Sensitivity defined and explained at HI-Fi World

WHAT IT TELLS US Sensitivity is a measure of the magnitude of input signal need for the amplifier to produce full output, at maximum volume. This tells us what signal sources the amplifier can handle, and produce full output if required. But it also tells us where the volume control is likely to be set is […]

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KUZMA: 4Point tonearm – test review

No one has ever accused Franc Kuzma of designing glamorous audio jewelry. His turntables and tonearms are industrial-strength examples of engineering know-how and machining excellence. But to those who appreciate such things, his products are truly beautiful, even if they’re not adorned with chrome, wood, and sleekly polished surfaces. And if looking at the 4Point […]

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NAIM: ND5 XS test review

HiFi Choice magazine writes as follows: Naim introduces its ‘entry-level’ network audio player, but there is nothing ‘entry-level’, however, about its performance, says Malcolm Steward The ND5 XS is Naim’s second network audio player and its first to offer native streaming of 24-bit/192 kHz sources. It follows the lauded and more expensive (£2,995) NDX (HFC […]

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REGA: Planar 25 turntable test review

I literally dropped everything when Rega’s new Planar 25 turntable arrived a few weeks ago. I’d heard the ‘table compared with the Planar 3 at designer Roy Gandy’s house when I visited Rega last fall—see “Analog Corner” in the January ’99 Stereophile—and was anxious to audition it in my own system and tell you what I […]

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LINN: “There was no aspect of the Linn sound that I missed when when I switched over to Meridian”

“I’m running DSP 5200s but I can’t comment on them compared to the other speakers you mention as I have not heard them. Meridian products are supposed to have a ‘laid back’ approach to sound presentation, it doesn’t seem that way to me and I come from a full active Linn set up. There was […]

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STAX: SR-007 Omega II electrostatic headphones test review

Jonathan Scull (Stereophile magazine) writes: “Preaching to the converted,” I sighed to myself as I read the manual for the Stax Omega II Earspeaker headphone system. I fondly recalled my headphone reference for all time—the Most Fabulous and Seductive Sennheiser Orpheus tubed electrostatics, which Thomas J. Norton reviewed for Stereophile in 1994. I recalled the Orpheus’s heady, […]

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PLINIUS: Brian Willoughby interview

Paul Wilson writes: We live in a global economy. High-performance audio components are made in almost every country in the world. Even China has emerged as a purveyor top-shelf brands. But, what about New Zealand? I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Brian Willoughby, Managing Director of Plinius, who just happen to be located in […]

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