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MeloManiac

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  1. I'm 'renting for free' the booster, and the technician told me I indeed need to upgrade my router. I'll do that in the weeks ot come and do some speed tests with the new router. If things are better, I'll stop using the powerline booster.
  2. Well... I was planning on having a quiet, lazy Sunday afternoon, having a nap, listening to some baroque Bach on vinyl... But then I came upon this post, which made me dig up "Deep Purple LIve In London", a BBC recording dating from 1982. So now I'm rocking on Smoke on the Water instead, getting the evil eye from my teenage kids. https://www.discogs.com/release/558346-Deep-Purple-Live-In-London Edit: The concert dates from 1974, the LP was brought out in 1982, a re-master of the 1974 quadrophonic tapes. The last track is a wonderful 'You Fool No One'!
  3. In between tracks, it sometimes sounds like internet in the old days, with a dial-in modem... 😩 I think I'll in the end get a cable connection upstairs...
  4. My solid state Denon Amp filters out most of the noise. When playing music it is hardly noticeable, luckily, but it's there in between tracks...
  5. I recently installed a Powerline Wifi Booster in the house to have better wifi upstairs. (The device basically sends digital data through the power grid to the upstairs receiver which then sends it out as a wifi signal.) Since then, my Leben CS300 amplifier sends out a weak, crackling noise to the speakers (and headphone, but here it is less disturbing). When I turn up the volume, the noise does *not* go up. In order to test if the Booster was indeed the cause, I unplugged it, and yes, the noise was gone. Two questions: 1) Can this noise signal damage my amp or speaker? 2) Is there a way to deal with this? Here is a quick result from internet search: https://community.naimaudio.com/t/interference-crackling-from-powerline-adaptors/7342/5
  6. Thanks for the input. After all considerations, and resetting everything, the issue remains. I think the cheapest solution will be to replace the needle.
  7. Need some quick opinions on what's going on with my pickup needle. This needle was bought in 2020 for my vintage Onkyo CP1000A in order to bring it back to life. When I put it down, it skids one or two centimeters toward the center (scratch!) and then it starts playing with lots of distortions and jumps. Can't see anything wrong with it, though. My guess is it is broken and needs replacement, right?
  8. Roberts got the name from the Yosemite Firefall at Yosemite National Park in California. The owners of a hotel threw burning logs off a mountain in a cascade as an annual event to entertain the guests.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefall <iframe src="https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4umDRFICekImYxttpSLbaq" width="100%" height="380" frameBorder="0" allowfullscreen="" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; fullscreen; picture-in-picture"></iframe> Still no Spotify integration... Anyhow: I like the full sound, and the music is really good.
  9. That Technics SU G700 is quite a remarkable amplifier. I'd say quite revolutionary inside, but 'understated' looks. I like it! https://www.technics.com/us/products/grand-class/g700-series/su-g700.html#overview
  10. I just want to add that this album sounds amazing: no hiss, no rumble, excellent bass and highs. It's kind of fantastic to listen to it through the Leben CS300 and 1972 Heresy speakers.
  11. In the past couple of years, my wife has bought some vinyl records for me, as a present. But this week, a first: she bought a vinyl (double) album for herself: Bart Peeters, De Kat Zat op de Krant. He's a gifted, multitalented person and hugely popular in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. My wife's a fan, and she has most of his music, if not all, on CDs. So I asked her, why spinning vinyl this time? After pausing and reflecting somewhat, she said she liked the warmth of the sound, the tactile experience, the nostalgic, cosiness of it. I'm teasing her about the fact that she ordered a signed album and she secretely has a crush on him! 🤣
  12. There's something about the clarity and low frequencies that always brings me back to spinning vinyl... LOUIS Armstrong's Greatest Hits, yet another thriftstore find priced at 0.50 euro...
  13. My old H/K430 twin powered amp sounds very different to my new Marantz PM5005 (I know, it's entry level). The H/K shines in the low and the high frequencies. In the pic below, if I wanted to declutter, all I would need is the H/K and the turntable, and the RP160Ms.
  14. Very nice indeed. You could turn it into something like this...
  15. I've driven my 1972 Heresy speakers with 3.5W p/c (TubeCube), 12Wp/c (Leben CS300), Harman/Kardon 430 (twin engine, 25Wp/c), and modern Denon and Marantz amps ((40W p/c). In my experience, it is not the Watt that determines the sound quality, but the quality of the auditory circuit. With sensitive speakers, my CS300 with 12 Watt per channel is more than loud enough, even in a large space. But then again, I like to listen to details at low volume, close range. I fully appreciate people who are after a more visceral experience and want to feel the music, literally! There is one thing I don't fully understand. My 1972 Heresy speakers specs are 100 Watt (peak 300W), while in 1972 there were very few consumer amplifiers with this level of power. Currently listening to Iron Maiden's new album, volume nob at 12 o'clock, and it is deafening...
  16. Both of these have exceptional clarity. Love them.
  17. And here is another set. They all have amazing quality.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Wow, sounds amazing!
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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