It's funny though, as my system has improved I've been forcing myself to spread my musical horizons (still can't quite come at Jazz music yet) & loving it. Rediscovering old bands & live music again just sounds so great.
Can I make a couple of suggestions:
1. Dave Brubeck - Time Out.....start with the track "Take Five"*. Here is the CD I have that's well recorded: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Time-Out-Dave-Brubeck-Quartet/dp/B000024F6I/ref=...
2. Jacques Loussier - Plays Bach (on Telarc Label): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plays-Bach-50th-Anniversary-Recording/dp/B001U1K...
* Turn up the volume on this one!
If you like those two, then try this classic:
3. Getz/Gilberto: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Getz-Gilberto-Stan/dp/B000AXZCPU/ref=sr_1_1?s=mu...
It helps that these are all superb recordings - let me know if you try them.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Intresting, an nice read.
( is this still the Linn ds thread? )
As long as it's interesting, who cares.....I certainly don't!
( is this still the Linn ds treat? )
I know I feel a bit bad having hijacked Cno's thread, but I did ask him first
Why do you ask? Do you know anyone who might be thinking about buying a DS?! >)
We're here to help!
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Thanks for the suggestions,
I will check these out and let you know.
I have a copy of Dave Brubeks "We're all together again for the first time" which I might give a spin today when the household wakes up.
I thought that sounded too good to be true. Of course you would then have to buy one more for your centre as well!
Happy to sit tight for the time being, hopefully they don't move & the dealer gets fed up & just wants to move them on. I might call him every few months & keep dangling the carrot!
Will give me some time to live with the sub. At least this time if I do go for a second listen I'll have a new perspective when comparing the Scalas to the Diablo/sub combination.
I think the dealer saw your enthusiasm and upped the price....surely he'd have known from the start if the Diablos would sell well or not! Either that or he was trying to push you in the direction of the Sophias.
Yup, time to play hard to get Neuphonix. Don't call too soon. Make yourself rare. Visit the competition across the street.
Haha, that didnt take long!
The dealer rang and left a message last night saying to call him, he may have some good news.
Think I'll let him do the chasing. After his performace the other day he derserves a bit of dangling time >)
I see "Take Five" is on there (Track 4).....so hopefully it's as good a version, and well recorded.
Will let you know.
Do you think that the idea of an Akurate is floating around in Roby's head?! Maybe we should try to steer this back on track so you can get your Christmas bonus!
The dealer rang and left a message last night saying to call him, he may have some good news.....
yes, what was the good new?
Sorry to leave you guys hanging like that!
I let the dealer wait a few days before calling him back. He said that becuase my Diablos were so new that they were able to improve their trade in offer, so he knocked a couple of grand off the price. Basically he's about half way to where I need him to be.
So I'm going to hold off until early next year & work out exactly how I plan to pay for them! Then when everything is in place go in plonk the money on the counter & see what he says. Don't need them to do delivery or set up.
I guess if they sell between now & then it wasn't meant to be. But yes I have pretty much made up my mind it is happening.
I still have second thoughts about just buying another sub and being done with it. Certainly would be much cheaper.
What do you think about setting speakers up on top of subs? I was thinking about getting two massive thick granite tiles made up. Then placing the subs on these with isolation spikes. Then taking the diablos off their stands & placing them on top of the subs, again with isolation spikes. Can you think of any reason why this would not be a good option?
I think the two subs solution is a good alternative. I saw once in a shop a dealer who put some bookshelves speakers on top of a sub using custom-made stands which were working perfectly and very pleasant effect in the end. If you achieve the same effect at a fraction of the cost, why not?
But I guess the bottom end of Diablos is not the only thing you are missing compared to the Scalas, right?
Can only write from a Linn prospective. First a bit of back ground.
10 years ago when I bought a Linn ikimi Cd player was shown a digital streamer from Linn it was not for sale as it was being developed. You probably know Linn dropped the making CD’s Think it’s worth knowing how long Linn have been working on this project The knowledge Linn have learnt in this field have had them called in by iTunes for help. iTunes will be selling 24bit In the near future. Neil Young invited the owner of Linn out to LA to go over 24bit music. This can be found going into the Linn blog.
The reason Linn dropped the CD player was because of jitter from the CD it’s self and error correction. DS players don’t have this problem. So your copied CD’s sound better on a DS player than a CD player.
Have heard all the Linn DS player each one from the lowest to the highest sounds good with each step to the Klimax sounding better than the other. Within my system is the Akurate DS which is on par sound wise with a a CD12. The Klimax is just unbelievable never heard anything like it. However it comes with a large price tag price tag.
Always aim for the highest model you can afford. The Magic is a great machine.
Sitting in your arm chair with an iPad controller with your whole music collection in your fingers is a real bonus and just like an iPod you can make up play lists to last the whole day and night.
Lastly Linn products do tend to sound better with other Linn products.
Michell Orbe Se -TecnoArm -Sumiko Pearwood Celabration 11 Cartridge - Uphorik Phono Stage - Akurate DS - Pre-amp Akurate Kontrol - Power Amps 2 x Akurate 4200 with Activ cards - Aktiv Akurate 212 loudspeakers. Leads Linn Silvers - Speaker Cable Chord Epic
No you're right, now that I have heard them it's hard to stop thinking about how good they were!
So much lovely clear midrange & yes more bottom end so tight & musical.
The sub solution works, but I can't ever manage to get it to integrate as perfectly as the Scala sounded. Having two will probably improve this but still won't be as good.
I'm with you on the DS, the Akurate has been a welcome addition to my household. I'll be honest that the Linn amps & speakers aren't entirely my taste but to be fair I haven't gievn them a whole lot of time. More than happy with my MF amps, much warmer & fuller to my ears, a great match with the Akurate.
I know what you mean about the Scala
Regarding Linn, whenever I have heard them in a full Linn system I never really enjoyed them...in a different system it is all another story...
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