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  1. I buy LPs and enjoy the whole multi sensory process of listening to vinyl. I listen to a lot of streamed music via tidal and in combination with ripped tracks on ROON. I spend a lot of my time listening to ABC classic on my Sansui tuner, which sounds so good- though mostly it is in the background while working. I like the way that once the signal is broadcast, I can just tune in to it without downloading data from somewhere with it associated costs and energy use (fairly negligible, I grant you, but it just feels right for stuff in the background), or using up hours on my TT cartridge. I also
  2. Retip through VdH is pretty well priced, but the round trip takes a while- send it off, and just about when you have forgotten ever owning it, it will return to you, good as new. If you don’t mind not having the same diamond exactly, the recommendations above are likely to get you listening again sooner. Justin
  3. Awesome Krell, with a blazing blue light, as you said! Could you get the IR remote code from somewhere (this being the likely sticking point) and turn it off with a universal remote? Anyways, enjoy! Justin
  4. I have subscribed to VMP (vinyl me please) for the past year or so, and have been surprised by their quick postage from the US, and enjoyed the mix of albums that I have received on the essentials stream. All the albums have been very good, though varied in style. If you want to order anything else from their site, it can usually be shipped for nothing, supposedly along with your order, though in my experience, it is often shipped separately. Works out at about 50 bucks a record, so not cheap, but great presentation and pressings. Most good pressings at JB are getting up there and beyond these
  5. Great phono stage for the money- not much else out there that offers balanced all the way from tonearm, fully balanced circuitary and then balanced outlets. Was great to reduce noise in my system, and has there are linear power supplies available aftermarket if you like. GLWS. Justin
  6. That stand and setup looks beautiful, though as someone who has only recently come through having younger children, I can’t but help feeling a little nervous...
  7. They were always an odd shop, though their ad in the TV guide in the Canberra Times every week was part of my growing up as a teenage audiophile. Shops like that don’t just happen in audio- Cecil walker cycles in melbourne was just the same, a veritable trash and treasure of cycling history.
  8. I am not sure how the combination in the top pic would go- floorboards and TT just next to a subwoofer? Maybe it would be OK, but it just seems like asking for trouble. It often surprises me how much effort is put into filling a room with amazingly high end equipment, with little to no change to the room itself.
  9. I have been looking for the same thing for a friend, and the price of entry seems high for even basic units, project stream box, lindemann lime tree are just over 1k, or you could get a bluesound node 2i for about 900 and use its spdif output. There are heaps more options but the price goes up rapidly! I am interested if other folks have any suggestions I have missed. Justin
  10. I have a CXN V2, and have been looking for an excuse to trade up, but it has kept working, and firmware updates mean it is more capable than it was when I first got it- used to be limited to 16/44 via airplay and now it can do 24/192 via ROON RAAT. And it sounds good too!
  11. Given that streamers are at their heart, a computer strapped to some analogue circuitary, I don’t think it is possible to get one that doesn’t limit you in the long term. These are not going to age like a vintage Krell amp or classic tannoys. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy a good one, you should just assume you might want another in five years! I have a Cambridge CXN v2, which is a reasonable all in one box. If you want to get heavily into rolling DACs, it may not be for you, as it doesn’t do USB as a digital output. They have updated the firmware over the period I have had it mu
  12. If you get really keen, the RST first 24 fork is available, is light and works like an adult fork with an air spring. My daughter had one on her bike, which we have since sold- I bought it from bike24 in Germany- was about 300 bucks delivered or maybe a little less. She had rim brakes unfortunately, otherwise I would give you the original rst fork which is in the shed- it doesn’t have disc brake mounts. One of my good friends kids MTB didn’t have a suspension fork, and it didn’t stop him from getting on the podium in the junior state titles!
  13. It seems odd that the suspension version would be lighter, unless there are some significant component changes elsewhere. Unless you buy aftermarket suspension, all the kids suspension forks I have seen have steel steerer tubes and weigh about 2kg. When I looked at the specs, the non suspension has markedly larger tyres- 2.4 vs 1.95 on the suspension bike, which will not roll as fast, but have a bit more cush to make up for not having suspension. The reality is either of these is better than the lower model bikes, with real differences in ride- the disc brakes being the most import
  14. One of the coolest, most unexpected gigs I saw was Love and Rockets, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Cypress Hill, in Santiago, Chile, 1996. Police with automatic weapons at the entry, an energised crowd, and total dislocation of being 1000s of km from home in a country where my grasp of the language was tenuous at best. Saw INXS at the Sydney Uni refectory in 93, which was a mad, great show. Bouncing around in the crowd 2 metres from Michael Hutchence was cool.
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