Not paid anything like this as I have mates in the trade and have always horse traded etc. To replace what I have retail would be in the £35K region...... Reminds me of the audiophile's prayer "Oh lord when I die, please don't let my wife sell my system for what I told her it cost"
Laissez les bon temps rouler Paul "Doc" Stewart
Inventor, developer and licensor of "The Right One" Quality HiFi accessories. Narrative photojournalist, film maker and picture editor. Record producer, sound engineer and audio consultant
Impossible for me to say. Would I like a Cessaro 5 way? Front ends would be easier I think. I wouldn't have made it with my bare hands, or sourced the drivers, several of which are not commercially available anymore, or refined and improved it over time - priceless that is.
Digital front end: PC Music server -> WaveIO ASIO I2S -> Najda DSP DAC/XO -> 5 Amps -> 5 way front loaded horn system Vinyl front end: Technics SP-10 / Slate plinth / Ebony armboard / Musical Fidelity FR64s arm / SPU Royal N cart -> Najda ADC etc
Its been a nightmare for me & has made me feel sick the amount of money ive spend over 30 years with Hi-Fi. Out of everything i have ever bought & the systems i have put together, Quite recently a £300 File based system [If you like to call it a system] has wiped the floor with everything i have ever had.
So im not sure i can answer the Opening post.. At one point i stopped listening to music because i was constantly disappointed/Disheartened. Then i went thru a phase where i was listening to modern electronic based music in the hope that the type of music gave me what i was missing, that did not work until bingo Lossless Files, The embarrassing thing is my pig headedness said no to this all the time the subjects came up on forums & such.
At one point i stopped listening to music because i was constantly disappointed/Disheartened. Then i went thru a phase where i was listening to modern electronic based music in the hope that the type of music gave me what i was missing
Interesting - what was it that used to disappoint you?
But didn't you miss whatever you liked in the 'old' music previously, even if the presentation wasn't quite what you wanted?
I'm lucky enough to be feeling pretty satisfied with my system at the moment - the dynamics and slam are the best I have had so far. All my rock / pop / classical vinyl is sounding equally good if the recording is up to it. Previously my classical vinyl was sounding superior.
What started if off was id bought a new laptop listening to something on You Tube i knew which sounded really good better id heard it before but was baffled how a sound card & a cheap pair of headphones could out weight my records & CD player by a large margin.. This stuck with me a long time. I knew something was wrong, i was getting results from electronic music via 12" single but i found my self getting tied down to that kind of music. Now im sorted im very happy, back to the Prog albums via FLAC.. Now a lot are getting Remasterd from the original Master Tapes it gets better..