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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Ask an expert: White Noise Audio

Hi guys. What can you tell me about White Audio Labs and can they be contacted perhaps under another name? Our archives drew a blank on this one and so we asked around. Here’s all that we found. “Tiny British operation run by David White that was on the vanguard of a wave of small […]

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Ceramic loudspeaker cabinets

Neil. Hi. Has anyone successfully used ceramics for a speaker cabinets? Yes indeed. Zako Audio spring to mind. Here’s the back story as best we can ascertain. “Company that started trading in 1999 as “Zako Speakers Inc” but was incorporated in 2000 as Zako Audio and was based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Owned […]

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STAX – deteriorating gauze on vintage earspeakers; ask an expert

  How can I replace the gauze on my old STAX earspeakers? These are the key points: 1.    The gauze is purely cosmetic. It is lightweight and open so as not to influence the sound. However because of this it offers no physical protection nor protection from dust. Or put differently, you can safely use […]

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Ask an expert: Stax “The sound was pretty unimpressive, – dark, slow, and very uninvolving and not very transparent”

Dear Howard, I hope you are well. Yup – pretty good (but far from pretty!) all things considered. I remember you shut down simply Stax in the late 1990s, and I can remember reading somewhere that one of the reasons for that might have been because the quality control of the Stax equipment you were […]

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BURTON SOMERVELL: Their remarkable and short-lived hybrid cone & ribbon speakers

I have just read the article ” Interview with the Gods”, and loudspeakers “Burton Somervell” were mentioned.  I can not find any info on them.  Can you help ! Thank you so much for your enquiry. Usually I’m able to answer incoming queries to everyone’s complete satisfaction first time. But sometimes I don’t. And sometimes […]

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Ask an expert: Budget CDPs

I’m an avid but budget conscious audiophile. I have a recent tale to share, a statement to make and a question or two. I’m an expat from New Zealand (proud home of Plinius, Perreaux, Image Loudspeakers and Theophany), working in Singapore. I’ve been here two years with my (self-admittedly) entry level gear boxed-up back home […]

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Ask an expert: Aerials, the misunderstood and/or marginalised component?

Surely the radio aerial, with possibly a signal amplifier present for weaker signals, could be regarded as being the equivalent of vinyl’s cartridge and phono amp stages? If achieved then consequently, we may have more choice and availability of aerials and magazine reviews. Imagine going into a hi-fi shop to discuss an aerial/amp combination that […]

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