Audio woo now defined

Rational Wiki writes: Audio woo consists of unsupportable claims for devices or methods for getting better sound quality from systems that reproduce recorded music. Such claims are made by manufacturers, hobbyists, and writers in the field. An audiophile is someone dedicated to producing the highest possible fidelity in the playback of music. While this is […]

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ABX Tests Prove Hi-Res Audio Is Legit!

Michael Lavorgna writes: This is really great news for anyone following the hi-res audio debate. The debate is simple; some people claim there is an audible difference between high resolution files and lower resolutions, and some people claim there isn’t. There have been a bunch of technical articles on the subject but up until now(ish), […]

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Agesism in audiophile showrooms?

From the archives: Based on the article below, it’s hard to figure out how this Government edict might pan out in what’s left of the UK retail audiophile industry. Some insiders are inclined to think that the bricks ‘n mortar part of the industry will be dead and buried before the impact of this legislation […]

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In defence of Ken Kessler in particular and audio writes in general – or at least most of them – by Neil McCauley (part 1 of 2)

From time to time and on some but not all forums an audiophile magazine reviewer is used as a scapegoat for every illness in the industry. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that the more aggressive / virulent posters are those hiding behind anonymity. However that’s not the point of this piece nor indeed that […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 2)

Here were my thought processes in coming up with my ‘design’: Vintage speakers use large woofers in sealed enclosures and I like the sound of them, notwithstanding their other drawbacks. I’ve yet to hear a modern, ported, slim line speaker that doesn’t eventually fatigue the ears in some way, although they seem miraculous for their […]

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A beginners guide to bi-wiring

Jim Lesurf writes:  “Bi-wiring” is a controversial topic. Some people are quite certain it makes an audible difference. Some others are convinced that it can’t actually make any difference at all. The purpose of this analysis is to try and decide whether it is at least theoretically feasible that bi-wiring can make any difference. To […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase would like to draw your attention to the Hammond Novachord

HP’s’s introductory note: It’s with pleasure that Neil and I welcome Ray back as guest contributor. Those of you who’ve followed his contributions will acknowledge, as indeed we do here in the office that his direct, cogent and compelling writing style is refreshing. Meanwhile as I type this I’m listening to Etta James – Hush […]

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