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  1. #1
    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Hello Everybody,
    Some of you will already know me as Storming Norm on the wigwam forum.I currently reside in Thrapston Northants and have managed to assemble the following as my main system without unbelievably too much protestation from the Mrs.,Full Fidelity Audio modded Marantz sa 11/2 which destroys the sa10,Audio Analogue Class A se modded to Airtech spec,Cadence Arca speakers sitting on Townshend podiums ,PurePower Gold 3000+.
    And more boxes of potential 2nd system hifi that I prefer not to list incase the wife reads this introduction.
    My music tastes are very eclectic,I have been known to buy music that I don't particularly like just to fill a perceived gap in my collection!
    I have amassed over 600 sacds,but have restricted my imports from the USA due to the high import taxes,somehow imports from Asia appear to not get clobbered for charges.
    I can also recommend k2 hdcds as the majority have been beautifully mastered,beware of fake k2 hdcds on Ebay.I reported one Ebay powerseller to Ebay and via my feedback comments which were removed from the seller's feedback by ebay !
    Enough ramblings for now.

    Regards
    Norm

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    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 21,190
    I'm Martin.

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    Hi Norm, welcome to the forum.

    The Cadence Arca are a very interesting speaker, how are they working out for you?
    Martin



    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SL1200P CD Player * NVA P90SA passive pre / Krell KSA50S Power amp * JM Lab Electra 926 loudspeakers *


    'This is the sort of music I'd be listening to if I was going shopping for a training bra.'

  3. #3
    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Hi Norm, welcome to the forum.

    The Cadence Arca are a very interesting speaker, how are they working out for you?
    Hi Martin,
    I absolutely love the Arca speakers.(I would say that wouldn't I)They are very open and detailed,highly revealing of any imperfections in the system but just play music.
    With 91db sensitivity they are the first electrostatics that are easily driven by valves or quality class A amplification.They also have a bass response and dynamics unlike any other electrostatics that I have heard .I previously had Zingali floorstanders that I thought were my forever speakers,took a punt on a 2nd hand pair of Cadence Aninas that destroyed the Zingalis'
    so I had to track down a pair of Arcas'.The previous owner bought them in preference to B&W 801s.They are also bloody ugly,however my wife loves the look of them,but then she did marry me and I am no George Clooney look alike!They sound stunning on the end of the Audio Analogue which itself weighs 63kg along with the 70kg Arcas' aren't going anywhere in a hurry.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 1,816
    I'm Phil.

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    lovely to see you on here , very interested in your thoughts on marantz sacd players , i didn`t know about the fidelity audio mods . i am very happy with my sa8005 but saving for an upgrade
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Hi Phil,

    Thankyou for welcoming me to the forum.

    My view of Marantz player are they are all superb value for money with the Marantz slightly rose tinted house sound
    that makes for easy system matching.When you move into the Premium range you have the building blocks for something special due to the engineering and
    build quality.I have always felt that the Premium range is underpriced compared to some boutique high end players.Lift the lid on some of these players and
    the engineering isn't a patch on the Marantz.
    The Fidelity Audio mods have transformed the player,with a larger sound stage,increase in detail and dynamics,hear through detail in the bass without sacrificing
    the escense of the Marantz house sound.
    It has been fun when dealers unaware that my player has been modded initilally dismiss my player against there 20k player,only to look puzzled when the Marantz outperforms their player.
    The only caveat is you will only get a fraction of the modification costs when it comes to resale.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 1,816
    I'm Phil.

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    thanks for that info , will be looking into it sometime . folks are always raving about the modwright mod on sa8005 but not very accesible for folks in uk
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 35,795
    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Norm. Welcome to AOS.

    That's an interesting system you've assembled there. I don't recall actually listening to Cadence speakers, but they've been turning out decent looking designs for quite a while.

    Anyway, as I'm sure you've seen there is a lot going on here and every aspect of Hi-Fi is covered, so just join in and chat with us.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 17,191
    I'm Neil.

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    Welcome to AoS
    Regards Neil

    System 1 (Living Room) : AMG Giro turntable, AMG 9W2 tonearm, Air Tight PC3 cartridge, Passlabs Xono phonostage, AMG Reference armcable. Marantz CD7 CD player, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Veracity Audio Mystra DAC + HP laptop + iFi Audio i power, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug, for computer audio, Audio Valve RKV2 headphone amp, headphones Grado GS 1000, Nakamichi CR5e tape deck, Balanced Audio Technology VK300se integrated amplifier, Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 speakers. Cabling: Signal - Atlas Mavros, Audience AU24, Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mark Grant distribution blocks, Equipment tables Target Audio B series.

    System 2 (Music Room) : 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 + Dell Laptop + iFi Audio i power + JKenny JKSPIDIF + 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 - Audience AU24, XLO Type6. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains distribution blocks Mark Grant and Russ Andrews, Equipment tables Clear Light Audio.

  9. #9
    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Kind thankyou to you all for welcoming me to your forum.As Geoff has noted, I have an interesting system that all are welcome to come and have a listen.
    Preferably not all at the same time as we won't have enough coffee mugs!

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