DIGITAL AUDIO JITTER: A pragmatic approach

It was interesting to note that a lot of the exhibitors and participants there were clueless about a great many things.  This article is about one of those things:  Jitter.  After talking with many people there I have come to the conclusion that the overwhelming majority of audiophiles have no idea what they are talking […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Sonic texture

  Paul McGowan writes: Describing what we hear as having a texture is an interesting Audiophile term.  What’s the texture of a violin or a tuba?  Do these instruments even have a texture?  Not really,  this is yet another term used to describe something we hear in a manner that is easier for us to […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Where’s the music supposed to be?

Paul McGowan writes ….. Visiting audio clubs, dealers, trade shows and people’s homes is illuminating to me.  I am always learning.  Recently I sat in front of a dealer’s high-end demo system and was amazed at how wrong the image was. The entire presentation of the music was between my seating position and the loudspeakers: […]

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Audiophile retailing in the current economic gloom

It’s impossible, however hard I try, to remain immune to the financial crisis gripping the UK. Of course it’s tempting, and yes I have been sorely tempted, just to sit back in the comparative warmth and security of Stereonow, warm in both the physical and the financial sense, and try and let it pass me […]

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TURNTABLE BUYER’S GUIDE…for raw beginners

Paul Rigby writes ….. Fashion. It can be a right pain in the neck, can’t it? As soon as something moves into ‘vogue’, everyone has to have one and, if the fashion is of a technical bent then the larger populace suddenly has to do a crash course in physics, maths and engineering to get […]

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How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?

Credit: Tyler Fisher and Alyson Hurt/NPR Recently, the rapper Jay Z relaunched the subscription streaming music service Tidal, which includes the option to listen to high-definition audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal’s HiFi, with its uncompressed audio files, promises a better listening experience than any other streaming service on the market. Many listeners cannot hear […]

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Separates versus integrated

Gentlemen – system consists of an LP12, Ittok, Valhalla, and Cirkus bearing with an Adikt cartridge, a Marantz CD75 Mk2 CD player, an Aura 80 SE-x amplifier and Sony SS A1L speakers (they’re Sony versions of the LS3/5a, not a bad speaker, easy to listen to over long periods but lacking a bit at the […]

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From the archives: Ken Kessler / “Amusingly, I am one of the most unforgiving people you’ll ever meet, and I don’t look at life in shades of grey. Life is too short, so …..”

Previously published on July 22, 2012 As is the nature of hi-fi as a hobby, audiophiles choose sides … even when they’d rather not. That’s just the way it is: the audio community is painfully and ludicrously either/or. Me? I’m of the sort who doesn’t find, say, a love for crime novels and a love […]

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LUMLEY: ST70 issues

Hopefully you can help with a problem I have with my Lumley ST70 Reference power amp. My set up is as follows: Esoteric X01 D 2 CD player, Linn Sondek LP 12, Thorens 124 Mk 2 with Van den Hul Super One cartridge, Magnum Dynalab MD 90t tuner, all feeding into a McIntosh MC2300 preamp, […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Upgrading from an Electrocompaniet ECP1 phono stage

My system comprises: Electrocompaniet EC1-2 and Electrocompaniet AW60FTT bi-amping early Acoustic Energy AE1s on AE stands, Michell Orbe SE with Origin Live modified RB250 and Dynavector 20X and Electrocompaniet ECP1 phono stage. I am aware the arm and cartridge could be improved, and possibly the phono stage. I would appreciate your recommendations on an upgrade […]

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