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Old 21 October 2008, 17:18   #11
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i currently use all home made valve gear and a rega turntable, wouldnt go digital for all the tea in china
You are really tempting me to go and make a room for myself in the house again doggy I've saved my vinyl too
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Old 21 October 2008, 17:26   #12
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Vinyl still rules - and turntables like the Linn Sondek and Roksans are still in production - if you have a spare 2,000 or more.

Valve amps are awesome - more around now than ever - prices going from 600 to 30,000 plus.

Why people think digital is everything is beyond me - sound is generated in an analogue form anyway.
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Codders i have a Dab radio in my workshop , its ok sound is good etc but i wouldn't get all exited about DAB . The reason for Dab is that I thought all radio was going to DAB soon and normal radio's were not going to work any more . Do I have that wrong . My radio lives on radio 2 mostly exept for a bit of local radio if i want local news and surf reports etc .

Best place for one!!!

Nobody really knows when or if analogue radio will be shut down - certainly not before 2020 and probably never.

think of all the very annoyed car drivers - not many have DAB yet!!!
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Vinyl still rules - and turntables like the Linn Sondek and Roksans are still in production - .
Linn products are next door to us here in Glasgow, actually Eaglesham (where rodolf Hess once landed) Mein gotten ze himmel

... cue John Kennet

Actually I never liked their gear much
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Best place for one!!!

Nobody really knows when or if analogue radio will be shut down - certainly not before 2020 and probably never.

think of all the very annoyed car drivers - not many have DAB yet!!!

Oh thought it was all going at the same time as the TV . In that case there are a lot of better buys without DAB radio .

As for turntables i have a really good one on my old system , but not much Vynyl only used it a handfull of times in 18 yrs . I never could see the atraction at all after Cd arrived .Snap crackle pop
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Linn products are next door to us here in Glasgow, actually Eaglesham (where rodolf Hess once landed) Mein gotten ze himmel

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Actually I never liked their gear much
It is great stuff but not as attractive and way out as some.
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TEAC system

I've had a TEAC CRH255 system for a couple of years. It's not my main system (still have separates for that) but I'm very, very pleased with it. It's compact and I use it with some Tannoy bookshelf speakers. It plays CD's (inc. MP3/WMA) and has an FM and DAB tuner. Also has a USB socket on the front for playback, but you can also "record" to it from other sources. I have most of my albums encoded to WMA (high bit rate) and just play them off a USB memory stick, which is really convenient and saves carting CDs around between systems.

What's also useful is that it has 3 auxiliary inputs, 2 on the back and a 3.5mm jack on the front (e.g. for MP3 player audio input). I've used it to monitor the output from a Korg sound module.

OK, it's not a purist's Hi-Fi, but for a compact, convenient system it's pretty good. I suspect that the sound quality of my system is limited by the speakers rather than the system itself. It's also heavy and has a proper metal case, which to me is a good sign.

Dunno if they still sell it - maybe there's an updated version.

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You are really tempting me to go and make a room for myself in the house again doggy I've saved my vinyl too

8 KT88's and a dozen 6sn7 valves all running in class A make a good heater in the winter too..........bit too much in summer though
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8 KT88's and a dozen 6sn7 valves all running in class A make a good heater in the winter too..........bit too much in summer though
Nice,.. warm in all senses of the word sounds a bit of a Quad set up only with extra KT88's

Here is a pic I found of one of a pair of my fave speakers, that I had to let go years back Celestion 662s 2x12's with one an ABR. Space was the problem plus I kept blowing mids , but oh baby, the sound
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Oh thought it was all going at the same time as the TV . In that case there are a lot of better buys without DAB radio .

As for turntables i have a really good one on my old system , but not much Vynyl only used it a handfull of times in 18 yrs . I never could see the atraction at all after Cd arrived .Snap crackle pop
Sonos has already been mentioned for MP3s. You may also want to look at the Squeezebox range. New Squeezebox Boom for all in one or Duet for a discrete handset based system. I've got one of the Squeezebox Classic. Been using it for some years and ebayed an expensive cdplayer as I'd not used in two years. We did a blind listen and no one could tell the difference between the old (but good) cd and the Squeezebox. They have internet radio rather than DAB (Internet radio more likely to be the downfall of DAB but quality is even poorer).

I'm afraid for me that pure audiophile quality has been sacrificed a little for convenience. We have access in most rooms in the house to 5000+ tracks (plus DAB and internet radio) with a few scrolls through album covers. Vinyl may have good old fashioned class but the new technologies provide good quality, convenience and near invisibility of kit.

www.slimdevices.com
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