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      05-09-2013, 12:04 PM   #45
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If you had to name one track that sounded really good on the system what would it be?
Good question. And difficult to answer. At least with only one track. It depends to an extent how the system setup. I listen to everything, but mainly electronic music and female vocalists. A recent album which has amazing production quality and some superb vocals on it is Sasha's Involv3r. That sounds awesome. I've been playing it constantly since mid-March.

Another good sounding album is Alt-J - An Awesome Wave. Again, superb production and great mix of instruments, vocals and electronica. Bass slams on that record.

Some other individual tracks which sound really good are:

Calyx & Teebee - Heroes & Villains (hard hitting bass - crazy track)
Protoculture - Cobalt (pure euphoria - goosebump tune)
Emile Sande - Our Version of Events (great test of imaging)

Appreciate I've named a few there. All of them are on Spotify I think (except the Sasha mix).

Something I've noticed makes a real difference on a decent system like this (or any half-decent hifi) is lossless encoded tracks, or at the very least high-bitrate MP3s (320kbps). Storage is cheap, so it's wel worth ripping at the highest quality.

Another Spotify tip for anyone using via their phone (or desktop actually), is to make sure you enable high quality streaming in the options. Makes a difference!
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Me too, I'm in basingstoke, but don't mind a drive
I regularly drive past Basingstoke. Will let you know next time I'm in the area if you like.
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I regularly drive past Basingstoke. Will let you know next time I'm in the area if you like.
That would be great, I can pm you some details.
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Good question. And difficult to answer. At least with only one track. It depends to an extent how the system setup. I listen to everything, but mainly electronic music and female vocalists. A recent album which has amazing production quality and some superb vocals on it is Sasha's Involv3r. That sounds awesome. I've been playing it constantly since mid-March.

Another good sounding album is Alt-J - An Awesome Wave. Again, superb production and great mix of instruments, vocals and electronica. Bass slams on that record.

Some other individual tracks which sound really good are:

Calyx & Teebee - Heroes & Villains (hard hitting bass - crazy track)
Protoculture - Cobalt (pure euphoria - goosebump tune)
Emile Sande - Our Version of Events (great test of imaging)

Appreciate I've named a few there. All of them are on Spotify I think (except the Sasha mix).

Something I've noticed makes a real difference on a decent system like this (or any half-decent hifi) is lossless encoded tracks, or at the very least high-bitrate MP3s (320kbps). Storage is cheap, so it's wel worth ripping at the highest quality.

Another Spotify tip for anyone using via their phone (or desktop actually), is to make sure you enable high quality streaming in the options. Makes a difference!
Excellent, I will check out those that I don't know. The more suggestions the better, but I didn't want to hi-jack the thread hence my request for one track.

Perhaps someone could start a separate thread 5 tracks that you really should listen to. I'm new to the forum so will see if someone else wants to kick it off.

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I've just finished listening to this setup and I'm really impressed. Andy kindly took time out of his schedule to drive to my house so I could listen. What a top guy
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I've just finished listening to this setup and I'm really impressed. Andy kindly took time out of his schedule to drive to my house so I could listen. What a top guy
What a gent! Nice one
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If I can't manage the price of a Mosconi set up, can anyone recommend a cheap alternative to go with a Glayden component set up?
Gladen amp with Gladen drivers.
There is a Gladen kit in classified with mosconi amp. Worth of sending him a decent offer.
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Gladen amp with Gladen drivers.
There is a Gladen kit in classified with mosconi amp. Worth of sending him a decent offer.
Saw that. I think he wants way to much as I can get the speakers New with a 3 year warranty fro 319.

Made him a couple of offers and he rejected them.
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Gladen amps seem quite expensive, isn't there a cheaper option?
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Gladen amps seem quite expensive, isn't there a cheaper option?
NEVER ever opt for cheap amps.
My saying is, do it properly or don't.
Start saving and do a decent upgrade.
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NEVER ever opt for cheap amps.
My saying is, do it properly or don't.
Start saving and do a decent upgrade.
Easy to say if yo have the money.

Not everyone has that amount of disposable income or the inclination to spend so much on something as minor as a car stereo.

That's why manufacturers sell in every price range so people like me can get beter than stock even if they can't afford top of the range.
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I'd suggest buying second hand then. You should get a better quality amp for the same price as a new one. Look on the classifieds on here and talkaudio .co.uk

By the way, im installing the new Gladen 201 kit now, but it will have a helix p-dsp and a litebox amp
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I'd suggest buying second hand then. You should get a better quality amp for the same price as a new one. Look on the classifieds on here and talkaudio .co.uk

By the way, im installing the new Gladen 201 kit now, but it will have a helix p-dsp and a litebox amp
I saw this note on a German site selling this kit - is this true?

Please note: Replacing the original speakers wires is necessary due to the increased impedance
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I've just fitted the Gladen speakers and a Gladen amp (one of the cheaper amps I must admit) and for the money so far I'm not that impressed. Are you guys just powering the front doors and the subs or the rear speakers too? I used the Gladen quad lock wiring kit too. I also have somewhat of an annoying background 'hum' that I'm in the process of trying to locate. Any theirs have this issue, and if so how did you sort it?
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I saw this note on a German site selling this kit - is this true?

Please note: Replacing the original speakers wires is necessary due to the increased impedance
I'm not too sure never heard of that. Mr Singh never mentioned that so it might not be necessary. I'll ask him just in case.

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I've just fitted the Gladen speakers and a Gladen amp (one of the cheaper amps I must admit) and for the money so far I'm not that impressed. Are you guys just powering the front doors and the subs or the rear speakers too? I used the Gladen quad lock wiring kit too. I also have somewhat of an annoying background 'hum' that I'm in the process of trying to locate. Any theirs have this issue, and if so how did you sort it?
I read on the paperwork that you should cut both wires on the xover if the original audio system never had tweeter, this will reduce noise.
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I read on the paperwork that you should cut both wires on the xover if the original audio system never had tweeter, this will reduce noise.
Hmm.. Would that cure background noise in the mids and subs too?
I was thinking it was more of a hum caused by the electrics in the car?!?
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Hmm.. Would that cure background noise in the mids and subs too?
I was thinking it was more of a hum caused by the electrics in the car?!?
Oh thats just to cut noise in tweeters if there is any. Not sure about the hum you're getting...
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I've just fitted the Gladen speakers and a Gladen amp (one of the cheaper amps I must admit) and for the money so far I'm not that impressed.
I felt the same way when my system was installed (all speakers replaced, fully amped & front dsp) & all I can say is stick with it, you'll find it gets better & better as the speakers loosen up, which I believe takes 40 hrs plus, so run it for a few weeks & then see how you feel.
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I felt the same way when my system was installed (all speakers replaced, fully amped & front dsp) & all I can say is stick with it, you'll find it gets better & better as the speakers loosen up, which I believe takes 40 hrs plus, so run it for a few weeks & then see how you feel.
IanS100 .. Did you use the Gladen harness? Also, .did you have any issues with the volume of your PDC or GONG.
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Please note: Replacing the original speakers wires is necessary due to the increased impedance
Link? Either way, no there fine.

Increased impedance hey. Mmmmmmmmmm surely you mean 'decreased'
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Link? Either way, no there fine.

Increased impedance hey. Mmmmmmmmmm surely you mean 'decreased'
I read that too somewhere( can't find it now) before buying my set up. I was told if you buy the harness though it wouldn't be a problem ...
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