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    Join Date: Nov 2019

    Location: New forest

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    I'm Laurie.

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    Itís the infrastructure stupid!F6114CBD-C687-4E90-821B-212490645D14.jpg

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    Join Date: Nov 2019

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    Still working out bugs for pics

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

    Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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    Hi Laurie

    Nice to see another Hampshire AOS member (I am just outside Winchester!).

    Sort yourself out with a free Flickr account and get snapping and posting!

    I am also Stillpointed to the max! I took this photo on my iPhone XR and uploaded to my Flickr account.

    Steve
    fullsizeoutput_18b4 by , on Flickr
    Steve.

    My System:- dCS Vivaldi Transport + dCS Vivaldi 2.0 DAC + dCS Vivaldi Master Word Clock + dCS Vivaldi 2.0 Upsampler, Melco N1ZH60/2 Digital Music Server/Streamer, TW Raven One tt/Graham Phantom II/Transfiguration Orpheus L, Whest PS.30RDT SE, Conrad Johnson GAT Series 2 preamp, Conrad Johnson Premier 350SA power amp, TAD CR-1 MKII loudspeakers, MIT Oracle MA/MA-X interconnects, MIT Magnum MA speaker cables, Tellurium Q Black Diamond USB cable, Tellurium Q Ultra Silver power cords, Ziro Disclosure & Vertex Roraima Hi-Rez power cords + Furutech FI connectors, Stillpoints ESS racks/component stands, Vertex Aletheia PSU2 balanced power supply, Coherent Systems RTZ3 ground box + CR/BD cables, Acoustica Applicata DaaD room treatment, Mutec Ref10.

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    Join Date: Apr 2011

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    Nice pic, system, speakers Steve.

    Never heard of your speakers so looked em up - nearly choked on my salad at work, as a used pair came up in my Google search at £20k
    My System:
    Amplification - Sansui AU-alpha 707 DR
    Turntable - Technics SP10 MK2, Technics EPA-250 Tonearm, Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge with Fritz Gyger S re-tip, Panzerholz plinth,
    CDP - Pioneer PD-91
    Speakers - Spendor D7 on Soundcare SuperSpikes
    QED Silver Spiral speaker cable - airloc banana plugs
    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: Jan 2008

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    Thanks Robert!

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieGong View Post
    Nice pic, system, speakers Steve.

    Never heard of your speakers so looked em up - nearly choked on my salad at work, as a used pair came up in my Google search at £20k
    Steve.

    My System:- dCS Vivaldi Transport + dCS Vivaldi 2.0 DAC + dCS Vivaldi Master Word Clock + dCS Vivaldi 2.0 Upsampler, Melco N1ZH60/2 Digital Music Server/Streamer, TW Raven One tt/Graham Phantom II/Transfiguration Orpheus L, Whest PS.30RDT SE, Conrad Johnson GAT Series 2 preamp, Conrad Johnson Premier 350SA power amp, TAD CR-1 MKII loudspeakers, MIT Oracle MA/MA-X interconnects, MIT Magnum MA speaker cables, Tellurium Q Black Diamond USB cable, Tellurium Q Ultra Silver power cords, Ziro Disclosure & Vertex Roraima Hi-Rez power cords + Furutech FI connectors, Stillpoints ESS racks/component stands, Vertex Aletheia PSU2 balanced power supply, Coherent Systems RTZ3 ground box + CR/BD cables, Acoustica Applicata DaaD room treatment, Mutec Ref10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieGong View Post
    Nice pic, system, speakers Steve.

    Never heard of your speakers so looked em up - nearly choked on my salad at work, as a used pair came up in my Google search at £20k
    Don't look up some of the dcs prices then

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    Join Date: Nov 2019

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    Nice rack! Tad look pretty awesome. Firmly believe it’s the systems infrastructure .cables and tables, which elevates the best. All those little one per cents add up to gold.

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    Steve, Iíve heard of your speakers, in fact Iíve actually listened to them (a number of times), though only at shows. Iíve also listened to their bigger brothers - no doubt you have too. TAD do make superb speakers, I donít think there is any question about that. In fact Iím familiar (ish) with all of your system. Presumably your primary source is the DCS gear?

    100% Analogue

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    Review description of TAD bass unit.
    "This features a central, foamed-acrylic core, with front and back woven coatings of an aramid material."

    Reminds me of Leak Sandwich!
    " The diaphragm, so revolutionary in conception, consists of a closed cell expanded polystyrene-moulded diaphragm J in. thick with a hemispherical bung at the apex. Both front and rear surfaces are covered with very thin aluminium foil which Construction gives extreme stiffness-to-mass ratio, and the name to the unit of the Leak "Sandwich" "



    Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/...p5k1pbWoVVm.99
    Chris.

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    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    Hi Mark

    I owned Avalon Indra speakers for 8 years and was happy with them, but yearned for a speaker system that delivered a more potent mid-bass "punch!"

    In 2015, I began the search for replacements, first home auditioning a pair of the larger Avalon Compas speakers, which had more potent bass, but to my ears, was not as transparent as the Indras, through the midrange and treble regions! Next came a pair of Estelon XA (kindly loaned by KOG) which also use the Accuton ceramic drive units favoured by Avalon. The wife didn't like the look of them, describing them as hideous! I too, had heard the TAD's at the Windsor Show and an extended home demonstration duly followed!

    On paper, my Avalons extended to 28Hz at the bottom end, but the mid-bass punch of the TADs allowed a far more satisfying rendition of rock music. In fact, they are, for me. a perfect all-rounder and the first pair of stand-mounts that I have owned.

    The dCS Vivaldi full stack is indeed my primary source, recently improved with the addition of a Mutec Ref10 Reference Clock.

    I agree with the view of the OP, Flo, that the maximum system benefit is only obtained after careful attention is paid to equipment support, mains quality, room tuning and cable choice. I would also add system grounding to the equation, which can elevate performance much further!

    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    Steve, I’ve heard of your speakers, in fact I’ve actually listened to them (a number of times), though only at shows. I’ve also listened to their bigger brothers - no doubt you have too. TAD do make superb speakers, I don’t think there is any question about that. In fact I’m familiar (ish) with all of your system. Presumably your primary source is the DCS gear?
    Steve.

    My System:- dCS Vivaldi Transport + dCS Vivaldi 2.0 DAC + dCS Vivaldi Master Word Clock + dCS Vivaldi 2.0 Upsampler, Melco N1ZH60/2 Digital Music Server/Streamer, TW Raven One tt/Graham Phantom II/Transfiguration Orpheus L, Whest PS.30RDT SE, Conrad Johnson GAT Series 2 preamp, Conrad Johnson Premier 350SA power amp, TAD CR-1 MKII loudspeakers, MIT Oracle MA/MA-X interconnects, MIT Magnum MA speaker cables, Tellurium Q Black Diamond USB cable, Tellurium Q Ultra Silver power cords, Ziro Disclosure & Vertex Roraima Hi-Rez power cords + Furutech FI connectors, Stillpoints ESS racks/component stands, Vertex Aletheia PSU2 balanced power supply, Coherent Systems RTZ3 ground box + CR/BD cables, Acoustica Applicata DaaD room treatment, Mutec Ref10.

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