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  1. #1
    Join Date: Feb 2020

    Location: Scotland

    Posts: 3
    I'm Barrie.

    Default Hello music lovers.

    Hi all,

    Having fun resurrecting my system and breathing new life into my old speakers. I'm probably
    showing my age but a VERY long time ago I bought an amazing pair of Tandy Optimus Pro LX-5
    speakers and I thought all hope was lost when the foam surrounds just disintegrated making them
    unusable. Then I found out about a drop-in replacement driver by a company called HIVI, so I ordered a
    pair of their 4 inch kevlar drivers and sweet bejesus they sound better than the originals.

    My current system is as follows...

    Pioneer PD-8700 (purely as transport fed to the SMSL SU-8 DAC via optical)
    Pioneer DV-575A (for SACD / DVD-A playback via the stereo phono output into the SMSL DA-8s amp)
    An Android ZMQC X96Air set-top-box running KODI with an external hard drive with my flacs and DSD files on it feeding
    the SMSL SU-8 via USB.

    SMSL SU-8 DAC feeding the amp via XLR cables.

    SMSL DA-8s amplifier.

    Tandy Optimus LX-5 speakers.

    Cambridge Audio Minx X201 subwoofer. Since the amp doesn't have a phono out I had to get "creative", I used
    a Vibe Delta line level to phono box normally used in car audio.

    Cables are a mixture of affordable copper. NoBull XLR cables, QED Graphite phono cable, MutecPower speaker cable
    and I think a QED optical cable.

    A NOBSOUND power filter, cheap but effective.

    Speaker stands and subwoofer are sitting on 400mm square concrete slabs about an inch thick, which have a
    20mm thick granulated rubber mat on top to dampen any vibration from the stands and the slabs sit on 4 tennis
    balls to isolate from the floor.

    I am in the process of building an equipment "rack" and am experimenting with materials.

    Music tastes.... Everything from 6th century "Chant" to Billie Eilish, all music is food for the soul.

  2. #2
    Join Date: Jan 2009

    Location: Essex

    Posts: 22,195
    I'm openingabottleofwine.

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    Welcome to AoS Barrie,

    Love the sound of the "NoBull XLR" cables (no pun intended)!

    Admirably wide taste in music you have.

    Enjoy the Forum
    Barry
    Barry

  3. #3
    Join Date: Dec 2018

    Location: Torquay, Devon.

    Posts: 1,247
    I'm Shane.

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    Howdy! Welcome to AOS.

    Have fun.

    S.
    Shane Lonergan.

    Home Hi-Fi Chat UK (Facebook Group)

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