Are Headphone amps worth the expense?

“I have a Mac tube amp and grado phones. Would I benefit from a headphone amp? How are they hooked up? Thanks for any thoughts.” 21 enthusiasts express their opinions MORE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial […]

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Do you really need a HiFi in the digital age?

Originally published in 2010 in The Daily Telegraph Ever since the first MP3 player emerged – sometime around 1996 – the enticing prospect of putting all your music, audio and video on one small system has been dangled in front of consumers Continues HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions […]

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The best stereo amplifiers of the 21st century

What Hi-Fi? tell us: We take a short-ish stroll down memory lane and revisit the best pound-for-pound stereo amplifiers we’ve tested since the turn of the century. Continues HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – […]

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From the archives: The amplifier designer hall of fame (part #3) – Mark Levinson, Antony Michaelson, Dr. Richard Bews, Bob Stuart, Roger Modeski.

Editor McCauley in conversation with Howard Popeck: Yes. But can you expand on this a bit? Okay. In my direct personal experience many of the finest amplifier designers are first and foremost gifted in their field and are not entrepreneurs through choice. They become entrepreneurs through force of circumstance i.e. there was no other intelligent […]

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Best music streamer deals 2018

What Hi-Fi? write: If you’ve ripped your CD collection to a hard drive or prefer accessing your music from a service like Spotify or beaming over Bluetooth, then a music streamer seems the most logical piece of kit to have in your system. We’ve tracked down a handful of deals on some of our favourite machines. […]

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Transferable warranties as a brand decision incentive?

Originally published here in 2015 Howard Popeck writes: If when considering buying a piece of new audio equipment, the maker made it unequivocally clear that the unexpired portion of the original warranty would be underwritten by them i.e. transferable to the second owner, would this have a positive influence on your decision re that brand? […]

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From our 2010 archives / McDonalds and a possible link to why people like me use the Apple i-pod when perhaps I should know better!

Howard Popeck writes:  Here I am on this hot evening earlier this week, going back to work after feeding my cats and as is usual with me, despite being on the track for fast weight loss, I feel hungry. So where do I go, in fact where does anyone go at a time like this […]

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My Lying Ears by The Computer Audiophile

Originally published here in 2015 As a diehard card-carrying audiophile I am interested in all things related to this wonderful hobby. I’ve published articles based solely on my subjective listening experience and I’ve published articles detailing only objective measurements and facts about products. I enjoy publishing and reading articles that cover the gamut. I also […]

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9 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told me Before I Bought my First Stereo.

Orginally published in 2015 Arved Deecke writes: I remember well, a younger man, when I first ventured into the wonderful world of high-end audiophile audio. I spent quite some time in a significantly obsessive state of mind pondering one purchase over the other, being tempted to spend more money than I could afford and significantly […]

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Affordable Audiophile Speakers: Inexpensive Home Stereo Systems Don’t Have to Sound Cheap

Originally published in 2015 Grant Clauser writes: Enjoying great sounding music is not a pleasure restricted to high income brackets, but lots of people believe that the best stereo speakers—loudspeakers that can be appreciated by people who identify as audiophiles—cost an arm and a leg. Many do, but a great audio system is not dictated […]

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A Visit to the Magico Factory

Jason Victor Serenis (Stereophile magazine) writes: Ever since 2013, when Alon Wolf’s California-based Magico loudspeaker company consolidated its original 5000 sq. ft. Berkeley headquarters and 5000 sq. ft. San Jose warehouse into a single 20,000 ft. facility in Hayward, people have been telling me that I had to experience the company’s “incredible” listening room. Ironically, […]

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Institute of Acoustics

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1974. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK’s Register of professional Engineers. The Institute’s address is St Peter’s House, 45-49 Victoria Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3WZ, United Kingdom. The current president of the […]

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So You Think You’re An Audiophile?

Bob Rapoport writes:  My wife watches a TV show called “So You Think You Can Dance?” that gave me this idea to publish a quiz for those who think of themselves as audiophiles. It’s a fun way to teach you some of the basics about how to be an audiophile and know what to listen for. Judging from […]

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Emotiva XSP-1 Differential Reference™ Preamp

They say: The XSP-1 Differential Reference™ Preamp is the result of a two-year development effort aimed at creating a modern, reference-caliber, fully balanced analog stereo preamplifier with the flexibility and features demanded by the discriminating audiophile. The XSP-1 integrates a classically designed audiophile topology with an advanced, digital control system. Extreme care has gone into […]

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