Beat Reviews magazine (Singapore)

Gentlemen, I write from Singapore. We had a magazine called ‘Beat Reviews’. Can you tell me what happened to them please? Thank you. Roy Tan Hello Roy and thank you. This what we found via audiotools.com. “Monthly English language print magazine published in Singapore by local high end retailer/importer/distributor Secondbeat PTE. Ltd., started in 2001 […]

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Ask an expert: How to calculate tweeter-midbass distance and calculating the degree of handling

I am in the midst of upgrading the drivers on my IPL Acoustics S4TL kit loudspeakers. As I will need to make faceplates to attach the new drivers I have the opportunity to freely place the tweeters within reason. A bit of investigation suggests the appropriate distances and angles for my components – but there […]

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Ask an expert: Marantz 9 amplifiers, Rowland Coherence, hot pins on XLR connectors – and more.

Can I use other tubes than the EL34s on the Marantz 9s? The amps themselves and the manuals are marked with those specific tubes. So I don’t know if tube rolling would create problems. If you feel it’s technically possible and advantageous, what would you recommend in connection with the Quads?  Also, a phase issue […]

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Ask an expert: LAT Power distribution strips

The idea that a power distribution strip, even a heavily built one like the LAT can make a difference to the sound, let alone an improvement is ridiculous. Where’s the science behind the claims? LAT power distribution block have in my experience always made a positive difference. The degree of improvement, in terms of background […]

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Rhodium plating or Silver?

Hi. Which mains plugs give the warmest sound…. silver, gold plate or rhodium plate? Also what would you recommend for subwoofer..Uk mains plug and iec connector? I have thought long and hard about this. And I’ve discussed with other people. Regretfully there is no definitive answer known to me which could be considered reliable. There […]

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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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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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