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Calm down, Beekay!  We all have free will. That means we can do as we choose but, as with most things in life, there's usually a bill to pay eventually. I'm trying to keep mine to a minimum! 

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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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Need a new black suit.........old one about had it........usually go in town and have a good look round some decent Tailors.......however don't wear a suit very often and sadly when i do it must be black........

          So thought i'd go into Bulwell Matalan and get one not costing a fortune........after looking at all their stock decided ''Get back into town''......

          Anyway thought while i'm here i'll get a nice shirt......again nothing that i fancied.........so then went in a charity shop and bought a ''Snood'' for a quid....Coffee in ''Jerohms'' nice chat with an old Pal.......so morning not so bad after all...........

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13 minutes ago, benjamin1945 said:

Anyway thought while i'm here i'll get a nice shirt......again nothing that i fancied.........so then went in a charity shop and bought a ''Snood'' for a quid...

 

I only started buying clothing from charity shops a few years ago, but I've had jackets and shoes from them and it's all decent quality stuff ..... and you know you've contributed to a good cause.

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Ben, I think you're the last person who would need a snood!

 

I've disposed of no end of stuff lately to charity shops. Always, in my case, animal charities and Age UK. They're delighted to accept the items. I hate waste. This way, things are recycled and raise a bit for good causes. Everyone is suited.

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Mrs Col is away..so I'm having another late night vinyl session.  Nanci Griffith again.  Her music is really suited to late night listening and her first album is sounding better than ever.

 

Does anyone else find that their music system sounds better late at night?

 

It's a phenomenon often reported by hi fi nerds like me.  Various theories exist as to reasons.

 

-Less 'ambient' noise from the outside world.

 

-Less heavy machinery etc., running off the power grid, resulting in 'cleaner' mains electricity.

 

-Similar one.. less demand so 'leccy' more likely to be at correct voltage.

 

-There could of course be all kinds of psychological and biological reasons..to do with 'body clocks' etc.

 

-Then there is booze.. and 'certain substances'..

 

Who knows..?

 

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3 Years ago today i was ''Laryngetamised''.....Quite a day........

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….and here you are, Ben, as chirpy and bright as you always were!  I think it would take more than a laryngectomy to drag you down for long.  I know there were some dark days along the way but you’ve made it…. Well done x

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8 hours ago, DJ360 said:

There could of course be all kinds of psychological and biological reasons..to do with 'body clocks' etc.

 

 

For various reasons I would rule out any theory that blames the electrical supply and go with the above. 

 

It's the end of the day, all chores are done and it's relaxation time. A late listening session is I suspect rarely a spur of the moment thing. It's planned and anticipated so the listeners 'mood' is likely to be right for appreciating the music, plus the pleasure audiophiles gain from the ritual of operating high-end equipment.

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1 hour ago, benjamin1945 said:

3 Years ago today i was ''Laryngetamised''.....Quite a day........

 

Not only are you still here and thriving, but you appeared in person on Tuesday to prove it.

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You are doing well Benj. Your recovery and frame of mind, are brilliant and an inspiration to anyone facing similar illnesses. Keep going in the right direction Mi Duck, and when my latest health scarey problem is better I will look forward to seeing you and the other Nottstalgians again.x

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20 hours ago, radfordred said:

Deadman’s shoes :Shock:

 

You can’t beat crisp brand new fresh out the bag

Bought some lovely Italian shoes for £30..a few years ago...in a charity shop up Mapperley top.........the lady who served me more or less told me she knew the man who they belonged to who was deceased........

          Best shoes i've ever owned...even had them repaired 3 or 4 years ago..........Danced from Nerja to Nottingham in them.......

 

 

 

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Ben is it really 3 yrs ago? It doesn’t seem possible but glad you are getting back to normal and looking good.

 

As regards to electricity aiding pleasant music listening, I wouldn’t know as I listen to day time music but I have noticed if I do my ironing in the evening it always turns out better and smoother.

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15 hours ago, Brew said:

For various reasons I would rule out any theory that blames the electrical supply and go with the above. 

 

It's an interesting one.  As far as I know most solid state stuff runs at about 20 volts, so that the mains is cut from 220v or thereabouts via a transformer.  So as long as there is enough current, you'd imagine that dips in the voltage wouldn't make much difference, assuming voltage regulation is 'correct'. Valve kit of course uses big transformers and carries much higher internal voltages, but so long as trannies can avoid/minimise 'saturation'..it shouldn't be an issue.

