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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

    Default What Is Your Favourite Bit of Kit?

    This is a hard one for me. I love my whole system.

    The Tannoys bring me huge pleasure, as does my amazingly capable Monarchy Audio gear. I'm very fond of the remarkably good Pioneer PD-S505 Precision CD players. The 774 arm is a class act on my turntable.

    The recently purchased Quad 306 power amp and vintage KEF Corelli speakers have proved to be excellent.

    Hmm, It's got to be the irreplaceable MingDa MC-9 TVC pre-amp I think. What this does with music astonishes me each time I connect it into the system.



    What are you favourites?
    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: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

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    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Impossible to say - like you, I love my whole system.
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?

    Barry

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    Join Date: Nov 2015

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    Thats a tough question.

    The thing that brings me the most satisfaction is the Pioneer CS-77A speakers. They looks so good but sound even better. I must admit, the graft it took to get them up to scratch probably lends a lot to my feelings towards them.

    The Firebottle Monoblocks and FB-OTP are the biggest jump in quality.

    The one item I wouldn't be happy parting with though is the TT.

    The Mission arm is an absolute beast and I am convinced ot cant be beat for sensible money, the ZYX is the best cartridge ive either owned or heard. And the Toshiba SR370 just looks the bollocks and does everything right. Ill never let the TT go so thats my fave.

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    Mission 774 OG Tonearm > Toshiba SR 370 Turntable > ZYX R50 Bloom cartridge > Firebottle OTP Phono Stage > Firebottle Monoblocks > Fisual Hollywood Speaker Cables > Pioneer CS-77A Speakers

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    Join Date: Sep 2014

    Location: brighton uk.

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    I'm jamie.

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    and me,i love my turntable
    My System/ Mordaunt Short Signifer,Celestion Ditton 66,Monitor Audio R952 MD,Pioneer PLC-1700, DD,TT ,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,,Mission 774,Ortofon 2M BLACK ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,Technics sl-pg490 CD

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    Join Date: Feb 2012

    Location: Falun, Sweden

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    I'm Mike.

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    Like you guys i am very pleased with my whole setup right now.
    But if i only got to keep one particular piece it'd be the power amp, my Karan KA S270. The most hard to give up item would be my Orbe SE!

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    Ill never let the TT go so thats my fave.
    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: Sep 2009

    Location: Bournemouth

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    I'm Dan.

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    Bit of tough one

    Everything i have i love - The Sony La Scala system with Electrostatics - sub 2000 when new
    Tannoy 615 MK2 - Rare Beasts not seen often
    Audio Note ANJ/D
    Aristons - RD 80 & 40's both with Linn tonearms
    Both Rega's - Both Precision Pioneers
    Thorens - TD 125 - SME Arm & Plinth - Sony TA&ST 88 - SS-70's
    Collection is substantial and i adore and very lucky to own - i have a lot more too see signatures for details

    But very fond of the lower end market too which i love to play around with amazing what you can do if you search for it
    Main System: Creek 6060 Amplifier & Musical Fidelity E50 Tuner & Pioneer PD S505 Precision CD Player & Tannoy DC1000 Speakers + Linn Interconnects & Van Den Hul The Wind hybrid Speaker Cable
    Vinyl -
    Rega Planer 2 with Rega Britain Green 250 Tonearm & Upgraded Van Den Hul Oil Bearing & Ortofon Super OM-10 & Roksan R Mat 5.
    Second System:
    Technics - SU-C909U Pre Amplifier & SE-A909S Power Amplifier & Technics ST-GT 1000 Tuner & Marantz CD67 Original SE CD player & Thorens TD-125 MK1 Turntable & SME 3009 Series 1 & Shure V15 Type II Cartridge & SME 2000 Plinth & Dali Zensor 1 Speakers.
    Fun:
    Technics SE HD501 Amplifier / Tuner / CD Player / - Technics SL J110R Turntable - P24 Cartridge/Stylus - Technics SB30 Mini Monitor Speakers
    13 All in...

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    Join Date: Feb 2017

    Location: Essex-Herts border

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    I'm Matt.

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    My Graaf GM50 amp. The only thing I've heard that beats it is a Vitus Audio amp at a price I doubt I'd ever be able to afford.
    Mind you, my Orbe would also be nigh-impossible to replace.
    And then my Modded Jolida DAC makes digital music sound spot on.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

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    I'm Phil.

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    my speakers currently . they have been a Godsend after being forced to relinquish my beautiful martin logan summit x
    modwright 36.5 DM /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/bel canto 3.5, vbs , bel canto fm1
    sonos, . dct300/ /isotek sigmas /rfc xlr/chord epic cabling/Kimber select/verity audio rienzi speakers

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    Join Date: Apr 2016

    Location: souf east for work

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    I'm paul.

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    I am content with my complete set up but as I built my turntable plinth and arm board, then it has to be the Denon DP80 with Stax UA-70 arm.
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT

    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

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