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MeloManiac last won the day on February 2

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About MeloManiac

  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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    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. Both of these have exceptional clarity. Love them.
  2. And here is another set. They all have amazing quality.
  3. Two albums I bought at the local thrift store are really amazing. The classic 1955 Glenn Gould recording, on vinyl pressed in 1977. And a very rare Leos Janacek String Quartets record. The last one sounds amazing. https://www.discogs.com/release/14315641?utm_source=mobile&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=Android App https://www.discogs.com/release/16794414?utm_source=mobile&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=Android App
  4. Welcome to the machine starts with industrial sounds and a rumble. This low frequency rumble can already be heard in the final bars of Wish you were here (part 5), the track right before. It is so well done that each time, I think that there's a really heavy truck is in the street and it makes my house shake but... my 1972 Heresy speakers are doing this, without subwoofer. I have a set of standing Onkyo speakers too, of which I think they sound pretty good, but when I hooked those up to my system, they completely failed at reproducing the low frequency rumble of that passage. Here is the youtube song, but the effect will surely be lost when you play it on laptop speakers or a smartphone.
  5. Denon: https://www.whathifi.com/denon/dra-100/review I've enjoyed the Denon RCD M41DAB+ a lot myself. It has bluetooth, but no wifi.
  6. My RP160M speakers, the predecessors of the RP600M, are driven by a 1970s H/K 430 receiver. I've had a couple of other amps connected, included tube amps, but this is for me the best amp. So you may consider using a vintage amp - they come cheap and sound amazing! If you buy new, I would make sure it also has bluetooth and wifi inside. It will greatly reduce the number of cables and powerplugs. Buy a separate phono stage. Take a look at competitively priced Denon and Marantz microsystems. Don't worry about the wattage. It's the first couple of watts that is important with these sensitive (efficient) speakers.
  7. I used to own a cassette tape (original, no copy) of the soundtrack of Bird. Must be somewhere on the attic now. I remember reading the tiny print of it, telling that the jazz music of the movie was re-recorded with modern techniques and present day musicians. But it appears to have been even more complex, says Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_(1988_film)#Music I would love to see that movie again, but it is hard to find on blu-ray.
  8. Wow, sounds amazing!
  9. I have been busy too of late: new school year has started (I'm a teacher), lot's of things to do, one positive note: we can teach without facemask, and also the students can take it off when they sit down. There's an 'indian summer' coming our way with temperatures up to 30 degrees Celsius next week - a facemask is terrible then!
  10. I got to learn Jan Hammer in the 80s, when he became well known with the tv show 'Miami Vice', for which he wrote 'Crocket's theme'. Only of late, I learned that he is European and that he had a career with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and many other bands too.
  11. I have another tune in mind: Money, money, money πŸ€‘πŸ’΅πŸ’ΈπŸ˜‰
  12. ABBA VOYAGE LONDON 2021/22 (New album) They are in their seventies now, and what you'll see on stage in London are digital 'abbatars' vs Abba Greatest Hits 1970s
  13. This one gets good review too, but is hard to find: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/pioneer-udp-lx500
  14. Slightly off topic, but still relevant: until doing research for this question, I wasn't aware of the fact that major brands, like Samsung and Oppo, have given up on blu-ray players (not sure about cd players, though): they stopped production and development. The reason being that there's no profit to be made in that market due to streaming platforms. For me, that's a problem: over the years I have built up a pretty extensive blu-ray collection, and now my Samsung blu-ray device has issues detecting a disc (it takes several attempts, which is extremely annoying, I can tell you...), so I guess my next investment will be that Sony 800M2 blu-ray player in order to be future proof. https://www.whathifi.com/news/samsung-confirms-its-ending-blu-ray-player-production
  15. I'm confused. According to this review, it doesn't play sacd. While you were looking for exactly that.m in your post title.
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