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    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Hello Everybody,
    Some of you will already know me as Storming Norm on the wigwam forum.I currently reside in Thrapston Northants and have managed to assemble the following as my main system without unbelievably too much protestation from the Mrs.,Full Fidelity Audio modded Marantz sa 11/2 which destroys the sa10,Audio Analogue Class A se modded to Airtech spec,Cadence Arca speakers sitting on Townshend podiums ,PurePower Gold 3000+.
    And more boxes of potential 2nd system hifi that I prefer not to list incase the wife reads this introduction.
    My music tastes are very eclectic,I have been known to buy music that I don't particularly like just to fill a perceived gap in my collection!
    I have amassed over 600 sacds,but have restricted my imports from the USA due to the high import taxes,somehow imports from Asia appear to not get clobbered for charges.
    I can also recommend k2 hdcds as the majority have been beautifully mastered,beware of fake k2 hdcds on Ebay.I reported one Ebay powerseller to Ebay and via my feedback comments which were removed from the seller's feedback by ebay !
    Enough ramblings for now.

    Regards
    Norm

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    Join Date: Aug 2009

    Location: Staffordshire, England

    Posts: 21,958
    I'm Martin.

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    Hi Norm, welcome to the forum.

    The Cadence Arca are a very interesting speaker, how are they working out for you?
    Martin



    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.'

  3. #3
    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Hi Norm, welcome to the forum.

    The Cadence Arca are a very interesting speaker, how are they working out for you?
    Hi Martin,
    I absolutely love the Arca speakers.(I would say that wouldn't I)They are very open and detailed,highly revealing of any imperfections in the system but just play music.
    With 91db sensitivity they are the first electrostatics that are easily driven by valves or quality class A amplification.They also have a bass response and dynamics unlike any other electrostatics that I have heard .I previously had Zingali floorstanders that I thought were my forever speakers,took a punt on a 2nd hand pair of Cadence Aninas that destroyed the Zingalis'
    so I had to track down a pair of Arcas'.The previous owner bought them in preference to B&W 801s.They are also bloody ugly,however my wife loves the look of them,but then she did marry me and I am no George Clooney look alike!They sound stunning on the end of the Audio Analogue which itself weighs 63kg along with the 70kg Arcas' aren't going anywhere in a hurry.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 1,874
    I'm Phil.

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    lovely to see you on here , very interested in your thoughts on marantz sacd players , i didn`t know about the fidelity audio mods . i am very happy with my sa8005 but saving for an upgrade
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Join Date: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Hi Phil,

    Thankyou for welcoming me to the forum.

    My view of Marantz player are they are all superb value for money with the Marantz slightly rose tinted house sound
    that makes for easy system matching.When you move into the Premium range you have the building blocks for something special due to the engineering and
    build quality.I have always felt that the Premium range is underpriced compared to some boutique high end players.Lift the lid on some of these players and
    the engineering isn't a patch on the Marantz.
    The Fidelity Audio mods have transformed the player,with a larger sound stage,increase in detail and dynamics,hear through detail in the bass without sacrificing
    the escense of the Marantz house sound.
    It has been fun when dealers unaware that my player has been modded initilally dismiss my player against there 20k player,only to look puzzled when the Marantz outperforms their player.
    The only caveat is you will only get a fraction of the modification costs when it comes to resale.

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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 1,874
    I'm Phil.

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    thanks for that info , will be looking into it sometime . folks are always raving about the modwright mod on sa8005 but not very accesible for folks in uk
    1]bel canto pre 3 vbs /MSB s200 , / onkyo sacd/ bel canto fm1
    sonos, . tannoy eaton legacy 2]schiit saga pre , firebottle mono`s marantz sa8005 bel canto 3.5vbss and RFC impulse ta`us , track audio stands

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

    Location: Southall, West London

    Posts: 36,816
    I'm Geoff.

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    Hello Norm. Welcome to AOS.

    That's an interesting system you've assembled there. I don't recall actually listening to Cadence speakers, but they've been turning out decent looking designs for quite a while.

    Anyway, as I'm sure you've seen there is a lot going on here and every aspect of Hi-Fi is covered, so just join in and chat with us.


    Enjoy the forum,
    Geoff.

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    Join Date: Nov 2008

    Location: Belfast/Northern Ireland/UK

    Posts: 17,381
    I'm Neil.

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    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:Revox B760 + 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: Nov 2016

    Location: Thrapston Northamptonshire

    Posts: 6
    I'm Norman.

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    Kind thankyou to you all for welcoming me to your forum.As Geoff has noted, I have an interesting system that all are welcome to come and have a listen.
    Preferably not all at the same time as we won't have enough coffee mugs!

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