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It shouldn't sound good

Discussion in 'classic' started by retrospective, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. pickwickpapers

    pickwickpapers pfm Member

    going by the very few reviews you can find online, I shouldn't be finding a rather decrepit Acoustic Research A-04 amp any good at all. But rather the opposite is how I'm finding it.
  2. joe9407

    joe9407 actress/activist

    the Topping D10 -- at $80, it's probably all the DAC anyone could ever need.
  3. darrenyeats

    darrenyeats pfm Member

    Most people could ever need, yeah, not me though.

    E.g. I need balanced outs. That's just the start of what I'm after.
  4. joe9407

    joe9407 actress/activist

    OK, me neither: i'm running an RME ADI-2 DAC, which may be worth a look.

    (the Topping is quite good, tho.)
  5. Dougunn

    Dougunn pfm Member

    A lifetime ago I worked in a high-end audio shop and we had some metal cabinet loudspeakers by a company called Alexander. They were really cheap but I absolutely loved them - they sounded fantastic. Much to the irritation of the store manager I used to run them on the shop floor (instead of much more expensive models around them in a display) and they constantly stopped people in their tracks - believing they were hearing the larger ££££ ones nearby.

    Holding them in your hand they did everything 'wrong' - they felt cheap (although in fairness they were!), were badly finished, had a grille like a space heater, rang like a bell if you hit them and were tiny (size of a housebrick).

    The company has vanished seemingly without trace

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  6. Radfordman

    Radfordman pfm Member

    For a cheap upgrade, try the JPW Gold Monitors, much the same as the Mini, but sweeter tweeter.
  7. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    I love it; a 'sweeter tweeter' often makes for a speaker I really like.

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