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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DENON: A 103D tweak

I would like to mention an upgrade that I have recently made and recommend it to others. I recently returned to use a Denon 103D that I had bought in the nineteen eighties and has been out of use for at least twenty years. I liked the sound, but it was a little rough at […]

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FUNK / PINK TRIANGLE & BREUER – a few observations

  Howard – one of…no, the best turntable I ever heard was a special fully funked LP12. Sure it sat on a mountain of Mana, and was part of an awesome system…but it really out-shone the original modified (Ninja) LP12. So..if the Funk Firm could transform a Sondek like that, surely their own decks would […]

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The Audio Miser says: A pre-owned system under £200 that REALLY works

There are fantastic pre-owned bargains out there. We all know this. That said, many budget-end enthusiasts just don’t know to what extent the system components work well together – if at all! In short – is there system synergy? Who knows? I do! Hi. I’m Neil McCauley – Editor in chief. Truthfully … I get […]

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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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