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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #60 on: September 30, 2019, 01:41:02 pm »
Speakers are a big upgrade from my previous 30 year old Wharfdale Deltas. Better control, detail and separation of instruments, especially at the very top and very low end. My tastes are mostly electronica and the B&W excel at detail and control so they suit me, especially as I enjoy subtle and detailed production on tracks.

The Cambridge compliments this, has a very open and clean sound. Built in DAC was a big benefit for me as I am using Digital Coax out from a Sonos Connect to play FLAC files. Plus I can connect my TV using SPDIF. I streamed Wonder Woman (4k) at the weekend for a bit of light entertainment and the soundtrack sounded great!

I also have a Misson Subwoofer, but it's not really needed anymore...cut off set to 40hz and low gain. Only comes into play sometimes for movies or Dub or some Drum and Bass.

How's your new amp ? :)

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« Reply #61 on: September 30, 2019, 08:30:14 pm »
I didn't get a new amp yet. I'm running my new , Rega Planar 6, Rega Apollo, and Rega DAC R through my Cyrus 6 SE using a Chord Company coax.

The DAC brings everything together and tightens the bass nicely. It sounds much less woolly than my previous Cyrus 6 SE CD player. The sound stage produced by the Apollo is beautiful. I'm working my way through favourite discs as it's like hearing them again for the first time. 

Nest up is a Rega Brio R integrated amp. I auditioned the Apollo through a Brio R, and it was (for my budget and tastes) perfection.

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #62 on: October 01, 2019, 01:02:31 pm »
Sorry, I misread your post. Only issue I have is with some of my favorite older discs or rips is that now I can hear bad production or mastering more easily, which has disappointed on occasion...

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #63 on: December 16, 2019, 12:15:19 pm »
@organisys I finally bought a new integrated amplifier. I went with the Rega Elex R and a Lehmann Linear phono pre amp.

I spent 2 hours in the audition room at my favourite hifi store. Pure bliss. It has really elevated and brought everything together. I like the natural sound the Rega components bring. It works well with Rock, Jazz, Soul, classical, anything I throw at it really.

Like you have found though, it isn't kind to poor or damaged recordings. The flip side though is it is like listening to familiar recordings all over again. It keeps making me literally jump when I notice minor details that were lost before.

I'm purely an analogue person, so don't own a streamer (I don't understand the concept of not owning a physical copy... What will people listen to in 30 years when the tech and downloads are obsolete? I just sold 1200 cds for 4 figures - good luck investing in downloads people).

I'll try and upload some picks later.

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« Reply #64 on: December 16, 2019, 12:39:19 pm »
Nice! Glad to hear it has worked out well for you. I do own a lot of CDs and some older vinyl. With my favorite or often played music I prefer to buy the CD and rip myself using FLAC, and then store on a NAS drive (server).

Myself and the wife (and now kids) can access all of the music, plus Tidal using Sonos. The convenience is great.  One thing I like is the ability to build playlists of tracks from multiple sources and shuffle through them at leisure. Plus you can sync the music in multiple rooms.

Only downside to Sonos is the resolution tops out at 16bit/44khz on the DAC, and there are obviously affordable more high resolution streamers available now.........maybe later...

I was listening to some Drum and Bass yesterday, and like you say it is nice to find new details and nuances is familiar tracks.

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #65 on: December 16, 2019, 02:51:08 pm »
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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #66 on: December 16, 2019, 04:17:15 pm »
^ Delicious set up ^

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #67 on: December 16, 2019, 07:44:52 pm »
@organisys
I'm purely an analogue person, so don't own a streamer (I don't understand the concept of not owning a physical copy... What will people listen to in 30 years when the tech and downloads are obsolete? I just sold 1200 cds for 4 figures - good luck investing in downloads people).


All physical media degrade--many of those CDs you sold won't work in 30 years either.

Best bet is probably some kind of checksummed digital transcription (like FLAC) that's archived on a redundant system.
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Think it, be it.

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #68 on: December 16, 2019, 08:55:58 pm »
Long live mp3!!!!
The devil is in the detail..

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #69 on: December 17, 2019, 06:38:20 am »
@organisys
I'm purely an analogue person, so don't own a streamer (I don't understand the concept of not owning a physical copy... What will people listen to in 30 years when the tech and downloads are obsolete? I just sold 1200 cds for 4 figures - good luck investing in downloads people).


All physical media degrade--many of those CDs you sold won't work in 30 years either.

Best bet is probably some kind of checksummed digital transcription (like FLAC) that's archived on a redundant system.

I have cds issued in 1987, and vinyl records issued in the early 1960s.ive also owned 78s issued in the mid 1920s. If cared for and stored properly they retain their integrity.

Go look at the artistic licence for digital media. You own neither the format nor the content, even if you have paid for and downloaded it.

The music and media companies have done an amazing job of convincing the public that they should pay the same for less. It is pretty much a given in the audiophile world that hi res digital is purely about convenience, not quality or longevity.

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #70 on: December 17, 2019, 07:39:52 am »
https://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-digital-content-20160513-snap-story.html

It is contributing to the upsurge in vinyl record sales, and now also CD and cassette sales.

Rip music you own in a physical format as well, go for it. Only buy the digital format, who knows when it might be removed.

The litmus test to this discussion will only be realised in 30 years, when I am still playing my records and cds without issue, and passing the increasingly valuable ones on to my son (who thankfully loves music too).

Ultimately, like most things, the important thing is to remain informed, then make a decision as to what is the right choice for you individually.

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Re: Hifi, Lofi - Show us What you Listen With......
« Reply #71 on: February 11, 2020, 06:51:48 pm »
Finally completed my hifi system upgrade with a pair of Klipsch RP 4000 Fs. Solid copper wound ceramic woofers and a cone tweeter. They kicked the butt of £2000 speakers I auditioned and sound so great...

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« Reply #72 on: February 12, 2020, 12:47:22 pm »
Nice addition, enjoy !

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« Reply #73 on: February 12, 2020, 06:36:50 pm »
She's a beaut! I hear great things about that model.
Think it, be it.