Enjoying the music. No longer so bothered with analysing why. I can hark back to my first term at University. No music at all where I lived the time… Fortunate to live a couple of hundred yards fromT he Rainbow in Finsbury Park so went to everything I could. Then the guy I shared a room with came back with a small Phillips cassette player with three or four cassettes. I remember how good it was to have any music at all.
I haven’t converted to Audirvana Studio, not liking the subscription model, and I likely will change from Audirvana some time before too long because it’s library handling isn’t great, just haven’t decided what yet, meanwhile Audirvana’s sound quality as a renderer when optimised an a Mac Mini is rather good.
Look forward to hearing what you chose to move to. I’ve explored all of the computer based options, Roon, Audirvana, Amara, etc. And Audirvana is the best to my ears, but with all of the bugs probably not a permanent solution - but I don’t want to spend ££££s on a streamer …
The Fraim didn’t look so good next to the skinny legs of the Something Solid speaker stands, and neither Mrs HH nor I were really sold on the silver uprights. We tried the black and that didn’t work either.
The Isoblue is, despite its very simple construction, a superb rack and it looks a lot more discreet.
I’ve done quite a bit of simplifying: £4,000 of MusicWorks mains block was replaced by a £170 Grahams Hydra and SuperLumina leads were replaced by Tellurium Q Black II. The focus is now on good sources and no fripperies. I’m not saying these things don’t make a difference, they do, but you can spend an awful lot and gain not really that much. Of course, you can convince yourself that night has become day when really it’s got just a little lighter.
Yes there is a the drop in sound quality but I gain a lot more in enjoying the overall system because the entire space looks neater (less cluttered) and the fact that I have a more usable volume range on the SN3 makes it a better choice overall.
So it is not only about sound. The overall look and ease of use is also an important factor in your enjoyment.
Hi HH, I would generally agree with what you say and I have in the order of 300 CDs on my NAS, but we have friends and family come to see us for an evening or so and bring new albums with them, plus it gave me the the opportunity to have just one more box!!
Yes, I’ve been hesitant about selling off my CD5XS. My wife often gets CDs with the foreign language courses she sometimes purchases and these can be a pain to rip (no metadata), much easier using the CDP. Really though, that’s just an excuse and it’s largely nostalgia, as the CD player was my first piece of Naim and I’m reluctant to say goodbye to an old friend.
I totally agree with the nostalgia sentiment my friend, also wish I hadn’t had to let go the minidisc and cassette decks, but that brings me back to the time before the question “can we get all this in one box” lol.