TRANSFIGURATION: Newly-enhanced Transfiguration Proteus phono cartridge arrives in UK

They tell us ….. Japan-based Immutable Music has long been renowned for its small but outstandingly formed range of Transfiguration phono cartridges, whose revolutionary design completely restructures the conventional moving coil (mc) concept. Now, the range is undergoing a number of enticing enhancements and first to arrive in the UK is the company’s flagship model, […]

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PS Audio: I think the answer is simple because the quest for better performance in our audio and music systems is an ongoing one that is similar to peeling an onion

  Paul McGowan writes: In the process of answering the many comments I receive (which are much appreciated) one was made that really struck home.  Here is the comment from frequent contributor Mark Fisher that was made after I wrote “it’s amazing what it has done for the system.” “This seems to happen every time […]

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BOSENDORFER: VC-7 Loudspeakers test review

Howard Popeck writes: Bosendorfer have been making concert pianos for 175 years. This is their first venture into Hi-Fi. Their aspiration was to produce the most authentic sound possible from loudspeakers. So they researched carefully with leading artists and prominent concert halls to help achieve their ambition. Hans Deutsch, their acoustician uses unusual design techniques […]

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ZESTO AUDIO: Bia120 power amp

They say: “The amplifier has more than enough power to drive the snot out of all but the most absurd loudspeakers. Chances are, you’re gonna love the way it sounds. Take that, add a healthy dose of style, and you’ve got yourself something marvelous.” …..”George Counnas is on to to something. With the Bia, Zesto […]

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QUADRA ALUMA: 2200 hifi / surround speakers

They tell us:  The new ALUMA 2200 consists of a centre plus four satellite speakers that have the option of using the Mount 210 for wall installation together with the Qube 7 active subwoofer make this set discrete whilst producing a powerful sound. The perfect dimensions, the dapper satellite also has a coquettish yet noble […]

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I-BOX: The travel-size Bluetooth speaker with a big musical heart

They say: If you’re compiling a travel gadget guide in the run up to the holiday and festival seasons, don’t forget the i-box Slix – the funky, take-anywhere wireless music system from British tech brand i-box Product highlights – I-BOX SLIX Conveniently pocket-sized Bluetooth micro-speaker Robustly built with a rubberised ‘caterpillar track’ surround Splash-proof and […]

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FURUTECH/ADL: H128 headphone: signature smoothness with added ‘punch’

  They say: ADL (Alpha Design Labs), sister brand of Tokyo-based Furutech, unveils its second headphone, taking the smoothness and balance of the existing H118 and adding vividly increased dynamics. “With these, our latest breakthrough headphones, we decided to take the performance of our now classic H118 headphones one step further,” said ADL. “We wanted […]

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McINTOSH: MC75 Amplifier and C22 Preamp

They say ….. Back by popular demand, the MC75 mono vacuum tube power amplifier delivers modern performance standards in a classic design. It has all the features to meet the needs of today’s music enthusiast. As with all McIntosh mono amplifiers, the MC75 will provide ultimate stereo separation and imaging as the two stereo channels […]

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MARTIN LOGAN: Electromotion ESL X

They say ….. MartinLogan, the world’s leader in electrostatic and Folded MotionTM loudspeaker technology, proudly announces the introduction of the bigger, bolder ElectroMotion ESL X model (EM-ESL X). The ElectroMotion Series is the perfect introduction to the high performance electrostatic concept. The new ElectroMotion ESL X features a larger electrostatic transducer and dual woofers, with […]

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Ask an expert: Hopeless audiophile blogs and hidden dangers of FM tuner realignment on a vintage Tandberg receiver

I’ve had it with blogs. The patronising attitude and aggression in the face of simple questions doesn’t help. What I want to know please is this; in general are 1970s receivers capable of being serviced and if so where and at a reasonable price. My Tandberg TR 3030 is a beautiful machine. I think the […]

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SOUND ISOLATION: How do liquid foams completely block sound?

Liquid foams have a remarkable property: they completely block the transmission of sound over a wide range of frequencies. Physicists have studied how sound is attenuated in liquid foams. Their findings open the way to the development of tools called acoustic probes that could be used to monitor the quality of foams used in industry, […]

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JAPANESE SERIOUS LOUDSPEAKERS: Apart from the Yamaha NS1000? How about the NS2000?

Gentlemen; other than the Yamaha NS1000, have the Japanese every built credible loudspeakers? I guess you are speaking historically, right? Well, yes, they did. Sony in fact. In the very early 1980s they released the SSG1 Series 2. It wasn’t cheap. Around £200 from memory, which was a small fortune then. However … This isn’t […]

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Sony tape smashes storage record

Sony has developed a new storage tape that is able to hold up to 185 terabytes (TB) of data per cartridge. Created with the help of IBM, Sony’s technology allows for tapes that can store the equivalent of 3,700 Blu-ray discs. The tape hold 148 gigabits (Gb) per square inch – beating a record set […]

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VINYL: Greg Lake’s view on vinyl matters

“To all friends of vinyl. Ever since producing and recording with King Crimson and ELP, it has been my personal goal to achieve the best possible sound quality and that remains true to this day. Regarding the audio reproduction quality on vinyl, the popular perception for some time has been that the best sound quality […]

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KEN KESSLER: High-End Hi-Fi’s Glimmer of Hope

[Warning: If you are easily offended, or a Democrat, or earning less than $200,000 per annum and bothered by it, or are inherently antipathetic to those with money even if they’ve earned it by hard work, please skip this month’s column, because no apologies will be forthcoming.] Human nature leads us — no matter how […]

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Were you ever ‘blown away’ by sound?

Steve Guttenberg writes: Before multitasking, sound was a big deal, so it was easier to be blown away by it. CNET’s Geoff Morrison used the above image from a Maxell tape ad in his “Music multitasking: How ‘background’ listening enhances life” blog post a few weeks ago, and that image really took me back. Maxell’s […]

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Ask an expert: Arm Effective Mass and Resonant Frequency

Gentlemen. I have recently upgraded my Goldring 1042 moving magnet (MM) cartridge to a MC and was originally considering Denon DL-103R or Audio-Technica AT-OC9ML/II. After deeper investigation into Arm Effective Mass and Resonant Frequency due reports that the Denon only being suitable for med to high mass arms I found that my Roksan Tabriz (standard […]

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