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  1. #21
    Join Date: Feb 2012

    Location: Falun, Sweden

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    I'm Mike.

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    Yup, jason, it was worth the pennies!

    I have actually made a a major change in my system as of this weekend. The Marantz products have been p/x:ed for a new frontend, with digital AND analog source switching and of volume control?

    The new front end is delivering the sweetest sounds i have ever heard in my environment! Analog, detailed, grainless ,powerful and smooth, all in one package! The dynamics are magnificent and somehow i understand more when people say that digital does sound very differently, from various sources.
    Alright, of course there are differences, i know and hear them too.
    But differences between digital sources are in my world relatively small, when compared to analog source components such as turntables, pickups etc.

    So once more a simplification has happened in my setup, the Marantz Pre and Network Player has been replaced by a Bladelius Embla DL Classic.
    This is a file player and DAC that also have an excellent preamp with analog connection possibilites. Files are played from UPnP source or an USB Mass Storage device such as an external hard drive.
    And it does sound absolutely magnificent!

    Will post some further info and pics later! Now, back to playing music!


    Regards Mike

  2. #22
    Join Date: Feb 2012

    Location: Falun, Sweden

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    I'm Mike.

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    The rack is getting slimmer and slimmer... Now it's almost tidy..

    From top to bottom:
    Heybrook TT2 with TPS motor control unit.
    Tom Evans MicroGroove X
    Bladelius Embla DL CLassic
    Bladelius Balder

    Not pictured:
    Tellurium Q Blue speaker cables
    and Dali 40SE speakers

    /Mike

  3. #23
    Join Date: Feb 2012

    Location: Falun, Sweden

    Posts: 2,184
    I'm Mike.

    Default A twist in time...

    This is what it looks like at the moment. I am fortunate enough to be blessed with both a spacious flat and an understanding better half. That means that even the monstrous Dali 40SE's are welcome!


    And there i sit and wonder, over the newly found bass resonances that makes you seasick... Nah, not entirely true, but twisting the room 90 woke some resonances that are hard to tame.

    Listening to Yello is out of the question until i get it sorted...

    And i finally got around to the idler turntables!

    Have still to find out what all the fuzz is about though. Even with new v-block bearings...


    //Mike

  4. #24
    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Derbyshire

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    I'm Josie.

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    Bloody lovely... What an amazing looking drum... - Very, very nice indeed, Mike!

    I had some Dali Helicon 800 MkII's once, lovely speakers but they were too big for my room unfortunately.
    Preamplifier: Croft Epoch Elite - Dual external PSU & Upgrades
    Amplifier: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp No. 5 using KT150's
    Digital: Raspberry Pi & ALLO Piano DAC & KALI - IQAudio DAC with SBooster Linear BOBW PSU & Trio DP700 CDP
    Turntable: Thorens TD124 MkII - Schopper refurbished
    Tonearm: SME 3009 S2 None Improved - Audio Origami modified
    Cartridge: Ortofon SPU GT
    Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Lockwood Majors with Tannoyista Spec 3 crossovers
    Cables/Mains: Mark Grant Black Series mains cables & 6-Way power bar
    Cables/IC's: Mark Grant HDX1 Pure Copper + Custom made Silver/Gold interconnects
    Mains Other: Tube Distinctions/Mark Grant 'The Power Works' Digital noise mains power filter TD2414-MG - Nick Gorham DC Blocker unit constructed by Mark Grant

  5. #25
    Join Date: Feb 2012

    Location: Falun, Sweden

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    I'm Mike.

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    Thx Joe!

    I actually have a story to tell regarding a pair of Helicons 800's!
    I bought a pair of nice headphones a couple of years back, a pair of Denon AH-D7000.
    When i went to collect them we naturally started talking about musik and hifi and the guy, very proudly, invited me for a quick listen to his Hifi.
    I was seated in sweetspot and the guy played some music on his Denon PMA-2000 and its matching CD/SACD connected to a pair of Helicon 800's
    I was baffled... There was absolutely no top end extension at all?!?!?

    Upon examining the connections made, it was easy to see that he had been using his very expensive speakers without the jumpers to the top end terminals connected for almost two years.
    We made some jumpers and he was a happy camper, however a little unused to the full frequency at first. He did give me big thanks and reduced the price on the headphones!


    "drum"
    Must be some expression i am unaware of?
    Or you have discovered something in the pics that i am unaware of?

    Anyway, thx!
    //Mike
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  6. #26
    Join Date: Mar 2011

    Location: Central Scotland

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    I'm Peter.

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    Mike I've sent you a pm.

    Stunning photography, excellent!!

    As to your audio gear, wOw beautiful, that Heybrook tt is sublime looking, beautiful simple looking. And your Luxman, what can I say.............speechless.

    Keep us updated, and more b/w photo's please.

    Thank you.
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  7. #27
    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 17,484
    I'm Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaGTV View Post
    "drum"
    Must be some expression i am unaware of?
    Or you have discovered something in the pics that i am unaware of?

    //Mike
    'Drum' - Cockney slang meaning house or flat. e.g 'The rozzers gave my drum a spin looking for that hookey tom.'
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200 with Sumiko h/s & Nagaoka MP50 * Firebottle valve MM phono stage * Parasound CDPi1000 * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *



    "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S Thompson

  8. #28
    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Derbyshire

    Posts: 7,287
    I'm Josie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    'Drum' - Cockney slang meaning house or flat. e.g 'The rozzers gave my drum a spin looking for that hookey tom.'
    Shat it you slaaaag! - Thanks ol' chap...

    Yes, sorry about the confusion there... lol
    Preamplifier: Croft Epoch Elite - Dual external PSU & Upgrades
    Amplifier: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp No. 5 using KT150's
    Digital: Raspberry Pi & ALLO Piano DAC & KALI - IQAudio DAC with SBooster Linear BOBW PSU & Trio DP700 CDP
    Turntable: Thorens TD124 MkII - Schopper refurbished
    Tonearm: SME 3009 S2 None Improved - Audio Origami modified
    Cartridge: Ortofon SPU GT
    Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in Lockwood Majors with Tannoyista Spec 3 crossovers
    Cables/Mains: Mark Grant Black Series mains cables & 6-Way power bar
    Cables/IC's: Mark Grant HDX1 Pure Copper + Custom made Silver/Gold interconnects
    Mains Other: Tube Distinctions/Mark Grant 'The Power Works' Digital noise mains power filter TD2414-MG - Nick Gorham DC Blocker unit constructed by Mark Grant

  9. #29
    Join Date: Feb 2012

    Location: Falun, Sweden

    Posts: 2,184
    I'm Mike.

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    Thank you, gentlemen! I suspected t'was bout the flat, but i couldn't figure it out.
    Every day is an opportunity to learn something new, and you'll never now when the knowledge will come in handy!
    Thx!

  10. #30
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Wrexham, North Wales, UK

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    I'm AudioAl'sArbiterForPISHANTO.

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    Beautiful flat and system, Mike!

    I like your taste in decor

    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.

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