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    Join Date: Nov 2010

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    I'm Mike.

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    This reminds me of when Alex and I did the 'cheap as chips challenge' at Scalford a few years back, the amount of folks that simply couldn't believe how good 2 systems for less than 100 each could sound, as you've said more expensive kit does sound better, but the gap isn't as wide as people would like to think.


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    I've realky ramped back on the value of kit ive used over the years. My current system costs less than the cables I was using 10 years ago. Sounds fab. Becoming a bit disillusioned with expensive hifi.

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    Join Date: Mar 2017

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    I tend to agree that exorbitant expenditure becomes, well, seemingly obscene and inappropriate in the scheme of life.

    However, now I am up and running with my speakers, only on FM so far, it is evident after some doubt, that I have moved forward considerably.

    The main thing I noticed today is that when listening to many tracks, one could group them previously as flawed to a similar extent, grouped together at a similar level of failure. Now the levels of failure are much more spread out so that some recordings are far superior to others; the range of qualities is perceivable as greater.

    I will not change again, this is good enough, and easily the best I have had and maybe even heard so far, but is it worth the financial investment?

    Is it worth paying 2 for a Green and Blacks 80% chocolate bar rather than a Bourneville bar at, whatever, say 1?

    Is the former twice as good as the latter? That is a philosophical question.

    People thought I was mad before this purchase, and now even my local injury nurse has said I am.

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

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    I'm Geoff.

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    I am also scaling back on my Hi-Fi. In quantity and scale. I'm now on the road to a 'shoestring system', but with high performance via some crafty implementation of good components. Home build will be featuring soon again, as it used to. I feel a need to re-kindle my interest in projects. Not done any for a while.

    And. The rule book tends to get thrown out of the window when I build stuff. I tend to rely on my existing knowledge, instinct, a bit of luck and a prevailing wind!

    I normally make good things though.

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