Introduce Yourselves

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tweet_my_ribbon
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Unread post by tweet_my_ribbon » Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:40 pm

Greetings to all. Having sold most of my hi-fi gear some years ago I thought I'd rid myself of the need for a decent set up. Of course the need never went away, it just morphed into " Oh computer audio is fine, even low quality mp3 podcasts", and has now come around to bite me in the 'loss of real audio' backside. Hell, a portion of my Vinyl, CDs & tapes were let go.

Yes, regrets, but now it's time to make amends and return to audio land.

My remaining gear consists of Technics SL1210 mk2, AT 95E MM, Musical Fidelity XLP phone stage, sound organisation 4 shelf rack, unbranded shielded interconnet, B&O beovision 1 telly with active analogue speakers, phono stage connects into tv camcorder inputs. As good as the telly sounds it's been at best a compromise.

I'm on the look out for some active bookshelf speakers to start with and have been considering the Quad 9AS.

Any ideas welcome for CD player, speakers, cables.

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Unread post by karatestu » Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:10 pm

Hello Tweet.

Welcome to the forum.

Hope you are not trip trapping over our bridge
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Unread post by karatestu » Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:27 am

Speakers - cube 1,2 or 3
Cables - nva of course
CD player - Cambridge audio (richer sounds)

Howz dat.
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Unread post by savvypaul » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:36 am

Welcome, 'Tweet'

Get a listen to as much different kit as you can. The NVA kit is superb value for music per pound. There's a loan scheme for the starter kit with pre / power and cables. That could be your first port of call. You may be near members here who will give you a listen to their set up. There are also bake-offs from time to time that are worth getting to. I'd also look at the secondhand market, especially for speakers - there are so many bookshelf types available at less than half of their new price. You might even look at improving a pair of old speakers using 'Doc Mods' (lots in the archive here about how to do it).

Hope this helps.

PS. At recent bake-off, Andy-831 mentioned some Q Acoustics speakers that he thought were terrific value.
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Unread post by Andy-831 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:28 pm

Yeah I have a pair of Q Acoustic 3020 speakers in my office system, which can be picked up aroung the £100 mark on ebay. Good value for money and a reasonable quality speaker for not a lot of dosh.
Analogue
301 / 3012 / 2m black
401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
Phono 2 + extra PSU
Digital
Vortexbox, SBT / Teac Dac
Cambridge CXC
Amps
Glasshouse TVC, P50 Sa or Quad 34/44
Quad 303; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
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Tannoy GRF Memory.
Q Acoustic 3020.

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Unread post by antonio66 » Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:51 pm

I thought the op was looking for active speakers. Never heard these, but alternatives to Quad.
https://www.superfi.co.uk/p-19254-ruark ... 20Speakers
http://www.acoustic-energy.co.uk/reference/ae1-active/
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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Unread post by tweet_my_ribbon » Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:55 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. The acoustic energy actives look good so they go on my list.

Back in the 90s I auditioned the NVA integrated statement and as good as it sounded at first, the result was that it highlighted the shortcomings in all my other components. Making me realise that if I were to keep it, the entire system would need replacing. A Morgan Audio Systems Int/Power bi-wired into Elac speakers was chosen in the end.

Have to say I loved the look of the statement amp. Unique.

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Unread post by Fretless » Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:11 pm

NVA is kind to good components but it's transparency does reveal shortcomings all too well.

Give the P20/A20 loan scheme a go and see if you like the sound. If you're going for a completely new rig you could start with an NVA amp and build around it (Cubes ???).
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