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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A POINT OF VIEW: “High-end companies are mostly run by mavericks, they are typically …….”

Paul McGowan writes: The past few days we’ve been focusing on not setting boundaries but I think it is really more about where much of the innovation we see comes from. The fact is, most innovation comes from small scrappy little companies – not from big corporate giants. Take Apple for example – one of […]

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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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TWEAKS: The cheapest effective one

Paul McGowan writes: David Pogue, one of my readers, suggested to me “the cheapest tweak” that he’s ever tried and I thought it might be interesting, this fine Sunday morning, to give this tweak a try if you’re looking for something to do. The tweak concerns extreme toe in of the loudspeakers – toe in […]

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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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Tough work

Paul McGowan wrote a while back ….. I am heading out this morning to visit a reviewer who agreed to listen to the BHK monoblock amplifiers. It’s exciting and I like to be there when reviewers have a chance to listen; there are always questions best asked and answered in real time. And no, I […]

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PS AUDIO: The Amygdala

Paul McGowan writes: Music is an emotional experience. Our emotions are centered in an ancient part of our brains called the Amygdala.  My friend Seth refers to this as the “Lizard Brain”. Some music and some high-end systems give us an emotional experience so strong we remember it to this day; others never get past […]

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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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SMPS: Perhaps the single biggest reason to use a switch mode power supply (SMPS) on a power amplifier is that

Paul McGowan writes: Perhaps the single biggest reason to use a switch mode power supply (SMPS) on a power amplifier is that the output of a properly designed one is more like perfect DC than that of a conventional supply; and not just by a little bit. Conventional supplies switch back and fourth between plus […]

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THE SONIC SWEET-SPOT: “Have you ever been leery of turning up the volume control too high because you don’t want to push the system too hard?”

Paul McGowan writes: Have you ever been leery of turning up the volume control too high because you don’t want to push the system too hard?  I don’t mean in terms of volume level but stressing out the preamp by getting too close to its limits?  If that’s happened to you, you’re not alone. It’s […]

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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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A POINT OF VIEW: The choice is yours

  Paul McGowan writes: Recently I posted about the controlled demo and several of you seemed upset that I would even think about suggesting my musical choices might show off our equipment better than yours.  I understand the sentiment but I only half agree. Let me give you a bit of background.  Years ago when […]

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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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A POINT OF VIEW: Is it possible?

Paul McGowan writes: Can we ever hope to achieve a two-channel experience with music so real as to fool ourselves into believing there is an actual musician playing in front of us?  I mean sure we can close our eyes and imagine a live event is happening, but in all the years I have never […]

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