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    Join Date: Jun 2018

    Location: London

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    I'm Lawrence.

    Default Good afternoon to all!

    Greetings from London!

    My name is Lawrence and I'm very pleased to be a new member of The Art of Sound.

    I started out several years ago on HFWW but moved on to PFM.

    I heard about the AoS some time ago when I purchased a pre-amp from Tom (montesquieu) and have been dropping in from time to time.

    I've always been impressed by how well this site is run with the congenial atmosphere and intelligent, thoughtful and considerate posts.

    I started off in hi-fi as a university student and was very fortunate that the first system I encountered was a friend's Oracle Delphi, Matisse Reference, Audio Research, Ensemble Reference PA1.

    A visit to my nearest dealer followed and, luckily for me, his demo system was Audionote Ongaku and Snell A speakers, with I think a Voyd Reference front end.

    My first set up (from Richer Sounds) - Kenwood Multiplayer, Rotel 810A, NAD speakers - was soon upgraded to Micromega Trio, Audio Innovations First Audio, Snell Es shortly after graduating. Only the Trio is still with me but I hope to get it down from the attic one day.

    Now with a family and less time to myself, I find that there are fewer opportunities to listen to music and have ended up accumulating more gear rather than playing it - I hope that I am not becoming a collector.

    I have a CD based system, but aspire to a computer audio set-up whenever I see how convenient they seem to be.

    You might see me from time to time at one of the KJ West One evening events, but it seems that the recent ones have all coincided with parents' meetings or other school events.

    So, I have been finding myself visiting the AoS more frequently and enjoying reading about everyone's hi-fi and music experiences and recommendations.

    Wishing you all a very enjoyable weekend!

    Lawrence

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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

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    I'm Grant.

    Default Good afternoon to all!

    Welcome to the forum Lawrence. Hope you enjoy it...nice intro by way
    Regards,
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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    Join Date: May 2008

    Location: Surrey

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    I'm Rob.

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    Hi Lawrence, welcome along. It looks as though you progressed quite quickly to a far better system than I managed muster in many years. If you are interested in streaming, as a start I bought a Google Chromecast which for 20 is stupidly good.
    Buy Bose...And get your parking validated!.

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    Join Date: Jun 2018

    Location: London

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    I'm Lawrence.

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    Thank you Grant!

    I'm very happy to be here, and already thinking about turning on the system tonight after everyone has gone to bed.

    I hope that it still works...

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    Join Date: Jun 2018

    Location: London

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    I'm Lawrence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puffin View Post
    Hi Lawrence, welcome along. It looks as though you progressed quite quickly to a far better system than I managed muster in many years. If you are interested in streaming, as a start I bought a Google Chromecast which for 20 is stupidly good.
    Thank you Rob!

    That sounds very interesting.

    I shall go and have a look at half-time.

    My hi-fi is nice, but my computers aren't. One is still running Windows XP and the 'new' one is still on Windows 7!

    Small steps for me to start with.

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    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

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    I'm Martin.

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    Hi Lawrence, welcome to the forum.
    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.'

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    Join Date: Jun 2018

    Location: London

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    I'm Lawrence.

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    Hello Martin!

    Thank you very much for welcoming me.

    You have nice speakers!

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    Join Date: May 2008

    Location: Surrey

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    I'm Rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Law View Post
    Thank you Rob!

    That sounds very interesting.

    I shall go and have a look at half-time.

    My hi-fi is nice, but my computers aren't. One is still running Windows XP and the 'new' one is still on Windows 7!

    Small steps for me to start with.
    I don't really know much about computers but my mate who knows nearly everything says that the worst thing he ever did was update from Windows 7 to 8 and then to the dreaded 10. He uninstalled everything and re-loaded Windows 7. He runs a Chromecast with no problems.
    Buy Bose...And get your parking validated!.

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Lawrence. Welcome to AOS.

    Tell us what music you like and what equipment from your collection is in your current system.

    As you've seen, this is a friendly place, so just get involved and join in the chat.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.

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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.

    Nice previous systems, that Trio is worth lifting down, but I would not switch it on without using a variac, the capacitors in the PSU might go pop, if having to deal with a sudden in rush of power, after being unused for awhile. I have recent experience of this, in my case a small fire ensued. Once you get it running, find somewhere better to store it, roofspace not the best place to store electronics.
    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.

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