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What were your upgrades of 2021?

Discussion in 'audio' started by wylton, Dec 25, 2021.

  1. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    I don't upgrade often these days, but I had a few nice improvements in 2021:

    1. I bought a Naxo 2-4 from @gary1064 sent it off to Naim HQ to be re-set for my active Kans and it was a nice little upgrade over the older, single rail, CB Naxo that I already had and a nice price too - cheers Gary!
    2. I bought a set of the excellent Ryan Soundlab Naim plug-ins, initially in a NAC12S and luckily, during the loan period, I bought a NAC32.5 to go with them - @RyanSoundLab many thanks for the loan!
    3. Thanks too, to Jeff Spall for rewiring my Audiomods Classic and the counterweight decupling mod - I couldn't wish for better service
    4. A thumbs up to j7 at Audio Origami for the rewire of the RB202 that I use on the Stanton - a really quick turnaround and very favourable price too!
    5. Last but not least, a big thanks to @Tony L for keeping PFM going; I've bought tons of LPs and CDs from the pfm record shop this year, to say nothing of the stuff I've bought from the classifieds over the years!
    clap, boon, gary1064 and 3 others like this.
  2. roach

    roach pfm Member

    Naim Intro to Allae
    Allo Boss dac to Rega Dac

    Sounding fantastic after those upgrades so sticking with Rega Elex r amp for the time being as it’s great, but am dreaming of trying Aethos, Supernait or XS3.
    Miss Ariel likes this.
  3. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    My biggest changes in 2021:

    Auralic Aries G2/Vega G2/Leo GX --> dCS Bartok (better, not massive differences I just preferred the dCS over time)

    Lyngdorf TDAI3400 --> Luxman L-590AXII (took a while and some swapping back/forth over several months to finally decide and sell the Lyngdorf)​

    Loads of other used buys/sales and also bought shed loads of LPs due to the amount of spare time with Covid/Lockdown/Shielding.

    All the best to everyone and their families for 2022 and a big thanks to Tony!
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2021
  4. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    No changes since 2017. Lots of new LPs instead.
  5. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Added an extra psu board into each of my monoblocks and moved to thicker speaker cable. And I added an old cd transport, cos I prefer playing a disc to playing a file via pc
  6. Zombie

    Zombie pfm Member

    A Quad Artera pre. Still pending if I like it or not.
  7. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    I bought a Nait 2 to drive my Stirling V3s.
    Some might agree it was a good move, others may say it was a downgrade !
    Simon s likes this.
  8. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy Ausculta fili

    I bought a Marantz SA8005 to use it’s USB input with my Roon Nucleus, and also to gradually get back into CD/SACD.

    Best upgrade would be that I’ve found so many great artists this year (via Roon/Tidal) so I enjoy my hi-fi more than ever.
    maccar likes this.
  9. Dowser

    Dowser Learning to bodge again..

    Lifted my ESL63s from around 20cm to 40cm up off the floor - end state sound quality now, at least in the current room.
    Zombie likes this.
  10. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Merry Xmas!

    Epos ES14’s back into the system from my Event Opals.They haven’t lost their magic.

    Avondale Grad 1 and TPX2. Pre-amps do add something having not had one for ten years.

    TA Plateau and Linn Karousel

    Fidelity Audio linear psu for my Node2i.

    Covid has resulted in more tweaking and more record purchases!
    Miss Ariel likes this.
  11. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    No changes. Just additions to my hi-fi collection!
    Miss Ariel likes this.
  12. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    This time last year I was building my latest power amp design which was first powered up on New Years Day and has been giving good results since.
    Roog, vinylslug, Gervais Cote and 2 others like this.
  13. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    No upgrades, downgrades or anything really, just a few items arriving or ongoing projects being finished to add to the options available. Most notably the second Leak TL12 Plus to make a really nice clean sympathetically rebuilt pair, plus a pair of LS3/5As and a Pass Aleph 3 class A amp arriving. The latter two out of curiosity as much as anything. One 3009 left to a new home, but other than that everything else as it was aside from a lot more vinyl stacked all over the place.
    Miss Ariel, Nagraboy and JezmondTutu like this.
  14. wainwj

    wainwj pfm Member

    Big Tannoys ---> Avantgarde Horns
    clap, Miss Ariel and JezmondTutu like this.
  15. RJohan

    RJohan pfm Member

    None. Still fiddling with a SUB-SAT system, there is always something tweak :) or :(
  16. Subito

    Subito pfm Member

    ELAC Uni-Fi 2.0 UB52 to DALI Opticon 1 Mk 2
    PS Audio Sprout100 to Rega io & Schiit Audio Modi 3+
    iMac/Audirvana 3.5 to Bluesound NODE (2021)
  17. Featsdont

    Featsdont pfm Member

    Karousel on my LP 12 - amazing !

    out went Shahinian Compass - in came Sonus Faber Sonetto V - which suit the room better - with naim 272/TP XPS/300 DR

    Nothing else planned meantime!
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  18. Mike Hanson

    Mike Hanson Lovely!

    Earlier in the year I built a set of Ergo IX speakers (designed by @James), and more recently finished my mono amps with Avondale NCC300 using their NCM1 power supplies. That's my main system in my office.

    The system in the family room got the Royd RR3 from my office, and is currently running an Avondale NCC200 stereo amp, with a stacked Meanwell SMPS power supply. I'll soon move my NCC220 QUDOS Voyagers from my office into there, as soon as I finish a modification to remove the inductors from the output stage's power supply (converting it from CLCLC to CCC).

    My office's computer is running with my FrankenAmp: a dual mono affair with some old Hammond laminated transformers, spare Avondale CAP6 modules, and the old NAPA5 amp boards from my Naim NAP110. I think I switched the speakers from the Royd Seven to the Royd Sintra. Oh yeah, and I also have a MiniDSP 4x10 running as a pre-amp between my computer and the FrankenAmp. The MiniDSP may eventually be pressed into active crossover duty, with the upcoming PFM Special speakers that I'm finally going to build next year.

    All sounding great, and lots of fun! Happy Ho Ho everyone!
  19. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Nuffink ! Unlike Bowie, there were no changes.
  20. wylton

    wylton Naim and Mana member

    Me too, it really is getting out of control here now!

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