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Distract me from Covid pain

Discussion in 'audio' started by Del monaco, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    So, I have tested positive and I am at home for a week. Sadly I am a teacher and this is my half term holiday. What a bind.
    I'm in a bit of pain and not sleeping so I think I need a bit of Hi-fi distraction.
    I've been mulling over my hifi. I love the sound and I have but wondering whether I could enrich my experience a little with a small amount of investment, say about £300. I was thinking CD player but I really like the sound. If it was a cd player I would prefer new now.

    Any ideas folks?

    My current kit:

    Yamaha R N803D Amplifier/Digital Hub
    Magneplanar LRS speakers
    Rotel 965BX cd player
    Pi 4 with HiFi berry dac hat and Picoreplayer/LMS and various plug ins
    Clearaudio Emotion TT with Goldring 1042
    Project Phono S2 stage
    Varios basic cabling
    QED XT4 silver lined speaker cables
    Custom Design Ion rack with Vibroplates

    I'm really looking for ideas to mull over and research whilst I recover. Like a record cleaning machine, cabling etc.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    Sorry to hear about your positive test, my daughter's tested positive so we're all in self isolation

    I'll be interested to see how this thread goes as I'm toying with the idea of a RCM

    All the best for a speedy recovery
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  3. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    We are the same. All the best too.
  4. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Hope you get through and recover quickly

    If you were up to some DIY - Soldering station, cables, plugs/connectors, heat shrink

    Project RCM the smaller one & some fancy poly lined inners

    REL Sub - T5/T5i are around used for that money - I got an old T7 for £150

    Discogs your LPs - EXACT versions/pressings no fudging - keep your mind of stuff for sure
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  5. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

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  6. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Was wondering about a sub but it needs to be fast.
  7. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

  8. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    My 1st CD Player was a Sony 339ES, I was late to the party, fortunately so, looking back at the shelves of LPs I wouldn’t have had on vinyl. It sounded better than all the magazine darlings/faves I demoed against it at the dealer, only thing a lot better was a split box Teac but that was too much wonga. Sony is really well built and smooth to use, spares/repairs are fine too for most models I believe.
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  9. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    If remotely serious about vinyl I’d go for the record cleaning machine. Essential things if you buy any second hand vinyl and remarkably effective on new vinyl too. I actually clean everything before its first play now. I’ve had an RCM since the late-90s and I can’t imagine life without it.
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  10. Darren L

    Darren L pfm Member

    Hopefully you'll be on the mend soon, I personally think the money would be best put into new music but an RCM is a good idea if you've LPs needing a clean.
  11. Euan

    Euan pfm Member

    A sub or a ballsier amplifier for your Maggies.
  12. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    The 965 is a hell of a player, I have one in my B system. You will struggle to better it for £300 new. In fact I bet you won't. I would replace mine with same if it died and if my "better" player died I reckon I'd just slide the Rotel across. How about a sub?
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  13. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    Would add to Amber’s suggestion of a sub, my experience has been very positive with a BK XLS200, ‘around’ £300. But his REL sounds ideal to try one with relatively low cost even if you decide it’s not for you.

    Those Magnapan’s seem a bargain at the price, I know you really like them, would like to try them myself if only the Mrs would let me :(.

    (All the best with your health Del, hope you get through it unscathed).
  14. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    How about looking into the pros and cons of ultrasonic record cleaners, and maybe building one from the various bits and bobs available on eBay?
  15. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    Yup, I think any mismatch with the Maggies would be obvious.
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  16. The Bish

    The Bish pfm Member

    Hope you get better soon Del. The RCM is a great idea, another thought is the cartridge or phono stage, yours are already good so it would be a case of different rather than better to try a valve stage like a firebottle, or a high output Mc cart like a Hana to experiment with a different presentation. And changing a cart can be distracting!
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  17. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    The beauty of a sub, for Del’s current purposes, is that on top of the consumer research it offers endless opportunities to either faff around tweaking settings by trial and error, or systematically investigate how sound works in a room. Great time waster, at the end of which he might actually have meaningfully better sound and a better understanding of things. An RCM doesn’t offer much to research and the process of cleaning itself is unbelievably boring (IME).
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  18. The Bish

    The Bish pfm Member

    Another slightly random thought, a umik-1 usb microphone and a free copy of rew to play around with measuring the room and responses in tweaked speaker positions, hours of tooling around!
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  19. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    The Yammy does 160 watts into 4 ohms so plenty of muscle though it could take more probs. It’d also cost more than £300 and I like the simplicity of the Yamaha. I did briefly look at the Schitt Vidal and Pre amp but although not bad at about £1000 all in, it’s still outside budget and it will displace the amp that does the job well but provides other extras as well!
  20. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Nice but the Yammy does have its own YPAO sytem which works well as far as I can see....and hear!

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