+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 120 1231151101 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 1198

Thread: Gromit's music centre...

  1. #1
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Mid Lincs

    Posts: 1,437
    I'm Buffet-blower.

    Default Gromit's music centre...

    Sorry - just been adding to the 'big' thread and being the blind twonk that I am didn't see the instruction to start one's own picture thread.

    Anyway...the state of the nation here is as follows...

    Heavy Spacedeck/Spacearm/Lyra Dorian
    Stepnote step-up transformer/Puresound P10
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD player
    NVA P50 pre/A60 power
    Royd Merlins

    Cables...

    Atlas Navigator for the phono bits
    NVA Super Soundpipe for pre-power & Soundpipe for CD-pre
    NVA LS1 Speaker cable.
    Chord Powercord for CD player and P10

    Graham Slee Solo phones amp (with PSU1 upgrade)
    Grado SR80 or Sennheiser HD650

    Richard.

    Round & round bits: LP12/Cirkus/Kore/Herc II/Roksan Nima/Hana EL
    Megabits: MacBook/Sony CDP-X303ES/TEAC UD-H01 dac
    Making it louder bits: Phonostage: Dynavector P75 Amp: Cyrus 8vs/PSX-R Speakers: Royd Sintra II
    Connecting it together bits i/c's: Flashback Premier. Speaker cables: Van Damme Hifi

  2. #2
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Posts: 544

    Default

    Let us have a close pic of the speakers and then long range if poss, in order to see this awkward (acoustic) room of yours.

  3. #3
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Long Stratton, Norfolk

    Posts: 4,238
    I'm Rob.

    Default

    Nice system by the way Gromit, I've always been keen on the NVA equipment - it gets rave reviews from it's followers and is excellent value.
    .
    Evolution: One man's preposterous and non-sensical hypothesis based on the death of his daughter, now sadly taught as fact. Evidence to the contrary.

  4. #4
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Mid Lincs

    Posts: 1,437
    I'm Buffet-blower.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Filterlab View Post
    Nice system by the way Gromit, I've always been keen on the NVA equipment - it gets rave reviews from it's followers and is excellent value.
    Thanks - I recently took advantage of the NVA 14 day money back trial. I tried the P50sa pre with a pair of A70 mono's which impressed me greatly. Only downer was that the comparison was so close to the Puresound A30 it was almost too close to call - what one amp lost on the swings, the other one gained on the roundabouts as it were. If I'd had the amps for longer than the allowed 14 days I think they may well have overtaken the A30 as they really started to come on song over the last couple of days.

    Anyway, a good used A60 came up, so to go with it I ordered a new P50 and some LS1 cable from Richard and now have this rig. The nice thing is it hasn't meant I've had to sell the A30 and can listen to each at will over the next few months without any pressure (except from my far better other half!).

    The A60 definitely has better control over the Royds; at low volume the A30 sounded fabulous through them, but at more realistic levels (ie when the neighbours are out) there was definitely a slurring, a sense of a slight lessening in the energy/urgency dept as the bass tended to saturate. Another good thing is that my electricity bill should now go back down again - running a hot valve amp for 7-8 hours a day definitely burns quite a bit of juice!

    Downsides to the NVA rig? Not many - it isn't quite as tonally rich as the Puresound and has a slightly harder, cooler presentation. Saying that, on solo piano music it really is quite something - its ability to re-create the attack of a piano note is clearer, and the tonal changes brought by different levels of attack (ie soft/hard touch) are more evident.

    For both these amps it has to be said that getting this sort of sound quality for such relatively small outlay is something to celebrate.

    Oh....and another good thing with the P50 is that I can use my headphones amp without having to fanny around disconnecting/re-connecting interconnects!
    Richard.

    Round & round bits: LP12/Cirkus/Kore/Herc II/Roksan Nima/Hana EL
    Megabits: MacBook/Sony CDP-X303ES/TEAC UD-H01 dac
    Making it louder bits: Phonostage: Dynavector P75 Amp: Cyrus 8vs/PSX-R Speakers: Royd Sintra II
    Connecting it together bits i/c's: Flashback Premier. Speaker cables: Van Damme Hifi

  5. #5
    Join Date: Feb 2008

    Posts: 18

    Default

    I have to tell you Richard, that's the neatest I've ever seen your system look..



    I see you've managed to acquire some extra matching Quadraspire stands - I've always admired their clean simple lines. If Hutter didn't exist I'd definitely would have considered Quadraspire for my own system.

    How are you getting on with the NVA?

  6. #6
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Wrexham, North Wales, UK

    Posts: 70,003
    I'm AudioAl'sArbiterForPISHANTO.

    Default

    Hi Jon,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Nice to see you here

    Marco.
    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do". - Milan Kundera.

