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  1. #41
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    Well with only 3 of us attending the bakeoff it went surprisingly well I think, so a BIG thank you to Paul and Will for a great music session and a big fat raspberry to those who said they wanted a meet up and couldn't be arsed to attend despite initiating the need for the event to happen

    Had to go out to friends this evening so will do the full report tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nonuffin View Post
    Well with only 3 of us attending the bakeoff it went surprisingly well I think, so a BIG thank you to Paul and Will for a great music session and a big fat raspberry to those who said they wanted a meet up and couldn't be arsed to attend despite initiating the need for the event to happen

    Had to go out to friends this evening so will do the full report tomorrow.
    That's a real shame, but look forward to your write up and pics.
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    Many thanks for a nice afternoon out, had a nice time Gave the STA100 its first actual workout, was the first time I'd actually listened to the thing since its been done!

    Should be a nice little meeting point for future bakeoffs for those interested too, the room seemed to have pretty good acoustics as well, those Quadral speakers seemed to fill a surprisingly large space despite their form factor.
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    Ps these were the wire strippers Paul

    Everyone needs a set of these:

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    used to have a set very similar to these years ago.. got nicked lol
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  6. #46
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    I think that people who have never hosted or even attended a bakeoff may have a misguided notion that it is a giant willy waving fest with endless comparisons designed to humble or embarass anyone who hasn't spent many thousands on shiny boxes with famous badges on. Not so, in fact the best sounding gear at the bakeoffs I have been to have been items that fall way under the mainstream radar and have probably never even been reviewed, usually bunged into a heap of tangled wires for good measure and many having their origins in late night soldering projects in a loft or shed. I take my hat off to these DIY pioneers.

    And so to yesterday's small gathering which didn't begin too well, with Paul's beautiful TEAC VRDS player having a major sulk. It would load the CD, spin the disc and read the TOC so the laser was working, but no play beyond that and what a massive shame. I took along my AVI player and my Marantz CD63 as a back up so at least we weren't going to be short of sources. I took my Shanling DAC 50 and Paul brought 2 DACs so my Shanling sat on a table the entire time. I wanted at some point to see whether the Shanling DAC was worth keeping given the quality of the AVI internal DAC so that will be on the to do list for a while.

    My Quadrals were the only speakers there and although I thought the room size overwhelmed them, they did just fine according to Paul and Will.

    As I said above, sometimes it looks a bit of a mess and this is one of those times:



    Began with my Yamaha amp and soon replaced with Will's STA-100 power amp and fed by my tiny little FX Audio valve pre. For a measly £28 delivered it really did shine coupled up to the Radford Revival power amp and to me had exceptional detail and clarity at the top end. Talking of which. here is a picture of the aforesaid power amp, freshly rebuilt and yet to be run in:



    and the little FX Audio pre in action:



    My little 6 way block/mains conditioner sating what the mains input voltage is:



    Will brought in his 'home brew' pre-amp and although it sounded good, it did seem to lack that crisp sparkle in the upper treble that the FX Audio has:



    Paul brought along his self built DAC which gave a very good account if itself so was left in for the whole time, plus a carrier bag full of CDs to play. Added to that I brought along a box full of CDs that we managed to get through most of them during the day. Top stuff.

    My missus did the coffee making and other catering during the day and I am very grateful that we were able to use the community centre. A couple of the other local residents popped in for a listen and were mighty impressed so I am told
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    Quote Originally Posted by nonuffin View Post
    Well with only 3 of us attending the bakeoff it went surprisingly well I think, so a BIG thank you to Paul and Will for a great music session and a big fat raspberry to those who said they wanted a meet up and couldn't be arsed to attend despite initiating the need for the event to happen

    Had to go out to friends this evening so will do the full report tomorrow.
    Hi Dominic, Apologies for not attending but unfortunately I have been struggling with my health for the past few weeks and was not up to it. If there is another one arranged in the future and I am healthier I would be happy to come along.

    Glad you had a good day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJSki2fly View Post
    Hi Dominic, Apologies for not attending but unfortunately I have been struggling with my health for the past few weeks and was not up to it. If there is another one arranged in the future and I am healthier I would be happy to come along.

    Glad you had a good day.

    Adrian
    Hi Adrian, yes I am fully aware that your health issues meant you couldn't attend, so my raspberries were aimed at the people who wished for a west country meet up yet kept very low when one was actually set up!

    I'm looking to hold another one possibly in March, so let's hope you are fighting fit for that one
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    Quote Originally Posted by nonuffin View Post
    Hi Adrian, yes I am fully aware that your health issues meant you couldn't attend, so my raspberries were aimed at the people who wished for a west country meet up yet kept very low when one was actually set up!

    I'm looking to hold another one possibly in March, so let's hope you are fighting fit for that one
    I certainly hope so, they are playing around with my drugs to see if it can improve my day to day stability. Let’s hope so


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    Amplification:- AudioValve Sunilda phono stage, Krell KSP-7B pre-amp, Krell KSA-80 power amp

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    Cables: Furutech AG-12-R4 High Performance Phono Cable, Tellurium Q Ultra Black II RCA & Chord Epic 2 RCA, QED Genesis Silver Spiral speaker leads, & links


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    Enormous thanks to Dominic for organising the day and to his wife for keeping us fed, watered and well behaved.

    As Dom reported, despite some stripping, my CD player stubbornly refused to play ball. However Dom’s AVI performed very well and of course faultlessly.

    Will’s STA-100 power amp is a serrious bit of kit and when matched with his hybrid pre amp provided the core for most of the days listening. So pleased to have the opportunity to hear these!

    Perhaps the biggest surprise was the ability of Dom’s Quadral speakers which performed well beyond my expectations from first sight.

    Clearly Dom’s efforts deserved greater support and I was disappointed not to meet more like minded enthusiasts. However, it was great to meet Dom and Will and I look forward to the next opportunity. Now, I just have a CD player to fix.....
    Paul

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