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About ILI

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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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    Geluwe, Belgium
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    Photography, movies, art history, literature
  • My System
    Klipsch RP160M
    Marantz MP5005
    TubeCube 7 | Tube upgrade: Sovtek 12AX7-LPS (longplates) and Sovtek EL84-M
    Pro-Ject Essential III - George Harrison special edition


    a Amazon Fire 7 for streaming (cable-connected to the switch)
    a brandless cd/dvd player (it also has usb-in and a cardreader)
    Spotify Family


    Sovtek 12AX7-LPS - This is an entirely new design from Sovtek and a great step up in sound quality. They have very large ribbed plates and great sound reproduction. I found them very smooth and well balanced in terms of bass, mids and treble response. The large plates make them more prone to microphonics and in combo amps, so they can be a problem if you like to run things wide open. It is still the best thing Sovtek has produced in a 12AX7, with very good gain and low noise. I would advise against using them in compact high-powered combo amps where they will be subjected to lots of vibration. One other note about the construction of these tubes is they have filaments that are almost completely encased in the plate structure. They often don't "light up" when working properly. This is not a problem, it's normal for the LPS.

    Sovtek EL84-M - A military-spec version of the standard Sovtek EL84 - the Sovtek EL84M's extended voltage tolerance - improved plate dissipation - and rugged construction make it equivalent to the RCA 7189. Chosen by Matchless for their designs - the EL84M also features higher transconductance - more power - and longer life than the less expensive EL84 - making it perfect for hi-end audio applications. However - many musician's prefer the regular EL84's warm distortion to the EL84M's tighter - cleaner tone. For all Hi-Fi users - the EL84M is definitely the tube of choice.

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  1. After 3 weeks of biwiring I returned to single wires. I can hear little difference. If there is, it is a slightly wider soundstage. Will use the wires for some open baffle experiments and may well put them back after that. Thanks for all the input! Learned a lot!
  2. I'd say that extreme left (communists) in Europe is negligable: nowhere higher than 3%. Extreme right, with roots in wwII fascism, is rising everywhere, 15% . I'm an educator and it is my moral duty to be neutral. I most of the time am. But I cannot stand dishonesty and blatant stupidity. The teacher population of Europe is a mix of right and left, mirroring the population. There is no hidden agenda...
  3. As for tablets and smartphones for playback of music... I'm using a 3 year old Amazon Fire HD8 and I find it pretty good media player. https://www.amazon.com/All-New-Fire-Tablet-Display-Black/dp/B0794RHPZD I cannot find any details about the DAC in it. Most specs lists just mention stereo speakers, mini-jack 3.5mm and Dolby Atmos compatibility. But no details on dac/processors. The strange thing is that with the Spotify app, the volume is turned down slightly compared to playback through Silk (browser) and dedicated apps such as Arte Concert and Berliner Digital Concert Hall. With those apps, the sound quality is really excellent on my system. I don't use bluetooth but a minijack cable. I can imagine that a high end smartphone such as the iPhone X/11 or Samsung 10 would blow my Amazon Fire away. Alexa, of course, together with Siri and Ok Google, are great tools for the NSA and MI5 to listen into our household conversations too! I'm so glad I live on mainland Europe, where these 'services' are banned by law. Not so in the UK and we all know what that has done to the country!
  4. Don't want to be judgemental to anyone. Here in Europe, extreme right parties (read: fascists) have huge budgets to 'nudge' the public to their side. Social media are their main tool to realize this.
  5. I wonder why Americans never want to start a political discussion... After all, that is the basis of democracy, wouldn't you agree? Strange... This lady, working for Cambridge Analycia, talks for 40 minutes about how her company aided President Trump. So, I you're right, she's lying all the time, she's making this up as she's standing there?
  6. You're right, the only way to be completely sure you're not tracked and traced and manipulated, is to go completely off the grid... and to go and live in a cave somewhere and kill your dinner with your bare hands... ;-)) Alternatively, you could first read this: https://spreadprivacy.com/tag/duckduckgo-q-a/ It is my strong conviction that... 1) Trump became president of the US and 2) The Brits voted in favour of Brexit thanks to citizens' opinions being 'nudged' towards certain ideas by means of unlawful, undemocratic use of Facebook and the likes.
  7. It's not the smartphone/tablet that is annoying, but some apps. Take your time to set up your apps and privacy settings, and you'll be good. Consider getting rid of apps like Facebook, Instagram, Google etc which are tracking you in all your moves on the internet, and instead move to Telegram, DuckDuckGo which are trace -free. If someone takes his/her smartphone while he's/she's with you, stand up and walk away in the middle of your or his/her sentence. (Try to spot their facial expression 🥵
  8. Marantz pm5005 or pm6006. They come with a really good phono stage.
  9. That's a really nice feature! (hidden contents). Wasn't aware it exists up to now... Those RF83s are huge compared to the RP600Ms. Thank you for posting this. I've been listening to bi-wired speakers for two weeks now, so today I'll switch back to one wire. Lets see if my brain hears any difference. note: What are the smare black cones in your picture, to the left and right of the centerspeaker? I have not a clue.
  10. The bass of the rp160ms is just fine. Really depends on the music genre and the mastering. If you do not have a bookshelf or cabinet, you are better off with the towers.
  11. I just want to point out that this also sounds amazing on my poor man rp160ms!!!!!
  12. How about a pre-used Amazon Fire tablet connected with a mini jack cable to the sixes?
  13. This is what the Marantz manual says: Bi-wiring connection This connection limits the effects of signal interference between the high range speakers (tweeters) and low range speakers (woofers), allowing you to enjoy high quality playback. When bi-wiring with bi-wireable speakers, connect the mid and high range terminals to SPEAKERS A (or SPEAKERS B), the low range terminals to SPEAKERS B (or SPEAKERS A). I can't think of a reason why Marantz would lie about this. This is from klipsch.com: Note: Bi-amping is not a requirement for Klipsch speakers. Whether you believe it delivers an audible improvement is up to your ears. The note is about biamping, but I think it is fair to suppose it also or even more applies to bi-wiring. Why this undermining statement and still make speakers with this option? Some manufacturers are much clearer on this matter: At Cambridge Audio all of our modern speakers do not have the capacity to be bi-wired. We always want to offer our customers the best possible components in our products, rather than adding an extra set of terminals to the speakers we would rather invest in a better crossover. This philosophy also extends to our views on wiring. Rather than spending your hard earned cash on two sets of mediocre wires that can be bi-wired into a speaker, why not single wire using some really great speaker cable? This is also more space effective as you don’t get the tangling mess of cables at the back of your hi-fi set up which can often come with bi-wiring. Could it be that with old, vintage amps, cables, an old (heritage?) speakers bi-wiring could bring down noisy interference? So Marantz allows it for that reason?
  14. Update Using Amazon Basic 16 gauge speaker wire, I biwired my Marantz PM5005 with my Klipsch rp160ms strictly following the manuals. I listened to my reference album on vinyl: Neil Young's This note's for you. Some tracks have really low bass. Here are my findings: Selecting speakers A, only the woofer produces sound. Selecting speakers B, only the tweeter horns produce sound. Selecting A+B produces normal sound. I can hear minimal improvement, mostly better lows and wider soundstage.
  15. They do. After reading all this I'm going to try for myself tonight and report here what I hear.
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