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    Join Date: Feb 2018

    Location: North West London

    Posts: 4
    I'm Jonathan.

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    I'm new to the Forum and this is my introduction of myself in the Welcome Area. This forum appeals to me because of my love of music, which in turn drives an active interest in hifi equipment. I've noticed already how much amazing knowledge there is among members - both about many varieties of music and also about hifi equipment. My own musical interests are mainly in opera (I sometimes write programme articles on operas in performance), but in many other kinds of classical music as well - of late years, modern and experimental classical music especially. I like jazz too, especially if I can hear it live.
    I live in North London mainly and am retired. But my wife still works, so we keep a small flat near her job, which she could not commute to easily on a daily basis from our London home. Hence two hifi systems; a main one at home, and a second system for the home-away-from home. My main system - preamp and amp at any rate - is old 1990s Krell, which it would be way too expensive to replace with anything of equivalent musical quality. But it has its down sides: in particular a massive amplifier, which can trip the circuit if turned on too fast. (I understand there are such things as dedicated circuits that electricians can run up, but probably this would be an expense too far for me.) My second system is the one I tend to chop and change. I've just sold some old Leak valve mono blocks, and would prefer something more modern and less prone to faults - probably solid state but not necessarily, because both my wife and I love the valve sound (and look). My preamp in that second system is a classic Sansui CA 2000, which worked beautifully with the Leaks. I'm now looking for something else to partner it with, which needn't be too powerful because our living room there is not large. I've just bought on Ebay some Sonus Faber Concertino Domus speakers for that system, together with dedicated stands, to replace a pair of Dynaudio Audience 42s.
    I look forward to interaction with other members of the forum. All best wishes in anticipation, JonathanW

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 32,220
    I'm Geoff.

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    Hi Jonathan. Wewlcome to AOS.

    You could get opnions here about finding a 'slow start' for your Krell amplifier, I'm sure there should be an economical solution out there.

    Your Leak amps should be reliable enough. A good service could be all they need for another twenty years or so of enjoyment. I'm sure they'd be worth hanging onto.

    Feel free to join in any chat that interests you.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

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    hi Johnathan, great write up. good to hear you intend joining in the discussions
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

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    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.

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    Join Date: Feb 2008

    Location: South Wales

    Posts: 6,421
    I'm NotTakingLifeTooSeriouslyTheseDays.

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    Welcome to AOS Jonathan!
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  6. #6
    Join Date: Dec 2008

    Location: Lincolnshire, Home by the Sea

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    I'm Shaun.

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    Welcome to you Jonathan. I see you have sold your Leaks for something more modern. I can understand why. There are so many nice modern valve amps out there to choose from. Here's hoping your stay here is a very pleasant one.
    Serious Ozric Tentacles fan especially on vinyl. Love complex rhythms and timings. Also love all things electronic and worship the man that is Brian Eno.

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    Join Date: Jun 2015

    Location: London/Durham

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    I'm Lawrence.

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    What opera do you like? I like anything up to Mozart and a little beyond, my favourite vocal music is probably Handel's English oratorios though. Classical music tastes are similar though I also like English music of the late 19th/first half of the 20th century. Plus random things like Schoenberg's Verklate Nacht and Fratres by Arvo Part.

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

    Posts: 9,523
    I'm Jerry.

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    Hi Jonathan

    Nice to see you here.

    -- I suggested Jonathan might like to join up here after some exchanged messages on eBay!

    Feel free to join in the Classical "what are you listening to?" section -- http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...rsion)/page173
    The more the merrier.
    Jerry

    Spotify Premium streaming, Laptop / Halide Bridge, Audiolab 8200CD DAC, Schiit Saga passive/active preamp, >>amp de jour<<, MBL 116F.

    Amps:
    Firebottle AIR
    LA Audio A30 el84 integrated
    Wadia 151 PowerDAC
    Trigon TRE 50 Monoendstufen << Currently playing

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    Ixos Ixotica or Wireworld Oasis i/c
    Western Electric 16GA or W&M speaker cables
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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Derbyshire

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    I'm Josie.

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    Hi Johnathan.

    Welcome to AOS...

    Enjoy!

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