CONVERTING VOLTAGES: SAE equipment 110v gear to 230v?

I have a couple of 110v pieces of SAE gear here in the UK. I am using a Maplin step-down. They sound great but have skinny captive mains leads and I wonder if there is anyone who can rework the back panels to fit a modern IEC female socket. Also, if the power supplies are […]

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HARBETH: “I’d like it built around Harbeth speakers and I foresee …”

  Hi – I was looking to spend around £2,500 – £3,000 on a new stereo system comprising CD + AMP + Speakers and if possible I’d like it built around Harbeth speakers and I foresee me keeping the speakers longer than the other components. My friend has a set that are 25 years old […]

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JBL: I have a pair of JBL L100 Century loudspeakers. They claim they are bookshelf size. 37Kg and big. Are they kidding?

  Howard, I have a pair of JBL L100 Century speakers. They claim they are bookshelf size. 37Kg and big. Are they kidding? First – 37Kg per pair, not each! Well, sort of. Blame JBL’s over-enthusiastic marketing department in the 1970s and the studio environment from which these speakers, the domestic version of the JBL […]

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HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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LS3/5a SPEAKERS: (11 ohm Rogers version) compared to Spendor, Harbeth, what?

At present I listen to the 11 ohms Rogers version of the above speaker. Generally I am pretty happy with the sound. I wonder if there would be any benefit in going over to a newer design from Spendor or Harbeth, perhaps a slightly larger enclosure ( my listening room is 9 X 11 feet)?. […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Orbe versus old Pink Triangle PT2, LFD Audio copper reference, SME 4 – and more

Hello. I am using an Orbe with and Audio Origami breathed-on Zeta arm with a Benz Glider plus an LFD Audio copper reference arm cable. I also have a PT2 which is in need of quite a bit of tlc – I mean to get it working properly – would you expect it to be […]

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HARBETH: Driven by Marantz Pearl Lite?

I’ve bought from Harbeth the P3ESR and I ask myself if I should buy another amplifier. My listening room is about 9m² and I do not play loud! What do you think about  the brand LFD MKIII. Now I use a Marantz Pearl Lite. Shall I stay at Marantz or consider an LFD Zero LE […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC: What about better power cords?s

Does improving the power cord from the one that is supplied improve the sound?  Yes, it does seem to in my systems here. I have experienced dramatic improvements, in terms of subtle detail retrieval, a faster bass and so on with many other DACs through the years and so I suppose I quite naturally expect […]

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Ask an expert: Benchmark DAC

Have you heard a difference between the DAC performance of the Benchmark USB DAC and the Benchmark DAC-1 preamp and if so, which one is superior?  I have done this experiment on a number of occasions and have very rarely heard any difference at all. It might have been my imagination. And so it is […]

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Ask an expert: Servo subwoofers; Genesis speakers – and more

  Gentlemen – what can you tell me about Genesis speakers and servo subwoofers please? Paul McGowan writes as follows: When Arnie Nudell and I ran Genesis loudspeakers in the 1990′s a big part of the company’s story was built in servo subwoofers; something both Arnie and I were passionate about (still are).  The way […]

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AUDIOLAB: NAD, Audiolab, TDL RTL2 speakers Heybrook HB1s and other vintage kit

I have recently upgraded my hi-fi in a couple of ways and these changes have made me rethink my strategy for putting together a set of equipment on a relatively tight budget. Firstly, I had been using an NAD C320BEE as a pre-amp with an Arcam P75 power amp. I decided to upgrade these in […]

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Upgrading from an Electrocompaniet ECP1 phono stage?

Q: My system comprises: Electrocompaniet EC1-2 and Electrocompaniet AW60FTT bi-amping early Acoustic Energy AE1s on AE stands, Michell Orbe SE with Origin Live modified RB250 and Dynavector 20X and Electrocompaniet ECP1 phono stage. I am aware the arm and cartridge could be improved, and possibly the phono stage. I would appreciate your recommendations on an […]

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AUDIOPHILE TRANSPARENCY: what is it?

Audiophile transparency; what is it? Here’s what Paul McGowan says about the question. Continuing with Audiophile terms I find Transparency a much used term that perhaps is a bit nebulous and easy to overuse.  One of the first things you notice about many of these terms is they are somewhat self descriptive; as any really […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro versus Mycro turntables

I was reading your observations on The Michell Synchro. Did you ever hear the Mycro? How was it by comparison? At one time Subjective Audio stocked the entire range of Michell Engineering turntables including the Prisma and the twin-platter Prisma. Sonically we heard little difference between the Mycro and the Synchro. This was pretty much […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – is there the possibility of a reissue?

  Howard Popeck asks: Dave – If enough money were invested, could a UK maker totally and faithfully reproduce the original sound using modern components or, as I suspect, part of that special and elusive sound only be achieved by original components? Dave Smith replies: In conjunction with the previous question I have no doubt […]

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Ask our editor Neil McCauley: GALE: 401 & 402 speakers – how far could (and should?) they be tweaked beyond the original spec?

Howard Popeck asks: I note Dave that you only return a customer’s loudspeakers to original specification. However you strike us as an innovative man with a strong sense of curiosity. So our first question is primarily theoretical. How might a pair of 401 or 402 speakers be taken (in theory) to a higher level? For […]

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Re bi-wired speakers, how important is the type of jumper? Dr Richard Bews responds

Recently I wrote: This started way back at Subjective Audio in the 1980s I played music for the staff on our reference system, then going around to the rear of the speaker, making a quick ‘mystery’ change they all noticed for the better. What I did was simple; I moved the speaker cables from the […]

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MERIDIAN: M1 Mk2 active loudspeakers

    I have a pair of Meridian M1 mk2, I am the original owner from new although I sold them at the time Bob Stuart messed things up with balanced cables and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday I’ve definitely got it right now modules for the 101. I bought them back a few of years ago […]

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