Acoustics

Our aim at AudioCollective is to play our records through Hi-fi equipment which offers both affordability and great sound quality.

Hi-fi has made huge strides in recent years and the sound quality available to enthusiasts for less than 4 zero £s would not so long ago cost nearer 5 zero £s.

The other great thing about Hi-fi kit is, looked after, it will last for years.  Much of our kit has been bought from Ebay for prices well below new.

Our current set-up is as follows:

Amplifier – Arcam A39

Arcams are famous for their smooth sound and their reserves of power which create a deep and enveloping sound field.  The A39 is no exception.  120 Watts of power into 8 ohms but double that into 4 ohms – which is important because our speakers are rated 4 ohms!

Speakers – Monitor Audio Silver 10’s

These are room filling beasts.  Dual 8 inch bass drivers ensure effortless control of the most challenging tracks.   The gold dome tweeter provides treble to spare.  They handle up to 250w of power and go as low as 30HZ.  They are not the last word in subtlety and KEF’s produce a better soundstage.  But for our AudioCollective nights they are pretty much perfect!

Turntable – Rega Planar 3  

Rega has pioneered the use of lightweight rigid plinths. Clever use of lightweight particulate core with a highly rigid phenolic resin skin became the foundations of the high level of performance achieved by the now iconic original Planar range.

Our iteration of the Planar 3 is a late 80s model featuring the legendary RB300 tonearm. Since acquisition we have upgraded this turntable with a new ceramic bearing and a Fidelity Designs produced alloy based sub platter (http://www.fidelitydesignsltd.co.uk/subplatters/subplatters.html). These upgrades adding solidity, clarity and punch to the lower frequencies and adding a more natural dynamic to the overall sound.

Cartridges

We alternate between an AT95EX and an Nagaoka MP-110 for our Audio Collective nights. The Nagaoka offering more bass and slam and the Audio Technica arguably providing a touch more detail and precision.

DAC – Audiolab M-DAC

You may have read about this DAC and how good it is.  Some say it is a bit lean, but if it is then it is perfectly matched for the Arcam and the Monitor Audio’s.  I feed it through optical or USB using Qobuz Sublime – the worlds’s first HiRes streaming service. It sounds amazing!

Tisbury Domino Phono Pre Amp

Tisbury audio are a small and passionate British company based in London. Their mission is to build amazing quality products with superb sound, good looks and sensible prices. Their products are designed, soldered, assembled and tested by hand in their London workshop, giving us the best of British artisan hi-fi.

This little box adds a sprinkling of energy and clarity to all the records we have played and has been an integral part of our Audio Collective setup for the past 12 months. www.tisburyaudio.co.uk/domino-phono-preamplifier

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