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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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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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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KUZMA: 4Point tonearm – test review

  No one has ever accused Franc Kuzma of designing glamorous audio jewelry. His turntables and tonearms are industrial-strength examples of engineering know-how and machining excellence. But to those who appreciate such things, his products are truly beautiful, even if they’re not adorned with chrome, wood, and sleekly polished surfaces. And if looking at the […]

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Howard Popeck asks: How important is the absence of UK servicing on top audiophile gear?

  Let me set the scene. One of the reasons I gave up representing STAX equipment, at the time I was the global #1 for the brand was not, as is sometimes reported, the unreliability of the Omega-2 earspeakers and certain batches of the 717, but that on a number of occasions, the defective items […]

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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: Why flat?

Paul McGowan writes: When we look at the specs for a piece of audio equipment we want to make sure it doesn’t emphasize or reduce one frequency area over another.  We routinely see flatness specs that are within 1/10th of a dB from below where we can hear to way above where we hear.  These […]

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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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Howard Popeck wonders if the makers that focus on building products they want to own doomed to oblivion?

I’ve eaten at many restaurants and for this post I’ll focus in Indian ones because I know these best. In some I’m confronted by what seems to be hundreds of options and in others somewhat fewer. I’m working on impressions here; I have no inclination to count the options! In my experience the more choices […]

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Two speaker design types, flat panel or box: Which one’s right for you?

Steve Guttenberg writes: The Magnepan MMG and Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR are two very different sounding speakers, so which one is best for you? More HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you […]

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Auditioning Nordost cables: Do speaker cables have a ‘sound’?

Steve Guttenberg writes: It’s a safe bet that your speaker cables don’t look like Nordost’s ultra-flat cables. Founded in 1991, Nordost is a high-technology cable manufacturer using conductor technology that was initially developed for the aerospace industry. Nordost designs and builds all of its audio, digital and video cables in its facilities in Holliston, Massachusetts. […]

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PS Audio: High voltage and linearity

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we covered the fundamental differences between tubes and transistors and one of those we’re interested in is linearity. Tubes and transistors are only partially linear devices – which means they will not always faithfully reproduce a larger version of the input signal on their outputs. In our example yesterday […]

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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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