System Pics 2018

Thank you. It's a Guizu (Chinese furniture company also building stuff for audio) single shelf of which I superimposed three, using their own spikes and protectors. Having no children, pets and a very sensible and caring wife I simply put them one on top of the other, each decoupled from the others. I periodically check their vertical alignemnt with a tool I made (four 90° angular rigid lengths of hard cardboard I place at diagonals).

Max

I like others sometimes find this forum to be a particularly strange place to visit. On the one hand you have those myself include who are honest in their hypocrisy,  sometimes finding the discussion of spending  large sometimes huge amounts of money on something as frivolous as hifi distasteful when there is so much poverty in the so called civilised west whilst at the same time owning expensive hifi's. And then on the other hand you have those who seem to have quite a socialist and humanist view of the world bemoaning Nigel Farage and Tory principles in general and then become quite spiteful in defence of their matrialism and the right to spend these large amounts of money on the frivolous.

 

Max_B posted:

Thank you. It's a Guizu (Chinese furniture company also building stuff for audio) single shelf of which I superimposed three, using their own spikes and protectors. Having no children, pets and a very sensible and caring wife I simply put them one on top of the other, each decoupled from the others. I periodically check their vertical alignemnt with a tool I made (four 90° angular rigid lengths of hard cardboard I place at diagonals).

Max

Yep, that's a lovely looking rack.

Evening All

Finaly got the room reworked so felt ready to post my 2018 update. Also first wow moment tonight so I think the running in is getting there. So easy to listen to now. 

System Changes in 2018 

Activated the SBL with 242/HiCap and 2x250DR. 

Room got a much bigger rug, that was great for the mid&highs should of done it ages ago. Also new sofa & chair that may make room for two stacks in the future. 😉

Thanks for looking. 

Rob

Max_B posted:
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.

 I have only just fully read the whole page of this thread and I feel I must fully agree with Max here. I have also been on the end of some quite caustic remarks because of a similar view I took.  This is a forum a place were ideas are exchanged and hopefully views differ from time to time this gives balance to the debate. The above reply is completely out of order on all levels and is a terrible advert for HH, this forum and Naim Audio. Lets show some humility people please.

Max_B posted:

Thank you. It's a Guizu (Chinese furniture company also building stuff for audio) single shelf of which I superimposed three, using their own spikes and protectors. Having no children, pets and a very sensible and caring wife I simply put them one on top of the other, each decoupled from the others. I periodically check their vertical alignemnt with a tool I made (four 90° angular rigid lengths of hard cardboard I place at diagonals).

Max

Thanks - craftsmanship looks outstanding

And, in a way, it is: the internal structure of each shelf, of which I post a pic,  is very interesting and studied to be the least possible resonant.

On the other hand, tolerances are not always the closest, and shelves may minimally differ from one another; they claim not using nails or screws and they wholly assemble them with wood and glue; then, of course, you screw the spikes in and everything becomes relative...

M.

Richard Dane posted:

Looking good with the RPM Max.  

I remember that Guizu made some lovely stands for the LS3/5a/Harbeth P3.  I have no idea how they performed but they looked really nice.

And a quick search of the internet...

They also do this, in two heights:

that I find particularly nice and elegant.

Max

 

With regards to the ethics and morality of our consumer habits in general , as is often the way, intuitively we rail against the the high ticket items as being the obvious target of our more questionable consumer indulgences. However, I would take the opposite view and argue that as high ticket items often derive their value from a smaller number of well paid talented people, who design and manufacture such goods, and are likely to have a far longer working life. It follows they will have a far lower environmental and human impact.

What I find far more disturbing is being able to buy 100% cotton t-shirt in Primark for £3, or a cotton shirt with all the labour intensive sewing that is required for £10. Someone in that supply chain is almost certainly getting shafted, and that's before you consider the environmental impact of their production, my guess is Stella McCartney can afford to be far more ethical about her sources and they will be worn for a lot longer than anything from Primark.

We are living in a time of cheap easy disposal, your smart phone is getting a few years old and the battery is losing it's charge, oh I'm due an upgrade, and so it goes. Personally I don't stray far from Naim, not that I doubt there are better value products out there, but I know that in all likely hood in twenty years I will still be able to have it repaired, and that is a far better model of consumption in my eyes.

