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    Join Date: Aug 2014

    Location: Derbyshire

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    I'm Matthew.

    Default Next steps to "complete" my system?

    After a few years of messing around with various components, I feel relatively settled with what I have now and don't currently have the urge to try anything different (though these things can change in an instant, when scanning the classifieds, as I'm sure you all understand ).

    This has got me wondering what to do next with my system to finish it off "properly", or perhaps it should be left as is, if new purchases would be a total waste of cash. Here's what I've got now:

    Sources: Garrard 401, Audio Note Arm 1 (all fettled and running well), Calyx DAC
    Phono amplification: S&B TX103 SUT or Silvercore MC and Leben RS30EQ
    Amplification: Leben CS600
    Speakers: Cadence Amaya
    Interconnects: Standard black Linns from when I had a DS, Cambridge Audio from when I was a student 20 years ago and sound no different to the Living Voice ICs I've got
    Speaker cables: Maplin Shark OFC
    Power Cables: Wilko block, kettle leads

    In what order might it be best to look at things, or leave things as they are? Things sound good to me but, as always, could things sound better and what would you look at, if anything? In general components are good, and I'm happy - the stuff joining it all together is standard stuff, but "adequate".

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    Join Date: Jul 2010

    Location: Cheltenham

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    I'm Charlie.

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    Have you bought a wet vacuum record cleaner? If not, that should be your number one upgrade along with a box of new inside covers (available from places like covers33)

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    Join Date: Mar 2012

    Location: West Yorkshire

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    I'm Bruce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddieedwards View Post
    I feel relatively settled with what I have now and don't currently have the urge to try anything different
    ...Hence your post here! I feel it all too well.

    On my Calyx, I changed out the PS cap for a Panasonc short FM or FC (can't remember which), which brought an added level of clarity. I've also seen WA Quantum chips that can be put on DAC chips or opamps. Good reviews on the results, for not much layout of cash, though I've not yet tried them. I've played a bit with isolation on the DAC, DIY rollerblocks over innertube, with good effect on added naturalness to the sound.

    I also added a DC-blocker in front of my distribution block, with positive results for less than 50.

    Of course those are all DIY-type things to play with, taking a little time but not much money. If you are not so-wired, ignore.

    Maybe, try some speaker cable upgrades from a place that gives 30 days money back if not satisfied.
    Bruce

    Theories are not so much answers as questions, to be supported or undermined by experience & testing.

    Source: Calyx 24/192 DAC, Laptop w/JRMC. Amplification: Classe Audio 30/70 balanced. Loudspeakers: Proac Response 1sc. Cables/stands: spkr MIT MH-750 / HT Truthlink XLR, Vampire AI2, RFC Pluto, heavy sand-filled Target stands for speakers and Hi-Fi. Bass traps in corners, acoustic panels at first reflection points. Isolation: Roller bearings & cups, inner tubes. Mains: Balanced power transformer feeding hydra mains block.

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    Join Date: Aug 2014

    Location: Derbyshire

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    I'm Matthew.

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    Thanks for the responses.

    A DC blocker is something I've briefly looked in to, as I was told it could help with the occasional hum I get through the speakers. TBH, though, it is only noticeable when the system is on and silent, which is rare, so it seemed a slight waste of money and I doubted it would work as it seemed a little foo like!

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    Join Date: Mar 2012

    Location: West Yorkshire

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    I'm Bruce.

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    I'm not thinking in terms of conventional wisdom about DC blockers. DC leaking at a certain level produces hum in transformers, yes. But several people in the last year have found that even without hum, a DC blocker results in better presentation of fleshed out instruments and 3-dimensional space by addressing the mains noise related to low level DC leakage.
    Bruce

    Theories are not so much answers as questions, to be supported or undermined by experience & testing.

    Source: Calyx 24/192 DAC, Laptop w/JRMC. Amplification: Classe Audio 30/70 balanced. Loudspeakers: Proac Response 1sc. Cables/stands: spkr MIT MH-750 / HT Truthlink XLR, Vampire AI2, RFC Pluto, heavy sand-filled Target stands for speakers and Hi-Fi. Bass traps in corners, acoustic panels at first reflection points. Isolation: Roller bearings & cups, inner tubes. Mains: Balanced power transformer feeding hydra mains block.

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    Join Date: Dec 2013

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    I'm mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddieedwards View Post
    After a few years of messing around with various components, I feel relatively settled with what I have now and don't currently have the urge to try anything different (though these things can change in an instant, when scanning the classifieds, as I'm sure you all understand ).

    This has got me wondering what to do next with my system to finish it off "properly", or perhaps it should be left as is, if new purchases would be a total waste of cash. Here's what I've got now:

    • Sources: Garrard 401, Audio Note Arm 1 (all fettled and running well), Calyx DAC
    • Phono amplification: S&B TX103 SUT or Silvercore MC and Leben RS30EQ
    • Amplification: Leben CS600
    • Speakers: Cadence Amaya
    • Interconnects: Standard black Linns from when I had a DS, Cambridge Audio from when I was a student 20 years ago and sound no different to the Living Voice ICs I've got
    • Speaker cables: Maplin Shark OFC
    • Power Cables: Wilko block, kettle leads

    In what order might it be best to look at things, or leave things as they are? Things sound good to me but, as always, could things sound better and what would you look at, if anything? In general components are good, and I'm happy - the stuff joining it all together is standard stuff, but "adequate".
    keep all that good stuff and start a "system b"... compare, and once your happy that what you already have is what you want....err..give me "system b".
    cheers
    Mike.

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    Join Date: Nov 2013

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    I'm Steven.

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    If you're happy, why on earth change anything? Forget cables. Certainly a Loricraft PRC4 is a great asset if you have lots of vinyl. Otherwise, keep the money for music and concerts.
    Aries - Devialet 250 Pro - Harbeth SHL5+ with a REL S/2
    Aries Mini - Audiolab M-One - Harbeth P3ESR

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    I'm David.

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    You're now at the stage were to upgrade any of your components is going to be bloody expensive, think in terms of at least double the cost of the replacement item to hear any significant improvement. You could try a different speaker cable or a couple of power cords, (I could possibly lend you 1 or 2 to try) but other than that if your happy with the sound leave as is. Good luck Matthew.

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    A new MC cartridge is always a pleasant treat.
    Mr. Tact!

    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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    Join Date: Mar 2011

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    I'm Paul.

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    Buy LOADS of music.... you'll be so busy you won't worry what your system sounds like....

    (or buy that record cleaner a few have recommended)

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