To add to my earlier list I've just received the remastered version of Previn and the LSO playing Rachmaninov Symphony No 2. Recorded in 1973 this has always been seen as a classic and the remastering is absolutely brilliant enhancing the string tone wonderfully and bringing out some lovely highlights in the percussion.
My hifi combo all bought this year (except The TT) have just made listening to my music a joy. I buy more now, including vinyl, than I have for years. It's stopped being about the hifi and become about the music again.
Cyrus 8xpd qx
Denon TU1800 DAB
SEE Revolver TT/CA 540/Ortofon 2M Red.
sorry, cannot edit my above post any more. wanted to add - that was my revelation from this years shows.
here is an idea: somebody join me to Scalford 2013. I go blind. Guide me through the rooms and we both make separate notes on sound quality and then publish them to compare the sighted vs blind. or both do a blind round followed by sighted, both with notes, and then compare. Any takers?
I can't think of anything more pointless!
Unless they're running twenty rooms with the same amps and sources and different speakers, you're going to be in for a mish-mash.
I replugged my Onkyo back in recently, having been using the Sony for a while, and realised how neutral the 8050 is. The Denon 3930 and 1420 players come across as very lean sounding, but the Marantz CD52 SE went on and the difference was stark.
So yes, sources and do play a significant part. It may be subtle for some, but it can be markedly clear in other cases.
Onkyo TX-NR818 / Tannoy DC4 speakers / Marantz UD-7007
AVI Lab Series CD player / various cables
I was listening to this the other night. I agree, it is a wonderful recording in every sense. Previn's understanding of the music is peerless and the orchestra are on wonderful form.
Sources: Rega RP3/Elys 2 - Roksan Kandy K2 CDS Phono Stage Cambridge Audio 540P
Amplification: Exposure 1010
Speakers: Dynaudio DM2/6
Listening to MUSIC!
To all those slagging off the 'hi-fi comics'... Without the WHFS&V magazine, this forum wouldn't exist.
I've virtually given up buying HIFI comics...
I've gone the other way, I rather like the open minded nature of the likes of Hi Fi World and WHFS&V. Stereophile makes for a good read as does ToneAudio in the US. Nobody takes a two faced swipe at you on one forum and turn up on the one they're slagging off for a start that's for sure.
Nice to find a fellow spirit.
I wasn't slagging them off , I just said that I had virtually stopped buying them . Although I admit I was being a bit disparaging by calling them comics . But I'm sure they've been called worse .
My year then, I'm going to throw in a late Dec 2011 purchase, that inspired a bit of a lengthy thread earlier in this year. Been a bit of a busy year since then too though. Here's the list:-
Denon DVD-3930 Universal Player
Denon DCD-1420 CD player
Marantz CD52 Mk II SE
Sony TA-F630 ESD
Harman Kardon HK6850 (tonight!)
Sony PS3 320Gb
Rogers DB101 (sold on)
Sony CDP-791 (donated to charity)
Monster HDMI 1200-EX cable
various optical cables
various Tesco HDMI cables
...and a stack of CDs!
Edit:....oh and a 32Gb Google Nexus 7!
In April I was on a stag do and chatting (pulling his pants down and making him neck everything) to the best man about HiFi and said I wanted a louder amp to blast out in my living room without overheating like 70-100 watt.. Turns out he works for Cyrus and said he could get me a discount so figured £700 was as option.. Went and Demo'd the 8 DAC and a Caspian.. Just before I left I tried the Pre Power and wow blew me away.. SO ordered my current set up and ProAcs which are made in Brackley (my home town) I later bought the Naim streamer as it amazed me how fluid and analogue it sounded compared to my Mac as source.. and obviously future proof with 24/192 and ipod/pad app, gapless playback etc it's perfect for when i get my listening room.
