DOUBLE-BLIND TESTING: The Highs & Lows

By Larry Archibald J. Gordon Holt C.J. Huss • Posted: May 5, 1985 In 1985 and 1986, an argumentative thread ran through Stereophile’s pages, discussing the benefits or lack of double-blind testing methods in audio component reviewing, triggered by J. Gordon Holt’s review of the ABX Comparator. As this debate is still raging nearly 15 […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Rolling it off

Paul McGowan writes ….. Recently I explained the real problem in using a direct coupled product like a power amp or preamp is not the DC they produce, which is minimal at best, but how these products handle DC from OTHER products.  If the designer has built the classic “DC to light” amplifier,  you risk […]

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Customer service is becoming more Kafkaesque by the day

Editorial note: Although written in 2014, having re-read it this morning, it still seems relevant. Neil Oscar Rickett writes ….. Anyone who’s seen The Onion’s video “Prague’s Kafka International Named Most Alienating Airport”, in which an airline official played by a Slavoj Žižek soundalike tells confused travellers, “If there is a problem, fill out a […]

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HANA: Moving Coil Cartridges

They say ….. Hana means “brilliant and gorgeous” in Japanese. The Hana brand cartridges are hand made by the Excel Sound Corporation in Tokyo, Japan; who have been making cartridges and cartridge components on an OEM basis for over 40 years, specialising in Moving Coil type cartridges. Hana is launching with four new MC cartridges, […]

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SALK SOUND: Desert Island Speaker

They say ….. As the name implies, the Song3 is a vented 3–way member of the Song loudspeaker family. The slim tower construction leverages Salk Sound’s expertise in creating high fidelity speakers that also deliver exceptional value. For an accurate, low distortion treble response, the Song3 employs RAAL Advanced Loudspeakers’ select model 64-10 tweeter coupled […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Keeping machines happy

Paul McGowan writes ….. When upsampling programs add bits to digital audio our machines are happier, but there’s no new information to hear, no increase in dynamics to be had. It’s tempting to think otherwise. When you read that an analog tape or vinyl album has been recorded with 24 bits rather than 16, you’re […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: The cable puzzle

Paul McGowan writes …… For many years I let logic override my listening abilities. Instead of making every decision in the stereo system by careful A/B testing, some decisions were made with logic, others common sense. There are frankly too many variables to listen to them all. Engineering logic suggests power amplifiers have the easiest […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Committed

Paul McGowan writes ….. I’ve been called stubborn a lot. Mostly by my family, but often by my employees. Once I get committed to an idea, a concept, it’s hard to move me off the dime. I had been convinced for many years that long speaker cables were the way to go. That notion was […]

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TRANSPARENT: OPUS Power Cord Source

They say …… A new addition to the OPUS Power Cord lineup offers phenomenal performance with a compact form factor suited for your source components. OPUS Power Cord Source is now available. OPUS Power Cord Source embraces the same cable, network, and termination innovations that define our entire Generation 5 Audio Cable lineup. Although packed […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Conversions

Paul McGowan writes ……… In a recent post we traced the digital audio path from the input of the DAC all the way to the output of the DAC itself, which outputs a series of current steps, and are in the process of converting those current steps to voltage steps. You can use a simple […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: With respect to connecting the sub, in many cases I prefer to use the subs high level inputs and tap off of the main power amplifier’s output

Paul McGowan writes : Recently I mentioned I added a single sub to the setup in Music Room 2 and got great results.  Several of you asked me why I didn’t add two, which is always my stand on subs, and where I got the sub.  I wanted to also touch on how I connected […]

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IODATA FIDATA: HFAS1 Network Audio Server From Japan

Paul Rigby writes ….. The HFAS1, utilising Twonky Server 7, incorporates two 850EVO SSDs from Samsung. These drives utilise the manufacturer’s 3D V-NAND flash memory. the idea is to minimise voltage fluctuations to increase the part’s lifespan and low the power consumption The aluminium chassis has been tweaked to lower noise while a single-point ground […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Getting connected

Paul McGowan writes ….. Several days ago I promised I’d tell you how I connected the mystery subwoofer to the system and why. The subwoofer is a sealed box powered subwoofer I am auditioning from a local company and it is really an excellent sounding product, easy to seamlessly integrate into the system and as […]

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EQUIPMENT LEASING: A good idea or what?

From 2014 but still worth reading. HomeTheatreReview.com write …. I’ve been working a lot with my mother in Philadelphia lately. Her husband, an audiophile of sorts, died in 2011. Even though he was a financial planner, it turns out his plan was to die broke and leave my mom in less than an excellent spot. […]

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AURIS AUDIO: Forte 150: a mono power amplifier

Paul Rigby writes ….. Utilising two KT150 and a pair of 6SN7 valves (with bias adjustment included) plus an output (manually wound) transformer on a double C-core, this 100W, push-pull, power amplifier uses Mundorf capacitors and WBT silver connectors as well as silver wiring for the signal path. Of note are the valve covers, made […]

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