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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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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 have a 3 sided album of Diana Krall, Turn up the quiet. Side D is one long, empty track. I can't understand why they didn't put some bonus tracks there. An empty track is useful though, to test gear for instance... But I like Krall's voice better.
  2. Sooooo jealous of your collection! Respect!
  3. I can't see many problems with usb. https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/en/blog/our-guide-usb-audio-why-should-i-use-it Don't get fooled by the numbers nor obsessed by them. Trust your ears instead and enjoy the music. I'm 52 and just because of my age, my ears don't pick up as many details as when I was 25, but I still enjoy music, and I can recognize a good song, and distinguish between a well mastered and a badly mastered recording.
  4. Europe is dealing with a (mild) heat wave (+30 °C). I once had a gaming pc graphics card fail due to a heat wave. So is it safe to play music when the temperatures are up? My Leben CS300 is like a convector. Nice in winter, but not so in summer... Amp temp getting close to 40 degrees C. It now has reached 41.1 degrees C.
  5. As the hdmi and hdmi arc plug look similar, and fit, Klipsch should at least better inform the customer, and even build in a feedback led signaling that something is not right. But then again, Klipsch clearly instructs to connect the Fives to a computer using USB. https://support.klipsch.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043042612-The-Fives-Connecting-to-a-Computer
  6. https://support.klipsch.com/hc/en-us/articles/360051127252-The-Fives-No-Sound-via-HDMI-ARC-Troubleshooting-
  7. Klipsch has a big issue with hdmi, not just for The Fives but also for their soundbars. It is buggy, and for some reason, Klipsch support can't come with a solution. In Australia, many customers have sent back their purchase, for this reason. Google for it.
  8. https://support.klipsch.com/hc/en-us/articles/360060110672-The-Fives-The-Sixes-R-28PF-R-26PF-4-Pin-Extension-Cable
  9. This is for the Fives, but may work for you as well https://support.klipsch.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043229012
  10. Perhaps another device is connected to the speakers (eg your smartphone, or the one of your neighbour). Try to reset your speakers' connections (see manual).
  11. Interesting new (to me) argument pro vinyl albums of classical music Today is Record Store Day and in a Belgian quality newspaper, there was an article about it, offering an interesting argument why vinyl is still worthwhile. First they stated that a vinyl record is per definition more colored than digital recordings, and therefore most music lovers will prefer a colorless (neutral) high resolution digital recording. Second issue is: why are there so little new recordings on vinyl of classical music? Answer: the recording time of vinyl records is limited to 2x 24 minutes, so where do you cut in order to turn to side b? Which parts/scenes do you skip? The third argument is in favor of vinyl records: editing in the digital era is sometimes done from bar to bar (chosing the best of each recording session), stitching it all together in post, while in the past, an artist perhaps could choose the best recording of a movement/section/part, all of which are much longer than a bar. So the old records are therefore much closer to life performances, with their imperfections included, resulting in a more realistic and natural impression (and expression) of the artist/orchestra/piece. Source: https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20210611_97753117
  12. @MicroMara Hey man, I'm not much of a religious man, so instead of praying, I'm playing music when I think of a person I care for. So for the last two days, I've been thinking about what song would help your wife and you to get through this, and I think this is the one: Van Morrison and Joss Stone, Wild Honey!
  13. Interesting as a collectible too. The Vinyl album is valued at around 10 euro, the music cassette is 16 euro.
  14. Thank you for postin g about JJ Cale here. For some reason, he was never on my radar. Now it is an instant like! And JJ Cale sounds soooo great on my 1972 Heresies. Can't be a coincidence!!!!!!!!
  15. As a teen, I was a fan of Dire Straits and Knopfler's solo projects (mostly movie scores). I have most of his albums on vinyl and recently I bought all the dire straits albums on CD (they are dirt cheap now...) Mark Knopfler has aged well and he's a great guy. He still posts some interesting videos on you*ube and he is still recording. He does is for the love of music and not for the money (he's filthy rich, or should be...) This is one of my heroes (like Van Morrison), and when they speak, I shut up and listen! And here's Eric Clapton and JJ Cale on guitars.... ... And now I understand why someone above said JJ Cale is the 'mentor' of Mark Knopler. Just watch this. This solo is soooooo Knopfler (it's the other way round, I know...)
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