HARBETH: M40.1 test review

                        Stereophile (Art Dudley) writes The best, most enduring audio products have in their favor more than great sound: They have some sense of history as well. Particularly good examples abound from the British companies Spendor, Rogers, and Harbeth, some of whose products were […]

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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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Wait For Me – Songs of Love, Lust & Discontent from the 1920s and 1930s (3CD) by Various Artists

“Wait For Me” is the long awaited follow-up 3-CD compilation to John Heneghan’s critically acclaimed comp for Dust-To-Digital 2010’s, “Baby, How Can It Be?”. Three CDs of 1920’s & 30’s 78 rpm records from the collections of John Heneghan, Robert Crumb, the late Don Kent, and Donovan Weaver.It includes never heard before records such as, […]

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RUSS ANDREWS: Introducing the all new Kimber Axios USB cable

We are told ….. Russ Andrews, exclusive UK distributor for Kimber Kable, is using the forthcoming Indulgence Show to launch the Kimber Axios USB cable, created to extract the best out of computer audio systems and portable digital audio players. Building on the phenomenal success of the Axios headphone cables, which have been a very […]

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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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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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