APOGEE: Their Diva speaker

The Diva was Apogee’s most expensive ribbon speaker when it was released in 1988. Nearly as large as the original Full Range it was a 3-way system, slightly over 6 feet tall with a very large trapezoidal bass panel, a 3 element aluminium midrange ribbon and a tweeter made from a single strip of aluminium […]

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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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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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Can the human voice really shatter a wine glass?

THE BBC is to take an intriguing look at the science behind the human voice with the help of Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford. Trailing the Electrifying the Voice event on BBC Breakfast and the Today Programme, Professor Trevor Cox explained some of the secrets that make the human voice the most […]

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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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Your Speakers and Your Wife

  My wife has no interest or input on equipment choices, just the price tag! If I get a new piece she usually asks don’t you already have that or why do I need it. Then I start down the path of why I think I do and she instantly regrets asking, lol. As soon […]

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HORNS: Why not?

  I’ve owned a lot of speakers over the years but I have never experienced anything like the midrange reproduction from my horns. With a frequency response of 300 Hz. up to 14 Khz. from a single distortionless driver, it seems like a no-brainer that everyone would want this performance. Why don’t you use horns? […]

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Hi Fi on a zero budget

“I’m now re-entering one of my periodic hifi obsessions. It’s been a decade since I was last obsessing about black boxes, wires and associated paraphernalia. I came out of that with a modest but nice little system that put out good music (cd63KI-Nait 2-Tab 50s). 10 years, wife, kids and mortgage later, I fancy having […]

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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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A POINT OF VIEW: T-Amps

The thread starts:   I’m thinking of getting a little T-Amp as a spare amp / for 3rd system use (I have a pair of Klipsch Heresys doing nothing at present – I could set them up in the ‘record shop’, I’ve also got a pair of JR149s, but I doubt a chip amp would […]

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