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The best sounding piece of kit you've ever owned (or enjoyed the most)

Discussion in 'audio' started by Darren L, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. benjaminreed1

    benjaminreed1 Benjamin Reed

    The Line Magnetic 518a takes jazz to another level in my home, then added some Audio Note speaker cable and makes me want to listen to more music across genres.
    Fretbuzz likes this.
  2. eevo1969

    eevo1969 pfm Member

    Townshend Rock II in Original wooden plinth with lid w/Audio Note Arm 3(not new one)
    Still gutted, what a fool!
    Darren and nmtjb like this.
  3. lazycat

    lazycat pfm Member

    My first LP12/Ittok. It opened my young(19 yr old) ears to a wider variety of music than I suspect I would have listened to, and enjoyed.
  4. deebster

    deebster Half Man Half Biscuit

    Just encountered mine - a 9 year old Well Tempered Labs Amadeus GTAa turntable.

    For the relative used price difference between it and the LP12 that it has supplanted, it's the largest step-up in sound quality I've experienced.
    Strictly Stereo likes this.
  5. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    The red led Nait 1 has been my real ear opener in the 80’s.........how come I sold this little black box ???? ☹️
  6. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    I heard the same CD and amp combo with Focal Utopias - but the Utopias were just too lively for me.
  7. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

    My current amp, an audionet DNA 2.0, never before has music sounded so engaging.
  8. Mr_Sukebe

    Mr_Sukebe pfm Member

    The best was probably a system I heard in the US at a dealer.
    Wadia source, rockport Altair speakers, can’t remember the amp. Just awesome.
  9. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Predator

    Another vote for the Linn LP 12 with Ittok but mine was with a Deca Gold cartridge : real organic music !
  10. fur

    fur pfm Member

    Ruark Crusader 2 speakers - nicest speakers I've ever heard at any price.
    Accuphase tuner - again, the nicest.
    I have both !
  11. ex brickie

    ex brickie pfm Member

    I loved the Boenickes at this weekend Hifi show. Are they difficult to drive? I would have them on the end of an ATC SIACD integrated unit in a room only 14x12’
    CJ14 likes this.
  12. Knipester

    Knipester pfm Member

    They do need something with plenty of current Delivery to work at their best
  13. PBB

    PBB pfm Member

    ARC Ref 2 Mk II.
    Dark Lord likes this.
  14. Robby

    Robby pfm Member

    As Knipester said they like a lot of power to work their best.
  15. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer 432 Point5

    You still got the same amp Robby?
    Robby likes this.
  16. Gomers1607

    Gomers1607 pfm Member

    Rotel RCD-855
    Arcam Aplha Plus
    Arcam Delta 290P (replaced a terminally dull Audiolab 8000P)
    Pioneer PD-S801

    Current Naim ND5 XS, Exposure 2010S2D and Ruark Talisman ll is the best sound I've owned.
  17. Robby

    Robby pfm Member

    I have - the EX M1 is an incredible bit of kit.
    Cereal Killer likes this.
  18. Shane2468

    Shane2468 pfm Member

    JPW ML110i.
    Naim Nait 5i.
    Rega Planet MK1 CD Player.
    NVA Cables.

  19. Durmbo

    Durmbo not French

    HP Elitebook 8570p running Linux as digital source and streamer
    Planar 3/RB300 with upgraded motor and alloy subplatter
    A&R A60
    Heybrook HB3 S2
  20. RustyB

    RustyB Registered Ginga

    Yep, that's a system I could happliy live with!

    Agreed that the later (black) 8000P's lack excitement, but curiously the earlier (grey) ones are much livelier, which goes counter to the usually upwards progression in performance with Audiolab gear. (The internal layout is completely different).

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