JELCO: SA-750D tonearm test review

Right then, let’s start out with a quick quiz. Mobile phones away, please, no conferring and fingers on buzzers. “What links Acoustic Research, Revolver, Avid, Acoustic Signature, London Acoustical Developments, Sumiko, Audioquest, Pro-Ject and Ariston?” If you’re thinking turntables, very good – award yourself a point. Now to part two – “who links all the […]

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ACOUSTIC SIGNATURE: Triple X turntable & TA -1000 tonearm – test review.

Stereophile: In a bizarre but happy turn of events, recent consumer trends have given even the most socially awkward audiophile something to talk about at cocktail parties and family gatherings at which normal people predominate: the PonoPlayer and vinyl. These are hot topics; each is among the best-sounding music sources available, and both offer hope […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Aha! moments

Paul McGowan writes ….. Few things in life are as satisfying as an aha! moment: the solving of a tough problem, the solution to a puzzle, getting your stereo system dialed in. One of the more common aha! moments for people is when they try easing up on speaker toe in. Most speakers don’t want […]

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LINN: Sondek LP12 turntable + Klyde phono cartridge – test review

STEREOPHILE: If you asked me to name a single specific high-end audio component that could make or break a system, I’d name the Linn LP12 turntable. Of all the thousands of hi-fi products I’ve heard over the years, not a one of ’em—not a speaker, amplifier, or digital processor—has been able to draw me into […]

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EWA: Alan Elsdon / Colin Wonfor – Top resistors

Dear Colin, Top resistors. Many threads with opinions on boutique coupling capacitors, but very little consolidated information on the sonics of resistors. Do you care to share your thoughts on the attributes of their favorite brands & types for specific tube and SS applications? How much of a difference does a good resistor make? My […]

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EWA / Elsdon Wonfor Audio: LS-XXV (LS-25) speaker cable test review

Alan Brown writes ….. Obscenity My problem with high-end cables is that it’s possible to spend truly obscene amounts on them. Obscene, because it seems to me many offerings to the audiophile market are overpriced hype with no real merit. Well it does seem like that doesn’t it? I mean ….. that’s the easy stance; […]

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PARASOUND: The unusually usefully featured Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier – test review

Steve Guttenberg writes: Full bass management is a rarely found feature in stereo integrated amps, but the Parasound Halo has it, along with superb sound. The Parasound Halo Integrated amplifier may appear rather conservative, but once you look a little deeper you’ll discover its rather unusual feature lineup. First, it offers the sort of true […]

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EWA Elsdon Wonfor Audio: Mr. Wonfor answers your question: Zero autoformers; how to measure impedance please

Dear Colin, Zero autoformers; how to measure impedance please? I got a pair of Speltz zero autoformers recently but when I measure the total impedance, my multimeter sees only 0.4-0.6 ohm no matter what I do. It seems the multimeter could only read the DC resistance from the autoformer itself but not the total impedance […]

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WILSON BENESCH: Full Circle turntable, ACT 0.5 tonearm, & Ply MC cartridge – test review

“Hello, I’d like to apply for a Federal Grant? For what? Oh, to design and build a new, high-tech, very expensive turntable. What’s that? It plays records. Yes, that kind of turntable. Ofcourse they still make records. Why? How much time do you have? Oh, I forgot—you’re a federal employee, you have all day! Well, I didn’t mean […]

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From the 2009 archives: My small part in the Musical Fidelity story – by Howard Popeck

Hi Howard. What’s your part in the Musical Fidelity story. And what do you think of their current offers? Thanks. Ronnie Hmm. Interesting question. Thank you. In a nutshell … It’s all too easy to associate the brand with the man (or woman) behind the brand. Easy, but unproductive. The point being that currently, and […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: “The only speaker licenced by BBC Worldwide”?

From the Harbeth archives; the thread starts …. News of the launch of a Dr Who loudspeaker by the BBC’s highly-profitable commercial arm, begs the question as to what defines a BBC speaker these days. Once the three initials B B C ensured credibility and assured performance. The plastic, and doubtless China-made, “Tardis” speaker is […]

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SME: Model 20/12 turntable & 312S tonearm test review

Stereophile write ….. Much has happened in the analog world since I reviewed SME’s flagship Model 30/2 turntable for the March 2003 Stereophile (footnote 1). Back then, spending $25,000 on a turntable (without tonearm) was an odd extravagance intended only for those seriously committed to the format, and who already owned large LP collections. Although new LPs were being […]

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