System Pics 2018

Hook posted:

Am enjoying my newly restored spinner, a 1958 Thorens TD-124 Mk I with original RMG-212 tonearm.

For now, I am using a Dynavector XX-2 mounted in a modern Ortofon head shell, but they will soon be replaced by an Ortofon SPU Royal GM MkII.

Now that is something very special and very unexpected on a Naim forum,  my total respect always goes out to those people who invest into keeping these historic machines going when it would be so much easier to buy an off the shelf model. Well done Huge.

achique99 posted: 

Dave-mac, what is that Accoustic footer? What is the benefit when you apply this accessories to the speakers? 

Cheers, Nasa

They're isoacoustics gaias. On my system, they tighten the sound up (predominately the bass) whilst at the same time adding extra clarity to the mids and upper ranges. I'm cynical by nature, but these really do make a huge difference, like it could be two different speaker models type of difference.

They also take isolate the sound from vibrating through the floor, which makes myself and my downstairs neighbours happy

Here's a review that might be helpful https://www.stereophile.com/co...eaker-isolation-feet

Bob the Builder posted:
Hook posted:

Am enjoying my newly restored spinner, a 1958 Thorens TD-124 Mk I with original RMG-212 tonearm.

Now that is something very special and very unexpected on a Naim forum,  my total respect always goes out to those people who invest into keeping these historic machines going when it would be so much easier to buy an off the shelf model. Well done Huge.

Bob - The lovely TT belongs to Hook.

Bob the Builder posted:
Hook posted:

Am enjoying my newly restored spinner, a 1958 Thorens TD-124 Mk I with original RMG-212 tonearm.

For now, I am using a Dynavector XX-2 mounted in a modern Ortofon head shell, but they will soon be replaced by an Ortofon SPU Royal GM MkII.

Now that is something very special and very unexpected on a Naim forum,  my total respect always goes out to those people who invest into keeping these historic machines going when it would be so much easier to buy an off the shelf model. Well done Huge.

Also a reminder that newer isn't always better - very nice indeed. I'm still amazed with my restored  Revox B77. Also a good topic of conversation with my daughter's friends who can't work out what it is. I just wish my father in law still had his Garrard 301 and 401.

Ravenswood10 posted:

Also a reminder that newer isn't always better - very nice indeed. I'm still amazed with my restored  Revox B77. Also a good topic of conversation with my daughter's friends who can't work out what it is. 

Its not like you can even start your explanation with "you know what a cassette is" these days!

Eloise posted:
Ravenswood10 posted:

Also a reminder that newer isn't always better - very nice indeed. I'm still amazed with my restored  Revox B77. Also a good topic of conversation with my daughter's friends who can't work out what it is. 

Its not like you can even start your explanation with "you know what a cassette is" these days!

Mind you even demand for cassettes is picking up - it’ll be 8 tracks next

Popeye posted:

Fairly basic setup currently. Will add dressing up pic to appropriate thread. 🙂

NDX/Supernait2 with Kef R500’s

Basic?

Why don't you show these pics to someone working in a call-center at the monthly wages of your wiring's cost and under the daily (if not hourly) threat of redundancy?

Nothing personal, but this forum has completely lost any contact with reality. NaimWorld has gone mad.

M.

I was just about to show pics of my system with an added turntable and Stageline, but I have changed my mind. I don't want to take part in this pochade this way.

I'll send a few pics to the couple of interested friends whose email address I have. And I can't wait to read the reports by the first ND555 owners who'll call the NDS 'BIC' (broken in comparison). And what will become of the poor NDX (£3800) when the ND555 will be released? How low in the hierarchy will it go, down from 'basic'?

M.

 

Max_B posted:

I was just about to show pics of my system with an added turntable and Stageline, but I have changed my mind. I don't want to take part in this pochade this way.

I'll send a few pics to the couple of interested friends whose email address I have. And I can't wait to read the reports by the first ND555 owners who'll call the NDS 'BIC' (broken in comparison). And what will become of the poor NDX (£3800) when the ND555 will be released? How low in the hierarchy will it go, down from 'basic'?

M.

 

Max, it sounds like you need to understand that the Naim brand in its self is not aimed at people that are struggling to pay for food each week or living by a day to day basis. Those people don't drive Porches and Porsche isn't targeting that market. At the same time a Boxter would be classed as basic against a GT3RS so the term basic is in context!

