Ask an expert: Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 300 integrated amplifier

Howard, what’s your opinion on the Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista 300 integrated amplifier? The one I owned was one of the best MF amps I ever encountered. I say this despite the fact that I resigned the franchise. In a nutshell, it’s a minor classic in the making. Howard Popeck hp@no-alibi.demon.co.uk

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A POINT OF VIEW: What should I avoid in Peter Green’s releases?

Well, first off, looking at his Fleetwood Mac career, avoid nothing other than Mr. Wonderful. From his Splinter Group years, most of it is pretty good although the first album, Peter Green’s Splinter Group is a bit weak. Nevertheless everyone was pretty forgiving about this because it was a miracle he could stand on stage, […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Equipment isolation supports

  Hello Howard, wanted to ask what your view of isolation supports etc is? Over many years I have had personal experience of isolations systems from everyone from Russ Andrews, Mana and latterly Townshend Audio. My conclusions are these: Anyone who claims that an isolation support, in your home, at your listening levels will automatically […]

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HARBETH: Cheap new ones from the Netherlands – too good to be true?

Can potential Harbeth owners buy cheaper from Europe and import into their own country – inc the UK? It’s an interesting question. We did a bit of sniffing around and checked a few European retailers and eventually discovered this Netherlands organisation. Against UK official retail prices the prices are low and yes, on the face […]

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DUMB IDEA? A proposed audiophile start up in a saturated market

Hi. A well known valve supplier and I have discussed putting (a new valve amplifier line) into production. Given your experiences with valve amplification would you be interested in selling same amps? Well, I think it fair to say and with some regret too that currently the economic situation facing the UK audiophile industry in […]

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STAX: Their 717 & 727 energisers

Hi Howard, Very briefly, could you tell me if there is any significant improvement in sound between the older SRM 717 and the newer 727 solid state amplifiers. Also, I would be interested if you have any opinions on third party energisers for Stax earspeakers. I’ve seen several mentioned such as KGSS and Rudistor (at […]

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MARANTZ: ST551 FM tuner test review

  Stereophile write: The Marantz ST-74 tuner, reviewed in Vol.8 No.7, was described as having “butter-and-marmalade appearance and AM performance, but dry-toast FM.” The latest offering from Marantz, the ST551 (footnote 1), has not quite as sweet AM or appearance, but its more palatable FM makes it one of the best-sounding tuners encountered. It doesn’t […]

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SAE Scientific Audio Electronics: 2800 parametric eq. 230v for sale

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/162457619003? Please click HERE for our entire SAE archive —//— Hi. I’m Howard Popeck, features editor here. The team hope the this post was interesting. Would you like to be a talent scout? If so, then please contact me at features@hifianswers.com with links to anything VINTAGE you think the tens of thousands of other readers […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Audiophile marketing – is this a contradiction in terms?

Neil, is there such a things as honest audiophile marketing, or is that a contradiction in terms? Thanks. Bryan Paul McGowan wrote on the topic: Bad storytelling. Marketing a product is all about telling a story.  The story tells the customer what the product’s about, why he might need it and how it relates to […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: So accuracy or emotionally inspiring? Heck of a choice.

Gentlemen. Should I choose emotion over accuracy or vice-versa? I am no longer convinced I can achieve both in one system Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says: My friend Art Tedeschi from the Colorado Audiophile Society sent me an interesting observation which I think is rather relevant and relates to our thoughts. “I think […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Homemade cables

Gentlemen, can home made cables really offer quality as distinct from value? Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says on the subject. Fatter wire sounds fuller, skinnier wire sounds thin, shielded wire sounds cleaner but veiled, stranded wire sounds one way and solid core thicker wire sounds yet another.  These findings were very suspicious to […]

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TRIO / KENWOOD: KT-917 FM tuner. Rare 230v UK spec for sale

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162438789650?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Please click HERE for everything we have on the mighty KT 917 —//— Hi. I’m Howard Popeck, features editor here. The team hope the this post was interesting. Would you like to be a talent scout? If so, then please contact me at features@hifianswers.com with links to anything VINTAGE you think the tens of […]

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SAE Scientific Audio Electronics: 2800 parametric eq – interesting youtube clip

Please click HERE for our entire SAE archive —//— Hi. I’m Howard Popeck, features editor here. The team hope the this post was interesting. Would you like to be a talent scout? If so, then please contact me at features@hifianswers.com with links to anything VINTAGE you think the tens of thousands of other readers might […]

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HARBETH: “I am considering a change from Harbeth Super HL5s to the 7ES-3s. Could you describe the difference between the two?”

I’ve recently moved my system to a smaller room (the old wife acceptance factor) and as a result I am considering a change from Harbeth Super HL5s to the 7ES-3s. Could you describe the difference between the two? The new room is 13’ 2”x15’ 2” with 8.5’ 2” ceilings, and due to other furniture the […]

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TRIO / KENWOOD: KT-917 FM tuner – what the experts say

The above image comes from hifiengine Hello gentlemen. What can you tell me about the Kenwood Kt 917 which I believe was badged trio in the UK. Thanks in advance. Ralph Thank you Ralph. In matters like this we always defer to http://www.fmtunerinfo.com/ Here is what they have to say: (1979, $1,000, photo, schematic, detector/MPX […]

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SAE Scientific Audio Electronics: The user forum

The above image of the mighty 2800 equaliser comes from HiFiEngine They say: Open discussion on Audio Equipment in general but primarily focused on equipment manufactured by SAE (Scientific Audio Electronics) and later family related manufacturers such as GAS (Great American Sound), Sumo, ATI (Amplifier Technology Incorporated), and Spread Spectrum Technologies (SST). SAE was the […]

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