THE SONIC SWEET-SPOT: “Have you ever been leery of turning up the volume control too high because you don’t want to push the system too hard?”

Paul McGowan writes: Have you ever been leery of turning up the volume control too high because you don’t want to push the system too hard?  I don’t mean in terms of volume level but stressing out the preamp by getting too close to its limits?  If that’s happened to you, you’re not alone. It’s […]

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The Unique Evils of Digital Audio and How to Defeat Them

John Siau writes as follows: We are all too familiar with the criticisms of digital audio. We have heard digital audio described as harsh, brittle, lifeless, tense, cold, and non-musical. Perhaps each of us can add our own adjectives to this list. We are surrounded by poor-quality digital systems. Our consumer-grade CD players, DVD players, […]

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KEF Carltons from 1968?

The mad collector in me is struggling to resist, as I have the chance to purchase a pair of Kef Carltons second hand. It would be interesting to read what experience members here have had with these speakers.  What attracts me to them are two things :- Firstly they are a big sealed box design […]

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The mystic world of hi-fi (circa 1994)

“Oh, you’re going to use one of those,” says Jimmy Hughes, reviewer and columnist for the hi-fi magazine Audiophile, as he eyes my little tape recorder. “Yes,” say I, prepared. “Are you worried it will affect the sound?” “Oh, it will,” says Jimmy, whose living room is a shrine to hi-fi and to music, its […]

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Blast from the past: November 2003 Enjoy the Music.com Von Schweikert Audio VR-1 Reference Studio Monitors Mighty Minis Review by Wayne Donnelly

I first encountered the VR-1, along with the floorstanding VR-2 and the VR-S/1 compact subwoofer, at the 2003 CES. They comprise the entry-level offerings from VSA, and they exemplify the company’s new approach to marketing high-value loudspeakers in the very competitive $1,000 to $3,000 price range.  These speakers are manufactured in China to Albert Von […]

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HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

The thread starts …. This tread discusses Harbeth’s policy on spares and after care. Many companies have a business model where their products are relatively less expensive than ours and their spares parts division makes a significant contribution to their overall profitability. We design and manufacture for the longest possible service life – typically 20 […]

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PS AUDIO: The thing about skeptics

Paul McGowan writes: I wrote that I had an out-of-the-box idea to share with you.  This is just for fun and stimulation – and no, it is not a precursor to a new product.  The idea revolves around the notion that it is wrong-headed to use digital room correction of the loudspeakers themselves (above 150Hz […]

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THE WARLOCKS: Songs From The Pale Eclipse (CD)

The mesmerizing new album from L.A.’s premiere psych rock band, The Warlocks, offers some of founder/vocalist Bobby Hecksher’s most captivating compositions in years! Features the hypnotic lead single “Lonesome Bulldog,” plus the subtly seductive album opener “Only You,” and a woozy ode to alcohol in “Drinking Song!” “Lonesome Bulldog” made its debut on Spin magazine’s […]

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