Look what santa brought me for xmas
Admittedly Santa looks remarkably like, um...me! And his elf helpers rather the spitting image of Paul, Col, Justin and Doc ;-)
So, having had Doc's Claymore and Wharfdale Glendale on loan for 2014, I have finally got my arse into gear to start setting up a system of my own. I'm still sourcing with the Pure radio (love it), Project Debut (at least until the steroids kick in, and I can lift Paul's Michell Gyro SE on plinth, and claim it as my prize!), and my PC via JRiver. But have purchased myself a Claymore II, and a pair of Castle Chesters, as seen below in my expertly attached ( ) photos! (I dont know how to make them smaller. Sorry. Can some one help in the edit??)
So, what do I make of it all so far?
Well, all in all, I'm pleased. Getting pleaseder as the evening rolls on (and not even any whisky helping with that!). I was expecting something airy, not bass heavy (tho anything would sound light on bass after the Glendales in my tiny room!) so I am actually quite happy that there is more bass than I was expecting. Speaker wise, definitely happier with them on spikes and without grilles and pushed back as far as I can get them. Paul did advise me I might find the treble a bit bright, but so far I'm quite happy. A little glassy with a very few tracks so far (Nina SImone - Rags and old Iron), but not at all in some tracks where I'd expected it (like in some Eric Dolphy flute stuff).
Because both speakers and amp are new to me, I'm not sure what to accredit to what sound wise. The system is really enjoying electronica and vocals. And both Castles and Claymore are handsome fellas (I'm loving the power button on the Claymore II which is didier than on the Claymore I. But need to retrain my muscle memory which keeps confusing the balance dial for the volume!)
I don't feel I've got it quite right for everything yet. Some stuff (a few dance and funk tunes) sounds a bit lethargic at the mo. I'm not sure what the technical term for that would be or what I can address there. But, as ever, I am really enjoying how different systems accentuate different aspects of tunes. And I am looking forward to getting some M8 spikes (I only had M6s to make do with today) so I can play more with positioning.
So, what's next? Well, I do need to do something about my cabling. Not so much what cable I'm using (I'm afraid I just don't have the ears to hear the differences there!) but rather how much of it I seem to have going on at the mo! Want to get some banana jacks too. Then, I'm going to have a go at changing the cartridge on my TT - to an ortofon red (not sure how that will go). And I'm wondering about a DAC. Any thoughts on that appreciated.
So there we are. That's my first go at a system of my very own. (as you will see from photo, hopefully a bit better than my attempts at installing a log burner!!) Thanks everyone who has given me invaluable help and patience.