Out of curiosity, why limit the 'venom' to Naim, as opposed to 'High-End' Hi-Fi in general?

I know that 'Naim bashing' is the No. 1 sport in the world of Hi-Fi, but...

Talking of which, perhaps MAX_B's recent 'series of posts' are actually an attempt to dispel one of the myths so beloved of the aforementioned bashers - Censorship on the Naim Forum, and anything other than unquestioning adulation of all things Naim is not allowed?

(Sorry, JAMES N, couldn't resist ). Back to the pics... (hopefully )

Max_B posted:
Popeye posted:

Fairly basic setup currently. Will add dressing up pic to appropriate thread. 🙂

NDX/Supernait2 with Kef R500’s

Basic?

Why don't you show these pics to someone working in a call-center at the monthly wages of your wiring's cost and under the daily (if not hourly) threat of redundancy?

Nothing personal, but this forum has completely lost any contact with reality. NaimWorld has gone mad.

M.

Damn man.Lighten up a bit. I think someone above stated basic as in non complex or simple. Nothing wrong with that. Compared to many here my 3 box system is rather basic. Now show us the new gear. Enjoy it! Let's not worry about offending people that may or may not give a damn about our collective madness and thousands of dollars spent on having a good time instead of saving the world. 

Here are my basic interconnect wires. They’d need 418 hours of labour at the U.K. minimum wage, once it’s increased in April. That’s a weird concept, somewhat divorced from reality, but they do work well, and they look nice too. Donning a hair shirt and sitting on a spike while listening makes their ownership morally defensible.

As others have said, let’s leave the moralising elsewhere and enjoy the thread for what it is - the simple enjoyment of a harmless interest that unites us all. 

Hungryhalibut posted:

Here are my basic interconnect wires. They’d need 418 hours of labour at the U.K. minimum wage, once it’s increased in April. That’s a weird concept, somewhat divorced from reality, but they do work well, and they look nice too. Donning a hair shirt and sitting on a spike while listening makes their ownership morally defensible.

As others have said, let’s leave the moralising elsewhere and enjoy the thread for what it is - the simple enjoyment of a harmless interest that unites us all. 

👍😂😂😂

dave-mac posted:
achique99 posted: 

Dave-mac, what is that Accoustic footer? What is the benefit when you apply this accessories to the speakers? 

Cheers, Nasa

They're isoacoustics gaias. On my system, they tighten the sound up (predominately the bass) whilst at the same time adding extra clarity to the mids and upper ranges. I'm cynical by nature, but these really do make a huge difference, like it could be two different speaker models type of difference.

They also take isolate the sound from vibrating through the floor, which makes myself and my downstairs neighbours happy

Here's a review that might be helpful https://www.stereophile.com/co...eaker-isolation-feet

Hi Dave,

I have listened to similar accessories too in my room, yes it is something huge improvement, but I am trying not to over doing it before having a balance system. Waiting for an upgraded 250.2 DR to replace my 155 soon.

Cheers and enjoy your system!

Popeye posted:
Max_B posted:

I was just about to show pics of my system with an added turntable and Stageline, but I have changed my mind. I don't want to take part in this pochade this way.

I'll send a few pics to the couple of interested friends whose email address I have. And I can't wait to read the reports by the first ND555 owners who'll call the NDS 'BIC' (broken in comparison). And what will become of the poor NDX (£3800) when the ND555 will be released? How low in the hierarchy will it go, down from 'basic'?

M.

 

Max, it sounds like you need to understand that the Naim brand in its self is not aimed at people that are struggling to pay for food each week or living by a day to day basis. Those people don't drive Porches and Porsche isn't targeting that market. At the same time a Boxter would be classed as basic against a GT3RS so the term basic is in context!

Popeye,

you're right and I thank you for the serene and sensible reply. It's true, Naim is not for proletarians and the right of luxury companies to exist, and the precise sense of their existence in the global market has been discussed a lot of times, so I don't need any supplementary lessons – which, to your merit, you didn't try to give me.

To be honest, I have to admit that I wrote my reply after I had browsed my professional email page, and, as always happens, a couple of emails from colleagues had been enough to put me in a bad mood. You have nothing to do with this, and your system not only is far from being basic but is very elegant.

M.

Alba1320 posted:

Out of curiosity, why limit the 'venom' to Naim, as opposed to 'High-End' Hi-Fi in general?

I know that 'Naim bashing' is the No. 1 sport in the world of Hi-Fi, but...

