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Ah - the good old battleship grey Cambridge Audio livery. It was panned by the reviewers, as were the buttons on the CD player (they described them as reminiscent of poking dead flesh). Very unfair, b

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I dunno, can i post this here? The leather was just an idea - making some matching wood pulls would be cool - maybe when things die down at M&O of course my speaker cables are too short

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Speakers are DIY: Jeff Baby's Continuums in their 3-way passive variant.

Preamp is a Modwright SWL 9.0SE with Amperex tubes

Power amps are Odyssey Khartago extreme monoblocks

DAC is Sabaj D5

Turntable is a Project 1xpression carbon preamped by a Vista Audio Phono-1

Digital source is an Nvidia shield pro

 

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Hmm. I don't know how sensible it is to put a light behind a pair of ML's. I know from bitter experience how fragile that curved electrostatic driver is.

Mine disconnected themselves just sitting there. I repaired them by putting small discs of conductive foam through the holes at one side in the front cover, then a thin wire contacting the foam, then Kapton tape. The wire went inside and was hard wired into the energizing transformer. They were out of guarantee, and there was no way I was going to pay for a new set of panels so I got creative.

I was not impressed with their reliability, candidly. Sounded great when they were working though.

All the repair was behind the wooden trim strips, and so was invisible.

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These were the original Aerius, and when plugged in to the mains power were energized all the time - so 24/7. And that was the process that killed the connection to the diaphragm. They never admitted there was a problem, but the Aerius 2, and every ML since, goes into sleep mode and turns off the HT energizing voltage until an incoming audio signal turns it back on again.

But it nevertheless is a technology that I wouldn't mess with. Electrostatic panels are fragile period. UV radiation kills them, so a location near a window (yes - window glass attenuates UV quite a bit) is not a good move, neither is thermal radiation that heats up the black painted panel.

Not just a problem with ML; other E/S speakers are likewise fragile.

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That system looks pleasant, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why.

It appears to be a Crowley turntable or similar, set on the thin wooden floor of an entertainment center resting on a stack of books. It’s then plugged into a PA mixer.

The digital source is an ancient tower computer running a pirated copy of Windows and controlled by a mouse and keyboard with cords draped across the floor.

To hear that description you’d think this would look terrible, but somehow it’s humble and lovely and looks like a very nice way to enjoy some music until the lamps apparently melt your panels.

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