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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State of the art, circa 1970?

Looking for names of components you folks think would have been state of the art in 1970 or so. Turntables, amplification, speakers, tuners, tape decks, etc. Just a fun list. Dip in and out HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just […]

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MARK LEVINSON: The man, ML equipment in the distant past in the UK

Question for Mr. Popeck. Hi.  You were a Levinson dealer at Listen Carefully. No reviews and no adverts for months. Are Levinson still in business and if so, are they represented in the UK. What is their vintage gear like? Hmm. In hi-fi terms, Listen-Carefully was a long time ago. However, I’ll do my best […]

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Pioneer announces its new flagship SACD player/DAC: the PD-70AE

Adam Smith writes: Some people revel in the vinyl revival. Some swear by streaming. Some enjoy nothing better than a good CD. Members of that last group, pay attention. Pioneer has announced its new flagship SACD/CD player and digital-to-analogue converter, the PD-70AE. Its electrical innards include a full-balanced circuit featuring independent left and right channels, which the company […]

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Best portable music players

What Hi-Hi write: You could listen to music on your phone, but for top quality sound, only a dedicated music player will do. In which case, this is the page for you… Whether you’re saving your phone battery, or investing in a high-end PMP to double as a DAC, our round-up has the best portable music players available right […]

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D is for diamond: Transfiguration creates special limited ‘D’ edition of flagship Proteus phono cartridge

We are told: Hand-crafted in Japan by Immutable Music’s Seiji Yoshioka, Transfiguration moving coil (MC) phono cartridges have been hailed as being among the world’s most musically honest.  This is no accident, since their design has always been guided by two firm principles: first, to extract the most minute, natural musical detail from a record’s […]

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VPI, ModWright, TuneAudio, And Skogrand Cables @ HIGH END 2015

enjoythemusic.com write:  Electronics manufacturer ModWright Instruments was joined by turntable specialist VPI, TuneAudio hornspeakers and Skogrand Cables at HIGH END 2015. ModWright Instruments’ and PH-150 phono and Elyse tube DAC ($7900 and $6900 respectively). The Elyse tube DAC features the Burr Brown PCM1794 DAC chip and handles up to 24-bit/192kHz digital audio files. Inputs include […]

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HARBETH: Their views re social media in our industry

This is the first in a series of articles canvassing industry opinion about topical issues. Attitudes toward the application of social media in brand promotion towards potential customers is the focus. Inevitably, the discussion embraces considerations of the relevance of Facebook and Twitter to end-users, and perceptions of their effectiveness in engaging with interested persons […]

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