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  • Birthday 05/16/1969

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    Geluwe, Belgium
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    Photography, movies, art history, literature
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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. Another classic on Sunday. In mono.
  2. The LS3/5a are 'studio monitors' for BBC personel. So they are targeted not to musicians, nor to the radio audience, but for radio broadcasters and their technicians. They are small and compact and fine-tuned for the human voice. The licenced companies were given a very detailed specs sheet in order to make sure that speakers would sound the same, no matter who built them, where they were put to use, or what brand they were. The aim here was a uniform, comparable and quantifiable output during the production process. For audiophiles around the world, the great advantage of such uniform, standard speaker is this: when A/B-ing rooms and damping, recordings, amps, turntables etc. it gets a lot easier! For the company, it could mean they really stand behind their original and are willing to put up the effort of starting a production line and even starting up production of parts that are no longer available. (It also could be a clever way of getting the attention of the press and the media, and get the business going again, and later role out other models, but that 's not the core of the matter here). @dtel Please remember that for this though-experiment, these 'revived original speakers' must have the same specs (in every detail): from choice of wood to crossover components, to finish, to drivers, and of course sound output. They are the 'perfect replica' in the minutest detail.
  3. No matter what the weather is, The King always rules!
  4. Nice! My 1972 Heresy set, age 49, look like this. They do have some scratches, and I recapped them, but kept the original caps as well.
  5. Some prefer a speaker without the 'patina', flowerpot rings, scratches and beer rings.... Second, some original parts are no longer available, so that's the whole idea: making the old parts again and available...
  6. Here closer to the coast, in Flanders, a nice white carpet too. Cherry tree blossoms covered with snow. Lots of rain in the weekend... Time to spin some vinyl!
  7. As a matter of fact, I seldom use the term Krautrock. Back then, I didn't even know Scorpions was German. Which is kind of silly because Klaus Meine has a distinctive German accent. I got to know them through a neighbour/friend who played one of their live albums all the time: World Wide Live. I soon discovered another live album, Tokyo Tapes, which I think is really amazing, and then I started buying their early, 70s albums.
  8. In the 80s I bought 70s albums, like this Krautrock album, most out of ignorance but because I liked the music ... There was a record shop near Kortrijk, Belgium, trainstation where I bought the records. That's the thrill with music, even now, I still discover old and new music....
  9. I have a Stanley Jordan best-of CD. It is kind of magical to see him perform this song live. In the video there are short glimpses of the public. It must have been special for him... Compare this to the many guitar players on YouTube. I wonder how they would perform in front of a live public like that....
  10. These three singles are material witnesses to my 'musical awakening': Michael Jackson (Motown, 1979) - Side A: One Day In Your LIfe, Side B: Dear Michael, Irene Cara (RSO, 1980) - Side A: Fame, Side B: Never alone and Michael Jackson (Epic 1982) Side A: Beat it, Side B: Get on the Floor. In those days, the music industry was completely different, in fact, even MTV still had to break through. These songs were popular thanks to the radio (and music programmes on tv, like 'Top of the Pops'.) Of course, now, Michael Jackson's legacy has become seriously tainted, but around 1980, there was still an innocence in his music. The music industry was so different compared to now (and I'm not saying it was better then): young kids like me would spend their pocket money on singles (with bad b-sides) because we couldn't afford the full LP (or we couldn't wait until it came out.) It's kind of hard to grasp now, with 'ad infinitum' playlists on Qobuz or Spotify, that there was a time when folks would actually buy a carrier with one song on it...and when you had listened to it, you actually had to get up, walk to the pickup and turn it to side b... I only own 3 'singles'... as I grew a bit older, I started buying full LPs (and taping them, in order to exchange them with friends).
  11. When someone clicks on a light elsewhere in my house, I can hear a tiny click through my tubeamp setup. This does not occur with my other solid state amps, so I think it has to do with the design of my tubeamp. Still, as the quality of the amp outweighs these issues, I have learned to live with it. During the Easter weekend, due to this inspiring thread, I will rearrange my wiring (mostly decoupling all chargers and lights) and see if it affects sound quality in a good way. Does anybody know how these new types of light, mostly energy saving, like dimmable LEDs and fillament lamps affect the electrical circuit and ultimately the sound quality?
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