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1. Laptop, Hegel 360 amp, ATC 11 speakers (bought new with a discount).
2. Laptop, AVI DM10 (bought new) with £200 subwoofer
3 Denon C630 (£15) or laptop, NVA P50SA (£166), Korneff 45 clone (c£1250), EV Sentry III (£415 + c£80 in repair parts). The NVA and Korneff were replaced by a Creek CAS4040 (£99 new 1983) about half way through the bake off.
For sound quality, system 3 won. System 1 lost.
On the day, everyone present agreed on which was the best and worst sounding system and the main reasons why.
On some tracks it seemed that I thought the differences were more clear cut than what the other people attending thought. But that's fine. When describing degrees of difference we can all have different scales.
I would also like to say that you couldn't hope to meet 2 nicer blokes than the host "andrewjvt" and the AVI owner "lpv".
And I found it a really enjoyable way to pass an afternoon and evening.
Headphone System: Auralic Aries Mini • LDA LPSU • Metrum Acoustics Musette • Metrum Acoustics Aurix • AudioQuest NightHawk Carbon • NVA SSP MKII
PC System: Cambridge Audio DACMagic Plus • LDA LPSU • Grado SR80e
Server: VortexBox Prestige 2 MX • Paul Baldwin LPSU • Supra CAT8
And here's a thread on the first bake-off between the AVI and ATC systems http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/pas ... active-set
Which has some posts that I found quite funny.
I live alone in this my heaven, in my love (and) in my songs.