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Old 14-01-13, 08:29 AM
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Tony, I like the quad pre/power. Cool looking vintage gear!

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Old 14-01-13, 08:35 AM
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Quad 306

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Tony, I like the quad pre/power. Cool looking vintage gear!

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As Tony has said the 306 in particular is a great little amp, has more gusto than you might think and is often overlooked.
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Old 14-01-13, 08:43 AM
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I remember my local HMV store using the same Quads to driver their store system
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Old 14-01-13, 08:44 AM
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As Tony has said the 306 in particular is a great little amp, has more gusto than you might think and is often overlooked.
Certainly tweaked my interest that's for sure - and like so much stuff which we once considered nearly worthless in sonic terms, it's great to see that folk are truly enjoying them now.

I've even been snooping around the Net Audio website at their 33/303 mod service. Ok one could argue that these are no longer 'real' Quads but I just adore the look of the things.
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Old 14-01-13, 08:47 AM
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I still love the ease of use,build and looks of the old quads.
Far more so than from the 77 onwards.
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Old 14-01-13, 08:48 AM
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No change for 2013
Don't you get a sore neck with the tv way up there? And doesn't it get a tad hot when the stove is on?

I must get some decent pics taken and posted...
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Old 14-01-13, 08:52 AM
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No not really. The TV is about 4m away from the us when sitting on't sofa. It's also got a resonable downward tilt. The fire's set well back so heat doesn't effect the TV at all.
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Old 14-01-13, 08:59 AM
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You could improve the S/N ratio by at least 9db by having a less loud carpet !
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Old 14-01-13, 09:01 AM
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Fair enough. I like my TVs to have their top bezel roughly at seated head height, so that my angle of view is orthogonal to the screen both vertically and horizontally. I also like everything lined up just nice, see, and dammit I can't get out of the house without checking the locks fifteen times or more.....
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Old 14-01-13, 09:01 AM
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You could improve the S/N ratio by at least 9db by having a less loud carpet !
It's cheaper than LSD. Might trigger bad trips of its own however...
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Old 14-01-13, 09:18 AM
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I've just archived the 2012 thread into the reference room, so it's time to start a fresh one. Here's where I am at present:



System #1 is now about as simple as I can make it!

Vinyl: Garrard 301, SME M2-10, Ortofon 2M Black, slate plinth.

Digital: Rega Apollo R and DAC, plus Apple Airport Express and optical or USB connection to Apple Macbook Pro (not shown).

Amp: freshly serviced (thanks Rob!) Quad 34/306. I'm actually using the inbuilt phono stage at present as Rob tweaked it a little and set it up for my cart and it now sounds really nice (used to sound bloody awful, but that was mainly due to a hopeless capacitance mismatch with the Ortofon). I've also got an EAR 834P, but I'm not sure I'll be keeping it now.

Speakers: 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds in slightly altered DIY York cabs, the drivers and crossovers are completely stock.

Cables: Gotham GAC-1 interconnects and Mogami speaker leads.

2013 to do list: Try Quad ESLs, almost certainly ESL63s.

It's sounding really nice at present.
I am loving that set up Tony. It looks nice and (relatively) compact. Can I ask, do you use the DAC with the Apollo? I heard the Apollo the other day as part of a demo and was quite tempted.

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Old 14-01-13, 09:29 AM
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You could improve the S/N ratio by at least 9db by having a less loud carpet !
Possibly still preferable to the standard oatmeal/beige varieties...
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Old 14-01-13, 09:31 AM
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What legs/feet are on the plinth tony?
I need something to use myself.

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Old 14-01-13, 09:39 AM
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Not much to see here, this is the only visually interesting bit of my system (Grant Lumley GL50A):





The rest of it is built for discrete looks and to sound damn good.
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Old 14-01-13, 09:42 AM
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Can I ask, do you use the DAC with the Apollo? I heard the Apollo the other day as part of a demo and was quite tempted.
Yes, it's hooked-up via coax. I have to admit I'd probably be entirely content with the Apollo R on it's own, the DAC is really only there to add computer audio functionality / future-proofing as I have all my CDs ripped to the computer anyway.

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What legs/feet are on the plinth tony?
I need something to use myself.


They are just a lash-up using some old but unused 1970s polyurethane skateboard wheels and some little adjustable cones I got from eBay (like these, but mine aren't gold). The cones are there so I can level the deck, they just sit in the rear bearing recesses of the wheels. It all seems to work very well, and the 'feet' certainly provide some isolation, e.g. tapping the table shows little breakthrough with the stylus on a stationary record. I've not tried any alternates so have no idea how it stacks up sonically, but it's certainly a nice sounding turntable.
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