HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – is there the possibility of a reissue?

  Howard Popeck asks: Dave – If enough money were invested, could a UK maker totally and faithfully reproduce the original sound using modern components or, as I suspect, part of that special and elusive sound only be achieved by original components? Dave Smith replies: In conjunction with the previous question I have no doubt […]

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GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – Far Eastern imitations?

Howard Popeck asks: Am I correct that cheap ‘n cheerful imitations emanating from China or elsewhere are in circulation or is this just a rumour? Dave Smith replies: No there is not an ‘imitation’ so far to my knowledge. The GB-101 chrome stands are re-manufactured by me purely due to the demand I had to […]

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STAX: Their vintage SR3 & SRD-5 … and more

  Hi Howard. Just found HFA;  full of useful stuff. I am interested in the differences between the electret and mains powered energisers. I have a pair of Stax headphones labelled “New” SR3 which originally (when I bought them in 1975) came with an SRD-5 energiser. The SRD-5 (which is mains powered) was changed for […]

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LFD AUDIO: MCT phono stage and the very rare MCT ‘transformer coupled’ version – clarified by Dr. Richard Bews

What is the difference between the MCT phono stage and the very rare MCT ‘transformer coupled’ version? All MCT are transformer coupled (“T” in MCT). There is a (SE) version where the MAINS transformer is much larger (it retails for about £4k), also there is a slight change to a passive component. This gives more […]

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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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BEVERIDGE: 2SW speakers

I read one of your posts about the Beveridge speakers. I am located in Chicago have recently purchased a pair of Beveridge 2sw speakers. Before running the Beveridges, I was using Apogee Scintilla speakers. As good as the Scintillas are they are no match for the Beveridge speakers. I feel like I have died and […]

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APOGEE: Amplifiers suitable for 1 ohm Scintilla loudspeakers

Howard – help please! WHICH vintage Krell? —//— Certainly. I sold many pairs of these magnificent but tricky-to-drive speakers when I ran Subjective Audio. I was, so I’m told Apogee’s most successful UK retailer. i mention this because I have a lot of direct, personal hands-on experience. The simple part of my 2-part answer is […]

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PS Audio: “Golden ears”

Paul McGowan writes: “I am sure you make great sounding products but they’d be wasted on me.  I could never appreciate a system at your level!” How many times have I heard that from a neighbor, the UPS man, a vendor come to visit with us at PS Audio?  Almost always. What’s interesting is that […]

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Ask an expert: Declicker box

I reached hi-fi nirvana via a good moving coil pick up and Quad electrostatic speakers. I have box-swapped amps to put between them but, within limits, they make relatively little difference to the emerging sound. I do, however, have a very sweet spot for a pair of World Audio Design 300B PSE amplifiers, but like […]

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Origin Live Encounter on a Linn LP12 (updated in the light of a conversation with Mark Baker)

  I received an email  from Mark Baker (Origin Live) expressing disappointment re my observations re his entry level arm’s performance on a Linn LP12 as shown below. I phoned him, out of courtesy, to discuss this with him. I envisaged a bruising encounter (don’t ask!) but it turned out be cordial. As an aside, […]

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CYRUS: Pre-owned Cyrus – is it really worth considering?

I’ve had a strong liking for Cyrus equipment. They’re consistently impressive sounding, and gorgeous, non-conformist looking products have left me wanting after a Cyrus set-up for a long time. I’ve been finding a lot more of their amplifiers and CD players on eBay at a fraction of their RRP. Older models, admittedly, but Cyrus nonetheless. […]

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