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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Have you not been tempted to go active with a digital crossover? You seem to have paid a lot of attention to detail with this set up so I guess you considered it.

    Very impressive set up btw
    Interesting question Macca.

    In the past I have played a lot with digital crossovers and bi-amping of subs with main speakers etc. I mainly used the TACT 2.2X pre-amp for this purpose with an EAR 861 power amp driving the main speakers and a Class A Sugden A21 driving the subs. The system sounded beautiful, but I found myself being slowly dragged into becoming a reluctant programmer rather than just enjoying the music. What compounded this problem ten fold, was that I was a founder user of computer based music using Phasure XXHighend software. Anyone that has tried that will know its a nightmare to get right.

    Fed up with all that fiddling of controls I lost interest in Hi-Fi for a couple of years, until I heard the system in Slawa's house and fell in love with music all over again. for me the essence of what I am doing is KISS (keep it simple stupid). Fewer components higher quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    look very nice... there were some grundig alnico tweeters like that on the bay earlier. seem nice magnet housings
    Been keeping an eye on those for spares but the seller has failed to respond to any of my question about further details. He is either away on holiday for a month or totally incompetent. I do however have a pair of Greencone tweeters in store in case anything nasty happens.

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    Been trying to get a good photo of the open baffle speakers. Quite difficult with shiny surface and lots of reflections.Open baffle.jpg

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    Try using an LED torch or worklamp a few feet away from the speaker at an angle where it won't reflect towards the camera. I find that works.
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    Main system: MMs/ADCs/Low output MC's/One rare Japanese SUT/One scarce British phono stage/various tonearms/hefty Japanese DD TT and hefty Japanese BD TT and small British BD TT. 4 CD players/2 jitter buster/2 DACs/Valve buffer. TVC stepped attenuator or valve pre-amp or solid state pre-amp. Current dumping power-amp or either of two Class A SS power-amp or Class A EL34 valve monos or big Japanese (part Class A) integrated. Big dual concentric speakers/Smaller dual concentric speakers/Two way British compacts and full range speakers, amongst others. And too much more to list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Try using an LED torch or worklamp a few feet away from the speaker at an angle where it won't reflect towards the camera. I find that works.
    Thanks Geoff. Will give it a go later - listening to football at present

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    My system has been improved still further by the installation of SW1X silver cabling throughout. This includes:

    USB cable
    All interconnects
    Speaker cables
    All mains cables

    The high pass capacitor on the Saba Greencone has been bypassed to allow that driver to run full range. There is no fear of over extending the Sabas as my amps max out at 2 Watts but the improvement to SQ is great, with added gravitas in the lower midband.

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    Nice system, showing evidence of a goodly dose of lateral thinking. Looks great Chris, and I'm sure sounds it, too!

    Just one thing - you need to learn to use Photobucket or Imageshack, and post properly enlarged pics... I bloody hate thumbnails!

    Marco.
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    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. Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X preamp. Modified Goldpoint SA4M-47 passive 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.

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