Worlds Best Engineered Preamp?

Okay, so I have not found the worlds best engineered preamp, but does it exist? I want a preamp that has two main outs, just regular outs not reversed or anything special, it must have a external processor loop and at least bass, midrange and treble tone controls. Well, there is one company, Mcintosh that […]

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Best budget turntables

What Hi-Fi? write …. There’s a resurgence in vinyl happening right now – so what better excuse do you need to buy a new turntable? These are the best budget models around. You don’t have to spend a small fortune to make your vinyl sound fantastic. In fact, you can spend as little as £150 […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 6)

Initial Listening and Gradual Refinement Having already written the basic crossover software, and after a day’s furious woodworking and wiring up, the system worked! I set the relative driver levels using the amp volume controls, doing this by ear, matching the levels at the crossover frequencies. So at this stage I could listen to CDs […]

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RAIDHO: D-2.1 floorstander: A Pair of Diamond Geezers

Paul Rigby writes: The Raidho D-2.1 is a 2.5-way floorstanding loudspeaker with two Raidho diamond drivers and one Raidho ribbon tweeter. The sealed ribbon tweeter uses an array of neodymium magnets working with an ultra thin membrane. Ceramix mid/bass drivers feature aluminum-oxide ceramic diaphragms and Raidho’s patented neodymium magnet system. The D (Diamond) Series, includes […]

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POLK: Signature Series: Dynamic Balance Technology Driver Design

Paul Rigby writes: This new speaker system includes Dynamic Balance technology, a patented technology that analyses the speaker’s electro-acoustic and mechanical system for, “…improved material selection and more efficient geometry.” It apparently pinpoints and eliminates issues that reduce speaker performance before they become a part of the finished product Continues HERE

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Best Vintage Preamp?

I’m wondering what people think is a good vintage preamp? I have a Mcintosh C40 in my office and I like that, although I don’t think it qualifies as vintage (c. ’92-’98). Downstairs I am building a more vintage system for the “pool room” (unfinished corner of my basement where the pool table is…the stereo […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 1)

Speakers I have owned include: Tannoy, Kef, B&W, Acoustic Research, Mission, Goodmans, Wharfedale. None of them what you’d call ‘high end’, but some fairly respected models. And at other people’s houses I can recall listening to Monitor Audio and Quad electrostatics. The most expensive speaker I have heard (at a show) was, I think, Backes […]

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Mr Ray Purchase offers an alternative view of the High End. (Part #2 of 2)

Solid State and Active are Clean I don’t think it is too controversial to claim that solid state amplification suffers less from distortion than valve, can have higher reserves of power, lower output impedance, flatter frequency response and so on. Nor is it controversial to claim that active speakers <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powered_speakers”>distort less</a> than passive systems, […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 7)

The Result, and Interpretation Obviously I don’t expect to convince you that my speakers are ‘high end’, but they are! All types of recording sound better than I have heard before (outside, presumably, of the active Backes and Mullers mentioned earlier!), but where the system excels in particular is in playing back uncompressed large scale […]

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