BOWERS and WILKINS: 803D2s versus Icon Audio MB845i Sig

The thread starts: Well, at long last my B&W 803D2s are going. I’ve part exchanged them for an Icon Audio MB845i Sig, which comes on Tuesday. I’ve still got a pair of 805S, which are a lovely stand mound speaker that I wouldn’t want to sell. Anyway, I’m looking forward to playing with the 845s, […]

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How the other half lives

I’ve been going out with and then married to my wife since we were 19, that’s 31 years. In all that time I’ve bought every bit of audio equipment we’ve listened to, apart from one and soon three. Initially it was me who fancied a Sonos for casual listening in the kitchen and so I […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Un-compressing Recordings (Expansion)

  I’ve had a DEQ2496 in my system for years and I have occasionally played with the expander to counteract the effects of heavy dynamic compression on recordings. It never really works though, because you’d need exactly the opposite settings used for the recording. Most recordings these days will have a multi-band compressor applied during […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: True underdog hi-fi

The thread starts:  I’m interested to see what shouts you would make for some underdog hi-fi components. Regardless of name, perceived provenance or price point, what items have you heard that have put a smile on your face as because they had no business being so musical in the first place?” MORE Please click HERE […]

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AUDIOPHILE DEBATE: What is still truly British today? 134 comments + 8,128 page views

The thread starts: Hi Guys,  Been lurking here for a while and wondering what names are still truely British today (ie Owned by British, Designed in Britian, Manufactured in Britian).  This is not intended to be a discussion of whether this is a good or bad thing. Some names I can get off my mind […]

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The Diminishing Quality Of New Vinyl

I’ve just about had enough…..in my experience, the quality of new vinyl is getting worse. I’ve just realised that of the last 10 albums I’ve bought, 6 have had to go back due to physical damage, pops and clicks, or unbearable surface noise. In one case, 3 attempts have failed to produce a good slab […]

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