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Offline wanda

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1050 on: August 24, 2016, 04:14:38 PM »
Yes, please Chrisc.

Even as future reference, I would really appreciate if you checked out the place and more if the kitthry currently have.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1051 on: August 25, 2016, 09:07:37 PM »
Any 'Spring has sprung' Vinyl Faires coming up?


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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1052 on: August 26, 2016, 12:02:07 PM »
Music is the shorthand of emotion

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1053 on: August 27, 2016, 02:22:39 PM »
Wont be attending
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1054 on: August 27, 2016, 05:49:00 PM »
Never mind, I have your samoosa, spring roll, egg sandwich, slice of melktart and beers
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1055 on: August 29, 2016, 08:24:44 AM »
Wanda, this (West African) fellow trades from a room in his house in Woodstock, in Roberts Road.  The house is one of those with multiple families with small children crawling about, on the for sale goods and up and down stairs.  Everything is crammed into one room and judging from the smell I'd say he sleeps there too, since there were the vestiges of several days dirty dishes lying about

Everything for sale looks tired and worn.  The Yamaha amplifier is still there but looks like someone may have stood on it since the lid is caved in.  He straight away came down in the price

Worthwhile giving a miss I would say.
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1056 on: August 29, 2016, 08:58:44 PM »
I must go visit....sounds like I have a brother I never knew about.... :giggle:
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« Reply #1057 on: August 30, 2016, 08:49:20 AM »
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1058 on: September 18, 2016, 08:20:42 AM »
A paragraph from our reporter on the spot

"A few of the performances made a real connection - can't really put it more objectively that that - ok, I'll try:  tremendous realism and sound-stage, very solid 3D images clearly defined and a sense of front to rear depth and spaciousness. 
Think the bass in the room needs some work - also I don't know if I was imagining it but the sound thickened on occasion and I wondered if there was some compression going on - might have been the recordings shortcomings being exposed though.  He (Ramsey) says he thinks going less powerful amplification is okay"

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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1059 on: September 18, 2016, 09:23:39 AM »
A paragraph from our reporter on the spot

"A few of the performances made a real connection - can't really put it more objectively that that - ok, I'll try:  tremendous realism and sound-stage, very solid 3D images clearly defined and a sense of front to rear depth and spaciousness. 
Think the bass in the room needs some work - also I don't know if I was imagining it but the sound thickened on occasion and I wondered if there was some compression going on - might have been the recordings shortcomings being exposed though.  He (Ramsey) says he thinks going less powerful amplification is okay"

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Thanks for an absolutely fun session and the great compliments! My room is a bit small for these speakers, this is why I use bass traps behind the speakers on each of those corners (as seen on the pic), the UBIQ Audio Model 1 speakers deliver huge low-end out of their two 12" bass woofers and would be even more suitable in bigger rooms. Since our last session I have played more with the position of the speakers and I believe I have hit the jackpot, the bass is now much cleaner and way more articulate but without loosing the sense of naturalness and musicality. The sound is a lot more focused and propulsive now. I'd love to do one more session, maybe with less people this time (maybe even with some people who didn't come). So from me, take it as another invite.  :)

Interestingly here's a new review and it confirms what the guys heard at my place! https://www.cnet.com/news/ubiq-audios-remarkably-unique-speaker/
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Offline Kent Kassler

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1060 on: September 18, 2016, 09:37:07 AM »
Chris.....what was the setup? Who wrote the review?Can those who attended give us some feedback?
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1061 on: September 18, 2016, 09:51:41 AM »
Chris.....what was the setup? Who wrote the review?Can those who attended give us some feedback?


I'll chip in for Chris on the system setup: ;)

1.   LampizatOr Golden Gate DAC with built-in preamp (going through Emission Labs 45 DHT)
2.   OPPO BDP-93 Lampisized (tube output stage)
3.   Ophelia music server (Audio Tweak’s own)
4.   Wells Innamorata power amp
5.   UBIQ Audio Model 1 (speakers)
6.   Isotek Orion mains filter
7.   Entreq earth station
8.   Entreq USB cable with separate earth station
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Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1062 on: September 18, 2016, 10:33:46 AM »
Some tasty pics of the system...

Complete system:



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Wells Audio Innamorata Power Amp



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Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1063 on: September 18, 2016, 10:37:52 AM »
For bass traps to be effective they need to span the full height of the room.
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Offline Capetowntracks

Re: The Cape Town Hi-Fi Club
« Reply #1064 on: September 18, 2016, 12:06:04 PM »
Well, actually it wasn't a review as much as a few thoughts from me sent via Whatsapp to Chris. (Thanks for posting them anyway Chris to make up for that review I promised and didn't post.)

With the odd exception I generally felt drawn into the performance, wanted to listen. I mentioned that I thought I had heard Walk on the Wild Side before, but this was the first time I had really heard it.

On a mildly less airy-fairy note, there was an apparent front-rear depth to what I was hearing and individual parts of the audioscape were very 3-D, solid, like actual humans were performing.*

The sweet spot was narrow and I found that moving my head a little way changed the focus of the sound slightly, but then again I do have rather big ears, so I there was probably some shadowing going on...

* Weird, after I wrote that I went to check the link that Ramsey posted and it says the same thing. Oh, and the snacks and drinks were pretty 3-D and convincing, too, just like real food.