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System pics 2014

Discussion in 'reference' started by Bemused, Jan 2, 2014.

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  1. Alco

    Alco pfm Member

    Gromit, lookin' at your pics some feeling of regret starts to get back on me. (sold my CB Nait 2 last year)

  2. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    I like Gromit's small variation/repetition its a mix of Warhol and Claude Monet a response to a avant garde en plein air audiophilie with retro gear. Subtle variations each time. Me Like.

    The old styling looked like nothing before or after really. Quite visionary. Or maybe I am nostalgic.
  3. Gromit

    Gromit Plasticine Dog

    I think it's a decent amount of both, Fox. :)

    For me, growing up through my 'hifi youth' in the late 70's/early 80's (ie mid-late teens) CB Naim was just large a part of that and looks fresh now - as so many utterly simple designs still do.

    Alco - whilst the Naimistas would consider it heresy, I think the reversed-CB-sleeve looks great. I may even try it on my little boxes soon. :)
  4. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

    Here's the hotch potch system from the "messy room", basically my bolt hole!


    A trusty Claymore driving things along.

  5. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Agreed, it's timeless design. The 'big knob' shoebox stuff (42, 62, HiCap) and full-width power amp (250,160) being the best of it aesthetically IMO.
  6. vln

    vln Shuns mooks. And MQA.


    how are you getting on with the CA Stream Magic 6, both from a sound quality and user interface POV? What did you use before?

  7. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

  8. Alco

    Alco pfm Member

    Hi Samuel,

    Well,...to be honest,...I just arrived back home 30 minutes ago, after returning the SM6 back to my dealer.

    I had the chance to audition it at home, starting on monday evening, 4 days ago.
    During the first 2 days I was delighted with it, and thought I'd finally found a worthy replacement for my trusty 'old' Squeezebox Touch.

    I've been reading quite a lot of bad reviews about the SM6 app, and during my first 2 days I didn't understand why. :confused:
    But then...Yesterday evening it happend...:(

    All of a sudden the app showed several issues... :(
    like, when a track was playing, and I wanted to get back to 'Artist', the screen went blue, with the message loading for minutes!!

    After that, many more app issues suddenly showed up.
    Today,...the same issues again, with the continues 'loading' issue being the most annoying one.

    So, after 3 bad app experiences in hardly 4 days I decided I stick to my trusty Squeezebox Touch (with BoTW PSU upgrade) and the very stable Ipeng controll app.
    (The Ipeng still is THE control-app to beat imho)

    Too bad, as the SM6 looks much better than the el-cheapo SBT, and when the app works I have to confess it's rather good and very intuitive! :)
    (I even prefered the SM6 app to Naim's n-stream!)
  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    what is the my little pony crap? My daughter had those in the 80's and I fail to see the relationship twixt a horse and hifi.
  10. Alco

    Alco pfm Member

    Well Gromit, I only tried it once with my CB Nait 2 and for a short moment I prefered it (referring to it as 'Classic Black' instead of 'Chrome Bumper') :D

    Most of the time though I had the CB sleeve the way it's supposed to.
    It's nice to have a choice though. Imho, CB stuff always looks coool.:cool:
  11. vln

    vln Shuns mooks. And MQA.

    Thx for your detailed reply, Alco.

    While I think it's getting hard to build a really bad sounding DAC or streamer in 2014, it all comes down to the quality of the user interface and the software.

    I admit that with Linn's Kinsky I am using for my Akurate DS, it wasn't exactly love at first sight, but after using it for a while and getting my head round it it's actually pretty good (and stable).

    As for the media server on my NAS, I am using Minim Server, not Linn's own Song Box, as the former allows your collection to be sorted according to artist (A-Z), and within an artist, the albums are sorted according to release date (i.e. how every sane person would sort their album collection :)). I am still baffled that Linn does not provide that view, but in their defense, they build their systems in an open way, so you can use pretty much any media server and any control point.

  12. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    Everything is connected, if you look deep enough

    It is a thing to hold a thought and in that thought holds a question and in that question is a perception that enacpsulates a perception, which avoids idle speculation...

    Or probably
    Just possibly
    none of the above.
    if you don't look deep enough
  13. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

  14. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    Incidentally I like this trend for monochrome images, it is very restrained and almost states the "retro intent" behind the composing. Is there a connection between black and white (well, shades of grey) photography and posting on a forum?
  15. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

    and I am worried that it is blood btw...
  16. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

  17. Martin D

    Martin D Libertarian Division

  18. Gromit

    Gromit Plasticine Dog

    I really like this. :)
  19. Bluedroog

    Bluedroog pfm Member

    Funny as that one really doesn't do it for me, the subject of the depth of field lacks interest. On the other hand I really like Martin's first one, now that really holds my attention in a good way.
  20. htm_1968

    htm_1968 pfm Member

    717 posts and you ask this. Do you only post in DIY (which is admittedly not Pony-free)? PFM=Pony Fetish Mania recently/as long as I've lurked
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