A planar ribbon is fundamentally different than an electrostat and, because of that, they sound quite different too

In both types of drivers, we start with the same sort of plastic substrates like Mylar or Kapton, but there the two radically depart. To make a ribbon driver we need to layer on a thin sheet of copper in the form of a coil, then add tension to this diaphragm and suspend it between […]

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THE ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE: Dialing it in with Tim de Paravicini

  John Atkinson writes:  “Meeting Englishman Tim de Paravicini for the first time, you start to wonder if your mind has slipped a gear, whether premature brain fade has cut in. The conversation seems not only to be racing by unexpectedly quickly, but also subjects you hadn’t even realized were subjects are being examined in […]

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Sweeping statements

Paul McGowan … Here’s a subject I am perhaps more guilty of than most. The practice of making a sweeping statement about how everything is one way or the other. This is wrong and this is right. This matters and that does not. This guy’s a liar, and this one always tells the truth. The problem with this line of communication is two-fold: nothing is always one […]

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Building your own

When I was 15 years old I built my own HiFi system. I swear it sounded better than anything else I had ever heard. I wonder how much of that was because I built it? I think that when we handcraft something there’s a certain level of customization—personal attention—that not only makes the final result […]

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A One-click iTunes Alternative to Transfer Music/Video/Photo from iPhone to Mac

There’s no getting around it: transferring content between your iPhone and your Mac can be an effort. It’s also a necessity. iPhone storage doesn’t come cheap, and the more we shoot 12 megapixel photos and 4K video, download high-resolution audio or play graphically-intensive games, the faster it’s going to run out. Some events, like a […]

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