Old post but interested if you ever tried out the Petite SX as seems logical upgrade for me also in time.
My final nail in existing system is to add decent stands and hopefully trying the SuperDreads. I tried something solid but found a little too lightweight although much more insightful and faster sounding.
Source:- Naim CD5XS
Amp:- Naim Nait 5i-2
Speakers:- Neat Motive 3 on Partington Super Dreadnoughts
Speaker Cable:- NAC A5
Mains:- Wireworld Matrix Block + Music Works ReEntry
I used to obsessed with cars - cost me tens of thousands, made my OCD with HiFi look cheap. I need a new rack looking at the Blok super stax on ebay for £599.
Toshiba Netbook J River, MF V-Link 192, Cyrus Pre XPdQX with PSX-R, 4 x Cyrus Mono X's, Wilmslow Phoenix with Bass Extenders.
I don't spend anytime thinking about hifi never have, if i'm on the whfs&v forums & want a tune, i just click onto youtube & voila.
What am i supposed to do put a cd on & stare into space.
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Is that direct from Blok? Just they're quoting £200 off the superstar on their website.
Hi Fi: Arcam A85, DV88 (CD only), Project Debut II, Sonos ZP90, AE Compact-1. AV: Arcam AVR250, DV79, Sony BDP-S760, Monitor Audio Silver 8i, RS-LCR, RXFX, Sonos ZP90, Pioneer KRP500A. 2nd AV: Pioneer SX-SWR2, Dell Zino HD, KEF KHT2005.2 eggs, Sonos ZP90. Cables: That Cable HDMI, Chord Crimsons, CAT6 backbone Sonos S5s in the bedrooms
I can afford to spend a lot of money on hifi if I wish to.
I feel a bit lucky that, despite trawling these forums occasionally, I'm really not obsessed with hifi at all. Don't get me wrong, I love listening to music on a good system, I have friends who have far "better" systems than I do.
What I am obsessed with is music. And I spend an awful lot of money on it one way or another.
Many years ago we were sat in a room with a friend at university, let's call him Matt, who was studying music production and who was a bit of a trustafarian. He had some outrageous multi multi thousand pound set up, Krell this and Krell that, all looked like something out of a science fiction movie to the rest of us at that time. Whole room swamped with the stuff. I'm talking 1990ish.
I remember blind swapping a piece of rubbish Philips CDP with his Krell CDP, and none of us could tell any difference at all. None of us, not even Matt who was a trained classical musician who prided himself on his ears. He's got tinnitus now, so who knows?
Anyway, that kind of did it for me. Same way I used to not like flying. I wasn't scared of it exactly, just didn't like it. Maybe some fear. Anyway, I was sat in a plane next to a woman who was obviously terrified. Sat bolt upright with her finger nails digging into the arm rests. On top of that, three guys behind me were obviously terrified too. Any sign of turbulence and they were getting up, freaking out, looking for help from the air hostesses. That flight made me realise I didn't give a monkey's about flying.
Same thing with the Krell/Philips swapover - I just realised at that point I was never going to get obsessed with hifi.
I like hifi, and I like bargains. Hence the Onkyo 8050 - sure, it's not the best piece of kit ever, but it is undoubtedly great value for money. I like rubbish cables. The only stuff I look at on ebay is well over 10 years old. I'm tempted by the second hand Squeezebox Duet over the Touch.
Having said that, new kit that I've got excited about is the Kef R Series speakers, they just look a bit awesome.
Do you think my 8050 could drive the R300s to any degree of satisfaction?
Or should that be a different thread?
I probably spend 10% of the time I spend thinking about sex - worryingly high, even at my age! TBH, I spend more time thinking about how various controversies such as cable quality, if similarly spec'd amps sound the same or not can be resolved than thinking over possible future purchases. My only conclusion so far is that ABX testing that relies on short-term memory is pointless: it's long-term memory that counts! If right, it does make ABX testing very long-winded, expensive to carry out & pretty tedious to take part in!
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds - the pessimist fears this is true."
James Branch Cabell
MAIN: Apple TV2 & iTunes Match, CA Azur 751BD or Panasonic P42V20B into audiolab M-DAC, feeding a Primare A34.2 via XLRs, 2x 5m of Atlas Ascent 2 firing up Totem Arros.
ON THE HOOF: iPhone 4GS/Sennheiser MM450.
Time spent thinking about hifi is probably quite low. Occasionally passing a hifi shop in town or in here. Otherwise, not so much.
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy Revolution DC4 / Marantz SA7001-KI
Too much of my precious time is wasted on hi fi, day dreaming what I could really buy if I had that much more money!
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