HARBETH: HL1 speakers.

I have been living with these early HL1s ( Serial Numbers 228 A & B ) for some time and have been surprised they aren’t mentioned more. The equivalent (?) Spendor BC1s have a much higher profile.  I bought them sans grilles ( the foam ones had rotted away ) and Sid Chaplin, of Traditional […]

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DENON: A 103D tweak

I would like to mention an upgrade that I have recently made and recommend it to others. I recently returned to use a Denon 103D that I had bought in the nineteen eighties and has been out of use for at least twenty years. I liked the sound, but it was a little rough at […]

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BLACK RHODIUM: The Foxtrot And QuickStep Loudspeaker Cables

They say ….. The design of the Black Rhodium FOXTROT and QUICKSTEP loudspeaker cables was inspired by Black Rhodium dealer’s comment on the new Black Rhodium Thunder loudspeaker cable. He mentioned that “whenever we use any other speaker cable, we always go back to Thunder”. The same dealer stocks the full range of Black Rhodium […]

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Jittered?

Paul McGowan writes: Probably time to cut back on the coffee. But if your jitter problems relate to your digital audio system then there’s hope. Jitter is all about timing. Digital audio depends heavily on an accurate clock. That clock meters out precise intervals, like a musical metronome, and the quality of your music depends […]

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Here’s a thought

Paul McGowan writes: Here’s another thought on the continuing discussion of why a preamp matters in the chain. Perhaps it’s the DAC’s volume control itself. One thing is obvious. A DAC without an integral volume control cannot be used without a preamplifier; either separate or integrated. Thus, when we think of why preamps matter with […]

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SONAB: Fondly remembered by some.

“As the youngest will be crawling soon, I thought I would pack away my heavy but beloved QLN standmounters before he damaged them (and himself). I was thinking of getting a cheapo omni that I could site away on the floor from main crawling zone and hopefully still have a half decent sound. I accept […]

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The Audio Miser says: A pre-owned system under £200 that REALLY works

There are fantastic pre-owned bargains out there. We all know this. That said, many budget-end enthusiasts just don’t know to what extent the system components work well together – if at all! In short – is there system synergy? Who knows? I do! Hi. I’m Neil McCauley – Editor in chief. Truthfully … I get […]

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ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Woodstock 1994 (CD)

The classic Allmans Woodstock 2 appearance in its entirety In August 1969 at the time of the original Woodstock Festival in upstate New York, the Allman Brothers were barely out of nappies. They had however travelled to New York from their hometown of Macon, Georgia. ABB were in town to record their eponymous debut album, […]

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16 Most Underrated R.E.M. Songs

James Stafford writes: From their 1982 debut EP, Chronic Town, through 2011’s career-capping Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. released numerous songs that wove their ways into our personal soundtracks: “Losing My Religion,” “Man on the Moon,” “Superman,” “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” and on and on. But […]

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Filo X3 – test review

Noel Keywood (HiFi World) writes:   Will Chinese manufacturer FiiO have a runaway success with their new budget X3 digital audio player? Noel Keywood thinks so. Little hi-res players like the FiiO X3 I am reviewing here aren’t so common as yet but they’re an intriguing proposition for any hi-fi enthusiast. Aimed at headphone users and […]

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