Not posted in system photos for a while, so time for an update..
A pre loved Rega RP6 has been introduced and is certainly proving a worthwhile addition - thoroughly enjoying revisiting my old stash of vinyl but I don't think its going to oust streaming as the primary source.
My homemade rack & TT shelf are back in the workshop for mods unfortunately. Due to an office rejig, the Rega RP6 can longer be wall mounted, so the rack will need some sort of dedicated TT isolation. Will also take the opportunity to rethink the overall structure to make it a little more expandable for future box additions, and a little better in terms of overall isolation. Some problem solving ahead, but I quite like a DIY challenge.
So back to the 1990s it is then for a few months, with a classic Soundstyle tripod steel & chipboard rack (liberated from the loft). I still quite like the old 1990s retro look, although for correct period detail, the Rega TT should have been an all black P3, or an afromosia LP12!
Also, finally got around to wall mounting the distribution block and threading ethernet cables into conduit to tidy up the cable clutter.
Mixing manufacturers kit and Naim era electronics shouldn't work aesthetically, but this looks superb.
How did you do that?
Thanks for the positive comments folks .
Recommissioning the Soundstyle rack was out of necessity, but I'm glad I kept it as it looks quite effective in a retro kind of way when combined with old and new Naim - plus the Rega kit as well.
I do remember dealers in the 90s using Soundstyle with olive era kit, and it was pretty obvious the racks were designed around the Naim box dimensions to suit them visually (and sonically). A very versatile design that could expand with a system. They could be bought as one, two, four and five levels IIRC, at different heights too. Each level has spiked legs and these spikes locate into spike feet cleverly hidden in the top of each leg. The design influenced quite a few manufacturers (Atacama anyone?) and I think it is a pity they stopped making them - did Soundstyle go under? Glass shelving was an option, and with RDC cones, are now supporting the Rega PS and Fono2.
But lets face it, a chrome bumper Nait2 will make almost any rack look good! Unfortunately though, it is a very tight fit with the Nam Classic boxes due to their taller feet, leaving only a couple of millimetres clearance between unit and the top meal rib, so I don’t think it will work out as a long term solution when I eventually add power amp to the UQ2 (or whatever upgrade path I go down), unless I can find taller tripod levels on 'the auction site' or experiment with the shelf material thickness and reduce it a couple of mill - will see.
Since switch on I’ve found the sound slightly more forward, but not in a bad way. A different, slightly more exciting presentation rather than better / worse, and I’m tending to listen at lower volumes compared to when sited on the ply / wood hybrid rack.
Anyway, nice to put the old timer into action once again.