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Thread: K.I.S.S., the basics and the Sound Revalation, for me anyhow!

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    BTW, my own system in extremely simple:

    Router - Ethernet cable - Ethernet isolator - Ethernet cable - Network DAC with volume - balanced cables - Final Drive transformer - RCA cable - SET tube monoblocks - speaker cables - speakers

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    This happened on the cheap, finally they are free from their cardboard confines!
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    Listening mode.
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    Rega P1/Rega Phono Mini USB/Denon DL-110/
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    On The Diagonal!

    As is the usual every time I come back from Mikes place I have to fiddle futz around with my kit a look for the missing music.
    Last time I realized just how much I am missing in everything, all categories!
    So I plugged in my rooms dimensions into Mr. Tooles spread sheet to confirm my suspicions. Pretty much no matter where sit due to my small room, I lose. I had no soundstage at all and was missing a ton of frequency bands.
    So I researched diagonal replacement and it seemed like decent potential results.
    SO WORTH THE EFFORT!
    The Maggies finally disappear as much as the are going to in this shoebox, FINALLY!
    The clarity/resolution/sound stage are back.
    I can hear everything again, and most important, I got my bass back!
    What a great day listening to music.
    I know my kit sucks compared to everything here but it is all I have and the unsuspecting are loving it!
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    Rega P1/Rega Phono Mini USB/Denon DL-110/
    Pioneer Spec-1 Pre/Pioneer Spec-2 Amp
    Magneplaner .5 QR
    Kubala Sonsa Anticipation Cables
    Pioneer CT-1250/ Pioneer SG-9500/Pioneer TX-6700
    Xonar Essence STX/Samsung DVD-HD841 Audio Only

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    Really enjoying this new arrangement, so much more engaging!
    Didn't know the system had it available!
    Rega P1/Rega Phono Mini USB/Denon DL-110/
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    Magneplaner .5 QR
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    Hi

    I was very interested to read about your experiences. This is exactly what I have found over the years. Simple issues cause mayhem. The difficulty I have is identifying cause and effect. My problem is I keep making the same mistakes. It’s easy to blame poor records. Actually in my experience poor sound is more often a problem with the system than the records. Admittedly there are poor records but most records can sound acceptable when the system is on song. Most of us end up with swathes of our records that we never play because they don’t sound quite right. This is a sure sign in my view that we are doing something wrong. When we get it right it opens up whole areas of our record collections that are not only playable but also very enjoyable.


    My own approach is to try to the KISS approach and avoid unnecessary accessories. However it’s easier said than done. I recently built some new mains cables specifically for use with power supplies that were not as good as those I use on the amps and source equipment. When I tried them out their performance was better that the supposedly good ones. Initially I could not understand what the issue was. Then I did some investigating and found that I had fouled up the directionality of two cables. I remade them and the situation was reversed. The good cables now showed their class. So KISS (keep it simple stupid) is the right way to go. Every additional element of complexity introduced to a system Provides further opportunities to mess it up and to get it wrong! It can be a very frustrating hobby but an absolute delight when you get it right.

    Thanks again for sharing your experience with the Maggies. It made a good read

    All the best

    David

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    Hey, itís always gratifying to hear about when people fight adversity to get it right.
    Kudos to you and Hi-FiGuy.

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    Thanks guys, I appreciate it very much.
    I know this thread is not nearly as exciting as other current threads, but the struggles are the same.

    Bach, its funny you responded how you did as I have been rediscovering my vinyl music all over again.
    I played Whos Next ( If i could only have one album to play for tbe rest of my life, thats the one) last night in its entirety and it was like I heard it for the first time! I could very easily listen to what ever instrumen I wanted to and everyone was in their place, kind of. That album is not mixed where they stand live, never noticed until last night.

    Now Mike tells me he has that in tape and its to die for, so i will go listen to that and probably come home and sell my kit....

    Anyhow, I am loving this arrangement, thank you for the comments.

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    Mike, I love Whoís Next, but itís a close second to Who Sellout IMHO.
    Itís always a thrill to suddenly make albums intelligible. Sounds like youíre on the right road.
    Unfortunately weíre all struggling to make something of Vapor Trails and Clockwork Angels. Even my well sorted system canít polish these turds (sorry Geddy, Alex and Neil).

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    Vapor Trails is one of those albums where they lost me for a bit, dont care for it.
    Clockwork Angels, love the album and its energy! TBH I have not sat down an listened to it on my system as when the album came out we were in transit and the system boxed up, so only earbuds/cheap headphones and Bluetooth speaker so far. Love the concert video.
    I wish Rush on their last couple tours would have found someone to sing the older stuff so we could experience that live one more time. R40 is unwatchable/unlistenable.
    If they should do anymore shows it would be mandatory, Geddy has got nothing left to give in the vocal department.
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    Neil is the one who has officially retired. Mike, thereís a great album in CA, buried in that mix.

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