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  1. #41
    Join Date: Nov 2008

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    1) Do you find yourself regularly (or constantly) browsing ebay and/or the classifieds section of forums 'just in case something interesting pops up'? Yes

    2) Do you have a Gallery thread here, many pages long, where it's mostly you posting, telling folks about something you've just bought/done to your system? No

    3) Are your posts here and/or elsewhere, about music-related subjects, dwarfed in number by your hi-fi related ones? Not dwarfed but probably yes.

    4) Have you started more threads on forums, outlining some problem or other with your system, as opposed to ones outlining how it's delighting you? No

    5) Overall so far, have you spent *significantly* more on hi-fi equipment and ancillaries than on music, whether in a downloaded, streamed or physical format? Probably 50/50

    6) Is your ratio of 'tinkering to listening' *significantly* biased towards tinkering? No

    7) Do you own more equipment that's currently sitting redundant, as opposed to being used regularly for its designed purpose? No

    8) Does your listening space resemble a hi-fi shop/museum/'workshop' more than simply a comfortable space to relax and enjoy music? Yes and No. Two listening spaces one living room, one a work/review space, where there is more kit sitting around than in use.

    9) Do you buy hi-fi equipment under the premise of it being 'easy to move on', if necessary, as opposed enjoying it for as long as possible, regardless? No But I have bought the odd thing in the hope that if it doesn't fit I can sell it easily, which often hasn't been the case

    10) Does the cost of the hi-fi equipment/ancillaries you currently own *considerably* outweigh the cost [what you've paid, not current value] of your physical music collection? No about 50/50 at a guess
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    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.

  2. #42
    Join Date: Jul 2016

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    I'm Brook.

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    1) Do you find yourself regularly (or constantly) browsing ebay and/or the classifieds sections of forums, 'just in case something interesting pops up'? No.
    2) Do you have a Gallery thread here, many pages long, where it's mostly you posting, telling folks about something you've just bought/done to your system? No
    3) Are your posts here and/or elsewhere, about music-related subjects, dwarfed in number by your hi-fi related ones? No
    4) Have you started more threads on forums, outlining some problem or other with your system, as opposed to ones outlining how it's delighting you? No
    5) Overall so far, have you spent *significantly* more on hi-fi equipment and ancillaries than on music, whether in a downloaded, streamed or physical format? No.
    6) Is your ratio of 'tinkering to listening' *significantly* biased towards tinkering? No.
    7) Do you own more equipment that's currently sitting redundant, as opposed to being used regularly for its designed purpose? No.
    8) Does your listening space resemble a hi-fi shop/museum/'workshop' more than simply a comfortable space to relax and enjoy music? No, SWMBO would have a fit.
    9) Do you buy hi-fi equipment under the premise of it being 'easy to move on', if necessary, as opposed enjoying it for as long as possible, regardless? No.
    10) Does the cost of the hi-fi equipment/ancillaries you currently own *considerably* outweigh the cost [what you've paid, not current value] of your physical music collection? No.

  3. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Or, in the wrong hands, an ILLNESS [form of neurosis] ...

    All journeys, however, eventually come to an end.....once one reaches one's destination.... So I guess the question is: where is your destination?

    Marco.
    My journey's end ....



    Jerry

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  4. #44
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    Rather than answering, and no I'm not afraid to face the music, it would be interesting to hear a description of everyone's internal algorithms; the directing of energy towards their systems, what they expect to achieve or do with them and how they interact with them to achieve that.

    Perhaps a little indulgently;

    I have far more money invested in my system than in music, but I think I am very selective with music, and am looking for a very narrow range of (artistic) things within what is available, and from within many genres.

    I don't post about music because that is an entirely personal thing related to sensitivity, sensibility, personal disposition, and personality, and being a bit weird I do not share many people's outlooks.

    I browse Ebay occasionally, but to contemplate old models which have a pinnacled history of greatness, eg; HF 1300s.

    My desire with improved sound quality is to get closer to the original creative act and extract the most I can from it rather than a fascination with what it does as a 'show off performance' as I have seen done by demonstrators at Hi-Fi shows. (abysmal art but vivacious ebullient effusive sounds).

    Tweeking or tinkering for me is not an enjoyment, but a desire to optimise any piece of gear, eg., speaker cables to get the best from an amp, and I will modify to improve if I can, especially where corners are cut by manufacturers for cost reasons, eg internal speaker bracing.

    Once a system is optimised, I may ask, do I want to go any further, but I am now so happy with what I have I am unlikely to change it.

    This is the first time in my life when I have had some spare unused equipment, and I cannot contemplate having more than one system because I think all my resources should go into making one system the best it can be.

    I do admit that my lounge is a little like Startrek's control desk.

  5. #45
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    Why do we do it?

    I do it because it brings beauty into my life.

  6. #46
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    I'm Grant.

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    Why do we do it?

    I DON'T anymore
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Yes, but it's not about horizontal jogging, daftee...

    Marco.
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    "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do" -- Milan Kundera.

  8. #48
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    My journey's end ....



    Yesh, it ends with your final system containing a big pair of Tannoys and a musical conversion to hip-hop!

    Marco.
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  9. #49
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yesh, it ends with your final system containing a big pair of Tannoys ....

    Marco.
    Ah, a sad way to go.
    Deaf and with terminal dementia.

    Jerry

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  10. #50
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yes, but it's not about horizontal jogging, daftee...

    Marco.
    Doesn't matter what it's about mate. I don't do it no more
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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