Not wishing to have an argument or look like I'm picking on you Max B, but I would also be quite suspicious of the sustainability of what looks like a hardwood of the shelving system you are buying from China. They don't have the best track record on environmental care. That said, it may be something you've checked out and are happy with, but it should be factored into any purchases we make.

The other aspect to the high ticket item is of course the money that could otherwise be put toward better uses, but that debate really applies to almost all aspects of our lives, holidays, cars, trips to the cinema, anything really beyond your primary requirements. I do however agree that sometimes the amounts spent on listening to music can be a little uncomfortable, I just think it's a more complex debate that we need to have.

Just a word of moderation here; This is the System Pics thread.  Please could posts show pictures of hi-fi systems.

If members wish to discuss further the morality and ethics of purchasing hi-fi kit then by all means, please do so, but could you take it to a new thread, preferably in the Padded Cell.  Thanks.

And so, in the spirit of this thread, here's another shot of the Rega playing some Thomas Dolby...

Tony2011 posted:

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An old favourite cartridge.

Ah that takes me back Tony.I had one once and I think it cost less than £100.My memories of it are a bit dim as it was 30 years ago and upgraded to a Linn Asaka  on my Ittok but do remember it was very neutral and a good all rounder.No sonic fireworks but very pleasant non the less.I also remember there was a P 78 a Garrott tuned variant of it which as supposed to be tasty.Just like the Linn Asak and Asak T

Hope all is well with you mate

Cheers Ian

Eloise posted:
TK421 posted:

Back on track with a splash of pink.

I thought at first you had a lovely view of the sea behind your turntable... :-)

I wish. Unfortunately, I just see other brick boxes front and back.

That's my feature wall in Teal Tension which I threw on New Years Day (I was bored).

Eoink posted:

Roksan Shiraz with Northwest Analogue modded ruby cantilever, with Jethro Tull under the diamond. (Just had a look at the Northwest Analogue website, I think that is my Shiraz on his cartridge repairs page.)

Funny comparing the front end cabling and ‘dressing’ with the current shots from behind the racks!

G

GraemeH posted:
Eoink posted:

 

Roksan Shiraz with Northwest Analogue modded ruby cantilever, with Jethro Tull under the diamond. (Just had a look at the Northwest Analogue website, I think that is my Shiraz on his cartridge repairs page.)

Funny comparing the front end cabling and ‘dressing’ with the current shots from behind the racks!

G

Mayhe I should remove the cartridge and dress the wires. (Not going to happen in case I sounded serious.)

Nice thread of dust below the stylus as well, I should probably have checked the record rather than just pull it from the shelf for the picture.

 

 

Richard Dane posted:

Just a word of moderation here; This is the System Pics thread.  Please could posts show pictures of hi-fi systems.

If members wish to discuss further the morality and ethics of purchasing hi-fi kit then by all means, please do so, but could you take it to a new thread, preferably in the Padded Cell.  Thanks.

And so, in the spirit of this thread, here's another shot of the Rega playing some Thomas Dolby...

Great new twist to the pictures thread as soon as I work out how to post pictures I will post one of my new Dynavector 20X2L.

MDS posted:
 Fjeld posted:

Photo is courtesy of my wife, hence the placement of the chair and the red wine....... 

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That, sir, looks superb. The photo could grace a glossy magazine. 

Audiovector? I have a white pair too - the predecessors and they are GREAT. Sadly not often available

 

sjw posted:
MDS posted:
 Fjeld posted:

Photo is courtesy of my wife, hence the placement of the chair and the red wine....... 

That, sir, looks superb. The photo could grace a glossy magazine. 

Audiovector? I have a white pair too - the predecessors and they are GREAT. Sadly not often available

 

Haven't seen many Audiovector speakers around here sjw! Nice to know that there are others who loves their Naim "served" with the easy load these Danish quality speakers represent. Audiovector used to be the importer of Naim to Denmark and if I'm not mistaken they still use Naim when they develop their speakers.

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