DIB wrote:The leads and block were from MCRU, and if my memory serves me right £70 per lead and £100 for the block. They were of an excellent quality, very robust build etc. but in all honestly did not offer me any improvement s on the supplied leads and my Wilkinson's extension block.The SBooster was from Mark Grant and again I could notice no discernable difference on my SBT.I'm glad I tried them though, just to satisfy my curiosity.
The leads and block were from MCRU, and if my memory serves me right £70 per lead and £100 for the block. They were of an excellent quality, very robust build etc. but in all honestly did not offer me any improvement s on the supplied leads and my Wilkinson's extension block.
The SBooster was from Mark Grant and again I could notice no discernable difference on my SBT.
I'm glad I tried them though, just to satisfy my curiosity.
I have always said that improvements are not a given, and personal trial is the only way......you certainly used decent kit.
Did MCRU offer any possible explanation?
"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines." Nelson Pass
DIB wrote:my Wilkinson's extension block.
my Wilkinson's extension block.
Wilkinson's mains extension blocks enable components to breathe
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Musicraft (Derby) - Specialist Hi-Fi, AV & Multimedia dealer
I bought a rotel amp a 830 from cryers hifi, it went pop, took it back and had a refund, borrowed another amp, that went pop, it turned out my cyrus speakers were the culprit the drivers were burnt out, wonderful sound when it worked.
mate of mine had a saisho cd player, promised to buy it of him, however I changed my mind and got a Philips cd604 instead he was saying that all cd players sound the same, I disagreed, and pointed out that the saisho was flat and uninvolving
audioaddict wrote:the system I regret buying was my previous audiolab 8000 series system 8000 cd pre amp 2x mono blocs ,sound harsh and aggressive and did not sit well with at all ...............has certainly put me off expensive hifi
Do not let one bad experience put you off more expensive hifi. The right choice can give serious satisfaction.......and it doesn't always have to cost a King's ransom.
Celestion DL6's, when they were current. Liked the sound in the shop, with all the usual caveats of it being an unfamiliar environment, tried to like the sound in my house, but ended up concluding that getting the kind of sound I wanted from infinite-baffle loudspeakers would cost more money than I could spend. Within 18 months I part-ex'd them for some Tannoy 607's which now and again I wish I still owned. Or maybe changed them for the 609's or 611's.
MajorFubar wrote:Celestion DL6's, when they were current. Liked the sound in the shop, with all the usual caveats of it being an unfamiliar environment, tried to like the sound in my house, but ended up concluding that getting the kind of sound I wanted from infinite-baffle loudspeakers would cost more money than I could spend. Within 18 months I part-ex'd them for some Tannoy 607's which now and again I wish I still owned. Or maybe changed them for the 609's or 611's.
The D is beside the S, so I'll let you off.
They were too smooth and soporific for some, and needed a lot of power to kick them into action.......they were better with Classical and Acoustic stuff, than Hard Rock etc.
It wasn't a typing error, I did mean the DL6, not SL6. I have never listened to the SL6.
MajorFubar wrote:It wasn't a typing error, I did mean the DL6, not SL6. I have never listened to the SL6.
My apologies Major.....I should have known better! :oops:
I had been a Naim fan for a number of years and was very pleased with my Naim 112 / 150 Pre/Power combo.
I added a Flatcap PSU and found it made only a slight difference, if any at all.
My dissatisfaction was compounded by seeing a photograph of the units internal components which totalled about four and took up10% of the internal case. What a rip-off I thought. The article that I read that showed the picture suggested the same sentiments.
I was so annoyed I sold the Naim and returned to big Japanese amplifiers. My current Onkyo 9070 is vastly superior to the Naim units that I once owned .
I have always found that the big Japanese amplifiers offer excellent value and are often loss leaders to keep the manufacturers reputation as a serious hi-fi maker.
I know that what I have said may be considered heresy by some.
Audiolab 8200A integrated amp.
Stopped working on second day.
Dealer gave me a new one. That stopped working after two months. Fixed by Audiolab. Still running over two years later. Has a horrible squeaky power switch. No on/off button on the remote |(
Wadia 170i transport. Made totally redundant by USB DACs and streamers. It wasn't cheap and doesn't sound that good any more.
Cyrus Stream X. Actually the cost of updating it to a Stream X2. And now the expensive remote handset is totally defunct as i just use a control app!!
Main. Stream X Signature, CD T, DAC XP Signature, X Power, 2x PSX-R, PMC twenty.22 Snug. Stream X, Mac Mini, Qute HD, 8XPdQX, X Power, PSX-R, Pathos Aurium / HD800, MA GX50
MajorFubar wrote:It wasn't a typing error, I did mean the DL6, not SL6. I have never listened to the SL6. My apologies Major.....I should have known better! :oops:
lol don't worry about it.
I remember being sucked into this 'special edition' 'uk tuned' and all that hype that was so abundant in the 90's, so I went ahead and bought a kenwood 3020se amp,, what a lightweight sounding lump ! its like they modified up the bass to give a tighter more controlled sound, but to me it was thin and brittle in my sytem with a tinselly treble, sold in on and got a marantz instead, ahhh weight and warmth returned
I also made the mistake of modding my rotel 965bx cd player by putting in the discrete stage , so it was now the 965BX 'LE' big mistake, lost that smooth analogue charateristc of the paticular player and made it sound thinner and brighter , I am always very wary of things that say special edition or UK tuned, it usually means they have killed the bass
Mine has to be the purchase of a Pinnacle Folio media player.
First impressions were good, home demo, RAID storage, simple interface and sounded very good indeed within my system.
Within a year the technology had moved on so that I could buy a more capable device for half the price, and the company had gone bust. Despite a few attempted contacts the cowboys that built it had disappeared from the face of the earth. I'm still managing to keep it going, but if anything more than a drive fails it will be useless.
I believe the phrase is caveat emptor. Next time I will wait until one of the more established companies bring out their version! :twisted: :twisted:
Oppo 105eu, Tag McLaren 100*5R, Custom HTPC, Samsung 55" TV, Sky HD, Pinnacle Audio Folio (No? Look that iron up!)
cyrus amp...never heard such lifeless sound...
I’ll throw another one in, but perhaps the word ‘regret’ is a bit strong. It’s more a tale of caution really: my HRT II+ DAC. Stunning reviews. You will be amazed, they said. Blows-away all built-in computer sound-cards, they said (“they” being countless online reviews and printed reviews in HiFi magazines globally).
At the time of these stunning reviews I was about to receive a £250 long service award from my employer, so I bought it figuring I had nothing to lose. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good DAC but it’s really not £300 better than the DAC in the 2011 Mac Mini it’s attached to. In fact I’m not sure I could consistently pass an ABX test.
That said, it’s in a different league to the lousy excuse for a sound-card in my old Toshiba P350 laptop, which redefines ‘horrid’. Nasty, dull, closed-in sound which gets confused by anything except simple acoustic recordings. If I’d bought the HRT solely for my Toshiba, I’d have been over the moon. But as it stands, I could probably have spent the same-or-less money more wisely (like on a really good cartridge for my TD160, which has sat cartridge-less for too long). Had it been my own money, I’d have felt a little aggrieved, considering how the reviews and magazines assured me of its unquestionable vast superiority to any stock computer sound card they’d ever heard (including those in Apple machines)