Talking of which, perhaps MAX_B's recent 'series of posts' are actually an attempt to dispel one of the myths so beloved of the aforementioned bashers - Censorship on the Naim Forum, and anything other than unquestioning adulation of all things Naim is not allowed?

(Sorry, JAMES N, couldn't resist ). Back to the pics... (hopefully )

Alba,

I'm sorry but I don't fully understand your post. Were you relating 'venom to Naim' and 'bashing Naim' to me...? And the subsequent proposition is equally twisted and out of target, because it seems to mean – if I translate it into an English I can understand – that since I aim malevolently at Naim and nobody censors me, that contradicts the commonplace so diffused elsewhere that the Naim forum is full of censorship. If you think so, either you don't know anything about me in spite of the hundreds of posts I have deposited here in the years, or you don't actually read them. Or my bad mood hasn't yet dispelled and it's me not understanding.

M.

james n posted:

Probably a topic for another thread. Can we just stick to posting system pictures ?

PS - Nice system Popeye. The KEFs look rather good in white.

James, you too may be right, but honestly, it was a matter of two posts. Sometimes the lack of pics goes on and on for pages. I hope I won't lose one of my 13 followers, of which I am very proud, for a moment of polemics. Why, are you all all Saints (not meaning fans of the Southampton Football Club) here?

;-)

M.

spurrier sucks posted:
Max_B posted:
Popeye posted:

Fairly basic setup currently. Will add dressing up pic to appropriate thread. 🙂

NDX/Supernait2 with Kef R500’s

Basic?

Why don't you show these pics to someone working in a call-center at the monthly wages of your wiring's cost and under the daily (if not hourly) threat of redundancy?

Nothing personal, but this forum has completely lost any contact with reality. NaimWorld has gone mad.

M.

Damn man.Lighten up a bit. I think someone above stated basic as in non complex or simple. Nothing wrong with that. Compared to many here my 3 box system is rather basic. Now show us the new gear. Enjoy it! Let's not worry about offending people that may or may not give a damn about our collective madness and thousands of dollars spent on having a good time instead of saving the world. 

I have replied to my original post and to Popeye's reply, who was by far the fairest – noteworthy thing, given the circumstances. It looks like no one here has ever a moment of grumpiness; good for you.

M.

Hungryhalibut posted:

Here are my basic interconnect wires. They’d need 418 hours of labour at the U.K. minimum wage, once it’s increased in April. That’s a weird concept, somewhat divorced from reality, but they do work well, and they look nice too. Donning a hair shirt and sitting on a spike while listening makes their ownership morally defensible.

As others have said, let’s leave the moralising elsewhere and enjoy the thread for what it is - the simple enjoyment of a harmless interest that unites us all. 

Last, HH. I always wonder that there is someone more gifted for sarcasm than me, especially someone with which I, elsewhere, have shared pleasant, civilized, friendly moments. Yet, if I think of it, at a close exam yours is the most biting, sarcastic, stiff and subtly despising answer I have received – and considering that my post had nothing to do with you, you must consider it a mission to stick your fangs wherever it hurts. I am not surprised that – being able to buy costly things and at the same time appearing like a totally no-frills, matter-of-factly plain owner of very normal gear – people here adore you. But I miss the other guy.

M.

Max_B posted:
james n posted:

Probably a topic for another thread. Can we just stick to posting system pictures ?

PS - Nice system Popeye. The KEFs look rather good in white.

James, you too may be right, but honestly, it was a matter of two posts. Sometimes the lack of pics goes on and on for pages. I hope I won't lose one of my 13 followers, of which I am very proud, for a moment of polemics. Why, are you all all Saints (not meaning fans of the Southampton Football Club) here?

;-)

M.

Max - It's about time that Turntable of yours was shown *hint*

With pleasure. It's a very normal Pro-Ject RPM3 Carbon 3 (€445 without cartridge), with a Grado Blue 1, Stageline N (not shown because placed at some distance).

I chose it as a compromise between a reasonable upgrade over a 1978 Pioneer PL112D and a watchable thing from 21st century. As a note of some interest, it is so far powered by the SN's aux2 socket through its regular SNAIC5, and in these condition I have to turn the volume pot almost to 12 o' clock to have some loud volume; with the SN's gain so high (I'd open windows if playing CDs at this pot position), a slight background noise is clearly audible in the BMRs when no music is being played. No ground issues, though.

The yellow sofa is not the listening position.

M.

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