Although a fantastic set up and unbelievable sound it just doesn't suit most the music I listen too.. I then went and tried all kinds of speakers, sub, cables etc and still can't get anywhere near the sound I wanted.. Pretty much no high end Class D amps do to be honest.. I've heard Roksan, Cyrus, Naim, Bryston, Quad and Musical fidelity.. At my last listening session at the end I just asked the guy (he can understand my frustration) if he recommends any ams that might suit the sound i'm after or am i going to have to get a much cheaper/beefier sounding amp.. He just pointed at an amp.. Electrocompaniet PI 2 Integrated 100 watt per channel.. So I though ahh why not.. The second I turned it up me and my mate just looked at each other and grinned.. WOW!! This is pretty much exactly what I was after! Powerfull but controlled bass, full punchy but transparent midrange and silky smooth / slightly toned down (dark?) top end with a laidback slightly warm presentation but with plenty of detail and attack.. It just flows along with perfect timing and can't help but foot tap bob your head to the beat.. It also much much much more forgiving on bad recordings than any other amp i'd tried.. FINALLY I was enjoying the music 10 x more than any other Class D amp i'd heard.. I will be going back to try with more speakers but I am pretty much sold.. I will look into Bigger Electro/Class A amps maybe when I do a big upgrade as I hear this is a similar sound.. But I plan that at least 5 years from now.. Now to just find some speakers that work perfect with it..
If you find most high end amps a bit to bright/anylitacal/harsh/forward/tiring and/or just want to listen to hours of music where you feel fully involved in the music like you're at the gig without it fatuiging at all I suggest you demo this amp.. Yes it has 'Character' but I don't think that is a bad thing.. All I know is I will be buying it plugging it in and get back to the real reason I spent all this money in the first place.. To enjoy the music. Next year I will buy a Sub and a could hundred CD's!!
Cheers guys, hope you have all found the setup that makes you enjoy your favorite music, or just found some music to make your hairs stand up on your already exsiting set up
Electrocompaniet PI 2 | Naim ND5 XS | Chord Epic | ProAc Studio 115
Well, the 2012 is almost over but I just pulled the trigger on the new kitchen system...
System here http://www.whathifi.com/forum/your-system/my-dream-system-oh-maybe-one-day
2012 has been the biggest hifi year ever, for me.
Thanks to this Forum I was introduced to active speakers in general and AVI in particular. The venom in certain people about AVI made them a priority listen. I was staggered by the performance of the AVI ADM 9Ts and their VFM. A complete[save for source] system in beautifully crafted and finished pair of speakers.
I was then introduced to home network/streaming [courtesy of AVI & WHF forums] and purchased an ATV3 to feed the 9Ts from the existing computer and router. The process, still ongoing, of ripping my cd collection began, but I do not only stream, I still enjoy my old Marantz cd player. Purchased an Apple iPad mini to allow easier control of my stored music and to engage in arguments conversations on here.
Very little music has been purchased because I have been listening anew to my existing music collection. I have never listened so much or enjoyed my music so much. I have purchased a number of Brian ENO albums as well as Adele.
If you have never tried actives give them a go. Despite the bile of some on here who have a contrary view, you may just find they are the best thing to happen to your ears AND wallet.
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
Apple Lossless - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40 also ATV3 into AVI ADM 9T [my wife's system]
and Grado SR80i
Yes the AVI speakers are good, but so are many others in the music production industry... It just so happened that the AVI's are one of the sepakers they have got into the HIFI world..
No rules. If it sounds good to you it sounds Right!!.Transpor:t . Oppo BDP-105EU Blue ray player. DAC:Musical Fidelity V90. AMP: Arcam AVR450. SPEAKER'S: Boston acoustics M340.
At my last listening session at the end I just asked the guy (he can understand my frustration) if he recommends any ams that might suit the sound i'm after or am i going to have to get a much cheaper/beefier sounding amp..
Freudian Slip methinks!!
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Ha yeeeaahhhh.. I was rushing it out before my break and I was starving (slightly hungover).. One day i'll hear an ams.. One day..
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