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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Bristol Show: Says one visitor – “It will come as no surprise then, that for me, PMC stole the entire show — I kept returning to that room”

Mark EJ (pfm member) writes: PMC: Since first hearing an early pair of LB1s with a 52/135s fed by a Roksan CD player (shutting down the 135s every 15 mins) at a Heathrow show in the early 90s, I’ve been conscious that PMC succeed (to my ears) in quite a lot of what they attempt, […]

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PS Audio: “What is this defense mechanism? It’s not in your ears but rather your brain”

I learned a new word from one of my readers this morning: conflate.  It means confusing two messages together and apparently that’s what I did yesterday in my post; so I’ll start by clearing the conflation up. I first defined what I believe Listener Fatigue is and then went on to describe how music communicates […]

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PS Audio: Solid state vs. fields

Paul McGowan writes: This post will most likely stand the hair up on the back of EE necks because it’ll be riddled with inaccuracies I will use to make a point about why devices sound differently in audio circuits. What I have to share hopefully will be interesting to both the uninformed as well as […]

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PS Audio: How may I serve you?

Paul McGowan writes:  If for some reason your power amplifier puts DC into your loudspeaker you’ll wind up letting the magic blue smoke out and killing your loudspeaker.  ”Magic blue” smoke is engineering humor: it’s what we jokingly say when a component blows up and smoke spews from its innards – “oops, we let the […]

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Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile / CAF 2013: High Water Sound (updated!)

“I’ve written many times about the audio wizardry of High Water Sound‘s Jeff Catalano. Ask around — this is one of the few rooms you can expect to hear something non-scripted. Something off the wall. Something like a first pressing, not-for-resale demo, of Dave Brubeck. Or an entire side of The Lotus Palace, by The Alan […]

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An unsolicited reader comment

It is good to see Ken Kesler associated with your operation. I applaud your ethical approach to your retail product selection and your open minded position. Your recognition that the customer is not always right is spot on. The difference of opinion and the stride for the ongoing pursuit of truth is refreshing. All I […]

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