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About parlophone1

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    1 - Onkyo TX-8050, Klipsch RF42II, Philips 212 electronic, TT pre-amp: Sound Carrier Phono7, Beyerdynamic DT990Pro
    2 - Sound Carrier KT88, Infinity Qb

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  1. Better phono stage might bring some improvement, but I would definitely try it before buying. If you have a hifi shop nearby, depending on their policy with customers, they might lend you new Phono to try at your home.
  2. Nice setup with tubes. How does the music sound through turntable? Is that beginner OM cart? Maybe to make a step-up to Ortophon 2M Red or blue. It should be noticeably better.
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    Knowledgeable people yesterday said that a lot of time will be spent just to thoroughly screen the status. Restoration itself could last for 20 years. An initial offer from a German company was made which recently restored one big cathedral in Germany. This was the shortest - only 10 years for restoration. Firemen responded very quickly but they used water, which ruined the hot stone inside the cathedral more than some other means for fighting against fire.
  4. I do not know about that particular one, but have heard some other Vincent equipment hooked in a system. They produce good stuff. You should be ok with their Phono.
  5. Room acoustics to my experience proved to be at the top of issues with any speaker I had or have. None of them are expensive stuff. Playing only stereo. Of course one can not disregard how the speaker is designed. I am well aware of small Klipsch (RF42 II). It was pretty good performer in audio shop in a small listening area, almost near field. However, when I brought them home in my room, the real problems started. First, they are no-no for bigger rooms (anything bigger than 250 square feet is out). They proved to be really picky about room placement. Eventually they ended up in my bedroom (around 200 sq feet). I managed to get the placement so when my ears are at tweeter level or slightly bellow that, the sound gets good and could be said the "holographic imaging" appears. But when I stand up, the sound gets worse. Tweeters can get a bit too bright sometimes, but mid-range is spot on. Not much time has past and I got interested in bigger horns 🙂
  6. Machine that has vacuum cleaning, like Okki Noki and the rest. You want to suck up all dirt that has been dissolved in the grooves.
  7. I remember an old documentary where a classical music expert was explaining what Beatles borrowed from classical pieces when creating their own music. That was enlightening to me at my young age.
  8. Chris, would you explain how can electrical crossover network work to an advantage and simplifies the equalization of the speaker? I think got a few of your explanations above, but can not quite put it all together.
  9. I am beginner in this field, but it took only one recap job to confirm that. My ribbon tweeters on Infinities with enry-level Mundorf M-cap capacitors certainly show exactly what Dean is saying. Ordinary midrange drivers have responded acceptably. Ribbons seems too picky and I will try to use better caps on them.
  10. Price is what was on my mind. Bottlehead is arround 200-270. A20 also that price or may be a bit more. Plus customs duties and other expenses if import from US to EU. Second hand I may find but I was thinking about new. Nothing against going for second hand except risk if somthing would be wrong and no guarantie. I like to try second hand goods before buying and that narrows my choices considerably.
  11. I have had Beyers DT990Pro 250 ohms for a few years now. Would like to buy the matching amplifier. One reason is obviously to use all the potential of cans. The other is my tube stereo-amp and my CD player do not have headphones output, so I have no place to plug in the Beyers. Was thinking of various solutions to the problem, from little Ifi amps or Fiio, desktop, portable etc. However, most of my headphone listening is connected to the stereo rig in my room which include record player, so finally the choice would be regular headphone amp or maybe combo amp/DAC. I read a lot of good stuff about tube Bottlehead Crack build kit. I believe I can assemble the kit myself. OTL tube amp seems to be appreciated by many for this kind of headphones. And at the same time, dedicated transistor Beyerdynamic A20 can be much easily get here in Europe. If I would have that kind of cash, my choice would be Woo audio amp, but obviously that is no go. Any advice what amp should I get, any experiences among forum members? Thanks...
  12. If I buy a wristwatch, I buy it at the authorized dealer. If second hand, then from a person whom I know and has the watch from new. I opted for a Seiko automatic and of course did not want to spend a fortune. So I bought a cheaper model but original with certificate and all.
  13. I have heard the Westminsters. Impressive in their size. Also, our local Tannoy dealer has them in his home.
  14. Never had a good deck, could not afford it in my young days. They chewed through cassettes which made me very angry. But whenever I had a chance, a good cassette was on my stack. Still have a few of them today. Unfortunately, the only deck is my old car radio at the moment.
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