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    Quote Originally Posted by George47 View Post
    True. He founded Legend Audio but the company changed to his name Von Gaylord Audio. I suspect his name is less of an issue in the US/China than it is here.
    Good point, and as far as China is concerned, you're right. However, how are gay people referred to in America - isn't it by using the word "gay"? If so, the connotations (with a name like 'Von Gaylord') are exactly the same there, as here....

    And yes, I get the Monty Python thing.

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    Looks like the Brizzle Show has picked up a bit since I last went a few years ago - back then it was mostly mid-market crapola in badly set up rooms with very little of interest as far as I was concerned. But even then the upper floors were better and I did use the start at the top trick.
    There was a lot of poking my head in a room and not even bothering to go in, it was that bad.
    I recall that after 90 minutes of touring all the rooms I thought "what would I like to hear again?". Nothing, was the answer, so I left having expected to spend the day there.

    But I might well give it another go next year.
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    Looking at the array of good pictures I am struck by the seeming emphasis on finishes, and this worries me because it may just be a shift towards bling rather than the audio itself being advanced.

    I loved the rather dry, reserved, and and plain looks of the Quad of old, understated and very good functionally for the time.

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    Same here, and my thoughts precisely, Dennis. I hate bling with a passion, and even more, paying for it in equipment, when the money could have been better spent instead 'under the hood', where it matters most!

    That high-end hi-fi these days is more about looks than ultimate sonic performance, is the main reason why, aside from the (often unjustified) exorbitant price tags, it turns me off.

    In that respect, long live the concept of achieving the highest 'SPPV', and the quality vintage gear and well-made but functional looking, bespoke equipment from 'one-man band' manufacturers with low overheads, which facilitates that, and who can build sensibly priced equipment, able to compete sonically with any blingy, overpriced 'badge-fi'!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharos View Post
    . . . Quad of old, understated and very good functionally for the time.
    Well from what I saw, they are still doing it - nothing too fancy (or over priced) in their room, apart from a very good sound from affordable Hi-Fi. They impressed me - I would say they have moved from 'rather dry, reserved and plain looks' to understated elegance, but still with an identity of their own.

    For me, considering sound per pound I didn't hear anything on Saturday that bettered them for my musical tastes. There were a few other rooms that I liked, but the gear cost significantly more, often 4/5 times more.

    It was a good day out Jerry, it was surprised having given up about 10 years ago. It was only an afterthought as I was going to Bristol Saturday night for a gig, so thought I'd pop in. More to see a friend who was demonstrating, but I actually enjoyed the day and learnt quite a bit too
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    One high-end manufacturer currently bucking the trend for 'bling-fi' is Thoeress:

    http://www.thoeress.com/en/preamplifier/

    Check it out, Dennis...




    Now *that* is how high-end hi-fi equipment should look: purposeful and professional, with rather 'sober' aesthetics, like something out of a 1950s science lab!!

    No crass-looking gold bling there, for tasteless 'key-janglers'....

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    I've been going to Bristol for nigh on 30 years, both as a punter and in a trade capacity. I had worried that it was losing its mojo over the last few years but I felt this one was one of the best for a long time. Lots of enthusiasm, the Friday was packed out with visitors and there were lots of interesting new items to see and hear. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    As to my favourite thing of the show, obviously it was the new Technics SL-1000R. Does anyone know what the going rate for a moderately alcohol-abused kidney is, these days...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by George47 View Post
    True. He founded Legend Audio but the company changed to his name Von Gaylord Audio. I suspect his name is less of an issue in the US/China than it is here.
    I don't quite get what the issue is here. Are we saying some people will avoid this brand because they are homophobic? Is the G word a no-no when it comes to marketing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    One high-end manufacturer currently bucking the trend for 'bling-fi' is Thoeress:

    http://www.thoeress.com/en/preamplifier/

    Check it out, Dennis...




    Now *that* is how high-end hi-fi equipment should look: purposeful and professional, with rather 'sober' aesthetics, like something out of a 1950s science lab!!

    No crass-looking gold bling there, for tasteless 'key-janglers'....

    Marco.
    I had a long chat with Reinhard Thoress at Munich, I had been pondering this kit before I got the EAR 912. I did get to hear it there with his own-design speakers and amp, but I wasn't overly impressed with the speakers and anyway you can only come away from shows with a limited impression - just the big picture, no subtleties.

    Thoress is still an avenue I might pursue at some stage, what I'd really like is the opportunity to do an extended comparison with the EAR, into Radford + Tannoys. I must admit I'm attracted to it at least in part for its 50s-60s lab equipment looks, perhaps retro-chic is just another kind of bling!

    The ideal for me would be his three input phono preamp (with all the equalisation options), with one linestage input for a DAC. He prefers active MC over SUTs though so I'd be tempted to have all inputs set to MM, and run one or more SUTs into the other inputs. I'd miss the Swiss Army Knife flexibility of the EAR though.
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    I think you are over thinking it Jeff, or taking it a tad too seriously - it is (on my part) rather tongue in cheek.

    Just a bit of fun with an unusual name - it wouldn't stop me buying it if I liked it, in fact I'd play on it, like Schiit Audio
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