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Advise on Selecting HIFI

Hello,

I am planning to buy an Audio system and am a novice in this field. I have visited a lot of dealers for trials and am thinking of the following components. I request advise on my selection and availability of any other alternatives in terms of cost and performance as I may not have considered them. My room size is about 6M x 4M. For the money that I am going to spend, does this combination have any basic flaw which I have not considered. I liked the sound of this combination. I played Allan Taylor, David Roth, Eva Cassidy, Eagles and Dire Straits during the audition. The stockfisch CDs definitely sounded superior to others due to their quality. I also experienced difference when I changed interconnects between the used Transparents and Chord (Cobra and Crimson). Should I Biwire the speakers and if so what cable should I use. What is the advantage of Biwiring.

1. Power Amp - Bryston 4BSST
2. Pre Amp - Arcam FMJ 31
3. CD Player - Arcam CD 37/ CD 17
4. Speakers - Monitor Audio GS 60
5. Speaker Cable - Chord Silver Screen or Odessey
6. Interconnects - Transparent Music Link Super and Music Link
(Used Cables because I have got them cheap)
7. Power Chords - Supra

Thanking All

Thelapillil

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Re: Advise on Selecting HIFI

I've heard all of those brands separately (with the exception of Chord, which I've never heard) they are all quality products. That having been a system is the sum of it's parts and it's hard to tell how a system will sound in real life by looking at it on paper.

I'm lazy so I'll re-post something I wrote a while back in regards to a similar post:

Acoustic music is better at diagnosing the sonics of a component simply because the listener has had a chance to hear it in real life. I've always felt that if a component could reproduce the tonality of acoustic instruments accurately, their reproduction of the tonality of electronic instruments must inherently be accurate. However, I would agree that if a trained listener had heard a recording of non-acoustic instruments on a system that is known to be extremely accurate because of it's performance with recordings of acoustic instruments in real space enough times that they could then use that recording with some authority.

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Hello,

Thanks a lot for the tips with respect to understanding sound quality from an audio system. I think I will take a reference CD and have one more listning session before I decide on something.Is there any disadvantage in going for the old transparent Music Link Super when compared to Chord Cobra or equivalent Monster.

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Re: Advise on Selecting HIFI

With respect to my listening preferences Transparent Supers (even the older XL versions) would out perform any Monster Cable interconnects that I've ever heard, up to and including the M1000's. Monster cable is the Bose of cable in my opinion. Each of their cables has a very distinct coloration which varies from level to level. The cynic in me believes that the folks at Monster intend for their cables to act as equalizers, instead of as the most neutral conduit possible at their respective price ranges. To be fair so do many other cables.

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I've heard all of those brands separately (with the exception of Chord, which I've never heard) they are all quality products. That having been a system is the sum of it's parts and it's hard to tell how a system will sound in real life by looking at it on paper.

I'm lazy so I'll re-post something I wrote a while back in regards to a similar post:

Acoustic music is better at diagnosing the sonics of a component simply because the listener has had a chance to hear it in real life. I've always felt that if a component could reproduce the tonality of acoustic instruments accurately, their reproduction of the tonality of electronic instruments must inherently be accurate. However, I would agree that if a trained listener had heard a recording of non-acoustic instruments on a system that is known to be extremely accurate because of it's performance with recordings of acoustic instruments in real space enough times that they could then use that recording with some authority.

Don

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Should I Biwire the speakers and if so what cable should I use. What is the advantage of Biwiring.

I feel one should bi-wire in any circumstance that it is possible, or 'required'- where the only other option is to use jumper-cables or metal straps-only from treble to bass drivers. This is a weak link for the efficient power delivery of your fine amplifier.

Your Bryston would have a more efficient power delivery from a single bi-wire arrangement (vs jumpers), and I would recommend either a cable that 'networks' the signals separately, such as MIT cabling, or double bi-wire from two runs of the exact same cable, in size and length. I believe that Transparent also makes 'networked' cables that separate the bass and treble discretely.

Tannoy loudspeakers are an excellent example in use, and extensive listening to my closest friend's (and my very different) system has shown this as well (even with disparate cable types/brands). While it does not make an extreme difference, I feel that the greater increase clarity and better power-delivery (in a more proper time-alignment, if you will) of the signal to each driver is undeniable.

Also, with the straps installed on the Tannoy, there is always one driver that will receive the signal after the first, however slight. Noteworthy as well is the further physical separation of the two discrete conductors (cable runs), whether split from the same termination, or not. There is more to this, but my thoughts escape me after a full night of posting.

My best recommendation is to demo another exact set of speaker wire from your local stockist, and mate them together at the Bryston. If you can't demo a set, purchase a completely new set, and make doubly sure that the dealer has a lenient return policy. Hear it for yourself- you should hear an wholesale increase in the overall sound.

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