BOSENDORFER: VC 7 test review

Founded during its nascent years in Austria, 1828, by Ignaz Bösendorfer, the company bearing his name has since become one of the most recognisable piano-making brands in the world. With many choices in finish and specification, a Bösendorfer piano can be specified to be as minimalist or extravagant as you like – from opulent to […]

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The Balance Of Power

Paul White writes ….. No sooner had I opened a new file to write this leader column, aimed squarely at the annoyance of external power supplies, than I received an email from one of our long-time readers asking if he could submit a Sounding Off piece in favour of them. His argument was that by […]

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Luxman L-550A II or Accuphase E-202?

“Hello, I am trying to decide between these two integrated amps, and timing may play the ultimate role in my decision, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with either amp, particularly the Luxman, as I can’t seem to find as much feedback on it. I am currently auditioning some Anthony Gallo Classico […]

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Graham Phantom or Morch DP6 ?

  Does anyone have first hand experience with these two tonearms or know anyone who has heard them both ? For about the same price in the used market I can buy either a Graham B44 Phantom1 or a Morch DP6. Both are unipivots. I want to use it with my Verdier. I know that […]

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Ask an expert: Audio Power Cables & Cords – Do they really make a difference?

I believe that power cable can change the sound, but how is possible to spent more than you amplifier itself in a power cable….? Hello and thank you for your most interesting question. It’s not an easy one to answer because there are so many variables. First, I am of the total belief that every […]

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Ask an expert: Principal Design PD150 speakers, Dr Penfold and possiblity of clones of Linn Sara speakers. Part #1 of 2

Hello. I came across your very good blog whilst looking for Linn Sara information. I wonder if you have any knowledge of another Speaker Manufacture? I purchased a set of Principal Design PD150 speakers in the mid to late 80s. One drive unit has developed a fault so I have been looking for information about […]

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Access Journalism vs Accountability Journalism

John Atkinson writes: I write this in a Seattle coffee bar—my flight home to New York has been canceled due to a snowstorm. As I try to put down these thoughts, I’m listening to the high-resolution masters of the April issue’s “Recording of the Month,” Sasha Matson’s jazz opera Cooperstown, on my Pono player using […]

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Exactly the way it happened folks: Linn LP12 and a/b demonstrations

From and including the 1970s, Linn popularised the concept of the A-B demonstration. It was, on the face of it, a faultlessly logical ethos. It was adopted by reviewers and dealers alike, myself included. It was rumoured they had mystery shoppers in circulation, prepared to report back any deviation from the dogma. For a while […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: The real reason HiFi sucks

The thread starts as follows: The real reason HiFi in the new millennium sucks: Record producers, sound engineers and many many musicians don’t care about how their music sounds on recorded medium. I came to this conclusion last night while listening to a 1950’s recording of the Oscar Peterson Trio. It was stunning – the […]

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How important is brand synergy?

  How important is brand synergy in matching components? This not only includes amps and preamps but also digital sources from a particular brand, say Arcam or Kell. Is this “synergy” important just for impedance purposes or is there an additional sonic benefit of having everything matching? Thanks. Take a look HERE

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