HARBETH: McIntosh MC 275 Mk IV or V with Harbeth M-40.1?

The thread starts….. I’ve had my Plinius SA-102 for longer than any previous amp (almost 3 years) and have been very satisfied with it’s reliability, musicality and build quality, but I’m very intrigued with finally trying a classic tube amp. I listen to classical, jazz, vocals & acoustic rock at moderate volume levels, so I’m […]

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Dynaudio Special Forty “These 40th anniversary Dynaudios are classic in looks but cutting edge in ability.” Tested at £2,500

What HiFi? write …. We have a confession. Our first impression of Dynaudio’s 40th anniversary speaker is more one of mild disappointment than anything else. It’s not that there is a lot wrong with the Special Forty – it’s just the design seem a little too familiar. Dynaudio has made any number of two-way standmounters, of […]

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Audiophile power cords

In your experience, do mains leads really make a difference, and are the expensive ones really capable of offering value? Mains cables do change the sound of audio equipment. Unfortunately there’s a lot claims made about mains cables that are exaggerated. I suggest that the effect of a mains cable is not as important as […]

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Audiophiles – are THEY hearing something WE are not?

Beneath the most unremarkable houses lurk the most remarkable sound systems. Alexis Petridis investigates. In a room off the hotel lobby, I find Steve, a building contractor from Essex, who has devoted his spare time to assembling the most deranged-looking hi-fi system I’ve ever seen. The speakers have something resembling the horn from an old […]

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Is hearing believing?

  Did anyone else see last night’s Horizon: Is Seeing Believing on BBC2? It could equally well have been called “Is Hearing Believing”, or any or all our senses for that matter (magnetic fields anyone?). It was fascinating. The theory of “crossover” and “plasticity” between the senses – the idea that to some extent we […]

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PS Audio: Building the high-end brand

  Paul McGowan writes: The high-end doesn’t really have a brand or a neat way to bundle up its concept and present the package to someone interested. That’s a problem.  For the process of engaging a new community of high-end customers, high-end as a concept must be packaged and easily grasped by a potential customer.  […]

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CAMBRIDGE AUDIO: iD100 iPod, iPhone dock test review

Noel Keywood (HiFi World) writes: Beware – docks for Apple i-items may use analogue or digital audio, because the multipin output connector offers both. Manufacturers commonly don’t make clear which one is used, but best quality comes from the digital feed because it is not sullied by the player’s internal digital convertor. Cambridge, being nifty […]

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GRAM PARSONS: A Song For You (Limited 7CD Box Set)

We are told ….. Limited edition 7CD Box Set featuring influences, rare live performances with the Flying Burrito Brothers, interviews and cover versions by Emmylou Harris, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark, Linda Ronstadt Gram Parsons is the father of country-rock. With the International Submarine Band, the Byrds, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, the songwriter […]

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