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Naim Classical adds Hi-res recordings

The Naim Classical label, a division of The Naim Label has just launched two CD/Data DVD Multipacks including 24 Bit 88.2kHz copies of the original masters.

More info and images

www.thenaimlabel.com

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FIP Radio

Can’t take any credit for finding this station as it was a suggestion from Paul Messenger.
FIP is a somewhat idiosyncratic radio station also available on the interweb. Only 128kbs mp3 but it doesn’t sound too bad at all.

Good music without too much talking and not that distracting for me anyway, as I don’t understand French

www.radiofrance.fr

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Chord launches Indigo Plus

The Chord Company has launched a improved version of its Indigo Cable called Indigo Plus.

Click on the Chord Tab above for Images

This cable is a significant improvement over Indigo. Existing owners can talk to Chord or their Chord retailer from March onward about getting their cables upgraded.

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The Neats have arrived

After much heavy breathing, carrying the Neat Acoustics MF9s up two flights of stairs, they are now in place and running in.
They seem to work pretty well in roughly the same position as the ES30s, which is about 15cm closer to the back wall and about 20cm closer to the side walls than the MF7s.
The bass in this spot is really detailed and surprisingly dry: when the music doesn’t deliver bass there isn’t any. I must have hit just the right spot in the room.
It’s probably going to take a couple of weeks for everything to truly settle before I can do the final moving around but so far very pleased.

I’m really enjoying listening to music on these and that’s only after a few hours of running in.

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Record Cleaning Shocker

Last night I visited a friend who was borrowing a Keith Monks Classic Record Cleaning Machine. I arrived to find a large pile of cleaned LPs and a man excitedly playing a track from a record, cleaning it and then playing it again.
I know KM is a client and I’m therefore biased, but the results were shocking.
The sound quality improvement wasn’t subtle at all. It wasn’t just a case of less noise: less clicks and pops. The shocking change was in detail and the ability to hear sounds low in the mix that were just inaudible before or in the case of voices unintelligible before.
It was the sort of improvements to sound quality that a significant upgrade in cartridge might bring.
As I said, shocking. Good shocking though.

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Just sold my Epos ES30s

Sort of sad to see a pair of loudspeakers go that I have been listening to and enjoying for around 10 years. Strangely, looking back, it seems I change speakers around every decade.
The Epos’ have a wonderful way of communicating music but having recently had the Neat MF7s here for a month or so the ES30s just had to go.
Next week, hopefully, a pair of MF9s will be arriving – In fact Bob Surgeoner the man behind Neat Acoustics is bringing them and maybe I can persuade him to help carry then up the two flights of stairs. I’ll report on the Neats as soon as they have had a few days to run in.
At the moment I’m using a pair of stand-mounting ALR Note 3s on Slate stands. Rather missing the scale and weight of the Neat MF7s but the ALRs aren’t too shabby as they say.
The Note’s have mass adjustable Auxilliary Bass Radiators (ABRs) and setting the right tuning point for the bass has given me a speaker with a good bass entension but far more importantly excellent timing.

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More Images

I’ve added some images for Chord, Keith Monks, Thorens and Neat Acoustics.

This is still very much work in progress. Sort of learning on the job really; except I’m trying to learn how to get the best out of WordPress and all the plugins, widgets etc late in the evenings.

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Images

I’ve been experimenting with NextGen Gallery and have used it to upload some selected images including the images of the new Naim NAIT XS