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by Briain
2017-08-07 14:20
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Optimizing your DS
Replies: 109
Views: 68853

Re: Optimizing your DS

I disagree that "noise can never be a good thing, so it can certainly never do any harm to get rid if it." Often, a little measured (or heard) noise is better than none. I have demonstrated this hundreds of times. You also seem to be a fan of ferrite rings and I haven't met a ferrite ring I've yet ...
by Briain
2017-08-07 10:07
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Optimizing your DS
Replies: 109
Views: 68853

Re: Optimizing your DS

There is some interesting research going on here and I look forward to seeing how it pans out. However, I did want to comment on one thought brought up. ...current material is natively mastered digitally and thus it simply makes sense that once digitised, you want to remain the digital domain; tran...
by Briain
2017-08-06 18:52
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Optimizing your DS
Replies: 109
Views: 68853

Re: Optimizing your DS

---trimmed--- What are your musical evaluation methods? Noise aside, is your digital playback musically better than your vinyl? Ron The Mon Tune-Dem Freak Hi Sorry, this has turned into yet another long post (if bored already, I'd advise using the scroll key to swiftly move onwards to the next post...
by Briain
2017-08-04 17:51
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Optimizing your DS
Replies: 109
Views: 68853

Re: Optimizing your DS

Hi Briain! I like the energy that you put into this! I have a question. Not having tried any FRIWO units myself, but getting mixed impressions from people who've tried them, I wonder: Are you evaluating the actual effect on the HiFi by listening to music, or just by how much noise you can pick up a...
by Briain
2017-07-18 16:44
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Optimizing your DS
Replies: 109
Views: 68853

Re: Optimizing your DS

So for a HiFi Kabin social at my house last weekend, I bought one of the FRIWO Med grade 12v power supply for the gs108-200 switch and swapped it over as part of our listening tests. There was a good instant improvement, especially for £48 inc vat from RS. However it has continued to improve consid...
by Briain
2016-07-19 13:02
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: GS108 Vs GS108T
Replies: 17
Views: 7892

Re: GS108 Vs GS108T

Hi Until recently, I was using a DrayTek 2830 router and a pair of GS-108 switches (using the DrayTek's port based VLAN features to separate the two networks that I require, and using it's tag based VLAN feature to create the trunk to my WAP, so both networks were available to wireless devices; each...
by Briain
2015-07-14 13:40
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Melco NAS Night - Meet the manufacturer
Replies: 2
Views: 2449

Re: Melco NAS Night - Meet the manufacturer

How does one transfer a digital library over from another NAS drive and will this cause loss of quality. Hi This is best performed by using the backup feature in your existing NAS (typically by using rsync protocol, or if is not supported in the destination unit - though that is highly unlikely as ...
by Briain
2015-07-12 18:05
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: Painting the 2K array black + tuning the M109
Replies: 83
Views: 46439

Re: Painting the 2K array black + tuning the M109

I used Tamiya model paint. The particular shade is a matt black called Rubber Black (XF-85) which is meant for painting tyres on model cars but matches the rubber surround of the bass drive unit very well... Hi Judging by the photographs, that paint was a great find (not necessarily just for speake...
by Briain
2015-06-21 17:28
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Performance with Linn sub's
Replies: 34
Views: 15395

Re:

With or without having the main speakers in the room? Preferably without, but if that's impractical one should either short-circuit them at their inputs or keep their power amps switched on (but not playing anything), to dampen the drive units. I do get that idea for a front sub, but in my case, I ...
by Briain
2015-06-21 17:20
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Performance with Linn sub's
Replies: 34
Views: 15395

Re: Performance with Linn sub's

Hi Yes, though the Linn subs have a pitifully small range of adjustments (I've just typed a longer post about all that; I'll post it in a wee while) with the 212's ports blocked and the 212's wired out of phase (WRT the sub) I found it sounded excellent when the sub was rolled off at 85 Hz. Before I...
by Briain
2015-06-21 16:36
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Performance with Linn sub's
Replies: 34
Views: 15395

Re: Performance with Linn sub's

I tried it with the 345 and 212's and using the sub's HP output filter to feed your power amp totally kills the sound (that HP filter is not one of Linn's greater designs) so I immediately reverted to using it in the standard way (in my case, I fed the sub from the power amp's daisy chaining RCA soc...
by Briain
2015-05-23 12:04
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Just listen!
Replies: 18
Views: 7921

Re: Just listen!

Hi I know that KK does have a mono function built into it, but I don't recall how you toggle it on and off. From memory, there was a mono button on that hideously complex remote that they once supplied (REM019), but I don't know if it can be toggled via the current 'Slimline' remote (maybe there's s...
by Briain
2015-02-07 10:51
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Lejonklou Kikkin 2.2
Replies: 8
Views: 4700

Hi

I'd be very interested in having one of these devices to try out in my spare system; I've also sent a PM to alert you that I'm interested.

