AMPEX: What happened?

Gentlemen, I found some Ampex ads and it looks like they made terrific gear (if the marketing talk is to be believed) and then they disappeared. Can you shed any light? Well, this is what we’ve found so far. “Ampex Electric and Manufacturing Company. Named after its founder Alexander M. Poniatoff who started the company […]

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Yamamura Churchill Limited

Neil – what’s the story re Yamamura Churchill Limited please? First things first – the following is not to be confused with (a) Yamamura Systems S.R.L. nor (b) Yamamura Systems (US) Inc. So, this is what I have discovered online: British company founded in 1994 by Robert William Charles Spencer Churchill and was based in […]

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Xhadow Corp?

Hi Howard, what can you tell me about Xhadow Corp please?  Iain. Hi Iain, this is all that I have been able to find online – so far. Neil M. Company founded in 2004 by Chris Sommovigo of The Signals Collection and Stuart Marcus of Sound Connections and was based at the latter company’s headquarters […]

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Ask our editor: Acoustat – what happened to them?

This is all I’ve been able to find: A manufacturer of electrostatic loudspeakers formed by designer James C. Strickland in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in 1973. First product was shipped in 1976 in the form of the Model X, a hybrid electrostatic/dynamic loudspeaker that featured a built in valve based servo amplifier and a year […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – how far could (and should?) they be tweaked beyond the original spec?

Howard Popeck asks: I note Dave that you only return a customer’s loudspeakers to original specification. However you strike us as an innovative man with a strong sense of curiosity. So our first question is primarily theoretical. How might a pair of 401 or 402 speakers be taken (in theory) to a higher level? For […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Armstrong Audio 521

Hi Neil. What can you tell me about the Armstrong 521 please? This was a stereo hi-fi amplifier from the Armstrong Audio company and was marketed as 2 x 25W amplifier. It employed germanium AL102 transistors in its output stages and these had a reputation for failure and are now unobtainable although it is possible, […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: 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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MERIDIAN: Their 101, 103 & 103D amplifiers revisited and …. the elusive 102

Gentlemen – what can you tell me about the Meridian 101/103D amplifiers from the 1970s? They look like a bargain on e-bay. The 101 series preamps are tremendous value on the used market today fetching ridiculously low prices given the clarity and transparency of the reproduction. They use DIN plugs throughout, other than later versions […]

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SHEARNE AUDIO: What happened?

Hello Neil. Can you shed any light on this ‘mystery’ please? Below is what I have found BUT …. I cannot vouch for the authenticity, or otherwise and, so, purely FYI. “Founded in 1990 by John Shearne and based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. Put it’s first product on the market in 1991 in the form […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Gyro to Orbe upgrade; is it sensible in this system?

Can you advise me in my quest to enhance my current hi-fi system please? It looks like this: Michell GyroDec + Rega RB600 + Sumiko Blue Point Special cartridge. The phono stage is a Clear Audio Basic MM/MC. Loudspeakers are Linn Ninkas and CD player a Linn Genki. The power amp is a Linn LK140 […]

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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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How much should I pay in the UK for a Naim CDX2 please?

Thanks Nick. We aren’t sufficiently knowledgeable about this unit to answer this in isolation and so we asked around in the trade and canvassed some of our Naim-owning subscribers. As usual, the assumption is that you are interested in a fully working unit and that cosmetic condition is very good > excellent. Typically in 2015 […]

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Benchmark DAC into Meridian G08

Hello Howard. I have read HFA now for some months, deriving great pleasure and stimulation from it’s diverse contents… around the pursuit of the art of listening to music. Interested in recent exchange around the benchmark dac1. I currently have a meridian g08, along with a range of meridian pre power equipment of varying ages […]

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