Best on-ear headphones

What Hi-Fi tell us: These are the best on-ear headphones money can buy. We’ve got the lot, from wallet-friendly to money-no-object, noise-cancelling and wireless models. On-ear headphones are a middle ground between in-ears and over-ears. They provide better sound than in-ears, and tend to be less bulky than over-ears. So if you want the best of […]

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Best headphone amplifiers

What Hi-Fi write: When it comes to headphone amp circuitry, most amps and smartphones are pretty basic. That’s why you should pair your shiny new headphones with a dedicated headphone amp – so they can really sing. Here are our favourites, from under a ton to nigh-on eight grand. And as a bonus, many headphone amps […]

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USB Digital Microscope: How to use it to set 92 Degree Stylus Rake Angle (SRA)

Analogue Planet write …. The stylus rake angle is the angle the stylus’s “contact patch” makes to the record surface. If you have a relatively inexpensive cartridge with a spherical stylus you don’t have to worry about SRA because the contact area remains the same regardless of arm height. On the other hand, elliptical styli […]

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SASKIA: II Turntable

They write ….. Emia’s Dave Slagle grabbed me in between rooms and practically dragged me down into the lobby to see something. “You’re not gonna believe it,” he said. Okay, when Dave gets excited, one of two things are about to happen: one, I’m about to get a technical lecture that sails so far over […]

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Listening Spaces: Audiophiles, Technology and Domestic Music Listening. Brian O’Neill / Dublin Institute of Technology

This paper examines the interrelationship of technology, space and identity as exhibited in the domestic music listening practices of the audiophile. Music listening in domestic contexts provides both a physical and imaginary space of cultural consumption. The paper describes work in progress into phenomenological aspects of listening, practices of audio technology use in domestic contexts, […]

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Tour the Tesla Tube Factory

Michael Fremmer writes: Back in 1999 I reviewed in Stereophile the KR Audio VT 8000 monoblock vacuum tube amplifier. I wrote in the review: “Virtually every part in the amplifier is custom-made in-house or sourced from associated facilities, including the metal fabrication, the transformers, and the circuit boards. The internal wiring is Swiss in origin. […]

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Best turntables

What Hi-Fi write Whether you’re dipping a toe into the waters of the vinyl revival, or you’re a seasoned record collector looking to upgrade your turntable, we’re here to guide you… …because (to mix our metaphors just a little) those waters are a minefield. So stick with us to secure the best deal on the […]

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Hi-fi boss slams ‘rip-off’ industry

From the archives: James Rivington writes: Most hi-fi systems on sale worldwide are so heavily marked up that the majority of customers are being scandalously ripped off. That’s what AVI hi-fi chief Ashley James said in an interview conducted with Tech.co.uk last Friday at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show . He also said that […]

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Ripped

Here’s something to contemplate. If ripping a CD results in identical bit-perfect data to the original and, if you store that ripped data on a hards drive, how could one ripping process sound different than another? The answer is simple. It cannot. Yet, few among us would suggest one ripping process sounds the same as another. […]

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From the archives: R.I.P. iPod: Sony unveils cassette tape that can hold 64,750,000 songs

Consequence of Sound write: For a time, the cassette tape absolutely dominated the sales market. In 1990 alone, a staggering 442 million tapes were sold. However, with the rise of the CD, the birth of the mp3, and the eventual resurrection of vinyl, sales dwindled, and by 2007 only a mere 274,000 individual cassettes were sold. […]

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