    "Your validity or worth are not defined or determined by the views of others with their own superimposed agendas". - Pharos (on AoS)

    My system:

    Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing & baseplate/Mike New ETP platter/Bruil record weight/Nagaoka GL602 crystal T/T mat. Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead. Ortofon RS-212D tonearm/'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard. Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver-Litz tonearm cable, with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs. Cartridges: Denon DL-S1 in AT MG-10 headshell with AT-6106 Quattro Hybrid lead-wire. Denon DL-103C1 in '103U' headshell with AT-609 silver lead-wire. Vintage Denon DL-103AU in AT-Ti15ANV Titanium Headshell. Shure M55E in Denon PCL-300 headshell with 6N silver lead-wire. Shure original USA SC35C. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Raspberry Pi-3 Model B and IQaudio Pi-DAC+/Paul Hynes SR3DR-05 linear PSU/Williams Audio NAS linear PSU. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Stereo Coffee LDR. Head-amp: Paul Hynes design/SR5 PSU. Also modified Lentek. Tube Distinctions 50W Class A P/P Copper amp with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT150s. Speakers: 'Lockwood Majors', using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Also Celestion Ditton 15XRs. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones’). Hi-Fi Racks Podium T/T wall shelf. Sony ST-5055L tuner. Cables: Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core mains leads, fitted with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363Rs. Stereo interconnects: Sommer Carbokab 225 (with silver-plated MS Audio non-metallic POM RCAs). Speaker cable: VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II. Digital coaxial cable: 1m Trompeter Electronics Triax TRC-75-2, with MS Audio ‘Starline' silver-plated RCAs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.

  7. #7
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Mid Lincs

    Posts: 1,437
    I'm Buffet-blower.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JonR View Post
    I have to tell you Richard, that's the neatest I've ever seen your system look..

    I see you've managed to acquire some extra matching Quadraspire stands - I've always admired their clean simple lines. If Hutter didn't exist I'd definitely would have considered Quadraspire for my own system.

    How are you getting on with the NVA?
    Hi Jon - as Marco said, welcome to the forum

    Thanks for the kind comments also. I've always had the 5 QS shelves and a selection of posts though.

    The NVA kit is working very well - I've had the A60 for 4 days now and haven't switched it off in that time, as a result it's loosened up nicely and is a very articulate and surprisingly 'grippy' amplifier. The power amp's not new, whereas the P50 is only a few days old. One observation is that the amp seems to like to work fairly hard. Maybe this is down to the passive pre offering less resistance to the incoming signal at higher volume setting? I'm only guessing here of course.

    Was listening to Talk Talk Spirit of Eden (on vinyl) earlier and at higher levels it sounded simply wonderful (neighbours were out thank goodness). Dynamics were more vivid, vocals cleaner and with more body and inflection. I believe Royd did a bit of work with NVA some years ago - perhaps I'm reaping the benefit of that just now.

    The comforting thing is that the system seems to have settled again - and as a result I'm sleeping better too.
    Richard.

    Round & round bits: LP12/Cirkus/Kore/Herc II/Roksan Nima/Hana EL
    Megabits: MacBook/Sony CDP-X303ES/TEAC UD-H01 dac
    Making it louder bits: Phonostage: Dynavector P75 Amp: Cyrus 8vs/PSX-R Speakers: Royd Sintra II
    Connecting it together bits i/c's: Flashback Premier. Speaker cables: Van Damme Hifi

  8. #8
    Join Date: Feb 2008

    Posts: 18

    Default

    Thanks - I must admit this is quite a nice looking place. So many forums seem to suffer from aesthetics issues. This one seems quite well laid out. I also see Mr C and Mr Dunn are here too - I may have to pop back and have a chat with them from time to time.

    The power amp's not new, whereas the P50 is only a few days old. One observation is that the amp seems to like to work fairly hard. Maybe this is down to the passive pre offering less resistance to the incoming signal at higher volume setting? I'm only guessing here of course.
    I've still got my P50 that I bought from Richard some time back, and one of the main things I have found with it is that it adds absolutely nothing to the signal at all whatsoever. So yes - the A60 really is having to do all the work and maybe the fact that it is being worked hard is what is bringing the best out of it.

    Interestingly, and you may already be aware of this from elsewhere, I brought my P50 to a bake-off about 6 months ago where, to the surprise of all present, it seemed to work exceptionally well with the host's monobloc digital amps.

  9. #9
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Mid Lincs

    Posts: 1,437
    I'm Buffet-blower.

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JonR View Post

    Interestingly, and you may already be aware of this from elsewhere, I brought my P50 to a bake-off about 6 months ago where, to the surprise of all present, it seemed to work exceptionally well with the host's monobloc digital amps.
    Aah - hadn't read about that one Jon, most interesting indeed.

    I have thought about giving my P50 a go into the Puresound A30, using that as a power amp with the volume on max. That way I would gain a tape loop to drive my headphone amp.

    Saying that though, the A60 sounds so damn good now I'm not sure it would be any better - just different.
    Richard.

    Round & round bits: LP12/Cirkus/Kore/Herc II/Roksan Nima/Hana EL
    Megabits: MacBook/Sony CDP-X303ES/TEAC UD-H01 dac
    Making it louder bits: Phonostage: Dynavector P75 Amp: Cyrus 8vs/PSX-R Speakers: Royd Sintra II
    Connecting it together bits i/c's: Flashback Premier. Speaker cables: Van Damme Hifi

  10. #10
    Join Date: Feb 2008

    Posts: 18

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gromit View Post
    Aah - hadn't read about that one Jon, most interesting indeed.

    I have thought about giving my P50 a go into the Puresound A30, using that as a power amp with the volume on max. That way I would gain a tape loop to drive my headphone amp.

    Saying that though, the A60 sounds so damn good now I'm not sure it would be any better - just different.
    You've just reminded me that the A30 can run in power-amp mode only so at least you have the opportunity now to do the comparison if you feel like it! I know that from my own experience of trying Richard's power amps at home, in conjunction with the P50, is the extent to which they major on detail - I remember being amazed at some of the low-level information that got picked up during the home dem. If detail and insight is your bag, the A60 will be a no-brainer I should think!

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 120 1231151101 ... LastLast



 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •