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Thread: My 2019 Update Thread - My final system I think.

  1. #391
    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Nice one mate.

    September sounds good for me too.
    "Whats your vector Victor...?"

  2. #392
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Cool - we'll make it a date

    How about getting some of the Scottish mafia together?

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

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  3. #393
    Join Date: Mar 2008

    Location: Galashiels

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    I'm inthescottishmafia.

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    Could be a plan.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

  4. #394
    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Obviously dependant on the whole Covid shebang...

    Fingers crossed.
    "Whats your vector Victor...?"

  5. #395
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Indeedio... Although by September I'd expect things to be back to normal enough to ably allow it

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


  6. #396
    Join Date: Mar 2008

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    Aye hope so.
    “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio”

    Hunter S Thompson

  7. #397
    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Been finagling' over the weekend...

    Looked at a few things:

    1. Improving Network setup for better sound
    2. Modding some kit, just for looks
    3. Speaker wiring and setup


    Fun weekend

    NETWORK:
    Taking an interest again in tweaking my computer audio, have VM Broadband Superhub, connected to Router/access point in the livingroom, with all bits n bobs wifi'd and hardwired up to it.

    SO:
    Superhub > 18M cat6 > (Spider Crab below) > more long Cat6 > Music computer


    About 25m or so of ethernet cable, 'tween Superhub, Router and Roon Linux based Server feeding the music, so decided to improve on the setup of that.

    Recently got Superhub 4 from VM, and decided an improvement would be to cut out all the extra Cat cable, the Spider Crab router and bring the Superhub into the livingroom.
    Less cable, less power supplies, more direct connection.

    Virgin wanted £99 for a non fault callout, so bugger that, and made up the cables to move it myself.
    Decided to improve upon supplied VM coax cable (Why not?) and bought a run of Webro WF100 (best of gear) and Cablecon 5.1 F-Connectors.
    Not screw in type, but heavy solid crimped connectors, the cable is 1mm solid core pure copper, and cable is properly shielded.

    Anyway, Job done, Superhub is in system rack now, bought a linear PSU for it and powering it from balanced mains.
    All about eliminating/reducing electrical noise and steps I took were more than worth it.
    Superhub logs show rock solid (and better) signal/ noise ratio and consistent power levels. Before they varied throughout the day.
    Download speed rock solid now too.

    Next step is to build a fanless SSD based Roon Server, powered from linear PSU/balanced mains and stick that in system rack.
    Eliminate a long run of ethernet cable from the setup, as well as a bog standard PC feeding up music files.

    Oh,
    and Superhub look kinda cool at night too in the rack...kind of a Tron vibe

    "Whats your vector Victor...?"

  8. #398
    Join Date: Oct 2008

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    Which led to point 2
    (Not sound related!)

    Always liked blacked out gear, back in the day I "Knight Rider'ed" my M2Tech Young Dac


    Picked myself up a PS5, fantastic source for all things YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ and the like
    Wonderful sound fed into the HDMI input of the Oppo, zapped over i2s to the Dac.

    ...and the White was nice 'n all, matched Nipper, and the new speakers but kinda stuck out in the rack?


    Darth Vader's PlayStation...That'll work.
    Much better!
    Last edited by Gazjam; 14-06-2021 at 19:49.
    "Whats your vector Victor...?"

  9. #399
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    Speaker shenanigans tomorrow.
    "Whats your vector Victor...?"

  10. #400
    Join Date: Aug 2009

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    How did you 'paint it black'?
    Current Lash Up:

    *Audiolab 6000CDT* Soncoz SGD-1 * Nelson Pass DCB1 * Krell KSA50s * JM Lab Electra 926 *

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