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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 8:54 pm 
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Plasma on the cheap


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Easy.....


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:34 pm 
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giz a shout when you need a plasterer buddy :lol:

what does your wife think?
i saw the ironing board and assumed you must have one :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:30 pm 
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http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/top ... components

Some funny looking kit. I owned the headphones :oops: But they sounded brilliant better than any others by miles what ever they cost.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 12:01 am 
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well the stax in the last picture runs on pure dc when the srdx pro has batteries inside. so it is factually incorrect :P

and since when did what hifi know anything about errr, hifi?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:36 pm 
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:oops: OMG i want these so much

http://www.amazon.co.uk/HifiMan-HE-6-He ... 415&sr=8-1


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:37 pm 
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I will just nip next door and ask if they wouldnt mind the back of a tele sticking out through their living room wall :shock: :lol:

Good effort.Wish I had thought of that before when I was offered a Projection tele a while ago.Not keen on big LCDs,they still seem a little pixel'y.My worry is if I go out and buy a nice Viera or simular I may be dissapointed with the sound.My old Toshiba CRT is still going strong and the sound/bass is spot on.I can see me having to spend a grand on matching home cinema sound once the Tosh is dead :(


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:41 pm 
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I bought a Marantz CD63 a few weeks back, basically because I've got a million CDs and nowt to play them on apart from a Logitech Squeezebox.

So I got this thing from eBay for £40, and being a bit of a hifi nerd, opened it. Lots of through hole components :D

Seems there's a lot of online stuff about this player, including a full set of circuit diagrams. Sooo..

In the last few weeks I've basically removed a load of it. The proprietry Marantz HDAM, which after a lot of study appears to be a pretty well thought out buffer amplifier, but largely unnecessary if the stages before are optimised. The mute circuits, which don't really appear to do anything.

I've been through the analogue stages, removing EVERY passive component, replacing with hand matched (L to R) components within 0.1%, and changing the remaining low pass filter and buffer op amps with dedicated professional audio replacements.

I've re-jigged the DAC clock in order to reduce jitter, as best you can with this particular design.

To be honest, it sounded pretty good 'out of the box'. I was pretty surprised at the changes the mods have brought about. At first I was quite underwhelmed, but on further listening, the only way I can describe it is 'analogue'. The HF mush that seems to be there with all CD playback has gone. Treble seemed to be recessed at first, but all that has happened is it is more defined. I am able to distinguish how the stick hit the cymbal rather than just assuming that 'tsshhh' is a cymbal of some sort.

Bass - subtle. I am able to compare with a lossless digital copy (Squeezebox) and whilst that sounds great, critical listening reveals bass guitar that sounds great on the Squeeze, but the new CD, the leading edge of those plucks sounds subtly more defined, more'real' rather than soft, and that buzz against frets is more 'in the room' and less detatched.

Yes, I'm pleased. I have more to do, and have just finished a low noise regulator board today to pop in to separate the analogue power stages out. Will give my ears a chance to get used to where this is now, then make the mod.

Sorry to bore most of you, but I suspect there's one or two here who like this sort of stuff without being as unblinkingly evangelistic as some of the folk on the Audio forums!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:47 pm 
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apache wrote:
Sorry to bore most of you, but I suspect there's one or two here who like this sort of stuff without being as unblinkingly evangelistic as some of the folk on the Audio forums!


Not bored. Good stuff. Wouldn't mind doing some thing like that to my Marantz PM350 amp as getting on a bit. And as for Audio forums only look to see what's for sale other wise boring


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:53 pm 
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/27113994/Mara ... ice-manual

Looks very straightforward. Knock yourself out :)


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