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Thread: How Long Has Your Journey Been - Are You There Yet ?

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    Join Date: Apr 2011

    Location: London

    Posts: 3,219
    I'm Robert.

    Default How Long Has Your Journey Been - Are You There Yet ?

    Started here early 2011 and I'd say thats when the journey really 'took off' I'd been into music and sytems since childhood.

    Am I there yet ? At times I thought I'd never make it, but gosh what a journey and YES !!! I've got there.

    It's most definitely come together and I'm enjoying the music and find my system as thrilling as I ever hoped.

    All the hard work, upgrades, open heart surgery on the Techie etc has been done.

    The only thing I'll contemplate is hearing some Spendor D7's in my system at some point in the near future otherwise, no probs as currently every listen is a thrill
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Modified Technics SL1210 MK5G
    Mike New precision bearing, bearing base plate, ETP Platter
    Micro Seiki MA-202 tonearm, rewired, hybrid ceramic bearings
    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge
    Yannis Tome 423.5 Silver-Litz tonearm cable with KLEI Pure Silver Harmony plugs
    Ebony armboard
    Audio Technica MS-8 Magnesium headshell, Ortofon pure silver headshell leads
    Isonoe Isolation Feet
    Paul Hynes SR7EHD PSU (plus regulator modules), DCSXL pure-silver DC lead with Jaegar low impedance connector
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable, Airlock plugs - bare wire amp end.
    Mains - Ultra Pure silver plated un-switched socket, Missing link EPS 500 silver plated plugs with Hi-Fi Tuning gold plated silver ceramic 13 amp fuses

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    Join Date: Mar 2017

    Location: Seaford UK

    Posts: 686
    I'm Dennis.


    Different position Robbie, started in '67 as an apprentice, we all were interested and building stuff, and the music in 'the revolution' was very good. Then at 22 bought professional stuff, and progressed over the years, sometimes wrong directions, sometimes backwards.
    Now I have about £35k's worth in new prices, and am still wondering.

    This is partly because the meaning of music and the art itself have changed so much; why buy a gold spoon with which to consume poison?
    But it can be good when we find a gem.
    Last edited by Pharos; 12-02-2018 at 23:24.

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    Join Date: Apr 2016

    Location: souf east for work

    Posts: 988
    I'm paul.


    Got back into it in 2007 as in my name, although had half decent kit as a teenager and spent many years recording.
    Been through open baffles, front horns and bass reflex single driver all diy with valve amps of various types. Dismissed solid state based on early ss guitar amps being lifeless. Had belt drive, meh, idler drive, bit more like it and lastly direct drive, spot on speed and straight from cold. Had mc carts, happy with mm, Shure ultra and currently Decca mk4. What have I learned? Room treatment or a good room is key.
    I like horns and single driver but the Zu's do it for me in a small room. Old jap crap solid state receiver does bass control better than expensive single ended valves but still good enough in the midrange and top end and at 1/15th of the price.
    I wouldn't say I'm done as only recently did I try the Decca even though I'm content. I just rarely see anything for sale that can tempt me.
    Sony STR 6055 Denon DP80 Stax UA-70 Shure Ultra 500 in a Martin Bastin body with jico stylus Zu omen

    Office system, DIY CSS fullrange speakers with aurum cantus G2 ribbons Najda dsp as dac Akai AM-U02 Jvc QL-A51 direct drive turntable
    SAE1000LT leema sub. JVC Z4S cart is in the house

    Garage system another Sony receiver, cassette deck and full range drivers in free air

    System components are subject to change without warning and at the discretion of the owner.

  4. #4
    Join Date: Sep 2014

    Location: brighton uk.

    Posts: 3,464
    I'm jamie.


    i started in 2014,at the moment im very content,a small itch for a better amp but turntable wise im there.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590,Sony TTS-8000 turntables,Pioneer PA-5000 and PMAT-1010 Tonearms,AT-ART 7 Cartridge,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp,Sony X555ES CD Player,

  5. #5
    Join Date: Jul 2010

    Location: Cheltenham

    Posts: 786
    I'm Charlie.


