VPI Classic 3 turntable & Classic-JMW tonearm – test review. Stereophile Magazine.

Trends in turntable design shift back and forth over time, each “advance” turning out to be a mostly sideways move. Over its long history, VPI’s founder and designer, Harry Weisfeld, has moved the analog goalposts back and forth as he’s refined his thinking. His early turntables were mostly standard spring-suspension designs of normal size. By […]

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Howard Popeck (Stereonow Ltd) thinks he knows why exhibition demos are usually so dismal

Being an inquisitive chap even way back in 1976 when I entered this industry I kept a log of conversions from ‘prospect’ (that’s the term we use for potential buyers) into clients. The initial results were inconclusive. There were just to many variables. However as the years moved on, I learned more and understood more. […]

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Essential Listening: Many Faces Of Yes (3CD)

In The Many Faces of Yes we present an unknown side of the band, with recordings by the group as a whole and also by solo members, including rarities and other gems.On CD 1, “The BBC Sessions”, the group is presented in their original lineup (Jon Anderson on vocals, Peter Banks on guitar, Bill Bruford on drums, […]

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A major disconnect between the audiophile magazines and their readers

Howard Popeck writes: Greetings from the UK. There is in my view a major disconnect between the audiophile magazines and their readers. It’s an understandable one but in my view an important one – and that the focus of this thread-starter.Although I’m a UK-based high-end retailer I am, curiously despite 34 years on and off […]

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Class A amplification; are the perceived benefits merely an illusion? Howard Popeck expresses a view

A question for Mr. Popeck. Regarding Class A amplification, are the perceived benefits merely an illusion, or are they noticeable? That’s a very difficult question because it’s all dependent on how good the power supply is. A Class A power amplifier needs – basically – a huge power supply to operate properly. I’m not talking […]

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From our 2010 archives: Bryston BCD-1, Hi-fi News, Andrew Harrison, Jason Kennedy – and a Marantz SA11-S1

Dear Mr. Popeck Although I had been a regular subscriber to HiFi News for several years, I gave it up in January 2007 out of exasperation (what with all the changes and the, at the time, rather evident lack of leadership, etc.). On a recent trip to the UK I did pick up an issue, […]

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Clarity Versus Fidelity – Dan Shanefield

In the December 1997 Stereo Review Corey Greenberg reviewed a new DVD recording of the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture [Delos DV 7001] and heaped praise on the sound quality. At the recent Audio Engineering Society meeting in New York City, this recording seemed to be all the buzz, and several knowledgeable people whom I bumped into […]

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Selling the simply-STAX brand? No way! I killed it instead!

Please pass this to Mr. Popeck. Thanks. Allen. Had you considered selling/licencing the Simply Stax ‘brand’……..? Seems a shame to let it die… I did – for a second or so. But then I remembered what Gram Parsons was alleged to have said in that “Death is like a warm overcoat on a freezing morning”. […]

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The three most depressing words to an audiophile and the audiophile makers

Andrew Hall writes as follows: “It’s good enough” are the three words that often drive audiophiles – and anyone who knows that something can be so much better than the speaker’s definition of “good enough” – crazy. These three seemingly innocent words are especially maddening and depressing when you hear them spoken by iPod users […]

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