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  1. #1
    Join Date: Jul 2018

    Location: Wirral

    Posts: 6
    I'm Chris.

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    Hello my name is Chris I live on the Wirral in the north-west of England. I've been interested in music and hi-fi since I was a nipper! I can still remember my father taking me to Rox Records so that he could buy a new stylus after I dropped the arm onto the record player in his Hitachi music system.
    In my late teens I moved abroad. During that time I inherited a large number of Latin American records by artists such as Cecilia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and the Fania All Stars as well as early Hendrix, Cocker and The Who albums. The records were given to me by a Puerto Rican New Yorker. She had an older brother who, by all accounts was something of a party animal which sadly resulted in his death at the age of 40 from a heart attack. Anyway the records she gave me opened up a whole new world of Latin American music. Her brothers records formed the basis of my record collection and I still have them today. My tastes are quite broad I suppose and encompass most genres of music. I have always had a particular soft spot for bands such as Little Feat and artists such as J.J. Cale and Ry Cooder who I listened to when I was younger and inspired me to play the guitar. I now listen to jazz of all kinds- anything other than big-band. Singer songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, Chris Whitley, Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley have always interested me. Classical music is still something of a mystery to me although I do have a reasonable collection of Classical music which I dip into now and again. I find quartets most accessible and I love the sound of the Cello.
    My hi-fi system is currently undergoing quite a change from Naim amplification to a Radford STA 25 and audio lab 8000 C preamplifier. Whilst waiting for this to come together my current system comprises a pair of tannoy Cheviot speakers which were modified by RFC and a Naim Unitiqute 2. Once the Radford has arrived I will use my Pink Triangle PT One turntable, Nima arm and Transfig' Spirit cartridge as my primary source. The Naim streamer will then only perform streaming duties, the amp section being bypassed. My intention going forward is to improve the arm on the PT1 and also to add a DAC to the Naim streamer.
    I think that's quite enough for now, please excuse the poor grammar but I have (lazily) used the dictation on my IPad to create this and frankly, I can't be bothered to correct the errors. Although I have little in the way of in depth technical knowledge I do have a passion for music and I know what floats my boat system-wise. I hope I can make a worthwhile contribution to the Forum in some small way and I'm sure it will be a mine of valuable information for me.

  2. #2
    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

    Posts: 5,718
    I'm Oliver.


    Hi Chris and Welcome. Cant beat a bit of bad dictation software lol
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK5 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Nelson Pass DCB1 & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves) & Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class A Amplifier
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & NEW SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

  3. #3
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 35,821
    I'm Geoff.


    Hi Chris. Welcome to AOS.

    That's a nice collection of equipment you've assembled there.

    Feel free to join in the chat. There's a lot going on.

    Enjoy the forum,

  4. #4
    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 21,210
    I'm Martin.


    Hi Chris, welcome to the forum.

    Radford amp with big Tannoys = great combination, amongst the best.

    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.'

  5. #5
    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 17,194
    I'm Neil.


    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.

  6. #6
    Join Date: Jul 2018

    Location: Wirral

    Posts: 6
    I'm Chris.


    Thanks for the warm welcome!

  7. #7
    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

    Posts: 17,920
    I'm openingabottleofwine.


    Welcome to AoS Chris.

    Nice introduction - you certainly have some fine items in your collection and a taste in music which I approve of.

    Enjoy the Forum
    Have you listened to this month's choice in the Album Club?


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