    I started in the late 70s as the saturday boy in Canterbury Hi-Fi - in those days a very small shop, managed by Ken Kessler. KK got me bitten by Decca cartridges and valve amps, and I've been going along ever since then.
    R2R: Studer A820 1/2 inch 2 track; Otari MTR-12 1/4 inch 2 track; Sony APR 5003; Sony APR 5002; Studer A807/II. Vinyl: Platine Verdier Allaerts MC1B/Schroeder Model 2 Decca C4E/Hadcock 228 TRON Seven Reference phono. Other analogue source: Nakamichi Dragon with ANT4066 mods. Amplification: TRON Meteor preamp TRON Voyager 20B SET power. Speakers: Avantgarde Duo. Digital: does not compute

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    Join Date: Apr 2015

    Location: Central Virginia

    Posts: 1,254
    I'm Russell.


    I started in 1975, at the age of 13, I built my first system. A Technics receiver, AKL speakers, and a very nice ADC Ďtable. It sounded pretty great for the times.
    My second system was not so great, and left me wanting for my old stereo. So it wasnít long before I started on my third system, which I kept for 20 years! An Adcom amp and preamp with Vandersteen 2c Speakers, Sony ES CD player, and Denon record player. A very nice system that did not leave me wanting. I wound up giving the whole system to my daughter and her husband.

    So now Iím on my 4th system, and I am much, much closer to the Holy Grail than ever before! I am very pleased with what I have now, Krell driving Legacy Focus, a VPI table and Cary CD player. Magnum Dynalab tuner. I am very pleased with it, and was planning even more upgrades, but itís sounding so right Iím holding off on any changes. Will this be my last system? Itís very possible! I may make a few more upgrades? But, it wouldnít surprise me if I got the itch to build an even better system? Or perhaps a second system? Iíve always wanted a little tubed system for the bedroom. Building a HiFi is not a means to an end, itís a hobby! The day you are finished is the day it stops being a hobby.


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    Join Date: Feb 2013

    Location: W Lothian

    Posts: 47,318
    I'm Grant.


    Been into music all my life but only in last 12 years did I start it up again after giving it up for family reasons(money and space and time to listen to it when working 7 days a week, 16 hrs a day) Obviously anyone's system can be improved in some way, and it can be much fun doing it, so no reason not to keep going if you can afford it. In a good place sound wise so glad Ive no choices to make being skint
    Grant ....

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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  8. #8
    Join Date: Jan 2013

    Location: Birmingham

    Posts: 3,932
    I'm James.


    The journey is never over, just regulated by finances. Imagine a long lost relative leaves you a few £100000 then the itch to move on would be unbearable.

    So many folk on here have posted saying they have reached the end of the journey, only to pop up a few months later having bought something new or find they have another "itch" to scratch!

  9. #9
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Forest of Dean, Glos

    Posts: 10,187
    I'm Jerry.


    My journey has taken about 45 years so far and still very enjoyable.

    Am I there yet? A meaningless question for me and misses the point entirely.
    This will be the end of my journey --

    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

    Headphones: Fostex TH600, Audeze EL-8, Wharfedale Isodynamic, Philips Fidelio X2
    Headphone amp: Rotel RX-603

  10. #10
    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 21,961
    I'm Martin.


    Started buying records in 1983, bought my first separates system in 1988. So 30 years man and boy. I decided a few years ago that it was ridiculous that I am still mucking about with the system a quarter of a century later so vowed to get it all sorted, done, finished, and totally what I want, by the time I hit fifty. That means I've got just over 8 months to do it. Don't get me wrong what I have now is pretty good and I could live with it if there was no option. But although it is close, it isn't exactly the sound I am after.

    Current Lash Up:

    Technics SLP1200 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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