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What Hi-Fi/AV system are you using?/What have you got? (Merged threads!)

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by pointon, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. pointon

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    We are all quite familiar with everyone's equpiment tastes around here. Everyone seems to know of my 'fondness' for Mission.

    Now we have this lovely new forum, so how about Hi-fi equipment? What do you use to enjoy your sounds?

    Myself:

    CD's are played on my Marantz CD6000 OSE LE.
    Minidiscs are recorded on my Sony MDSJE640 Minidisc recorder.
    Minidiscs are then played on my Sony MZE900 Minidisc Walkman (I always though they should have named them 'Miniman').

    The earphones supplied with the MZE900 were the same cheap things as supplied with all Sony Walkmans. They aren't good enough when you've spent £200 on a portable minidisc player, so I also shelled out for a pair of MDREX70LP 'inner ear' earphones. These things are fantastic. They don't sit next to your ear, they lodge inside your ear, so are a lot smaller, but blast the sound into your ear. The sounds is truly wonderful, and bass that can't be beaten by any other portable earphone. Enough gushing and Sony advertising from me anyway...

    What have you lot got?
     
  2. common

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    I know they look silly but have you tried the Grado SR60's for listening at home ?

    They are amazing - I use them with my sharp MT877
     
  3. lmccauley

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    I use my AV system:
    Pioneer 545
    Arcam Alpha 10
    M&K S85
    (need a sub)

    I deliberately chose each component so it would sound good with movies and music.

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
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    I use my AV system but for more serious listening on go the headphones.

    CD players - Denon 1450AR & Yamaha CDC 775 (Pro-Bit)
    Sennheiser HD 580.

    Either connect the headphones straight to the players or via my amp and use its Pure Direct mode.
     
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    Hi

    CD's Tag dvd32r (transport)
    Pro Tag av32r-bp192
    Amp Tag 100*5r
    Speakers B&W CDM9nt

    Regards
     
  6. alanrob

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    My Hi-Fi setup -

    Linn Karik/Numerik CD transport and DA converter
    Linn Klout Power amp
    DNM Six Pack Pre amp
    AE1 (version#1's) speakers

    Had this setup for over ten years now and have felt no need to change anything. I also love listening to music on my AV setup down stairs - Tag Dvd32r/Av32r/100x5 and Kef 104 speakers. :)
     
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    Hi-Fi Minimalist:
    Rotel 940 amplifier
    Arcam Alpha 7 CD player
    Ruark Templar II speakers (bi-wired)

    I can live quite happily with just the one format.
     
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    Pioneer DV-717 DVD Player Transport (24/96 PCM)
    TAG McLaren DAC 20
    Linn Sondek LP12, Valhalla, Akito, K9.
    Sony TAF-3000-ES Amplifier
    Sony MDJ-510 Minidisc
    Castle Richmond Speakers
    Ash Design - Cosmic Classic 4 Hi-Fi Rack
    Partington A4 Speaker Stands

    DIY Pure Silver IC - DAC to Amp
    Van Den Hul - The Source Hybrid Coaxial Cable - DVD Transport to DAC
    DIY www.tnt-audio.com FFRC (CAT5) speaker cable (Ixos 204 Banana plugs)
    Russ Andrews Yello 4-way Power Extension

    BTW Great to see a music section in here !! great addition to the best AV forum I know, nice one dudes !!
     
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    TAG CD20R CD player
    TAG PA20R Pre Amp
    TAG 100P Power Amp
    B&W CDM1NT Speakers
    Sennheiser HD600 'phones when it gets late!
    Argento Interconnects
    Nordost Solar Wind speaker cable
    RA IEC Multiblock with silencer
    RA IEC Power Cords

    Occasionally use AV room TAG AV32R etc

    God I sound like I've been brainwashed by Dr Zucker :eek: :D

    Steve
     
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    MF X-ray CD
    Rega 3/RB300/Ortofon 540
    MF X-LPS phono stage
    Denon TU260L MkII
    Rotel RC972 Pre-amp
    Rotel RB971 Pwr
    Tannoy 638

    The power amp & speakers are shared to make my AV system (same room) as I have a Yamaha DSP-E800 connected to some 'lesser' Tannoys for surround duties.

    from a 2 channel POV I am really happy with this set-up & haven't felt the need to upgrade for ages (bought the denon about a year ago)

    The best upgrade in terms of sound quality I have ever made to this set-up was running a dedicated mains spur from our consumer unit to a bank of 10 sockets behind the rack. Really sounds sweet now and also knocked the constant hardware upgrading on the head. Cynical before I tried it...
     
