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Returning the amp isn't going to be an issue, I'm embracing it fully now. Ebay is all very new to me, the trading regulations, consumers rights etc. The person I purchased the amp from seemed to have a profile like an individual selling a one off product but after doing some investigating it turns out this 'individual'  had a retail outlet as well. It was well regarded online according to reviews from other customers on ebay and elsewhere online. I had no problem with the transaction at all, service, delivery etc were all good.

 

I cannot believe I'm thinking about upgrading speakers now! I've only had the Concept 20s a few months. But listening today made me realise this system could really go places with a better set of speakers.... all in good time though, I've got to pay for this lot first! It's lucky I'm a clean living, vice free soul (although women with questionable moral ethics come cheap), how else would I be able to pay my way through this hobby?! Wink

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Just to add that before I

Just to add that before I purchsed the Leema I had Arcam amps for close on 17 years, and it took nearly 2 months to fully appreciate the Leema's talents. Sometimes the slow burners are the best options.

I've said for many years that amps that blow you away or instant fix are generally not a amp you can live with...

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I agree, I liken it to a new album that seemingly takes an age to really appreciate but continually pulls you back in. 25 years later you're still listening...

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Epiphany EHP-O2D Headphone Amp USB Dac -> AKG 550 Headphones

Living room;

Sony STR-DH820, Boston Acoustics Soundware XS5.1SEm, Panasonic TX-P50GT3, Panasonic DMP-BDT210, Sky + HD, Sony PS3

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RE: Just to add that before I

plastic penguin wrote:
Just to add that before I purchsed the Leema I had Arcam amps for close on 17 years, and it took nearly 2 months to fully appreciate the Leema's talents. Sometimes the slow burners are the best options. I've said for many years that amps that blow you away or instant fix are generally not a amp you can live with...

You're right and sometimes I think it applies to more than just amps. For example I've found to my cost with speakers and source components which initially blind you with how incredibly revealing they are often sound far too analytical in the long term.

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I agree, I liken it to a new album that seemingly takes an age to really appreciate but continually pulls you back in. 25 years later you're still listening...

Personally I wasn't initially impressed with the Leema. Like most people I was playing favoured cds and vinyl and the uplift wasn't iniatially great. Then after a month or so - playing these albums - started to hear something different everytime I played them. "Wow, what's that." I remember Mrs. P doing some washing up and had 'Midsomeer Murders playing thru the amp. She shouted out, "get the washing in, it's starting to rain". Then I pointed out the rain she was hearing was from the TV programme.

Have no doubt within another couple of weeks you'll be bowled over. Smile

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how else would I be able to pay my way through this hobby?! Wink

Too true -- just make sure the hobby doesn't turn into an obsession.

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A year ago I would have been absolutely bowled over with this system and the sound it produces. Actually I am!! I just intend to enjoy now...

One other thing the learning Roksan remote is pig to use, don't like it at al. Oh well,my Grandfather used to sa,y you can't please all the people, all the time.. Wink

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Epiphany EHP-O2D Headphone Amp USB Dac -> AKG 550 Headphones

Living room;

Sony STR-DH820, Boston Acoustics Soundware XS5.1SEm, Panasonic TX-P50GT3, Panasonic DMP-BDT210, Sky + HD, Sony PS3

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Good to hear, and happy

Good to hear, and happy birthday.

Thoughts about a new piece of kit cannot be made in one listening session. There are days when I can't get involved in music, and there are other days when I am totally immersed. Luckily the latter is by far the more regular...

Let us know how it goes.

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plastic penguin wrote:
. I've said for many years that amps that blow you away or instant fix are generally not a amp you can live with...

Very good point.

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You're right and sometimes I think it applies to more than just amps. For example I've found to my cost with speakers and source components which initially blind you with how incredibly revealing they are often sound far too analytical in the long term.

True. Exactly why a lot of auditioning at HIFI shops is such a waste of time. It takes months to find out if you have made a worthwhile purchase or not.

 

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One other thing the learning Roksan remote is pig to use, don't like it at al.

There were 2 remotes supplied with my K2. I tend not to use the RMX-108 (LCD). I find the slimmer RMX-111 easier.

Congrats on your purchase. Buying the K2 amp & cd player was the best ( and most expensive) hifi purchase I've ever made.  Stick with it. It's a fantastic amp.

If you do upgrade your speakers, the Kandy is easy to match with. Have been considering this with my Dali Lektors but the Roksan really brings out the best in them.  I'd be worried that the change might not be for the better but something like Spendor SA1 I'm sure would be an improvement.

Enjoy your new K2 amp!

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Quote: True. Exactly why a

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True. Exactly why a lot of auditioning at HIFI shops is such a waste of time. It takes months to find out if you have made a worthwhile purchase or not.

oops hope I like my Elicit R - nearly had it 3 mths

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cse wrote:

MajorFubar wrote:

 

You're right and sometimes I think it applies to more than just amps. For example I've found to my cost with speakers and source components which initially blind you with how incredibly revealing they are often sound far too analytical in the long term.

True. Exactly why a lot of auditioning at HIFI shops is such a waste of time. It takes months to find out if you have made a worthwhile purchase or not.

 

So in essence, buying hifi is a bit of a lottery?

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True. Exactly why a lot of auditioning at HIFI shops is such a waste of time. It takes months to find out if you have made a worthwhile purchase or not.
oops hope I like my Elicit R - nearly had it 3 mths

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I still think demoing at the dealer even for a short time is invaluable - you just have to try hard to pretend your at home (within reason lol).  Basically when i auditioned speakers, most of the time i found myself sitting forward in the seat analysing the music (which i never do at home).  When the dealer put on a certain speaker (which i bought) looking back i noticed that for once i sat back in my seat and just enjoyed the music with my foot tapping away. 

Walking over to the amp to turn it up is also a good sign lol.

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