitate buying their records.
    1 point
  16. I'll just leave this link here for the next one up. Government Mule's mid-November release of their first totally blues album. Starts slow and easy and finishes up hard and deep the way only Warren Haynes can do. https://topshelfmusicmag.com/reviews/govt-mule-drops-heavy-load-blues-album/https://topshelfmusicmag.com/reviews/govt-mule-drops-heavy-load-blues-album/
    1 point
  17. I bought my 'dream', a Leben Hifi CS300 tube Amp in January of this year, and together with my iFi Zen Phono, and my 1972 Heresy speakers, it is my 'reference system'. The thing about it is that the system 'disappears', and what is left is the music and that is where, imho lies the 'wow'. In the past months, I have paid regular visits to the local thriftstore, where I find, from time to time, great vinyl records, most of them for 1.5 euro. All these micro investments have resulted in great wow moments for me and have broadened my scope. Oh, one more thing, I still read gear review, but I skip all the tech and marketing babble and I go straight to the part where they write about the music they listened to with the reviewed gear.
    1 point
  18. and i just have realized that I don´t have enough space for my audio gear ....
    1 point
  19. Great album right there George! Just got the cabinet delivered and the wall is FULL. Maybe I've got about 6 inches left total. 3/4inch oak plywood w/solid oak sides and 5 oak shelves. Gonna have to shim the back up an inch to eliminate that backwards lean it has. hahaha Aside from that it's gonna work. $35 and I gave him $50 for brining it over since it's about 40 miles round trip for him. Gonna work just fine til it's full. 😂 Ewwwww, just realized now I won't have much room for a larger flat screen tv. Now THAT sucks! lol
    1 point
  20. Enjoy the Audiolab! I feel the same about the AVA. I’m very content with it. It is about as basic as it gets, sounds great, hopefully it is maintenance free, and that is what I wanted.
    1 point
  21. a little masterpiece ..John Coltrane & Kenny Burell " The Blue Train Session " 1957 , re-issue on 180 gr. Vinyl, Label : Jazz Images 2019
    1 point
  22. I think the Jubilee is destined to really stir things up in the audio world starting next year, this is going to get interesting!
    1 point
  23. Maybe Micallef and Reichert should have reviewed the Klipschorn A6 for Stereophile. At least they might have not raised up the Khorn on a dolly, outside in a driveway to measure it.
    1 point
  24. Tanks for that! 😂
    1 point
  25. I'm currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo. I'm not sure how I made it to 68 without having read it. The style and language make it a challenging read so I've taken a couple of breaks with lighter fare like selections from Terry Pratchett's Diskworld series.
    1 point
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