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    Densen Beat B-100 MkII amp
    Marantz CD 63MKII KI Sig CD player
    NAD 414 Tuner
    Celestion A1 speakers
    Partington stands
    Nordost Flatline Gold bi wire speaker cable
    Chord Chorus Interconnect (CD)
    Ixos Interconnect (Tuner)

    Still angling to somehow get hold of my father-in-law's Linn Sondek turntable.:)
    I had a phono stage added to my amp when I bought it, just in case.:D
     
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    My music listening set up consists of:

    Yamaha NS10M speakers
    Denon PMA-250SE amp
    Beyer Dynamic DT 150 head phones
    Pioneer DV 717 DVD/CD player (via analogue pre outs)
    Trio-Kenwood turn table (saved from being skipped at work, after an old equipment purge)
    (very old) Denon cassette deck (agian rescued from destruction at work)

    Music making set up:

    Apple Mac 450 G3 Blue & White mini tower, running Cubase 5, Protools 5 LE & Rebirth (Roland TB 303, TR 808, TR 909 emulator)
    Yamaha SW1000XG sound/synth/midi PCI card
    Yamaha DSP Factory mixer PCI card
    Amp & speakers as above ^

    Fender US Standard Stratocaster guitar, in white (left handed)
    Epiphone Les Paul Standard guitar, in sunburst (left handed)
    Marshall AVT 50 guitar amp
    Boss GT-3 guitar FX processor

    All this lot including the rest of my AV /HC gear is all in one room but kept seperate from the HC stuff, except the Pioneer DVD. As I live in a studio flat and have nowhere else to put it (except my bath room!, Mmmm home studio/listening room in the Kermit, nice!!!!)
     
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    Am still considering the way forward to improve the 2-ch playback. Perhaps a dedicated 2-ch pre-amp? otherwise, I have:

    Rotel 995 DVD
    Rotel 1095 amp
    Rotel RSP 996 processor
    Sonus Faber Grand Piano fronts L&R
    Sonus Faber Wall surrounds
    Sonus Faber Solo centre
    Sonus Faber Gravis sub
    QED silver profile 12 spkr cable
    Various interconnects, mainly mid-high range QEDs.

    Any comments about improving the 2-ch playback would be welcome. I'm happy with the old processor for AV duties, but I suspect it's the weak link for CDs. Tag 32 or valve pre-amp are top of my list to audition.
     
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    JDC,
    If you are using the DVD player for CD duties, I'd have thought a dedicated CD player would be the obvious place to start.

    I can't remember the model no. but I auditioned a Rotel CD player that was about £750 when I bought the X-Ray; it was pretty good, but as you can see from my previous post, I preferred the MF (only just!).
     
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    Nike -

    A good point, however I auditioned the DVD using both the kit I have + some much higher-end kit (that i could never afford!), as I wanted a one-box player. It found the 995 easily a match for dedicated CDPs costing around £500 & beat the arcams etc hands down. Wasn't quite a match for the Tag or meridian though...
     
  16. CJROSS

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    JDC – First of all a very nice set-up you have there dude, you sound like a good candidate for adding an offboard DAC to your set-up that should give your CD playback a nice upgrade, DVD-V used as transports are excellent IMHO, not sure if your Rotel can output a 24/96 PCM signal, if it does that is even more reason to use the DVD-V as a transport IMHO. Funnily enough you mention TAG & Meridian as there are quite a few of their DAC’s on the 2nd hand market. You can pick up a TAG DAC 20 for £400 ish these days privately. I recently plugged a DAC into a friends Cyrus AV5 & Rotel Power amp and it made a nice change to the sound (stereo wise of course). HTH's dude !!
     
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    CJCross -

    Offboard DAC... Nice idea - think you may have something there. I'll check out what the Rotel will put out 24/96 & see about an audition. You mention the Tag DAC - any others I should consider without needing 2nd mortgage?!
     
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    You can actually get the TAG DAC20 for £349 from TAG themselves via their refurb program, if you're interested give the helpdesk a call on 0800 7838007.

