MERIDIAN: 208 CD/Pre. Can it still cut it?

The thread starts: I’m close to potentially purchasing one of these (original packaging/instructions and remote) and having had a good chat with Kevin (Auralflea), I’m almost sold. Thanks Kevin. Appreciated. I have a budget of £200 or less but is there anything else (better) I should consider? Heard great things about the 208 as a […]

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VINTAGE SYNTHS: Explorer ARP 2600

“The ARP 2600 is without a doubt one of the finest analog synthesizers ever. It is very popular and has been used by artists for over 20 years in all forms of music, especially today’s electronic music. The 2600 is a professional, semi-modular, monophonic, patch-cable synthesizer that competed directly against the first professional Modular Moog […]

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RECORDING STUDIOS: Classic UK Recording Studios in the 60s, 70s, and 80s: Audio International Studios

philsbook.com write:  Originally called Star Sound, the studio dates back to 1937 when it was designed as a small theater for the recording of live audience shows for Radio Luxembourg. It was said to be the countys first independent studios starting with disk recording onto wax and then as one of the first commercial concerns […]

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STAX: Unreliability?

Gentlemen, which era of STAX headphones are more reliable. Old or new? Howard Popeck writes as follows: First things first, I’ve not been involved in selling STAX equipment for some years and so my comments and observations are based on my experiences then and not currently. They’re called ‘Earspeakers’ incidentally. Old or new is not […]

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OPINIONS VARY: Are expensive cables a waste of money?

Matthew Sparkes (The Daily Telegraph) writes: Manufacturers claim cables costing thousands of pounds per metre can offer better sound and image quality. Are we failing to get the best from our equipment by using cheap cables – or are high-end leads a waste of cash? You always get a free cable in the box: a […]

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KEN KESSLER: From the archives – Ken Kessler / Why does the audio business suffer so many fools?

Previously published on October 9, 2012Gossip and rumour have always … fuelled the audio industry. For the hi-fi press, it’s partly excusable, because the mags and blogs live on information exchange rather than producing or selling equipment. But the world of hi-fi is noticeably more gossip-driven than most. Why does this concern me? Because I’ve […]

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ECLIPSE: Showcase their Flagship Td712zmk2 Speaker At The North West Audio Show 2016

They say ….. ECLIPSE is set to demonstrate the extraordinary sonic capabilities of its ‘accurate sound’ loudspeaker technology with demonstrations of its flagship TD712ZMK2 loudspeaker at this year’s North West Audio Show (26th June, 2016) ECLIPSE is exhibiting at the North West Audio Show 2016 (Cranage Hall), enabling show-goers to experience the company’s legendary ‘accurate […]

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THE EXPONENTIAL HORN: In Search Of Perfect Sound – UK’s largest audio loudspeaker

Discover the full-size reconstruction of the giant 27ft long  ‘Denman horn’, the centrepiece of a new art installation by Aleksander Kolkowski. A popular highlight of the Museum’s daily tours in the 1930s, this colossal horn has been painstakingly rebuilt by the Museum’s Workshops team. You can now witness this forgotten instrument by exploring and celebrating […]

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SPEAKER CABLES: Can you hear a difference?

Patrick Watkins writes as follows: Hi All, Recently just for fun I purchased a short run of “expensive” speaker cable ($9/ft) and have been A/B-ing it in my system with great delight. I used to believe that there wasn’t much difference at all and that cable was cable. But now I have proven to myself […]

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HI-FI FETISHISM: A psychologist’s view of the lunatic fringe – J. Zelinger

Many of us are becoming increasingly aware of those audiophiles who show an extraordinary preoccupation with hi-fi equipment for its own sake. Contributors to as well as readers of HFN/RR have expressed irritation with this so-called lunatic fringe, which has been repeatedly criticized for being out of touch with reality. The symptoms of this preoccupation […]

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AUDIO RESEARCH: Foundation Series

Paul Rigby writes ….. Audio Research has introduced the Foundation Series utilising the same engineering and design team responsible for the Reference Series. The first three components include the LS28 line stage preamplifier, the PH9 phono stage and the DAC9 digital- to-analog converter. A new amplifier will follow, with other products to complete the series. […]

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From the archives – when UK Vat was 17.5%. Ask an expert: Why are UK prices so much higher than US for the same audiphile gear?

Gentlemen. The Manley Stingray looks fabulous does it sound as good as it looks? In the past you have queried the difference in US and UK prices and I notice the Stingray is nearly £500 dearer in the UK than the states, but what happens the other way round when a British manufacturer sells to […]

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