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  1. What's missing from the music when playing the system as is? What do you hope to get more of? The Revels drop off a fair bit below 60 Hz, what about going up in the range if bass is important to you and your music?
  2. That's beautiful. It may be overkill for a hi-fi stand though. Now as a coffee table where it's on full view...that I'd go for. My flexy is just stained brown MDF , and sits on the side of the room, mostly out of view.
  3. May I suggest that to be taken seriously we need to avoid the same denigrative tactics and exaggeration (lies?) that MQA has used. They are already having to back down from some of their more suspect claims due to the diligence of some "auditors". If that can be kept up they may well have to back down to just being a lossy compression algorithm that may sound better than MP3 . Remember that while "fighting fire with fire" can be tempting, the real professionals mostly use water.
  4. Check out the Flexy Table designs, here: http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/flexye.html Any shelf size, adjustable spacing, easy and cheap to construct, can be spiked or on isolators. I put leather damping rings between each shelf and the washers. I like leather as a damping material but you could use anything—say rings cut from sorbothane sheet.
  5. I currently use both Deoxit and its stablemate ProGold. I have also used Cramolin (when the cleaner and preservative came in small bottles—I really don't remember how far back that was). All work to clean and protect from oxidation but connections still seem to collect junk out of the air so a re-do every couple of years is worthwhile.
  6. Tuner, tape deck, computer, 4 TB hard drive, CD player, streamer, D2D, DAC, turntable, amp, (processor?), headphone(s), ...
  7. Actually I though Hans did a pretty good job of saying not much at all. My takeaways were: B.S. is an expert in some areas. (Hans is not claiming that that applies to MQA.) Nothing that modifies music is lossless. (Sounds like a tautology to me.) Decide what you like by listening. (Isn't that what we all do in the end?) What's the problem? (Except the time spent listening to not much of course; but that's hardly unusual in audio.)
  8. Is that all the cables you've got? The rest of the equipment isn't in use?
  9. Ahhh, if only there was such a thing! Great fantasy though. I'm sure lots of us have done that; I know I have. So far I've only made one error that caused me to throw the new purchase away and go back to the old. As the number of options continue to multiply, and auditioning becomes harder to arrange, and internet sales increase, and anyone now can make (almost) any claim they like, it's getting more difficult to choose and "get it right the first time". Sorry about the progress. You said you liked the speaker and bought it first, so do try other amps. At least they are eas
  10. The Harbeths are down 3dB at 50 Hz, so slightly more than the bottom octave is missing, and this could have something to do with the issue, especially in your fair-sized room. The Naim is only specified at 8 ohms, so there is no indication of the current (amperage) that it can deliver, which does affect slam and sudden transients. The Harbeths are 6 ohms nominal, so may go considerably lower and the Naim may not be coping. Many people vastly under estimate the amount of power required by bass transients. If you listen loud, then a better amp may be needed. It would cert
  11. They aren't awfully common, but they are out there, and by people who are skilled, insightful and wanting to inform and help others. Internet—YouTube, music and hi-fi forums, magazine back issues Hi-fi clubs, get-togethers, demonstrations, ask individuals, talk to salesmen (risky, but there are good ones out there—they usually don't denigrate the brands the don't sell) Do some auditions yourself and then you can compare what reviewers think. It doesn't have to be just about speakers to get an idea about them and their preferences. Libraries, book stores I know i
  12. While it is always best to have a real, lengthy audition in your own home, that is getting less and less likely, so you'll have to find another way of reducing purchasing errors. IMO the way to use reviews goes something like this: Learn to separate real reviews from advertorials. Hint—advertorials are always over the top. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Real reviews always comment on the shortcomings as well as the positives. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Work out which reviewers seem to appreciate the same
  13. YES! Please be clear that just because the source file is compressed using a lossless algorithm—in this case FLAC, (Wikipedia lists 17 common audio lossless algorithms!)—it DOES NOT MEAN that the source file is identical to the originally issued music file, or a downsampling to a 16/44.1 music file.
  14. Unfortunately it not a weasel, it's what the words actually mean, and therefore it's also not illegal. It is misleading though, like many (if not most) partisan/political statements. Getting reality from carefully crafted statements can be extremely difficult. Just read a legal document to see the lengths that must be gone through to be precise and accurate. Enormous amounts of time are spent in court over just such concepts and wordings. The odds of the average person getting it right on reading such statements are very small.
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