    Steve
     
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    Just phoned Tag £399 + 15 PP - 2 year return to factory warranty - RRP 1200 - Bargain of the century - Nice one Couch Tattie !!

    Edited to add review of said DAC

    WHF Feb 2000 - *TEST ULTIMATE CD PLAYERS - TAG McLAREN AUDIO
    “Fomlula for success”
    TAG McLaren Audio CDT20R/DAC20
    Transport/DAC £1499/1249

    For : Superb build quality with a crisp, clear and weighty sound to match
    Against : Nothing of any significance; bettered here only by the £4000+ Naim
    Verdict By far the most impressive of the first batch of TMA products, this fine
    two-box CD player offers reference performance for sensible(ish) money.

    CDTZOR/DAC20 can get you into the heart of an orchestra, or let you hear the tiniest touch of finger on string or tap of stick on cymbal, in a way few players at any price can manage. this is a player to appeal to the head, whether powering out big classical works or revealing ever nuance of solo.

    the upgrades here, making the player look and feel more solid, than the Audiolab kit, solid and powerful bass and greater integration. 'Clinical' is one word that was often used of the old Audiolabs, and while the TMA delivers even greater levels of detail, it does so in a richer, more gutsy fashion that has positive benefits when it comes to the musicality of the whole shebang.

    ..... whereas the Naim CDX + XPS (£1400 More) will get to your heart with the accuracy of a rather accurate thing. For us this just swings things in favour of the Salisbury flyer, difference in price aside, but that shouldn't detract one bit from TAG McLaren's major achievewith this transport/DAC. The changes from the old Audiolab kit may be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but they've done the trick.
     
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    Cool - am on 'phone as I type...
     
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    It's actually advertised at £349 on their website. I wonder why they've said £399. Still a steal though!!

    Steve
     
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    tag refurbs........why didnt someone mention this earlier!

    whats the address of the site where they sell them? I cant find it on the tag site.

    ad
     
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    Buns,

    When on the TAG site you need to go into the "VIP Club" section, 7th tab at the bottom, you'll be asked to register then on the left you'll see "Factory reffurb products"

    HTH

    Steve
     
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    Any idea how often 'new' refurb stuff is put up on the site?

    thanks

    ad
     
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    I have so many interests and so little time what with the home cinema system, various consoles including xbox, wife, kids, eating sleeping, half the month away working I hardly find time to listen to CD's anymore. My system is

    Musical fidelity 3DCD Nuvista Cd player.
    Musical Fidelity M3 Nuvista amplifier.
    Xplorer tuner
    Linn Axis turntable.
    Ruark Acoustic Solstice speakers.
    Ecosse cabling and interconnects

    It sound wonderful but I must have listened to one CD when I was home last. So thats one CD in one month. What a waste.

    Darren
     
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    Hi, before I start, Rigman, if you only listen to one cd a month any chance of selling that gorgeous Nuvista cd on the cheap . . . .

    Anyway
    Musical Fidelity A3 CD
    Musical Fidelity A3 Amp
    Mission 773e speakers
    Project Debut Turntable


    Sony 335 DVD
    Yamaha A5 Amp
    Yamaha speaker package
    Sony FQ75 (for my sins)

    Also echo previous comments, great to see a Hi-Fi page here.
     
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    Steve - Thanks for the heads up on the DAC 20, such a good deal that I've bought one. As are a few others I know of !!.

    CJ
     
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    You're welcome :blush:

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    Here's mine:

    Sony 735 DVD (multi region),
    Sony TA-E9000ES (firmware version 2.5)
    Sony TA-N9000ES,
    Kef Q55 front (bi-wired)
    Rel Strata III Sub-woofer
    Van Den Hul First Ultimate interconnects
    Van Den Hul TeaTrack bi-wire speaker cable

    I sounds quite good but like many of you, I'm wondering how to make the next jump in sound quality. The TAG DAC20 is very interesting, do you know if its suitable with my system.

    I don't know if the sony735 is 24bit compatible. 24bit is within the digital out setup menus, I just haven't found that it does outputs 24bit. I thought i had some 24bit cd's but my pre-amp always displays 16bit.:confused: i don't know what's happening.

    Anyones help and advise in what to do next would be greatfully recieved.

    Marc :)
     
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    And I now have a RELQ100E sub.

    Next upgrade is... new house, probably.

    Cheers,
    Liam
     

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