While sorting through some old pictures I came across some of my old system pics from about ten years ago. So I thought it would be a fun way to kick off the System Pics thread on the new forum…
That’s a good idea Richard. I wish I had taken photos over the years. Here’s my system from 5 years ago
The Roksan has been stored safely for (perhaps) another time, I needed a shelf for a power supply as an NDS has made an appearance as Santa said I had been a very good boy last year.
Very nice systems, HH will be cross you got here first.
Richard, do you still have or use the Roksan?
Yes I still have the Roksan. It’s a fairly early example in excellent condition (owned from new). I had the bearing and platter upgraded to the later specification, it made a difference and looks nicer than the earlier versions where the metal was dull, whereas the improved versions were shiny.
To be honest I have rarely used it in recent years, my record collection is quite small and not everything is to my taste now, there is some quite naff teanager pop in there (I am now 53).
It’s carefully packed away under the stairs, along with the Stageline. I am undecided what to do with it.
Great looking system @trickydickie , I bet the NDS really sings with that driving it.
And I have to say that’s a great example of an extremely tidy, uncluttered and well hoovered listening space!
Hmmn…it got better Richard?
Gazza, don’t quite understand?
Just presume the System Richard has got better, looked lovely, probably me just not understanding the new forum. Nothing aimed at you…I just thought Richard Dane system of 10 years ago looked very nice.
Gazza, it has evolved a bit. Main changes are that I now run a NAP250DR, and the LP12 I still have but it’s sitting idle elsewhere as I’m enjoying the RP10 so much. The CDS3 I no longer have, instead I’m using the Meridian 200 (which you can see in the Fraim stack in the old system) and a Core into a Naim DAC. Oh yes, and there are few new things, like digital recorders and reel to reel decks that come and go.
I’ll post some pics of the system as it stands now, in due course. Need some decent light though, and for the new forum to settle in…
What digital recorder do you have?
Steve, I use either a Marantz PMD671 or a Sony PCM-D100. The latter is lovely but I need a tape interconnect with longer tails (Mark R has kindly agreed to help make one up for me) to avoid using two adaptors. The Marantz though is really good, will record at 24/96 and has excellent connectivity - uses RCA phonos in/out or XLRs, has coaxial digital in and out on RCA Phono too - it can be used just like a digital tape deck.
Here I was playing it through a Hugo, but normally it goes through the Naim DAC, even though the analogue output isn’t too shabby either.
Aah, Interesting. I have the exact same Sony. I bought it as at the time I was recording some stuff on the move as well as doing the odd vinyl transfer. I had an iChord made up for me by Chord to go from 5-pin DIN to 3.5mm jack. I’ve been pretty pleased with it. I only really record vinyl that’s almost impossible to get digitally.
I while back I was tempted by a Tascam D3000 as a potentially better quality and less fiddly more permanent fixture at home but couldn’t really justify the extravagance.
Good to know that your rate the Sony. Have you tried recording to DSD? Mine only supports the lower rate. However, I felt it was more musical sounding with better defined bass on the track I recorded compared to a 24 bit/192kHz PCM recording but at the time there didn’t seem an easy way to edit the files and add tags so I gave up in the end. This may well have improved now though, I don’t know.
Steve, no I haven’t recorded in DSD yet, mainly because it’s not so easy to edit without conversion (AFAIK all editing programs convert to PCM and back again). So I tend to stick with PCM - 24/96 or 24/192. I do ensure that all processing, pre-recording and limiting is switched off as I have found this does make a difference. Similarly I only do minimal editing and no post processing, as again, this makes a big difference to getting best results.
And a rather lovely system pic too…
I thought I’d say hello on the new forum with a system pic of my main office listening rig. No changes in 2018 except the RP6 which allows me to play vinyl liberated from storage. My old 1990s Soundstyle rack also back in use to accommodate (and isolate) the RP6. Changes for 2019? Nothing fundamental (still saving and pondering on that one) but perhaps a new rack of some sort, possibly Quadraspire but will see.
System: Rega RP6, Ortofon 2M Black, Rega Fono2, Mac Mini, Naim UnitiQute2, MCRU No85, Nait2, Witch Hat N2, Monitor Audio R252, Heybrook HB1 stands, Soundstyle Tripod.