DCS: Vivaldi Version 2.0

Jacob Heillbrun wrote… Digital reproduction has long been the Achilles’ heel of the high end. The promise has always been there. A supernaturally low noise floor. No pops and ticks and cracks. Ease and convenience of use. But the actual execution has been another matter, which is a roundabout way of saying that “perfect sound […]

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“Blind tests show that louder is better (hence the importance of precise level matching)”

The thread starts:  Blind tests show that louder is better (hence the importance of precise level matching). In practice (and I assume in blind tests, too), this is true up to the point at which too much volume produces effects that are detrimental to sound quality–distortion, for example, or excessive room resonances. This leaves me […]

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Mr. Ray Purchase wonders: Speaker Design – Is there much to it? (Part 7)

The Result, and Interpretation Obviously I don’t expect to convince you that my speakers are ‘high end’, but they are! All types of recording sound better than I have heard before (outside, presumably, of the active Backes and Mullers mentioned earlier!), but where the system excels in particular is in playing back uncompressed large scale […]

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State of the art, circa 1970?

Looking for names of components you folks think would have been state of the art in 1970 or so. Turntables, amplification, speakers, tuners, tape decks, etc. Just a fun list. Dip in and out HERE ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire VINTAGE archive

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STEREO SWAP SHOP: #001 Swap a Sony TA FB940R for a MM cartridge to suit a Goldring Lenco GL75

How this free system works can be found at http://www.hifianswers.com/2017/04/welcome-to-our-new-free-service-the-stereo-swap-shop/ Today Mr. BM (from Scotland) says: Hi , I would like to swap a Sony TA FB940R for a MM cartridge to suit a Goldring Lenco GL75 . The amp is in very good condition and working order and comes with a remote control which […]

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MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stewart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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SYRINX: Their PU2 – revisited

Zstereo write: The tale begins at the end of the nineteen seventies, with the arrival of Linn’s Ittok LVII tonearm. It put the cat amongst the pigeons in an analogue landscape dominated by the SME 3009S2, which appeared on virtually every turntable motor unit at the time. There was also the Grace G707, which had been Linn’s tube […]

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MERIDIAN: Their ultra-rare 107 power amp and … a powerfully incontinent white dove

Q: Gentlemen, whatever happened to the Boothroyd-Stuart ‘Orpheus’ pre and power amp? Did they ever make into production? The preamp was a gorgeous looking precursor to the ‘rainbow’ Lecson pre. Very ’70s (should suit André) with a Nextel suede finish. Can’t find an image, but it had the sort of design aesthetics that would, I’m […]

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Linn ‘Army barracks’ speakers

  “The only Linn speakers I have heard were the ‘Army-barracks’. They did it for me: so utterly awful, I have no interest or incentive to listen to any other Linn speaker whatsoever, new or old!” MORE ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire VINTAGE archive Please click HERE to access the entire Point […]

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