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    Not going, but be interested in your thoughts about the Shadow Audio valve Pre and Dac if anyone gets chance of a listen to Danny Baty's stuff.
    Analogue
    401 / PU7 / AT33ev
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    Longdog Audio MCJ1 - Prototype Phonostage
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    Vortexbox,
    Caiman Seg & Dorado
    Cambridge CXC
    Amps
    Tron Seven Linestage
    Bel Canto Set 40 or Nick Gorham built 300B Set Monoblocks
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    Tannoy GRF Memory.
    Tannoy ST100.

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    Here's some of the pictures I took:

    B&W - not as good as I expected, sounded a bit fuzzy:




    Nagra with YG Acoustic speakers and Plinius power amp - this was good, seem like very good speakers, filled a large room very easily, smooth with lots of detail and good bass.




    Marten speakers with some big monoblocks, don't know what they were. Wasn't keen on this set up at all, using vinyl source though so maybe an issue with that.



    More to follow
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    3 Square Loudspeakers. Had a listen to the floorstanders, not bad at all:




    Accuphase - mmm....Accuphase

    I want the CD Transport. It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

    The speakers were good, can't recall what they were though:




    I think these were Kudos speakers, with twin subs. Good sound, I think, subs perfectly integrated, but terrible music so didn't stop for a longer evaluation.



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    Avid - loudspeakers and integrated amp. These were giving a good sound




    Klipsch Cornwall with some fancy valve integrated. Need a much bigger space but not really my thing - looked vintage and sounded it too, not in a good way




    Chord Electronics: Don't know what the speakers were. Never been keen on the styling of Chord but have to say looks a lot better in the flesh than in pictures. Sound quality was passable to good.




    Kerr Acoustic: Not sure of the model number but it's the big one. Heard these before and was very impressed, same this time. If you've got the space and the money...




    plenty more to come
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    Golden Ear Triton 3: cost a lot less than I thought they would, decent but not great




    KEF LS65 - these are active speakers. Good bass and mids, top a bit soft and recessed. Don't think that was the speaker just how they had them configured but don't know for sure. They fell just short of being incredibly impressive as a result.

    KEFs room was like some sort of 1990s Euro disco but the chairs were comfy.




    Kerr Acoustic again, smaller ones this time. Like the big ones these were impressive, I could live with them I think:




    PMC - love their studio monitors, never been at all keen on their domestic speakers but these weren't half bad, needed a bigger room to play to their strengths I think:

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    Just got home

    Best in show for me Curvi- BMR 2 Loudspeaker's

    One certainly must take home a record

    And I bought I record cleaning machine but (forum rules !) do not tell Her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    Golden Ear Triton 3: cost a lot less than I thought they would, decent but not great




    KEF LS65 - these are active speakers. Good bass and mids, top a bit soft and recessed. Don't think that was the speaker just how they had them configured but don't know for sure. They fell just short of being incredibly impressive as a result.

    KEFs room was like some sort of 1990s Euro disco but the chairs were comfy.




    Kerr Acoustic again, smaller ones this time. Like the big ones these were impressive, I could live with them I think:




    PMC - love their studio monitors, never been at all keen on their domestic speakers but these weren't half bad, needed a bigger room to play to their strengths I think:

    One forget to charge the phone

    Drooling over the Originlive turntable and arms

    If you got pictures ...Please

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    Allchris Audio - based loosely on the celebrated Celestion Ditton 66. He always uses EAR amps which I don't like but still a good sound - for 3.5K (I think) worth considering.



    Active ATC in the 'Chasing The Dragon' room. Sorry about the pic, they were big but they were also far away.




    Graham Audio LS - something or other. Heard these before too and I quite like them even though I'm not much for BBC derived speakers. We got to listen to 'Money' on vinyl though so extra marks for that. Recommend these if you want something that won't overpower a small room but still has some body to it.




    can't recall what these speakers were called but although they look impressive they were not so good, congested mids:




    TAD speakers, forget the model but doesn't matter I can't afford them and neither (probably) can you. Could have sat in here all day, great sound, lots of detail but not chucked at you. Probably my runner-up for best sound at the show.



    But the winner was:

    Kii - these things are just ridiculous. Better than what they have in studios. A youth asked for some tune I never heard of to be played to test the bass. It was monumental.

    They were jammed into a small room, but it didn't matter. One of the few rooms where I was compelled to ask the price - 27K for the lot but if you don't need stupid SPL then you can just get the head units for fifteen grand. If I was still working I would have to think of reasons not to and probably fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bksabath View Post
    One forget to charge the phone

    Drooling over the Originlive turntable and arms

    If you got pictures ...Please
    Sorry I don't. I was only really interested in loudspeakers.
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    Forgot one

    Falcon Acoustics Transmission line loudspeakers, based on the IMF 200. Despite the bad room you could tell these were good. We could have had the demo pair for 2100, which was tempting. The kit is 2800 - well worth it if you have the space for them and are handy enough to knock them up.

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