Can any recommend me a simple programme for recording radio ? I have a Sansui internet /dab/fm tuner under used which also enables playback via usb . My thoughts are to record via my Mac laptop and playback certain shows at more convenient times. Ideally any free download if not the simpler the better , does anyone have experience or any thoughts ?
Tried mine out of phase as Steveeb suggested but bass appeared a bit bloated and not as defined . I have also experimented with various positions and best results for me are mounted on top of the speakers in small boxes firing forwards approx 30 degrees upwards . Nice upgrade for not a lot of money and overall sound does appear smoother after approx 70 hours use , also messed with a few cables but could not detect any real difference . Has anyone tested these against any of the other Taket models ?
I use a Cambridge CXC transport with a Beresford Caiman SEG and my system has never sounded better , excellent transport for the money ! If you go down that route try the Electric Beach Rock N Roller isolation feet which I found a worthwhile upgrade
Finally got around to buying the Takets and installing them,they are currently wired positive to positive and positioned on the top of my speakers in small boxes similar to Brians.Difficult to describe what they bring but seems slightly more weight to the overall sound and some small improvement to micro detail. I have only listened for a matter of a few hours and intend to experiment further re placement etc and prolonged listening for a better evaluation with and without. I have used some cheap Cambridge audio speaker cable I had laying around to connect them and just wondered if anyone had thoughts on different cables making a positive difference ? any feedback appreciated.
Great , thanks for the responses guys few things there for me to consider , for a relatively small outlay think they are worth a punt though particularly when you consider the cost of the Townsend super tweeters and like .
I am also interested in these and looking forward to the comments and feedback from the bake off later this month.
In terms of connecting and please bear with me on this my understanding is that they need to be connected specifically to the internal tweeter terminals is that correct ? or can you use the external speaker terminals ? I use Robson Opulus Prima speakers which have just one set of terminals per speakers . I do like Brians idea of mounting in a small box which look quite neat and no doubt help with WAF ! Would appreciate anyones help and advice.
Also does anyone have any thoughts on how they would perform with my 2 way speakers which uses a ribbon tweeter and are 86 db sensitivity ?
Thanks Guys will do some more research not as simple as I first thought found another couple of fuses in the transport , may play it safe and just stick to the upgrading the fuses in the leads .Also concerned that although one fuse is rated at 2A and slow blow the fuse currently used is low breaking (L) whereas mine the AMR is (H) high breaking , not sure what implications this could have ? Think on reflection may leave alone.
Decided to upgrade a few fuses to test to see if I could determine any improvement on SQ . Initially I have just bought a few AMR Gold fuses and installed both 3amp and 13amp on mains leads and also the mains block feeder lead. At the same time I decided to change the fuse on my Cambridge CXC transport again using AMR Gold this time a 20x5 2amp fuse . I have located the fuse in the transport and confirmed it is 2A and a glass fuse marked up F2AL250V , checking the AMR fuse although 2A and similar size with ceramic body the marking is a little different and states T2AH250V ? just wanted confirmation if any one can help that it is ok to use obviously it is 2amp but not sure what the differences are and if it is safe to use.
Reminds me, there is an onboard fuse in the Caiman DACs. Must upgrade my SEG sometime.
I contacted Stan recently regarding changing the fuse to a hi fi tuning or similar and he suggested due to the SEG using an energy storage system designed to reduce noise he doubted the SEG would benefit from any upgrade . He did indicate however he has not tried an upgraded fuse in the SEG , does anyone have any other thoughts ?
I now operate with the CXC transport and Caiman SEG and use the DAC Preamp facility directly into my Avondale S100 power amp . The purchase of the SEG to replace my Caiman 11 enabled me to take out the pre amp I was using ,I am really happy with the result and reduced box count in the bargain WAF ! I really think I would need to spend a considerable sum to better this combination so another +1 from me.
Currently running my unit from a rechargeable Anker battery 12V , as the new SEG is now capable of accepting up to 15V does anyone have experience of comparing a 15V Linear power supply against battery power ?
Thanks for the info guys I will contact the companies mentioned in the new year for pricing etc .
Unfortunately I do not have a poor high jitter CD transport to check out the difference and merits of Stans reclocking but from the comments think I may go ahead at some stage and reclock the CXC.
My own school of thought is that I found a definite improvement in using Electric beach Rockin Rollers and also internal dampening the cd case on the CXC so I in line with MartinT comments I would assume a better quality transport would yield better results but guess thats a debatable subject in itself !
Thanks for the feedback I will look into the costs etc I know Fidelity Audio Doncaster offer the service as I have used them previously Chevron Audio Derby I believe Colin who runs the business is now semi retired , does anybody know any other companies worth considering ?
Thanks for your input Stan , so just to clarify in your view the reclocking of a cd transport would show no discernable difference in sound quality as the Caiman reclocks anyway ? I was under the impression jitter reduction would improve the signal from the cd player and therefore the DAC would be processing a more accurate reproduction of the cd prior to reclocking .
I have a Cambridge CXC transport and would also like other peoples opinions experiences on reclocking . I run the transport through Caiman SEG ( mode 3 ) although really pleased with the results just wondered if an advantage to having the CXC reclocked .You read many things about reclocking reducing jitter etc but as I am no techie not sure if the performance of the Caiman would be improved as I not sure how the DAC processes the music received ?
Just purchased the new Caiman SEG from Stan which replaced my Caiman 11 , my main logic was to use the SEG as a pre amp directly into my Avondale S100 power amp allowing me to take my Lightspeed attenuator out of the system as I use cd as my main listening source . I previously tried the Caiman 11 directly into the power amp but the improvements to the preamp stage done by Stan with the SEG have to my ears improved the already excellent results and taken the sound signature onto another level. The main area of improvement is the ability to delve deeper into recordings with an extra degree of clarity and instrument separation retaining the analogue sound and bringing out nuances in the mix I had not heard before ( using in mode 3 ) This new Caiman SEG is for me a keeper and another winner from the Beresford stable , a real bargain given the modest cost !