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    Ooh, they look nice.

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    Up and running! After a bit of furniture rearrangement, I think I have it right. Q says I should have the speakers at least 200 mm from wall but am very happy with sound at 100. Tea cabinet no 2 has been employed as music stand.

    The sound is very good, almost as though listening to different recordings. I can't think there can have been much usable technological advancement in the past 15 years. Perhaps advancement in manufacturing processes that have enabled a device like this to be sold for the same price I paid for the mini system many years ago.

    I am to embark on a new journey going through all recordings in turn!

    First one was... Don Giovanni, Rene Jacobs. Again wow to difference!

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    I remember the exciting early days when I first began upgrading my audio gear.....

    In the early stages of upgrading audio gear you can get very noticeable improvements in sound for reasonable budget, life is good! As you advance further up the cost/quality ladder you pay larger sums of money for smaller (if any) improvements in sound, upgrading gear becomes an endless quest......I think my friends with super expensive systems like to collect audio gear more than actually listen to music

    Carry on lad.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    The Mjolnir (Thor's mythical hammer) is very powerful natural sounding amp with tremendous authority and inner detail, the "problem" is only balanced XLR output to headphones so you must invest in special cables for each headphone family used with it........

    The Icon HP8 is my only completely tube designed amp with both preamp and power sections tube based, a modern tube sound with just a touch of warmth yet very clear natural sound especially vocals. The selection/substitution of various tubes can give you endless variations of sound which is both a curse/strength of tube amps......

    The Hifi Man HE500 is a planar design which offers unmatched detail, realism, dimensionality compared to standard headphone speakers but the trade-off is physically larger much heavier headphone that requires serious power amp to fully come to life.......
    Update to collection of audio gear:

    I sold the Schiit Mjolnir amp

    loved the sound but the balanced XLR only output became very limiting and expensive since I had to have special cable for every different family of headphones

    I sold the Hifiman HE500 headphones
    Preferred the sound/comfort of Audeze LCD 2 headphones, both headphones use planar driver design can't justify cost of keeping both since Audeze will get much more use.

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    I love to play around with budget price DACs for computer to see how great you can make music sound for least amount of money. The AQ DragonFly Dac should arrive soon, plug and play for Windows 7 and high efficency headphones can play directly plugged in, super simple external Dac & headphone amp.......

    Two models $99 or newer improved one $149


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    For quite a while, my sound system has been the cheapest laptop computer that I could buy. I've just acquired a TV and a DVD player. As soon as I put them together--got to figure out those colored thingies--I'll have an upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Which is another reason I download all my CDs on to iTunes and play music wirelessly!
    What devices are you using to transmit and receive from computer to Hi-Fi (if they are not in built)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    What devices are you using to transmit and receive from computer to Hi-Fi (if they are not in built)?
    I bought the cheapest bluetooth adapter they had in the shop (GBP 25) and pugged in to Marantz amp. Small 80 x 80 x 30mm box sitting by the side.

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    Sounds fine, only that I need to turn the volume up a lot more than when playing from the CD player. Is this normal?

    Also maybe because it is a low price item, I can only connect either computer or ipod but not both. Perhaps this is usual.

    I will try listening to the music like this for a while and see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    ...I need to turn the volume up a lot more than when playing from the CD player...
    Ah! I see, the volume control on the computer was turned down.

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    I'm continuing this story for the benefit of any technophobics (I only bought my computer two years ago, my first flat screen TV last year and I still do not own a walkie-talkie (or "mobile telephone").

    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    ...I bought the cheapest bluetooth adapter they had in the shop (GBP 25)...
    Logitech Bluetooth wireless speaker connector

    I haven't figured out the "batteries not included" sales culture yet and so bought additionally a "RCA to RCA" cable. It turned out that this was unnecessary as there was a "3.5mm to RCA" cable included. I do not know if there is a difference to using either but I used the RCA to RCA.

    RCA = One red jack and one white jack that fits into the back of your Hi-Fi.
    3.5mm = Typical single (smaller) jack used for earphones or microphones

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    3.5mm jack on left
    . . RCA on right (red and white)

    I also do not have bluetooth in-built on my computer (apparent from the specifications list when I bought the computer) so I plugged in a bluetooth dongle (USB port) that came with a 5 year old printer (redundant equipment from the wife's office) but these are available from retailers for about GBP 10.

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    Then just plug in, press the "connect" button on the adapter, and the computer figures out the rest (I have windows 8 but the instructions with the adapter tells you what to do with other systems)!

    Wireless or Bluetooth connection for about GBP 35 (I purchased from the high street so I am sure it would be much less from non site stores).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    What devices are you using to transmit and receive from computer to Hi-Fi (if they are not in built)?
    I'm sorry to report that I'm not exactly sure how the connection was achieved. One of my nephews set it up back in March, and he doesn't remember what he did. The short answer is that I use an iMac (most recent version)wired to a router, which then (somehow) transmits to a Marantz receiver. I have a pair of Bowers and Wilkins tower speakers that connect directly to the Marantz - as does the television (aka 'picture box'). I also have Apple TV, which is connected to the Marantz. I'm not sure, but it might well be that Apple TV is the transmitter mechanism from iTunes. It all works very reliably and very well - there is no interference and the sound - whether music or TV - is crystal clear.

    Note: This is not a Bluetooth connection.

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    Sounds like a great set up.

    So... just need the DVD player and then you're ready for your new DVD library!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Sounds like a great set up.

    So... just need the DVD player and then you're ready for your new DVD library!
    Oh jeez. My knees shake when I start to think about trying to add anything. Especially in the absence of the nephew who has since moved in with his girlfriend in Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Oh jeez. My knees shake when I start to think about trying to add anything. Especially in the absence of the nephew who has since moved in with his girlfriend in Manhattan.
    Less nephew = more room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I have this Solti - but on LP, so haven't listened to it in, mmmm, how long? 25 years? Haven't thrown it away, though, might still be able to rescue the thing:

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