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    Those rare plugs are a pain in the butt! I'll cut the end off in a heartbeat and put a good end on it. What bugs me is the Mark Levenson preamps that have the power cable input smack in the center of the bottom! What with the popularity of aftermarket power cords, seems like a dumb move. And other than freeing up space on the rear panel, I can't think of a single reason why they would choose to be difficult?

    And let's not forget the Camac connector, was it called? While everyone else on the planet was using RCA connectors, Levenson decides to go with proprietary jacks? Another shot to the foot, did we learn nothing from Batamax? But it seems they have gotten over them in recent years. I have come close to making the purchase on a Levenson preamp on more than one occasion, I like everything else about it, but that sticking point about the power plug weighs on my mind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    People who think 'they know best'. It really annoys those of us that do.
    He he he, more specifically, people who just cannot accept a difference of opinion.

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    TV car adverts that say something like 'only 279 a month', but fail to mention, 'RRP 27,000, but you will pay 43,000 over five years'. Deliberately misleading!
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    Dog poop on the pavement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    TV car adverts that say something like 'only 279 a month', but fail to mention, 'RRP 27,000, but you will pay 43,000 over five years'. Deliberately misleading!
    Or......only 159 a month and in tiny writing at the bottom of the screen " plus 6000 deposit and one off end of contract payment of 3500 ".
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamS View Post
    Dog poop on the pavement!
    Whatever happened to white dog poo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaGT View Post
    Those rare plugs are a pain in the butt! I'll cut the end off in a heartbeat and put a good end on it. What bugs me is the Mark Levenson preamps that have the power cable input smack in the center of the bottom! What with the popularity of aftermarket power cords, seems like a dumb move. And other than freeing up space on the rear panel, I can't think of a single reason why they would choose to be difficult?

    And let's not forget the Camac connector, was it called? While everyone else on the planet was using RCA connectors, Levenson decides to go with proprietary jacks? Another shot to the foot, did we learn nothing from Batamax? But it seems they have gotten over them in recent years. I have come close to making the purchase on a Levenson preamp on more than one occasion, I like everything else about it, but that sticking point about the power plug weighs on my mind.


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    Not sure I understand what you mean about Levinson gear having the mains cable in the centre of the bottom (base?)? All of my Levinson gear has the IEC mains connector on the rear panel, usually to one side or the other, with the exception of the ML2s, which have the connector and fuse unit located at the centre of the rear panel. Not that I experiment with after-market mains cables: just use 'kettle' leads, or ones I have assembled.

    Understand what you mean about the CAMAC connectors, but they are infinitely preferable IMO to the horrid RCA 'phono' connectors. CAMACs are readily obtainable from Fischer, or from Lemo - but they are expensive. My Levinsons uses them (or XLRs), but then my system also uses just about every audio connector that has been designed!
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    and amplifiers that don't have a phono input stage.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    Whatever happened to white dog poo?
    Microsoft bought it and closed it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    Whatever happened to white dog poo?
    Dogs chew on bones much less these days and eat more tinned dog food. That's why you don't see white dog poo.

    Talking of which - one of my pet hates is the neighbour's cat defaecating on my lawn. I have to pick it up and walk 200m to the nearest 'dog poo' bin to dispose of it before I can cut the grass!
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