Hello, Ive just joined the forum after reading for the last few weeks. This seems to be the most active, practical and friendly hifi forum on tinternet.
Noob question first, can some one please explain the differerence between balanced and non balanced inputs/outputs and why I cant seem to find balanced cables on web site/magizines amongst the hundreds of other cables?
I just bought the azur range 340 amp and CD along with pro-ject genie turntable and CA 640 phono stage, the speakers are F1 customs with all the cables and stands it was quite an outlay but when you consider I had my last hifi for 15 years, a kenwood (do they still make hifi?) midi system with home cinema built in it's also quite a leap in qualitity.
In responce to the thread regarding the genie turntable I have to say no problems with the arm on mine at all . It appears to be very firmly fixed but I did have a problem with the small screw next to the phono outputs for the earth. It was very lose and I coulnd't get a good enough grip on it to tighten it. In the end I had to remove the complete 'black box' from underneath the arm and grip the screw from the inside. Through all the man handling of the turntable the arm has stayed fixed in place too!
the other threads that I have read with intrest are the unbalance of the CA equipment. Having noticed this myslef when I first set my system up (this is what made me look on the net in the first place!) and playing at 9 o'clock or below I was shocked to see I wasnt alone. You would think spending this type of money (I know its very little compared to what you could spend) on dedicated equipment (compared to the standard kit sold though most high street outlets)that you wouldnt have problems like this. My solution was to first move the speakers, the 'quiet' one was sort off stuffed in a corner so a weekend rearranging furniture has resulted in a much better placement of speakers. I also uprated the speaker cable from richersounds £2.50 silver to QED silver anniversary XT and what a difference to the sound the balance proplem 95% gone. After reading a thread I also bought some attunators from e-bay. These are great I almost didnt want to fit them thinking I was adding something that I moght not need but WOW glad I did. I now listern at the volume between 11 and 1 (2 when I wanna rock) and its really impressive. I find my slef digging out CD's and LP's I maybe havnt heard in 20 years and hearing them for the first time.
I found the thread on CD qualitity intresting and have noticed it vary's too. but when I find a high qualitity Cd and get into it, it makes the hairs on your neck stand up.
I also picked up on the thread on isolation of kit so of the the local Tesco for the granite slabs and a handful of squash balls (got funny looks asking for 8 balls at the local gym!) after spending 20mins cutting my balls in half!! and 20 mins placing it all under kit another wow - another improvement in sound. I was sceptical about this 'upgrade' but it was well worth it.
I know Im at the bottom end of kit and many people have strong opinions on CA equipment but I have to say Im really impressed and happy with it.
I have a subjective question and I certainly dont want to stir up a wasps net but I am intrested in peoples veiws on higher qualitity gear. As most things in life I like to improve as time goes by. the computer is as I want as is the home cinema system (it was a expensive years last year!) hifi came last Im afraid to say here but its a start. what I would like to know is, if I uupgraded to say around £800 per amp/Cd and £500 - £800 for turntable what sort of improvements would I hear also is there a rule of thumb for speakers i.e. £800 for equipment piece the same for speakers?
Thanks for Reading (sorry its so long) and for any help/advice