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    Join Date: Mar 2013

    Location: Malvern, Worcestershsire

    Posts: 18
    I'm Mark.

    Default Hello all out in Forum land!

    Malvern Audio Research, has been formed over the last few years, after the coming together of a number of artizan hifi brands..
    A brief and half written intro..more coming soon..

    As a fan of quality "not on the high street" HiFi,with a passion for valve based products, I was persuaded to design some valve based Phono stages.. From my earlier use of Nuvistors as a radio Ham many years ago, I decided they were the perfect valve for a Phono stage.. Hence the Audio Detail NV-06 (all nuvistor phono stage) and the more sophisticated NV-08, with 6922 in the output stage for rolling..
    Audio Detail now has a range of Pre amps, phono stages, new 211 Mono blocks and coming soon a DHT premap to match the monos..All hand built in Malvern to order..

    hORNS Loudspeakers form the Aria1 right up to the Universums, fabulous hand made speakers unique in their designs,. but full sounded with no nasties! All that at a sensible price..

    Also some have heard of Ming da for example?? Ah Chinese, worse still ChiFi...they say!

    Well actually NO

    Yes Ming da is a Chinese brand set up 27 years ago, specifically to manufacture Valve amplification, purely because Jigui Xiou(the owner) loves valve amps! Some of you will know that, for Icon Audio's first 5 years, it was Ming da making their amps.. Until David Shaw built his own factory in Zhuhai, southern China..

    Then 7 years ago, I came along and started Ming da UK, as they are hand built, high end artizan amps.. I give 3 years warrnaty and now get involved in new designs, enjoying 2 vists every year to the factory..

    More to follow....

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    Join Date: Apr 2009

    Location: Near Saffron Walden, Essex

    Posts: 6,546
    I'm Dave.


    Welcome Mark. Loadsa interesting stuff on your website.

    You need to get your spell checker out..

  3. #3
    Join Date: Nov 2015

    Location: Wolverhampton

    Posts: 10,155
    I'm Oliver.


    Hi Mark,

    Welcome to AoS!

    Heard of Ming Da and there's some very positive feedback about the brand. A friend of mine is bringing one of your Audio Detail phonostages over tomorrow for a listen, which has coincided nicely with you joining here.

    What's the odds ay!?


  4. #4
    Join Date: Mar 2013

    Location: Malvern, Worcestershsire

    Posts: 18
    I'm Mark.


    Hi Guys

    Small world hey ..Enjoy the Phono stage...

    As for spell checker..Lisdexia is pain in the arm!

  5. #5
    Join Date: Mar 2013

    Location: Malvern, Worcestershsire

    Posts: 18
    I'm Mark.


    Quote Originally Posted by Malvern Audio Research View Post
    Hi Guys

    Small world hey ..Enjoy the Phono stage...

    As for spell checker..Lisdexia is pain in the arm!
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    Join Date: Sep 2009

    Location: west mids, UK

    Posts: 2,807
    I'm Phil.


    welcome mark , enjoyed your room at Bristol so much , one of the best sounds of the show . glad to have you on here
    When words are many , sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise . prov 10

  7. #7
    Join Date: May 2010

    Location: Worcestershire, UK

    Posts: 986
    I'm Rob.


    I always enjoy visiting Mark in Malvern. He worked wonders on my Beard P35 and Ming Da Headphone Amp. A gentleman and enthusiast. Great to see you here Mark.
    Powered by crossed fingers and clenched buttocks

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    Join Date: May 2016

    Location: Gloucestershire

    Posts: 725
    I'm Ian.


    Went up to Mark's today for an upgrade of some capacitors, something some of you may remember I've had done before on a previously owned Piccolo



    The four new caps are Audyns.
    The really important upgrade is the addition of a new label

    Audio Detail is Mark's own brand. As before there is an immediate improvement in precision even though the Piccolo was not obviously lacking it in standard form. I'm expecting things to improve a bit more over the next few hours.

  9. #9
    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Wrexham, North Wales, UK

    Posts: 103,482
    I'm AudioAl'sArbiterForPISHANTO.


    Hi Mark,

    You have a PM

    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 a TCD-420.

    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 HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

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


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