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    Having just read all the posts in what spare kit all you guys have, it dawned on me, Is it the the favourite individual bit of kit, or the the Sum of all the bits.

    This is a 50 year journey, about loads of Money spent on what I thought would suit..... but never did ! (And ended up in the cupboard/ wardrobe or elsewhere!)

    I won't go in to my final system with any detail because we all have our own favourites. Mine is the best to me!!! And maybe not to others.

    However, I have stuck with Kef Speakers until my final change. Amps / preamps / TT's / Cartridges / Tuners / DAC's have all been swooped, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

    What I'm trying to say... not very eloquently. Is it not the the Sum of the Parts and not any one piece of kit?

    What I've got now.... does it for me in spades, both in musicality and total enjoyment.

    Any thoughts ?????


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    Agree it is the sum of the parts. It's getting the sum to add up to the right answer though. And I was never great at maths.

    For me it is a combination of kit I wanted to try for years and tracked down and kit that came up by chance and took my fancy. There's always a buyer for everything out there somewhere but the rate of kit coming in exceeded the rate of it going out for several years and it doesn't take long with that happening before you have a house full of the bloody stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Agree it is the sum of the parts. It's getting the sum to add up to the right answer though. And I was never great at maths.

    For me it is a combination of kit I wanted to try for years and tracked down and kit that came up by chance and took my fancy. There's always a buyer for everything out there somewhere but the rate of kit coming in exceeded the rate of it going out for several years and it doesn't take long with that happening before you have a house full of the bloody stuff.
    Good post Martin.

    Agree with everything you say - it's all only a means to an end: that of replaying music.

    Like you, my collection is a mixture of the aspirational; stuff I've always wanted to try, but couldn't afford at the time, and of stuff which as you say "caught my eye". Very little of it has been a disappointment, and those items that havn't come up to scratch have been sold on. My system(s) is(are) very important to me - in fact they are essential, so I always have spare bits of kit should something fail.

    However having said that, I am a bit of a fan of certain makes of gear, so do have an uneccessarily large collection of certain manufacturers: Mark Levinson, Quad, SME and Thorens. Furthermore I find the electromechanics of vinyl replay fascinating, so again have an uneccessarily large collection of (mostly vintage) cartridges and arms.

    My girlfriend can't understand why I have so much stuff, but just accepts the fact that I do have a lot of kit. Fortunately she doesn't know how much has been spent on it all!
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    Macca, I totally agree.

    What you thought were the greatest components.... just didn't do it !!

    What done it for me.. was a very old McIntosh MA 2275 Amp (retubed with Psvane tubes) / Townsend Rock 7 / Decca Super Gold and the stupendous Revolver Cygnis speakers. The other stuff just matched perfectly.

    The McIntosh CD550 is also the dogs.

    Sorry..... but very old fashioned

    It's what does it for you in a relatively small room. 7m x 5m


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    Sum of all the parts together for sure.
    I have great bits of kit, so much better all together
    Technics 1210, MCRU Linear PSU, Mike New Bearing & Platter, Stillpoints LP1 weight, Speedy Steve Ebony armboard, Fidelity Research FR64FX arm, Ortofon SPU. LP12/Aro/Lyra Dorian, Aurorasound VIDA Phono Pre Amp, Ortofon ST80SE SUT, Rega Isis CD, Marigo Labs Clear Transformation CD mat, Belles VT-01 MK II Pre Amp, Belles MB200 Mono Power Amps, TAD E1 speakers. Creaktiv racks, Mains Cables: Coherent, MCRU Ultimate, Interconnects : Coherent and Yannis 223.5 Connect Litz, TQ. Coherent speaker cable. Audio Magic Transcendence Conditioner. Coherent socket

    Mike

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    Mike, if it does it for you......... it's right

    Names don't really matter (High End .... or Higher End).

    Unfortunately there is some serious bollocks out there. But also so seriously good stuff.

    It's a hard world..... many dealers out there just want you to spend loads.. for no reason or improvement.

    Peter


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    same here. majority of my gear no-one would take without threats
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    Grant,

    Reading you previous posts, I doubt you have anything other than superb kit.

    Peter


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyse6748 View Post
    Grant,

    Reading you previous posts, I doubt you have anything other than superb kit.

    Peter


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    trick is blending things to suit me Peter. i got shot of the more expensive bigger name stuff because i blended the stuff ive got so well to suit me. others might think different. im probably doing everything others think wrong, but ive been around long enough to not care. i think it is now sounding super. but its only been like this for a couple of months. before it wasup and down as often as a hoors drawers
    I might add no-one has actually heard it since I got it right lol
    Regards,
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    How True,

    50 years of trying and less that a month of absolute happiness.

    I'm in you're corner, that's for sure.

    Peter


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