Loudspeaker sensitivity

  OK let’s get to the point…! I have an Icon Audio Stereo 200PP which for those who don’t know is an EL84 powered amplifier of 15 Watts per channel. At the moment I use a cheap pair of Celestion F28 loudspeakers of 89 db/W/m at Im distance of course. I am toying with the […]

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Interconnect length vs speaker cable length

69 responses so far; the thread starts: I’m going to move my system to another room and have more flexibilty in component location. I have two amps, both Perreaux pmf1150b’s powering Magnepan mgIII’s. What is better: having the each amp near each speaker with short speaker cables and long interconnects to the preamp -or- shorter interconnects […]

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YAMAHA: “We weren’t seriously thinking of replacing our stereo. Then we heard Yamaha”

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ACOUSTIC RESEARCH: AR3a – the speaker system revolutionized speaker systems.

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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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Hi-Fi haters; are these the reasons why?

The thread starts: Can anyone explain why high end audio seems to be forever stuck as a cottage industry? Why do my rich friends who absolutely have to have the BEST of everything and wouldn’t be caught dead without expensive clothes, watch, car, home, furniture etc. settle for cheap mass produced components stuck away in […]

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Keep or sell – what would you do?

The thread starts: I’m sure many others have been through this phase. I did, quite a few years ago. The issue at Rab Towers is quite simple. I always separate funds for fun, from funds for necessity. It hasn’t been a wonderful few years in terms of business, so the ‘fun fund’ is quite depleted. […]

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GARRARD: 401 or 301?

“Also considering one of these for a project as part of my curiosity in having a second deck. But trawling the internet over the last few days has produced widely conflicting opinions on which to go for. Matthew (audiograil) has been extremely helpful in answering my persistent emails but i thought id put the question […]

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Best turntables

What Hi-Fi write Whether you’re dipping a toe into the waters of the vinyl revival, or you’re a seasoned record collector looking to upgrade your turntable, we’re here to guide you… …because (to mix our metaphors just a little) those waters are a minefield. So stick with us to secure the best deal on the […]

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A connection between a self-assembled truly satisfying audio system, and a rather good Beef Rendang.

Lazy, or sensible? One of the emerging trends I am seeing is the desire of people to have someone else build their systems for them so that they don’t have to do the work. This being despite the fact that there is a vast amount of information ‘out there’ which should – in theory – […]

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Balanced vs unbalanced

I have recently purchased a fully balanced pre and am looking for a balanced power to partner. The question though is what is the difference between connecting the two by balanced XLRs or non balanced RCA?  Should they sound different?  I appreciate it is what sounds right to me that counts but just wondered where […]

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From the archive / Dear diary – Me as Tony Hancock, Jack Bruce and Andy Fraser -but not all at the same time. Lucid dreaming, Stevie Nicks (unrelated),self-indulgence and, err – that’s it.

Dear me. What a miserable day last Friday was. Too much paper work. Either that or I’m just plain inefficient. Probably the latter. Not only do I feel like Tony Hancock, when I glance in the mirror I look like him too. S**t! Gloom relieved by some very kind emails. Now receiving at least 20 […]

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Hi-fi boss slams ‘rip-off’ industry

From the archives: James Rivington writes: Most hi-fi systems on sale worldwide are so heavily marked up that the majority of customers are being scandalously ripped off. That’s what AVI hi-fi chief Ashley James said in an interview conducted with Tech.co.uk last Friday at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show . He also said that […]

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