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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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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The validity of Hi-fi tuning fuses

“Does anyone here have any impressions on the Hifi tuning fuses and how they possitively or negatively affected components in their system? According to some audio enthusiasts, installing premium grade fuses in preampss, amps, phono etc make a significant improvement in the overall sound. Any comments are most welcome since I’m considering this relatively inexpensive […]

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Does streaming help the music industry?

The thread starts: Streaming services have reversed the fortunes of the music industry in Sweden and now generate more income than downloads or CDs. But can the model be replicated worldwide? Streaming services make their money from adverts or monthly subscriptions from premium users. For Spotify, the fees are about $15 (£10) in Sweden and […]

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The Music Server of the Future: Your Phone

Doug Schneider writes ….. According to Statista.com, 122.32 million smartphones were sold in 2007, the year the first iPhone was released. In 2016, almost 1.5 billion smartphones were sold, and there’s no reason to believe this growth will stop anytime soon. According to a January 12, 2017 article by the Pew Research Center, 77% of […]

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