2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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Tannoy in Westminster and Autograph boxes

A pleasant couple of hours listening to the Shindo made Tannoy GRF Autographs! It’s been a couple of years since I last got to listen to these BIG boxes, nothing works as well as big horn loaded boxes. These have Tannoy Reds with original crossovers, driven by a DIY 300b single ended amplifier, now using Emission Labs 300Bs. As before, the sound was open and effortless, and with the Emission Labs bottles even more power and punch. For a comparison we changed over to a Jadis 6550 push-pull amp. Still sounded fabulous, maybe a little more bass but probably not quite as realistic an image of the performance.


This cutaway is at http://www10.plala.or.jp/bam-craft/index.html

Recently a visit to listen to a pair of DIY Westminsters was another special occasion. The builder of the beautiful boxes has been refining them for about the last 12 months. For the latest fine tuning the crossovers have been replaced with custom built crossovers, now as well as the Tannoy warmth it also had ultra fast transient response  and as well as sharp leading edges to the music, there was no overhang. An interesting effect was that CDs now sounded better than vinyl.  Most interesting with both these horn-loaded Tannoys is that the bass is quick, no “thump” but the natural sound of a bass drum or double bass, no blur or smearing. Sometimes it seemed as if there was less bass than with sealed boxes or reflex tuning, but in fact the bass was there in full but less hi fi and more true to the original instrument.

An interesting article about buying a pair of Westminsters is at the following link: http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue49/tannoy.htm  He begins his journey by writing: I did what a lot of us have to do with exotic Hi-Fi equipment that’s not easy to audition, due to their scarcity, I ordered a pair without having heard them and hoped for the best. That’s a little scary when you’re talking about a loudspeaker that sells for about as much as I paid for my Toyota 4Runner when it was new, which was my single largest purchase ever next to my house. So for an average guy like me, it was a huge step to place that order for the Westminster Royal Special Editions.
By Jeff Day

DIY at Melb Audio Club 19 December

The annual DIY night, 3 speaker systems, Bob the Builder’s spherical speakers sounded really good, Russel T’s speakers consisted of a Peerless woofer and passive radiator for bass, mid tweeter mid modules standing on top using Hivi mid 297-432_aand Aura tweeter. The third system was Wally’s Gale 401 design, sounding very good with Dayton woofers and Philips dome mid and top. Red’s amazing 10Y preamp sounding very good with Chris’ Lundahl output Oppo 95. Lots of static displays.

Plenty of time to socialise, the second half of the night dedicated to chat and coffee.

MOST IMPORTANT: Guests and visitors are very welcome, however the January meeting will be the bring and buy meeting. Members only are able to buy and sell for the first half of the night, so  join the club before the next meeting (I expect some bargains on the tables in January, there were great CDs and LPs last year).