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  Christopher Middleton
  London UK
  Marantz SA-7S1 SACD player (stereo only)
dCS Puccini U-clock

Rega Planar 3 turntable

Nakamichi CR-7 cassette deck

ATC SCA2 pre amp
Chord SPM 1000B power amp
ATC SCM 10 speakers

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Chopin: Etudes Opp. 10, 25 - Perahia      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  August 10, 2010

I have little to add to the positive reviews for this disc already posted; but I should like to beg anyone who is lucky enough, as I was recently, to find a copy of this at a reasonable price, not to be put off by the negative reviews on here. The performances are transcendental, and they are ... more
Monteverdi: The Sacred Music 4 - The King's Consort/Robert King          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  April 11, 2010

Anyone who starts this disc with track 1, Laetatus sum, will be hooked; over a bouncing ostinato the solo violins, sackbuts, bassoon and, not least, the virtuoso singers of the King's Consort joyously jazz it up. it is all done with an apparently effortless joi de vivre which is completely ... more

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Stephen Hough
December 19, 2013
Exactly so - though I'm not remotely on the same exalted level as Mr Hough I am a professional musician, and I tend only really to enjoy my (sa)cd collection when I'm not professionally very busy. Listening to solo piano or chamber music though can be balm to the soul after a day of opera or orchestral music. But please - no good musician I know ... more
Marantz SA7 - servicing
November 4, 2013
I meant that I didn't want to have to replace it with a new, more recent machine. The Puccini might have been a candidate as I have the Puccini U-clock already, but I can't afford it. Interesting that you think the SA7 bests it. What did you eventually decide about the SA-7 + U-clock versus the SA-11 S3 without it? As you don't mention the 11/3 I ... more
Marantz SA7 - servicing
November 3, 2013
Thank you gentlemen - it looks as though a trip towards Heathrow is on the agenda...... When not misbehaving the SA7 still sounds quite superb - I really don't want to have to replace it. ... more
Marantz SA7 - servicing
November 2, 2013
My six year old Marantz SA7 has started to play up - skipping, refusing to play certain discs etc. The official Marantz service firm is Sound Systems Technology near Heathrow; has anyone had dealings with them, or does anyone know of any reliable alternatives in or near London please? ... more
Gramophone magazine and SACD
September 22, 2013
Me too; IMO there has been a slow and sad decline since the Pollard family sold it to Haymarket in 1999. (Not that I blame them in the least - I should probably have done the same.) I bought Gramophone from being a teenager and it helped educate me in some ways; there is no way that its present incarnation could do that. It has slid from being an ... more