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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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    Geluwe, Belgium
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    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)
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    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 bought this vinyl record when I was 19, in the late 1980s. Together with Van's "No guru, no method, no teacher" - , which I like even more. I still listen to them, but they are scratchy, so I mostly listen to them in streaming. At the time, I was a 'noob' and I mistakenly thought I 'd bought two 'Jim Morrison' records... 🙄 Have been a Van the Man fan ever since! My favourite song is 'In the garden'.
  2. And then there is Pierre Anckaert, another talented musician from Brussels.
  3. Marc Moulin was a multi-talented artist, journalist, writer... He died of cancer in 2008. He lived in Brussels, Belgium.
  4. Tourist is my favourite album. There's an old album, Boulevard (1995), and a recent one St Germain (2015), which isn't bad either. All his albums sound really good on Klipsch speakers...
  5. If you like St Germain, you're gonna like Marc Moulin / Top Secret as well!
  6. That's a $3,000 amp. The Denon PMA-60 is $500. I could suggest a Leben CS600 tube amp, which is $5,300. But I won't. Or Luxman's top model, which costs even more. I'm sure they 'll sound better. But the Denon PMA-60 is a very nice machine, pretty high end with beautiful looks and lots of versatility. It will sound amazing with your klipsch speakers in your room. Wait and see.
  7. Unless you plan on playing music really loud, or in a really big space, you'll be fine. I you notice your volume setting is maxed out most of the time, you should look for a stronger amplifier.
  8. I made a video of it. https://photos.app.goo.gl/1NZc6BeWEh3TgTVe8
  9. Last night I was listening to Saint Germain's 'Sure Thing', the first track on side C of the double vinyl album Tourist. In the right channel there was obvious, annoying continuous 'noise' in the high frequencies. First I thought it was dust, so I cleaned the record. No effect. Then started narrowing down to the cause. First I checked all of the wiring. Perhaps my Marantz amp caused it, so I hooked up my tube amp. Same problem. I swapped channels, and the noise moved to the other channel of my set of Heresies. So the amps and the speakers are not to blame. The bizarre thing is that it is only that specific track. The next track of side C is ok, and so is side D, A and B. All my other albums play fine. Is the Project turntable to blame? Why only that one track, then? I'm mystified. In another room, I have my old (real vintage) Onkyo stereo with turntable, and there, the issue is hardly noticable... I've come to the conclusion that this track is 'bad' and that the highly sensitive Heresy speakers magnify the issue. Could that be the plausible explanation? EDIT: I 've compared with 'Sure Thing' on Spotify, and I can hear the 'noise' there as well, but hardly noticable. I think the digital conversion has filtered it out, while the artist put it there on purpose.
  10. If I were you, I'd stick with Luxman: http://www.luxman.com/product/detail.php?id=11 https://www.hifishark.com/model/luxman-da-06
  11. Qobuz has recently put up some dac reviews, from budget up to high end: https://www.qobuz.com/ie-en/info/Hi-Fi/Actualites/Tech-Roundup-Choosing-a-Network182130
  12. "These are 2 inches wider,deeper and taller than the famed Hersey! They are ported like the Cornwall. Yes they sound better than klipsch. Klipsch sued them in 1980 and put them out of business. These are nice and sound amazing! $600 cash 501-413-125three" Seems like this company built the Heresy 4 ... back in 1980.😉
  13. If you plan to turn that amp higher than 12 o'clock, make sure the tiles on your roof are fixed... or they'll be blown away. No worries.
  14. Steve Huff wrote a really favourable review of this amp, a personal story, rather. https://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2018/11/25/hi-fi-review-luxman-590-axii-integrated-amplifier-review-by-steve-huff/
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