HEGEL: H360 Integrated Amplifier

  Kirk Midtskog has posted a review of the Hegel H360 integrated amplifier ($5700) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Its neutral tonal balance, articulate and lovely rendering of details, commanding power reserves, spacious soundstaging, and natural imaging are laudable. At $5700, as solely a linestage integrated amp of its quality and power output, it […]

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From the archives: Dear diary – Lentek • Christopher Breunig • Editor Messenger • Harbeth • PRaT – and a piece of fan mail.

This first appeared here in 2008 Good day, yesterday. No sales, but no cause for concern either. Happily noticed that this site has just recorded the highest number of unique visitors and the highest number of visitor actions so far this year. I wonder why? Took a quick look at Hifi Critic magazine. Very pleased […]

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PS Audio: No DC here

Paul McGowan writes:  Number 4 on our list of 9 areas to pay attention to is making sure there’s no DC on the output of the DAC.  This might seem meaningless and something everyone just sort of does as a matter of course but how you do this can have a sonic impact and it’s […]

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PS Audio: Can it get better?

Paul McGowan writes: I was chatting with one of our customers on a recent tour of our facilities and he asked if it would be overkill to strive for higher sampling rates and greater bit depth in recordings given the fact current 192kHz 24 bit recordings exceed (by far) the limits of human hearing and […]

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DYNAVECTOR: Bring the concert hall and opera house to your home with a Dynavector SuperStereo adapter

“…plug in the ADP-2 processor and the whole experience is dramatically lifted, with a huge increase in scale, authority, instrumental weight and warmth and overall space. In fact, the volume control on the Dynavector acts as almost a ‘bloom’ button. Turn it up from zero and you’ll hear the soundstage swell in front of you, […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR “… but this problem suggests that the crossover may be inadequately specified.”

“Stereophile has had reliability problems with several review samples, and the Harbeth was no exception. Toward the end of the review period, I was giving the speaker a workout with some high-level rock when the soundstage lurched to the right and the balance became bright and brassy. “What the . . . ?” I turned […]

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Audio Myth’s Dispelled?

From ultra-low noise AC power cables to a frequency-calibrated jar of stones, it’s pretty amazing what can be sold in the pursuit of better sound. As it turns out, most of these subtle yet pricey upgrades/enhancements are nothing more than placebo – and hearing is a very subjective thing. Originally presented as part of a […]

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COMO AUDIO: Solo and Duetto

Paul Rigby writes ….. Tom DeVesto founder of Cambridge SoundWorks and Tivoli Audio, has just launched Como Audio and the Solo and Duetto entertainment systems are the first products under that new brand that is the subject of a new Kickstarter campaign that you can follow HERE. Solo has a custom Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with a […]

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YG ACOUSTICS: BilletDome Tech

Greg Borrowman writes ….. The concept behind YG Acoustics’ new ‘BilletDome’ tweeter is so simple that the only wonder is that it’s never been done before. But, like many simple ideas, it’s also a brilliant one, and a great solution to a common problem. In essence, what YG Acoustics has done is put a small […]

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PS Audio: Class is now in session

Paul McGowan writes:  Sorry about the headline, just couldn’t resist.  We are going to start delving into the working of Class D amps, also incorrectly known as “digital amps” and correctly labeled PWM amps – short for Pulse Width Modulation. As is our custom we’ll start with an overview and then get into details. It’s […]

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PS Audio: Wouldn’t it be a cool feature for a DAC or digital music player to have variable dynamic compression tied to the overall level?

  Paul McGowan writes: Most of us know what dynamic range is: the distance between the loudest and the softest music.  Most of us would always want the most dynamic range possible – it more closely mimics real life sound.  And most of us would do whatever it took to make sure we didn’t compress […]

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The hidden benefits of recycled vinyl

Paul McGowan writes:  Reader Barry McCarthy wrote me: “I like reading your quick daily thoughts on the state of our hobby. Today’s post caused me to to think of over abundance and how we live with it. I have a much more modest collection of music (about 400 LPs and 600 CD/SACDs). Recently, as I […]

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PS Audio: Offended? Offended!

Paul McGowan writes: I have always smiled when I witnessed fellow designers getting offended by some engineering claim they either disagree with or can’t understand – that is until it happened to me. Recently our engineering team has been scratching our collective heads over how software can affect sonic performance when everything we know says […]

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