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    Antipodes CX+EX

    Hi - I am thinking of doing the same though my CDs run to 600-700. Do you remember how long, on average, it took to rip a CD? Mark suggests 6 - 10 minutes which could make the job up to 115 hours long for me. Admittedly over a few weeks!
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    I have the CX/EX/P1/P2 stacked in a 2 x 2 array - so visually in looks like a single unit. See https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/ians-audio-set-up.30009/#post-631639 Whilst I have the P1 and P2 I have no experience of either yet as I can never pull myself away from just listening using CX...
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    Yes I believe Caelin is steadily withdrawing the Typhon/Triton product as I believe he thinks it is commercially non-tenable and/or he is producing new things which address more issues whilst still thinking that the Typhon/Triton is the best in its particular field. But I won't trying the newer...
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    Thanks for that. The picture does give the wrong impression. They intersect at the listening position and, as you say, the general Magico recommendation is that intersection should be in an experimental range from the listening position to 2 feet behind it. I probably favour the more direct...
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    Hi thanks for suggestions. 1. Yes, the Mpods would be an option but there are two things holding me back. First, they cost £10k which is just crazy. That, with discount, almost buys two pairs of Quad ESL2812 loudspeakers! Second, it is impossible to comparatively test them. It is a three...
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    How do you design and assess your system?

    Gosh what a question. I think my criteria for design and assessment will be quite different from many here - though I have never documented them before. My starting point must have been 40 years ago when I heard Quad Electrostatics (the originals) at a hifi show in a substantial brick built...
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    Now completed with curtaining!
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    The Antipodes now has user-enabled storage. No need to contact Antipodes - just power everything down, extract and/or insert SSD as required, then power everything up. Not tried it yet!
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    I must admit to admiring your Harbeth loudspeakers. I'm not sure whether you are UK based but you could get nothing more of a UK company than Harbeth, at least since the demise of so many others. Alan Shaw (he must be 70) runs it still, I believe, and is a no nonsense guy! I think the 40.2 is...
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    There is a suggestion that Samsung EVO SSD storage units, together with re-ripped CDs using the P1, results in something better - according to Mark Jenkins. The thought of reripping 600+ CDs is unattractive!
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    Yes I have been there before and failed. Hopefully increasing maturity and the industry heading down a single local or external streaming source will stop me buying more. And "the best of British" for a UK based guy ironically results in kit made in New Zealand, France and USA x 3. The first...
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    You are ok. I think 2.7 is the latest. Did you get this notification? "Antipodes has begun a progressive roll-out of changes to the user interface that customers use to manage their Antipodes Music Server. This currently includes an improved network discovery tool, significant enhancements...
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    Ian's Audio Set-Up

    Here is my partially completed listening room with Advanced Acoustics foam in the corners and GIK panels at the back and sides. Eventually the corners will have curtaining so that the set-up is visually more acceptable. The Magico M3 speakers are ideal for the room - producing a clean extended...
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    Model service from Antipodes. There is new firmware for the CX and EX to enable, amongst other things, users to upscale storage using insertable SSD devices. Auckland is 13 hours ahead of the UK. Emailed them today (Sunday); Tony Devitt replied 9am Monday NZ time (8pm Sunday here); by 8.20pm we...
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    Antipodes state that the single chassis entry level unit is the EX, followed by the CX alone and then by the CX&EX with the CX run as server and the EX as renderer. I have only used them this way and not tried the other way round. The EX has a modest DAC whereas the CX has no DAC. Of course...
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    Antipodes CX+EX

    The other aspects which please me about the CX and EX are (1) the assistance you get direct from the designer Mark Jenkins or his technical guru Tony Devitt and (2) the ease of set up and operation with Roon. And I like the idea of an optional separate but dedicated P1 ripper which slots...
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    Interesting turntable

    The little known Rega Naiad at £30,000
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel - inventor of ADH amplification
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    Peter Walker of Quad - Quad II valve, Quad 303 triples, Quad 405 current dumping (as well as his electrostatics)
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    "Voicing" and its incidence in audio electronics

    Many of us might define “voicing” as the fine tuning of their audio system to gain an optimal match of source, amplifier, speaker, cables, room and personal preference. And some manufacturers might admit to voicing their loudspeakers on the grounds that (a) such a device is far from perfect...
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    "More people spend $€£100-400k on a system than 10-40k"...

    ... and you can count the number of credible high-end dealers in the UK on the fingers of possibly one and almost certainly two hands
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    If you were to be a dealer, what lines would you like to carry and why?

    In the current environment and in the UK, I would not dream of being a dealer, for these reasons: 1 Mixing business with pleasure 2 The low-end student-enthusiast market must have shrunk and/or become a non-commercial area for an independent dealership 3 The middle ground area previously...
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    "More people spend $€£100-400k on a system than 10-40k"...

    You are not alone. I enquired about a hugely expensive equipment rack and asked for the external and internal dimensions. I was told that I didn't need those. Hence I replied that I did not need the rack!
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    State of the Art Analog: Is the State of the Art Advancing?

    The OP is talking about "systems at shows" and seems to be referring to systems costing $1,000 to $99,000 - so with the turntable/arm/cartridge probably in the range $300 to $30,000. Bit of a wide range for comparisons to be made given the spread is 100 fold but I guess, to give a sense of...
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    Oh jeez - M6, another super-speaker from Magico

    Martin Colloms, who used to have competition in the UK in terms of reviewing, is now arguably one of only two reviewers (the other being Alan Sircom) who has loads of experience, a credible style and, effectively, his own magazine (HiFi Critic) (Sircom - HiFi +) which takes no advertising...
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    "More people spend $€£100-400k on a system than 10-40k"...

    It is no surprise that, worldwide, more systems are bought in the €100k - €400k range than in the €10k - €40k range. However, I suspect that it is almost certainly the case, in the UK, that the volume of stereo audio reproduction systems priced at under €10k makes up over 95% of the market by...
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    SOtM sNH-10G Network Switches x2 : The NEW KING of USB/Network Gadget Setup

    Why are these things called 'Network Switches' or 'Audiophile Switches'? There are two externally supplied 'fuels' (aside from the music itself) which we have to use to drive our audio systems and which some think are deficient. One is power where it is generally accepted that the term 'Power...
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    Most beautiful amp and or preamp

    The Lentek amplifier which was Swift's/Scotland's first output (I think) before they produced the more commercial A&R Cambridge (later Arcam) models:
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    Most beautiful amp and or preamp

    These were designed by Boothroyd Stuart and preceded Meridian - the Lecson:
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    Most beautiful amp and or preamp

    From the early 1970s - a Metrosound ST60

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