Bri :)
by Briain
2015-02-03 13:30
Forum: HiFi
Topic: External DAC
Replies: 33
Views: 20588

Hi

Ah; thank you for that information and multiple mega-apologies to Ogrady for suspecting any marketing nefariousness!

All the best
Bri
by Briain
2015-02-03 07:08
Forum: HiFi
Topic: External DAC
Replies: 33
Views: 20588

Hi Matt Interesting, but as you say, the lack of any direct comparison is the key problem. To be honest, it's been so difficult to find someone who has directly compared such things that I've almost given up looking. That said, I've just been told (by someone with a KDS) about a high end DAC that so...
by Briain
2015-02-02 15:01
Forum: HiFi
Topic: External DAC
Replies: 33
Views: 20588

Hi Anyone any thoughts on a DAC that broadly has a similar sound quality and balance to that from a Linn ADS level of product? I'm currently using an ADSM (fixed output) to decode the digital (stereo) from Sky+ and that then feeds into my KK's balanced input (I have a KDS/1 feeding it's unbalanced i...
by Briain
2014-09-28 14:37
Forum: On the Inside
Topic: XLR plugs for Linn balanced
Replies: 5
Views: 4527

The connectors used on Linn 'Silver' balanced are closest to the Neutrik HE range (which are only slightly more expensive than the Neutrik' range mentioned above). The difference is most obvious with the female ends as the HE range have machined cylinders (to form the female contact) as opposed to o...
by Briain
2014-09-15 22:32
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Alternative Power Sources
Replies: 17
Views: 7784

I'm fairly sure that UK manufacturer DNM (Denis Moorcroft?) used to produce a battery powered preamp in the 80s. There was also, at least one to my knowledge, a Naim dealer that advocated running Naim preamps ( NAC12 and 32) from a 24v source (two car batteries!) rather than from the PSU built into...
by Briain
2009-08-03 15:14
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Source First theory and how far to take it?
Replies: 131
Views: 54933

Source first; the olden days :)

Years and years ago (very late 70's) when I got into all this, I used to use a LP12/Ittok/ADC into a Nytec (with a big home built PSU) and Kans. My friend had the ultimate source first system though: LP12/Syrinx/ADC into a NAD3020 (with a big home built PSU) and some 15 year old (at that time) homeb...
by Briain
2009-01-27 00:10
Forum: HiFi
Topic: The best NAS for a DS?
Replies: 85
Views: 49309

This has absolutely nothing to do with the Seagate issue, but since we're talking about NAS drives, this is quite an interesting RAID issue...

http://www.spinics.net/lists/raid/msg21058.html

Bri
by Briain
2009-01-20 18:32
Forum: HiFi
Topic: External DAC
Replies: 33
Views: 20588

Hi I've tried both Sonos and Logitech Duet via a Linn Numerik and it makes a massive difference over using their own analogue outputs. A while back, I also tried a couple of current 'home studio' type D/A's (about the £300 area) with the Sonos and they sounded really quite poor compared to the Numer...
by Briain
2009-01-13 14:12
Forum: HiFi
Topic: The best NAS for a DS?
Replies: 85
Views: 49309

Hi I see NAS builds are back on the TM site: http://www.twonkyforum.com/unsupported/4.4.11/ I must admit to liking the ReadyNAS series but for low noise, I just can't believe how quiet the D-Link DNS323 with Samsung 1TB drives actually is; you really could use it in a music room (provided it was mou...
by Briain
2009-01-05 16:42
Forum: HiFi
Topic: The best NAS for a DS?
Replies: 85
Views: 49309

Re: Is this an interesting NAS?

http://www.excito.com/bubba/about-bubba.html Hi I had a very brief look and the below things jumped out at me. Note, this was a very brief look so I might have missed something. Looks good but no mention of RAID 1 capability; OK as long as you remember to make a backup though. You'd have to figure ...
by Briain
2008-09-29 19:57
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Amplified computer speakers for kitchen 'DS' type system
Replies: 0
Views: 1902

Amplified computer speakers for kitchen 'DS' type system

Hi Here's an unusual question for here (which I've also posted on the Linn forum). It'd be great if anyone can give me a pointer in any direction worh pointing in! I'm using the same FLAC library on my NAS to feed my KDS, a Sonos and now also a Logitech Duet in my kitchen. I'm looking for some cheap...
by Briain
2008-09-25 08:31
Forum: HiFi
Topic: The best NAS for a DS?
Replies: 85
Views: 49309

Hi vicdiaz Yes, it's a really fantastic bit of kit isn't it; I was well impressed with it; if it the additional ‘bells and whistles’ of the Netgear it would be unbeatable! That said, 95% of owners purchasing them for a DS music library will never need nor look for these features anyway. I set the D-...