 

Also, though there's little doubt that the mains is often far from being a pure 50Hz AC.and carries all sorts of other 'crud'.. including 'spikes' and digital signals..the question is whether that can 'break through' into the audio circuits of your kit and degrade the sound.  There's no doubt that I used to pick up 'clicks' from the fridge, before I installed a dedicated mains circuit for the hi-fi.

That said, my Innuos Zen Mini music server sounds better with the optional outboard power supply, which is supposedly a 'stiffer' more 'robust' supply than that fitted to the basic unit.  There are two ways of looking at that. One.  It's just a con.  2. The 'basic' power supply is adequate for the 'base model', but the 'better' power supply takes the unit closer to what is delivered by the next model up.. for less money.

I'm no expert but I believe that power supply design can have a big influence on the sound of kit.  Basically all it needs to do is deliver enough current to cope with big 'transient' signals, such as bass thud or whatever... and also to recover quickly.  So.. a lot of designers put in massive capacitors, sometimes 'bypassed' by smaller ones in parallel to deal with alleged stuff going on at higher frequencies.  On an instinctive level.. big capacitors acting as a current 'reservoir', sort of makes sense. Except.. the last amplifier I listened to with massive capacitors etc.. was a Sonneteer model which totally failed to control the 'soundstage' in my system. It produced a massive, but very vague soundstage, with no real information as to where instruments and vocals were located in 'the mix'.  By contrast, the more expensive amp I eventually purchased has a physically much smaller mains transformer and no big capacitors...and yet it is able to cope with all the music I throw at it without 'wallowing' or ever sounding like it is running out of steam.

 

15 hours ago, Brew said:

It's the end of the day, all chores are done and it's relaxation time. A late listening session is I suspect rarely a spur of the moment thing. It's planned and anticipated so the listeners 'mood' is likely to be right for appreciating the music, plus the pleasure audiophiles gain from the ritual of operating high-end equipment.

 

Partly true I think Brew.. though my late evening sessions are rarely planned.  I snatch the opportunity when I can.  There's no doubt that the 'ritual', especially with playing vinyl.. adds to the pleasure.. but for me the ritual happens whatever the time of day.

Putting it another way.. I often have music sessions in the afternoon..especially in the winter months.. but there's no doubt in my mind that the late evening sessions always sound better.

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An LFD Zero MkV. Simple six input integrated amplifier with about 60 watts RMS per channel.  LFD is a company created by Dr Malcolm Hawksford, Professor of Audio Engineering at university of Essex, and Dr Richard Bews.  LFD stands for 'Low Fuzzy Distortion', 'Fuzzy Distortion being an effect seemingly identified by Hawksford.  I wouldn't know. 

All I know is that the LFD is the best sounding integrated amp I could find for my budget..according to my ears, and in my system. LFD is a low volume..almost 'cottage industry' company which doesn't advertise and sells via a very small dealer base.  However..very highly regarded world wide.

 

Link here to the next product up in the range.. a bit out of my price range but I've had one here and it is even better..basically offering 'more of everything'., but mostly the link includes  lot of info on Hawksfords thinking about audio kit. My amp is identical in appearance except for a less deep case.

 

https://dougbradyhifi.com/collections/lfd/products/lfd-ncse

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I am with the biological/psychological school of thought on improved hearing late on.  I have definitely noticed that a comfortable volume level on the TV during the day is too loud for me in late evening (and I don't live in a particularly noisy street/area).  Maybe our ancestors evolved more sensitive hearing (or a different frequency response) as the daytime wanes to be more aware of predators?

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I don't have a tv but I'm highly sensitive to noise and if I have the radio on or CD, I have it very low, so much so that other people comment that they can't hear it!  Many years ago, my hearing was tested as part of a medical examination and I was told I could hear unusual frequencies! The doctor said I should have been a dog! Cheek!

 

I hate loud noises. Children screaming, shouting, fireworks, cars backfiring, etc. It's painful.

 

Now, I'm going to dig up that Bonio I buried last night!

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Sounds like the other Jill in Canada Jill she was told when she was very young that her hearing was sensitive sounds exactly like you are all Jills the same?  Going to put my hearing aid in to listen to the news.

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