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    Default Show off your hi-fi setup.

    I've had a search, and while I thought there surely must be a thread already like this, I can't see one. If I missed it, feel free to close/point to it/throw tomatoes.

    Anyway, I'm looking for inspiration as I'm starting from scratch after about 20 years out of the game. I keep buying vinyl, but I don't even have a turntable.

    So, let's see your setups. I know there's some keen audiophiles on DF.

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    Media centre count?
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    Sold up my much loved Arcam and B&W stuff when I left England and wanting to get something new myself, but as of yet not even looked at it, I'm also about 10 years out of date.
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    There's my speakers . Martin Logan ascent . Pre and power amp I built myself . Michell gyrodec turntable which I've owned since 1990. Squeezebox touch feeds a dac I made . Will try and post a pic of that lot later . Speakers are badly positioned at the minute while I refurb the house (belonged to a pensioner it's like a museum !)


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    Default Re: Show off your hi-fi setup.

    Mine is also out of date, but still sounds very good.
    Cambridge Audio Azur 640T
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    Here's mine.......... All pretty hi tech


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    I used to have a tonne of high end audio gear all centred around arcam and denon kit which cost me thousands over the years but I only ever hit what I considered to be a great sound a couple of times. Ridiculous for the money I spent. I even had the local experts around to set the room up a couple of times

    To be completely honest I get a nice enough sound out of my Bose and Pioneer WiFi speakers and will happily buy more of the same when I finally get into our new house. Very happy with the sound they make.
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    Default Re: Show off your hi-fi setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by braymond View Post


    There's my speakers . Martin Logan ascent . Pre and power amp I built myself . Michell gyrodec turntable which I've owned since 1990. Squeezebox touch feeds a dac I made . Will try and post a pic of that lot later . Speakers are badly positioned at the minute while I refurb the house (belonged to a pensioner it's like a museum !)


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    Is sudocreme some sort of acoustic enhancing cream?
    Love the Martin Logans though

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevo25 View Post
    Is sudocreme some sort of acoustic enhancing cream?
    Love the Martin Logans though
    hahah yes i apply it liberally to my ears when listening. the martin logans are truly something . you should have seen the mrs face when i turned up with them - she came home one night to find them in the house. i've owned lots of kit over the years and worked in hifi/ pro audio for a very long time - and i've not heard anything as good. my jaw hit the floor when i first cranked them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by braymond View Post
    hahah yes i apply it liberally to my ears when listening. the martin logans are truly something . you should have seen the mrs face when i turned up with them - she came home one night to find them in the house. i've owned lots of kit over the years and worked in hifi/ pro audio for a very long time - and i've not heard anything as good. my jaw hit the floor when i first cranked them up.
    Did you get the speakers brand new or second hand? weren't they like 4k or something new?

    Very nice, bet they sound awesome


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    My current main system. Quad FM4, 34 Pre, 306 Power and Tannoy Mercury's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prezzy View Post
    Did you get the speakers brand new or second hand? weren't they like 4k or something new?

    Very nice, bet they sound awesome
    Yes second hand - and yes they were approximately 4k . I paid much less than that and they were in mint condition. Speakers & turntable are the only things I've not made myself so I didn't mind spending a lot - but not that much !


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    Quote Originally Posted by MHP View Post
    My current main system. Quad FM4, 34 Pre, 306 Power and Tannoy Mercury's.

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    Used to have 2 of those power Amps , one driving each speaker . I liked their neutrality. Mates dad has exactly the same as you driving a pair of esl63. Sounds fantastic. Had it since the late 80s - where I got my love of electrostatic speakers


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    Meh I am stuck to this atm for CD's - just sold a few bits of NAIM and Arcam FMJ amps and cd player - Trying to work out whether to go totally digital on my next system build or not


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    I bet it sounds just fine though ? A lot of the time I use my squeezebox boom and I love it. I only really crank the Logan's up at weekend .


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    My Sennheiser HD650's with the Creek OBH21 amp are awesome am missing a proper system though

    Is a minefield atm so much to choose from


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    Quote Originally Posted by braymond View Post
    Used to have 2 of those power Amps , one driving each speaker . I liked their neutrality. Mates dad has exactly the same as you driving a pair of esl63. Sounds fantastic. Had it since the late 80s - where I got my love of electrostatic speakers
    I fell in love with this set up when I was a kid. A friend of my fathers had the earlier versions with the yellow buttons with a pair of ESL 57's. When I started getting into HiFi back in the 80's this system was still selling for a couple of grand! Mine are late 90's vintage and cost me £170 mint with boxes and manuals. The are beautifully made (before quad got bought out) and sound silky smooth. I still think they look pretty up to date even though they are 20+ years old. Alas I don't have room or the money for electrostatics! I've not seen or heard monobloc 306's but I've had a few 303's in mono and they were great apart from the quirky looks.

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    This a desktop system I'm putting together for work. Mint 1971 vintage Sony TA-88 amp and ST-88 tuner. Legendary Sony build quality and a great sound from a very small package (these things are tiny). I'm trying to find some suitable speakers for them at the moment.[Only registered and activated users can see links. ][Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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    Default Re: Show off your hi-fi setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by MHP View Post
    This a desktop system I'm putting together for work. Mint 1971 vintage Sony TA-88 amp and ST-88 tuner. Legendary Sony build quality and a great sound from a very small package (these things are tiny). I'm trying to find some suitable speakers for them at the moment.[Only registered and activated users can see links. ][Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    i love that, very retro, a good set of 70's bang olufsen P50

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    I am looking to get a valve amp when I have finished my DIY.

    I am going to buy a Yaqin 100B. It is a chinese amp. So much cheaper. With a few customisations and buying a few hundred quid of valves, you have an amp that is on par with almost anything else money can buy. I will get a decent turntable for a few hundred quid. But I also have the squeezebox touch and an external DAC. The Touch can support 24bit 192khz audio. So I am now upgrading my digital audio collection so that I have something to play.

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