Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by savvypaul » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:10 am

No worries. Stu.

We'll sort something convenient to get together one day. PM me any time you fancy popping up.

Paul
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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by savvypaul » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:53 pm

3 spaces taken, can fit one more:

Saturday 18th November
1000 to 1600
My place - approx. 8 miles west of Durham City.

Max. 4 people

Line Up:
Arkless modified Cambridge 651p
Musical Fidelity X-LP
NVA Phono1
NVA Phono 2
NVA Phono 2 plus 2nd PSU
Graham Slee Revelation C
Plus...any moving coil phono stages you can bring along

Attendees also welcome to try out the Okki Nokki record cleaning machine.

Bring a few of your own favourite LPs.

PM or comment.
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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by eagwok33 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:06 pm

Hi Paul,
I would have loved to join the Bake-Off tomorrow but unfortunately Austria (Vienna) is to far away to make this possibly.
This Bake-Offs are a great idea and I'm sure your's tomorrow will be very interesting, a lot to learn and most important fun.

I will follow, what will be posted about the phono stage comparisons - I only know Graham Slee's MM versions of Era Gold and Revelation - and it seems that from reading about the NVA Phono 2 here in this forum (with and without 2nd PSU) the phono 2 will be the one most true to real music. ;-)

Do you run the Graham Slee Revelation C with the PSU-1 stock ps or with a possible bigger (improved) ps? My experience is that also the Graham Slee range gains from a better / more powerful ps.

So, I will wait for the reports about your phono stage Bake-off with a lot of anticipation. :-) Hope, the Bake-off will be a lot of fun! :-)

By the way, I very much enjoyed your wonderful review on your experience with your NVA system. Your writing is very entertaining and shows your love for music! My experience with NVA currently is limited to the LS6. So, I can understand a bit, why you favor NVA products.

Best,
Norbert
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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by savvypaul » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:58 pm

eagwok33 wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:06 pm
Hi Paul,
I would have loved to join the Bake-Off tomorrow but unfortunately Austria (Vienna) is to far away to make this possibly.
This Bake-Offs are a great idea and I'm sure your's tomorrow will be very interesting, a lot to learn and most important fun.

I will follow, what will be posted about the phono stage comparisons - I only know Graham Slee's MM versions of Era Gold and Revelation - and it seems that from reading about the NVA Phono 2 here in this forum (with and without 2nd PSU) the phono 2 will be the one most true to real music. ;-)

Do you run the Graham Slee Revelation C with the PSU-1 stock ps or with a possible bigger (improved) ps? My experience is that also the Graham Slee range gains from a better / more powerful ps.

So, I will wait for the reports about your phono stage Bake-off with a lot of anticipation. :-) Hope, the Bake-off will be a lot of fun! :-)

By the way, I very much enjoyed your wonderful review on your experience with your NVA system. Your writing is very entertaining and shows your love for music! My experience with NVA currently is limited to the LS6. So, I can understand a bit, why you favor NVA products.

Best,
Norbert
Hi Norbert,

That would be quite a trip! But, if you do decide to pop over some time then please bring me a box of the apricot dumplings from Cafe Central :pray:

My Revelation C has the PSU1, which is an upgrade option over the 'green' supply. Trying a good linear supply with it would be interesting.
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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by eagwok33 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:58 pm

Paul, thanks for your reply.
I have noted to bring a box of apricot dumplings for you, in case a visit works out one day (and maybe some more Viennese sweets as we have a variety here...) ;-) Would be great if it worked out one day...

Please, let me know in case you visit Vienna the next time. Maybe, I can arrange a listening session or at least invite you for a coffee or some apricot dumplings at Cafe Central (my work place is located very near to Cafe C.).

I know the PSU-1 - as it came with both of my MM-versions of the Slee's - but a 24V dc supply a Viennese electronic engineer built for me some years ago has been an improvement for sure.

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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by Dr Bunsen Honeydew » Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:23 pm

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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by Hemmo1969 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:27 am

Have a great day guys.... Paul is certainly a great host.

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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by savvypaul » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:34 pm

A few images from today's phono stage bake off. Write-ups to follow...

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"I got a cold call, on a hot summer’s day. I didn’t really, It’s just written that way"

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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by eagwok33 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:49 pm

Great photos Paul!
Very nice listening room :clap:
It seems you had a good time and that's what makes all the difference.

Very much looking forward to the reports. :epopc:
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Re: Phono Stage Bake-Off - Durham - Arkless, NVA, Graham Slee +???

Unread post by Andy-831 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:31 pm

Big thanks to both Paul and Trev for holding and attending today's little soirée I enjoyed it immensely. I will write a few words about the stages we heard tomorrow when I have recovered from the almost 6 hours of driving Lol.

Andy
Analogue
301 / 3012 / 2m black
401 / PU7 / AT33ev / Highphonics SUT
Phono 2 + extra PSU
Digital
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Cambridge CXC
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Glasshouse TVC, P50 Sa or Quad 34/44
Quad 303; 606 or Bel Canto Set 40 or NG 300B Set Monoblocks
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Tannoy GRF Memory.
Q Acoustic 3020.

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