I was really chuffed today when the postman delivered a package from Australia...... I wasn't expecting anything from Australia so wondered what it could be!
It was a copy of the latest (May 2013) edition of "Australian Hi-Fi" magazine sent to me by a customer. Had a quick leaf through it and it looked like quite a high end periodical.
Anyhoo....... I got my glasses (required these days!) and noticed the "featured article" was all to do with the X-10D line buffer.
I don't know what to say, That review has made my day I get plenty of nice comments / positive feedback but have never before appeared in "print" in such a high quality magazine..... it brought a tear to my eye.
I have scanned the review and am feeling over the moon that my humble mods have brought such pleasure to the reviewer.
Well done and well deserved. Hopefully a tsunami of oders from down under will hit you soon
I have done my best, over the years, to provide a personal service / low key / one to one type of thing....... I was actually "asked" by a few mags if I would like to feature in one of their reviews and I always said "no thankyou"...... I am a one man band and REALLY don't want a "tsunami" of orders....... I'm pretty much "semi" retired and like sleeping.... the thought of having to get out of bed "early" to satisfy a "tsunami" of orders is not a good thought.
While he was at it I got Mike to install some NOS 6N23P-EB valves as well. The existing valves were 6N23P-EB too but they had been in for over a year and pretty much left on 24/7 (I know naughty !!) - so I guess they were pretty much spent.
I have recently bought the superb Beresford Bushmaster DAC which has got me listening to so much more music via my Squeezebox Touch. The sound quality through the Bushmaster's integral Headphone Amp is excellent with my HD650s. However, I felt this special DAC deserved the X10D upgrade treatment when listening through my Creek Integrated and AVI Neutron IV speakers.
I sent the X10D off to Mike who within a week modded it and sent it back to me (what a guy!!)
I had missed the X10D whilst it was away - the DAC is superb value at less than £200 but was still missing that extra weight that only the X10D can bring. I received the X10D back on Friday and plugged it in - the new Purple LED looks so much better alongside the Blue LED on the Bushmaster. Anyway I left it silently playing a continuous stream of Radio 3 from the Squeezebox - knowing that my Wife and Son would be out all Saturday afternoon and I would have the house to myself !
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon and I switched off the Radio 3 stream and dialled a quarter to the hour on my Creek volume control. I poured myself a bottle of Theakston's Old Peculiar - my favourite tipple and settled down on the sofa. Using the excellent Squeezebox Commander App on my Android Tablet I browsed the 3000+ albums on my PC. For some reason I picked one of my wife's albums the Steve Hoffman Remastered Phil Collins "Face Value" album. Phil is not one of my favourites really but I am a big Steve Hoffman fanboy. "In the Air Tonight" starts and I am hit by how cleaning sounding and smooth everything sounds - this is how I remember vinyl used to sound when I used my Dad's stereo in the 70s as a kid. The Sound Stage feels wider too. Then suddenly - just breath taking - the big drum bit in the track is simply thrilling - wow - just wow the X10D upgrade is astonishing - hairs up on the back of the arm job !!!!
There is now - I am sure - absolutely no need to spend mega bucks on a Hi-Fi :-
Steve Hoffman Mastering -> Squeezebox Touch -> Beresford Bushmaster DAC -> X10D Upgraded = Sonic Bliss
I spent the afternoon in a state of joy - the new Nick Drake Hi-Res downloads simpy wonderful; obscure corners of my Krautrock collection - never sounded better; Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" 24-96 Vinyl Rip from a UK 1st Press - magical indeed; Miles Davis Mono 6-Eye 1st Press 24-96 Vinyl Rip - something else (with a large glass of Shiraz by now); Durutti Column "Chronicle" unreleased new album (now due in August) - just the best - when will the world catch up with the genius that is Vini Reilly ?
Thank you very much Mike - you have helped re-ignite my passion for music.