Greg Osborne http://www.osbornloudspeakers.com.au/ demonstrated some of his latest electronics: a new CD player top of the Consonance range and some great sounding amps. His big speakers sounded as good as ever, some highlights were SACDs from Mobile Fidelity (Stevie Ray Vaughan) and a new Stockfisch sampler.
To hear the Stockfisch sampler come to the Exchange on Saturday, and as soon as I get the Stevie Ray Vaughan disc I’ll play it too.
I noticed John unpacking new stock of valves from Russia and other countries, check the website http://hifiexchange.com.au/. Electro Harmonix and Mullard look promising. See you on Saturdays.
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Saturday was an interesting test of CD and SACD. The advantage of SACD was a wider and deeper image, and cleaner highs: but the difference varied from track to track! The various Stockfisch samples were clearly superior on SACD, but it seems that listener fatigue soon makes comparisons invalid. More later.
A visit to Red’s home by the Melbourne Audio Club DIY group was most interesting. Glen had made o pair of 845 SETs for another member, and they were being tested as breadboard prototypes. Running on about 1100v0lt HT the 845s were not stressed, the drivers were EL84s running at 400v, quite hot. With luck there will be a circuit of the design soon.
Sound was at ;east as good as expected, and through the 15 inch Tannoy HPDs was excellent. (The listening session followed a barbecue and some good red wine, and the highlight of the dessert break was, again, Wen’s spectacular trifle.
Dave is back at John’s hifi exchange on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. This Sat will be a comparison of SACD and Cd using different SACD machines and switching between the CD and SACD layers. At his stage the preamp will be the superb Audio Research, haven’t decided which speakers to use.