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  1. #1
    Join Date: Feb 2018

    Location: North West London

    Posts: 11
    I'm Jonathan.

    Default Hello I'm a new member

    I'm new to the Forum and this is my introduction of myself in the Welcome Area. This forum appeals to me because of my love of music, which in turn drives an active interest in hifi equipment. I've noticed already how much amazing knowledge there is among members - both about many varieties of music and also about hifi equipment. My own musical interests are mainly in opera (I sometimes write programme articles on operas in performance), but in many other kinds of classical music as well - of late years, modern and experimental classical music especially. I like jazz too, especially if I can hear it live.
    I live in North London mainly and am retired. But my wife still works, so we keep a small flat near her job, which she could not commute to easily on a daily basis from our London home. Hence two hifi systems; a main one at home, and a second system for the home-away-from home. My main system - preamp and amp at any rate - is old 1990s Krell, which it would be way too expensive to replace with anything of equivalent musical quality. But it has its down sides: in particular a massive amplifier, which can trip the circuit if turned on too fast. (I understand there are such things as dedicated circuits that electricians can run up, but probably this would be an expense too far for me.) My second system is the one I tend to chop and change. I've just sold some old Leak valve mono blocks, and would prefer something more modern and less prone to faults - probably solid state but not necessarily, because both my wife and I love the valve sound (and look). My preamp in that second system is a classic Sansui CA 2000, which worked beautifully with the Leaks. I'm now looking for something else to partner it with, which needn't be too powerful because our living room there is not large. I've just bought on Ebay some Sonus Faber Concertino Domus speakers for that system, together with dedicated stands, to replace a pair of Dynaudio Audience 42s.
    I look forward to interaction with other members of the forum. All best wishes in anticipation, JonathanW

  2. #2
    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 36,217
    I'm Geoff.


    Hi Jonathan. Wewlcome to AOS.

    You could get opnions here about finding a 'slow start' for your Krell amplifier, I'm sure there should be an economical solution out there.

    Your Leak amps should be reliable enough. A good service could be all they need for another twenty years or so of enjoyment. I'm sure they'd be worth hanging onto.

    Feel free to join in any chat that interests you.

    Enjoy the forum,

  3. #3
    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

    Posts: 46,069
    I'm Grant.


    hi Johnathan, great write up. good to hear you intend joining in the discussions
    Grant ....

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  4. #4
    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 17,269
    I'm Neil.


    Welcome to AoS
    Regards Neil

    System 1 (Living Room) : Vinyl: AMG Giro Turntable, AMG 9W2 Tonearm, AMG Reference Armcable, Air Tight PC3 MC Cartridge PhonoStage: Passlabs Xono Digital: Esoteric P5 SACD Transport and Esoteric P 5 DAC, Sony HAP Z1es Digital File Player + Audioquest Jitter Bug, Computer Audio: Veracity Audio Mystra DAC + HP laptop + iFi Audio i Power, Wireworld Starlight USB + Audioquest Jitter Bug Tuner:Magnum Dynalab MD102 + Magnum Dynalab Signal Sleuth FM Amplifier Cassette Tape: Nakamichi CR5e Integrated Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK300se Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1 Audio Cabling: Signal - Atlas Mavros, Audience AU24 Speaker - Atlas Mavros. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, Analysis Plus, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant Distribution Blocks, Mark Grant DC Blocker Equipment Tables: Target Audio B series + Track Audio Isolation Spikes Isolation/ Platforms: Bright Star Audio Isonodes, BASE 01, SSC Platforms.

    System 2 (Music Room) : Vinyl: Turntable 1 Loricraft Garrard 401 Turntable + SME 5 Tonearm, Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable + VDH MC10 cartridge Turntable 2 Modified Technics 1200 turntable + Triplannar 7 Tonearm + VDH Frog Gold Cartridge + Paul Hynes SR7 PSU Turntable 3 SME Model 20 Turntable + Graham Phantom Tonearm + Graham IC70 Tonearm Cable, Ortofon MC5200 Cartridge PhonoStage: Balanced Audio Technology VK10se Digital: Moon Andromeda CD Player, Toshiba 9500 DVD Audio Player Computer Audio: AMR DP777 DAC + Dell Laptop + iFi Audio i Power + JKenny JKSPIDIF + Wireworld Starlight USB Tuners: Kenwood 8300 Tuner, Revox B760 Tuner, Leak Troughline Tuner + EAR Stereo Decoder ReelToReel Tape: Revox B77 mk 2, Revox A77 mk3, Sony TC-377 Cassette Tape: Nakamichi DR10 Headphone: Audio Valve RKV2 OTL Valve Headphone Amp, Headphones Grado GS 1000, Sennheiser 560 Ovation2, Sennheiser 410SL Pre-Amplifier: Balanced Audio Technology VK52se Power-Amplifier: Music Reference RM200 mk1 Speakers: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.5 Audio Cabling: Signal - Audience AU24, Kimber KCAG, Audio Note ANVs, Barry Hunt Cables Speaker - XLO Type 6. Mains Cabling: Audience AU24, TCI. Mains Distribution: Mark Grant and Russ Andrews Equipment Tables: Clear Light Audio Aspekt Tacks Isolation/Platform: SSC, Bright Star Audio Isonodes, Naim Frame Record Cleaner: Hanns Audio

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    Join Date: Feb 2008

    Location: South Wales

    Posts: 6,791
    I'm NotTakingLifeTooSeriouslyTheseDays.


    Welcome to AOS Jonathan!
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  6. #6
    Join Date: Dec 2008

    Location: Lincolnshire, Home by the Sea

    Posts: 4,063
    I'm Shaun.


    Welcome to you Jonathan. I see you have sold your Leaks for something more modern. I can understand why. There are so many nice modern valve amps out there to choose from. Here's hoping your stay here is a very pleasant one.

  7. #7
    Join Date: Jun 2015

    Location: London/Durham

    Posts: 1,763
    I'm Lawrence.


    What opera do you like? I like anything up to Mozart and a little beyond, my favourite vocal music is probably Handel's English oratorios though. Classical music tastes are similar though I also like English music of the late 19th/first half of the 20th century. Plus random things like Schoenberg's Verklate Nacht and Fratres by Arvo Part.

  8. #8
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

    Posts: 10,079
    I'm Jerry.


    Hi Jonathan

    Nice to see you here.

    -- I suggested Jonathan might like to join up here after some exchanged messages on eBay!

    Feel free to join in the Classical "what are you listening to?" section -- http://theartofsound.net/forum/showt...rsion)/page173
    The more the merrier.

    Qobuz 16/44 streaming, Topping D30 DAC with lpsu, Herron VTSP-2 valve preamp, Trigon TRE 50M monoblocks, MBL 116F speakers.

    Cables: Wireworld Starlight USB, Ixos Ixotica i/c, W&M speaker cables, Belden 19364 mains cables

  9. #9
    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: Derbyshire

    Posts: 7,776
    I'm Josie.


    Hi Johnathan.

    Welcome to AOS...


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