ARCAM: irDAC D2A test review

Edd Harris writes: In 1976 when two passionate Cambridge University students founded ‘Amplification and Recording Cambridge’, now formally known as ARCAM (since 1980), the companies main focus was firmly on producing high performance technologies for the blossoming record production industry. Little did the founders know that their reference quality journey would lead them into the […]

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HARBETH: Tube integrated for Harbeth under $2500

The thread starts ….. I am thinking about a foray into tube amplification; never been there before. I will be driving a pair of Harbeth Compact 7es3. I listen to classical, jazz, acoustic, and rock- 80% cd, 20% vinyl. I would like to keep the cost at $2500 or under. Specific reasons for your suggestions […]

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Original Album Series (Esther Phillips) (5CD)

After 3 years and over 1 million sales worldwide, the ‘Original Album Series’ continues to offer music lovers the easiest way to get their hands on the catalogue of the world’s biggest artists. Each one houses 5 albums all with their original artwork and music in slipcase form. With near 100 artists available and covering […]

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HARMAN KARDON: The HK670 Receiver

Jamie Lee Fritze (Tone Audio) writes ….. I’ve been a fan of vintage Harman/Kardon gear for several years now, so when I heard a local record store had an HK670 receiver for sale I was on the case, immediately. The typical going price for this model in “good working order” (which as most vintage audio […]

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PS AUDIO: The additional linear region of a tube is wasted once you pass over a certain level. Wasted, that is, on linear performance – but valuable on another front – headroom in an amp

Paul McGowan:  Most tube power amps have an advantage over most solid state amps: high voltage.  If we look at a typical tube vs. solid state design, that tube design might have up to ten times more voltage than the solid state design – at least in a preamplifier.  The tubes need the high voltage […]

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Setup matters

Paul McGowan writes: There are very few pieces of hifi kit that won’t benefit from a great deal of care and attention. But one benefits far more than anything else I can think of. The turntable. Vinyl’s playback is almost entirely dependent on proper setup. Getting the arm and cartridge combination playing nice together is […]

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I’m A Bluesman (CD) by Johnny Winter

His first album of new material in almost eight years in 2004 was certainly very much in the straightforward blues-rock mold, emphasis on the “blues” over “rock.” The songs here are a mixture of originals, contributions from past and present sidemen. A fantastic collection of good-natured blues-rock, and the acoustic “That Wouldn’t Satisfy” that provides […]

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ARCAM: irDAC-II Compact High-performance 24/192 DAC Asynchronous USB – Bluetooth aptX – DSD128 – Headphone Amp

  They say ….. For over 3 years, the irDAC has been regarded as one of the best and most affordable DACs available, anywhere. It has won industry accolades all over the world including two consecutive What Hi-Fi awards. Replacing the irDAC, the new irDAC-II continues the story, adding advanced Bluetooth connectivity, headphone output, DSD128 […]

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PS AUDIO: Think of how great your music system would be if you used the exact reverse of equipment used to record the event in the first place.

Paul McGowan writes: We now understand part of the reason why we can outperform test equipment as critical listeners; we are able to use the identical playback systems for both live and “recorded” music.  The same ear/brain mechanism that we use to process what our ears pickup is used to process the memory of what […]

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From the archives: Folk music: A quiet revolution

Neil McCormick writes: “‘Thank you. I’m Laura,” mumbled the pale and pretty 21 year-old, nervously collecting the award for Best British Female Solo Artist at this year’s Brits. It is not often award winners feel compelled to identify themselves, but you could almost hear a nation muttering “Laura who?”Self-styled acoustic folk singer Laura Marling had […]

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