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Thread: Phonostage Bake-Off - 08/07/18 - Penkridge *NOW CONFIRMED*

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    Default Phonostage Bake-Off - 08/07/18 - Penkridge *NOW CONFIRMED*

    Phonostage Bakeoff at Penkridge Peace Memorial hall is now booked and CONFIRMED for 08/07/18.

    Any kit will be welcome for the afternoon session so feel free to bring ANYTHING you want to. We can cobble a few systems together and see how we get on.


    Address:-

    Peace Memorial Hall,
    Pinfold Lane
    Penkridge,
    Stafford
    ST19 5AP


    Time:-

    10:00 - 20:00


    Hotels nearby include:

    The Littleton Arms,
    St.Michaels' Square,
    Penkridge
    ST19 5AL


    Bridge House Hotel,
    Stone Cross,
    Penkridge,
    Stafford
    ST19 5AS


    Mercure,
    Pinfold Ln,
    Penkridge,
    Stafford
    ST19 5QP


    Food and Drink:-

    TOO MANY TO LIST!!!!
    There are lots of local eateries for Lunch and Dinner. Local shops and pubs. Perfectly situated a few minutes from the M6 J13. Penkridge also has a train station which is within easy walking distance of the venue. Serviced by the LNWR services from Liverpool-Stafford-Wolverhampton-Milton Keynes-London Euston and vice versa.

    In an attempt to guesstimate how many of you fine folk will be attending, Drop me a PM with what you plan to bring (if anything!) There is no requirement to bring anything and numbers won't be limited, unless we hit 100 !!

    *****This is an AOS members event and there will be a verification system in place on the day. Please have your login details available on the day *****
    Last edited by Bigman80; 16-05-2018 at 15:26.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Confirmed equipment list:

    Qwin - Aqvox 2Ci Phono Stage
    Firebottle - Firebottle Vivant
    Bigmans Wizard Phonostage
    Jimbo - Croft 25 Preamp with Phonostage
    MCRU - LDA JFET Phonostage
    Primalsea - WD Clone Phonostage
    Ali Tait - Modwright Phonostage
    Crackles - Trichord Dino II
    Blackmass - Trilogy phonostage


    We are still looking for the following:

    Tom Evans Mastergroove
    Paradise Phonostage
    Aurorasound VIDA

    Anything else you may have!
    Last edited by Bigman80; 16-05-2018 at 15:27.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Hi Oli,

    Just a thought, would it be possible to open up the day to include other equipment any AOS member wants to bring along? Might make the event even more interesting along the lines of the NEBO and WMBO events we have held in the past.

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    Absolutely Jim!

    Why not do the bakeoff in the morning and then everything else after? We do have the venue for 10 hours lol.

    Great shout.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Hi Oli,

    Just a thought, would it be possible to open up the day to include other equipment any AOS member wants to bring along? Might make the event even more interesting along the lines of the NEBO and WMBO events we have held in the past.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    I’ll bring my OTL as well then. Only 6w/Ch though.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali Tait View Post
    I’ll bring my OTL as well then. Only 6w/Ch though.
    Yes, please do!

    I like OTL amps.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    oli i got your pm,if i come can i bring the nakamichi pre and the john wood kt88 amp? do valve amps travel well?
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    oli i got your pm,if i come can i bring the nakamichi pre and the john wood kt88 amp? do valve amps travel well?
    Yes you can mate. Absolutely. I'd love to hear them both and finally meet you after all of our chats lol

    Valve gear travels as well as anything if you look after it.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    When they do these types of shoot out at the various Euro Triode Festivals I've been to, they pair off the competing items, so if they had 8 to compare A would face B, C would face D, E would face F and G v H with the winner of each shoot out going through to the next round. They do it by listening to 2 x 2 minute excerpts ie A first then B, then (with a different track) B first then A and the audience raise their hands at the end to express a preference. Who preferred A? Who preferred B? It always works best when the audience can't actually see which one is playing and they do take some measurements beforehand to make sure that the outputs will be level matched at line level or the comparisons are simply misleading.

    There are pro's & cons to this approach and it can be tiring if there are too many to do. At ETF, they generally have a break for at least an hour, half way through the comparisons. And they vary the music tracks used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure sound View Post
    When they do these types of shoot out at the various Euro Triode Festivals I've been to, they pair off the competing items, so if they had 8 to compare A would face B, C would face D, E would face F and G v H with the winner of each shoot out going through to the next round. They do it by listening to 2 x 2 minute excerpts ie A first then B, then B first then A and the audience raise their hands at the end to express a preference. Who preferred A? Who preferred B? It always works best when the audience can't actually see which one is playing and they do take some measurements beforehand to make sure that the outputs will be level matched at line level or the comparisons are simply misleading.

    There are pro's & cons to this approach and it can be tiring if there are too many to do. At ETF, they generally have a break for at least an hour, half way through the comparisons. And they vary the music tracks used.
    Oh, I like that idea. A "knockout competition" so to speak. Also done blind?? That sounds really fair actually. I may adopt that approach. Fancy participating for fun, Guy?
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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