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    Off to Lisbon tomorrow (with Conrad from Avid) for an all analogue HiFi show. CD players & other digital sources are banned!

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    Ought to be an interesting weekend. Will take some pics

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    Wonder how many of the pressings played will be from digital master tapes?????
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    It's a good point! I'll have to point it out if necessary. At least they may not have been shoehorned down to 16/44.

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    Sounds interesting! Have a nice trip, and yes, do take plenty of pics to include in your write-up when you get back home

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    To be honest the idea of an analogue only show is a total waste of time IMO, and is pandering to the whims of an elitist analogue only hifi hardcore.

    I can imagine that there will be lots of lovely sound on the day.

    Fact of the matter is that digital source is here to stay, and that source is more likely to be obtained in the form of a download.

    To exclude digital sources is akin to the proverbial ostrich burying its' head in the sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratmangler View Post
    To be honest the idea of an analogue only show is a total waste of time IMO, and is pandering to the whims of an elitist analogue only hifi hardcore.

    I can imagine that there will be lots of lovely sound on the day.

    Fact of the matter is that digital source is here to stay, and that source is more likely to be obtained in the form of a download.

    To exclude digital sources is akin to the proverbial ostrich burying its' head in the sand.

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    Hmmm, I'm not sure I agree with everything you've just said but I do agree that digital is here to stay in the same way that digital cameras are here to stay even though they are so inferior to silver based technology. No digital camera for a very long time is going to come anywhere near a Wista Field Camera loaded with Ilford FP4+. Somehow I doubt that a digital Hi-Fi source is going to get anywhere near a Nottingham Analogue Dais loaded up with a stunning arm and cartridge. What I do think is that we have to develop a sense of forgiving for each others technology. They are all here to stay.

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    Great idea! When can we have one in Swindon??

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    Hope they are only using LPs mastered before the 80's, that is prior to computer controlled cutting lathes became industry standard

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    An interesting event. Portugal does have normal HiFi shows too but this Forum organised event was specifically for people who enjoy collecting & playing vinyl records. there's nothing wrong or elitist about that. I'm sure everyone there also uses other sources when necessary.

    On saturday morning before the show began, we took the open top bus tour of Lisbon. It seems a very nice place to live & 70 degrees at the end of October is quite pleasant aswell.

    The Tiara Hotel where the show took place


    Downtown in their 'Ramblas' equivalent. the pavements comprise what are really black & white mosaics.


    The elevador, a 1902 lift that takes people to a higher part of the town. All cast iron.


    One of many attractive squares


    Suspension bridge by the same company that who built the Golden Gate. this looked very similar.



    the tower of Belem. 500 or so years old. Some very north African influences


    And so to the show.

    The organisers had managed to borrow some pieces from the museum of the Portuguese national Radio station and then added to this with some turntables of the forum members

    EMT 930 and Thorens 124 with Ortofon arm & A type spu


    EMT 950 & 938


    Close up of the 930


    Various others gathered together. Jerry will recognise this one!






    I must look out for one of these. Funky little thing.




    another EMT, the 948


    Nice 301 & 3012




    Another one that appears to share some PL71 DNA


    The original suspended subchassis... AR XA


    The mighty soundburger


    More of the show systems to follow...
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    Ok, so there were then 9 or 10 distributors/dealers playing vinyl based systems. While they varied in terms of quality, all were enjoyable and none had me running from the room. Some were almost too smooth!

    I'll just include pictures of decks & other pieces we might not normally see in the UK.

    Portugal has its own high end tt manufacturer by the name of Rui Borges. He had three models there which were progressions of the same high mass theme. Here are the two bigger models, the second with its additional offboard flywheel system, superbly crazy!





    The Bergmann from Scandinavia in a room with Nagra electronics & some very tall speakers with hundreds of inline drivers. I was more taken by the attractive wooden cylindrical sub-woofers.







    A room featuring the top Kuzma XL tt, electronics by Karan and some German Accento (?) loudspeakers.



    A Basis


    The new stretched Model 30 with V-12 arm


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    Our set-up with the Avid Acutus at the front end.


    A smaller system with the Diva II at the front.


    A Sonus Faber I hadn't previously seen


    And some unusual looking drivers from the late Jim Thiel.


    The show seemed very well attended given that it was organised mainly by a forum. There's obviously still some enthusiasm for vinyl over there & the record sellers looked to be doing good business. I was glad of the opportunity to go and to visit Lisbon. There are some mean steak restaurants and very fine pastry makers there too.

    It's well worth visiting even without a show to look at & away from high summer it's warm but not too busy.

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