Did you Finish the System

That is a very interesting book. I didn’t always agree with the opinions expressed, but it’s good to have your musical judgments challenged.

It is - it’s still a work in progress as I’m just reaching the end of the Sixties. I’ve confirmed I don’t like American Country & Western, I can’t get on with the likes of Captain Beefheart & Frank Zappa, I’ve discovered a love of Jazz and most surprising for me I rather like English Folk from the period. I now play the first Pentangle album a lot :slightly_smiling_face:.

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I burned a lot of money on Naim/dCS/ATC/Totem/cable upgrades before I recently bought a Lyngdorf TDAI-3400, I can now tweak to my heart’s delight through software using room correction and voicings to improve the sound, enjoying this approach to ‘finishing’ the system without incurring expense :slight_smile:

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Nearly, I made the mistake of not putting the supercap on the superline, using it on the 282 instead but apart from that my system at 282/250-2 level was complete with CDX2/555ps, Rock mk2(no trough)/Aro/17D3 NBLs, Fraim, powerlines and dedicated radial. Then I went and ruined it with a 552 and had to start all over again at 500 level, further complicated by retiring and moving to France. Only the NBLs, Fraim, powerlines and sl/sc remain, even the 555ps got DRed but now complete again but for curiosity and the fact Naim have had my 555ps in for repair to a faulty switch for nearly three months now.

Hmmmm! I wonder what that CD555 that just started with a 0.99p bid will go for? Maybe just one more upgrade :smiling_imp:

Interesting, what did the Lyngdorf replace and how do you find it in comparison overall.

It has been a journey through UQ2/Arros, NAC272/monoblocs/Mani-2s, dCS Bartok/ATC 19A, Atom/Proac Tab 10s, Powerlines/TQB II/Mogami etc etc. Not only upgraditis but also improvements needed via kit or cables. Best sounding combination was probably Bartok/ATC actives.

Not having unlimited funds or the luxury of a dedicated/treated listening room, I decided to demo the Lyngdorf. I like the clean, clear, powerful presentation (irrespective of dB level) and voicings (set according to recording quality and mood e.g. late night/daytime). Above this the key benefit is RP room correction IMO. It worked very well in a long narrow room, then after recalibration sounded just as great in my larger L-shaped room. I click on bypass to A/B demo RP. For me, it just works.

Source/DAC/amp/speaker choice is of course important. But I can now hear very clearly how much room interaction affects sound quality. I now have a powerful streamer/integrated amp with excellent room correction at the Nova price point.

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It’s when you start enjoying your music and stop listening to your system. It’s when you don’t feel the need to fiddle, adjust and tweak just a little bit more. It’s when you stop wondering what else is hiding in music you thought you knew.

It can happen. Does it last forever? I’ll get back to you on that.


It sounds like a good and healthy idea, although it makes music look like a sort of methadone…
But thanks.

This is definitively spot-on about audio…

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Wait… Is there a finish? :joy:

Jokes apart, there “might” be an end if the person knows what he’s looking for within the reasonable limit of his finances… And I don’t mean that he already knows the right gear but the type of sound signature that suits his taste (this implies a lot of tests in the first place). After that, the search could fade if the Hi-Fi system is balanced and chosen carefully, without a rush.

Very good point but there may be many female contributors here as well :wink:

Some might be lucky, some not :grinning:

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