Introduce Yourselves

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eagwok33
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by eagwok33 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:52 pm

Thanks for your nice welcomuing words karatestu! :-)

I had owned quite a bit of equipment over the years, which I think is the fate of many, who have been for some decades in this hobby. ;-) Current system: TTs: DIY upgraded Lenco L75 with Schick 12" tonearm and a Linn LP12, Ekos, Lingo from the late 80s. Cartridges: Denon 103 and 103R, AT OCC30 and Music Maker III,... Phono: Graham Slee Revelation MM, ERA Gold MM and EAR 834P, some MC transformers; Preamp: LFD Line stage and a DIY buffer pre similar to the First Watt buffer pre, AMP: DIY First Watt M2 Clone and SE 2A3 Monos, LS: Haigner 3 way Horn LS, Cinch cables: DIY, LS cables: NVA LS6

And you?

Enjoy your music!

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Norbert
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Simon Hickie
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by Simon Hickie » Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:55 pm

CN211276 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:04 am
Welcome to the forum. You might wish to consider ripping your CD collection to FLAC and getting a decent DAC which will not cost the earth. I found that ripped CDs and streams sounded better than my CD player, but I did not have NVA amplification at the time.
Agreed. Except I rip to WAV. There's a debate as to whether WAV sounds better than FLAC as there is less processing to do. Also, using something like JRiver MediaPlayer allows you to play from RAM rather than HDD which again may increase SQ. Finally a bit of software called Fidelizer will optimise computer settings for best quality playback.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw.

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Fretless
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by Fretless » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:06 pm

You could be right about WAV sounding better than FLAC - maybe it's about time I compared the two again. The main argument was that FLAC uses less disk-space but these days there is no worry about storage size - certainly when HDD's are being measured in Tb rather than Gb.
Currently have 4500+ CD's in FLAC files - please don't make me re-rip them all as WAV's.... :pray:
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Simon Hickie
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by Simon Hickie » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:55 am

As FLAC is lossless, you could simply do a batch conversion to WAV. I believe the WAV file is then bit identical to if it was ripped as WAV in the first place. On the other hand if you have a few hundred hours to spare...;)
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw.

antonio66
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by antonio66 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:12 pm

WAV v FLAC - now that is an earing test. :ugeek: :lol:
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My set-up: PT Too,Rega 250 AO mods, Lyra Helikon, NVA Phono 2 + Extra PS, Project CD Transport/Project LPSU, Calyx 192 dac, NVA P50, NVA A60, Cube 3's. Headphones Senn HD700s and NVA AP10H. SSP/SC interconnect and NVA LS5 speaker cable.

ArloFlynn
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by ArloFlynn » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:20 am

Hello

I have just joined this forum to get a listen to the P20/A20 on the loan scheme and get a feel for the NVA sound.

I first heard an NVA amp at a hifi show in June this year. I liked it and tried to find out more information
but there seemed to be very little about, except for this forum, the NVA site and reading between the lines on other forums.

I currently have a valve system, and although very happy with the sound, I am looking for something else that does not involve valves,
does not need expensive repairs, does not get too hot and can be left on without fear of flaming the house and melting little ones' hands.

I don't intend to sell on the valve system, just put it away and run another for the foreseeable future.

I have very little experience of 'hifi', have only owned 1 system and 2 pairs of speakers and only heard other systems at hifi shows.

Cheers, Kevin.

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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by karatestu » Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:43 am

Hello Kevin,

Welcome to the forum. I am sure you wont be disappointed with the starter system. And that is only the starter system ! Stevetheshadow went from valves to P20 + A20. You may find there is no going back.

Stu
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antonio66
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by antonio66 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:06 am

Welcome Kevin, enjoy the forum.
My set-up: PT Too,Rega 250 AO mods, Lyra Helikon, NVA Phono 2 + Extra PS, Project CD Transport/Project LPSU, Calyx 192 dac, NVA P50, NVA A60, Cube 3's. Headphones Senn HD700s and NVA AP10H. SSP/SC interconnect and NVA LS5 speaker cable.

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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by Simon Hickie » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:18 am

Greetings Kevin. I'd be most interested to hear of your findings re. valves vs NVA amplification. I have an EL34 based Icon Audio amplifier and it will have to be something pretty good for me to make the switch.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw.

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Dr Bunsen Honeydew
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Re: Introduce Yourselves

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:22 am

ArloFlynn wrote:
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:20 am
Hello

I have just joined this forum to get a listen to the P20/A20 on the loan scheme and get a feel for the NVA sound.

I first heard an NVA amp at a hifi show in June this year. I liked it and tried to find out more information
but there seemed to be very little about, except for this forum, the NVA site and reading between the lines on other forums.

I currently have a valve system, and although very happy with the sound, I am looking for something else that does not involve valves,
does not need expensive repairs, does not get too hot and can be left on without fear of flaming the house and melting little ones' hands.

I don't intend to sell on the valve system, just put it away and run another for the foreseeable future.

I have very little experience of 'hifi', have only owned 1 system and 2 pairs of speakers and only heard other systems at hifi shows.

Cheers, Kevin.
Put your name down on the loan thread and PM or email me name, address, and phone number.

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