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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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    Geluwe, Belgium
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    Klipsch RP160M
    TubeCube 7 | Tube upgrade: Sovtek 12AX7-LPS (longplates) and Sovtek EL84-M
    Pro-Ject Essential III - George Harrison special edition
    Klipsch RP160M speakers
    phono-stage - IKNOWNOTHING (China made)
    a switch (4 in, one out)
    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 came across a listing for the KG 5.5 speakers. I 'd never heard of this model before. I did some research. It appears they were produced between 1994 and 1996. User reviews are quite positive: they seem to have a lot of power (they are very loud), especially in the low frequencies, so you don't need a subwoofer. Some say they are the best speakers they ever had, while others say they are lacking in the midrange frequencies, esp. when compared to the Heritage Line. Agree? Looks like they are the precursor of the Reference line?
  2. I was a young teenager when the CDs came out in Europe, I believe it was in 1983/84. CD-players cost more than a €1000 (let's say a months worth of wages), so I couldn't afford it at all. CDs cost €20 (or more), vinyl cost €10. So I continued to buy vinyl records until in my first or second year at university. I still have those albums (most of U2, Prince, Van Morrison etc.) The CD sound is obviously superior to that of vinyl, but the small size of the CD and its fragile plastic case has always been an annoyance to me, so here are a couple of quick tips to make the CD even more attractive, if anyone in the industry is reading this: Improve the plastic casing: I hate it when you drop the cd case, that the plastic piece of the hinge brakes of. I hate it when the plastic teeth brake of (holding the cd in place in the case). If 3 or more break off, the cd floats around in its case and gets damaged. I hate it that I need a magnifying glass to read the CD booklet The small CD case simply is too small to really allow to enjoy the sometimes beautiful artwork of the albums Of course, many alternative packaging exists for CDs, from cheap cardbox sleeves to expensive audiophile boxes, but to my feeling nothing can beat the size of a standard vinyl album.
  3. That's very interesting. It confirms what can be seen in the video below. Sakuma's diner/listening room is, let's face it, a mess, and far from the ideal listening room. Just watch the video. His speakers are tucked away with lots of furniture and tables with amps in front of them. I guess he didn't really care about the 'soundstage', but instead appreciated other qualities. I wish I'd been there and heard a genuine Sakuma amp. Must have been something...
  4. What is the deal with Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited? I bought it in vinyl recently, it says 'mono 360 sound'. I prefer the stereo version on Spotify... Verstuurd vanaf mijn 5047U met Tapatalk
  5. He makes a distinction between the 12 inch woofer and the 15 inch rear passive driver. Except for the size and placement, what is the difference? Verstuurd vanaf mijn 5047U met Tapatalk
  6. Perhaps it has to do with heat distribution? The bulge is where the temperature of the internals is the highest? Verstuurd vanaf mijn 5047U met Tapatalk
  7. You sure are right. When you 'bought a lemmon', whether it's a solid state amp or a tube amp, it doesn't matter. Fact is, that in that situation, the consumer is often on the losing end. Some companies will do the honorable thing, which is to take back the faulty product and replace it by a new one. They should, of course, but some will only do so when you push real hard and threaten to take them to court, perhaps backed by some consumer protection organization. In this case, the tubes were damaged by a malfunction in the amp, with obvious cause and effect. That would be enough legal ground to take them to court. As a first step, the OP could send them an official letter of complaint. There is help online for this: https://www.usa.gov/consumer-complaints and here: https://www.bbb.org/
  8. Do the R-51M speakers come with sticky rubber feet and did you use them? My RP160Ms do. They are small, so perhaps you forgot to apply them? Welcome to the forum, btw.
  9. In Europe, we have 2 years of warranty, no questions asked, most of the time. Any brand selling expensive, high end gear, will make great effort to satisfy the customer. It's American companies, such as Apple, that are unwilling to comply - first they even refused to list the two year option on their website. Edit: McIntosh' warranty is 3 years for hifi gear, except for tubes. I just checked. It is the same in Europe. Also other tube sellers in Europe only give limited warranty, or none... It's the same for batteries, I guess.
  10. I bought Neil Young's 'This note's for you' album many years ago, when it first came out. I liked it somewhat, though I never really was a big fan. That is, until I bought my Klipsch speakers and a small tube amp. With this new gear, I went through my small LP collection, and I re-discovered Young's album. It is the best sounding album I have... I still don't like his nasal, nagging voice, but the sound of that album, the bass etc. all comes together so fine, even on my low budget system. So I thought I had a winner here: an album of this quality must be worth something, right? So, with no intention of selling it, of course, I was curious about the asking price of my best album. Pffft... I soon discovered it can be bought in mint condition for less than €20 on fleabay. Oh well, let it be. Better Records doesn't have it listed. So for them, it's worth nothing, I guess?
  11. They do have an interesting TOP 100: https://www.better-records.com/product.aspx?pf_id=top100 I must confess I don't know some of them, and they are sounding really good when listening to them on Spotify as well, even at 320kbps.
  12. For me, also the hunt and the find itself of the record is part of the fun. I recently found a jazz album in a thrift store for €0.50 It turned out to sound really well, and it has some classic jazz songs on it in versions that I cannot find on Spotify. Gives a kick...
  13. "No two copies of a record sound the same. That's the undeniable reality of the analog LP, as well as the driving force that turned what started out as a hobby into a full-fledged livelihood for us. We're happy that you've landed on our site and happier still to tell you about the very special pressings we have to offer. Many people find the ideas (and the prices!) on this website shocking. " Source: https://www.better-records.com/ Their prices go up to $500 per LP. They have an interesting TOP 100: https://www.better-records.com/product.aspx?pf_id=top100 They do have a 30 days send back no questions asked policy. They also have a section ' white hot stampers', where the sell The Beatles' White Album for $749 - I bought mine, re-mastered and new for €38. https://www.better-records.com/product.aspx?pf_id=beatlwhite_1904 Question: is this 'snake oil' and/or a psychological trick? I mean, if I pay $500 for one LP, it surely will sound 'amazing' and unique... at least, that's what my primitive brain would tell me! NOTE: when I visited a their website, Firefox gave me a security warning about their server clock. I don't think it is harmful.
  14. That legitimate criticism indeed. The link I posted earlier is 320kbps, which is really good, imho. Still, it is more like a podcast rather than a radio station. https://exploringmusic.wfmt.com/listen-to-the-show/programs-by-composer/ The affiliated radio station is lower in quality: https://radionetwork.wfmt.com/
  15. I came across a website with a ton of music and information about classical music: https://exploringmusic.wfmt.com/listen-to-the-show/programs-by-composer/ Not really a radio station, though...
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