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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ASK THE EDITOR: NVA – Nene Valley Audio

Q: Hello Neil. I saw your piece re great British HiFi makers, the really small ones that get marginalised. I notice you have never published anything about Mr. Richard Dunn’s little outfit NVA. Also, did you really tell a colleague editor that your thought the acronym NVA really should mean ‘Not Very Advanced’? Thank you […]

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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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