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ILI

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About ILI

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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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  • Location
    Geluwe, Belgium
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    Photography, movies, art history, literature
  • My System
    Klipsch Heresy I (1972)
    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. I always get suspicious when post 'forgets' to mention the price. Smells like spam. It costs 4,499euro here. https://audiotvcentrum.nl/product/technics-sl-1210gae-limited-edition/
  2. ... after how many drinks? 😉
  3. IMHO the sound quality improvement will be minimal. I would keep the rf52 set but add a subwoofer to the system for the lowest frequencies.
  4. This also is a nice test: https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2015/06/02/411473508/how-well-can-you-hear-audio-quality?t=1594888826519 My score was 3/6 under non ideal circumstances (lots of noise in the background).
  5. My phone's speaker did bring out sound, but it sounded quite weird...
  6. I'm 51 years old and I was curious about my hearing capabilities. I tested it using the Youtube video below on my living room system (Denon RCD-m41 + Klipsch RP160M). I started hearing the signal at 36Hz and I stopped hearing anything around 12,400 Hz. The results for my second setup were quite a surprise (tubecube 7 amp with Heresy 1972 speakers.) I instantly heard "some" sound at 20Hz, at 30 Hz the sound was definitely present. It disappeared at 12,000 Hz. These results are conflicting with the factory specs and with my listening experience: when listening to music I always thought the rp160m speakers went a bit lower than the Heresy. The Heresy do create a fuller 'wall of' sound, of course. I know this thread could go two ways: either towards tech (speakers and amp) or towards hearing (age and damaged hearing). I'm interested in both. This is the link:
  7. Don't turn on your tube Amp when no speakers are connected... That's one of the basic rules to pay attention to. Most tube amps need some burn in time, so the sound quality will improve as the days pass. Enjoy the music!
  8. Welcome to the forum! I'm very happy with my entry level Marantz CD5005, which is entry level. Marantz has a rep to produce a slightly warm sound. With a budget like yours, I would go the Marantz ND8006, which combines a cd player with an advanced network streamer: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/marantz-nd8006 Note: no SACD. Another path to follow could be a high end blu-ray player (with multi-channel capabilities). I have no personel experience with that, though.
  9. It could be that the radiator in the back, which is massive too, adds sufficient base, like with the quartets.
  10. To me, the tweeters look massive compared to the woofers, so I think that for a balanced sound, the new subwoofer will be required. I love the looks, BTW, and the connections are very complete.
  11. Welcome to this forum! Even with Reison's 6W, both speaker sets will play really loud. You'll have better bass with the floorstanders. Warning: with both speakers sets, you'll never want to revert back to solid state... (unless very high end...)
  12. I've used these tubes in a home made, tesla coil based tube amplifier of my own design. These tubes will draw all the attention and visitors will never notice my nice Klipsch speakers. Don't know if that's a good thing, though... ;-))
  13. This article is not about taxes, but it does shine a light on Ebay's 'business ethos'...: "Two former top eBay security executives and four other ex-employees face federal conspiracy charges of stalking the staff of an e-commerce newsletter by sending them live cockroaches and a funeral wreath." https://fortune.com/2020/06/15/ex-ebay-executives-charged-with-stalking-campaign/
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/feb/05/amazon-workers-protest-unsafe-grueling-conditions-warehouse https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-workers-across-europe-and-us-protest-prime-day-2019-7?r=US&IR=T https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/4/1/21201162/amazon-delivery-delays-coronavirus-worker-strikes At least in Europe, there is a high number of corona-victims among Amazon personel, mostly because they are economic refugees living together in small rooms (ten people sleeping in one room), earning minimum wage... That's what I call modern slavery. I'll stop here, because I know that this topic is very sensitive and the situation of Europe compared to the US is very different and therefore impossible to compare. Taxes give Europeans schools, medical care, roads etc. When multinationals shamelessly use every trick of the book to evade taxes, we have the right to speak up!
  15. I understand the annoyance and irriation of the OP. Still I think it is a good thing that governments all over the world are cracking down on these online selling platforms. Most of the time, they serve the grey market and up to now have propagated tax evasion on a very large scale. These 'behemoths' at the same time are killing small retailers. I'm not thinking of the individual seller who's selling a piece of clothing his kids grew out off, or someone trying to sell a cd player he no longer uses. I'm thinking of behemoths like aliexpress.com and Amazon and whatever, and the thousands of smaller businesses who built a business model on tax evasion schemes. Very often, they also are the 'clean' front of modern slavery and human traficking: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49372809 They are even paying 'fake ambassadors' to spread positive news about the company! Amazon and the like, companies who have a reputation of paying less than 3% taxes, while the European average is more like 33%, have thrived on the misery of others, their workers and their clients. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/09/amazon-europe-received-241m-in-tax-credits-in-2018 While the world economy is going into recession, Amazon's ceo Jeff Bezos added 24 billion thanks to corona (while paying almost no taxes): https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52289657 Rather than hunting for the best bargain, or going for the highest profit, why don't you buy local?
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