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  1. #1
    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Canada

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    I'm Keith.

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    Hi. Keith Allingham from Canada.
    I'm vintage. I'm into vintage audio gear, and listening to vintage music (but I also listen to digital music while working on the computer). I'm a bit of a Tannoy snob, and a Carver snob (but that's gradually changing).
    In real life, I'm a writer, so I spend a lot of time in my office. Therefore, I have my main audio gear in my office, along with some desktop audio.

    My main audio system:
    Carver TFM-15cd power amp
    Carver CT-17 preamp & tuner
    Carver SD/A 450 SC player
    Pioneer PD M6 CD player
    Technics SL-1900 turntable
    Bang and Olufson Beogram RX2 turntable
    Carver TDR-1550 cassette player
    Technics SH GE70 graphic equalizer
    Tannoy 15" 3828 drivers with crossovers & custom 16x25x48 teak cabinets
    Akai 4000DS reel-to-reel tape player
    Wollensak 8-track player
    more activity on this system as we speak:
    - changing out the preamp soon
    - troubleshooting a channel cut-out problem (probably my power amp - and I just sold my backup amp!!)
    - looking into a peramp input extender solution
    - looking for Tannoy Arden Mk2 cabinets

    My desktop audio system:
    Creating Sound Blaster 5.1 sound card (low-end)
    SMSL SA-98A desktop power amp
    Tannoy 609 "desktop" speakers

    My AV system:
    Kenwood VR616 5.1 receiver
    Tannoy 615 front channel speakers
    Tannoy Saturn S6C center channel speaker
    Tannoy CP5A rear channel speakers
    DIY 15" Cerwin-Vega based passive subwoofer
    Panasonic 50" Vieta TC-P50U1 plasma TV (still decent for hockey and baseball)
    Scientific Atlanta 8300HD tuner decoder
    Sony BDP S360 BluRay player
    Pioneer PD M60 CD player
    Slingbox M2

    My family room / dining room system:
    Pioneer VSX-920 receiver
    Tannoy Chertsey 12" 3128 main speakers
    Tannoy Di5 indoor-outdoor patio speakers
    Pioneer PD DM802 CD player
    more activity on this system as we speak:
    - looking for Tannoy Cheviot Mk2 cabinets & cross-overs

    Several pieces of "backup" gear as well.
    I'll post a bunch of pics once I figure that part out...
    ( I think I attached my desktop setup...)
    Kman desktop 609s.jpg

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Hi Keith, welcome to aoS. An impressive list of gear there. How do you find the smsl amp? have heard mixed things...
    anyway enjoy the forum
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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    DENON DV2900 - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP - AVANTREE OASIS CLASS 1 BLUETOOTH - AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER23, SPOTIFY PREMIUM - ECHO DOT - SMSL M6 MINIDAC - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN's - Q ACOUSTIC BT3 actives - CANTON SUB - MAINS REGENERATED AND FILTERED.

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Keith. Welcome to AOS.

    That's a fair selection of equipment you have there. Glad to see another Tannoy fan, there are quite a few here. I'm actually using 3128 Cheviot II speakers myself.

    Tell us what music you listen to and what further plans you may have for your Hi-Fi.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
    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: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 16,426
    I'm Neil.

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    Welcome to AoS
    Regards Neil

    System 1: AMG Giro turntable, AMG 9W2 tonearm, Air Tight PC3 cartridge, Passlabs Xono phonostage, AMG Reference armcable. Accuphase DP57 CD player, Marantz SA7 SACD player, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Veracity Mystra DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi i power + JKenny JKSPIDIF, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug, for computer audio, Audio Valve RKV2 headphone amp, headphones Grado GS 1000, Balanced Audio Technology VK300se integrated amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 speakers. Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, Atlas Mavros, Speaker - QED Genesis Silver Spiral. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mark Grant distribution blocks, Equipment tables Target Audio B series.

    System 2: Loricraft Garrard 401 turntable + SME 5 tonearm + VDH MC10 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 tonearm + VDH Frog Gold cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU, SME Model 20 turntable + Graham Phantom tonearm + Ortofon MC5200 cartridge + Graham IC70 tonearm cable, Balanced Audio Technology VK10se phonostage, Moon Andromeda CD player, Esoteric P5 SACD transport and P 5 DAC, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio player, AMR DP777 DAC + HP laptop + iFi i power + Wireworld Starlight USB - for computer audio, Kenwood 8300 tuner, Revox B760 tuner, Magnum Dynalab signal sleuth, Leak Troughline tuner + EAR Stereo decoder, Revox B77 mk 2 & Revox A77 mk3 reel to reel recorders, Balanced Audio Technology VK52se pre-amplifier, Music Reference RM200 mk1 power-amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 speakers. Cabling: Signal/Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains distribution blocks Mark Grant and Russ Andrews, Equipment tables Clear Light Audio.

