I endorse Rob and Steve’s sentiments wholeheartedly and would add that what we’re trying to create is a platform on which enthusiasts, dealers and manufacturers can talk to each other and, crucially, obtain mutual benefit. The dialogue exchanged must therefore be respectful and constructive.
The atmosphere on the forum has to be right in order to achieve that, and through speaking to some prominent members of the industry recently it has become blatantly obvious that this is precisely what isn’t happening on other forums. Consequently, apart from dealers advertising their products on some of the bigger sites, the industry pretty much shuns the Internet forum world. We believe this is contributing to the current malaise in high-end hi-fi, and a situation we aim to address on The Art of Sound.
Other than that, we would like to provide our members with a place where they feel that they can be themselves and express their views on hi-fi, music, and any other permitted subject, without peer pressure, one-upmanship, and a feeling of having to conform to some accepted ‘norm’. There are no cliques, hidden agendas, nor any preferential treatment given; and not only will our members themselves be treated with respect but also their opinions and observations, particularly those of people who may not have the same level of experience with hi-fi as others. With that in mind, the forum will be strictly but fairly moderated.
We therefore wish all our members a fun and productive time on The Art of Sound!
Modified Technics SL-1210MK5G/Mike New high-precision bearing/Funk Firm Platter/5mm Achromat and Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (with regulator modules)/DCSXL pure-silver DC lead & Yaeger (low-impedance) connector. Ortofon RS212D tonearm (fitted to 'Speedy Steve' custom-made Ebony armboard). Yannis Tome 423.5 Phono Silver Litz tonearm cable (fitted with Furutech CF-DIN(R) and Eichmann silver Bullet Plugs)/Ortofon SPU Royal GM MKII cartridge. Other cartridges: vintage Shure SC35C and Stanton 500AL. Bruil record weight. Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 transport/DAC. Nakamichi BX-125E. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Ortofon ST80SE MC step-up transformer. Nick G modified Lentek MC 'head amp'. Tube Distinctions 50W pure Class A (P/P) Copper amp, with cryo-treated Tung Sol KT120s. 'Lockwood Major' speakers, using 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds, modified with bespoke crossovers. Other speakers used: Celestion Ditton 66 Studio Monitors. Stands: Mana Acoustics (non-magnetic stainless steel 'clones'). Cables: Mains Cables R Us 'Ultimate' power leads (using Furukawa EE/F-S 2mm & 2.6mm solid-core cable), with Furutech FI-50 IECs and FI-1363R 13A plugs. Mains block: Mark Grant 6-way, modded with Furutech FP-1363R sockets and Furukawa cable. Mark Grant G2000HD interconnects, with WBT NextGen-0110Ag RCAs. Oyaide FTVS510 digital interconnect, with WBT NextGen-0110Ag RCAs. VDH 'The Wind' Hybrid II speaker cable. Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW 16.5 record cleaner.