  5. #5
    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Canada

    Posts: 11
    I'm Keith.

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    Thanks Grant. Still figuring this little SMSL amp out. It behaved very well with my Tannoy Mercury F1 speakers. I was having trouble selling my 609s, so I decided to make them my desktop speakers. They aren't playing as nicely with the little amp, even at low levels. I used the iTunes equalizer to get the best out of the F1's, but that caused clipping issues with the 609's - they're a little more sensitive. Straightened that out (flattened it a bit with just a bit of low end boost). That worked. But yesterday I had it running for several hours, and after a while there was something else going audio-wise on that I didn't like. Can't tell what yet. Still a work in progress...

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    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Canada

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    I'm Keith.

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    Thanks Geoff.
    Other than the plans I listed, I'm looking at swapping out my Carver preamp for one that will let me connect 2 MM turntables without a switch box (hate those things). Found a nice Technics SU-9070, but the guy wants way too much for it. So I'm looking at other options. A couple of Yamaha preamps (C2 and C50) would do the trick (they're pretty dear too), plus a few other types. Right now I may go for a cool SAE TWO preamp I saw down at the used gear shop in town...

  7. #7
    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Canada

    Posts: 11
    I'm Keith.

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    Music I like:
    Maybe I should list what I don't like :-)
    I'm almost 60, so I have some affinity for a lot of 60s music, lots from the 70s and 80s, a wee bit from the 90s and later.
    I'm even starting to like some C&W music -- I said some...
    Starting to like some older 50s stuff now too.
    I used to like lots of hard rock - I still love it, but I'm enjoying some softer stuff and even some psychedelic 60s stuff as well.
    I can no longer listed to some of the 80s pop music that I loved so much (Black Cars, Neutron Dance, etc.), but still enjoy less noisy, poppy stuff.
    I'll share some play lists here soon...

  8. #8
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA0000 View Post
    Thanks Grant. Still figuring this little SMSL amp out. It behaved very well with my Tannoy Mercury F1 speakers. I was having trouble selling my 609s, so I decided to make them my desktop speakers. They aren't playing as nicely with the little amp, even at low levels. I used the iTunes equalizer to get the best out of the F1's, but that caused clipping issues with the 609's - they're a little more sensitive. Straightened that out (flattened it a bit with just a bit of low end boost). That worked. But yesterday I had it running for several hours, and after a while there was something else going audio-wise on that I didn't like. Can't tell what yet. Still a work in progress...
    Amp might not have enough guts for the dual concentrics which although more sensitive than the Mercury, need a little more current. Ive a chip amp that doesnt like harder to drive speakers even though its rated at fairly high wattage. Think they often just make these figures up with some amps. lol. The little mercuries are good for desktop duties
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    DENON DV2900 - TWIN PRO MONOBLOCK AMPLIFIERS - XIANG SHENG DAC\PRE\HEADPHONE AMP - AVANTREE OASIS CLASS 1 BLUETOOTH - AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-MSR7 & OPPO PM-3 PLANAR HEADPHONES - WIN10 JRIVER23, SPOTIFY PREMIUM - ECHO DOT - SMSL M6 MINIDAC - FULL RANGE TWIN TELEFUNKEN's - Q ACOUSTIC BT3 actives - CANTON SUB - MAINS REGENERATED AND FILTERED.

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    Join Date: Jan 2017

    Location: Canada

    Posts: 11
    I'm Keith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    Amp might not have enough guts for the dual concentrics which although more sensitive than the Mercury, need a little more current. Ive a chip amp that doesnt like harder to drive speakers even though its rated at fairly high wattage. Think they often just make these figures up with some amps. lol. The little mercuries are good for desktop duties
    True enough. I found that if I completely flattened the iTunes equalizer, the 609s sound fine with the little amp. Haven't had an issue since. Except that the 609s are really too big for my desk!

  10. #10
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Keith. Welcome to AOS.

    Impressive intro there.

    "Tannoy snob" I like that. Me too ! Seriously though, they do offer that little 'magic something' that I personally just don't hear elsewhere. Never tried Carver, but they do have a following.

    You will find that you have much in common with our members, so take a look around and feel free to join in the chat or start your own threads.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.
    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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